Five Tips for Making a New Path

“No single decision you ever made has led in a straight line to where you find yourself now. You peeked down some paths and took a few steps before turning back. You followed some paths that came to a dead-end and others that got lost at too many intersections. Ultimately, all paths are connected to all other paths.”
― Deepak Chopra


Ron and I made a stepping stone path to our house. I never imagined that there were so many complicated decisions to make in choosing the best path for us. So, I’ve compiled five tips for making a new path.

1. When you find your path, you must ignore fear. You need to have the courage to make mistakes.

Concrete sidewalk? Stepping stone forms? Gravel path? Which path was right for us? We chose to make a stepping stone path to our house using plastic forms, which I borrowed from our neighbor. In planning our path, it led to introspective thoughts about the paths of our lives.

Living in Nicaragua is a challenge and sometimes scary. We’ve made many mistakes along our paths, but we’ve learned to patch the cracks, or start all over again, and instead of ignoring the fear, we learn to make friends with it.


2. In the space between yes and no, there’s a lifetime. It’s the difference between the path you walk and the one you left behind; it’s the gap between who you thought you could be and who you really are. ~Jodie Picoult

We discovered that if we let the stepping-stones dry, then we can move them closer together to patch the gaps between the forms. But, then again, maybe we should let the gaps show, symbolically representing the path we walk now and the one we left behind.

IMG_76713. Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives, put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us.

Our stepping stone path was half completed. Then the heavy rains washed the dirt out from under the stepping-stones, scattering them like leaves in the wind.

The next morning, we started over again, making a solid foundation for the stones by embedding them in the dirt. Now, our path is stronger than before and can withstand the tropical downpours in our lives.

IMG_76724. Don’t try to follow others’ paths. Your own will lead you exactly the way you need to go.

Jose, who mixed the cement, wanted to make our path straight. He said it was easier. But, instead, we wanted a country cottage look with a gently curving path meandering to our front doors. It was more complicated, sort of like putting a puzzle together. But, it is our path, our puzzle, and our challenge…just like our lives.

IMG_76805. Find the right paths for your journey.
Travel along these paths to your final destination. ~ Lailah Gifty Akita

The stepping stone path to our house is finished. The rainy season has begun bringing blossoms, delicious ripe mangoes, and new green grass. It smells fresh…a new beginning.
We travel along our path to our final destination…home, sweet home.

IMG_7684What tips do you have when making a new path?

14 thoughts on “Five Tips for Making a New Path

  1. Sorry I missed this post. Just like anything else in life, the key is a good foundation. I found that beach sand (the coarse kind) works well below the concrete, and a well compacted soil below that. To compact I just take a 5″ X 24″ long branch and nail two smaller branches 4 ft long as handles and whack away. If the cascajo is shallow this is not necessary. I leave the final grade slightly higher to shed runoff. The gaps may be filled with fine beach sand (heaped and also whacked in place). The plastic forms work great, I didn’t know you could get them there. Tell Joe it looks professionally done.

  2. Hi, I love the blog! Just read there was seismic/volcanic activity around Concepcion! I hope everyone there stays safe!

    • Yes, we are having little tremors and our backyard active volcano, Concepcion, isn’t very happy about it. We haven’t felt the tremors, but we smelled the gases emitted from 60 small explosions. I think our majestic beauty went back to sleep this morning. I haven’t seen any reports all day. Thanks for thinking of us. 🙂

    • Well, if we’re not on the right path, we’re getting closer. lol Thanks. We just finished a stepping-stone patio in front of our plunge pool. I really like the Pathway Stepping Stone forms. Once we got the hang of it, everything fell into place.

  3. Love how it turned out. An interesting and thought provoking post. When taking a new path, I accept that fear may be present but shouldn’t overtake. The risks have always been worth it when ever I choose to think outside the box.

  4. Beautiful,,and your path is perfect ,,,looks just right ,,,,like all of our” own paths “we choose in our lives ,,,just right!
    no one said it would be easy……

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