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Open to Possibilities, Anything Can Happen!
Even during difficult and challenging times, keep yourself open to possibilities, anything can happen! When you find yourself on the adventure of your life, your experiences will have a way of keeping you present in the moment. The journey is indeed full of surprises.
Sometimes We Get Stuck…
A friend of mine contacted me a few weeks ago. He said, “You have found your partner, and you guys are happy. I am a little jealous. I want to meet someone like that.”
I told him, “Be patient, stick with it, and go with the flow. You will find your way.”
There are these things we want, and we think, “Why are things not aligning? Why is this not working?” Even now, sometimes, I still have moments when I feel stuck. In my life, I’ve made many mistakes and I’ve had to learn many lessons.
Admittedly, I have not yet even begun to climb out of some of the holes I dug, but I’m getting there. But, what I have learned is that no matter what happens, everything will be okay. You will get through the hard times.
How My Dog Saved My Life
There have been many occasions in the last few years when I all I wanted to do was give up. Honestly, if it had not been for my dog, Mila, I might have given up. Sometimes, I just had to remind myself: “keep a roof over her head and keep her fed.” Mila kept me going, she saved my life.
But, when it came down to those moments when I all I wanted to do was give up, somehow I kept going (wherever the adventure would take us). With Mila by my side, I’ve had many ups and downs – there have been many challenges along the way.
Somehow, though, new opportunities kept showing up. And now, here we are in Playa del Carmen, México. Sometimes, I have to pinch myself and ask, “How did I get here?!” This adventure continues to be an incredible journey.
A Nomadic Life; To Be or Not To Be
When I started my travels with Mila, back in May 2017, I thought I wanted to be location independent. I was staying with my parents on the Central Coast, in California. Then, while visiting a friend, and client, in San Francisco; I was contacted by another client who needed some work that I could do remotely.
Because of some friends in Arizona, a new opportunity opened up: a chance to travel to México. So, after visiting my friends in Phoenix for three weeks, I flew down to Monterrey with Mila.
I am a Cancerian; which means, it is in my nature to have a sense of belonging and a place to call “home.” So, no matter how much I wanted to travel and see the world – which I still do, by the way – there are three things about myself I had to acknowledge:
- I longed for a sense of community;
- I needed to feel grounded;
- I wanted a place to call home.
A Place To Call Home
When we left Monterrey, we flew down to Cancun for a week. While there, I was chatting with someone in a digital nomad’s Facebook group who suggested I check out Playa del Carmen (Playa, for short). He suggested I check out Playa because it might be a better fit here for my vibe and personality. A week later, Mila and I took a taxi down here to Playa.
From the moment I stepped out of the car and put my foot on the ground, I knew I was “home!”
Since then, my adventures here in Playa have only reinforced that as much as I like the idea of location independent living, the nomadic lifestyle was not for me. I need to feel grounded and have a place to call home.
And Then, I Met Aleko
If you had told me, even just nine months ago, where I would be today – living in Playa del Carmen, México, learning Spanish, adjusting to a new culture, and getting married in five months – I would have thought you were crazy. I could never have even imagined what was about to come! Since the moment Aleko and I met, I knew I was right where I belonged.
When I came here, all I wanted was a quiet place to work on my projects. Because Aleko is so patient and gives me the space to figure things out, I have the fortunate opportunity to focus on my passions and do the work I love.
As Aleko Likes To Say: “Diá a Diá”
He never tells me what I should or shouldn’t do or tells me what I am doing is wrong. Aleko gives me the space to figure things out for myself, whether he thinks they are mistakes or not. As long as I am moving forward and contribute to our home, he is okay with letting me figure it out. “Diá a diá,” as he likes to say. I am so grateful for Aleko’s patience and understanding.
Aleko and I have fun together (he has become my best friend). And, he is the first person in my life I enjoy sharing so much of my time with. Sure, we have our challenges, but in spite of our language and cultural differences, we manage to overcome them and grow together.
It was already a blessing to be on this journey, and now, to have someone to share the adventure with makes it even better. Meeting Aleko is something I would’ve never expected. For the most part, I am content with my life right now. And, I am so glad we get to share this journey together.
I have these little moments when something happens I could never have imagined. And I realize, when I surrender to the moment and throw myself into the experience, suddenly wonderful things happen.
Aleko Teaches Others About Healing and Massage
As well as being a supervisor at one of the hotel spas, Aleko also teaches massage here at one of the schools in Playa. This semester, he is teaching a course in Shiatsu. If you are not familiar with therapy, unlike sports massage or deep tissue, Shiatsu is all about working with pressure points and the energy of the body.
His students are about halfway through the course right now, and they need of people practice Shiatsu on. So, Aleko invited me to join him in the class and receive Shiatsu from some of his students. His students are wonderful. They are so kind and welcoming, eager to learn, and they have much admiration and respect for Aleko.
An English Lesson in a Spanish Shiatsu Class
The first day I went with him, he started class with a beautiful meditation that he guided in both Spanish and English (for my benefit; though I must admit, I understood a good portion of the Spanish). Afterward, he introduced me to the students.
As he started the day’s lesson, he asked me how to say something in English. The next thing I knew, I was standing in the front of the class, and for the next 20 minutes, I was helping him teach his students phrases in English they would use as therapists in the spas they work for. For example, “Hello, welcome. I will be your masseuse today. Please lay down, face up, on the table.”
Afterward, I received an 80-minute Shiatsu massage. Shiatsu is a beautiful therapy; it leaves you feeling happy the rest of the day. The experience was wonderful, and I enjoyed every moment of it!
I’ve also learned, especially in the last few weeks, sometimes you just have to surrender to the journey, walk the path, and go through some muck and mire. And then, suddenly, you find yourself in this new place where this very unintentional content. It is not something I planned for, but when I open up to the possibilities, life took me on this path. I do not know how else to describe it.
Open to Possibilities, Anything Can Happen!
I’ve come to realize that when you set out on your journey, and you open yourself up to all the options and possibilities, you never know what might show up by just being open. That openness is what has to lead me to where I am today.
I have learned to keep a very open mind about things and not give up. I must keep going because things won’t happen just by wishing. I’ve learned I have to put action to words or the things I want will never happen.
I don’t mean to sound cliche, but seeing where I am today, I’ve discovered they are all true. Believe in yourself. Stick with it. Do the hard work. Don’t give up. And, just to go for it. Without fear or regrets.
Everything Happens For a Reason
When we have faith and trust in ourselves and allow ourselves to be in the flow, suddenly, we get to these moments where it is challenging not to be at the moment. Because, everything happens for a reason.
Nothing worthwhile is easy. And when we do the work and put in the time, we will value our results much higher than if things just come quickly to us. Anything is possible. It may take awhile to get there, but you will get there. So trust your intuition and just go for it!
I wish everyone in the world the opportunity to surrender to the possibilities in their lives – not allowing themselves to succumb to their fears or what other people tell them they should do. Because, suddenly, you might find yourself in the most unbelievable experience where you have to pinch yourself and say, “Oh my God, this is amazing! How did I get here?”
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¡Hola, I Am Jason Holland!
I am a Heart-Centered Creative Director, Pro Web Designer, and Inspirational Blogger currently living in Playa del Carmen, México. I help aspiring entrepreneurs awaken their creativity within by inspiring them to overcome limiting beliefs about themselves and fears surrounding technology to create beautiful and sustainable online presence. I do this by guiding them to the tools and resources needed to achieve their goals and realize their full creative potential.
So, are you ready to awaken your creativity within? If so, I look forward to connecting with you!