South East Asia,
North East Asia,
Australasia & Pacific,
I began to discover what I was really made of when I was freshly divorced with 2 small children in 2011. I knew I didn’t want to work in an office and have a daycare raise my children for me, and after weeks of brainstorming, I decided to start my own business. Bodhi Leaf Media was created as a hub for my copywriting, editing, proofreading, and social media management services for small businesses.
After a year of stabilizing the business, I was doing well financially, but my soul was suffering. I had always wanted to travel, and I didn’t like feeling stuck to one place for the rest of my life. I felt that there was a world to discover, people to meet, lives to change, and adventures to have. I decided in the end of 2012 to move to Cozumel with my 2 children, Iris (now 5) and Legend (now 3), and my little Pomeranian Hippie (now 6). My age? Young. Forever young.
Overwhelming fear of leaving my home in Austin almost kept me there, and the trip was THIS CLOSE to being cancelled 2 weeks before we left. (You can find the emotional and often whiny posts in the blog in April and May.) But with a strong and very patient group of amazing friends, the kids and I made it on the plane in May of 2013 with ONLY one luggage allotted for each of us. I actually labeled boxes back home with “Crap I wanted to take but ran out of room for”.
We left everything, and began a new life in Cozumel. Sometimes, I still can’t believe we did it. No, most days, I still can’t believe we did it. Here I continue to run Bodhi Leaf Media, I manage other projects that you will find on this site, and I write. Every day, I write.
This blog is a story of our lives, the lessons I learn as a woman, a mom, a friend, a writer, an entrepreneur, a girlfriend, a traveler, and a non-conformist. I go on adventures, I try new sports, I learn new skills, I enjoy small things, and I am out to disprove the word “impossible”! I also get these hair-brained ideas when I channel my inner Lucille Ball, and I manage to get myself into some really ridiculous situations. Most of my silly ideas that sound amazing at the time can be blamed on Pinterest (or wine). I try REALLY hard live a simple, natural life with as few possessions as possible. I will admit, however, that no matter how hard I try, when the full moon comes around, someone better have my pantry stocked with wine, chocolate, and Mydol. Ladies- you know.
I learn every day how to truly love people around me openly and honestly, and I am finding that the human condition exists among all of us everywhere, not just our small dot in Austin, Texas. I always knew this, but I didn’t KNOW this. I realized when I left home that I actually didn’t know anything about anything, and I sort of started over from scratch, soul-searching, and finding my new way, while also trying to properly raise 2 kids. This is really fun to do when everything you thought you knew is wrong, and you have to find a whole new identity in yourself. I don’t know how my hair hasn’t turned grey. I mean, not that it would because I’m soooo youthful.
I get scared, depressed, lonely, sad, and angry just like everyone else (but maybe more frequently?) and I hope that as I express what I go through on this site, it strikes a chord in your soul, and you find as I am finding- we are all citizens of this world. We are all the same. We are all on a journey. We all have a story to tell.
Thanks for being a part of ours!
Autumn la Boheme