About Janet Doré

A wandering ex-housewife who found herself while wandering the world. After her divorce, Janet fled the burbs and committed to hitting her twilight years without regrets and with an abundance of fascinating stories. She is in the process of designing and building the Vista Cañas Nature & Book Retreat in Playa Venao, Panamá with her partner, former SeaWorld trainer Ken Williamson.
24 05, 2018

1. Once Upon an American Expat

By |2021-04-14T06:41:13+00:00May 24th, 2018|Research, Thoughts|2 Comments

Once upon a time, there were two crazy Americans — one formerly naïve and fearful at-home mom turned wiser small business owner and one 53 year old animal whispering large animal trainer. What was crazier was that out of all the gazillion dreams humans can have, they happened to [...]

30 06, 2018

2. A Checklist for Living Abroad

By |2021-04-14T06:36:32+00:00June 30th, 2018|Research|4 Comments

Ken and I met on Match.com. By the end of our second date, we knew a few key things about each other: I definitely wanted to be married again. Ken despised the religious and governmental institution of marriage. We both wanted to be living abroad some day. That [...]

21 08, 2018

3. A Mother’s Guilt is NEVER Done!

By |2021-04-14T06:32:28+00:00August 21st, 2018|Thoughts|2 Comments

If not for mom guilt, I'd begin my expat journey a bit sooner. The fact that my two "babies" are 20 and days away from 24 tells me that there's a VERY good chance that a mother's guilt is never done. The country's been chosen and the property [...]

27 10, 2018

4. Expat Living in Central America

By |2021-04-14T06:29:04+00:00October 27th, 2018|Research|25 Comments

When we began to get really serious about researching possible expat destinations, the world became surprisingly small. For several reasons, expat living in Central America — OR the northern tip of South America — were our best options. Reason #1—I wasn't going to volunteer to be half a world away [...]

19 03, 2019

5. Panama Expat Life Reconnaissance

By |2021-04-14T06:26:35+00:00March 19th, 2019|Research|15 Comments

After applying our our Living Abroad Checklist to several Central and South American countries and choosing Panama, the next phase of #OPERATIONEXPAT was an official reconnaissance mission to scope out areas where Ken and I would live our Panama expat life. It went down at the tail end [...]

2 06, 2019

6. Expat Living in Panama = Letting Go

By |2021-04-14T06:23:04+00:00June 2nd, 2019|Thoughts|4 Comments

My partner, Ken, and I aren’t going to be moving to Panama City or Coronado. Our future home while expat living in Panama will be the tiny surfing community of Playa Venao on Panamá’s Azuero Peninsula. There is no grocery store and only a handful of restaurants. The [...]

16 12, 2019

8. If I Build It, Will They Come?

By |2021-04-14T06:05:40+00:00December 16th, 2019|Thoughts|10 Comments

As I shared in my very first post, my life has been a lot like one of those (really long) dot-to-dots I did as a kid. When I could finally see the big picture, I knew right where to go next. No more envying, no more dreaming...it was [...]

17 03, 2020

9. Tips on Getting a Panama Will

By |2021-04-14T05:58:01+00:00March 17th, 2020|Doing|0 Comments

This whole Coronavirus crisis reminded me that I wanted to write a blog about getting a Panama will—and it gave me the time to do it! So, the process of getting a will isn't the most stimulating topic, but it's an important one if you own property in Panama. [...]

12 04, 2020

10. Fear is a Liar. Or is it?

By |2021-04-14T05:54:43+00:00April 12th, 2020|Thoughts|2 Comments

"Fear is nothing more than a state of mind." "There is no illusion greater than fear." "The fears we don't face become our limits." "Fear is a liar." But, is it really??? If you're on Facebook and Instagram, you've scrolled past many a self-help graphic with admonitions like [...]