As 40 rapidly approaches, I find myself thinking, " How did I get here?". I don't mean the birds and the bees discussion, I'm talking about my situation in life. I've got it good folks. A loving, hard working husband, two healthy, adorable children, a safe home, a thriving business. How could I want more?
Recently, my husband and I have been talking about how to increase our happiness in our lives. We have everything we ever dreamed of and yet we still fall into the pit falls of modern American living. An over-cluttered house, packed school schedules, long work hours...How does a (not quite) middle age couple find balance in this day and age?
For us? We came up with a plan. Next summer, we will be going back to Costa Rica...for the entire summer (plans can change but this is what's on the table so far).
We visited Costa Rica for a month this summer and fell in love. The people, the natural beauty, you know, Pura Vida!
The Extended Plan: We will experience Costa Rica as fully as non-Spanish speakers can. At the end of next summer we will then be deciding if we will be building a home in CR and moving the following school year! This would not necessarily be a permanent move. We will rent out our Austin home, enroll our kids in a bilingual international school (we already have that one scouted out), and figure it out from there. We are blessed that my husband can work remotely and will fly home 1 week per month to take care of any work/personal business.
I can already hear the comments: "Are you crazy?" "What about the kids' school?" "I hear they have dangerous snakes there!", etc.
My husband heard many of the same comments when he moved from Long Island, NY to Texas so this is nothing new to us.
I am not concerned. I hope our children will gain an international perspective, a new language, become global citizens, environmental stewards and, hopefully, gain a better understanding of what is important in life. I see this as a way for us to disconnect from the all encompassing consumerism and the 'I want, I want, I want' that comes with living our life here in the States.
I plan to replace our material 'wants' with different 'wants'. I want a simpler, slower childhood for them. I want a simpler, slower life for us. I want to reconnect with nature, with my husband, with myself, and with life.
In the end, a move to Costa Rica may not prove to be in the cards or the panacea to our 'mid-life' crisis woes but just having the drive for change is half the battle.
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