A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

Just to say!


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March 25, 2006 —  Yesterday I received two emails from readers of this blog. Among other things, they asked:

“Now that you are done with the decision to sell your house in the U.S……how are you feeling about it all?” and “Do you still think that you made a good decision about locating there? Settling in well?”

It’s still a mixed bag for me here. There are parts I love and parts that are difficult. Of course, we each have our own lives to live and lessons to learn, so some of the things that are hard for me probably wouldn’t be for others.

I first came to Mexico for the summer with my family when I was almost ten. My stepmother almost died from typhoid and amoebic dysentery in Acapulco, and had to be flown to Mexico City for better medical care… I have vivid memories of taking care of her while she was delirious and my father was out trying to find a doctor. I also remember him, distraught, driving like a maniac in a downpour through the mountains near Taxco, getting to Mexico City as fast as possible. Combine that with his taking us to the famous Diego Rivera murals of the Spanish torturing the Aztecs, and it’s no wonder that my subconscious mind decided that Mexico was a highly dangerous place.

Every subsequent trip as an adult, I would get sick myself, until a few trips ago. The change is due to two things, I think: better public health here in Mexico and my own personal growth, coming to terms with many of the fears from my childhood.

I kept coming back to Mexico from time to time over the years because there is so much I love here, especially the warmth and friendliness of the people.

So how is it going? I’d say Kelly is more wholeheartedly happy here than I am. Mexican traffic can still unnerve me, but thanks to a technique called EFT, I’ve greatly reduced the stress I feel in the daytime. Coming home at dusk the other evening, I realized I have more work to do with EFT, as in the dim light, I was more fearful. EFT is a simple but incredibly powerful self-help method of releasing limiting emotions through tapping on energy meridians. Here’s a website on EFT, with a free ebook that shows you how to do the method. I’ve had a lot of gradual success and some dramatic success with it. The most recent dramatic success was tapping on the energy meridians on behalf of our cat Misty, who was spending almost all her time under the bed. That very day, for the first time, she began to hang out ON the bed.

So to continue answering the questions: it was hard for me to reach the point of selling our house in Colorado, but once I got clear on doing it, I have not really missed the house very often. This place here near Lake Chapala is such a dear little house, and the yard so lovely (not to mention that I’m feeling way more fit from doing water aerobics a lot in our very own pool!) that it makes up for any sadness I may sometimes feel at selling the other place. It is extremely pleasant to not have a mortgage.

I have not really let go of the little town in Colorado that we came from, and in fact before we left, I was extremely joyous that we bought a very nice little piece of land there. The door is still open to our being there, at least part of the time. (The winters there are darn cold.) It’s a unique community that we’ve been part of for almost a decade.

We weren’t planning to buy this place, but when we were looking at lakeside real estate in a casual way, we jumped on this as both a good investment in an era when we think more Americans will come to Mexico, and as a good way for us to experiment with what it’s like here.

We recently drained our swimming pool to clean it. It’s slowly filling up today. To use the well-worn metaphor of the glass being half empty or half full… the pool is about 1/4 full and slowly filling. And so am I.

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