5 Month Progress Report

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Huh?  FIVE MONTHS ALREADY!?!  How did THAT happen?  In Puerto Viejo the time dragged on forever it seemed.  Here in San Antonio the days seem to fly by.  At least I have four more months here but am already feeling sad about leaving.  After 20 years of staying put in the same area, I’m finding that moving to different places regularly brings me much more joy.  It’s easy to find beauty in every place here, so that’s reassuring.  I used to say I hated change but now I’m embracing it and looking forward to it.  There’s something to be said about not being tied down with a mortgage and 9-5 job anymore.  I’ve found little problem with only having what fits in a suitcase.  All of my apprehension and fears about living in a foreign country have diminished, if not completely disappeared.  Once again, I’m proud to report that life is good and have no regrets about taking this leap.

To make things even more interesting, I’m now considering leaving Central America to live in Italy, Spain, Argentina, Greece, Chile, Fiji, Indonesia…the list goes on and on!  It’ll be hard to compare to Costa Rica, although I won’t know until I try.

No toucans in Italy!
No toucans in Italy!

I intend on finding more house sitting opportunities in order to keep my costs down.  So whatever happens to come up in the places I have chosen and if I get hired to do it, will depend on where I go.

My original fears of going to a strange place, not knowing the language and being alone have disappeared.   Knowing that I may be in a big country, I’m really only staying in one particular area.

Life grows on
Life grows on

As long as it has the basic necessities like a grocery store nearby, then I don’t need a car.  If there is a bus line, then I can learn where it goes.  I will always be able to get back to home base somehow.  All that really matters is staying safe and alive, right?  I think I can manage that.

My original intention of getting into the animal husbandry business got me to where I am now.  And although I have not been practicing that lately, it’s ok.  I am still helping animals when I can and will always do that, no matter where I go.  As far as changing my career, I’m still working on finding a way to make money on the Internet, which so far has done a good job of paying my bills.  I’m updating my business website and will create a new one for more exposure and a different line of products.  There will always be a way to do it,  so making the money now is what matters and I’m happy to report that I haven’t even touched my savings account.

Life really is better now than the one I had before.  I still wish I had a boyfriend to share it with and I miss my friends and family.  I dream about them often but spending time with them in that way helps me keep connected somewhat.   I have everything I need here and more.  P1010863I have beautiful flowers that I can bring inside to enjoy; I can listen to the birds sing and fly about; I can eat good food and still have all of the comforts of ‘home’ without the commitment of owning one.

Keeping my options open and not having a definite plan is exciting.  I’m sure there will come a time when I’m ready to settle back down but where and when that will be is anyone’s guess.  Doing the opposite from what I’ve always believed in is paying off, big time!

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5 thoughts on “5 Month Progress Report

  1. Andrea August 28, 2013 / 10:25 am

    Yay!! This is so great! I am glad everything is working out for you and that you are going to be able to keep wondering around this great earth.
    I hear the pure bliss through your text and I am so glad that you are out there fulfilling your dreams. I have to say it’s going to be great for you to head to Italy, Spain and on and on.
    I miss your face but I am so happy for you!

    • StephieD August 28, 2013 / 10:31 am

      You’re so sweet…thank you. I’m so much happier now, which is what life SHOULD be about. I’m glad I didn’t put it off and stuck my neck out there. SO worth it!!!

  2. Alfred August 28, 2013 / 4:02 pm

    Hey Steph! David sent me the link to your site and I haven’t been able to get any work done since. It sounds like your leap into CA is going great. I’ve been reading all your blogs starting from February. So you can imagine how much work I’ve been getting done. Your journey is very inspiring and I’ve enjoyed reading it. I had no idea you were such a great writer then again we were always making fun of people when we were hanging out at work. I’m glad everything is working out for you. I’ve saved your site to my favorites so I wont be getting anything done here in the future. The pictures of the beaches and all the animals you put up looked awesome by the way!

    • StephieD August 28, 2013 / 4:13 pm

      Haha! Well glad I could give you a timewaster! Yep, I’m the happiest person in the world…no worries or stress of ANY KIND…it’s awesome. Thanks for the compliment on the writing too! I like doing it…maybe a novel next!? You can click on ‘follow’ and it’ll notify you of any new blogs so you don’t have to come back and check 😉 Take care, Alfred!

  3. JG September 4, 2013 / 10:10 am

    Hey Steph….what an inspiration you are! Finding true bliss! There is some interesting news i would like to share with you…..offline. Miss you lots!

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