Lara Goldman is living her dream in Belize. She lives just 100 yards from the beach for a fraction of what it would cost in the U.S. As a single woman who owns her own home on Ambergris Caye, her outgoings come to just $1,500 a month.
She found this perfect home on her very first trip to Belize in 2006.
“I walked over the threshold of the house and instantly knew it was meant to be mine,” says Lara.
She immediately bought the two-bedroom, one-bathroom house with a loft, and moved into it within a year. Now she relishes the view of the spectacular Caribbean Sea every day from her comfy home. She runs on the beach, or walks with her dog whenever she pleases.
“I love this country and the people. People come to Belize for the attractions. But they return because of the wonderful Belizean people. I don’t need to impress anyone. Nobody really cares what I do for a living.”
She enjoys spending time with her expat and Belizean friends, sailing and snorkeling whenever she has a chance. She also socializes regularly, attending festivals and events on Ambergris Caye, or getting together with friends at their homes or a local cafe.
Recently, she opened her own small gift shop in San Pedro to sell Belizean-made items such as soaps, purses, spices, and chocolates. And she is also committed to doing volunteer work each year at Camp Starfish—a summer camp for kids with special needs.
Ten years ago Lara was vice president of employee relations for a publicly traded company in Philadelphia. Now she prefers the slower pace of life in Belize. The turning point in her life came when she lost her husband in an accident.
“I knew it was time to start over,” she says. “So, I started my research and a week later I flew to Belize.”
It’s been easier to pay attention to her well-being since she moved here. She exercises regularly, attends yoga classes, and makes time to socialize with her extensive network of expat and Belizean friends.
“I have traveled all around this fantastic country,” she says. “I’ve been to places and done things few others experience…I explored a private Maya cave…underwent a healing session with a Maya Shaman…and rode horses through the wild jungle…I learned to dance with fire, and even performed as a fire dancer at local events.
“My life is about balance. I came here to seek it, but it took a few years to get there. In the process I learned to say ‘yes’ to opportunities. When a friend invites me to go sailing, I say ‘yes’. How about a day trip to Caye Caulker? ‘Sure…’ I want to do it all.
“And now there’s always enough time.”
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