My life has changed remarkably over the past seven years.
Seven years ago, I lived in Austin, Texas with electricity, indoor plumbing and central air and heating. I drove a car almost every day and ate plenty of foods from bags, cans, boxes and frozen boxes—in other words, your typical middle-class American life.
Then, life transported me to Guatemala.
Four years ago, I moved from the city (Guate) to the lake (Atitlán) and fulfilled my destiny of becoming a country mouse. Life slowed down immediately.
One year ago, the pace of my day-to-day life slowed down even more, when we moved across the lake to a tiny cabin in the woods. Suddenly we had no electricity, wifi, refrigerator, toaster oven or indoor bathroom. Our lives changed abruptly—by choice.