Seven years ago, I scored my dream job and the chance to live abroad. Sure, rural Denmark wasn’t my dream location, but always a restless Aries, I packed all of my favorite things into a shipping container, grabbed my faithful feline companion, Opie, and left my simple life in Connecticut to find out if Denmark really is the happiest country in the world. Overnight (literally), I went from blogging about simple living to writing an expat in Denmark blog that was soon recognized as Denmark’s Top Expat Living Blog by InterNations and ExpatsBlog.
I bought an old apartment near the sea. I painted the walls unconventional colors and filled it with fabulous vintage things. Denmark was little bit of what I was expecting… and quite a bit of what I wasn’t expecting. So I traveled as much as I possibly could. I made friends in Amsterdam, thought that Paris is overrated, had my mind blown by Rome, spent a chilling late autumn day at Auschwitz, learned to cook killer Pad Thai in Chiang Mai, and have had more than a lifetime’s worth of memories and experiences that, given my humble beginnings, are more than I’d ever dreamed of having.
I eventually left my position as the Senior Managing Editor of LEGO.com and started my own consultancy.
From 2013 – 2017 I had a whirlwind romance with an English expat who I thought was my soulmate. He proposed in Bellagio overlooking Lake Como with an Art Deco sapphire and diamond ring and we eloped to Gibraltar a few months later. In the autumn of 2016, we bought and began the restoration of a mansion block city centre apartment here in Aarhus, the happiest city in the world.
Then, less than three years into our marriage, he decided without warning that he didn’t love me anymore. I suddenly found myself divorced, living in a foreign country, standing in a smoldering pile of rubble, and trying to figure out what to do next. So I did what I’ve always done. I summoned my inner diva and took charge of the situation. I fought for every kroner that was rightfully mine, kicked that godawful narcissist to the curb, and bought myself a quirky little Edwardian era apartment at the other end of the city.
Not just another expat in Denmark blog, Sage & Simple is a diary of my life in Connecticut, my move to Denmark, my seven years of living here, my doomed love story, its aftermath, and a chronicle of my feelings and experiences along the way.
Sage & Simple is evolving yet again in 2018 as I figure out my life as a (second time) divorcée and how it is to live abroad in this context. I hope you’ll sense a return to the voice that’s been missing since 2013… the editor has been fired.
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Sage & Simple is a lifestyle blog written by an American expat living in Denmark. It focuses on travel, small space and simple living, vegetarian cooking, and the experience of living in Denmark as a foreigner.
Sage & Simple isn’t the biggest or most well-known blog, but it has a consistently high level of engagement among its readers and social media followers, and it’s been named Denmark’s Top Expat Living Blog by InterNations and ExpatsBlog.
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