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Living a luxurious life


Living a luxurious life – on a small budget


After moving with my husband to the Dominican Republic at the end of 2015 I went through several stages in my experience. First separation from my family; lack of finances; a new environment, language barrier. It was a challenge and we only moved to the DR on a trial basis.

My husband was born in the DR and I come from Austria. We spent the last 30 some years in Miami.

We lived for almost 4 years here in Santiago and are traveling to Miami to visit our family as much as our finances allow.

I have taken a lot of time to take mental inventory – getting rid of a lot of junk – mentally and physically. Letting go of the past – only keep what is useful and beautiful. I enjoy being able to take time for even the smallest things and enjoy them. THAT IS LUXURY. When you consider that for the last 30 years raising a family and helping to build a business – I literally tried to be in several places at the same time (I succeeded doing that at least mentally) to keep up with all the demands. I enjoyed very little because I felt guilty about not being able to do one thing or another although I did not realize it then.

If I could do it all over again – I would make some changes. Then when I was in the middle of it I could not see any choice – but now looking at my life from a distance I know I could have made some different choices. I would take the time even if I had to steal it – to be alone and THINK and recharge emotionally.

I used to do that when I was younger and single! It made all the difference and I was able to accomplish my goals and NOT be stressed. But then after I started a family I forgot about that and I would have felt GUILTY anyway.

BUT NOW  I have time – I pay attention to how I think, feel; how I relate to others; pay attention to my attitude; each day is a gift – I am finally living – being alive not just existing.

Each day and each moment I make a choice – do I focus on all the things I don’t have, was not able to experience or do. Can I accept and welcome all the changes that are taking place, learn from them?

I am amazed about how exciting and joyful life can be if we make the right choices even the small ones AND most of all BE GRATEFUL for what is – everything even painful moments.

SO one day I was walking to the market and enjoyed the sunshine and everything around me and it hit me – what a great life I am living!

If you want to share your experience or have some questions, feel free to shoot me an email.


Maria De La Rosa

2 thoughts on “Living a luxurious life”

  1. Maria, Thanks for sharing from your deepest heart. I am so happy that you are able to enjoy life. I agree, there are so many things to be grateful for, no matter how small. I can take great delight in finding beautiful rocks on the beach, which is only a 10 minute walk from my house. Or collecting driftwood and making driftwood art. Today I saw lots of sand dollars on the beach on my daily beach walk and also enjoying the peace and beauty of nature. And it costs absolutely nothing! I would love it if you would share more of what your daily life in the DR is like.
    Greetings from Camano Island.

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