Have You Ever Wanted to Chuck it all and Move to "Paradise"?

Have you ever wanted to run away from it all and start over?

Have you ever reached a point in your life where you were so stressed and overwhelmed that you felt like chucking it all and moving to your "paradise."

We all dream of that special place where we can finally relax and enjoy life. We even know what "our paradise" looks like. For some of us, it might be a remote cabin in the mountains, or a villa in Tuscany, or a tropical island in the Caribbean.

The problem is, most of us dream about it, but don't ever act upon our dream. Why is that?

  • Are we afraid of change?
  • Do we think we can't afford it?
  • What will our kids think if we uproot them?
  • Will we be able to support ourselves?
  • What if it's not as nice as we thought it would be?


So instead, we remain where we are, and become more frustrated with our life. We justify staying our decision by saying, we'll do it when:

  • We have enough money saved up
  • Our kids leave home
  • We no longer have to pay college for our kids
  • When we don't have to take care of our elderly parents

But guess what?

There will always be another excuse.

So why not take action today. Why not take the first step right now, to make your dream come true.

I'm a firm believer we always have options in life. We don't always have to do what everyone else does. If we're willing to change, even just a tiny bit, there are many ways we can change our circumstances. That's what my family did.

In 2004, we chucked our OC lifestyle, uprooted our three sons. ages 16, 13 and 10, and our suburban rat terrier, and moved to a hut on stilts in Belize, Central America.

Many told us this was a "gutsy" move, and though we had many adventures, both good and bad, I can say this was the best thing we ever did.

If you are interested in reading more about our life in Belize, and how we adapted and changed, please read an excerpt of my book, Freeways to Flip-Flops: A Family's Year of Gutsy Living on a Tropical Island. I am also offering a free 26-page picture book of my family's year in Belize. Just click on the starfish on my website and you will receive a free copy of My School Bus Isn't Yellow.

I'd like to invite you to my book launch party at Laguna beach Books on August 30th, from 6-7:30 p.m. Click here for directions and information.

Sonia Marsh Bio:

Sonia Marsh is a “Gutsy” woman who can pack her carry-on and move to another country in one day. She’s a motivational speaker who inspires her audiences to get out of their comfort zone and take a risk. She says everyone has a “My Gutsy Story”; some just need a little help to uncover theirs. Her story, told in her travel memoir Freeways to Flip-Flops: A Family’s Year of Gutsy Living on a Tropical Island, is about chucking it all and uprooting her family to reconnect on an island in Belize. 

Freeways to Flip-Flops: A Family's Year of Gutsy Living on a Tropical Island, is now available on Amazon.

Sonia welcomes new friends, bloggers, writers and readers at Soniamarsh.com. You can contact her at: sonia@soniamarsh.com.




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Charles August 14, 2012 at 01:06 AM
"The problem is, most of us dream about it...." That sounds nice. (It also sounds condescending.) It might sell records (or books) but I really doubt it. I would think that most people are more realistic than that and don't live in dreamland. (Of course if they wanted to move away for the purpose of making money off a book, that would be different.) I would think people realize moving to somewhere unconventional such as a hut in Belize won't make them any happier - in fact, it will probably be more of a problem: income, missing friends, being away from mainstream amenities, adjusting to someplace new. "So instead, we remain where we are, and become more frustrated with our life. [sic]" The author assumes most of us live in dream land and she had the "guts" to move away - as if we don't. Maybe we're a little more grounded, more realistic, more stable, happier. "Why not take the first step right now, to make your dream come true. [sic]" Probably because most of us are already taking the first step. What we are doing is what makes us happy.
Sonia Marsh August 14, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Hi Charles, Thanks for your comment. Not everyone has a dream to move somewhere else. There's a wide variety of people in the world, and I'm glad you're happy with your life.
Frances January 18, 2013 at 07:15 AM
I just wrote you a huuuuge letter, thanking you! I'm about to do a similar journey and am.terrified (kids, you know. 20-year news anchor. No longer one after having to have both hips replaced 9/16/11. Work ended for me three months after I STRUGGLED TO GET BACK in March of 2012.) my poor husband and kids!!! It's been tumultuous to say the least! 919.744.0014 if you want to text me first to say it's you, calling. Havekidssendhelp@me.com is email. I have do many questions and will buy your book, though $ is tight! www.francesscott.com is how you can see me... Or on YouTube video. Under 4 pm moments or search Frances Scott Raleigh news anchor. It 's been a HORRIBLE three years. You inspire me!!!
Frances January 18, 2013 at 07:17 AM
P.S. we are doing the poor-man's version of your escape: a 1980 Scout, pulling a Shasta or Airstream trailer. Maybe this is the redneck version. Lol. Would have left country too, but my daughter cannot be without her dog for 30 days.
JustUs January 18, 2013 at 07:40 AM
I've heard some pretty nasty stories about Belize. I guess if you live in an American compound you would be okay. But I bet there are very few American citizens living in Belize that live within the general population. That nation is full of hoodlums and opportunists who would steal the gold from your teeth given half a chance, especially if you are Americans who have the resources to live there. If I were going to expatriate I don't think I'd choose Belize. Just my personal opinion.


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