I did it! I sold nearly everything I owned and moved to Belize. Wow, the last few months have been a whirlwind and I learned a lot about preparing for and executing a “freedom lifestyle.”
For one thing, I learned that having a ton of “stuff” is the antithesis of freedom! Years and years of a serious shopping habit makes for a pretty tedious liquidation. Each and every item in my home was chosen by me or for me because it is something I loved, or wanted or (thought) I needed.
Each time I parted with one these “things,” I felt like a piece of me was being torn away. I honestly didn’t think it would be so hard (who was I kidding? I never get rid of anything!) What helped was knowing that someone else would now be able to appreciate the piece of furniture, painting, craft box, game, vase, dish, bike, wind chime… whatever… in their home!
So far, I haven’t missed a thing (okay, maybe that cool veggie spiralizer) and I’ve gained some valuable lessons. In fact, I’ll be writing a book about this whole process so I can save others some time and grief should they find themselves wanting to embrace a life without the burden of a bunch of belongings.
Crazy. Confused. Selfish. Bad Mother. Lazy. These are just a few of the names I’ve been called since I announced my intentions. It’s okay, I get it. Moving to another country is certainly not for the faint of heart. Doing it as a single woman? Well that’s just downright…
Brave. Amazing. Interesting. Fun. Adventurous.
These are the words I prefer to use to describe myself these days. Those who don’t understand probably don’t have the wanderlust gene in them. Or they don’t care enough about me to let me make my own choices in this life.
I choose to be a Nomad. A world traveler! Location-independent. A “freedom-employed” entrepreneur!
And I choose to start this grand adventure in Belize! I’ve been asked again and again “Why Belize?” My answer is always the same. ”Why not Belize?” It’s got friendly people, warm Caribbean breezes, turquoise waters, world-class scuba diving and it’s English speaking!
Oh, and hurricanes!
Just two days after I arrived, Hurricane Earl barreled onto the island of Ambergris Caye, Belize as a Category 1 storm with 80 mph winds. It was my very first day house sitting for an American woman who had left the country the day before. I was alone in an unfamiliar home, in an unfamiliar country facing a storm that might cause untold devastation.
I secured the home as best I could, tightened down the storm shutters and filled buckets with water. Earl hit the island in the dead of night and the power went out just as I decided to turn in. I spent the night entombed in a stifling hot room, listening to the deafening sounds of wind and rain and branches hitting the metal shutters. Occasionally I would wander around, mopping up puddles by candlelight as rain seeped under the doors and drizzled down the walls.
When the sun rose the next morning, I felt a wave of gratitude roll over me. I was grateful I grew up in South Florida and had experience with hurricanes (the homeowner was too!). I was grateful I had so many people praying for me and sending “happy, sunny thoughts” my way. But most of all I was grateful I was safe and sound and able to embrace another day!
One more storm weathered. One more calamity under my belt.
Adversity makes us stronger, right? I know we’ve all had our share. Trust me when I say there were days on this journey when I didn’t think I could take another step. I questioned everything. I even thought (just for a moment) that my naysayers were right. This “freedom lifestyle” thing was crazy. Selfish.
And then I remembered my dream. The dream to be location independent. To travel the world. It’s my dream. My life! Who’s to say I can’t have my dream?
You can have your dream life too! Don’t you let anyone tell you otherwise. If you aren’t living your ideal life right this minute, it’s time to start making a plan. It’s time to get your “dreaming cap” on. You may not know exactly how to get there right now, but that’s okay. The dream comes first. The details on how to get there can come later.
If you need some help with your dream life plan, consider joining me in Bali next February. It’ll be the perfect opportunity to get away from the “noise” of your life long enough to formulate the next steps. I have so many wonderful tools to help you! If you haven’t already, check out our gorgeous retreat page!
If you can’t make it to Bali, there will be other opportunities! I’ll be designing transformational retreats to other exotic locations around the world in future. In fact, retreats are one of my favorite ways to explore another country and its culture! I’ll also be introducing you to my retreat mentor in the next few days so keep an eye out for those emails!
In the meantime, here’s to weathering any storm life sends your way!!
P.S. I’ve extended the early-bird discount for the Bali retreat through the end of August! Just click on the “Register” tab for the details!