How Alice, On Her Own And In Her 60s, Reinvented Her Life In Ecuador
Registration opened yesterday for this year’s Retire Overseas Conference, taking place in Orlando, Florida, Sept. 13–16.
We’re marking the occasion by sharing success stories of past Retire Overseas Conference alumnae, including Alice Goers, who, on her own and in her 60s, has reinvented her life in Cuenca, Ecuador…
Dear Overseas Opportunity Letter Reader,
I started working at the age of 14, and I did not retire until my full Social Security age, which, for me, was 66. I wanted to draw every penny of income that I could. I paid into the program during all of my working life and wanted to collect my retirement income. This was not a government benefit; this was a return of my own savings.
On a Sunday night in June 1993, my husband and I went to bed. On Monday morning, I woke to find my husband dead. He was 48; I was 46. I have been on my own ever since.
I decided to remain in the home in Cleveland, Ohio, that I’d shared with my husband for 20 years. After all, both my husband and I had been born in Cleveland, Ohio. Both my parents had been born in Cleveland, Ohio. It was my home. All I knew.
However, on my own after my husband was gone, I came to a realization. When the time came to retire, I was leaving Cleveland, Ohio. It may have been all I’d known, but I sure wasn’t going to spend the remainder of my life there.
Retiring beyond Cleveland was one thing. Retiring overseas was something else entirely, an idea that, when I began planning for
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