EP 20 | Reclaim Your Roots. Moving Overseas to Build a Future in the Home Country of Your Ancestors
Do your parents, grandparents, or even great-grandparents hail from another country? In this episode we have two women from the U.S. who picked up their lives and moved to where their families come from. Paige Dygert moved to the Italian village of her ancestors. Her new home shares a wall with the house where her great-grandfather lived before he emigrated to the U.S. Katherine Maestas Ruiz recently hit refresh and moved to Spain! The birthplace of her mother and is starting a new life just a hop, skip, and a jump from where her ancestors lived.
What We Discuss
- Moving from the U.S. to Europe in search of something more
- Transitioning from law to online translations
- Turning a side-hustle into a full-fledged business
- Rediscovering your roots in the old country
- Getting citizenship abroad through heritage and ancestry
- Moving Abroad: What to do with your apartment or house
- How the death of a loved one can have a profound impact on the decisions we make moving forward
- The importance of downsizing before hitting refresh
- How hitting refresh can help you reinvent yourself and rewrite your story
- The pressures of life and how they negatively affect your health
Paige Dygert is an attorney from the USA who worked for over 20 years in the Miami area as in-house counsel for large corporations such as ADT Security, Perry Ellis and Bacardi.
In 2015 she decided she had had enough of the corporate life, moved to her ancestral village in Italy and started her own translation company.
She is currently the founder of Online Legal Translations, and since her company is 100% virtual she enjoys spending half the year in Italy and half of the year traveling.
Life in California was great. Katherine had a longstanding political career, having held both elected and appointed offices, and was married with three amazing children. Everything was picture-perfect. But life often takes unexpected turns. After being married for over 20 years, she and her husband divorced. She focused on her children and work, but life was no longer how she imagined it should be. Between work, being a single mother, and trying to keep everyone happy, the stress began to be too much and even began to affect her health. She no longer saw herself in the life she had created. She was living someone else’s life.
Life began to quickly pass her by and she had to make a change. When she was married, she and her husband dreamed of someday retiring to Spain. She decided to continue the dream without him. Then, when a cousin died just a few days after turning 40, she realized “someday” or “when I retire” was not soon enough. She was fortunate to have a Spanish mother, so she could move with Spanish citizenship. But moving has only been the beginning of the journey. The story has only just begun.