Goodbye Austin, Hello Grenada

As you read this blog post, I’m on my way to (another) new life.  This time it’s the Caribbean island of Grenada.  We’re sort of a Gypsy Family and have moved around countless times over the past 8 years….but this time I’m really planning on planting my feet in the sand and staying there for a long, long time.

This Loving the Bike website is not even three years old, but Grenada will be the third place I’ve called home since we got things started in February 2010.  Even back then, I was on the lookout for a tropical location where my Family and I could make a home and life for ourself.  We’ve had a category on this website called “My Quest for the Sun” since the beginning so feel free to go back and check out some of the posts about how this search has gone.

So here we are….a Family of 5, plus two dogs and a whole bunch of luggage.  Oh, and of course I’ve got my road bike on the plane with me as well.  There are still a few unknowns, but it’s all part of the adventure right?

I’ve been asked many times about how we’re able to do something like this.  How can we do it with kids? What are you going to do for work?  Countless questions from people who are intrigued and/or confused about making such a huge change.

I don’t really have all the answers even though we have done this sort of thing a few times in the past. You’d think I’d be an expert at moving, changing everything possible in your life, and adjusting….but I’m not.  Each time we’ve made such a big move like this I feel scared, confused, and a little unsure.

So how does someone make a massive decision, and follow it through until it’s happened?  Well, I’m probably one of the worse decision makers in the world.  I have a hard time even deciding what to order from the menu when we go out to eat, so what do I know about giving advice on making a big decision?

Big Decisions Made Easy

Like I said, I’m not an expert at this…but I do feel I have a few words of wisdom to share with any of you who feel the desire to make a big change in your life as well.  Here it goes:

What would Helen Keller Do?  One of the best quotes ever has got to be this one from this great American icon:

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.”

At moments when I get scared or start doubting that we should do something so epic, I roll these words from Helen Keller through my head to help ward off these thoughts.

Rocking Chair  When I’m 80 years old, sitting in my rocking chair on the front porch of my house I know I’m going to reflect back on the life I have lived.  I want that old man to sit there proud of all the adventurous things he has done and how he created his own lifestyle.  Yep, that is the man I want to be sitting on that rocking chair.

Do it Now  It’s so easy to have big ideas and let them simmer on the back burner of life…saying that you’ll get to them one day.  I’m not that kind of guy.  I believe in Doing it Now and not waiting for “someday” to arrive.  It’s the way I pretty much do all things in life, including putting miles on my bike.  I’d rather get to it sooner than later.  It’s this attitude that has helped build many great adventures in my life.

 So as of tomorrow, Loving the Bike will officially be coming at you from the beautiful island of Grenada.  I’ll also soon be running the most amazing bicycle cafe this part of the world has ever seen.  It’s called Mocha Spoke, and if you’re not yet following us on Twitter and Facebook….please jump on that right now.

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