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This is the backstory of how I planned my Midlife Escape, a career sabbatical to travel with my family!  We lived in Valencia, Spain for 9 months and are now back at home in Kansas City.

The Final Push

Gonzalo’s last day at work was October 11, 2019.  He turned in the company car, phone and laptop.  His insurance benefits and 401k match are now gone, as well.  It…

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“Homeless” in Kansas

We moved out of our house on Friday and a lovely family with 2 young kids has moved in. We could not have asked for a better situation, truly.  I…

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Getting out of Dodge

I need to buy airline tickets for myself, 2 teenagers, and 2 Yorkipoos from MCI Kansas City to VLC Valencia.  We will be accompanied by 6 checked suitcases, 3 carry-ons,…

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Surprised by Grief

We will be moving out of our home and into an Airbnb in 8 weeks. Gonzalo will be leaving for Spain in 9 weeks. I will be joining him with…

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Student Visa Fiasco

In my last post, I was happy to report that I had passed the CFP® Exam – hooray! What I neglected to mention is that within 48 hours of the…

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Yippee – I Passed!

This blog has been neglected in recent months because I have been studying for the CFP® Exam. I started studying 4 ½ years ago, got halfway through the coursework, and…

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R.I.P. Midlife Escape

R.I.P. Midlife Escape

My boss found out about my blog today.  It was a stressful day at the office. Midlife Escape is a blog about saving for, planning, and taking a midlife career…

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An Epic Plot Twist

Gonzalo (my husband) is finally on board and ready to support this wildly irresponsible sabbatical idea, but there are conditions: “I am from Latin America and I don’t want to…

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The Art of Not Planning

I don’t want to plan anymore. I don’t want to pore over site after site of travel information obsessing over where we should go and what it will cost. I…

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Moving to Panamá

My husband Gonzalo is still uncomfortable with the idea of leaving for 7 months to travel the world with job uncertainty awaiting us at home. His anxiety is legit and…

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Where Were You on September 11, 2001?

Like many people in the United States, I remember exactly where I was on September 11, 2001. Ironically, I was not in the United States at all, but in Colombia,…

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Let’s Get Started!

Enough ruminating about blah, blah, blah. Enough disclosure of too much personal information to strangers online. It’s time to start planning the trip, the Midlife Escape! Because I will not…

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