In 2004 we moved to Belize without ever having visited. After over 8 years of blood, sweat, tears, joy and heartache, all to the extreme, we have decided to move back to the United States. The primary reason for our decision is to be near our families, especially our parents. We want to make sure our children have a chance to know their Grandparents and other family as they grow up.
All of us are incredibly sad to leave this place and as I sit here on my deck, looking out over Barton Creek and into the jungle, I am convinced that I will never live anywhere as beautiful as this. I have tried to be candid about Belize and our experiences here but I doubt I have adequately expressed the extent of my love for our slice of paradise, nor the extent of the personal challenges I have faced while here. From the pure, inner joy of days with my children on our jungle beach to standing on the side of a busy road on Christmas Eve, fighting tears, because I did not have the money to do a few simple things for my family on Christmas. This has been a life of extremes.
It has been less than a week since we have come to this decision and our future is somewhat uncertain. What will become of Barton Creek Outpost was a major question. In the last couple of days our partner has commissioned me to sell the Outpost. I look forward to finding just the right person to turn this place over to. There is nowhere in Belize I would rather live (well, maybe Caye Chapel, the island golf course). I have this 165 acre piece of heaven listed on a couple of our websites but the Barton Creek Outpost website has the best selection of pictures and the most information. You looking for a slice of paradise? Let me know.
As for us personally, I have an opportunity to work with my brother and help grow a business that is the product of something he and I started about 15 years ago. The money would be good and the work would allow me the flexibility to split time, to some degree, between Florida and Tennessee, the respective homes of our parents. I have not closed the door on other opportunities (even a traditional j.o.b.) and am communicating with a couple of friends from my military days about other options. As a matter of fact I am open to other opportunities out there and, although this is obviously unusual, I wanted to use this forum to share my resume and see if anything interesting comes of it. For better or worse, my writing here offers an insight into who I am and if you think I might be an asset to your team or you know someone who might benefit from my unique skill set and experiences please let me know.
As the days go by I will update this blog more frequently than I have previously and keep those who are interested apprised of our progress. When we do leave here I will continue to write about Belize and our experiences and may very well turn it into a book. I look forward to see what adventure lies ahead!