About Kimberly Beck

Willing To Do Whatever It Takes

I am originally from the beautiful river valley area of Cincinnati, Ohio. I worked on and off as a sales executive in the technology sector for 17 years. I left the job several times for adventures like the Peace Corps because I was driven to experience cultures different from my own. I felt a deep yearning to see the other side of the world. I often return to my previous career because it feeds my ego to delve back into something I am good at and it fills my coffers. My travels serve to enhance my business relationships as I am able to see alternate outcomes, solutions and respect my clients differences. 

I have traveled to 17 different countries in search of the people and their relationships with nature. I took the necessary steps to surround myself with what is truly wild because, after searching many other places, I was certain I would find the answer to my existence there. I now wake up every day to bird sounds which are much louder than traffic used to be and decide for myself what my day will bring.  I walk back and forth to the creek three times every day with the two giant dogs who share my space, taking a breather from the heartache that happens to the rest of the world. This lifestyle certainly isn’t the end for me as I find myself longing to get back into the bustle of the business deal. Still, I am enjoying it while I have it. 

India

New Delhi, India Traffic

Colorful Thai temple

Northern Thailand 2007

Kimberly Beck Egypt

Giza Pyramids 2006

Leaving the Corporate World: You Have to Start Somewhere

My first “let’s see how I can function outside of the corporate world” experience was in Tanzania, East Africa during a two and a half year assignment with Peace Corps in 2003. As an environmental volunteer, I was assigned to a village named Ibatu. Ibatu has a total population of 1100 people. I lived in a house made of mud brick and had no running water or electricity. I read some amazing books by candle light, busted three teeth on rocks in rice and learned to be comfortable with just myself. My responsibilities included educating the families of Ibatu on various subjects such as nutrition, disease prevention, food preservation, English and female equality and empowerment issues. I wrote grants for the local school and worked with the community to budget the dollars for projects when the money was granted.

Peace Corps Tanzania

Njombe District, Tanzania

Ibatu 2004

Ibatu, Mafinga, Tanzania 2004

Following My Dream of Writing for Money

My lifelong dream of being paid to write was realized here in Costa Rica. The farm, in Matina, Limon, is out of the way for most expats and it was very difficult to find news and information, in English, about the area. So I took the actionable step of contacting an online newspaper about the possibility of writing articles about Limon. I have since written about the future Limon International Airport, APM Terminals in Moin and about the adventurous week of Carnival in Limon.  Read all of my articles published by A M Costa Rica news here.

Currently, I freelance for Podfly, a podcast production company and for various bloggers who want to add a little pizzazz to otherwise boring posts. This work allows me to be creative without busting the pavement looking for a story.

Kimberly Beck

A smile stretches a mile

English is my native language. I get by most days in Espanol, and I can still greet people in Swahili, but don’t expect much more than that.

My rotten companions are Smoky, the hard-working husky and Kimba, the Golden Retriever, who gives the best hugs ever. Come experience it for yourself, there’s nothing else like it.

14 comments on “About Kimberly Beck”

  1. Kerry hopper

    Hi Kimberly! Thank you for the pictorial of renewing your DL in Limon. My husband and I bought a lot at Grand View. Few years ago and I am finally going to bring him down to see it the last week in February.we would love to meet you and see your place. I will try to contact you via FB and I know Gill Phelan has your number but may post my e-mail on here if need be. All the best to you and yours, Kerry P

  2. Steve Tippins

    Hi,

    I love your blog and your adventures. The pictures of your house are intriguing and leave me wanting more. How big is your house? Are there any more pictures you can share?

    We are buying land in Nuevo Arenal and will be building this Spring and like what you have done.

    By the way, we live in SW Wisconsin now and you are not missing anything, today’s high temperature will get up to around 12 degrees.

    Steve Tippins

    • Kimberly Beck

      Hi Steve. A friend asked us to do a video of the house when it is done so we figured after xmas would be a good time to do it. Is that what you want or do you have specific pics of some part of the house? Are you moving to CR on a permanent basis or will this be just a winter home? 12 degrees? I don’t even think my freezer goes down to 12 degrees here!

  3. Jhonn Balance

    Hey guys – I was wondering… what elevation is your place at?

  4. Sandy Serrano

    Hola Kim, Do you remember me? We met in Cahuita when you first arrived. I will be joining my husband in CR for 5 months starting Oct 2013. Would love to know how you guys are doing.

    • Kimberly Beck

      Of course I remember you Sandy. How about meeting up when you get down here? I am sure I will need to get off the farm during the November rains.

  5. rick deal

    Hope you got home with the furniture OK? Great website! I Can find you a ride, contact me as to your $$$ limit. THANKS

    • Kimberly Beck

      We got home safe and sound. It did rain the entire way through the mountains but I think the tables that were on top of the car will be ok. Thanks for all of your help!

  6. Gill Phelan

    Nice meeting you both the other day and look forward to getting to know you both better. Home phone-27658734

  7. Brian Storn

    Hi Kim,

    Love your pictures and blog.

    Just curious: How big are those humming-birds?…is the nest? Is the nest about two-inches wide?

    Keep’em coming!
    Brian

    • Kimberly

      Thanks Brian. I love to hear stuff like that! The babies are both just about 1 1/2 inch from beak to tail and yes the nest is about 2 inches.

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