YES. OUR FAMILY IS MOVING TO GUATEMALA.
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! OMG. I’m so excited. I’ve been wanting to announce this for quite some time, but I wanted to be certain— SO certain that it was actually happening. It is.
We’re moving to Guatemala. Antigua Guatemala to be more specific. I’ve been telling friends that I’d be moving there before I even visited for the first time. I knew I would. I could feel it. Something pulling me. And visiting Guatemala, even in the pouring rainy season, completely unprepared— where it rained so much that you couldn’t even see the giant volcano in front of us didn’t deter me. It still felt right being there. The place I audibly gasped upon entering the town. It was the first place I visited where within a day knew, “I’m coming back. I’m making plans to come back.” And I did, within three months I found myself back there with Alex, together or not, to show him where I wanted home to be.
Before even visiting I knew it. And he knew it too. I told him, “I’m planning a trip. I want to see if I’d like living there.” And Alex quickly replied, “I know you. You know you. You want to live there. And you don’t need to visit there to know that.” And he was right. I could feel it.
And here I am, exactly one year after my first visit to Guatemala (one year and one week to be exact) and I’m telling you guys… it’s happening.
October 8th. Less than two months and we’ll be in our car and on our way.
Yes, in our car. We’ve gone back and forth a few times on, “Do we fly? or do we drive?” And at the end of it, we’ve come out every time, deciding that driving makes more sense. I’ve wanted to road trip through Mexico for forever now. Now I get both– the dream of moving to Guatemala and the dream of driving through Mexico, in one. I dont have a lot of things listed on my bucket list– but these are two. The biggest two. And they’re happening to me this year. To all of us. We’re all excited. (Well, maybe three things are happening, but we’ll see. More below.)
I told you guys a few months ago that this is one of the things I was hoping would happen this year. But I wasn’t ever completely sure if it would. I started planning for it when I didn’t know if Alex and I would be together. I knew I wanted it. I didn’t need it to happen now, or the minute after my first visit, but I knew I wanted to make this plan sometime in the next few years. And here we are… all of us moving together. Things are good between us, really good. And he wants to come too. I’ve been oh so patiently (but actually pretty patient, haha) waiting for him to give a notice to work. Holding my breath and my tongue each day to not say anything until after that moment. I didn’t want to speak too soon and have work find out without him officially telling him. Or worse, I didn’t want to speak too soon and have his nerves take over, not ready to do it, and have him back out. And so I waited for him to be ready and for him to finally give his notice. And here we are, with his work knowing that his time to part ways is nearing.
We’re ready. Everything is ready.
Well, not everything… but it’s getting ready. We’re getting ready. The to do lists are being made and each task is slowly getting checked off one by one.
Our home is ready. A few more sheet sets to buy, toiletries too (all eco-friendly for our home of course!). But we’re ready. Our house is already booked out for three months and ready for even more guests too. Pssst. You can book oh dear casa here if you’re interested 🙂
We’ve gone through the house, we’ve minimized our things. Even Marlowe has her one basket of toys and books, ready to go. A few suitcases will come with us. A handful of kitchen tools. And boxes of clothes to donate, once we get there.
“What will do you in Guatemala?”
“Climb volcanos” is what I answer every time. “And maybe start a second cookbook. Maybe.” And I will do those things… And I’ll explore, and I’ll learn, but one of the things I’m looking forward most is donating my time. I want to do good. For years now I’ve been wanting to start a non profit. I’ve wanted to use my resources (this space! Thank you guysssss!) to do more good for more people. I had bought a domain name. I starting making the plans. One month later I was in a hospital and bedridden. Everything was on hold. And maybe right now I won’t be creating my own non-profit (Fine. I know I need to be gentle on myself… and patient with myself and with everything). But I can do something. I can help someone. And I’m excited to. I want to live off this blog and our Airbnb as much as possible and be able to use my time to do something more, something bigger, something useful. And I can’t wait. Gosh, I can’t wait. I’m grateful that I even have the opportunity to do something like this.
We are excited for all of it.
Why Guatemala? It’s beautiful. The people are beautiful. The culture is beautiful. It suits all my needs in terms of climate, agriculture, community, and size. When I searched for a house to buy in Florida, I wanted a place where I could walk somewhere… anywhere. And I sort of have that, but at the same time I dont. There are places of interest that are walkable from my home, but I wanted more. I wanted a community right outside. Cities are walkable and can be communal, but not the environment I want to live in. Antigua, is perfect. A walkable town and people right outside of your doorway. Farms surrounding the town. Avocados, bananas, and all my favorite tropical fruit growing abundantly— and affordably. I’ll be able to eat all the fruit I eat now without it being my biggest family expense. Its warm in the day and cool at night. A rich history and culture is apparent. I’m ready.
Will Marlowe be homeschooled? Yes and no. She will be until January. A new school year begins January in Guatemala. Marlowe Paloma will be learning Spanish. Another huge, huge reason for the move. Other than the active volcanos surrounding the town, the occasional flooding, and the giant sinkhole sitting in Guatemala City (look it up if you’ve never heard of it), she’s excited too 😉
I’m ready for more in this short, unpredictable life. I’m ready to explore with my family. I’m ready to hit the road for adventure and wake up everyday knowing that I’m living for me, but also helping others. I’m ready for all of it. I hope you guys will enjoy this next big phase in our life as much as we will.
If you have suggestions for our drive down, please send them my way. We’re still routing our trip– but we will either be border crossing in Laredo or Brownsville TX. I have a few ‘Pueblo Magicos’ saved that I want (“need”) to visit in Mexico. But other than that– we’re open. A few weeks on the road and then we’ll be calling Guatemala home. For how long? We’re not sure. At least until the end of Marlowe’s school year, and then we’ll see whats next 🙂
Thanks for being here with guys… whenever here may be 🙂 I have so many more thoughts and things I’m sure I’ll want to share, but for now, this is good! Eeeee. I’ll be writing more about our plans as they happen. And more about my thoughts on the move too (health and healing, stomach things in another country, etc etc). If you have more questions, by all means, feel free to ask 🙂 Thanks again! Cheers to life friends!