“Katie’s expertise at helping people relocate to her beloved Mexico is paramount. Her experience is extensive and her fluency, not just in the language, but in the culture is super impressive. She leaves no stone unturned, applies herself with real passion to helping in every way she can so that you feel at home immediately and is simply unmatched in her ability to help create a seamless, confident move for you and your family. When my family and I moved to the Pacific Coast in 2013, Katie took away the terror and helped to ease us into a vibrant life before we had even left the US…and this was without even knowing her—you rock Katie! Thank you for all your love in making our life adventure/relocation one of heartwarming joy.”
“Katie has been clearly an outstanding professional, mentor, teacher and colleague but I believe she should be viewed first as an outstanding Parent. Katie has served as a great inspiration to fellow Parents and Mexico adventurers wishing to embark on their own adventures. Katie has greatly inspired many including myself. She has generously given her time in sharing her experiences with others for years. Her commitment and loyalty sharing what she loves is real and she has made a tremendous difference with her contribution through her blog and her social media posts for all of us who love to read them. I love Katie’s honesty, and her huge heart. I always look forward to her next post on Los O’Grady’s in Mexico!”
“Katie O’Grady and the information on her blog Los O’Grady’s in Mexico was pivotal in me finally getting my mind straight about moving abroad with my husband and 4-year-old son.As it turns out, Katie and I see life through a similar lens so reading about her and her family’s reasons for leaving the States, their challenges and victories was like getting advice from an old friend.I even sent a couple of Katie’s blog posts to my very concerned mother to help her understand that there were other families successfully doing what we wanted to do.A Skype consult with Katie when we arrived in Mexico really helped us narrow down the best places for us to consider living long term as well as practical information about things like food, healthcare and school in Mexico.If you are considering creating an adventurous, inspired life that involves travel or relocation to Mexico, Katie is a most valuable resource.”
“I happened upon Katie O’Grady’s blog a couple of years ago when I was going through an agonizing decision. (Should I foliow my dream and move to Mexico? Is this just a crazy idea or the best decision of my life? Will I regret selling the house I worked so hard for?) Reading Katie’s blog was like findng an oasis in the desert, a safe place in the middle of the storm that was raging through me. I couldn’t get enough of it and proceeded to read every single article and even now it is one of the first things I will read. Katie’s reasons for loving and relocating to Mexico really resonated me. I was NOT crazy!…
One of the things I most appreciate is that Katie tells it like it is, the good, the great and the not so good. She is very encouraging but honest and doesn’t sugarcoat. And that has helped me immensely in narrowing down my search for the perfect place to retire in Mexico. I will be making the move soon and won’t hesitate to use her services should the need arise. Thank you, Katie O’Grady, you rock!”
“Katie has personally helped me when my daughter moved to and through Mexico from California! Her understanding, compassion, awareness, helpfulness and experience made a big difference for me! I love following her posts and blogs and experiencing her own family’s journey through their pictures and stories! Gracias Katie! “
“I always look forward to the inspirational thoughts, messages and wonderful stories told in detail by Los O’Gradys. Many hugs and kisses on a life long reader, keep up the good work. Muchas Felicidades!!!”
“I love following Los O’Gradys! They give me so much insight on expat living in Mexico, and are so exemplary to those of us hoping to do the same in the future. I will definitely be in touch with Katie when the time comes for our own family to make our move.”
“Love you story and your writing Katie. Thank you. Without it I would still be stateside with my children and grandchildren! I am so glad we moved SOB. CONGRATULATIONS KATIE!!!!”
Timothy Jennings of GeoBlue International Travel Medical Insurance:
“I absolutely love working with Katie, she is so conscientious and I have nothing but high regards for her platform.”
Lindsey Adams Fenimore:
I can’t thank Katie enough for taking so much time with me (definitely more than I paid for) to provide personalized and thoughtful advice and service. I contacted her after our arrival in Mexico when our initial plan fell through. We’d researched like crazy before driving down to Mexico but some things are just better done by someone on the ground, who knows the area. We’d arrived in Mexico a week before and found out the school we planned to send our kids to (and had spoken with in the spring) no longer had a middle school for our oldest child. On top of that, we weren’t sure the area was right for us and this sent us spinning – should we just start traveling to see where we wanted to end up? Had we made a huge mistake? School was starting that week and we had four kids and no plans. Katie came highly recommended and I was really relieved to talk to her. She had so many ideas and was very understanding of our situation. She is incredibly responsive (I think we chatted on messenger well into the night on one occasion – 11 pm or so), a thoughtful listener, intuitive, and instantly brought forth a ton of great options. She was straightforward about the realities of different cities we were considering and didn’t waste time on things we weren’t interested in. She also connected me with other people – contacts at schools and friends in the area. She sent me a whole write up of resources for the future (sports, music, things to do, health care, etc) and I continually go back to it for reference. We are now settled in San Miguel de Allende and she was integral to the process. If you’re looking for help with a relocation to Mexico or are already here and wondering about other areas, Katie is an excellent resource.
Anne Marie Duquin:
Katie and O’Grady Family:
We start our “new adventure” in just a couple of days. We are leaving Buffalo, New York for our new home in Ajijic, Mexico. Our house in the suburbs is almost emptied out and the remaining stuff is being organized to be packed in our trailer.
We wanted to say thank you for your blog. We are the adventurous type and have traveled a good bit, but with three kids (Colin 10, Ellie 9, and Patrick 7) we were concerned about so many things when the idea of moving to Mexico just wouldn’t go away – especially how the kids would “survive” and if they could thrive.
Your blog gave us courage to push forward and see for ourselves that there is a different way of life – a healthier, family-centered, slower, more thoughtful and aware way of living. We found it on our trips to Ajijic – in the community, the church and the school where the kids are going, at the market and on our family hikes in the mountains and along the lake.
The preparations have brought us together as a family after we spent years being pulled apart by the pace of life and the need to succeed in the suburban, country club, private school culture we lived in. We are confident that the life we set up in Ajijic will continue to bring a new sense of peace.
We wish you and your family all the best on your adventure and ask that you say a prayer for us as we start our travels.
Chris, Anne Marie, Colin, Ellie and Patrick Duquin
Not only have you touched many folks around the globe by your brilliant heartfelt posts AND shared the growth of the twins and your and Franks journey, please know what a gift you have offered all of us. I for one am extremely grateful and are so looking forward to meeting all the O’Grady’s in our future travel. I’m sure there have been times (especially around your recovering from your back surgery) that it would have been easy to say, I’m tired. And I’m not going to do this anymore. You had a right to be exhausted…but you forged ahead and keep all your followers in the loop of your present circumstances, and it made us all love you even more. You are a force to be reckoned with and you lift us up with your postings. You spread a light and love that is not easy to come by these days. AND thank you from the bottom of my heart (as I’m sure many feel this way). Bravo, Katie, Bravo!!!! Namaste
He seguido tus blogs desde hace buen tiempo, son inspiradores, tienes un gran sentido del humor y una especial percepción sobre tu entorno, es mi sueño también mudarme a la costa. me gustaría si pudieras regalarme unas palabras de motivacion para poder dejar todo mi entorno, todo lo que conosco y poder mudarme a otro lugar a empezar de cero, si creo tener ese espíritu viajero pero hay circunstancias que me tienen atorado aquí, no temo a empezar de nuevo, temo al cambio, he leído tus blogs sobre tu mudanza a México, eres como una especie de héroe para mi, como encajaste tu y tu familia muy rápidamente en una cultura opuesta a la estadounidense. Sigue escribiendo esos posts, hacen por menos estar allí cuando los lees y soñar! Ya estoy en ese punto donde los bienes materiales ya no importan, he llegado a ese punto donde te das cuenta que la vida no se trata de acumulas cosas que de nada sirven más que para alimentar el ego, ya no más, quiero vivir, quiero sentirme libre, quiero poder despertar y ver qué aventura o anectoda me dejara ese día, es lo único que me llevaré conmigo ese día y en ese último respiro. Saludos Katie y muchas gracias de nuevo por tus palabras!
Los O’Gradys in Mexico is a wonderful blog written by a very good writer who’s discovered and conveyed very well the essence of not only life in Mexico, but of life itself. I’m looking forward to reading it on a regular basis. Your advice regarding how one should live in Mexico doesn’t just apply to Mexico. It’s more existential than specific to a particular place, although it is that, too. My wife and I hope to retire to Mexico sometime in 2019.
I just checked your site out, and I love how you express what I have been thinking and hope to experience when I move this springtime. Thank you! You have been blessed with an awesome gift to put thoughts into words.
You inspired so many of us that it brings tears to my eyes.
Your strength, physically & mentally is the touchstone for your family.
I love your words in your Blog. I have been going to Mexico for 17 years and plan on living there in two…hopefully! I feel at home…my body, soul, mind and spirit are at home in Mexico. The sense of community and family is what makes me feel that. I am part of something and loved. The Mexicano family I met there 15 years ago through my Dad, who lived in Chapala, took me in as family and still does. I am ‘hermana’ ‘dianita’ ‘carina’ ‘tia’ and more. I have never felt so loved. I feel safe and part of something when I am there. And when I do move there, I will not be a rich ‘ex-pat’ but because of my family, I will be. We all help each other in hard times and share the joy in good times. I am so blessed my Dad moved there many years ago and I visited only 3 weeks after he did. Because I found where I belong.
Your story is truly inspiring. I am a former Military Vet (US Marine) who left my family many times to attend military objectives.
Now that I am out of the military I now have a different appreciation for having them more on my side, each day. I am trying to line my ducks in a row, but there is always something that holds me up, could be a little bit of fear of the unknown, job, place to live and schools for kids, who knows maybe even start some sort of business out there.
It seems I would have to be there in person, for a better view and transition. I keep telling my family life will be much different living by the beach, enjoying the cenotes of Yucatan, and living events, such as the ones you show in your pics. They are all supportive, which really helps.
Your story, albeit the unknowns you and family personally faced, inspired me to have more courage to see, that life is short, and we need to accomplish our dreams…
Thanks for sharing your story.