9 years ago, I moved to Costa Rica after falling in love with surfing. And I found that everyone I knew back in NYC either thought I had lost my mind, or found the meaning of life. And most tourists I met who were visiting Costa Rica were dreaming about living there, and were full of questions on how people make it work. The answer? Everyone hustles to figure it out. And then keeps hustling.
Many of the jobs or skills that people have in the US corporate world are not available or useful when you’re living in Costa Rica in a tourist town. So you’ve got to be opportunistic, and still find a way to enjoy your new life in paradise. Here is an account of how one of our favorite surfer girls is making it happen in Costa Rica, from Monica, @lasirenasurf. — Chief Bikini Officer, Helena Fogarty
Living the Dream in Costa Rica
Not too long ago I packed up my stuff and left my friends and family behind with the hopes of finding myself. I felt lost…I’d graduated from college, I’d worked numerous jobs, I’d even gone back to school, both taking courses at a community college and to get my teaching credentials to become a High School Science teacher. But nothing felt right and I was struggling to find my footing in the world beyond academia.
So I made the decision to live abroad for a year in Costa Rica. To take a step back and re-assess my options, re-evaluate my choices, and make a clear decision on who, what, where I wanted to be. That was six years ago, and I’m still here in Pura Vida-land! I never meant for it to be a permanent home, but after that first year things just started falling into place. I started working and making business plans of my own. I made new friends, I joined the gym, I got a dog, and I surfed. I surfed every day.
And this is why I am here in Costa Rica. Because I can honestly wake up every day and say that I love my job and I love the lifestyle that this place allows me to live. That is priceless! I can walk or ride my bike to town, my dogs are off-leash, I’m usually barefoot, and I get to be in the ocean every day – both for work and my own personal time. Now I am my own boss. I am the proud owner of a Surf Adventure company, La Sirena Surf, providing lessons and tours from novice to advanced surfers. I get to combine the things that I love, teaching and surfing, and call it my JOB. What could be better than that?! Not only do I get to pursue my own dreams, I also get to meet and collaborate with like-minded people from all over the world. People like the women at MI OLA, who inspire and promote the same active lifestyle, and with some style to boot!
It’s not easy for all of us to take that leap – to walk into the unknown. But I truly believe that if you want something enough, and put your energy and focus into it, the universe will provide you with an abundance of opportunity. So whatever it is that you dream of doing, nothing can stop you! Get out there!
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