I sold everything and moved to Mexico to slow travel as a digital nomad. Life update

Well I think you’ll need to grab a drink, get comfy and settle in, it’s been a long time since I’ve updated on my life and status on this blog! There is so much to share about my personal journey and the changes that have gone on over the past few years.

Woman with curly black hair with black and white striped summer dress smiling standing on the deck of the Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas Cruiseship with water in the background and landscape in the far distance
On the Symphony of the Seas – Mediteranen Cruise through France, Italy and Spain in 2018

From heart break and the break down of my marriage to the journey of finding freedom and personal independence being single, traveling Europe on a solo trip to then meeting the love of my life a fellow poet from the other side of the globe (England) and a whirlwind romance spanning many countries….from our first, month long date starting in Sydney, Australia with a Royal Caribbean cruise ending with us in England and spanning 6 countries. We got engaged at Aphrodites Rock in Cyprus four months after we started talking and celebrated it in Paris, France. It’s been so magical and rather apt for two poets I’d say.

Photo collage of room and views from the Columbia Beach Resort in Cyprus.
Photo collage of our stay at the Columbia Beach Resort in Cyprus after our engagement at Aphrodites Rock on June 7th 2019

However I’m not going to get into all of that just yet…but I wanted to share part of what’s been going on in my life to demonstarate the huge role that travel and FINALLY being able to explore the culture and history on this vast planet has made on me and my life.

There are two main positives from the end of my relationship that I am truly thankful for…having the ability to travel and explore areas of the world that I had always longed to go…however that first solo trip to my DREAM destination, Italy….a destination I dreamed of going to with my ex ….it had it’s challenges but also helped to heal the last bits in me that were still longing and mourning.

Woman with long black hair wearing blue jeans with a black tank top and holding a black purse standing in front of the Italian Parliment building with groomed green grass infront of the building
Photo of me standing infront of the Italian Parliament Building, such a spectacular structure!

Honestly, it was a long hard process for me. I didn’t want to let go and I wanted to fight for my family. I considered leaning into my blog here again at that time but I wasn’t quite ready as this blog kind of felt like a shrine and an instant reminder of him and our past. Both the good and bad….I remember him telling me I was wasting my time blogging (even though this blog was on fire back then lol had I only known and kept with it…or come back to it….however all in divine timing right? and here I am now!) I also didn’t want to put too much out there through out the separation and divorce process so the family had privacy and time to adjust etc. Plus, I wasn’t ready.

I did how ever try out Instagram under the handle @writings_of_an_ex_mrs ….you can still find me there…encase one day I wanted to merge my writing platforms….a day like today I suppose… There I shared some poetry and that was part of how I processed my grief…and that also happens to be the very place that I met Leon, someone who understands the power of the pen.

Photo of the main instagram screen for Writings_of_an_ex_mrs on Instagram showing following count, post count, and the first more recent posts on her page
Current image of my Instagram account…feel free to follow me there.

My Instagram link https://www.instagram.com/writings_of_an_ex_mrs/

Bringing me back to the two positives ….ironically enough the 2 first main destinations of my two trips were the top destinations on my ex and I’s travel bucket list. The second destination, his number one dream destination, was Australia and that turned out to be the destination I first laid eyes on my Leon when we both landed there for our first and forever date… gotta love the way the universe works things out. My great friend Jenn works for the Royal Caribbean so I didn’t actually choose Australia it was chosen for me. Hows that for irony.

This leads me into the second biggest positive of the ending of my marriage and that is meeting a partner that I can share my true souls passions and callings … writing and travelling… and being shown that someone out there would indeed actually CROSS oceans and MOVE mountains for me….and that is absolutely what Leon did.

Couple with black haired ponytail woman with her nose nuzzled into smiling man wearing a black hats neck infront of the Eiffel Tower in Paris with sunset
Leon and I celebrating our engagement in Paris, France

So moving forward I will be sharing my typical blog posts such as this with reference to travels that pertain to messages I think or important, insights into my life and things I’ve learned, lessons and how to’s pondering and poetry etc.

Leon and I also have a travel blog Jenn & Leon Travel https://www.closerlives.com/jennandleontravelblog where you can find blog posts about our travels, accommodations, restaurants and general travel hacks and things we’ve learned along the way. We also have a website attached to our blog in which we sell travel gear, bags, clothing, home apparel etc which you can check out at https://www.closerlives.com/store-collections or at our Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CloserLivesEmporium?ref=search_shop_redirect

We’ve sold most things, left Canada in April 2021 and we’ve toured Mexico, Turkey and Georgia since then. It’s been quite the journey and I’ve been loving every moment of it! I’m very much looking forward to sharing all of our stories.

We’ve also started a YouTube Chanel for our travel videos it would be awesome if you could check it out and subscribe, like and comment….all that good stuff.


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