Hi my name is Bill Graham.
In November of 2014, at age 53 with my wife of 18 years Lorilee, and our 12 year old pooch Phoebe, I made the life changing move from Ontario, Canada to San Pedro Town on Ambergris Caye in Belize.
I worked for almost 30 years in Ontario’s fast paced construction industry, with the same company for the last 20 years I began as an Electrical Site Foreman and Project Coordinator and over that time worked my way up to the position of Senior Project Manager responsible for multi million dollar projects and to organize and supervise all trades and aspects of construction in the companies custom home building division.
Lorilee spent over 20 years in the food service industry as the manager of several stores. She spent the last 13 years with the same company, in the position of General Manager of six locations of a well known chain of fast food restaurants.
After 25 years, the combination of construction work and cold Canadian winters were beginning to take their toll on my joints, then in January of 2014, just as I wondered what I could do to get another 13 years out of my body and reach retirement age, Lorilee came home from the doctors office with the order to “quit her job or soon die working”. Her stressful job had caused what her doctor believed was her second minor stroke. It was obvious that we both needed a change of lifestyle and yet, we knew that changing our jobs was not a lasting answer as our personalities would have led us right back into the same situations in a very short time.
As I began to research on-line opportunities for me, and early retirement solutions for her, and after crunching the income numbers we would require it was evident that we could not retire early in Canada and sustain ourselves for very long. Then it happened, on the right side of my computer screen a small ad popped up that read, “Retire in Costa Rica on $800.00 per month.” That truly was the first time that I entertained the thought that maybe we could both retire early. Although Lorilee strongly objected at first, we began to research this idea together and a few months later came up with a two year plan to retire to Costa Rica. Well, so much for plans, we ended up all in and moved to Belize just six months later.
Since our move I have been studying our new home country, I have found my two new passions are closely related, they are social media and talking about the benefits of Belize on our lives.
Please enjoy the different pages, posts, and videos and always remember that this site is for you. Your participation is important to me to present what you need and to answer your questions. Please leave a comment or contact me via the social media links provided. I would love to chat, the most valuable input that I can receive to make this site a complete and valuable resource for you, is yours.
My Mission Statement
It is my mission based on my personal experiences, to help you realize the important questions that you need to ask before making a move to Belize. It is also my mission to provide you with the unbiased information that you need to make an informed decision based on your honest answers to yourself. Answers that will be derived from truthful information provided without the sugar coating that I so often see in the resort, real estate, and tourist industry driven information available on the internet today.
Once you decide to move forward, there will be more questions that need to be answered. I will continue my mission to support you with resources that I have found to be reputable. Resources that can further answer all of the legal, real estate, procedural, as well as honestly answer any other questions you might have with no agenda. In other words, I have done the time consuming leg work to seek out these people so that you don’t have to invest your time in this hit and miss procedure.
In short, we learn from the mistakes that have been made. However, the mistakes made don’t have to be yours, and if you can avoid the mistakes that others have made along the way, then you will enjoy and be excited about the process. You will also have received value that can have no dollar amount applied, and, My Mission is Complete.