Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Passion

If I have learned anything through the course of my time in Costa Rica it is that everybody has their own story. We all have a history and sometimes it takes time for us to realize who we really are and what our story is. But the greatest part is that people down here understand. No one cares if you messed up in the past, they're just glad you're here now. It's an interesting dynamic, but it can be challenging at the same time. 

Costa Rica is a tourist destination. Therefore it is full of people coming and going. You meet people one day and they are gone the next. A friend of mine said he has to be careful what he shares with people. He has to guard his heart in a way because it seems that just when you get to know someone, they are leaving again. Fortunately this doesn't stop us from enjoying the time we have at that moment. Yes, it is hard meeting people and then leaving and never seeing them again, but you learn to find joy in the time spent with them and in knowing that you have new friends around the world. New optimistic perspectives.

Things have changed for me since coming down here. I have changed. Living such a simple life has taught me how to channel my positive energy and feel more comfortable with who I am. My emotions are beautiful, and life really is simple. I used to over think everything and complicate things that were supposed to be simple. But where's the fun in that? I have learned to truly appreciate every morsel of a moment that I have and seize the opportunities that are put before me. I have found a new passion for happiness and a simple life. I feel like a brand new person. I really don't want to leave. I have learned that I could be just as happy living and working down here as I would be in the states, maybe even more so. Yes, I would miss my family and friends like crazy, but I can always visit and they know they are more than welcome down here.

Finding your passion in life is important. We all need to find that one thing that makes us tick. That brings us pure joy. Without passion, in my opinion, life is just plain. 

This is your life. Do what you love, and do it often. If you don’t like something, change it. If you don’t like your job, quit. If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV. If you are looking for the love of your life, STOP; they will be waiting for you when you start doing the things you love. Stop over analyzing everything! All emotions are beautiful. Life is simple. When you eat, appreciate every last bite. Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people, we are united in our differences. Ask the next person you see what their passion is, and share your inspiring dream with them. Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself. Some opportunities only come once, so seize them. 

Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them. So go out and start creating. Life is short. LIVE YOUR DREAM AND SHARE YOUR PASSION.


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Vacation Time

I know this is about a month too late, and I'm sorry. But I've been busy, okay? I'll get back on track, I promise.

During my short 2 week vacation in August I got to travel around a bit and spend some time with my family. And let me tell you, this vacation was much needed. For the last three months, while it was a blast, we were very busy with classes and projects. Yes, we did often travel on the weekends, but, let's be real, that doesn't really allow for much actual rest. So this vacation couldn't have come at a better time.

We started the vacation in Puerto Viejo (our new favorite spot on the Caribbean Coast) and spent a few days there hanging out and relaxing. PV is the perfect little Caribbean town with gorgeous beaches and great people. If you are looking for a fun place to travel this is definitely a good option. Over the last few months we have met and made friends with local restaurant, bar, and hostel owners making it much more fun (and affordable) to visit. I will say it again, the people we have met while traveling down here have been absolutely incredible. But more on that later...

From there it was about a 4 hour bus ride to Bocas del Toro, Panama. I only got to spend one whole day there, but still.. Bocas is absolutely incredible. It is a collection of islands off the coast of Panama and has spectacular snorkeling, beaches, wildlife, and more. A must see if you ever get the chance. We stayed on Bastimentos Island, which I would highly recommend as a much more relaxed location. Our lodging was at Hostal Bastimentos (yet another recommendation for ya). This hostel is huge, well-priced, and a great place to just hang out and enjoy the view.

Once my family arrived, we went up to Guacimal, near Monteverde and stayed at the most perfect ranch house, Rancho El Rio. This quaint little ranch is a wonderful mountain getaway. And the added bonus... it is sustainable! The family who runs this ranch is beyond helpful and will go out of their way to ensure that you have a wonderful time. They helped arrange our trip to Monteverde, took us on a trail ride to a beautiful waterfall, and their son even took us on a hike to the river nearby for a swim. Oh and did I mention he is 12? AND he knows every bird, tree, plant, and bug you see along the way. Talk about adorable. We had the best time there just relaxing and spending time with the family.

After that, we spent a few days relaxing at the beach in Jaco. But you have already heard about that location, so I won't bore you with the details.

I had an absolute blast showing my family around my new home. I was excited to share with them the passion I have developed and the reason why I love this place so very much. It's not just because it is paradise with its' beautiful landscapes and gorgeous beaches. It's the people, the energy, the passion that this place has for sustainability and life in general that I have come to love and appreciate. I never want to leave. I could be perfectly happy living and working here for the rest of my life.

Again, sorry this one took so long. I have a couple more I've been working on for a bit so keep on checking in with me!