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The adventures of an American single mommy working and playing in paradise.

Ten Years?!


I’ve barely started writing this post, and I find myself getting very emotional. Last Friday, February 18th was the 10 year anniversary of my move to Cancun. I will never ever forget the day I left Chicago. With my cat and a boom box as my carry ons, I pulled myself, bawling, away from my circle of friends. As I walked away from them and towards my new life, in my head I was screaming, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING? TURN AROUND!” The people on the plane asked me if I was alright and handed me tissues as I cried and cried. It was almost like I knew that I would be gone for 10 years, and that I would probably never live in Chicago again, even though my tentative plan was to move to Mexico for one year.

I did in fact return to Chicago after about one year, but it was all wrong. It was great to be with my friends again but Chicago and I had both changed. Besides, winter was coming! Brrrrrrr! I returned to Cancun after 3 months.

Even though it’s no secret that I would now prefer to be living in the U.S., I wouldn’t change a minute of my time here.

I gave birth to my son…this is the number one best thing that has ever happened to me in my entire life.

Welcome to the world my love!

I lost two babies before I had my son…difficult and heartbreaking beyond words.

I met Papi and we got married…what a ride it’s been!

Mi Cubano y yo.

I got my heart broken…more than once.

I became a singer…a lifelong dream, achieved! YES!

I got fired a couple of times, once from a treasured singing job.

I have made some great friends. You know who you are. I love you.

I’m not exactly sure why but I lost a great friend too. I still love you and I still have our memories.

I learned another language…my grammar sucks, but I am fluent. 🙂

No regrets baby. I wonder what the next 10 years will be like? Bring it on…I’m ready!


  1. Awww….felicidades!!!!

    What a milestone – 10 years!!!

    Love, Love the pic of you and your son 🙂

    I swear, the cold weather is one of the ONLY reasons I haven’t begged hubby to move back yet!! Like it gets COOOOLLLLDDDD!!!!! 🙂

    • Thanks Lauren!

      I think you can tell how happy I was from that picture. 🙂

      Absolutely! Today at lunch I walked down by the lagoon and I was reminded of one of the reasons I moved here…the weather!

  2. Stay where you are and congrats on 10 years! We have had so much snow this year. And so cold .. I wish to be living in Cancun.

    • Thanks K!

      If I were to move back to the U.S. it would be to Arizona!

      That being said, there is NOWHERE like Michigan in the summer!!!! 🙂

  3. We are moving to Cancun and need some advise on where to live to make sure we are in a safe area. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    • Hi Elizabeth, in general anywhere between Tulum Avenue, Cancun Avenue (Los Torres) and Lopez Portillo is fine. Another way to look at it would be supermanzanas 1-49. That being said, there are areas outside of those parameters that are safe as well. I live in a supermanzana in the 300s.

  4. Would love advise on where to live in Cancun.

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