Tuesday, December 6, 2016

What we learned from moving to Costa Rica and why we left...

Fresh water, lots of RAIN, clean air, tropical weather and beaches covered with nourishing, ready-to-crack open and drink, pipas! so many!  Oh and no military + lots of people who seem to know exactly what pure life is all about!  Those, along with the fact that kris had a garden installation job that happened to come with a house to live in as part of the exchange were among the many reasons we chose to follow a dream and completely relocate our lives to Costa Rica, "The Rich Coast"

Having spent over 2 months visiting in the past, and also deciding to elope to Costa Rica on a month long romantic adventure exploring tropical paradise, we felt we were ready and prepared enough to completely relocate our lives there (with our then 8 month old baby boy, swayze) 

After months of being tired and depressed that Kris was away from me and Swayze from 7:30am to 7:30/8:00pm every single monday through friday- every. single . week.  Honestly we were both at a  point where ANY other situation would have sounded better to us because... uhhh we love each other and we chose to start a family- and to us, "starting a family" doesn't mean having a baby and then being away from our baby all week long from breakfast till bedtime…  For us, that goes against our will and natural instinct as a young family.   Something inside of us would slowly die.  So since life is what you make it, we are planning our lives around attracting a lifestyle that is a little more sustainable and nourishing for our family…

(side note: for those of you who have to work full time away from your young child/children, I get it! and I have no desire to make you feel badly for that because I come from the other end of that situation as well… I have a long background as a nanny and also many years experience working at my mothers home daycare and I honestly tell you that all of those children I was so incredibly blessed to have under my care, were SO cherished and loved and appreciated! I know I was meant to be in their lives and that they were meant to be in mine, during that time and I like to think that all childcare providers have that same pure intention and feeling!)

SO we manifested an opportunity and followed our hearts to said opportunity and moved to a place that we felt represented health, peace and happiness… Costa Rica!  

While sharing about our decision to relocate on our social media accounts it was shocking how many people in the mellinial generation were commenting and messaging us about how they too wish to relocate or are actively planning on relocating to Costa Rica, many of which have never even been there!  

Wow! there are so many young individuals and families, just getting into the groove of "adulthood" who are already planning their escape from the USA…. Yes.. i said "escape" and from the "land of the free" at that!  Why are there so many people born and raised in America who are feeling anything but FREE?  and before they even hit 30 years old they are yearning to move to a place where they think they will finnaaallly feel happy and free? Hmm…. 

Im not going to go into detail on that right now, but I do feel that it is a valid point for people to ponder… Especially if you have that mindset.

So with the rest of this blog post I would like to shed some light and insight from our perspective and personal experience since we actually did relocate and also share a few of the reasons why we chose to come back to the US.

First, I must say that Costa Rica is where we left a part of our hearts… we absolutely love the country and the people.. there are literally countless reasons why we admire and adore that country and we know we will be back when the time is right.  I feel that most people who are reading this post most likely have an idea of how incredibly beautiful places like Costa Rica are… there are so many positive points and aspects to living in the tropics even if it is in a 3rd world country but this particular blog post is focusing on some of the top reasons why we ultimately chose to move back :

  • We had a lack of precognitive understanding regarding the energetic exchange our new "home" was going to have on us, as well as the physical repercussions of that exchange… and upon arrival we got hit with this new found clarity on the true reality of what we manifested... and then we had to weigh some pretty heavy pros and cons on if we wanted to try to stick it out and make it work or not.  We decided to go with what our gut was telling us and left the situation. Yes, i understand this is quite vague but theres no point going into more detail on that one… 
  • We ended up barely scraping by (financially) Most expats who move to a 3rd world country have some sort of fixed income coming in and what we had wasn't enough to really feel like we could thrive on. Yes we could survive but there is a difference between the two and we decided that we wanted more for our family.  
  • We didn't have a car lined up for us and since cars are typically double the price in Costa Rica then what we would pay here, we weren't in a position to buy one yet… Even though we were pretty close to a few neighbors- we still didn't like the idea of not having our own vehicle as our local bus system in that area was almost non existent… During our previous stays in costa rica, we were able to use the bus system all the time.. That is one thing we will thoroughly investigate if we ever decide to move back! So put that on your list of things to do before thinking about relocating to central america (unless of course, you have a car and/or lots of money!) 
  • Taxis are expensive so we just didn't go anywhere except where our feet could take us… we stayed home unless family or friends were out visiting us and they had a rental car, kris walked about an hour every couple of days and carried what food and supplies we needed from the local shop or farm in a backpack back to our house..
  • Since we had no car, and there was no bus, and we didn't want to spend our money on a taxi every week, we didn't get to participate with the beautiful local farmers market in the town next to ours, so we missed out on our opportunity to meet and commune with the local expat community and we were getting pretty secluded and missed being around people and having conversations and making connections with others… 
  • Swayze, our son, is a social butterfly and absolutely thrives on being around other people- we couldn't rob him of growing up without his family or a good community to engage with… 
  • With the recent publication of my first Childrens Book, "My Body is a Rainbow" I wanted to be somewhere that I could easily sign and gift and mail copies of my book to friends and family… While Costa Rica was an incredible place to finish creating my book, it wasnt exactly the best place to launch and market it. The postal system in CR was expensive in order to have anything even close to what we are used to using here in the US. 
  • We realized that even though we completely disagree with many things happening in our home country, we were born there for a reason… Maybe that reason is to be a seed of love, inspiration and light to those who cross our path… We learned that we need our sanctuary to retreat to and to be able to escape from the craziness throughout the months but that we can create that sanctuary anywhere we go because it is inside of us...
Now that we are back and starting our lives over from square 1 ( because we sold or gave away almost all of our stuff before relocating to Costa Rica and spent our savings in the process)  We know that we have an amazing experience to look back on… and because we chose to live there for 5 months, members of our families were inspired to come out and visit and have awesome memories and adventures to look back on as well… 

So here we are, starting over and living like vagabonds bouncing back and fourth from our parents houses while we figure out our next step and doing our best to keep on loving and embracing each new day like the gift that it is… Raising Swayze in the way that we know to be right and staying grounded with the faith that we have in our beautiful life… 2016.. our word of the year was FREEDOM and i dont think i understood the true power within that word when I chose it… Through moving we definitely gained a freedom from attachments both physical and ideological.

Our future looks great from our perspective and if you're reading this, remember that no matter what you are transitioning through right now, know that there are many others who are feeling something quite similar and searching for the same things in life and within themselves… Give yourself a break, focus on your dreams and what you are grateful for and don't give any of your power or energy to people who don't understand your path because you are the only one who has to walk in your shoes… 
"Do what you know in your heart to be right, for you'll be criticized anyway" --Eleanor Roosevelt

So what do you think? Do you have dreams of moving to a foreign country? We would love to hear your thoughts and stories…

Rachael, Kris and Swayze.
ps. we do miss Costa Rica… and can't wait to return for a nice long stay… nothing beats the the tropical life.  Pura Vida -

1 comment:

You are loved.