By popular demand and so that I don't pollute "Watcha doing" too much, I am starting this thread.
My wife and I are living in Costa Rica involved in reforestation. If you did not know, something like 73% of Costa is Deforested and yet, it is one of the places in the world with the most Biodiversity on the planet. For example, up North there are 200 birds, here we have 800 - and I could go on.
My goals have been to come up with methods so that reforestation could pay for itself. We are being pretty successful at it. About 5+ years ago I decided I was tired of making people I really didn't like too much richer than they already were, and wanted to do something else. Something else moved us to another country!
Shadiyah, we try very hard to live a simple life. We pour all our resources into the reforestation. It is what makes us happy. But, in many ways, I feel I live a life of luxury. We have people who take care of just about every task we have to do (cleaning, cooking, laundry, lawn, cleaning my bike, our car, etc) and so we don't have a lot of stuff, but we don't spend much time doing chores.
We also try to live very modestly. We can afford to buy just about anything we would want, but it would cause us to be isolated from our friends and neighbors. My income is probably 20 times more than average here.
So, with all the excess money, I start new companies. I team up with a Costa Rican, they provide the blood, sweat and tears (and I pay them) and I provide the capital and business knowledge - and we both make more money.
Today is my wife's birthday, yesterday the neighbors threw her a party. She came home all emotional and said it was the greatest birthday she had ever had. The neighbors explained to her, one by one, the impact that we have had in their lives. Things like this are priceless. We gave up the richness we had in home and vehicles in the United States for a richness in our experiences and relationships.
Seems to me that we got the better end of the deal.
Ask away on any question.