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.