The Journey Has Begun.
I had only been back in the States for 21 days when I got ready to venture back to paradise. I had an awesomely productive few weeks which included a trip to Tulsa-Memphis&Back (Fun time with the World’s most amazing sister), a week at Canton Trade Days, and meticulously packing for 3 months abroad.
Monday morning I went to Allen High School for the first time since graduation, something I had been meaning to do for the past few months..I had to do it before I headed to Belize. It was a great experience, seeing the teachers who truly made an impact on me and thanking them for everything was a must. Mrs. Kulkarni, my sophomore Chemistry teacher and leader of the AHS Science Club has invited me up to talk with the Club about The Grassfed Way and the chemistry behind organic foods. Needless to say opportunities continue to flow in (Thank you Universe).
My plan was to leave by noon and make it to Missouri by 7 or 8 PM to get some rest and visit with family before we head to St.Louis to get catch our flight the next morning(Tuesday). If you know me, you know that I did not leave at noon. My whole schedule was thrown off whack when I picked up Angus to hangout, leading to me not leaving until 7PM. I figured it was my last time I will see him before New Years so it was well worth a sleepless night.
I was running on 4 hours of sleep(the previous night) when I finally got on the road..Logic on repeat helped along with chugging holistic energy powders and Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar Energy Drinks.
I promised Aunt Birdie that I would not be late, “We are heading out around 4 so make sure you get here” rang in my ears.
I knew I would make it, it was just a matter of if I drop dead from lack of energy when I got there.
3:58AM- I finally pull into Aunt Birdie and Uncle Darnell’s house as Uncle Darnell is loading is the car waiting for me. Instantly I went from almost asleep to wide awake and ready for the adventure, his energy is incredible..One of my favorite people of all time.
By about 4:15 we were on the road and headed to pick up our next VIP, Jeanne(One of those non-blood family members that you like better than most of your actual kin, truly a joy to be around). Once we had our car loaded up we hit the highway from Poplar Bluff, MO to St.Louis.
The best part about traveling for me is the excitement that you get to see in others when they haven’t been somewhere. I kept telling Birdie and Jeanne that I couldn’t explain the life here, there is something that exists here that we cannot find in America. A Simplicity and quality of life that most have never experienced. Simply Paradise.
Our first flight was from St.Louis to Houston, it was cool to be at the airport that I grew up going to. Once in Houston we were escorted to our next gate by a man named Michael, his attitude made him one of those people who will stick in my mind forever.
Michael was a 41-year-old airport worker with 6 kids, and never have I ever heard anyone so proud of his kids. Just in our walk from one end of the airport to the other, he showed a passion and drive to be happy in life while still working and getting things done and bettering the people around you. 3 of his kids had gotten degrees in various fields while 3 more were at home. He talked about the quality of life that is achieved through how you think and that mindset is the key to life, while admitting that his health is the next step on the list. People like this are encountered for a reason, I learned a lot from him.
Once we were wheels up in Houston it was only a matter of 2 hours and 25 minutes until we land in Belize City. A short layover there and we boarded a 12-seater plane that took us south to Placencia. The view from this flight is something like I have never seen before. A low flying view of villages, the ocean, mountains, and an extensive irrigation system that the Belizeans have seem to have mastered. Maybe 30 minutes or so, after a quick stop in Dangriga(Fishing Village north of Placencia) we landed in paradise. Mom, Dave, and Uncle Floyd were waiting with a golf cart to take us to the house.
Little did we think about the commute to the house as we load up 2 backpacks, 2 large suitcases, 2 medium suitcases, Mom, Dave, Jeanne, Birdie, Uncle Floyd, and I on a 5 seat golf cart. We looked like the Belizean Beverly Hills Hillbilly’s. But we made it to the house, dropped our bags and had an awesome dinner at MOJO’s.
So we made it, the feeling of not going back to Amercia for 3 months is something that I have longed for..and it is finally here. In a commencement speech, Jim Carrey talks about how you can ask the universe for something and with hard work, determination, and positivity The Law of Attraction will send things your way. Fear is something in your mind that holds you back from acheiving what you really want.
“You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance at doing what you love” -Jim’s Father
The Church of Freedom from Concern, what does the world need that you can provide?
“The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency that exists”
This speech gives me goosebumps everytime I hear it. Check it out.
Needless to say..LIFE IS GOOD.
As always, Stay Grassfed.