I've said it before but I'll say it again, in June, I moved to Dominica, West Indies to start a sustainable life & business. What is this business you ask, it is a retreat, where people can come to participate in a variety of activities to enrich their lives while making a positive impact on the environment. The business is comprised of 3 main parts, SCUBA education and dive trips, food education and dining. and finally a place to stay. I've discussed before why this move shouldn't be seen as 'coming out of nowhere' because I have been a SCUBA instructor for over 10 years, and have been traveling extensively throughout my adult life hunting for the perfect place to relocate and settle down. Dominica is known for being one of the most self sustainable places on earth, it is abundant in native fruits and other crops, and it's life blood are the 365 rivers that descend it's mountainous terrain, through deep ravines and let out into the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. If you read THIS BLOG you know a bit of how my husband and I came to the decision to move here so I won't go into that as much but describe more about what we've done since we got here & what our plans are.
Since we arrived June 8th, we received our shipping vault filled with pretty much all of our earthly possessions and mostly moved into a beautiful house overlooking Prince Rupert Bay. I worked for 6 weeks with another dive operation teaching teen students SCUBA. During this time we bought a car, and successfully purchased an acre of land for our retreat in Toucari Bay 'Heights'. The land has an awe-inspiring view of the Caribbean Sea and when it's clear you can see Iles des Saints, aka Les Saints, an island of Guadeloupe. We've also made a deal with a local friend of ours to place the base of our SCUBA operation down by the beach on a 450 sqft portion of his land.
Next up on our schedule are meetings with architects and builders for the planning and preparation for our residence and eatery. Simultaneously I am putting together all the necessary pieces of the dive operation so that they can be shipped to the island all together.
Our plan is to have our dive operation up and running within about 3 months. Although we don't yet have a timeline for our residence or cabins, we will have camp grounds available on our land with basic facilities like shower/ toilet/ changing area, and until our personal residence is ready we will be staying put in Glanvillia.
Now you might be wondering how on earth I juggle all this with a successful adult business still based in the USA. First off, I did a lot of preparatory work before I moved. I have always worked this way with MyDollParts.com , filming far in advance so I could focus on any immediate needs, projects or ideas I had. I hired an assistant to help with some of the day to day and data entry jobs as well as some preproduction and logistics, which has helped free up time for me to focus more on the needs of this new business and getting it off the ground.
My average day here begins with some local coffee with cinnamon and coconut oil while I blog (for this blog and OurSaltyPassports.com), respond to emails and look over my daily and long term to do lists. Depending on the weather we try to get to the beach and into the sea as often as possible, which means that each time we go to visit our land in Toucari, we go for a dive or snorkel in the crystal turquoise waters. Other days we are busy researching requirements for our various permits, business regulations, or hunting for skilled workers while looking out over the rainforest and the bay from the balcony of our rental house. OurSaltyPassports.com is the in depth blog and information site for this journey I've embarked on. It comes from our love of the sea, traveling through the caribbean and because the name of our retreat is SALT.
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