Renewing my Passport, Credit Card “Intelligence”, Women’s Workshop and More

There are a couple of things I’ve been wanting to tell you. First, I sent off my passport for renewal on May 29 and got the new one already on June 15. Not too shabby! That was only 2 ½ weeks. So I could travel to any country except for Panama. I have not gotten the old passport back yet (as of June 18) and it has the multiple-entry visa in it. This is the visa which allows me to enter and leave Panama without paying the $2000 fine for leaving the country while I’m in the process of getting residency there.

Also, as I was preparing for my Latin American trip in March, I called customer service for both of my credit cards to let them know I would be traveling internationally so they wouldn’t block the use of my cards in those countries. I happened to ask the Credit One employee how much they charge for their foreign transaction fee. Nothing! So if you want a card to use when you are offshore that doesn’t charge a foreign transaction fee, take a look at Credit One. The one drawback is that they start charging interest on your purchases as soon as you make them. I handled that by paying off my purchases right away and paying extra. I added to the credit every so often so that I wouldn’t have to pay any interest (I hate paying interest). This is not a card that I normally use for purchases in the U.S. because I have another card where I earn points which I can use for travel.

I have also heard that Capital One does not charge foreign transaction fees.

On a completely different topic, I’ve decided that I should not tell guys that I’m dating about my website. That way, I can write about my experiences with them while I’m still dating them. I couldn’t do that while I was dating the last guy because he knew my website. He may not have been reading it (he probably wasn’t since he didn’t even read my whole blog while I was gone for 5 weeks), but I didn’t want to take the chance.

I learned a lot by dating him. I’m still processing all the lessons from that relationship (it just ended less than 2 weeks ago), but I’ll share a couple with you now. One thing I’ve known is that I want a guy who is different from most guys and I want a guy who is an entrepreneur (he could be retired now, but he used to be an entrepreneur). This guy fit both of those criteria, so I kept reaching out to him to keep the relationship, going, even after he would say or do something that would upset me.

He told me that he felt that the socially accepted norm where the guy pursues the woman was screwed up and caused a lot of damage. So I would reach out to him when I hadn’t heard from him in a few days. I realized, though, that it had gotten to the point that I was actually pursuing him. How is that any better than the man pursuing the woman? I realized (after I took him down off the pedestal in my mind) that he had just exchanged one set of rules for another! Either that, or he really wasn’t very interested in me.

Another thing I learned is that it probably is a good idea to only date men who I am physically attracted to. I took pride in not placing too much emphasis on looks, but let’s face it: if you’re not attracted to him, things aren’t going to be so good in bed. I was attracted to his brain, but that just didn’t work when it came down to romance.

Last, but not least, I want to mention that I will be attending a women’s workshop called “Grace” on July 26 – 28 in Albuquerque, NM. I have done transformational work with this company before and have the utmost respect for its leaders and trainers. As it says on the website, “This weekend is designed to allow women to come together and “unfold” unto their ever-present perfection.” Here’s a link to the course curriculum, if you’re interested in checking it out: http://clfnm.org/trainings/grace

Sharing the Joy of Life,

Sophia


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