Is House Sitting for You?

Q&A with a Reader

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Akaisha,
I am very interested in this housesitting, anywhere.
Is this “club” yours?  Tell me more.

Mila

Saying yes requires a sense of adventure, a sense of possibility.

Hi Mila,

House sitting has been around for years. These days it’s been organized into  businesses of putting together homeowners with sitters and is a pretty good deal for both sides.

This isn’t our personal business – we hold memberships and the opportunities available have been astounding.

Dream opportunities are available

First, you join a house sitting organization, deciding whether or not you want to be a sitter, have your house available for sitting or doing both. Then you fill out your “profile” along with personal references, a police report if available and photos of who you are. If you are listing your home, you add photos of your house online.

If you are interested in sitting — you fill out the questionnaire selecting areas in the world where you would like to house sit and how long at a time you are meaning to do this exchange (long weekends? 2 weeks? a month? 6 months? a year?).



You also check off whether or not you are willing to watch pets. Lots of people have more than just dogs and cats, some have mini-farms with horses, ponies, ducks, goats and such. Some want you to garden, some want maintenance, and some don’t need a thing! You pick your parameters all the way.

Homes large and small, with and without pets

That’s pretty much all there is to it!

When you begin to get matched up with home owners (or the other way around, getting matched up with prospective sitters) you correspond back and forth working out the details. This includes dates needing to be covered, what is expected of you (or them), all questions about transport and the availability of a vehicle, how far you are from amenities, shopping, the beach and the necessary particulars of daily life.

Because of our style of travel we are interested in long sits of several months or more, and we have been contacted for places in Mirabella, Spain, country homes in Italy (for a year!), garden “estates” in Costa Rica, even gorgeous places in Sedona, Arizona, homes in San Francisco or apartments/flats in New York City.

We have been promoting this opportunity to our Readers because we think it’s great for everyone involved. Using these services can save a lot of money for those who might want to travel and see more of the world without staying in a hotel. You can have more of a local experience by living in a neighborhood or right in the middle of an international city like Paris.

The ordinary can become extraordinary.

You can read some of the articles we have posted below and of course we will be posting more, so keep a look out.

Memberships usually run about $50 for a year.  What one saves in the cost of housing easily makes the fee worthwhile.

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Help! I’m Drowning in Minutiae

Guest post by Laverne H. Bardy whose humorous, often irreverent, slant on life in general, and aging in particular, draws a large readership. She has been syndicated with Senior Wire News Service since 2004.  Her book, How The (Bleep) Did I Get This Old? was released in January, 2012, and is a compilation of the best of her columns. 

Every day I remove a ton of mail from my mailbox, lug it into the house and plop it onto my kitchen counter. I’m counting the days until the weight causes my kitchen to fall through to my basement.

Three pounds are bills, newspapers. Eight pounds are unsolicited address labels, brochures, advertisements, catalogues, coupons, flyers, credit card offers, donation requests, calendars, beautiful cards created by disabled people who paint with their feet, and invitations to seminars promising to lower my mortgage, and my weight, and improve my eyesight, hearing, blood pressure, credit rating, cellulite and erectile dysfunction.

I used to open everything, like those windowed envelopes covering pale green enclosures that look like checks. Once, even though I knew it was a gimmick, I felt compelled to open it, only to find it actually was a check. For $25. Good toward the purchase of a $40,000 car.

I have too much mail!

I was so gullible I regularly signed on to win $1,000,000 from Ed McMahon. Somebody had to win. Why not me? I finally got smart.

Every year I donate money to charities. What infuriates me is when, shortly after I’ve mailed my check, I receive another request from that organization with a note saying, “Since you’ve been so generous in the past we thought you’d enjoy giving again.” What past? Enough time hasn’t elapsed to have a past; I mailed my donation thirty days ago. All their audacity does is assure that my next donation will go elsewhere.

Another must-miss offer was from a bank asking me to open a $1,000 one year CD that would pay me a whooping 1 % interest. Like I’m really going to tie up my money for a year, for a $10 profit.

Simplify, simplify, simplify

Mostly I’m going crazy with coupons, rewards and discount cards. The weight of cards in my wallet and the tiny plastic ones hanging from my key chain, have my arthritis rebelling. I’m considering hiring someone to carry my purse for me.

I approach cashiers the way one might deal with a lunging vampire – with crossed forefingers and a clove of garlic. I know by the glint in their eye that they are preparing to offer me yet another rewards card and the promise of huge savings. My instinct is to flee, or to scream, “My wallet already bulges with so many cards, I can’t close it.” But, their well rehearsed spiel usually reels me in and I leave the store feeling diminished, because of my inability to resist their offer.

Do I need more stuff to put in here?

I have a $14.99 refund card for a return I made at Marshall’s. The amount is not printed on it so I wrapped the receipt around it with a rubber band. I have a similar card from Fortunoff’s, and another from Macy’s – all for returned items. Perkins punches a $5 hole in my card each time I eat there. Hallmark punches butterfly shaped holes when I buy greeting cards. I’ve got a Shop Rite discount card plus their coupon for $1.00 toward my next $100 food order. I have a Costco coupon I tried to redeem for an advertized cell phone holder, but discovered it couldn’t be redeemed for another two months. What are the odds I’ll remember that? Staples mails me coupons each time I spend a certain amount. Bed Bath & Beyond offers great savings monthly, with foot long cardboard coupons. I’ve accumulated eleven of them, which adds three pounds to the weight of my purse. Charlie Brown’s credits me with points every time I eat there. If I spend enough money over the year I get a $10 coupon toward a birthday meal, if I bring along someone who will pay full price for their meal.

Everywhere I shop cashiers ask if I have one of their cards. Then I hold up lines of people, breaking nails and a sweat, as I dump everything out of my purse in a frenzied search for the right card to present to them.

Why do I engage in this insanity? Is it worth the few cents I save? I don’t think so.

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Recently, a cashier at CVS offered me one of their little plastic cards for my key chain. I guess she caught me at a bad time because the next thing I knew I was banned from their store after I became unhinged, jumped onto the counter and tried to choke her.

Wait…..I just noticed I have only one remaining un-punched hole on my shoemaker rewards card. I’ve been carrying this card around for nine years. If I can find a pair of shoes that need resoling I’ll get a free pair of shoe laces. Yippee!

Other posts by this author:

Open at Your Own Risk

Up, Up and Away – Or Not

An Apple a Day Doesn’t Work

Vacationing with a Stranger

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At Age 28, He Has a Decade of Savings

Dear Billy and Akaisha,

First of all, thank you for the very helpful information that you posted in your webpage about the “20 Questions – We Are Frequently Asked.”

Today, the company that I work for is having a session with Merrill Lynch about retirement. I’m 28 years old. I’ve been saving for retirement since I was around 18. Anyways, I was searching the internet for questions that I can ask Merrill Lynch about retirement and I happened to find your “20 Questions – We are Frequently Asked.” This was very helpful for me. I want to truly thank you for giving us (the readers) truthful and helpful answers about your retirement experience.

I am going to definitely use your responses to the questions that you are frequently asked to help me plan my retirement. I want to retire early and enjoy life. As you mentioned, “Life is a risk.” I want to enjoy life. If there is anything that you can (and would like to) share with me about your experiences and/or retirement, please know that it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you and best regards,

Jose Jesus

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Hi Jose Jesus,

Thank you for taking the time to write. We love to hear from our Readers!

We are very pleased that you have discovered our website, and we believe that you will find answers to many of your questions about how to become financially independent. On our website and blog we discuss lifestyle decisions one can make regarding the approach to consumer debt, and the areas of greatest spending in any household: housing, transportation, taxes and food which you can implement right away.

I have subscribed you to our free newsletter for starters, and I would kindly direct you to the following webpages for more information that you will find useful.

Our Retirement Issues Page  has interviews of us as well as articles we have written on lifestyle and approaches to the health care dilemma.

Our Preferred Links Pages  have links to all topics of financial independence, travel, lifestyle choices, housing choices, and there are financial tools, worksheets, recommended reading and more.

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In our Digital Bookstore you will find the books we have written on financial independence – which, if you follow our simple and proven approaches – will change your life. We also have books on travel, specifically to places we have been.

Our blog has Q&A from our Readers, pieces on housing, finance and health care including Medical Tourism.

Jose Jesus, I hope you continue to implement your passion for excellence and financial independence. Many people will tell you it is not possible and that this is an unrealistic pursuit. They will give you every scenario in the book as to why this won’t work, and they might even be well-wishers like family and friends.

Your Retirement Dream IS Possible

The only one who can make this happen is you. You are the one who chooses, on a daily basis, what is important to you and why. Financial independence is a worthy goal as it frees your time up to do very important things like volunteering, or becoming a mentor.

By the way, I hope you found your company’s session with Merrill Lynch to be meaningful and useful.

Please feel free to write any time and we look forward to hearing from you.

Wishing you all the best,

Akaisha and Billy Kaderli

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Horrendous and Frightening Healthcare Costs in NYC

Hi Akaisha and Billy,

I think I may have already written to you before when I found out last year that the cost of my mother’s supposedly intensive care stay in hospital here in NYC was $170,000.00.  Added to that was approximately $30,000 for her pacemaker and insertion fees.  I’ve taken her back three times for a checkup and they have the nerve to charge her $35 each time which I don’t pay.  I think $30,000 is enough.

Her charges for the hospitalization came to a couple of thousand dollars, but I’m still working on getting that figured out over a year later.

I could go on and on about my mother’s medical bills, but I’ll tell you about something I just got in the mail yesterday from my new insurance company.  I didn’t have insurance for three years due to the high cost.  I got it this year and finally found a new internist for a check-up.  It wasn’t as easy as I though it would be, especially here in NYC.

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I went to the internist last month and he kept me waiting for almost three hours before seeing me for my first visit. He took my blood pressure and listened to my heart.  He was very nice, but there was little medical interaction between us.  A technician drew a couple of vials of blood and someone else used a scanning device on my heart and pelvic region. I still have no idea what that was for.

Yesterday I got two notices from my insurance company for the blood tests performed.  The total submitted to them by the lab was just a few dollars short of US $10,000.00.  Yes, you read that right.  $10,000.00 for blood tests.

The insurance company denied a lot of it, but there was a note to me that I owed around $600.00.  I wasn’t asked by anyone if I wanted to spend that money or if I could pay for it. 

I am not feeling well.  The stress of living here, the rising cost of everything and our inability to save enough money to move is causing me so much stress.  I feel awful and I’m terrified to stay here to participate in any way in this medical care system.

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I had to take mom to the ER last week and I saw first hand yet again how much it’s deteriorated. My mother seems to be stable, but I am worried about myself.  I’m hoping I have nothing seriously wrong so I can put all of my attention to moving.

Because of you we’ve now got Guatemala on our radar.  I never even thought of it before reading your ezine.

Thanks for your ezine.  I look forward to spending some time there in Guatemala soon.  How long can we stay there with a US passport?  Have you covered that before?

Warm regards,

Ellen

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Retirement: A Time to Engage or Disengage from Life?

Occasionally we hear from people who say they could never retire because they enjoy their work so much and couldn’t sit around doing nothing all day. They hold a mental picture of boredom and uselessness. Others have the idea that once you retire, that’s it. No more opportunities to make money, to utilize your talents or to be productive. If you do that, well, then you aren’t “retired.”

We’d like to share an email below which we received from someone very engaged in his life, and financial freedom has given him more options to explore his talents.

We couldn’t have said it better.

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Hello, Akaisha.

I am twice retired (Air Force and State of California) and am now actively involved in volunteer work as well as writing/promoting my children’s books. I am also a Massage Therapist after completing my certification in 1997, partly in preparation for post-retirement work.

If I were to share pointers with anyone considering retirement, I would say to find something you really like to do and that you feel you can’t wait to get started at, then jump in with both feet. If you want or need to go back to school, do it. If you are a good organizer, find a group or organization and get to work. If you like running or backpacking or knitting or art or music and haven’t had as much time for fun as you have wanted all these years, now’s the time.

A retiree’s pursuits can be localized and modest or global and massive. It just depends on how you wish to spend your time.

Personally, I worked for 40 years doing things I felt were meaningful. But now I have a blank slate with no real concern for where the next meal is coming from and I can be as creative and engaged as I want to be.

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Since retiring, I have hiked Half Dome, was an Assistant Scoutmaster at the 2010 Centennial National Scout Jamboree, completed a six-day/66-mile trek in the High Sierras and have eight children’s picture books published with another six in the publication pipeline. I fully believe I have another 30-40 healthy years in me, which gives me plenty of time to play and to contribute.

Best Regards,

Bill Kirk

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Single Woman Going to Chiang Mai, Thailand

Hi Akaisha,

I was doing a tour to Thailand in November, but my friend backed out and now–seeing that I have over 250,000 FREE miles with American–am debating whether just to cancel it and do Chiang Mai on my own which is why I wrote you hoping you would be there this year.  Not sure what I want to do yet…debating.

Any advice/suggestions welcome.

As I understand it, I should not have too much trouble finding English speakers there?

Best,

Ann

Wats are everywhere in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Hi Ann,

Thanks for writing, we appreciate it.

We aren’t sure when we will be returning to Chiangmai, but please don’t let us not being there stop you from going.

You might consider taking a look at our Traveling Singles Page. There are all sorts of singles, groups of singles, women’s groups, women’s adventure travel groups and even women hosting sites for you to find lodging when you travel.

If you still want to go to this amazing place, why not contact one of these organizations and see if you find a good fit for you? At least you wouldn’t have to make all the decisions yourself, and you might just find some solid contacts or make a good friend.

The morning sun glistens off the gold on this Wat

If you do decide to go, I can make an email introduction to a couple of good friends who live there, and some friends who will be visiting there soon.

As far as finding English speakers in Chiangmai, many hotels have employees who speak English, there are expat organizations, (see our Thailand Travel Information Page) and you can always go to the AUA Library where it’s air conditioned and many English speakers hang out there.

Don’t forget to memorize a couple of Survival Phrases (at the bottom of our Thailand Travel Page) or download one of World Nomads language apps on your iPhone. They are free! Speaking even a little bit of Thai can make your experience 100% more engaging.

I hope this information helps!

Please feel free to write any time, and let us know how your trip is going.

Best, Akaisha

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Get Out of Debt Using “Loan Forgiveness” Programs

Dear Billy and Akaisha –

Re: Your reader Chris’ comments about your overseas lifestyle, and questions about getting out of debt, particularly student loans, I’d like to offer a suggestion – or maybe a couple – in additon to your very valid suggestion of  working a second job:

There are any number of “loan forgiveness” programs, some in the U.S. and some with overseas opportunities.

Here are a few:

  • Americorps. If you’re willing to devote a year of your life to volunteering for Americorps, you’ll be rewarded with $4,725 to spend on your college debts, and a stipend of up to $7,400. That doesn’t sound much like volunteering to us, but hey, we didn’t write the dictionary. For more information, visit the Americorps website or call them at (800) 942-2677.
  • Peace Corps. Go traveling with the Peace Corps and you’ll get to defer most of your student loans until after you leave the program. Not only that, but you may even get some of your loans reduced (maybe as much as 70%, if you’re lucky!). Call (800) 424-8580 for more details.
  • VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). VISTA, which is all about community development and ending poverty, homelessness, and illiteracy in the United States, will pay off $4,725 of your loans if you join in on their cause for at least 1,700 hours. Call (800) 942-2677.

There are programs for Law school loan  forgiveness, Med School loan forgiveness, Occupational or physical therapy education loan forgiveness…  Lots of opportunities, if one is willing to WORK! and do a little research!

We’ve been living and working overseas, on and off, for years (Tim’s been in 60+ countries, I’ve been in about 20. We are currently in Armenia for another 3 or 4 moths, and spent 3 years in Odessa, Ukraine. We keep trying to “retire” but getting paid to live and do work we love in an “exotic” and different locations is hard to pass up. We may be in Moldova or perhaps the Far East next!)

Elizabeth and Tim K. (U.S.A.)

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Open at Your Own Risk

 Guest post by Laverne H. Bardy whose humorous, often irreverent, slant on life in general, and aging in particular, draws a large readership. She has been syndicated with Senior Wire News Service since 2004.  Her book, How The (Bleep) Did I Get This Old? was released in January, 2012, and is a compilation of the best of her columns. 

I am annoyed with an industry that, in an effort to keep us safe, leaped from reasonable to ridiculous. It started with the manufacturing of difficult-to-open, hermetically sealed medicine bottles and lead to me devoting huge portions of my life assaulting pill bottles.

I found my pill bottles had a personality I couldn’t crack

Worse than pill bottles are pill cards. Twenty-five pills are placed, individually, into twenty-five little divots on a sheet of clear, hard, plastic. Tinfoil is laid over the pills, followed by a sheet of cardboard. Both foil and cardboard are then Gorilla glued to the hard plastic. To get to a pill you must attempt to pull back a corner of cardboard and latch on to an exposed fleck of foil the size of a dust particle. I have never been successful. The only thing I’ve found that works is thrusting an ice pick through the cardboard and foil, then gathering up the shattered particles of pill.

While there may be a modicum of logic in attempting to safeguard our medication, I see no reason to protect CD’s, batteries, or toys. I had to remove a child’s set of 19 individually sealed miniature toys from its packaging. It included several one inch dolls, their teensy-weensy wardrobe, itsy-bitsy shoes, and Lilliputian tables, chairs and beds. Each piece was behind hard, sharp, plastic, anchored to another hard piece of plastic with heavy duty wire the strength and girth of what you see hanging between telephone poles. I used my teeth and my nails but couldn’t break in until I used heavy duty ten inch shears. By the time I removed each National Treasure, I needed a shower, a dental appointment and a tourniquet around my left palm.

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The worst experience I ever had was trying to get into medication when I was sick with a virus that required antibiotics for infection and suppositories for nausea.

There I was with a raging fever, a spinning head, and a churning stomach. The clock indicated I could, at last, take a suppository. Each one was individually wrapped in aluminum foil. Not the kind of aluminum we used to peel from Juicy Fruit gum wrappers back in the fifties. Not the kind we line our baking pans with, but the kind used to build Boeing 707’s.

With weak hands I searched for a seam in the foil so I could remove the one inch wax bullet to perform a degrading act on myself. Neither fingernails nor scissors worked this time so I called my husband, Mighty Marc, who continues to be a fine example of virile manhood. At 73, he still cuts his own meat and chews with his own teeth. If anyone could do it, he could.

Beads of sweat formed on his forehead. Arthritic hands trembled. Blood droplets fell from his lower lip from biting down so hard. It was like trying to pry open the seam on a heavy duty metal trash can. To open it, without squashing the suppository, required iron hands, a velvet touch and an act of Congress.

Thank God for my Mighty Marc!

Finally, one foot on a chair, elbow on his thigh for leverage, body quaking, and a stream of obscenities flowing from his mouth, he squeezed out a lump of what looked like mashed potato. Then he handed it to me and headed for the Vodka.

Not long afterward, we were on a cruise, out of Manhattan, during a February snow storm. Seasickness sent me to the infirmary where I was handed a suppository for nausea and told, “This is not to be taken orally.”

“I can’t believe you thought you had to tell me that,” I laughed.

“You’d be surprised how many people don’t know the correct way to use these,” the nurse answered.

I, of course, knew the truth. After twenty minutes of trying to open a suppository, only to have it liquefy in your hands, most people would agree it’s much easier to swallow than to insert.

Other posts by this author:

Up, Up and Away – Or Not

An Apple a Day Doesn’t Work

Vacationing with a Stranger

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What to Do with Mail on Long-term Travel?

Hi,

I’ve enjoyed your regular emails for a couple of years now.

And now I have a question (more of a dilemma) for you two.

My dilemma:

Each winter I leave the cold weather of NE Washington for portions of the winter months.  But it ends up being for less than 30 days or no more than 57 days because mail and paying bills is my major challenge.

The US Post office will only hold mail for 30 days.

The US Post Office will only forward mail for six months.

I have begun the process of paying my monthly bills through automated banking, including; cell phone, TV, and mortgage.  But still I have some that need to be sent by check, like credit card bills.

Snail mail can pile up in no time at all

But I would like to be gone for more than 30 days, more like 90-120 days (oh yeah).  And I can’t have my mail forwarded to an address in Mexico or any other south of the border country.

I would assume there is probably a trustworthy book keeper or accountant that would handle my mail and process (pay) my bills while I am out of the country.

I am curious what do other folks do who leave for an extended period of time?

Thanks,

Tim

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Hi Tim

Thanks for taking the time to write. We enjoy hearing from our Readers.

To answer your question, there are a couple of ways to handle your mail when you plan to be out of the country.

The first thing to do, of course, is to minimize any kind of mail that you receive. This means that instead of receiving paper copies of anything (your charge card statement, your brokerage house statement, your health insurance billings, and anything else) — just go paperless whenever possible. And it’s almost always possible. Reduce your junkmail at every opportunity.

The second thing to do is to get signed up for automatic bill pay for anything you have come in on a regular basis. Fidelity is our brokerage house and we have our charge cards automatically paid out of this account. Fidelity also offers a check writing service which will allow you to write a physical check and manage it online. That means that you “write” the check online and Fidelity sends a physical check to your Biller.

Go paperless whenever possible

The third thing is you could look into Traveling Mailbox. This company will scan your postal mail, forward to any address you tell them, deposit checks for you and will provide you with a physical address while you are on the road. You can check your mail from anywhere in the world so long as you have an internet connection. They are some of the best mailbox services in the business.

Of course it goes without saying that your taxes can also be done online and that you can deal with your accountant online and do electronic filing of your taxes.

Also, if you have a relative, neighbor or close friend, you could have them take care of your mail if you plan to be gone for any length of time.

This is a process, but eventually, you will have very little snail mail at all. Between your automatic payments and your online check writing ability, you can manage just about anything. There are plenty of options, and once you get started on this category of your life, you will most likely enjoy the simplification it brings.

Good luck to you and again, we thank you for writing!

Best,
Akaisha

Simplify, simplify, simplify

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I’m Not Yet 30 and Working on Retirement

Hi Billy and Akaisha,

I realized it has been a while since I have written in to you. I was just reading some of your older newsletters that I did not have a chance to get around to, but I truly love whenever I see them pop into my email account.

Things have been going well in the music world. I survived my whole first year without a full-time job without going bankrupt, starving, or any of the bad things people thought were going to happen to me. I have been teaching guitar and voice part-time and I am in the middle of recording my second album. I would love to be able to send you a copy when it is done this spring.

A life of music and travel

My sister recently had her first child and I am so happy to have the free time to babysit her two times a week. Something I would never be able to do with a full-time job.

Although I am not traveling extensively like the both of you…yet, it is a goal of mine for when I get into my 30s. My goal was to take a 1 month trip to New Zealand when I turned 30. I have 1- 1/2 years to go. I believe you went there a while back and wrote a newsletter on it. I’ll have to search through.

Other than that, things are going well. Very happy that I found you when I was 25 and when I was not very happy about my job or my life. My life still is not the perfect dream I want it to be, but it is so much better. There is a lot less stress, I have time to relax if I’m feeling tired and I can go for walks in the afternoon or take a drive wherever. I’m also able to go away on a vacation whenever I want and have been able to travel to Chicago, New York, Vermont and Pennsylvania on the drop of a hat.

Thank you once again for the great inspiration you are to me and so many people who read your newsletter and updates.

Lauren

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Hi Lauren!

Thank you so much for taking the time to write and express all those kind words to us!! We very much appreciate them.

And YES we would love a copy of your album… can it be downloaded in MP3 format? What a thrill for us. I have visited your website several times, have heard your music and am so impressed. What a talent you are!

I know that you have expressed your appreciation and admiration for us, but we also want you to know that we admire you as well. What a strong and clear-headed woman you are to be pursuing your dreams of music and travel. And what a heartfelt life you must be living.

We enjoy your updates and look forward to hearing from you again.

Thank you for contributing good things to this world of ours.

All the best and thanks, too, for keeping in touch.

Akaisha and Billy

Mayan saying: Empty yourself of that which isn’t useful anymore; by doing so you’ll find the tools you need to achieve your dreams.

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