1. Kely says:

    Love the story and the photos. Enjoying your writing. Thanks for sharing.

  2. luisa says:

    you inspire me, lovely. it’s not easy to hear much less listen to your inner voice, and i admire you for doing so without judgement of your authentic self. i try to be honest with myself about whatever life throws at me, but i have a lot of work to do. thank you for writing your truth. xoxo

  3. Trent says:

    Dear Berry Brigade,

    Congrats on the move, I admire your brave family for chasing the dream and chewing life at a slower pace! Beth, I enjoy your writing, and Carly and I will keep up on the posts now that I stumbled across the blog. We have a 7-month old boy and are certainly trying to live a more deliberate and examined life of our own. Thanks for the inspiration, keep it up!

    Trent, Carly and Gray

  4. Lauri says:

    “Create the life of your dreams” – those are the words I needed to read 🙂 Thanks & love your blog so far!

  5. Jane Tallant says:

    I love to hear your stories; I admire your courage & faith to be able to make things work where ever you are. You’re a beautiful grandaughter. Love you. Mema

  6. carly esslinger says:

    beth, you rock! love your blog, keep it up.
    much love to all of you!

  7. Negeen says:

    Beth, beautiful writing. Inspirational. It’s amazing where our spirit guides can lead us if we only invite them in and listen. I have found they are always speaking to us but we hear them best when we stop the chatter of our minds and tune into our body, spirit, mind connection. What better place for that then the massage table. Thank you for sharing your story. I am so happy for your family! Jealous too! Maybe chris, Silas, and I will be able to find our way south some day too, I hope. 🙂

  8. Happy Von Dohlen says:

    How did I stumble here tonight? I woke up from Roman’s bed at 1:55 to get him a drink and usher him back up to my bed to warm up my space. I stayed downstairs to become the wee-hour leprochan (sp?) that tidy’s our home from time to time! We fell asleep after carving pumpkins – well poking pumpkins and leaving a trail of pumpking meat from outside to all over the kitchen. Soooooo after doing some mild remodling downstairs, emptying the dishwasher and beginning the reload, cleaning the critter cage (feeding them too and wooing over them for a wasted 15 minutes), I brought a load of clothes upstairs and dumped them onto the floor pile of 3 other existing loads, contemplated folding them….then turned on the light to review my email….then thinking, I wonder if I can find Beth’s blog because Holly asked me a couple of weeks ago if I had seen it! Long story short, it is 4:02 and I have found you and reviewed the site. It is beautiful – no surprise, everything you do is. I brag about you often. So, I leave you with a hug and A belated Happy Birthday, hope the New York trip was a BUZZ! Good night sister in law. Give your girls lots of love and send them Happy Halloween wishes from us. Blaine really misses Taos a ton. Love, Happy

  9. Wow – that is inspiring fly by the seat of your pants action. What a brave family. I did this once on my own to Boulder, Colorado but I could never see my family doing it. The hubby is too much of an action plan man, he needs those plans. But hey, we’re moving to Kuwait which may or may not be a great thing. But our lives should slow down a lot and we’ll get lots of photos of sand and water as we will also be living on the beach.

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  11. Kim says:

    Hi Beth

    Are you still in Chiapas? My husband and I moved this last year to Roatan Honduras. Our move is only for the year however and Roatan hasn’t really resonated with us. I have traveled quite a bit around Mexico and always wanted to visit San Cristobal. Maybe we will in June when we have finished here.

    I agree, this move has tested my family relationships almost to the breaking point and it hope, strengthened them as well. Time will tell on that front. My daughter (8) has had a challenging time with the move, but my son (10) is thriving. I love the slower pace of life, but just think we haven’t found our exact spot.

    Thanks for sharing your story.

  12. Sheila says:

    Love your story! Brave and bold–yeeeSSSS! Listening to your inner compass! YES!
    We just took big leaps in our lives–up and moved from NC to Colorado rather spontaneously after door after door closed…As the last door closed (didn’t get the job), I felt liberated, joyful and wanted to THANK the person for calling me to tell me I didn’t get the job. I KNEW we were leaving that moment. It was sunny out. I didn’t really know where, but I knew we were on to something. We love CO and talked lots before children about moving out west…here was our chance. We sold our house in A DAY, my husband found a new teaching job (in a couple weeks) and I’m able to continue to stay home with our girls rather than returning to teaching..Each step forward, better and better.

  13. sue says:

    Very inspirational post. Were you able to find a job in San Cristobal? Any ideas on how to create an income living in Mexico? How do you do it?

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