No Regrets – A Year Later

24 Aug

This week marks one year since we backed out of our driveway in Austin, Texas for a new life in southern Mexico. We pulled a cargo trailer loaded with all our worldly possessions. There were two kayaks, two bicycles, a rug, couch and lots of tools and yarn that we couldn’t live without, or knew we couldn’t replace.

Off we go!

Off we go!

We had gathered information, visited Bacalar, retired from our jobs, burned our bridges, and took a flying leap. For you who have been following us from the beginning, you know that we were so excited. We were off on Lisa and Alex’s big adventure.


Looking back over the last year, I would say unequivocally that I wouldn’t change a thing. We have had so much fun. For you who are considering your own adventure of any sort, I have a thought.


Has it been perfect? Not by a long shot. Have we had doubts, fears and disappointments? You betcha. Have we made mistakes? Tons of them.

A friend who I hadn’t seen in awhile and who knows me well commented on how peaceful and calm I have become. It’s true. We have a word here – tranquilo. (tran key low). It’s the only way to live.




15 Responses to “No Regrets – A Year Later”

  1. An August 24, 2014 at 8:00 am #

    Inspiring. -alicia

    Sent from my iPad



    • afish25 August 24, 2014 at 8:24 am #

      I still have moments of wishing we could do lunch. Do you Skype over coffee perhaps?


  2. Karen August 24, 2014 at 8:53 am #

    Happy anniversary to Mexico living. All of life is an adventure, a way of living regardless of where we are. So glad you are doing it here.


  3. Lisa Thompson August 24, 2014 at 9:06 am #

    Most of my pivotal points in my life were done with a lot of fear. Without all of those events, I would have never met my wonderful wife and ended up in such a perfect place. I thank God/Universe for scary times.


    • afish25 August 24, 2014 at 9:25 am #

      Lessons come in all forms. Love you a lot Lisa.


  4. Karen Bates August 24, 2014 at 10:28 am #

    Steve and I share many of your sentiments being fellow adventurers ourselves.


    • afish25 August 24, 2014 at 5:20 pm #

      Thanks Karen for your support. Glad to know you and watch your adventure unfold.


  5. Becky August 24, 2014 at 10:55 am #

    It’s been fun to watch .


    • afish25 August 24, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

      Thanks Becky. Glad you’re out there.


  6. Jamie Ray August 24, 2014 at 11:29 am #

    I just retired May 1, and am experiencing my first summer off since I was 14 years old. It is a huge life change (even staying put) but as you say, muy tranquilo.


    • afish25 August 24, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

      Be happy my friend. Whatever comes your way.


  7. LJones August 25, 2014 at 11:41 am #

    I feel very inspired to seriously consider Mexico as our new home…in a year or so..:) Thanks for great post…see you in October, my friends


    • afish25 August 25, 2014 at 11:59 am #

      Mexico is not for everyone, but it certainly suits us.


  8. Kim Relph August 31, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

    WOW, has it really been a year? Very inspiring post as your quotes give me a lot to think about. Fear rules my decision to keep working at the state, but you give me courage with every post. So happy for you and Lisa!


    • afish25 August 31, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

      Fear is a tough task master. Refuse to let it rule your life. Don’t believe its lies. You can be free. Love you Kim.


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