Bliss is simple. The simplicity is the bliss.

The lines we draw, the paths we take, the simple joys, a simple life, I’m learning isn’t always (or at least completely) about the ocean. I’m learning that the simplicity of the ocean (in all its complexities) is the joy itself ✨ 

Try this idea on, it came to me a week or two ago, and it’s been sinking in really nice. I realized last month was one of the best months of my life (yes- injured and out of work, out of money & landlocked), I didn’t surf, of practice yoga asana once…

One morning, on a gray, glassy beach walk adventure, watching the waves crash into the rocks, feeling full of peace and joy I realized 

“Bliss is simple-The simplicity is the bliss”

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As one of my favorite authors put it “Samsara is Nirvana”

(If you haven’t read books from Jaimal Yogis – the Saltwater Buddha, and All Our Waves are Water, i would highly recommend it)

It’s funny, you see, when everything I thought I wanted was taken from me, (traveling, surfing, yoga, making $$, “progress”,) I learned that sometimes life is better than the waves. 

It’s wild really, how life gives us moments, moments that may seem bad, (like breaking your arm, blowing out your knee, being out of work for 9 months, being laid up in bed, and having the days full of surgeries, physical therapy and doctors appts) are really not so bad at all. If we trust, we surrender & we are open to the possibility that things are unfolding as they should, that it could actually keep getting better then it currently is, or was, then it does. When everything you –think– you want is taken from you, and the direction of your life path is shifted, somehow, magically you, are given –more-, (than you could have imagined or dreamed you wanted) and the path you are walking on becomes more abundant…

 

Life is cool like that. 

The waves and I will reunite. But in the mean time, life has given me a love (yes I’m talking about that wonderful man again) and many other lessons from healing as well, that only makes my connection to the sea, and my adventure in this life, that much sweeter. When you practice gratitude, and believe in the laws of attraction, of the power of positive thinking, of life without adornment being truly abundant, then your life simply becomes that; A beautiful manifestation of things always being right. Even when they are wrong. That my friends, is the secret. To stop worrying, stop forcing, let go, recieve, and love. Oh so much love. And then show up and let life rain down on you it’s wisdom, and it’s bliss, and allow yourself to dance in the the pure golden sun shine glowing in the sky. It might seem silly to you, or cosmic, or daydreamy, full of fantasy like fluff, and maybe it is, but if our real lives can take the shape of these daydreams, then doesn’t it seem logical, to do whatever it takes to make that happen? I’m not any better or different than any of you, and I just wanted to share this story, because those of you who do know me, know surfing, and yoga and travel are my “everything” so to come to a place in life, where I can say I have had the best month of my life, and none of those things have been present, is a powerful statement. That realization propelled me to examine a lot of things within myself, and have helped me come to the realizations I’ve shared above. (Obviously finding love helps 😍😍) but that’s part of it!! Cultivating a mindset, and attitude, a way of living, that brings joy and healing from the inside, that trusts and surrenders to the “obstacles” of life, is what will transform the ordinary to extraordinary. So when you do find yourself in challenging situations, they are nothing more than opportunities, to learn and grown and become a better version of yourself.

Cheers my loves. I hope your weekend is full of sunshine and the things that make your heart sing.

Xoxoxox

Katie Mermaid 

– some of the fotos above are just captures of stoke that have filled my days up on the  path to healing. There is most certainly a new “normal” of resting and healing, but I am beyond excited to get back into routines of working, and surfing, and yoga, and travel. This time for reflection and rest is lovely, but I’m ready to move forward away from the inertia and begin to take on a bit more action 🙂 Surgery on my knee was a success and as I lay in bed, knee elevated, and crutch bound for a month, I’ve definitely began the 183 days countdown to return to the surf. I hope you’ll join me on that epic day of my first surf in 10 months!! (Projected day I believe is April 6th…) All jokes aside I’ll probably sit in the line up and cry like a baby. Tears of joy of course. Ah, but what a sweet reunion is will be. Playing in the waves is one of the best feelings in the world 🙂

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Surf House Nicaragua When dreams become reality 😍

Traveling is one of those things- you can never know what to expect. I suppose this can apply to life in general- but specifically when you travel. The possibility of what can happen when you are away from home, not in normal routines, on the road, is exciting to me. I like the unknown- I feel so comfortable moving about- it’s weird. I almost feel more uneasy when I’m only in one place for too long. I find the growth and insight that comes from constant change is profound. For me, it seems that maybe the secret is finding consistencies- routines- normalities- within the change. By this I mean, findings constants, the things that keep you grounded and secure, within the comforts of your own (magical, divine) self. I am always pretty stoked to spend time with myself. I can only speak from personal experience but the allure of the unknown, of the potential challenges, what I learn from new people, places, things, is what drives me to move, to expand, to create and to love. At this point in my trip (which is now the end- haha since it took me a month to finish writing anything) I’ve been all over the place. Costa Rica to Nicaragua, Nicaragua to El Salvador, El Salvador to Nicaragua, Nicaragua to Costa Rica, and currently back in Nicaragua. And lots of cities in between. Playa Grande, Liberia, Asseradores, Managua, La Flores, La Libertad, Puerto Sandino, Leon, Playa Negra, Nosara, Garza, and at this particular moment I’m in laying in my bed in a hotel room in Granada thinking how silly it is that I haven’t wrote yet. Although I do use my social media to share, it’s not the best avenue to actually tell stories- and I believe it’s our stories that tie us together. These stories allow us to realize that we are all human beings with the same basic need of food and shelter- to love and be loved. We are citizens of planet earth and that is why it is so very important to be kind and spread love to one another.

**Quick disclaimer- now that I’m reading all this after a month of non publishing it’s eh- average, but I wrote it, so here you go. Hope you at least enjoy the pictures:)

 

Up until this point I’ve taken a hiatus on finishing this blog (twice) and have spent a day and a half in the town of my future home, could 9 is floating all around. (Yes- one more writing break to come before I actually finally finish this story, but it’s hard to be inspired to write on my cell phone especially, when I can lay in a hammock and watch nature and be endlessly entertained- clouds and animales, trees and waves… absolute uninterrupted stoke)
So I’m dreaming. But I’m not. And it’s bliss. I’d found myself speechless with a silly smile plastered to my face, and for those of you who know me, the smile is normal. But speechless, haha- pretty special moment in my life. Ive never been so excited for so much hard work. Yes rad- to find something you are passionate about sharing and want to do nothing but enjoy the path of that dream. I can’t help but feel excited and inspired by everything around….

And then haha- took another hiatus from finishing this story yet again, cause life continues to happen and the “distractions” of nature and waves and naps has been keeping me busy- still (was, until this morning) in this same town, still in love with everything I see in front of me, but just a few days away from finishing up this month long adventure..

Let’s rewind a bit. I started this trip In Costa Rica-

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because sometimes I don’t know what the heck I’m doing and let’s be real- i didn’t plan this one well at all… all part of the journey. Se la vie. And when you have no specific “plans” you go with what you know- so I flew into Costa Rica. Less than 24 hours later, a quick trip to and from the beach at playa grande, a random encounter with a friend of a friend of a friend in and from Costa Rica (yes it’s a small world), and back to Liberia I go. So back in libera I’m pumped to head north, buss ticket in hand, El Salvador bound, via Nicaragua…

 


But In Liberia is where I stay, holding true to the idea of is something can happen it will, even if you actually properly planned (and for once I did). Well the bus never came. Prepaid ticket in my pocket, i waited for that damn buss for 3 hours. Long story short, I caught a cheap cab to the border scooped up some Imperials on the way and wondered what the heck am I doing from here. As I’m walking across the boarder from Costa Rica to Nicaragua I hear a voice holler at the back of my head “katie! Is that you?!?”

 


Ha. Yes only me. And from here the long way home continues. I took at ride with my friend 4 hours out of the way north and 4 hours all the way back south to Managua the very next morning. Being a “yes” girl gets me in some funny situations, but I always end up with a good story to tell. My detour oddly enough took me Into the town I’m moving to, I met some new friends, caught some waves and then continued my journey north, with another 12 hour travel day Into El Salvador.

El Salvador-
What a beautiful country. Everyday we have choices to make. And if I listened to the things people said to do, to play it safe, my life, I feel would be boring, unsatisfying, and average. I believe I am not here to be average. I’ve been here before, I’ve learned some things and it’s my role is this life time to share this inspiration, this passion to live life fully, with others. Code orange. Says the president. Code love says Katie. El Salvador is a little bit sketchy, but at no point did I ever feel unsafe. I planned a week Tour with a rad company based out of LA called AST. First stop in El Sal, was the location at the “east” of the county called Las Flores. Anywhere the jungle meets the sea is absolute perfection for my salty soul. Add in a Birdseye view of a fun playful right hand point break- Cherry on top:) Oddly enough, El Salvador is a country on the pacific coast of the americas that actually faces East. So every morning the fiery blood red sun levitated into the still, calm sky. Absolute Bliss.

 

I’ve got a whole blog on AST coming up next, but go visit these people:) I then stayed at their Punta Roca location. The hotel is perched on the edge of another epic right hand point break, I saw some waterfalls, ate delicious food and I am hoping to be hosting a surf and yoga adventure here next year!:)

From El Salvador. I go back to Nicaragua. In addition to my life being a gypsy trail of places it is also a wild journey of love and heartbreak. If you follow my shenanigans, you know my transparency about feeling the feels, loving hard and my practice (of yoga, a practice goes much deeper than the physical poses) – it’s trusting, surrendering and learning to let go of things that no longer serve you. This part of the path is sweet. A love story, tender and pure, it’s softens me to the edges of everything.

 

I found my way back (to an epic little reef in central Nicaragua) and really, the important part, into the arms of a man, (the vibrations of a soul) I have loved for millions of years. I do believe we are from the same star. And although our time together always seems short, I’m learning with this kind of love there is no hurry. And I’m also learning the graciousness and humility and peace that comes with acceptance of things as they are, regardless of how you want them to be. My soul needed to see him and touch him after 10 months of “exile” from one another, it felt like…
One of those things, that’s leaves you staring up at the stars for hours in comple awe of things you can’t explain, and this is one of those things- I don’t have words to explain…and maybe it would cheapen it it if I did. I feel at peace to know one way or another he and I have reconnected. AND to know all the wonderful things I feel in my heart, despite our physical distance we had- are true.

From here pura vida time:)
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Oh how I love Costa Rica. I can’t afford it. But having so many magical souls there I get to call my friends, and so many fun fun waves to surf- no price tag can keep me away indefinitely.

 

So I crossed the boarder (again) and rented a car this time right at the border. Epic. If you travel to Costa Rica and find yourself on not too tight of a budget- I would recommend this entirely. So easy. Almost felt too easy. This simple process sure beats busses and dragging around my stuff (surf board bag included.) My heart and soul are pleased to the heavens with my decision to splurge a bit. Fuck it, it’s just money right? I love Costa Rica road trips. Well, any road trip for that matter, but especially ones through the wandering, winding roads of this magical place- something special, particularly reflective, healing, and wonderful always happens to me as I move… especially solo, especially in this part of the world. First stop. Playa negra- good friends- bright shining love friends, always bringing me the best little unassuming moments and conversations. Moments that fill my soul, that make life worth living. These are the times I live for, connection to others. I believe it’s one of the things we are all really searching for. I’m so grateful to have this “home” my body, my soul, that I get to move about in and with all across the globe and connect to others. The very best way to experience life is through the lens of your true authentic self. I spent the next morning surfing a secret spot, an outer reef tucked somewhere in northern Costa Rica. Then having coffee, doing jungle yoga, and enjoying the company with one of the most generous, brilliant beautiful souls I know. Woohoo, positive vibes pumping, and off to Nosara I go. But first a poem inspired by the blessing of true friendship and a handful of morning spent like this that always seems to linger long after the moment.

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-Friendship-
Can be better described in flavors…
Like Morning coffee talk.
The sweet organic taste of
::Fresh roasted smiles::
Straight from the mountains
And into my heart.
Porch hangs.
Chats about love and life.
-All positive everything-
Time well spent
Doing nothing but indulging.
In our stories, in our dreams.
Sharing our secrets with the trees.
Laughing like wind
Celebrating this simple bliss.

 

Nosara.
Welcome home.
I never realized what beautiful words these are to hear. It’s weird to you go back to place where your heart broke, and you haven’t been since. But it’s also powerful to be able to return to that place and be reminded of those emotions that used to be so painful…and no longer feel pain. I have done so much self work since I left this place broken hearted and broke- its wonderful to come back and to be in such a positive, grounded, inspired, loving physical, mental and emotional space. I am now able to greet these feelings with nothing but peace and gratitude for the growth and lessons they have given me. I encourage you to not let life not make you bitter. I instead encourage you to stay humble and try to receive the high and lows as they come, search for the blessings. Embrace the sweet mystic joy of life in its entirety. The journey is indeed, the destination. Final stop….

Northern Nicaragua.
Asseradores. Santa Maria Del Mar
Surf House Nicaragua.

From Costa Rica back to Nicaragua I go and finally to spend some time in the place I get to call my home. Oh man, smiling heart shaped eye emoji. It’s perfect here. Perfect is relative. But it’s perfect to me. As David Henry Thoreau so nicely put it-

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

And I see beauty all around. It’s amazing actually, I’ve been here just a little over a week- and even though time moves slow here, in the best kind of way, it seems like so much has happened. For this part of the journey I randomly scooped up an Aussie friend of a friend on the way, and for a woman who loves to go
solo, having a side kick to share this huge week of my life with was a very special gift.

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Did I mention I bought property in Nicaragua?… No big deal. Holy everything… Non stop, puppy wiggles, super happy, stoke fest, little kid on Christmas kind of dance party…
But first- Waves, nature, conversation, and latin men, just a few of my favorite things:) Then there was Saturday. Saturday was super special. I went on a beach walk- into the black sparkly sand and past all the broke down palaces lining the palm tree shores. I saw a mama and baby horse grazing in an abandoned yard.
Then as I continued on to the beach two more beautiful wild horse crashed through the jungle trees and paused to look at me from afar. They proceeded in my direction and joined me for several minutes and we wandered down the sand and through the waves together. It was magic- so pure. The most raw level of energies, horses and human, nature and human- finding a place together on a secluded beach in Northern Nicaragua. Something happens when you slow down enough to receive and witness the miracle of life coexisting, breathing and thriving as one. The flocks of birds living in the trees graciously celebrating and announcing every sunrise and sunset. The chickens, little baby chicks, and roosters roaming around the yard. Pelusa the kitten, who I’m convinced thinks he’s half dog – sleeps, plays and snuggles with religion, he loves to chase toes, frogs and spiders at night, and snuggle in my lap purring with delight.
The yellow chested birds baithing in the pool. The sweet gimpy puppy who adopts you for half the day to join you on your afternoon walk about, panting and smiling the whole way. The goats and cows gently grazing and passing the time in sweet innocence. Life here is simple. The man with his 3 daughters who lives in the beach side property and is kind enough to let us walk through their property to enter the waves. These precious little girls told me the want to learn English and I asked them If they also wanted to learn to surf. With sparkles in their eyes and giggles in their bodies they said yes. I am beyond grateful life has brought me here, to live and share, and teach. To empower and uplift and ultimately to learn as much as I get to share. Life after all is one big give and take. It’s reciprocal, cyclical and forever full of endless knowledge. From books, the sea, to the poor family living in peace, there isn’t a soul or thing from whom we cannot learn.

 

So now- my property. Daaaaannng. Boss babe things in full effect. My property is perfect. I feel so happy when I stand on it go near it and envision what a place of conversation, connection, and love it is going be. Surf House Nicaragua is a dream- my dream- that is now a reality- in the making. I’m full of humility and happiness to be living this life. Inspired. Humble. Excited and even scared. Fear is good. It’s in this space I am finding we learn and grow.

I left this magical paradise this morning and am now in Leon, feeling moderately assaulted by over stimulation of a busy city. Honking horns, loud music, cars and motos zooming by. But as the sun began to set I was naturally drawn west and made it just in time to a Euro vibe room top bar called el mirador. 🙂

 

It’s not the beach, but still special to watch the sun fade away, off shores blowing solid, sweeping the sun below the roof tops and shadowed city scapes. As my trip comes to a close it’s nice for once to actually be looking forward to going home. Every other time in the past I have felt so sad to go back to the states. This is the first time ever I have been so content with where I am, and where I am going, and where I have been. I’m stoked to work, and keep the ball rolling as I stay focused in my dreams. I guess my point for all of this, and it’s not something I’m preaching, but truly living, is to believe in yourself. And to believe in your dreams. Yoga and the breath, and my practice in mindfulness, daily intentions and positive affirmations continue to shape my life and my dreams exactly as I imagine. And when things don’t go my way, my practice allows me to accept and understand that this too is all part of the plan. So live your life my loves. And remember, keep smiling, be kind, be patient (life is about learning wait). Take your sense of humor with you every where you go, and go with love. The law of attraction is real. What you seek is seeking you, and the people crazy enough to dream the dreams are the people who actually see them come true.

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Have a beautiful day 🙂
The mermaid gypsy

 

Back to Cali ☀️

Finding inspiration in the day to day grind can be challenging.
Then I go outside and I am reminded of what a beautiful planet we live on. Backyards vibes are pretty sweet. All kinds rad trees and plants. Succulents are such a trip. And Incredibly brilliant. They can survive, in just about any and all conditions. If you break them off, and replant then, you don’t kill them- they are almost like a Voulenteer for more & more life 🙂 very cool.

I sit and watch the bees enjoy the nectar of the blooming trees, hear the birds and feel the wind. It’s October and I’m writing in a bikini, in a hammock and the waves are just a bike ride away- So I suppose you can say it’s a bit of a paradise.

It’s easy to get caught up in a desire for “perfection” when sometimes you have to take a step aside and realize that this IS perfection- the perfect day is happening to you right now. It’s all a mater of being present, having a positive mental attitude, and experiencing the joy within the reality of whenever you are at—-
Blah blah blah.
What am I trying to say?
Well 2 things specifically.

The adventure is in your mind. The more time I spend at “home”, in San Diego, the more I tap into my yoga practice and the more I am reminded of “as you think so you become.”

The mind is a powerful tool to create and manifest any and all things we desire. And that everything we are all “searching” for resides inside of us:)

So as life happens we have to remember- everything is temporary- it’s always changing. No matter what phase of life you are experiencing you have to stay grateful- wether you are wandering through tropical jungles and surfing warm epic waves or navigating the concrete jungle, traffic lights, and censorry overload of a high pulsed society of an industrialized nation- this too an adventure. There’s always a lesson to be learned and with the abundance of our lives there are always a millions reason to stay stoked and keep smiling.

The second thing if was trying to get at is importance of remembering that everything is a cycle- and within this cycle all the attributes of nature are always present. In yogic philosophy these attributes are called the gunas. I refer to the guanas to help me stay calm, content and at peace within the center when ever I feel the extremes of nature pulling me in every direction.
So what about Gunas you ask?
It’s pretty simple really- it’s a great tool or reference to use to stay in balance (or at least to be mindful of if we feel our lives being affected by super positive or negative energy or as we encounter times of happiness and sadness). My favorite example is this cycle is the growth of a seed. All seeds (even us a humans) starts in tamas- inertia, stillness, little to none movement or activity is present as the seed planted is in the ground, from here the seed begins to grow- and rajas happens- imagine all the force and activity that is need to be present for a seed to break out of its shell, sprout out of the ground and begin to become a plant. This is where the growth is happening and from human standpoint, this phase may seem overwhelming or consuming or exciting and uncertain. Ah- but what happens next is nothing short of magic. From here sattva occurs. Balance. The flower or tree is in perfect bloom- the fruit is ripe- and any individual looking at this plant would think its a magically beautiful representation of perfection. However, at this point – we must remember what a journey the plant went through to achieve such brilliance, and remember where it is going. The tree then drops its fruit, the flowers die- the soil is replenished and the cycle begins again.

In my life i just returned from the dreamland of tropic jungles and great waves- it was “perfection” however I was living reality that was not sustainable and now back Cali I am realizing (only 4 months later, yes, sometimes I’m slow to get on the bus) that is my time to sow the garden again. To get rooted, grounded, connected- and manifest and create new journeys and adventures. This part of the cycle might not be “glamorous” but we are only as solid as our foundation, only as strong as our roots and so I am finding the joy of this phase of my life because from here all things grow stronger. Also remembering that within this phase there is so much delightful magic that is present and to be grateful for abundance and lessons here and now.

So, these Gunas important to remember because within our entire macro cycle of life this micro cycle is spinning, daily – weekly- monthly- yearly. We must be patient and gentle with ourselves. It’s not necessary to have all the answers. We have to remember we are a part of nature and it’s imperative to trust and surrender to the forces around us. Otherwise we cause avoidable suffering to ourselves and others. The sun will set and rise. The tides will rise and fall and In the end everything is going to be okay:) if it’s not okay. It’s not the end…
These are just a few of the many gems of wisdom I have learned from the yoga tradition that I am oh so happy to share with you.

With all my salty and sunkissed love
Namaste

Less is More 💙

Less is more 💙

Everyday I learn more about the value of simplicity, the lessons of humility, and the  importance of love ❤️

One of the very best things we can do in life is be honest with ourselves.

Sometimes our imperfections rear their ugly heads and our behavior is less than attractive.

Nobody is perfect, certainly not myself🙄

With that being said, the next best thing we can do in life is love ourself, and bathe ourself with compassion. We are these magical divine beings, but we are also human.

So we let go, move on,hold our head high and try to be better today than we were yesterday.
Life is good:)

Nothing in nature blooms all year and we are not any different, so on the bad days, be gentle, and smile, and maybe even cry, but remember as Kahlil Gibran says “you are far greater than you know and all Is well.”

So Last week I went on  a sweet little solo surf mission in Nicaragua:) I did have a wonderful friend accompany me on the bus trip up to San Juan del sur and back to Nosara- but I traveled about  Nica enjoying my own company. First stop was  Maderas, a funky little beach town. And by town I mean , a hostel, a restaurant and a surf shop tucked into a cove- like beach that appears at the end of adirt road. It’s about 25 minutes out side of San Juan del Surf and is way isolated.

Beautiful but time for something different, so After a night and morning in maderas surfing mini  waves I decide to move on…

Next stop Popoyo  🌊😍💙

( in hindsight patting myself on the back for this one👏🏽🙌🏽👍🏽)  to arrive at magical perfect  world class point break wave the day before a swell hits was good call. I was scared, but to surf a new wave on fun swell is a pretty exciting moment 🙂

so I take a $3 taxi/buss/truck thing back to San Juan

find an ATM, cause quite the contrary to costa, and an important tip for travelers- cash is mostly accepted here and cards not so much- and then I find my way to the “2 hour” bus ride to popoyo. Hahahahaha. And by 2 hours they meant 3.5-

more lessons in patience. And in reality- what’s the hurry? Wherever I’m going will be there when I arrive- annoying non the less.

The bus made a stop in Rivas this wildly beautiful- closterphocic -cluster fucky- Latin American town. and I love- so vibrant and full of life. We are even lucky enough to witness a little skit about fire safety while parked In the bus terminal. And by fire safety I mean the people built a cardboard hut- set it on fire and then “rescued” a boy from it who was covered in blood- I was so relieved, because when I 1st say this boy covered in blood handling money outside a conspicuous cardboard hut -smoking a cigarette -I could swear chicken fighting or some kind of horrific bloodletting thing was happening Inside- but nope:) just a silly little skit… anywho- after Rivas the buss ride packed w the most humans i have ever seen on a bus resumes and I FINALLY arrive in popoyo-

and get dropped off In the middle of the dirt road. Haha, I’m told to walk 1km, thankfully ive met a friend on the bus who I can walk w/… Haha about a 30 minute walk, up a hill, down a path and across a beach to Guasacate (which we all think is popoyo) we find a hostel, some food, a surfboard and I get to surf. I am grateful for  this slight detour because the view i was able to witness as a result was gorgeous

When I wake up in popoyo on Wednesday the swell has arrived 🙂 💙🌊 Popoyo is a prefect point break. The force and shape of the wave are magic and BIG. Haha i mean big is relative, but I got pounded a bit- with that being said- caught some rad waves and got a tiny confidence boost in the mean time.

On my way to the buss adventure to San Juan del Sur I met a nice local who took me on a little senic tour drive right to the buss so I didn’t have to walk anywhere:)👍🏽

I arrive in San Juan, enjoy a Nicaraguan style meechalada and then meet a good friends mom who happens to have been living there for the past 9 years. San Juan gets a bad rap as a party city, which I could clearly see it was, but it is also a quait, beautiful colonial style town with both locals and ex-pats and a thriving local culture, which I’m so grateful i got to experience.

The journey back to costa went flawless and considering we were boarder crossing and using buss transit that is a big statement. Anywho- loved nica, but happy to back to Guiones, my friends, my job and the fun fat mushy wave that it is.

This past month or so leading up to my Nica adventure has been pretty low key and full of all kinds of smiles and happiness and waves.

I found my way to Ostional the beach north of here once to watch turtles next- which was pure magic, they come back the the same beach they hatched at during same same time period in the moon cycle and lay their eggs…And once to surf. Ostional is a great wave, powerful, punchy and a nice change of pace from the fun- yet mushy wave of quiones. I Have enjoyed some rainy afternoon loving, and some absurdly drunk chili guaro shenanigans. I have been working abunch and Feeling quite satisfied with the mellow pace of life. It’s amazing what you can learn by observing the patterns of nature.

The Seekretspot gelateria in Nosara, (one location in pelada, and one location in north Guiones) is by far the Best gelato in town and although I don’t normally eat meat, nor do I enjoy paying $14 for a hamburger- if the body has a craving I’d like to recommend Burgers and Beer for the meat and craff beer conesour.

A new spot in town I’ve been loving quite a bit is Olo Alaia…A rad craft beer selection and coffee bar set inside of a San Diego style surf shop. Such a good vibe.

I also webt on a fun paddle board tour with coconut adventures, moved into an amazingly beautiful condo, acquired ANOTHER job working at the best pizza spot in town Il Basilio, and I bought a quad!

Woot woot. Nothing solidifies the choice of selling your car, quitting your job and moving to the jungle, like purchase of a lovley little yellow quad. I named her girasolita 🌻 (sunflower) in Spanish.
I love Guiones the place I am currently calling home, but so beyond happy, to adventure about, occupy space with different energy and different people and be reminded of the importance of stepping outside your comfort and finding solace in ones own comapny. It’s so easy to get caught up in yourself and what’s “going on” and forget about the divinity of love and nature.

I truly hope that whatever it is that inspiring, what stirs your soul and brings you joy is something you actively embrace everyday. Life is too short not to love hard and do what makes you happy 🙂

My wish for you today and everyday this this… it’s a Sanskrit saying that resonated with my being the first time i heard it and rings more true every day
“lokaha samastaha suhkino bhavantu”

“May all beings everywhere be happy, free, and at peace”

I want nothing more than this.

Lots of love and light.
Your salty and sunkissed mermaid
-Katie 🙂

and some pics of the flawless nature here that fuels my happiness, makes me smile and fills me with joy

Love wins💕🙌🏽☮️

Today as I’m walking back from the waves, down a muddy road, mud squishing and squeezing between every single toe, to my absolute delight of course- I find my self surrounded by nature and being serenaded by guitar stumming, harmonica playing, gently singing travelers staying at the hostel. And I realize a smile is spreading across my face. I feel happy, at peace, and full of joy.

I am reminded that despite the State of the nation, the state of the world- that amongst the hate, and the fear- that there are lovely people on this planet. People experiencing life as the the beautiful gift that it is. People living with hope and faith that humanity will figure it out. I am reminded that although there are many things we can not control that we do in fact have control of ourselves and we have a choice of what kind of energy we put out into the world.🌟✨🌎✨💕

So, I put on some reggae music, take a shower and decide that it IS a beautiful day. I remember that love wins. I will continue to smile and spread love and kindness, raise the vibration of the environment around me, and spend my energy radiating positivity.

And then I hug as many people near me as I can.🤗🤗🤗🤗

Life in the jungle is simple. The majority of beings here are less caught up in collecting the material possessions that many people in cities around the globe chase their whole life. Most people around here are more interested in a quality of life not quantity of things. And it’s refreshing.

Not much has happened the last week or two. Lots of surfing, bicycle riding (got myself a sweet little bike- Ali got one too-twinsieees 👯🚲👯🚲), hammock laying and most importantly really fantastic, both light hearted and in depth, conversation. Speaking to people from all parts of the planet about all subjects of life is a really good way to gain perspective and stay humble.

Last Saturday I enjoyed delicious pizza from Il Basílico, a great place to go In Guiones on Saturday night, amazing music, super mellow vibes and 50% off pizza 🍕 super score. When traveling or living abroad eating at home and preparing all your meals is the cheapest and most realistic option for food, so dining out becomes quite the treat 🙂

I also very much love the emphasis of Community around here. It’s nice to be surrounded by humans who enjoy and thrive off of the mentality “it takes a village”.

Tuesday night is open mic night at Beach Dog cafe, great live music always finds a way to uplift… but the highlight of my week comes from the way I spend my Sunday….

Planting trees, road tripping, exploring and surfing. My morning started off with a beautiful beach walk home from a friends- sun was shining bright at 7 am, summer has “officially” started (say bye bye to lazy afternoon of magical tropical thunderstorm madness…it’s all blue skies and sunshine from here…) I grub on a banana, my most favorite on-the-go pre surf snack , AND, you can get a whole bag of these tasty fellows for a buck- soooo cheap, especially when everything in this town is insanely expensive…🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌 with all the banana consumption I might just turn into a monkey 🐒🐒🙊🙉🙈 but before that happens I head out to the sparkling blue sea for a surf. Waves are a bit small, but fun fun fun. As I get out of the water and back to the hostel my friends who run Costa Verdes, a reforestation project here in Guiones are out in the green house that is located here in the yard of the hostel. They are headed to plant a tree with a friend and his son and I get to tag along. Their project is incredible. And the obvious visible impact they have made on the beach habitat is mind blowing. They are humble hard working guys who are insanely passionate about tree’s and the environment and sustainable solutions to protect the earth:) anyways I grab a hat and some shades and hop in the truck to go spread some stoke via the trees.. 🌎✨❤️🌱 look at this! 2001-2016

I have worked with these guys before but I had no idea how  special, personal and profoundly touching planting a tree with this man and his son would be. All the trees planted get a name too, and the little boy decided to name his he tree of life…

The tree of life🌱☀️🌎🌳💙
This is where it all beings.
Beautiful moments where ideas manifest into change for the greater good.
We reap what we sow.
Wether it’s trees in the ground.
Or love in your soul.
Witnessing these 3 men teaching a small boy the importance of communion with Mother Nature was powerful.
🙂

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Afterward the guys went for a surf and invited me to paddle out again.. I don’t have a board with me and and not wearing an appropriate surf bikini…but of course they have an extra board, so I say fuck it- my bottoms are surely going to be ripped off every duck dive, and for sure a boob sighting … (and not to disappoint they are ripped off-every.single.time, but i somehow managed to keep the ladies
Contained.) non the less, surfing with friends when you are 3 of the only people out is always a good time.
Post surf the guys then invite me on a mini afternoon adventure to visit a friend and super rad eco-lodge callled the Carao Project in Playa Camaronal- dripping wet and clotheless I agree… but who needs clothes? It’s the jungle 😋👙🌴☀️I’m just stoked to invited 🤗

On the way out of Guiones we stop and drink the coconut water  and inhale the meat of a few ice cold Pipa’s-Fresh coconuts, Fresh coconut water for only a dollar.. no need to buy it out of a box or can herre, this magical goodness comes straight from the source…
Then head down the road with tuto, Gera’s sweet little puppy cruising in the back of the truck …
Good music, good company, and tree spotting, oh what a happy time. We get to Samara, just about 10 minutes before Camaronal and we stop for snacks. The guys buy me one of these magical little ice cream goodies very similar to a 50\50 bar and it is the perfect treat for a hot afternoon between while sandwiched two dudes in a truck 😋🍦🙈

Then we pass Carrillo beach a beautiful bay perfect for families and picnics and finally we arrive at the property of rhe Carao Project, and ego lodge and restaurant that is nessled up against the edge of the camarónal refuge and designed with the most incredible tree platforms and tree house bungalós. They guy who designed and built this amazing place and his sister who run it are rad and the best hosts. We check out the property and the charge to the beach for a sunset surf. What a fun wave!! powerful, glassy, beautifully shaped beach break on a secluded beach (minus a few fisherman and a few Voulenteer’s guarding recently hatched turtles who charge to the water.) We are the only 4 people in the water and although a bit scared of the wave- it was quite a little magical surf moment of peace and fulfillment:) (despite still being in the same wet unfit for surfing bikini 🙄) Ugh, if you are a women who surfs you know the. Struggle….
We get out after dark, wanderback on an unlit jungle path and enjoy beers, conversation and an amazing home cooked dinnner poolside, jungle side under a moonlit sky. 🌙✨🌟 All still in this damn wet bikini… haha. Talk about being along for the ride. It doesn’t however take away from any of the happiness I am experiencing- it only ads to the adventure 🙂

I can’t quite articule the very special energy of this country, but I’m beyond in love with this life and beyond grateful for the people and experiences I continue to encounter. I truly believe with an open heart and open mind, a go with the flow positive attitude, and a smile the possibilities are life infinite.

Looking forward to seeing the super moon in a few days. And looking forward to seeing the resilience and power of human beings as we continue to rise up and rise in love and make this planet a better place to be.

With all the love in my heart.
Feeling ever so salty and sunkissed
-Katie 🐚🌈💕🌟

The Green Flash✨🌅

The Elusive Green Flash✳️💥💙🌅✨…

Isn’t it strange to think some people spend a large chunk, or perhaps even their whole life never being intimate?
And I’m not talking about sex, or physical contact. I’m talking deep connection, and abundant rivers of love with friends, lovers, Pachamama or oneself…

The things you can learn when you listen to the silence. When you spend time truly being with yourself: Your thoughts, your innermost desires, and the things that call to your soul. Life is too short to do anything other that what makes you happy…. The secret I suppose lies in actually finding what IT is that brings you joy!!🤗
Travel and experiencing nature brings about these musings for me. New places, different people and observing the matrix of Mother Earth really opens the mind and expands the perimeters of existence. Oh and the rain…it’s takes me to places- something about the lullaby of the drops, the free falling of water from the sky really releases me to another realm….
Any who, enough about the wandering of my brains, let’s talk about the wanderings of Costa Rica

Where do I even begin?

I know I say this a lot, but not a day goes by where I don’t feel grateful for all I get to experience in this short life time.

When I was I Playa Negra I was fortunate enough to be invited to guest teach at the Peace Retreat Yoga Center and I can’t say thank you enough to the manager and teacher who extended such a kind gesture. The retreat center is jungle-yoga-heaven. The studio to practice in has beautiful ceiling to floor glass windows, all the props a yogi could want and all the faculties are tastefully designed with paintings of Ganesh, chakra rocks and just enough positive/motivational says to inspire, but not annoy. Wether your yoga practice spans a life time, or you are new to the game Peace retreat yoga center is a place to check out of you pass through Playa Negra:)

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The day I taught I shared this message

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“…yoga doesn’t care about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life…yoga doesn’t care about who you’ve been, yoga care about the person you are becomming…”

It’s easy to get caught up in the very small physical part, the asana practice of yoga, and forget that the goal of yoga is not to have the best head stands. Believe it or not yoga teaches us so much more than how to have a bendy body. It teaches us to be compassionate, mindful, caring, aware, peaceful and present. How to drop out of our heads and into our hearts so we can experience the most joy and the least suffering as possible:)

Yoga (and surfing) but yoga first, Changed my life. Not flexible. Who cares? 🙂 go try some yoga!! 💕😍❤️☮️ with an open heart and mind the possibilities are limitless.

So from Playa Negra, i cruised up north to Playa Grande. Had a fun traffic jam and made some lovley creature friends on the way…Mooove over!! 🐮🐄🚧😂

In Playa Grande and enjoyed a magically relaxing rainy day at the Pipe House Playa Grande. You can find it on air B&B :)Felipe is rad, and a super welcoming, accommodating host. I always find time to hang for a day or so, surf, walk the beach, and enjoy mellow vibes and great company. If your costa adventures take you up this way, staying a night (or more) at the Pipehouse Playa Grande is a must.

From here I drove over to Liberia, more polka-dot pot hole rainy road adventures, to scoop up my most favorite mermaid soul sister!!! Woooooo

And the mermaid takeover resumes:)

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We head back to Guiones, get in a fun little sunset surf and spend a day or two there before we are on the road again.

We rent a car and head south. A plus about rental cars in the rainy season is that they are cheap. A negative. Ha- is the rainy season….and not that the rainy season is a bad thing, cause I’m obsessed w the aggressively calming storms, but the roads are a mess….

We head to Jaco. From a glance jaco is all things yucky. American/ expat/ foreign takeover at its finest. Or worst. Lots of non tico everything. Hookers and drugs…

Now, with that being said, we found such a fantastic Air B&B on the south side, the quite, jungly, local side of town staying with a tico named Maurico. You can find him at Jaco Surf Club Jungle house on Air B&B. He was an exceptional host. His house was clean, his sweet dog Lola a great yoga buddy, and anything we needed help with he was more than accommodating. And hot water?! Gold 🤗🚿✨. Not that you need it, but it’s quite a treat. Good food options in town and fun waves too!!

Jaco grew on me quite a bit. Amazing beaches, a rad local shaper (maybe the best, certainly the coolest) at Carton surfboards and if you choose to stay out of town you can enjoy Jaco with out falling into tourists traps.

If you travel to Jaco and need help booking tours my lovely friends at Piko Travel can help you out:)

From Jaco we had 2 options, continue south towards to dominical, nauyaca waterfalls and pavones OOOORR,
charge back north and across to the tip of the Nicoya peninsula to montezuma, mal país, and Santa Teresa-
Now the south end of this country in Osa may very well be one my most favorite and arguably one of the most magical, beautiful, bio -diverse places on the planet…But

In the spirit of seeing new places and new waves we decide to go with option B …and we get a ferry ride 😍⛴🏗 Can’t say I’ve ever driven a car into a ferry before!! Pretty cool stuff if you ask me🤓

Yes the path to Santa Teresa involves driving from Jaco, to puntarenas, onto a ferry to Paquera, then about an hour drive through windy roads and jungle trees
To the lovley little towns of Mal País, Playa Carmen, and Santa Teresa.

I mean you could drive all the way around… but why would you??

Ferry rides are fun! 🙃

However- after a long day of travel we arrive with the sun going down…and I have to pee. And we don’t have a place to stay.

But we find a place on the main road that works for the night crash out and are excited for waves in the morning.

The beaches here a beautiful. No surprise there. And the waves- way fun. Once again no surprise there either—-not too much size, but nice peaky clean shape😍

So something to mention about Santa Teresa is that the town doesn’t really have a “center”, you enter on the south end and drive north… one main road that goes from mal pais, all the way through the Santa Teresa and north… so when looking for lodging keep in mind lots of the places are tucked up little roads or, keep the front gates closed, not because they are closed but because the dust from main road gets everywhere.

So right before we abandon all hope of finding suitable lodging waking distance from the main wave we discover Don Jons. It’s a sweet little surf hostel located in what could be considered the “center” of town and make it our home for the next few days!

Aside from being centrally located and right across from the waves we are also neighbors with the most delicious eatery called zwArt cafe:)

The food- health conscious friendly, ranging from typical casados, to spirilina-mint-coconut-cocoa smoothies and amazing vegan surfer bowls varieties- my personal favorite containing quinoa, mustard greens, tahini, pickled beets and carrots, avocado and a yummy green spicy sauce on the side 😋🍴👍🏽

We also discover a magical French bakery in Playa Carmen called “The bakery” and devoured this tasty little treat with a cup of fresh hot coffee… a bit pricey, but oh man, when those chocolate cravings come, this place satisfies 🍰🍮🍫☕️

Although I know there are amazing waterfalls and hiking around here, which was actually part of the initial draw to visit, we opted for a more mellow trip of endless surf sessions and hammock lounging.

Last night was our last night here and the sunset was spectacular.

And.

I saw the elusive green flash!!! 🌅✳️😍✳️🌅❤️
Now growing up on the west coast of a country that kisses the Pacific Ocean I have found myself self sitting, waiting, wishing, enjoying more sunsets than I can count- but never have I had the blessing witnessing that elusive green flash…

So yesterday, as we casually wandered to waters edge the sun had already began its decent and, literally as I make it to the sand, the sun already dipped half way below the horizon- and then BOOM. The flash happened- and pure magic- like watching a magician do a trick. The elusive green flash sparked the sky!!!
Im still at this moment dumbstruck.
I was almost starting to believe that it was something people just made up.
But Mother Earth, nature, never fails to impress and of course when I least expected it, once again. Blew my mind✨✳️💥🌎🌅

With so many more delightful things to come, I send out peace and love as you move through your day in what can sometimes become a crazy hectic life. If your afternoon is free, maybe head to the beach and find a few moments of gratitude and solitude, to commune, and connect and smile at the his wild life you get to be a part of🌈❤️

Wandering with love-
All love all the time:)
Your salty and sunkissed mermaid
-Katie 🐚🐙💙