Hello from Costa Rica

Donna @ Jaco Beach

Hello world!

It may seem that we (my husband Scott and I) have fallen off the face of the Earth.  I am happy to say that we have moved to Costa Rica and that I have finally gotten my blog up and running.  So Welcome, or as we say here, Bienvenidos!

The blog site took a while because website creation, blogging and social media (beyond Facebook) are new to me (I am social media challenged/anxious).  On top of moving to another country, we went back to the States a couple of times for a family emergency during our first 2 months here.  Instead of living La Pura Vida we were living La Vida Loca!

“WHAT ARE YOU DOING DOWN THERE?” all of our friends are asking.

Besides teaching myself how to cook, build a website and use social media, most of my time here in Costa Rica until now has been taken up adjusting to a new culture, language and lifestyle as well as turning a new house into a home.

I knew this move would be major, but I had really no idea how big of a deal it would be.  It took a lot of energy.  I had to take a lot of naps.

So, “WHY ARE YOU DOWN THERE?”

The best answer, however cliche, is we believe God wants us here.  We’re not exactly sure why at the moment, but at this point we know we were definitely led here for a greater reason than ourselves.  And like many, we were dissatisfied with our somewhat complicated lifestyle in the U.S., working full time to pay for all the trappings of the so-called American Dream, which has now morphed into something that is distorted and unrecognizable.  We are seeking more time with God, each other, and just a simpler lifestyle, enabling us to grow and serve those in need.

Despite wanting to simplify, we were not sure if we could escape our previous lifestyle.  When we headed here late last year, we weren’t sure that we were actually going to commit to relocating long term.  We didn’t publicize our move at first.  Following an initial two week due diligence tour, our plan upon arrival was to try living here for 6 to 9 months to see if Costa Rica was a good fit for us and vice-versa.

There are so many variables to consider when moving to a new country – you ask yourself, “Will I adjust to the culture?”, “Will I be able to learn the language?”, “Will I be eternally homesick?”, “Can I change my habits/lifestyle?”, and the ever so panicky question “Was this the right choice, or AM I CRAZY?”  It was imperative that we answer these questions before deciding to permanently move here.  Well, we did and here we are!

This blog will be a journal of our decision to move, our moving experience and our process of transitioning to the Pura Vida lifestyle.  It will include my personal observations, interests and hobbies, which currently include simplifying and learning how to cook; the very things I never had time for when I worked full time for someone else and lived in the U.S.!

If you follow other Costa Rica expat blogs you will start to see that not all experiences are the same nor is there a consistent result. Yet there is a common thread between all of us in our experiences – Costa Rica is consistently inconsistent.  You learn to go with the flow.  Pura Vida.

 

Sunset at home
Sunset at home

There are great books, blogs, and websites out there about living in Central America, especially Costa Rica, with invaluable information and entertaining stories.  I follow several blogs and websites – both in preparation for moving here and for advice while living here.  These bloggers and authors are truly inspiring.  They are my favorite resources because they are informative, fun and funny, and they help me know that we are not alone in this.

While this is an online journal, I hope to also document and share any information that might be helpful if you are considering a move here or would just like to visit.   We just moved to Costa Rica last Fall so we are still relatively new to the country.  While we have learned quite a bit so far, we still have so much more to explore and experience.  I hope you will join us on our journey!

Now let’s get this blogging party started . . .

Donna

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