It’s been a little over 2 months since we’ve returned to the states. Honestly, it feels like it has been so much longer, as if we never left. Our nearly 9 month stay in Costa Rica really just feels like a beautiful dream, although I hope it will be a recurring dream. I loved living in Costa Rica. Many people might think I should feel sad, disheartened, and defeated but I’m actually quite happy.
I might be manufacturing happiness to an extent, and it helps that I have a new job that I enjoy, but I think it has a lot to do with managing my expectations. When we decided to move to Costa Rica, the number one question we were asked was, “How long will you stay there?” Our answer was almost always, “As long as we’re there!” Yes, that’s a vague answer but really, how long does anybody plan on staying anywhere? And how often do those plans actually go as planned? I would venture to say most peoples’ 5 years plans do not go “as planned.” Continue Reading —>
I can hardly believe it’s been 2 months since my last blog post. We’ve been busy. My family and I moved back to Minnesota at the beginning of May after living in Costa Rica for nearly 9 months (we moved late August, 2011). We mainly came back because of finances. We made some decent money when we were there but it wasn’t sustainable over the long term. I felt sad about having to leave Costa Rica, it really was starting to feel like home. We all developed some great new friendships, even Baby G had a little playmate and our 2 dogs belonged to a little pack of fur-buddies.
It was with somewhat heavy hearts that we purchased our tickets back home. But we remained, and continue to remain, hopeful. I even had a job doing in-home mental health lined up before we left Costa Rica. Things were just lining up in such a way that it felt like a good decision, and a good time, to return. We’re coming back to the drawing board to devise a better, long term plan. Having lived there for almost 9 months sure does lend some better insight to the whole process. We’re even brainstorming ways to split our time between Minnesota and Costa Rica, as they each boast wonderful benefits, including good friends. But can we continue to be just as happy in Minnesota as were in Costa Rica? Is it possible to be truly happy in a less than desirable situation? Continue Reading —>