Yesterday I spent the whole day teaching a workshop at Present Moment Retreat and then lounging in a hammock reading a book before falling asleep at 10pm.
Looking back at January 2, 2015, I would never have known that John and I would be living in Troncones, Mexico for half of the year (and strongly pondering the idea of staying for most of the year and/or coming back every season).
Looking back at the last 12 months, I can’t believe everything that has happened… the good and the bad.
Last January John and I were just over a month away from eloping to South Carolina for our wedding. I was spending a lot of time deciding which way my career was going and John was just going through the motions with his work.
In the fall of 2014 I realized that working a traditional job is not what I am supposed to be doing. I want to create, teach and coach people to reach inside themselves, find out who they are and then live boldly and slowly.
At the same time, I also felt the pull to be working and living in a beautiful space where I could work with clients away from the distractions of their normal life.
As great as Minneapolis is, I knew deep down that my work and my full-time life was no longer there.
After getting married and really working on what I want to do for a living, I went out and found work in beautiful places and spaces. The summer and fall of 2015 took me to Vermont and the north shore of Minnesota to teach workshops, teach yoga and massage.
These experiences felt right. Really really right.
Luckily, in February when we were flying back from our elope-moon, we ran into the owner of Present Moment Retreat in an airport. As the summer unfolded, the idea of actually moving down to Mexico became more and more of a reality.
The more John and I talked about moving to Mexico, the more in started to just make sense. It did seem a little irresponsible and a little crazy but we both started to search for everything we could about the area we would be living in on the internet.
As our departure date for Mexico drew closer, John’s mom got really sick. October was a really hard month for us. We had so much change, so much uncertainty and then grief when Helen (John’s mom) passed away.
In November, we packed up the rest of our stuff (with the help of amazing family and friends) and then flew out to Oregon to visit with my brother, his wife and their kiddo. We spent our time there just enjoying the normalcy of their current life (my niece was born with cancer... don't worry she's healthy now), and took a lot of time to rest and wander (and see my niece walk for the first time).
November 16h, we took off for this brand new experience in Mexico where I would work at a retreat center and John would fly fish and work on his art.
The risk for us to do this was huge. After being here for 1-½ months, I can tell you that it was the best risk that we have ever taken.
Now, we live on a beach surrounded by really authentic and awesome people that have dared to live life differently. Every week, we meet such amazing guests that become part of our life and World. John and I (John works at the resort now as well) have learned so much from this community and this area already.
Yesterday, I thought about how we were originally going to come down to Mexico for 3 months. 3 months would have been way to soon,
Troncones and Present Moment have become our home (one of them anyways).
So this year if you have little thoughts, dreams or risks that are in the back of your head, I say go do them!! The experiences; emotional, physically and personally are so worth it.