QCOSTARICA by Karen Diaz, Huffpost – In 2012, I left my 9-to-5 job to pursue an online business. I wanted to create a business to provide flexibility and financial freedom to my family so we could live where we wanted and have more quality time together.
At first I didn’t know exactly what life would look like when we were able to live where we wanted but I knew I had to work hard to get there so we could have the choice. About two years into my business my husband and I realized that our vision was becoming a reality and suddenly it was scary.
Dreaming and doing are two very different things. Suddenly the thought of selling our home and moving somewhere foreign became scary not a dream that propelled us forward. However, one cold dark night in January my husband got home from New York City exhausted and disappointed he was not able to see the kids before bed. He fell on the couch, looked at me, and said, “I feel like my soul is dying.”
No longer was it an option to stay put because of fear. We started to talk about a date for him to leave his job and what the next year was going to look like.
I can’t remember the exact day but suddenly Costa Rica popped into my mind and I said to my husband, “Would you consider moving to Costa Rica?” Instantly we knew and started to plan a trip there to explore.
The amount of days that I would sit in my office bogged down with huge To Do list for the house, kids and my business dreaming of days with the warm sand beneath our toes, the sun shining on my face, and finally having time as a family to bond were endless.
I also imagined time for myself to truly spend guilt free on my own health and happiness. When we got to Costa Rica things will be better.
We would have more time for ourselves. We would feel more relaxed. We will be able to stay present in the moment to enjoy life.
I’ve been in Costa Rica for eight months and the one thing I can tell you with absolute certainty is I was completely wrong. Costa Rica didn’t fix my problems in fact it made them worse at times. This is not a story to complain.
Click to continue reading on the Huffington Post for the five lessons learned since selling everything and moving family to Costa Rica.
1. Getting Rid of Physical Stuff Uncovers The Emotional Stuff
2. New Problems Arise When You Change Your Surroundings
3. Having More Time Doesn’t Make a Goal Easier To Reach
4. Relationships Will Change For the Better But Also For the Worse
5. You Will Never Look at the World the Same Way Again