Category Archives: Redesigning Your Life

Redesigning Pura Vida Familia: An Update

As I have posted before, I am in the process of building a web-based writing/coaching venture, which will be called, “Pura Vida by Noemi”.  Here is where Caelan, my web-designer and marketing champion, and I are with regards to the … Continue reading

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Reflections on Simplifying in Costa Rica: I can live without these

As I reflect on ways we have simplified our lives since moving to Costa Rica, I amazed by how many things we live without that I previously thought were absolutely essential.  This is a partial list of things I used … Continue reading

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Redesigning Pura Vida Familia: An Update

I am so excited!  Caelan has designed the first draft of the “Pura Vida by Noemi” logo.  As soon as I saw it, I knew that was it.  The logo evoked the feeling of calm and positivity for which I … Continue reading

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Redesigning Pura Vida Familia: Update

We are back!  We spent 10 glorious days in Brazil’s Pantanal region.  The purpose of our trip was for Chris to scout it out as a potential spot to lead wildlife photo tours and for all of us to see … Continue reading

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Take the Pura Vida Challenge!

I the previous post, I blogged about what Pura Vida means.  It is a commonly used phrase in Costa Rica, but it also epitomizes the positive attitude of Tico culture. You don’t need to live in Costa Rica to live … Continue reading

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Reflections on Moving Abroad and Being an Expat

“You’re an expatriate. You’ve lost touch with the soil. You get precious. Fake European standards have ruined you. You drink yourself to death. You become obsessed with sex. You spend all your time talking, not working. You are an expatriate, … Continue reading

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Reflections on Easing the Transition to Becoming An Expat

“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”
  –Aristotle I have a secret to tell.  Life in Monteverde is not perfect.  Cue in the gasp!  I cannot find a Smart … Continue reading

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What Does the Expat Need to Know Before Moving Abroad?

In June 2013, I sold my house and cars, quit my job, and moved to a small town in the highlands of Costa Rica with my husband and 2 children.  As exciting and glamorous as it sounds, I also found … Continue reading

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Reflecting on this week: Financing Your Move Abroad

“Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, … Continue reading

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Redesigning Your Finances to Move Abroad: Others have done it, you can too!

Everyone always asks about the money…. When I would talk to acquaintances, colleagues, friends and family back in the USA about our plans to move to Costa Rica, I was met with all kinds of responses: awe, admiration, curiosity, thinly-veiled … Continue reading

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