Much Needed Change

Isla Verde, Puerto Rico Photo by Raúl Colón

As a small business owner there are days where I feel I did not get as many things done, as I wanted.

On many of these occasions I later realize I was being too hard on myself.  I probably planned more things than what I could complete in one day which is a topic I help my clients with but I need to remind myself often.

Approximately 8 Months ago I decided to move from the southern part of Puerto Rico, where I have lived most of my life, and moved up north to the Metro Area. The decision was ignited when the town of Santa Isabel started preparation for the Turbine Apocalypse. Since I’d rather live away from what I call the kill zone near the Santa Isabel Wind Farm, I started looking at different options in Puerto Rico.

At first I took a look at the West Coast of the Island a place where I know I will live one day. Rincon was attractive, but many factors made us consider the San Juan Metro area.

My Desire to Live Near the Beach

I love visiting the beach and I had always dreamed of one day living close to one. While reading, reviewing, and internalizing the drafts of my friend’s new book (which should be published next Summer), I realized that there was no better time than now.

Thanks to the help of our friend Melvin, we were able to take a look at an apartment in his building. Not only did we like the place, but having a friend on the same floor and ocean view, definitely made us shift towards that apartment. We went to lunch, discussed the pros and cons, and made our decision to move.

The Ever Changing Scenery

With every major change like moving, there are some pros and cons. Having a yard at the previous home was a plus because we could let our dog out at anytime; now I have to walk JuanGa. But the up side to this is that 3 times a day I get some time to recharge and exercise.

A few days ago I felt like my new routine was part of the Movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. Feeling that way, I understood I needed to change the routine. I grabbed my Bluetooth Headphones and listened to a Soul/Funk/Disco Playlist on Spotify while I walked Juanga through a different route.

As I ended my walk, I realized I become part of the scenery Mother Nature provides as part of her daily unique artwork. The footprints I leave in the sand, how Juanga re-arranges the leaves, while he moves through them, how the wind and waves move the sand are all part of the ever changing environment.

When I got back home from my walk, instead of sitting in my chair while checking emails and writing, my two year old daughter was asking me to play some music for her so she could listen to it via my headsets. I made sure to select songs and genre’s to keep her entertained and see her smile.

What turned out to look like a similar morning was a completely different one!

What are you going to make this day different from others?

If you feel everyday is similar to others, maybe we can exchange ideas. Feel free to contact me directly.


  1. Prometeo on January 19, 2013 at 7:23 am

    There’s no better thing than living where one likes it. It’s the closest thing to heaven.

    Adelante y éxito.

    • Raul Colon on January 19, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      I have to agree… Cuando nos visitan?

      • Prometeo on January 19, 2013 at 5:29 pm

        Well. From January to May we have a pretty tight schedule so maybe we can do something on April.

  2. Berni Xiong (shUNG) on January 19, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    You better be playing some booty poppin reggaeton for Daniela, from auntie Berni!