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Finding the Gypsy in Me - Tales of an International House Sitter Paperback – November 30, 2011
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Teresa Roberts likes living on the edge of who she is while anticipating who she is becoming. She has reinvented herself more than once in life. From teacher/principal to world traveler and international house sitter to certified hypnotist, she simply loves being on a learning curve. Her first published book, Finding the Gypsy in Me - Tales of an International House Sitter, was written to appease the multitude of people who wanted to hear more about her adventures abroad. She hopes it is at once inspiring and practical. Teresa constantly seeks creative routes to freedom. She could be the poster girl for finding adventure at any age and on any income. Visit www.findingthegypsyinme.com
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From the beginning, I was awestruck by her brave decision to take the chance to dream outside the box and take off into the unknown, all for the purpose on enriching her life's experiences. Add to the act that she learned to construct her new purpose in the form of an International House sitter, only makes her story that much more amazing, as well as entertaining. Can everyone speak on how it feels to practically live in an English countryside? Can everyone explain the day to day lifestyle of a community village in Spain? What about international foods and shopping? Traditional means of travel and leisure? Customs and folklore of people from around the world? This book has it all, and it is told from a person who has lived it. Trust me, "amazing" is not word enough to describe the spirit of this wonderful woman, and her story will truly enlighten the quest for life and adventure for everyone who reads her book. I know, because she did it for me.
When I read this book I realized my husband and I could go live some place else once we turned 62 (which is quickly approaching) and could do it on our social security while having our 401K's as back up money.
In 2012 we went to Merida, Yucatan, Mexico for the first time. This is where we decided we want to retire. We have gone every year since and have only a couple more years to make it our dream home. We have also made friends there.
Thank you Teresa! I have always been a gypsy at heart and now I can make a dream come true since I've always loved Mexico.
Like a lot of people, I expected to need a lot of money and freedom to do what Teresa has done.
She shows us that you can choose the freedom, and travel without a lot of cost, virtually anywhere you choose. This is also a metaphor of course on how to live life. We need to be reminded that we can do the things we want to do, whether it is travel like Teresa does, or something else that we have always dreamed of. There is a way. Want to learn how to paint like an artist? Want to learn how to play the piano or cello? Want to be a chef or a dancer? Teresa seems to have found the secret of how to decide what she wants, and then create a way to get it. Kudos for "Creative Teresa"!!!
Teresa Roberts has dispelled the American Dream by making her fantasy come to life. After teaching for many years, and raising her family, she has found a way to travel the world and she didn't have to win the lottery to do it. Instead she became an International House Sitter.
If ever there was a class on becoming an International House Sitter, FINDING THE GYPSY IN ME would be the required reading. Ms. Roberts has shown us in delightful detail all that she needed to do to reach her goal...and she took us with her! She has incorporated wonderful, exciting stories of the beautiful homes she was in charge of while the owners vacationed, as well as the many interesting new friends she met along the way. The ethnic foods, the shopping and sight-seeing will have you taking notes on just how you, too, can live this glamorous life.
FINDING THE GYPSY IN ME is an experience that will leave you dreaming of a life that can set you free to follow your dreams and fantasies of traveling the world.
Great job Teresa Roberts! The fire in my dreams has been lit once again!
Review by Barbara Grovner AKA B. Grovner, author of EVEN NUMBERS, COLD CRAZY, AND COLD SERIAL.
It is a fascinating read, and has many very good tips for the prospective housesitter, as well some exciting journal entries.
Teresa has some valuable help for those who would like to enjoy her lifestyle. It is much easier to let go the trappings of suburban life than most people imagine. Teresa proves this.
I too have been housesitting around the world for more than ten years, absolutely loving what I do.
Every day, no matter where I am in the world, whether it is on a plane, in a coffee shop, waiting for a bus etc. I am asked about housesitting. I am more than happy to pass on all the help that I can.
Even though I am a veteran at the housesitting game, I gleaned some new help and ideas from Teresa's book, for which I am very thankful.
If you have a yen for the exciting life, then by reading 'Finding The Gypsy In Me', you will see just how easy it is, and you will also find many great things to help you be safe and a valuable housesitter for the home owners.