My thoughts on the big move...

posted on: 3.12.2009

So, I'm sure after seeing all the dreamy pictures of Dominica you're all thinking "what's the big deal, it looks like paradise"? Well, what I didn't show or tell are the things that have been keeping me tossing & turning for the past 3 nights.
Of course, I am grateful for this chance to move somewhere exotic. Grateful in the sense that I know it will be a growing experience for all of us. Not grateful in the sense that I think this will be all paradise.
I've spent the last 3 days and many hours reading every blog and website I can find about "real life" on Dominica. It's making me even more excited and even more SCARED! Those of you who know me well, know I'm not much of an outdoorsy. I hate being dirty, I hate being hot. I really hate bugs, and most animals. I can appreciate the beauty of a waterfall in the middle of the jungle, I just don't want to hike up the whole mountain to see it:) I enjoy killing bugs, not living with them. You get the point. So moving to an island nicknamed the 'Nature Island' isn't quite up my alley.
From what I gather (and it's a lot) Dominica is very different from your typical Carribbean island. The beaches are more brown and rocky, and it's very very undeveloped. Milk, Diet Coke, and bread are just some of the many things you can't get there. It rains a lot, and mosquitos swarm every inch of space. Common american necessities like clean hot water, air conditioning, cars, and grocery stores are rare over there. I mean it is a 3rd world country. You know it's got to be extreme when they film a season of Survivor there!
With all of this said, and as nervous as I am, I know I need it. Never in my life have I had a chance like this (Santa Monica was pretty far from 3rd world). I live a charmed life, and I've always wondered what it would be like to not.
I'm excited to embrace the culture and the simple, slow way of life. I'm thrilled that it's normal to leave the house in a t-shirt, no makeup on and wet hair. I'm excited to get to know the locals and hopefully volunteer to work with the local children. I'm excited to have all day and all night to bond with Tate and teach her things she'd never get to learn in the US. I'm excited to meet new friends. I'm excited to try all the exotic fruits and to pick banana's from my backyard. I'm excited to conquer my fear of snorkeling:)! I'm actually excited to learn to walk places, only buy what is needed, and watch less tv. I'm even excited to harness my inner hippie and enjoy the outdoors more!!
So, I guess the best way to describe how I'm feeling about the move is... scared & excited (with a bit more emphasis on excited)... well, depending on the night:)

20 comments:

  1. Chelsea, I'm so impressed with your approach. I'm sure Dominica will have its moments and trials, but it will be such a great adventure for you and Wyatt (and your island princess). Erin and I can't wait to come visit and have you show us the best snorkeling sites (only one more small step and you'll be SCUBA certified!). Med school and residency were so much fun. Wyatt is going to love it and be such a great doctor.

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  2. this will be an adventure to say the least! this will be your mission. i'm actually quite jealous. the time i was happiest in my life was on my mission when life was simple and centered on the things that really matter in this life. it's great to life in the world but not of the world. there's no better feeling truly. i think you'll embrace the culture and way of life in dominica in no time and never want to leave! :) But you have to come back to us eventually.

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  3. CHels, I am so proud of you and Wyatt! Selfishly, I wish you were staying here, but I know it will be an amazing growing experience for you and Wy and Tate.Wyatt is going to be a great doc and you will be a great "nature mama"! What an adventure you will all have!!

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  4. Wow, that is so exciting! I definitely understand your apprehension! That sounds really crazy and out of the norm, but what a cool experience! I bet you will be surprised with how much you end up feeling comfortable! Good luck!

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  5. I love this candid post, Chels. I'm so anxious to hear about all of your experiences and to hear how you're able to "harness your inner hippie" (my favorite line) and fall in love with Dominica. And, I think it will be such a sweet time for your family.

    I'm just going to miss you too much . . . come back please!

    xoxo

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  6. I haven't tried Bare Minerals yet, but I have heard that people either love it or hate it. For some people, mineral makeup makes them look older and brings out wrinkles, but for others, they think it is fabulous. I think it is a decent makeup line and if it makes your skin look great, then keep using it! It has good ingredients in it, I can't see anything wrong with it at all. I wouldn't buy it for the "mineral" aspect of it, because most foundations are made with natural minerals and have been since the 70's, so that is sortof a selling gimick, but if you like it, then keep using it. I'm all about using things that make you look fabulous!

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  7. Wow. Chels. What an adventure you and your family will have! You have such a great outlook. Sure, there will be a lot to get used to, but you are so positive and I'm sure you will have a great experience. Good thing for blogs...so we can stay in touch and see what life hold for you guys!

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  8. Chels...I've never been more proud. Seeing you embrace your inner hippy does my heart good! Trust me, it's easier than you think!

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  9. Oh my. I can't comment... I must pick up the phone and speak to you. This is awesome, and I love this post. I'm so excited for you. This is going to be amazing.

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  10. Oh Chels I have been thinking of you ever since you posted your last post about going. Honestly I am a bit jealous. What a fabulous time and opportunity to beable to just live the simple life. I think here in the U.S. we can all try but I think it's close to impossible because we are a little spoiled here with everything at our finger tips. I can totally sympathize with your feelings of being scared and excited. You, Wyatt and Tate will have the adventure of your life and I have no doubt that just as it's hard to leave your life here in 18mo-2yrs. it will be hard to say good bye to the people you will come to know and love in Dominica. I said this before but we love you guys so much and are going to miss you a lot. I look forward to hearing about all your adventures, good and bad.
    Okay seriously this is like a novel...I think we need to get together and do dinner!!!!!

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  11. This sounds like one of those life-changing experiences and you'll be even cooler (in all areas) because of it. I just want to make sure for my own selfish reasoning. Will you have internet? If not, I think it's a deal breaker, how will we all survive if we can read your blog????

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  12. This is a beautiful post. You're already changing Chelsea. Not that you weren't great already, but things like this just give you a perspective you've never had before. You already sound different. It's going to be a beautiful 18 months and you will look back on this time period for the rest of your life with reverence. I'm proud of you and Wy and so excited for you! Much love!

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  13. I'm assuming your going there for medical school. If your too nervous you can always apply for D.O. medical school. A D.O. doctor can do everything a M.D. doctor can do they just do different schooling. I know there are still some schools accepting applications. Or you could apply in August for the 2010 2011 year. The earlier you apply the most likely you are to get in. Not to confuse you or anything. I think you will do great there. We just had a friend go to Puerto Rico medical school and left after a semester. Heavenly Father takes us where we are supposed to go. So if you end up there you will do great!

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  14. That sounds fabulous to me! Well, besides the mosquitos. Will you have to sleep with mosquito nets? Is the problem that bad? After all the time we have spent in Lake Powell, I can't believe you don't like the outdoors! Cory could never live in a place like that, he is way too big city, but I could do it in a heartbeat. Now, I know you don't care for animals, however there are a few animals on Dominica that are really amazing. Manatee's are native to Dominica and are one of the most endangered species on the planet, so getting to see them is a once in a lifetime experience for most people. I love animals, so I am jealous that you get to live on an island with Manatees! Watch out for the "no seeums".

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  15. Chels I am so excited for you! This is going to be quite the adventure.

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  16. Wow congrats...What an amazing adventure for your little family. I am so excited for you and Wyatt!

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  17. Hey, you found our website www.lizandjustinvoris.com and left a message so I thought I'd reply if my wife hasn't already done so? You can find our landlords info from their website: www.kootneyresorts.com (it also has their prices and units there) Someone has already rented our house for next semester so it's not up for grabs if you were thinking about it... Sorry! We really love our landlords Trish and Angus. They are absolutely awesome and great people to get to know. I know you probably have TONS of questions about coming down and so does your husband about school. You can shoot us back some Q's on our contact us page and we will be happy to help you out. Once you get down here you get involved with others and kind of make your own island family network. Even more so when you have kiddos... Hope this helps you out some... -Justin

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  18. excited, definitely be excited. i totally understand your reservations and i love a good shower and diet coke as much as the next girl, but this will be the best time of your life. i kind of wish i had an adventure like this in my path. fun, fun for you.

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  20. Don't be scared. It will change you, it will refine you and you will come out of this even wiser and more aware than before. We have traveled for work all over and it has made me happier and more confident. People may come to you for all sorts of reasons after this adventure and you will be able to relate with so much more knowledge and experience. The Lord never gives you more than you can handle. No more business as usual Chelsea, it's time for a change.

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