Thoughts. Experiences. Inspiration.
Hi! I’m Jami. I’m so glad you’ve arrived. The Mom Abroad is where I share with you the crazy, unconventional journey of attempting to raise two children while splitting time between two different countries.
I’m just a small town girl (cue the Journey music 🎶) who loves the sun, sand, and the Caribbean Sea. My husband, Dan, and I have always loved traveling to tropical locations and we especially enjoy the Tulum area of Mexico. Over the years we have frequently discussed buying a home along the Mayan Riviera in Mexico. However, between the language barrier and the fact that you never truly “own” property purchased in Mexico, we couldn’t quite commit to buying a home there.
I suffer from seasonal depression and anxiety so the gloomy, frigid, Indiana winters have never agreed with me. I am a teacher by trade, but I am a Christian and a mother first and foremost. While I absolutely adored my students, teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic revealed a level of dysfunction and corruption within the public educational system that I could no longer be a part of. Simply put: It’s really hard trying to raise moral, Christ-following, critical-thinking kids in such an immoral, secular, fear-based world. When our political leaders convinced the world that we were all safer in isolation, it made me realize just how strongly I disagree. Humans need interaction, connection, adventure, travel, and most importantly: each other. So, after spending last summer relaxing and reflecting with my family in Placencia, Belize, I decided to quit working as a teacher and get busy living!
Our desire to live life to the fullest, led my husband and I to take on an exciting new endeavor: We purchased a home in Corozal, Belize! This location gives us all of the tax advantages Belize has to offer, an English-speaking community, and it is within close driving distance to some of our favorite parts of Mexico. It will require a great deal of work, but we are no strangers to real estate. We are beyond excited to escape the dreaded Indiana winters and create a life with our children that we don’t need a vacation from. We are still trying to figure out what schooling will look like for our two children who are nine and eleven years old. Nonetheless, we are very excited to begin our adventure WITH them; rather than waiting until they are grown to truly love our life.
What interests me most is not only sharing our crazy adventures, but sparking the excitement of my readers. I hope this blog inspires you to nurture your own passions and projects; whatever they may be. We all need something to motivate us. Take a look around; perhaps you’ll discover what exhilarates you. What are you waiting for?