Sometimes when I sit down to write one of these, I review the last one so as not to repeat myself too often.
Last time I wrote about looking for opportunities and taking risks. Funny that. It would appear we are looking at an opportunity and taking somewhat of a risk.
We’ve often talked about someday moving to Nicaragua. I’ve often told my friend Patrick that I’d need something to do there. At soon to be 62, I still feel too young to just sit around. Besides, I don’t have a strong enough pension to do that anyway.
Well, through numerous emails and a couple of Skype chats, we’ve made the gut wrenching decision to pull up stakes and head south….to Nicaragua. We’ve been offered the opportunity to work at Gran Pacifica, the place we’ve gone to visit on four occasions.
I say gut wrenching because when you stop to think about it, we’re very close to our kids and quite frankly, it’s hard to leave them behind. Don’t get me wrong, they are totally on board and are encouraging us to go for it. We’re also leaving behind friends, band mates and work colleagues we’ve become close with over our time here.
You get into a rhythm, but things change. Nicaragua, along with Belize, Costa Rica and Panama are becoming going concerns in the tourist industry. The company we will be working for, ECI, is a company expanding it’s roots in these areas. The idea will be to go down and help show and sell properties. Dreams really. Close to the ocean in a tropical climate and spectacular sunsets.
As an added bonus, there is a foundation called Help Them Help Themselves, that is supported by Gran Pacifica. It’s helped to fund medical missions to a clinic recently built nearby.
The range of emotions that we’ve been running through since making the decision has run the gamut of excitement, fear, happy and sad. There’s times I wake up and wonder what the heck have we done! Then there’s times of excitement thinking of the possibilities.
At the end of the day, these opportunities don’t come around that often. All the check marks started lining up. Doors were opening, we just had to have the courage to walk through.
So it is with some trepidation that we are giving notice at our jobs. Our kids are purchasing our home. I know that once we’re on the ground in Gran Pacifica, things will feel familiar again. We’ve made some good friends there and look forward to making more.
You can learn more about where we’re going by clicking here.