Recently I returned from Montreal, Canada and I want to share with you my impressions from my trip.
At first, the feeling of going back to Montreal and seeing my family, close friends and acquaintances was great at first. And then I realized, and even my kids realized that, you know what? Detachment is very important, when you want to pursue a life that is better for you in terms of wellness. That detachment is very important because at the end of the day, you’ve got to be happy.
The environment that you’re exposed to should help you to feel well, to feel better. Being exposed to the sun all the time, and being exposed to the energy of calm, means that I don’t feel stressed. It’s a gift and the pandemic really helped me understand that. Because, when you’re in it, you don’t feel it until you go out of it and that’s when you realize: “Wow, I was living under stressful conditions. So when I came to Playa del Carmen for the first time on December 17th, 2020, it only took me a few days to realize what a pressured society I was previously living in.
When the pandemic hit, we had to do so many things. So when I came Playa, it was a healing process. But once you get accustomed to healing, you want more of it. So that’s why my family decided to stay. With the help of my team at Evoke Real Estate, I was able to dedicate myself to providing a service that would allow others to follow the same path. Buying real estate in the Riviera Maya would allow friends, family and clients back home to live a life of health and wellness.
So that’s why I love being here. I still love Canada, but I need to feel happy on a regular basis, and the choices I’ve made. So this is the place for me. And I want others to experience the same.
Going Back to Canada
The first observation that my kids made to me when I was back in Montreal was “Daddy, it’s like time goes by super fast.”
And that was a wake up call for my wife and myself to say, “Really?” They were realizing how fast fast paced we were living. Everyone should enjoy life because you never know when it’s going to be your last day. You need to see what’s happening, but when it’s going too fast it’s like you’re watching a movie and you put it on fast forward.
I don’t want my life to be like that. And I don’t want my kids’ life to be like that. So here I still have the privilege of seeing my life pass by and enjoying the moments with my kids. As opposed to Canada and the United States, where it’s going fast. We’re not enjoying our time the way we should enjoy it.
The friends and family that I saw back home would tell me that I was very calm. I’m naturally a calm person, but I’m empowered and calm. And that was really a blessing for me and also a blessing for them because our energy is exchanged. It’s never lost nor transferred. What I mean by that is we are energy all the time. So, if I am calm, I can transfer it because I’m aware of who I am. So for me, it was a blessing.
A New Life in Playa del Carmen
The first question people would ask me was “What’s it like living in Mexico?” I would always tell them that it’s magical.
If I want to go to the beach, I can go to the beach anytime, even if it’s for just half an hour, because I’m close to the beach. When I finish working, I have the time to step out of my house, and just reconnect with myself because the speed at which we’re living here is not as fast as the rest of North America.
Is it difficult to make that big move? No, it’s not difficult. It takes a lot of consistency and belief because there are trials and tribulations, like anything in life. But when you want it, you go for it.
So I tell them “Yes, it’s possible.” It’s easy when you’re consistent and focused. I recommend that they hire professionals to facilitate the process and follow people on social media who have made that move so they can continue being inspired. Sometimes you have your ups and downs in the process. I tell people to connect to the energy of those who have done it already, to stay focused and make it happen for themselves and their families.
I went back home mostly to see my mother and my close friends who believed in me and believed in what I’m doing in the Riviera Maya. There’s also a lot of motivation to help other people follow the same path I did, who want to make a move from Canada and start a new life here. Along with my team at Evoke, we’re helping others find there way here and demonstrate that they can do it. You can choose to live a life with less stress, and more free time.
What we’re living – my wife, my kids and myself – is what we want to give others the opportunity to live it as well. We’re helping them do the same thing, even if it’s not like making the move, but at least creating an experience where they can be in Mexico for two weeks, a week, a month or a few months. It’s about creating that mindset of wellness and real estate because at the end of the day, choosing to live here is choosing wellness.