By Effort

achievement (n) 1. something that has been accomplished, esp by hard work, ability, or heroism  2. successful completion; accomplishment

I could think of so many things that would show “achievement”.  The first thing that came to mind was raising three special human beings to adulthood, but the most recent tangible demonstration of “achievement” for me has been our move to Panama.

November 6 marked 2.5 years in this country.  Our achievements; although seemingly small to the uninformed observer, may not seem like much, but when I think about our first six months and how life has evolved since then, it seems like we’ve experienced a great deal.

One of our achievements has been taking what was once this:


To this:


1 2 And then to this:

1 2



2 3

It seems sometimes, given the short time that we’ve taken to create this tropical lushness in our little garden, that we opened a box and it all sprang forth.  In reality it has taken some sunshine, some rain and a bit of trial and error.  And all of this could be a great analogy of how life in Panama is.

To do anything you have to begin somewhere and have a goal.  Moving to Panama and establishing a home has been one of our greatest achievements, other than those three lovely human beings…in the campo.

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8 Responses to By Effort

  1. I would say that’s quite an achievement. The place looks great – your own little tropical rain forest within a bigger tropical rain forest!

  2. Quite an achievement! It looks great.


  3. You have so many reasons to be proud of what you have accomplished, not the least of which is becoming part of your community and your thoughtful blog. You deserve a hug and a pat on the back!

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  5. How interesting to see the before photos. what a transformation!

    • indacampo says:

      Well, it helps that things grow so quickly here and yet it’s still difficult to believe that it was once bare earth. 🙂

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