There are no Coincidences!

This coming January will make 10 years since we chose to make Antigua our home.

I came on a work contract with the intention that it would only be for a few years, not permanent…The move was actually harder than I thought it would have been. I moved as a single Mom with Gianna who was then 4 about to turn 5. We missed our family and we missed Jamaica a lot. The change was hard for her and as a mother I second guessed my decision for at least 6 months and I probably struggled with homesickness for at least a year or more…

There were other challenges as well, some of which had me questioning whether or not the move was the right one for us…but I don’t believe in coincidences!  I believe that we are exactly where we are supposed to be, doing whatever we are supposed to be doing with whomever we are supposed to be doing it with, all of which is part of our particular journey….

As time went on, we settled in and things started to fall into place. We met some amazing people, found the right house for us and the right school for Gia, which she loved, and I grew – both personally and professionally (a lot)…

I am not even sure when I lost the feeling of being homesick, I am not sure when I officially started to enjoy Antigua and I am not sure exactly when I shifted from thinking that one day I would go back home and started feeling that I was home….

I have had so many ‘moments’ here, Aha moments (as per Oprah), moments of clarity, moments of confusion, moments of absolute beauty (often at the beach) and those ‘beyond the shadow of a doubt’ moments when you are totally in your flow and you are just humbled at your blessings…I think of who I am now and who I was then and all the hard stuff, the great stuff and the unexpected stuff in between and I marvel at how far I have come and how much I have learnt (if only the 2018 me could have a convo with the 2009 me)…

Yesterday I officially became a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda (something I had never envisioned when we moved here 9 and some years ago) and as I listened to the officials as they spoke to us at the swearing in ceremony I realized that that morning as I got ready for work I thought that I would feel different afterwards but now that the ceremony was completed I still felt the same. So I thought about that for a bit and then I realized that the reason that I didn’t feel much different was that I had unconsciously made a commitment in my heart a long time ago when I chose to make Antigua our home and this was just me making it official….

There are no Coincidences!

Antigua at Sunset

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