Speed Bumps

speed bumps

I was driving a golf cart full of guests back to their place, navigating the little village road with finesse, all the way until we got to the little yellow bumps in the road.

Yes, they’re speed bumps, but they look really innocent and easy. To a full-size car, they’re not a big deal, but to a golf cart, those little yellow bumps can jar your teeth right out of your head!

So I was uber-careful as I approached. I slowed down so none of my guests ended up with a hole in their tongue. I was so proud of myself for being so aware of my surroundings and taking care of my guests so well.

That is – until I got us stuck. That’s right. I slowed down so much that I got stuck halfway over. The front tires made it, but by the time the back tires reached the speed bumps, all hope was lost. So, what did I do? I put the pedal to the metal, of course! But we still couldn’t make it over…

For a terrifying moment, I thought I was going to have to ask all five guests to climb down off the cart, right there in the middle of the road, in the dark. Then I realized I could try to gain some momentum by backing up and then hitting the gas.

It worked! We safely make it over the two-inch speed bumps and soon my guests were safely home.

It has been over a year since I’ve written here on my blog. Somewhere in the midst of a gazillion major life changes I lost my momentum to write. Here’s just a few things that have been going on since you heard from me last:

  • Our older son graduated from high school
  • We whittled down our belongings into a few suitcases and totes and shipped it all to a new country
  • Our house of 12 years sold
  • We said goodbye to the people and places that had been home for 20 years
  • We moved into a 900-ish square foot cabana home on the beach in Belize with our younger son
  • We completed major renovations to our beach club property in a new country, with new customs, and new construction guidelines
  • We opened Placencia Beach Club with the goal of enriching our community (our team, our village, our guests, and our vendors)
  • We waded through over five hundred applications to choose a team of twelve employees for the Beach Club
  • Our younger son started school at a little international academy that meets in huts, has fewer kids in K-8 than his last classroom had, and he loves it
  • Our older son joined the Air Force, completed basic military training, and is currently in tech school completing specialty training
  • We faced our first “busy season” that was wildly successful until COVID-19 hit
  • We continue to do everything in our power to take our of our team, making sure they have a roof over their head and food to eat, despite a wordlwide pandemic that has stopped all tourism (You can donate directly to our team if you would like to help!)

In all of that, I lost my momentum. My brain space isn’t that voluminus to begin with, and al these changes and challenges have filled what space I have.

But now it’s time. It’s time to back up and find some momentum again.

How?

By taking a moment to look back and remember what it was like when I was going full speed. By remembering that writing is simply sharing with you what I’ve learned. I’ve learned so much during this past year, and I’m eager to begin sharing it with you.

You may be feeling stuck on the speed bumps thrown at you by the pandemic. Hang on. Look back, re-energize, and find some momentum.

There are great things ahead.

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10 thoughts on “Speed Bumps”

  1. Nicole L Edwards says:

    So great to hear from you. Your place is beautiful and am in hopes one day to visit and see the place in person.

    1. Thanks so much Nicole! Would LOVE to have you come visit. 🙂

  2. David Lewis says:

    Can you hear me smiling?

  3. Tanya Browning says:

    I’m so glad you’re writing again! I’ve missed your blog posts 🙂

    1. I’ve missed writing. Thanks for taking the time to read it!

  4. Lisa marmon says:

    I love this so much! You impacted my life so much here and continue to do so over seas!

    1. Thanks, Lisa, for letting me impact your life!

  5. Diane Hasler says:

    My husband and I will hopefully be returning to Placencia in July to our apartment. We so enjoyed our visits to the Placencia Beach Club (becoming members) & can’t wait to get back again!!!!

    1. Cannot wait to have you back!

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