Chrissy Yorke at Woman43 has been a wonderful new reading experience for me. I’m sure you’ll enjoy her blog, as well.
What brought you to Mexico?
Originally I came to Mexico to start a new life for myself and my family. We researched it extensively and decided it would be an amazing experience to bring our son up in a foreign country to broaden his mind. But like all well laid out plans, things changed drastically.
What was the inspiration for your blog name?
When I first moved to Mexico I was 43 years old and feeling like a strong independent woman.
What area of Mexico and topics does your blog primarily focus on?
Primarily I write about wherever I am living at the time and just the day to day things that happen in my life here. How I feel, adventures I embark on, the cultural differences, and how I am coping being here alone.
Why do you blog?
I have always been a writer but felt I wanted a venue to really share what my new life is like, that would reach all my friends and family. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I am an inspiration to other women who want to live a fuller life. It is also a great way to sort through my thoughts and feelings about my new life in a creative way.
What is your favorite blog post?
I think my favorite post is “What Kind of Woman DOES That?” because it was my first post and I addressed a lot of concerns people had. It also helped me see more clearly my own purpose.
What has been the most difficult for you to blog about?
The most difficult blog post is one I have yet to write. My daughter committed suicide at Christmas and this completely devastated me. I want to write about her and share her with the world but I am not in the right emotional place to tackle that yet.
What has been the best experience you’ve had in Mexico?
The best experience I have had here was immersing myself in the culture. Learning a new language, eating new foods, even wearing new clothes. Meeting some wonderful people who accepted me as I am and patiently put up with my beginner Spanish. I learned that people are good if you allow yourself to be vulnerable and open up to them.
What has been the worst experience you’ve had in Mexico?
In the past year, my husband left me, my daughter died, my dog was taken and I have been heartbroken…..all experiences that would have happened regardless of where I was. As for my worst Mexican experience, I would have to say it is trying to accept cultural differences that I just don’t “get” and I fight with myself to change my way of thinking. It is frustrating to not be in control of things like I was in Canada – where everyone generally thinks the same. I have learned that I need to be more accepting and chill out.
If you are currently in Mexico, how long do you plan on remaining?
I am returning to Canada in June for an extended stay but will return before Christmas. My plans are up in the air.
What advice do you have for those planning to move or travel to Mexico?
My advice is to do research first and if possible, find someone there who can help you and guide you so it does not become overwhelming. Traveling – enjoy every moment and always remember, this is a different culture once you get away from all the expats. Embrace the differences and accept things that may seem wrong or too different.
Where do you see your blog going?
I do not know what the future holds for Woman43. I want to write more often because many people enjoy reading it. If I could commit to writing regularly I may have a better sense of where it will go.
Where can you be found?