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Living well out of a suitcase

By Jon Sievert

When Janet Allan retired 10 years ago, she had four requirements for her next life: (1) sunshine and warmth at least 11 months of the year (2) rewarding volunteer opportunities (3) to avoid boredom at all costs and (4) to live within her budget boundaries. At this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship service, she will discuss how she has achieved those goals with a nomadic life in a talk titled “Living Well Out of a Suitcase.”

Universalist Fellowship Service Presentation
“Living Well Out of a Suitcase”
Sun, Jun 8, 10:30am
Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

Ms. Allan’s yearly cycle includes San Miguel de Allende; Melaque, Jalisco; Portland, Oregon; and Kenya, where she works in a small rural school just outside of Nairobi. She will try to answer questions such as ‘where is your home?’ and ‘where is all your stuff?’ while explaining what is most important to her in the remaining years of her life. What things are meaningful and helpful for the life she desires, how she is putting her resources of personal energy and money to their best use, and how she can create more exceptional moments in her life. To that end she teaches English in each place she lives, especially in San Miguel’s many nonprofit organizations.

Prior to her retirement, Ms. Allan served as a community health nurse for more than 30 years in rural Alaskan villages and urban Portland, Oregon. Invited by a young Kenyan teacher to live and teach at his mother’s school, she spent the month of October 2007 teaching health education and cultural exchange classes daily at St. Steven’s Academy in the town of Limuru. Her presentation also provides a glimpse into the everyday life of poor, but very bright, enthusiastic and motivated students and teachers who live a life without video games, television, and movies, but are hungry for information about the world and themselves. She now returns every two years to observe the progress of that program. Special music will be provided by the High Desert Rangers.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15 and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs in the hotel restaurant for brunch.


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