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Be Open to Expecting Miracles & You May End up Living in Paradise

The week we were to leave for vacation to Puerto Vallarta

I finished the book "Spirit Junkie"

The one thing I remembered about that book

be open to expecting miracles


The night before our flight to Puerto Vallarta,

I was deathly sick

Could hardly move

And had never felt this way before

I couldn't fly

Even with this pain, and the possibility of not being able to go on our trip at all

The thought crossed my mind - be open to expecting miracles

I slept for 16 hours

After that, I felt pretty good


We were delayed one day

But due to the delay, our flight stopped in Houston

Due to the stop in Houston

We met Alan and James in line as we boarded the plane (miracle #1)


The first thing we did was look for a lunch restaurant

We ate at Cafe de Olla

And while there, met a couple there from Tulsa, Jeanne and Tom (miracle #2)

We'd mentioned we'd been looking around the world

For a warmer place to move

To retire, or own a small business

Jeanne said "the ice cream and chocolate shops next door are for sale" (miracle #3)

we're obsessed with gourmet artisan ice cream and chocolate

(and these are the businesses we eventually purchase)

Puerto Vallarta is a charming traditional Mexican city

Amazing restaurants, culture, ocean & beach, activities, theatre, tours, botanical gardens We introduced our four new friends to each other

And had dinner with them several times that week

It felt like we'd known them forever, not just a few days

The fourth morning in PV

We were on the pool rooftop deck

I was in a Lord of the Dance Yoga Pose

The sun was peeking over the mountain

The ocean was glimmering

The city was coming alive with roosters and city noise

And in that moment I knew


Todd captured this photo of me during this AHA moment

And he also knew HE COULD LIVE HERE at the same moment (miracle #4)

be open to expecting miracles

yoga pose in Puerto Vallarta

After yoga we took a stroll

To the ice cream shop, Lix

(the one that Jeanne mentioned was for sale)

There was a sign on the front of the shop

"How'd you like to own a business in Mexico?"


Then we found a gorgeous historic Hacienda art gallery on the same street

Galleria Dante, where we met Claire the owner, and her daughter Gena (miracle #5)

who owns the restaurant upstairs - Di Vino Dante

Claire moved to PV from Canada over thirty years ago

We spoke with Claire for what seemed like hours

She was friendly, informative and welcoming


We boarded the plane to Chicago with a heavy feeling in the pits of our stomachs

We didn't want to leave

Vallarta had seduced us with her beauty and charms

Introduced us to six important friends

Who already lived in PV or would move there soon

And provided us with two possible amazing biz's

By the time our flight landed in Chicago

All we could think about was how to get back to Vallarta

We decided to move there in six months

December 2016


The feeling of excitement to move to PV

Became stronger and deeper every day

Brought happy tears

Joy in our hearts

A tingling excitement

We did think about it logically at times

Logically it wasn't financially a smart decision

We both made good money

We didn't know if we'd get the businesses in PV

But we knew that we'd move there anyway

Something would work out


There were five miracles in this story

If I didn't get sick

We wouldn't have met Alan and James

Nor Jeanne and Tom

We might have met Claire and Gena

We might have seen the 'for sale' sign on the door of the ice cream shop

Because I did get sick

We met those 6 people

And learned about the business for sale from one of those people

Puerto Vallarta already felt like home

A welcoming home with people we knew

Sure we loved the weather, the ocean, the mountains, the restaurants, the theatre, the energy, the people

But the key was those 6 people

We knew in our hearts what to do

We followed our hearts

And moved to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Six months later

December 2016

be open to expecting miracles

and you may end up living in Paradise

Have you had any experiences like this

Are you open to miracles?

Would love to hear your story


Kathleen Naomi


David Amaya Acosta
David Amaya Acosta
Oct 05, 2018
Take it for granted. In fact, I go every year in February on vacation to Puerto Vallarta ,  I hope to visit Xocodiva soon!!

Kathleen Naomi
Kathleen Naomi
Oct 04, 2018

David Amaya Acosta I love your story and very similar to ours - from Auditor to Chocolatier! Thank you for sharing, your chocolates also look amazing and can't wait to try them when we go to Mexico City!


David Amaya Acosta
David Amaya Acosta
Oct 03, 2018

Tuve esa sensación de que “el universo ha hablado” cuando tosté y molí cacao por primera vez, me sedujo el aroma y el sabor tanto, que se convirtió en una pasión, una pasión que me llevó a cambiar mi profesión de auditor a chocolatier.


Kathleen Naomi
Kathleen Naomi
Jul 24, 2018

Fran, thank you so much! All the best to you as well and we look forward to seeing you again soon.


Fran Lowe Burgess
Fran Lowe Burgess
Jul 23, 2018

Love your story! I visited PV this past February and was introduced to your delicious ice-cream and chocolate. I wish you and Todd the best … and look forward to keeping up on your latest news. Thank-you!

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