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Why Mexico?

Mexico Toes

So committed to our move, I got my toes painted with Mexican Flags prior to our 2012 departure!

Why Mexico?

This seems to be the million dollar question. Why-–sometimes with intrigue and curiosity, other times with confusion and skepticism—did we choose Mexico of all places to relocate our family to, to begin our lives anew?

M & L Holding Turtles San Pancho 2012

Our children Mairead and Liam holding new life in their hands in San Pancho, Nayarit~2012

What about safety? What about schooling for our kids? What about medical care? What about the government, the water, the driving conditions and cows in the road? How and why did we choose Mexico as our new, adopted country and home?

The answers are varied but all end up at the same place.

We wanted a better life…an improved quality of life for our family, our children, our marriage, our dog, our physical and emotional health. We wanted to cultivate abundance and longevity and enjoy the precious, never-to-be-had-again moments within our days—to get out of the rat race, to slow down, smell the flowers, disconnect and reconnect….to be present to the moment.

Surfing in Sayulita!

Liam learning how to surf with his dad’s guidance! Sayulita, Nayarit~2012

We have had a long-standing love affair with Mexico—her culture, her beauty, her color, her people….the heart and corazón of her…her richness and ruggedness.

No doubt Mexico has its difficulties and down sides—don’t all countries? But therein lies the clave—the key. It’s all about choices and perspective and as I’m seeing, a whole lot of karma and serendipity. It is from here, that the magic and stories unfold.

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Sayulita, Nayarit~On One of My Morning Runs

Prior to our move to mainland Mexico—first to the coastal jungle of Nayarit, and now the desert highlands of Guanajuato—we spent many years—nearly 15—exploring the Baja Peninsula including leasing a 30 by 60 piece of sand in the slow-paced fishing village of Bahia de Los Angeles on the Sea of Cortez.

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Our Baja Home in Bahia de Los Angeles, Baja California

At one point in our relocation research, Bahia was considered a possible destination for our family—as was La Paz México, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, even North Carolina!

But at the end of the day, we knew in our heart of hearts that it was México—the connection we feel with her and all that she had to offer our family—that was calling to us. 

There does seem to be a heavy hand of fate and without a doubt a powerful energetic component to life here and the flavor of folk that she attracts.

We O’Gradys are more than grateful to have found our little slice of heaven here on earth, in México. The adventure reveals itself in the magic and gifts of each day.

~Katie

For more on why we packed it up and left the States for the life we are living now, take a look at my “American Dream” post.

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