Monday, November 23, 2009

Mission from God OR Incredible Journey? Phase 2

Pura Vida! Pure life! Definitely an appropriate phrase here in Costa Rica. For those who remember, my friend Patti offered me haven at her place of amazing energy and breathtaking panoramic views in Ojochal de Osa. Even with pool construction occurring, I can still breathe easy and get very connected with nature. Dozens of butterfly varieties have danced around me.

There is peaceful quiet broken occasionally by nature….a far cry from Panama City, Bocas Town & David where the horn is a motor vehicle’s most essential part. In Florida, I had Laughing Gulls … here there are Laughing Hawks … a reminder to always keep my sense of humor! Parrots squawk around regularly, woodpeckers peck and there are frequent hummingbird buzz bys.

Now I know what toucans sound like. The Fruit Loops’ model comes by often and I had a few meaningful interactions with a Chestnut Mandibled variety as he kept tipping his head side to side to see me. Had a Black and Green Dart Frog hopped across my morning run path. Oh, I say path but the rock and dirt road is like a 70 - 80 degree angle much of the distance. You can imagine that for a Florida runner where the biggest incline is an anthill!

And yes, I’ve finally seen monkeys – White Faced Capuchins, cute Spider Monkeys and Howlers, who bark/roar regularly. Multi-colored iguanas are cool ranging from the little 5-7 inch brilliant green youngsters to brown-green-orange monsters about 3 feet long with huge spiky crests. There are magical, disappearing waterfalls across the valley, visible under certain lighting conditions.

Bonus for me is getting the internet here. While the connection is sometimes slow, it is a blessing to be able to communicate with you! Here’s a plug again for my friend Jake at AXICOM. He’s assisted me remarkably over the past years. He has been hugely instrumental in getting my message out in the form of blogs as I don’t always have the internet connection or the tech savvy to make it happen. He also graciously assisted in getting my PayPal portal set up. Please check Jake & his team out for computer and IT needs

Right away I was told about a house-sitting opportunity for a gal who was leaving for the US in a couple days. When I met with her, she showed me around her place telling me she was also considering another couple and would contact me when she returned to the states. The day I was going to commit to another, less desirable housing situation (2 ½ weeks later), she calls. Evidently she’s not totally thrilled with the other couple, feels better with me and hopes that I’m still interested. Done deal! I will be moving into my new home (for now) November 25. It is absolutely gorgeous with a pool, delightful yard with many fruit trees and it borders a bubbling or roaring river depending on the current rainfall. Will post pics on Facebook after I move in – Internet allowing.

November 9th roused me bright and early at 1:30am with a gentle earthquake. Guess the Universe wanted me to feel at home. My friend Patti, who had slept through it, asked me how I knew it was an earthquake. “Remember I’m originally from California” I smiled.

Another cool miracle happened as I was sitting on the edge of the pool deck looking out over the jungle to the ocean. While meditating/contemplating what to do next, one of the workers, Gabriel, comes over speaking Spanish. Mind you my Spanish vocabulary is only a tad broader than I learned on Sesame Street when my kids were young. He’s handing me a torn piece of brown paper that had penciled “Mateo 6-25-34”. I thought he wanted me to look something up for him on the internet. Then he said “bible”. If you are curious, look up Matthew 6:25-34.

November officially heralded in Christmas…at least at Patti and Wade’s. I’m sure we were the first to put up cheerful, colored, hypnotically blinking lights. What fun!

Since it’s more effective to do business and get to stores with transportation, I was debating purchasing a scooter. The pros were I could possibly make money and I’d be able to get groceries etc. Cons included I would be gambling to buy it spending most of my money with no clear source of income ahead and heck, I wasn’t even sure I’d stay in the area. The “special deal” on the scooter was $1200…actually pretty good for what I compared online. It didn’t bring me peace to make the purchase so I considered it for a while. 10 days later I decided to make the leap of faith only to find it was now $1600. It is now “season”. Things go here from being quiet and somewhat of a ghost town to not being able to get a parking space in some locations. So much for the scooter.

While excited about the prospect of a place to myself a bit later, it was getting evident daily that there are only so many places to go in a 2 room house. My friend Patti and her husband Wade had been more than generous in assisting me but could really use some alone together time. There was one place I’d seen that came strongly to my mine, Villas el Bosque. We went there and I was able to score a smokin’ deal of only 20 bucks a night! Alone at last in the wild! The hum of the fan and sounds of the jungle are all I can hear. Some gorgeous scarlet macaws even flew by reminding me I am in the right place for the moment.

It is a day by day, even moment by moment listening to spirit required to keep me going. There are connections I’m making, people I am touching along with people and situations that are blessing me. I know my time in this area will not be extensive…..I still see white sand beach and clear warm water near the Spa Retreat (you’ll find none around here). The internet situation is not conducive to the lengthy time needed for my Spa Retreat research and communications either. Will let you know what’s next when I do!

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Blessings, Appreciation and Love ~

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Once Upon A Year Ago

Greetings My Friends!

Thank you for all your support and interest on this unique journey I am on. While some have known the scoop all along, some have just recently jumped on the ride. To provide a little more illumination about how it all started, here is a copy of the main letter I sent to friends and associates back in…..

November 2008

Dear "Friend" (Name was inserted) ~

Here is a message I am sharing with some of my friends….people who I value keeping connections with.

I have had a detailed vision of running a Spa Retreat for about 15-20 years. Since it seemed such a far reach from my current reality, I haven’t shared my ideas much. However, recently I have been guided to start sharing my dream with more people.

Briefly, this Retreat by the Sea is a place that people can visit for a day, 3 days or a week and delight in various revitalizing therapies and experiences.

Its grounds border a beach somewhere tropical. So far the countries Mexico, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and Panama have presented themselves as possibilities.

If you have any leads for me to create a Miracle from apparently nothing, I am open to receive. Thankfully I have already received 100s of tips, offers for introductions, offers to participate and the desire to be notified when it becomes reality to be pampered and inspired.
I request that you please keep this in your thoughts and prayers and send some magical energy my way.

Last but not least, thank you so much for your love and friendship!

Blessings & Be Well ~ Michelle

Monday, November 2, 2009

Mission from God OR Incredible Journey?

I expected adventure but couldn’t possibly have anticipated what I’d encounter!

Getting my life belongings into 3 suitcases seemed quite the challenge. But then 3 friends were traveling to Panama at the same time too so they each agreed to take another for me. How excited I was to now be able to take 6 suitcases. My excitement dwindled as my journey unfolded and began to show just how many times those suitcases needed to be moved from one place to another.

Many of the things I “learned” about Bocas del Toro proved to be just a little different than my understanding of them. The one thing I thought I was sure of was my friends’ apartment I was supposed to stay at. Upon arrival, the place wasn’t at all in the condition they anticipated (they’d been gone for quite a while) and in, from my perspective…a less than desirable part of town. I moved to a delightful Bed & Breakfast called Las Olas, thanks to an Angel assisting with the cost.

It was recommended that I take most of my money in traveler’s checks since I “wouldn’t want to be carrying lots of cash around”. Well, as of a couple months ago, no one in Bocas takes them any more and maybe no where in Panama. Beers were supposedly 3/$1 and your could take a water taxi anywhere around for 50 cents. Actually I don’t drink beer but, for the heck of it, every menu I saw had beer from $1 (happy hour) up to $4. The water taxi drivers seemed offended when we gave them 50 cents and insisted on a dollar or more.

I planned on scouting out property and working locally (which I was also informed would be no problem) while I worked on my Birth Plan aka Business Plan for the Spa Retreat. Prices quoted around $90 just to look at a property. People were begging me to teach fitness as they had no one around like me (fancy that). However, I was supposed to hire and attorney to get a work permit and proper migratory status to get that. We are talking around $2,000….maybe more. Heck, if I had the $2,000 burning a hole in my pocket, I wouldn’t be looking for the income opportunities.

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Now, of course, I expected things to be a little different but not the adventure of wandering around town for 3 days before finally being able to get a phone. Hadn’t anticipated the challenge of having all the instructions, prompts and recordings in Spanish either. What was I thinking? It seemed like I was running into a wall with every turn. In spite of the mailbox place being open from 8-5 daily, every time I went, they were closed.

Hmmmm, not supposed to get an address, my housing didn’t work out, people make way less around there (as anticipated) but groceries cost way more, I couldn’t assist those I desired to without compromising myself! Even the beach I desired to be at cost me money to go to. While I admit to having my moments of frustration, I know everything happens for a reason and I didn’t go to Bocas for nothing.

I was able, with the help of a legion of angels, to see some properties and a couple have potential for the Spa Retreat. I now have at least 20, maybe 30, new friends that I know I have touched in a positive way. Some of these people may also be able to assist me down the road. I did see plenty of Paradise with my breath being taken away a few times. Most people were kind and friendly and there’s no price you can put on those children's smiles. Having breakfast daily with exquisite fruits in the open air over the water was amazing. I strongly advise the “swinging in the hammock hypnotized by the waves” meditation!

Ok, I wasn’t getting to far quickly and spent 3 or 4 times the amount of money I’d figured on spending by then. While I got signs from the Universe regularly that I was headed the right direction (kind of like a treasure hunt), it was clearly showing me that this wasn’t the time to stay here. As I thought about returning to the states, turmoil arose inside me. So I put my situation out to a few friends. One was my dear friend Patti who recently moved from Canada to Costa Rica with her husband. Patti Angel graciously offered to host me and assist until I could get clarity about what direction Heaven wanted me to next go.

Bocas del Toro, Panama, to Ojochal, Costa Rica….doesn’t sound too complicated. Oh, but then there are those 6 beautiful suitcases again! Picture this:
Taxi from Las Olas to Bocas Marine (5 minutes)
Boat from Bocas to Almirante (1/2 hour)
Taxi from Marine Co to Almirante Bus Station (5 minutes)
Missed first bus due to first being overcrowded and no room for one, no less, 6 pieces of luggage
Bus/Shuttle from Almirante to David (5 hours)….

Now I must comment on this trip. I was jam packed with a bus full of people that didn’t speak English and my luggage was strapped towering over the top. Fortunately one doesn’t need to know the language to play with a 2 year old child next to me. After the first few dozen stops, I lost track of how many we actually did. About halfway through the trip, my little friend moved on at the snack/restroom stop. At that point I scored a window seat.

The views were breathtaking – magnificent foliage of seemingly infinite varieties, dozens of gorgeous waterfalls, mountaintops playing peek-a-boo in the clouds and I even saw a huge, aqua blue butterfly…exquisite! Kinda felt like Alice in Wonderland. During the trip the radio played intermittent American Pop. For those who know the significance, Abba’s Mamma Mia is also played in Panama.

Ok, I thought I was ready for David from the descriptions I got from everyone. I got to the bus station where I couldn’t find anyone who spoke English. I could hardly find a bus station, heck with checking the numerous schedules I was told about. Found an office that held two persons….only info I could get was there weren’t any more buses going to Costa Rica until tomorrow morning.

The Universe was indeed having fun with me. I asked a taxi driver (who couldn’t speak English), to take me to a hotel. We ended up driving all over the place and, although he wasn’t too thrilled with me, was a fairly good sport. Thanks to angels intervening over my fast diminishing minute phone, I actually landed a lovely hotel. I went to the restaurant inside (which actually had linen tablecloths) and had a 5 course meal for $3.50! Now that was a drink only in Bocas!

Next morning blessed with an English speaking taxi driver who assisted me in finding the right bus for Costa Rica. Comfortable bus and beautiful scenery on the way. Was a little wondering how I would handle the border when one of the passengers saw how much trouble I had finding someone to speak English. The “do you need some help” from him was met with huge relief. They went through my entire luggage on the Panama side, had to get in another line to show documents and even pay to leave the country.

At least I entertained everyone at one point. Going through 6 suitcases so many times….I thought the guy re-zipped one of the big bags and heaved it off the counter flinging the contents including bathing suits and underwear all over the ground. Then we got to do it all over again on the Costa Rica side except without dumping the luggage. If my English speaking angel wasn’t there I probably would have thought the bus left without me since it crossed over the border through all the buses and cars and we had to walk.

Traveling on the bus again I was sending telepathic messages to the driver since the bus was headed to San Jose and he (if we communicated properly) was going to drop me off at Palmar Sur. As I did so, a beautiful butterfly flitted onto the bus around. Actually, all along the way animals positioned themselves to let me know they were angels too.

Thankfully, the bus driver did remember to stop and just as we unloading the luggage, my friend Patti pulled up in perfect timing. While she and I had never met in person before, it was like a long lost sister reunion. Her place in Ojochal is in the mountains with a lovely view of the ocean. The foliage and animals around are amazing. Even got to see fireflies that evening. It feels so good here. I am breathing refreshing air and eating food my body prefers more. Have some things in the pipeline already that I’ll probably share about later.

Panama awaits for my return some day. In the meantime, I am in a place I can play peacefully with my Spa Retreat’s Birth Plan and enjoy the journey.

If these musings have entertained, inspired or motivated you, please consider making a contribution to keep them coming. I am in the process of getting a website for the Spa Retreat & setting up PayPal too. In the meantime, you are welcome to mail a check payable to ”Michelle Hazlewood” to:

Michelle Hazlewood
c/o Natasha Hazlewood
4207 Riverglen Street
Moorpark CA 93021

Until I can get the new website going, I will attempt to post some pics on Facebook. Attempt, because I am new at photography, uploading pics and not sure if current internet will accommodate. You can “be my friend” on Facebook…just add Michelle Hazlewood.

Muchas gracias all for your enthusiastic support….financial, professional contributions, advise, research, energetic, e-mails, FB messages and all. Without you, I couldn’t have gotten this far.

Blessings, Appreciation & Love ~