1 year anniversary of living Pura Vida

Wow, it’s official – we have been here 1 year now!  June 17, 2013 was our “landing date” here in Costa Rica, from little ‘ole Dallas, Texas, USA.  The odd thing is – in some ways, it doesn’t seem like a year has passed.   But in many more ways – I feel like we’ve been here a while now – we have changed, grown, and become very comfortable and settled here.  Life is good, my friends!

Here’s a short recap of our transition….

Starting to pack for Costa Rica.  One room of our house in Dallas was designated
as the “packing room” (an organized mess):
Saying good-bye to my beloved Chili-Red Mini Cooper S:



Much celebrating and “well wishes” happened:
This was me driving to my LAST DAY OF WORK (at a stop light, don’t worry):
Last day of work and high heels(!):
Moved out of rental house and in with the Seymour’s and ALL OF THESE NIECES AND NEPHEWS OMG:
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More celebrating – with Misty & Brady (sans kids) at a nice steak house (OH HOW I MISS good steak!!):
Then it was time to say good-bye to family:
June 17th, 2013 –  here we are with our 9 suitcases – ready to leave for the airport…
We arrived in COSTA RICA and woke up the next morning to this (OMG WE WERE HERE!):
Here’s us shortly after we arrived – hiking and hanging out by the pool:
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And here’s us now after 1 year.  Pretty much the same, except….
Greg is slimmer and hotter!
I’m slightly slimmer!  
Both of us have longer hair!  
We don’t own much!
Our life is MUCH simpler!
 Thanks to all of you who follow my blog, I cherish you!
Ciao for now! — Jen
PS – update on the BUG SITUATION – the worst of it appears to be over!  So I would say the bug season runs from about April 27th (right before rainy season starts in earnest) till mid-June (just to be safe, maybe earlier)!


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39 Responses to 1 year anniversary of living Pura Vida

  1. Congratulations, Jen! That is a milestone to celebrate. You both look so great. Pura Vida definitely suits you!! (And I have loved following your journey from afar!) I will tip a cup of Costa Rican coffee in your honor today!

  2. Thank You for sharing your life via your blog, always so insightful and uplifting! Definitely “less is more” lifestyle is a much healthier choice: less weight, more mobility; less stuff, more savings; less stress, more relaxed. May you and Greg continue on the Pura Vida trek for a long long time!

    • Aw, thanks sweet Paula – it’s good to be missed (and I miss you guys too!). I know – you can come visit us!! Seriously – think about it – we have a room for you. 🙂

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  4. Cheers on 1 year! I arrived yesterday myself!! I am at the Corcorvado in SJ but today I go north to my first actual destination, the Arenal area. I have already met both amazing ticos and ex-pats – just from getting here from the airport. Congrats on your CR-anniversary, I look forward to posting something similar in 364 days on costaricagringo.com! You guys look great, btw! -Ron

  5. Awww Jen, loved this. Have to say I even got choked up a bit as the photo journey progressed. Crazy how time flies, huh? We’re approaching our one year too and I can’t believe how fast it has gone. You guys look so happy in those last pics. Cheers to another year (or 10 😉

    • Aw Jenn! So sweet to read this, thank you! Yes, your anniversary should be coming up soon, right? We are getting ready for our trip to Guanacaste next week and I’m so bummed you won’t be there for me to meet!

      • Yeah it’s on July 23, we’re a couple months behind you guys. I’m sad about Guanacaste too. If you feel like taking a trip to Lake Arenal in the next couple months though, let us know. Same climate where we are near Tilaran as in Grecia I think…plus there’s that awesome volcano!

        • Wow, yep you’re right around the corner from us on your Anniversary! I will keep Arenal in mind! We’ve visited Los Lagos there by the volcano – very cool. Hmmmm – I wonder if there’s a bus that goes there?? Will think about!

  6. I’ve really enjoyed reading about your transition. We’re looking forward to meeting you in person this September (we chose the rainy season to visit on purpose, to see what it is like).

    Next month, we start out one-year countdown to moving. You have eased some of anxiety with your posts.

    • Thank you Wayne! Yay on your 1-year countdown soon. We look so forward to meeting you & Caroline soon (September)! Rainy season is no big deal, you’ll see. 🙂

  7. We’re on day 47 in CR, and loving the people, the beauty and the pura vida. Yes, the bugs have slowed to a crawl…ja ja ja.

  8. Dear Jen,Congratulations in your one year anniversary in Costa Rica!!!!I really enjoyed the pictures about your transition to Pura Vida!!!! You are right, life is good and we need to enjoy every moment we are here in this world!!!!
    Good for you and your husband, congrats again!!!

    • Thanks so much, Regina! And yes, I feel it’s important to enjoy every moment… we never know when our moments are going to end. Cheers! 🙂

  9. Feliz aniversario! I am glad you are both happy and healthy and less stressed. Pura vida ! Enjoy life my amigos!

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