My favorite place to watch the beginning of a new day is on my rooftop terrace. Finishing the last of my tea, I watch the sun caress the surrounding mountain peaks. When I send photos to friends back in Minnesota they reply, "You look so relaxed and happy." The pictures don't lie.
I’m a new arrival in Cotacachi, a small town of around 8,000 people in the valley between two volcanoes in Ecuador, far away from my former home in the U.S. My new life chapter called for quick adaptations and a ready sense of humor.
Five years ago, I was at a crossroads. My parental caregiving came to a natural conclusion, I was in my early 50s and, by this time in life, I knew the importance of “living while you are living.” Back then I was working long hours as a healthcare executive. It was meaningful work, but another life was calling to me.