During the last fifteen years of traveling, I visited local real estate offices everywhere I went. I saw romantic Italian villas and pictured my life there, I visited beachfront condos in the south of France and imagined a permanent glass of wine in my hand. I drafted a life in Portugal, Nicaragua, Australia, Spain, Scotland and many more.
As I went, I started to build a list of all the things I would find in my perfect place. After almost 40 countries, I started looking for something that fit my list of criteria.
I was extremely specific about what I wanted but completely open minded about where I would find it.
Since then, I have become the proud owner of a beautiful old house on a tropical island with enough space to accommodate guests, plenty of room for an art studio, gallery or cafe, a separate building to run a b&b and all less than two blocks from the water's edge. The house needs some TLC but that’s exactly what I asked for.
Paradise is about more than beaches and warm weather. It's about being in the place that feeds your spirit and empowers you to be more of yourself, whether you're looking to relocate entirely or acquire a vacation property that allows you to explore your ambitions.
So after my Caribbean dream was underway, I turned my attention back home. I completed the paradise pursuit (part 2) with a magnificent sand stone building on the east coast of Canada. It’s clear to me that if you can describe what you want, you can find it. No matter your interests, your goals or your budget, a slice of paradise (or two) is out there for each of us.
What to Watch, Read and Learn
Tips for Your Paradise Pursuit
When I have the time, there are more than a few television programs I'll gladly put on to re-inspire me.
Here are some of my favorites...
House Hunters International
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Stone House Revival
Recent Books I've Read and Loved
You're a Badass
by Jen Sincero
The Gifted Adult
by Mary-Elaine Jacobsen
Don't Stop the Carnvial
by Herman Wouk
The Artist's Way
by Julia Cameron
You're Going to Survive
by Alexandra Franzen
Making Ideas Happen
by Scott Belsky