I started this blog when I moved to Belize in 2015. It had been a long road. For over twenty years, I cultivated a colorful life as a writer, performer, sexual health and HIV/AIDS educator, teaching artist, workshop facilitator, mental health consultant, psychotherapist, and Reiki practitioner. I lived primarily in my hometown of New York City, and traveled to many other places outside of the US, including spending a year in Nigeria. Travel became increasingly important to me, and made me aware of the ways my quality of life was not cutting it.
Honestly, living in NYC was taking its toll on me physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and financially. Being a native New Yorker meant that I had a wonderful community of friends and family. At the same time, the city was draining me, and even with all the support I had my life there was feeling less and less sustainable. I was going through it, y’all! I realized that I was tired of the grind, and the city that I loved was changing rapidly and becoming more unrecognizable by the day. Traveling to other places was a reminder that there are other ways to live, and two prior visits to Belize revealed to me that it is a place where I can live the way I want to – simpler, less expensively, and surrounded by nature. I was ready for a new experience and committed to living a more expansive life.
The move was an adventure, and an opening to discovering new ways of working, thinking, and being – I performed in Belize City and San Ignacio, worked as a mental health consultant and therapist, and launched an online coaching business. I also created some wonderful connections with folks who felt like family.
I have since moved back to New York in 2017, and miss my time in Belize. It gave me so much. Mostly, it gave me a richer relationship with myself – more patient, loving, and compassionate. And I carry that with me. Still.