Would you have moved alone if you didn’t have the boyfriend there for support?
Hmmm, that’s a tough one. I’ve been with my boyfriend for so long that it’s hard to imagine making life decisions without him. I can't say whether I would have moved specifically to Mexico, but I’d like to think that I still would have experienced life in another country. I definitely have the travel bug and it just so happens that I’m fortunate to have a partner who not only shares my love of travel but is also my perfect travel companion.
How and how much did you pare down your closet?
It was with a heavy heart that I packed up at least 95% of my closet. It took way longer than it should have because I stopped to take a trip down Memory Lane with every other piece I packed. To avoid emotional decisions, I stuck to the following criteria:
Anything requiring dry cleaning was out. There is no dry cleaner in town. If I don’t want something to be washed in cold water with heavily perfumed detergent, then I’m doing it by hand.
If I would be heart broken if something happened to it, I safely tucked it away in storage. Given that our (first) house was broken into a few weeks after we moved here, this was even wiser than I realized at the time. (Of course, I didn’t fully stick with this one and my heart was definitely broken when my Marc watch necklace as stolen.)
When it came to shoes, heels were out. Having visited Sayulita a few times before, I knew it wasn’t a heel friendly town. Not only is it really casual, but also cobblestone and sand, combined with bad ankles, are a recipe for disaster. I allowed myself two pairs of wedges, and I’ve maybe worn each pair twice.
What line of work are you in?
I’ll admit that I deliberately delayed answering this one because I knew the time when I’d have to remind myself of the 9-to-5 life was just around the corner. But, having spent the last week or so updating and streamlining my resume, the job search begins! Aside from the six months spent teaching English in Taiwan, my entire career has been in the energy efficiency industry, starting out in program implementation before moving into Information Technology. As for what I want to do when I settle in San Francisco, I really don’t know! My job search is all over the place, from fashion to software development to energy efficiency. It will be interesting to see where I land!
What's the one item you're most looking forward to reuniting with?
Hands down, my shoes.
What is the one thing you will miss most about Sayulita?
There are many things I’ll miss about Sayulita but I think it’s the carefree beach lifestyle that I’ll miss most. I’m convinced that everyone’s happier at the beach; even dogs seem to be perpetually smiling while running around in the sand. From growing up in Rhode Island to island hopping in Southeast Asia, some of the best memories I have are from time spent at a beach. I’ll always look back on this time fondly; my days are free of responsibility and months silently slip away in a blur of happy days spent in the sun with my love.
And that, friends, is the last of the questions I received. Thank you so much for your interest in my time in Mexico!