Dream Comes True; Tulum Mayan Ruins

Tulum Maya Ruins

In 1993 a friend of mine was working in Mexico. He visited the Tulum Mayan Ruins and sent me a post card. It was one of those stunning turquoise blue water shots, with one of the Tulum temples at the edge of the water. It captivated me and from that moment I wanted to visit the Tulum Mayan Ruins.

Life took me in many directions, but never toward Tulum, or Mexico. In my head I always had Tulum on a list. The list contains a few long desired travel destinations including Greece, Bruges Belgium, Alaska, Red Square in Moscow, the Maldives and Tahiti. Tulum Mexico has moved off the list.

Tulum Beach
Champagne on the beach, Tulum, Mexico.

Mexico Beach
The Beach at Tulum, Mexico.

My dream came true, I visited the ruins at Tulum last year. It was surreal, and was a cherished day. It was one of those moments that truly allowed me to see how far my life has come. It was a reminder to refocus my desires, and continue to visualize the dreams I have. I know there is a guiding force in my life, helping to create opportunities and guiding me toward my best choices. Visiting the Tulum Maya Ruins was my dream, and a sweet reminder of what is possible. I’m grateful.

Celebrating Eight Years and Several Transitions

Five Years
In February 2007 I in I started this website. What began as a site to inspire healing has transformed into a site which inspires both healing and travel adventures. This transition came about through my own transitions and healing.

A Metamorphosis
This website has gone through a metamorphosis as my grief healed and I created new dreams for my life. Last year my site crashed and I lost some posts and all my comments. The site had to be rebuilt and I lost all my google ranking as well. It was frustrating and maddening, but here we are today, growing and learning and I deeply hope, inspiring you to transform your own life and follow your dreams.

My Dream Realized
One of my dreams was to go on press trips for tourism destinations. I’ve now done that multiple times to destinations throughout the Caribbean and Mexico. It was fantastic to realize a long held dream of mine. Since I began this site it has been a dream to continue growing my readership. That is happening and I’m happy with this transformation.

Looking Ahead
Three years ago my goal was to publish a book. I am now in the final stages of the publishing process. Which brings me a great deal of happiness. In addition I am in the midst of writing another book, which is a funny book about my life transitions living overseas.
My life has transformed through relationships, pets, new jobs, house sales, and the death of my parents. It has been, and continues to be quite a journey of adventure and at times grief and challenge. I have many blessings and this website is one of them. Thank you for joining me on this journey.

Lisa Overseas

All the Best,


A Butterfly Moment

Yesterday I had a realization, I will call it my butterfly moment. Soon my mother’s birthday will be coming up. Her birthday is May 12th, though she died fifteen years ago, in 1997. Each year on her birthday and Mother’s Day I do something special either at her grave or at my house. I either plant flowers she would love, or I buy and light a candle in a scent she would have enjoyed or I put something special on her grave that would make her smile. This year I wanted to do something special for her grave, as I will be in Indiana where she was buried. I have been contemplating this for three weeks, wanting just the right memento.

Butterfly in flowers

I knew I could wander through the garden shops in the area and eventually I’d find a sweet treasure. I also knew I wanted something particularly beautiful, durable for the weather, easy enough to display at her grave and something that wasn’t exorbitantly expensive. That’s a pretty big list of desires to place on one item. I thought it might be a challenge, but I prayed about it. I asked that I be guided, that my angels help me find just the right memento that mom would have loved, and will love from heaven.

The Search
I had looked around a bit at Michaels last week and I found nothing that seemed both durable and beautiful, everything felt too kitschy. I looked at a garden shop and found nothing that felt appropriate, lots of pretty, glitzy garden things but not quite what I desired. I prayed about it again and I let it go. Yesterday I went to the Botanical garden with my family to see the Malaysian Butterfly exhibit Afterwards as I walked toward the exit and seating area I noticed through the gift shop window a display of garden decor.

I went into to the shop and examined the garden items, again they were not quite what I wanted. These offered no color and were just made of a copper colored metal and a few dull colors. I kept wandering, knowing the gift shop had many beautiful things. Then I saw it, a sturdy, delicate butterfly stake that was made with a mosaic of purple and green glass inside the strong metal body that would hold up to the weather and offer the beauty and grace I desired. I hadn’t spent a lot of time searching, in just a couple minutes of looking it stood out and it fit my entire list of desires.

It Will Show itself and Be a Perfect Fit
I bought it, and I brought it home. As I looked at it and admired it’s beauty I said a prayer of thanks for my angels guiding me so easily to exactly the right gift to place on mom’s grave. It was then that I had my Butterfly realization, my overseas job will fit into place in the very same way. As I wait to learn where I will be hired I have moments of frustration. I hear from schools with interest and then I wait, and I wait some more. The butterfly realization showed me that my prayers will be answered in just the same way. I have shared with my angels my list of desires ( A safe, dog friendly location, a good school, preferably in Europe and a good salary.) Now it’s time to let the angels assist, the right job will show it’s self and just like the butterfly I found yesterday it will be a perfect fit.

Call it Spring; Gratitude

Spring is a time of renewal and with that thought in mind I’m posting about an article I saw in Parade, back in January. The article was called Up Your Gratitude by John Kralik . In honor of Easter, and Spring Renewal I thought today was the time to mention Gratitude.


The article talks about how gratitude transformed the authors life. John Kralik wrote a book about his experiences, about how writing simple notes of thanks and gratitude to people transformed his life. His book is called, A Simple Act of Gratitude

May your Easter be filled with love and gratitude.