Expats are inspired to move to lakeside for a variety of reasons, yet how many actually make the move solely from an inner “calling,” without ever haveing been to the area?
Joely Nicole, a 46-year-old holistic practitioner and healing arts teacher, experienced this calling, which inspired her to close up her offices in Portland, Oregon, sell her car and buy a one-way ticket to Mexico in October 2017, knowing that she’d made the right decision.
Nicole first got light of lakeside from her Portland friend, James Twyman, a local spiritual practitioner who had been living at lakeside on and off for a few years, having recently become a permanent fixture in Ajijic.
“Without having been to lakeside, I knew this was where I needed to be,” says Nicole. “Portland, being fast paced, dark and shadowy, no longer met my needs to do my energy work. I knew it was time to live in a softer, lighter place. So far, lakeside, with its beauty and unique kind of magic, has more than met my expectations.”
Another thing that factored into Nicole’s decision to move were four significant people in her life who died within 16 months of each other.
“First, my father died, then my spiritual teacher, then my first client – a young woman with cancer – and, lastly, my grandmother, who died three months before I moved to lakeside. I got to spend her last night with her.”
Nicole started her healing practice six years ago, specializing in pain-body issues. “As an acutely sensitive woman, I was feeling a lot of bodily discomfort due to my sensitivities.”
Before beginning her practice, she met a teacher/doctor friend who took her under her wings. She also met a physiologist who became her mentor, then went on to receive trainings in a variety of healing arts, such as reiki, meditation and nutrition.