the places I visit on the island paradise where I live

Having left Ohio in 1981, I have been moving south ever since. First to Florida, then for the last 17 years, I have lived on the island of Cozumel with my husband and two dogs. Expat, designer, writer, photographer ... all my passions with a Mexican twist!

Jan 11, 2015

Where Do I Go From Here?

Me, Moises and Jimena on our Transatlantic Cruise in April 2014
2015 is going to be my year of reflection, probably has something to do with the fact that I will turn 60 this year. How did I get so old? Secondly, I ask myself ... where do I go from here?


Cruise on Eurodam May 2011
I guess I need to back up four years. I started this blog in August of 2011, after taking an online blogging course with Zora O'Neill. First came Gargoyles & Graffiti blog, about my travels, and all the wonderful architectural features I find along the way. But I also wanted a blog that chronicled my life and work on the island of Cozumel. That is how Design in Cozumel was born. 

Our Godchild's Baptism

I have blogged about babies being born and being Baptized, coffee filters arriving at the grocery store and where pregnant ladies can park their car at Mega. I've blogged about the crowds at the license plates bureau next to our store. I've blogged about The Magic of Design Furniture & Interior Design, our store and sales we've had, quality of our furniture and the models we've done in the past. 

Amber when pregnant with Mila

I've blogged about the traditions we have here ... Carnaval each year, Iron Man and one of my favorites, the season of quinceaƱeras, when 15 year old girls have their coming out parties. 

In April, I will begin my 15th year here on the island of Cozumel. What will I do? Where will I go from here? Care to guess?

Young girl celebrating her 15th birthday

Jan 1, 2015

Reflections and New Beginnings


One thing I am certain of is I am not perfect. We all know that none of us are. But the one New Year's resolution I want to make this year is to be more clear of my intentions and hope others can do the same. I will try my best to approach each new hurdle or situation with an open mind. Really a tough one for me.

I never really understand where somebody else is coming from at any given moment. I have unkind words or a horrible email from family, and immediately I get angry. But after a few days revisiting the issue over and over again, I realize that most of what makes me upset or hurt is not really about me, but more about them. This is the kind of stuff I know but seldom practice.

So I approach this new year with a new lesson. Take what I can get and leave the rest. Enjoy my friends and my accomplishments. Take it one day at a time and don't take life so seriously. All the crap will still be here tomorrow. Relax, enjoy and understand that we all have problems. Often when another person is unkind or judgmental, the best thing to do is to let go and let God.

That is my wisdom for 2015! Happy New Year. Feliz 2015!