Although by all accounts we should’ve been plenty satisfied since we were living the “American dream”, over time it became apparent that this was not necessarily our dream but rather one foisted on us by society. Maybe a 3,000 sq. ft. mini mansion filled with things we didn’t need wasn’t really what we wanted after all. Perhaps we didn’t have to settle for living for the weekends and one or two vacations a year . Why couldn’t we look forward to everyday, including Mondays? When Holly and I finally took the time to define our “dream” lifestyle, we decided that we wanted to live in a beautiful tropical location that we and our kids loved, even if it meant we were living in a smaller space with a whole lot less “stuff”.
So we slashed our expenses and spent a year scouring the globe, searching for a place that we would like to call home. Puerto Rico ended up topping our list thanks in part to the beautiful beaches and amazing tax incentives. Once we settled on our destination, it took another two years of preparation before we were finally able to make the leap, landing on the northwest side of the island in Aguada, ideally situated between the world-class beaches of Rincón and Aguadilla. Now we enjoy a beautiful view of a coastline with black and gold sand from the comfort of our balcony.
Admittedly, arriving is not the end but rather just the beginning of our journey. Leaving a good paying job and the comfortable familiarity we enjoyed in Texas was not a decision we took lightly. However, like many of our ancestors who risked everything in search of freedom and opportunity in the new world, we too are convinced that it will be worth plunging into the unknown to have the ability to design the lifestyle of our choosing.
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