As I mentioned yesterday, I’m not into ‘luck.’ I don’t believe much in ‘fate’ either. But I can’t explain the change in our lives since we made a commitment in summer 2007 to move to Costa Rica. Business picked up. Consequently we were able to afford our scouting trip. We fell in love with CR and came back with a single, defined purpose: making our dream real. And knowing that it was more than possible.
Two weeks ago, we found out about a rental, which we have now secured. A gorgeous property in our 2nd favorite place in Costa Rica (Atenas – #1 is Cahuita, but business/internet prospects there are much more limited). The house is fully furnished and the rent was 30% less than the maximum we’d budgeted for. Now this rental wouldn’t have been possible without friends we made during our trip, which came aboutdue to a simple effort to meet an unschooly family or two. They were nice enough to be our eyes and check out the property, and let us know that it was well worth it. It’s great that we have a place to stay for an extended time, but it’s even better knowing that we won’t be alone.
Now as we get closer to the move, I’ve started worrying about money. This is mostly brought on by non-paying clients, some of whom are having difficulty due to the economy. Figures that the move would happen in the midst of the worst financial situation since the Great Depression. Whatever – I’m not the only one who has to deal with it, and I will make sure that my business flourishes. Networking will be easier by living in the Central Valley and becoming involved in various communities (and without a day job to suck up time). The choice is simple – I either do whatever is necessary to live well or not. I’m NOT returning to the US because of money. Maybe because we genuinely don’t like CR, but not for any reason that might smack of failure.
Today I got a nice reminder that things have been happening for our benefit. 6 months ago I wrote about earning some licensing money for music I made. I knew royalty time was coming around again and hoped that the news would be good, but I knew that it could easily be zero. Well, I did start this paragraph off with the words nice reminder so you know the news was good – this time, the royalty check is enough to cover 6 months rent! I really, really like this intellectual property thing, being able to generate income well after the work is done. I’ve been on music-making hiatus for ~2 years now and I’m psyched about getting back to doing something I love. Ah – there’s so much to look forward to, and it does not involve spending 40+ hours a week away from Trish & the kids. Life is good.