2 Year Anniversary In Costa Rica

Wow, you guys!  Today is our 2-year-anniversary of landing in Costa Rica!  Here’s us on Jun 17th, 2013 in Dallas before heading to the airport with all of our earthly belongings:

In a lot of ways these 2 years have gone by swiftly, but when I think about all we have done, it DOES seem like we’ve been here a while… here’s our “2 years” at a glance:

~ We both started and continue to write on our blogs (you’re on mine, thank you!!, and click HERE for Greg’s)!

~ We both published our FIRST books (click HERE for mine – on sale for just 99¢ this week!, and HERE for Greg’s)!

~ We both have written articles for International Living!

~ We’ve been interviewed by numerous blogs and online magazines!

~ We watched Costa Rica go far in the World Cup Series!
world cup

~ We moved into our current house in September, 2014 and LOVE it (and our landlords are pretty awesome, too)!

~ We celebrated our 20th Wedding Anniversary in Manuel Antonio last year AND renewed our vows!

So… you may ask, “what else do y’all do to fill your time?”….  Well,…

— We hike!

— I make arm candy (click HERE to check out my store)!

— We go to wine tastings (click HERE for white wine, and HERE for red)!

— I love to bake and cook!
baked goods

— We hang with friends!

— I play my piano!

— We watch sunsets!

— Attend craft shows!

— We drink coffee!

— And we just CHILLAX…  I mean come on, we’re supposed to be retired, right?

Life is good. It’s not perfect, don’t get me wrong – I’m human just like everyone else…  I have my days where I get hurt by people, etc.  But overall?  I have grown so much in these last 2 years…  I never imagined that I would be an author, a jewelry maker, a blogger… and baking and cooking so many things from scratch.  Life is full of adventures, I am happy with myself, and the best part is that I get to do all of this with Greg.

Recap of us from THEN to NOW (both happy, but happier NOW):
2 year annHappy 2 Year Costa Rica Anniversary to US!
That’s all for now! — Jen

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45 Responses to 2 Year Anniversary In Costa Rica

  1. Congratulations you guys! You took a risk, made a leap of faith….and landed in fantastic home. Keep enjoying those sunsets and maybe next year we will get to join you for a while.

  2. Felicidades, you two!!! I have been in CR for 3 years, and celebrate each
    anniversary with more excitement than my birthday. We really are reborn
    in CR, and I make a gratitude list annually to honor this event. Your
    blog is on my list, Chica. May you have many, many more happy years.

    Perez Zeledon

    • I agree, it’s so much fun to celebrate these anniversaries! I see you feel the same as we do about Costa Rica. 🙂 Cheers to you Carol in PZ! 🙂 (and thanks for keeping me on your list!)

  3. I can’t wait to start my journey in Costa Rica… It will be great!! I am in awe of all that you accomplished in a short time!!

  4. this is so inspiring to me! We’ve been talking about this move for over a year now. We visited the central & Pacific side in Feb. with a group, stayed in some nicer places & had a good time. I preferred that side but my husband wasn’t so sure wondering what we would do all day in a small town in the mountains. So we scrapped our normal summer vacation plans and headed back to check out the Caribbean side. We just got back last week & I gotta say I struggled this time-the drive to Puerto Viejo, the driving itself, the potholes, the car accidents, the giant cockroaches, centipedes and pit vipers, the suicide showers and rain each afternoon had me thinking maybe I couldn’t do a move after all. He liked the laid back atmosphere and we both loved the beaches and water activities. Also prices seem cheaper on the Caribbean side than Pacific. I’ve read both your books and really appreciate them. Seeing your pics and reading this, it’s a lifestyle change for sure but maybe I can do this after all!

    • Ah, Kameron, I feel your pain – it is hard sometimes to make a decision together. And also – Costa Rica is not for everyone… Hang in there, thanks for reading and commenting – and good luck with whatever you decide to do! Pura vida!

  5. Happy Anniversary guys! We are marking our second year around the end of July, and have shared many of the same lessons. Still looking forward to getting together with you. Next week we are off to attempt a road trip to Panama.

    • Thanks Steven. Wow, have fun on road trip to Panama! We will be in Tamarindo 6/26 – 7/3 if you guys could possibly get together?

  6. I too remember our second anniversary with such joy. Although we didn’t quite reach our third, you know that a not-so-tiny piece of my heart lies in the Central Valley and I look forward to a return trip in the not terribly distant future. May your adventures and happiness continue. And I love, love, love that our friendship is unending………….xoxo

    • Aw, thanks sweet friend. I’m so glad part of my journey was meeting YOU and I love chatting with you – even on just email! xo

  7. Congratulations, you truly are so inspiring! I love the life you’ve chosen for yourselves. It is rich in meaning, healthier, creative and most of all exactly what you want to do, versus what you have to do. I can see the happiness in your face and can not wait to meet you today. I was especially touched with “I am happy with myself.” That is a place so many of us seek. Felicidades, wishing you continued bliss y Pura Vida!

    • Aw, Irma, thank you so much. Exactly… “exactly what we want to do, vs. what we have to do…” Greg & I still “technically” work (blogs, books, etc.) – but it’s what we WANT to do now, and that makes all the difference (plus we set our own hours)! 🙂 Can’t wait to meet you.

  8. My first response on your blog, even though I’ve followed you for about 2 months. I really enjoy your writing, and I so admire what you’ve accomplished in 2 years! congrats on your successful anniversary!
    I have a piece of property up near Lake Arenal (at Tronadora) and look forward to building a home on it and retiring to CR. Following your odyssey is fun but more to the point informative to me, and it encourages me that I can be successful making the transition to CR, too.
    Thank you, Jen, for sharing your adventure. And, I just learned that Greg has a blog, so I’ll follow him, too.

    • Hello Fred, and thank you for commenting! How cool that you will be building near Lake Arenal, it’s so beautiful up there! Thank you for following my blog. 🙂

  9. Congratulations on your second year in Costa Rica. It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were connecting on Facebook before your move so we could follow your first year there.

    Wayne & Caroline

  10. What a great story! You both look happier and healthier. Congrats on your 2 year anniversary. And keep writing and bogging! Hope to meet you one day.

  11. Hey Jen, congrats on your 2nd!! My hubby and I are planning to retire to CR in 5 yrs or so!! We live in Canada and are getting to darned “old” to be shovelling year after year!! We are looking for some sun and relaxation!! I was wondering if you could give us some info as to what to expect, and besides visiting, what are some of the first things we need to do to begin our “new” lifestyle in CR? Any info would be greatly appreciated!! p.s. Do you have any real estate cites we could look at…we would love the Pacific beachside!! Thanks millions!! Sue

    • Hi Sue! That’s awesome you guys are looking at 5 years! Have you read my book “Costa Rica Chica”? That has lots of info in it (along with our story, of course). Also – Greg’s book “Living In and Visiting Costa Rica” is awesome for tips! Good luck. 🙂

  12. a big congrats to both of you. I am very interested in moving to Costa Rica, am a senior, and my family thinks I am not thinking straight, but from what I can see over the last 2 years, that I have been researching and a thanks to Greg for his frank opinions. you 2 look like happiness is what Costa Rica has done for you. I think there are a number of seniors in Costa Rica, seniors meaning over 65, Jen or Greg maybe you could let me know. again, Congrats, happy for both of you, and you both look fantastic with your obvious weight loss, even tho Jen you are a baker!!! thanks again for keeping all of us up to date with what you are doing.

    • Hello Elizabeth! You are definitely thinking straight (tell your family I said so!). Yes – there are TONS of seniors here (65 or older), and I am friends with a lot of them here in Grecia. I’m sure there’s lots in other towns too. Let me know if I can help you with any questions. Thanks so much for your kind comments. 🙂

  13. Happy 2nd Costaversary, you two! I have been so inspired by your blogs, your advice and both of your books. Today I am celebrating day 5 in country. It was hellacious packing and selling, etc etc, then flying with my life in suitcases and a cat, but I am here (pinch me!). For the information of your readers, hauling it all on the plane was definitely the way to go, no duty paid and just a little hassle from aduana at LIR, one guy in particular who insisted on going though my dirty laundry!! I guess the joke was on him… I seriously do need to learn more Spanish, and chillax now that I am officially retired. Again, congrats on your anniversary!!

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