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“Kathleen, I receive your free e-letter and thoroughly enjoy your lucid, honest prose. I have come to value the unvarnished perspective you offer on Latin America and thought your piece this week on Ireland was excellent.

“I’m also an investment writer/speaker but focusing on capital markets rather than real estate and international living. I live in Killarney and would be happy to offer my assistance should you need it. My wife, who is from Beijing, two daughters, and I moved home to Ireland from London in 2007. While I was born here, I understand the challenges of setting up life in a new country.”

–Eoin T., Ireland

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“Kathleen, since I live in LA, it is costing me quite a bit to come to your Retire Overseas Conference this week. I guess I’m writing for a little reassurance that I am doing the right thing. I’m sorry to be so nervous, but right now all my friends are telling me that I am crazy for doing this. My self-confidence is on shaky ground.”

–Harriot P., United States

When I made the decision to move from Baltimore, Maryland, to Waterford, Ireland, 14 years ago, and word of my plans spread throughout the publishing company where I’d been working for 13 years, a guy I’d known for many of those years came up to me one day to say:

“So you just woke up one morning and decided you wanted to go live in Ireland? How does that work?”

He didn’t get it. Neither did my family. My mother didn’t speak to me for most of our first year in Ireland. In fact, it wasn’t until I found out I was pregnant with my second child and called to give my parents the news that my mom finally relented and agreed to come visit us in Waterford.

Not everyone is going to understand, because this isn’t an idea that makes sense universally.

But it makes sense to you. You recognize the attractions and the benefits. Right now, it may seem like you’re alone in this recognition, but you’re not. Later this week in Orlando for our Retire Overseas event, you’ll meet more than 200 other folks who get it, too.

I have found, as the years have passed, that more and more of my friends see the world the way I do…as a beautiful place filled with opportunity. I don’t think that’s because the world has changed in the 14 years since that guy in Baltimore thought I’d lost my mind when I decided to leave the States and launch a new life in a new country.

I think it’s because I’ve made many, many new friends since, in Ireland, Paris, Panama City, and beyond, who are on the same track as I am.

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