Why I stayed in Baja and launched my own business

In Part One, we saw I came to Baja and connected with Dominique, who is a farming aikido teacher. She welcomed me into her home and taught me everything she knows. We worked on the farm, practiced aikido, and made a ruckus in our off-time…

how i moved to baja mexico and launched a brand new business

There are two reasons why I stayed in Todos Santos, Baja Mexico instead of continuing my farming tour of Latin America: Business & Love.

The expat Community in Todos Santos

Todos Santos has a really special expat community. I imagine most expat communities are a little bit special because they are made up of seekers trying to find their little piece of utopia.  Since everyone who arrives is looking for something special, they put their best foot forward.  They imbue the place with the qualities they are looking for.  Here, Todos Santos is known for Continue reading

How I’m fighting my smart phone addiction

how to fight your smart phone addiction

I love my phone.  And I hate my phone so much.  Sometimes I just want to throw it across the room.  But, my precious, my precious, I would never hurt you, no.

I shared a photo on Facebook. It was really sweet. Ryan and I, with his big toothy mouth. I took the shot, noticed my finger was in it, took another shot, and then took the time to post it to Facebook right then and there.

In that moment, I was connecting and sharing with all sorts of people, friends and family all around the world. Lovely.

In that same moment, I was taking a picture of myself connecting with my son, except that in the act of taking the shot (and re-taking the shot) and sharing the shot I had to disconnect from my son. I had to mentally leave his space.

After I posted it, we re-connected; we laughed and giggled. Did that moment in time when I mentally checked out really matter? Continue reading

What’s wrong with Millennials anyway?

I came across this quote from Danielle LaPorte yesterday: “You’ll know you’ve found the goals that are aligned with your core desired feelings when the path to your intentions makes you feel more alive, not less.”

It resonated so deeply and underscored a struggle that I think is not only personal, but also generational.

I know hard-work gets you places…but what if the place it gets you is not where you meant to go? Continue reading

How I picked a career and came to Mexico

It started when I was 24 and searching. I had just finished college, I had embarked on a bicycle trip from Minneapolis to Seattle (in March! That’s a blog post in and of itself), and I had flown back home to….my college town.

So now I was a townie. Great. One of those weird older people I had hung out with as an actual student, wondering in the back of my mind why they didn’t go forth after graduating.

I had graduated in Spanish, without any actual plans as to what I wanted to do with my life. I found a job as a teacher’s aide in a classroom designed for high school students with autism.

It was definitely fascinating and challenging, but I guess I wasn’t ready to settle down because soon I grew weary of being stuck in a building all day. I distinctly remember being bothered by not experiencing weather. If it had rained that day and I didn’t get to feel it because I was working, I was very disappointed. Continue reading

Stepping away from the treadmill: a month of get-togethers

no more hustling: a month of get togethers

It’s been a month of get-togethers and kid-fun!  Carlos and I have been thrilled with the chance to step away from work and reconnect with our kids, friends, and family.

We visited Carlos’s second mom Alejandra in Cabo.  She’s the one under the blanket.

Back story: Carlos grew up in a family of 9 kids out on a ranch, far from schools.  His mom sent him to live with her friend in the city of Cabo San Lucas so he could get an education when he entered first grade.  What a heart-wrenching decision!

Funny story: Continue reading

How to make ceviche: raw fish salad!

ceviche-baja-recipe

Ever since I moved to Baja in 2008, I’ve served and been served ceviche at get-togethers.  Ceviche is to choyeros (people from Baja) what brats are to cheeseheads (people from Wisconsin).

Ceviche has a reputation for being an aphrodisiac.  We eat a lot of ceviche and have a million kids, so that might be true, but it’s anecdotal.  What I do know for sure is that it makes you feel so good after you eat it!  No fat, lots of lime, lots of veggies, raw fish.  I definitely feel a good energetic buzz after eating it.  And it’s certainly not heavy and doesn’t make you feel full like those brats and cheeseburgers from back home. Continue reading

A farmers’ date night

A bit of parenting advice I hear over and over again is to keep your relationship with your spouse special: make time for each other, without the kids, and set a regular date night.

Well by night-time, I’m pretty much not fun company anymore, so last week, we went on a date breakfast. We hired a sitter, and went to La Esquina for some quiet, uninterrupted conversation. It really was recharging, and I vowed to do it again. Continue reading