Welcome to Sand in My Curls: An expat lifestyle & travel blog about the truths & realities of living overseas.
Wondering who I am?
It’s such a loaded question, and I have a zillion answers for it!
But the bottom line is that I’m just a regular girl living out my dreams of leading an abnormal life.
I have the absurd ability to be spontaneous yet cautious. I love flying by the seat of my pants but hate the results I get from doing it. I’m a walking conundrum. I never liked being a picket fence 9-5 kinda gal.
And so, in 2013, my hubs, Mark, and I took off on an adventure.
Mark was 48, and I was 39. We had what most people considered a perfect life. Ya know the kind: 2 cars, 2 businesses, a beautiful condo, and loads of love. Yet, we weren’t happy. We were working ourselves to the bone and living for our vacations.
We felt pretty trapped by the American live-to-work lifestyle. And we were fed up.
So, we sold it all and moved across the globe to Penang, Malaysia.
We had two suitcases each.
But you know what we didn’t have?
We had no clue what the hell we were doing.
Don’t do what we did.
We had a few years of monetary loss, fumbles, and struggles trying to figure out what the hell we were doing. But now, a decade later and with another cross-world move under our belts, we know exactly what to do.
And more importantly, what not to do.
That’s Where Sand in My Curls Comes In.
On my blog, you’ll find practical, down-to-earth info about the realities of expat life. It’ll help you avoid the mistakes we made and teach you how to handle the ups and downs of moving overseas.
Since we lived in Malaysia for nine years, there is a ton of info on the blog about life there and all the extraordinary adventures we get up to while living in Asia.
But now that we have moved to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, you’ll be seeing a lot more Mexico content.
How Can Sand In My Curls Help You?
If you are thinking about moving overseas and joining the ranks of the millions of expats around the world…
Not until you read my blog. Not until you know the realities of what living overseas really means. It’s brutal and rewarding. It’s miserable and thrilling. It’s a conundrum, just like me.
You don’t have to make the same mistakes we made.
This blog goes through my struggles, my miseries, my ups, and downs. It’s the reality of what expat life looks like.
But it’s also the best thing I’ve done. And I love every emotional roller coaster minute of it.
What Sand in My Curls is NOT About
Sand in My Curls doesn’t look at expat life through rose-colored glasses.
I don’t pretend it’s all unicorns and rainbows. Because that’s a hot pile of dung that couldn’t be further from the truth.
I don’t glamorize expat life – this is the real deal.