Mermaids and dolphins ๐Ÿฌโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’™

 

Mermaids and dolphins.๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿš๐Ÿš๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

Gratitude and Abundance.

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Pay attention to the words you use and the thoughts you think, these are things that dictate the happiness and love in your life and energy that exude. These are things you have control over. Do you choose to react when something doesnโ€™t go your way? Or perhaps you may want to seek out tools that allow you to pause, and respond instead?

One of my favorite sayings, is…

โ€œLet goโ€ฆOr be draggedโ€

A beautiful simple truth. Remiding us to go with the flow, be easy and trust that things always work out the ways they should- even if we can’t see this at the time.

As I move about on this Gypsy trail I find it very hard to stay inspired when confined to the normalcy of routineโ€ฆ

Its quite suffocating actually-

Crazy right?๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜›

But, to each his own.

We all have different talents and bring different gifts to this world, so the point is to find what makes your heart sing and do nothing but that. For me, organized chaos, as some call it, the unknown, the unregulated, forever in motion, yet still, and free to roam is the space I thrive

The more time I spend in Costa the more I am able to love, delight in the nature, connect with others, surf, teach yoga and share reikiโ€ฆ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒˆโœจ

Everyday here I become a bit more grounded, rooted, expansive, in tune with the pace of nature and the vibrations of love and life.

Yesterday was epic, a day off of work, because I was moving, turned into a perfectly magical day of all things salty and sunkissed.

Point being yesterday, I mixed it up a bit, and universe unfolded a flawless day.

So I was supposed to move, and that would have been the โ€œresponsibleโ€ thing to do, however, Iโ€™m a believer of going with the flowโ€ฆ. Its not everyday you are invited on a fishing adventure, and the reality is that, all my things will still be waiting there to be moved at the end of the day, and opportunity to play in the ocean would have passedโ€ฆ

Morning starts beach side in Garza, 7 am, air is fresh sun in shining, pineapples and rum in hand, hangover lingeringโ€ฆ..

None the less, face is smiling, heart is full.

We cruise out on the boat and immediately start catching black fin tuna as bait fish.

๐ŸŽฃ๐ŸŸCool=)

There is a certain peace, a silence, a stillness, despite movement all around, about being on a boat in the ocean. The horizon is infinite and the clarity that presents itself with the gentl lull of the waves and the kiss of the breeze, is actually quite hard to describe, possibly one of those things you can only feelโ€ฆ

We then head out a bit deeper and the fishes are abundance and generous with their lives. We get some Yellowfin, and Pargos. The energy of the day is mellow, and happy. Bellies at this point are starting to get hungry and the guys begin to filet the fish with impressive skill and perscison. We then eat sashimi.

Que Rico ๐Ÿ˜‹

When it comes to food and going to the source I donโ€™t believe it gets any better than this. I am humbled by the gifts of the ocean, of breath, of life. And really freaking stoked cause fresh yellowfin is well, like heaven.

A few more fish find their way onto hooks, and the guys grill it up and we grub on the best tuna sandwich I have ever had in my life. Time for nap # 2, I crawl onto the bow of the boat, and rest as the motor hums and the waves splash with the sweet sounds of a mermaids lullaby. The captain is headed out west as the guys are ready to โ€œgraduateโ€ from tuna in search of a sail fish.

Alas, after trolling for a while the sail fish remained elusive. I wake up from the sleep and climb up the tower on top of the boat and chill with the captain enjoying a birds eye view of the magical sea. We talk about life and families, we see flying fish, manta rays, all kinds of super sweet birds, and then after a few radio calls, we take off fastโ€ฆ.

On the horizon a large group of animals are breaching, splashing, swimming. At first I think its blue fin tuna, cause thatโ€™s how they move, so magical- glistening, circling, wild…

If you have not had the opportunity to see tuna (or dolphins) might I recommend doing soโ€ฆ any animal moving about un caged, in their element is a enlightening experienceโ€ฆ but upon a second look, and the captains re- assurance, these are not in fact tuna, but thousands of spinner dolphins. He tells me if I go down and lay on the bow they will be below me. Without hesitation, I go and do just that. Although I have had the opportunity to enjoy dolphins similar to this in San Diego, I have never seen the spinners, extra playful, extra amazing.

For the next 30 minutes or so I am enchanted, in awe, transfixed, speechless, aside from the pure whole hearted giggles, I am in a moment of all things love and pure.โ€ฆ What magical bliss. Uninterrupted joy. I love dolphins, and as they swam, danced, sang with the movement of the boat, I feel happy, amongst friends and in my element. My outstretched fingers just inches from their bodiesโ€ฆ my face being splashed with the release of every breath with saltwater from their blow holes. I swear a few of them even go as far as looking up to me, so say, hello miss mermaid, we see youโ€ฆ

And then, as quickly as they arrived. They are gone. But I am not sad. I am at a perfect peace. My face is smiling, my soul- calm. The sun continues to sparkle off the vast blue sea, so many shades of blue the mind feels drunk with its magnificent hughesโ€ฆ As the boat cuts through the ocean I am hypnotized by the foam splashing around the bow, the sun catches every droplet creating magical saltwater sparkles.

I believe in magic, I believe in love. Moments like this are reminders, that although there is much hate, and much suffering, there is also beauty.

It is living and breathing and up to us to recognize it and celebrate it. With an open mind, an open heart, the right attitude of humility, gratitude and abundance the ordinary truly becomes extraordinary.

From here the day continues on with easeโ€ฆ Three quad trips to and from, a glass of wine at the new pad in between trips, and I have relocated โ€œallโ€ my stuff. By โ€œallโ€ I mean, a surfboard, bikinis, clothes, a few books, a yoga mat and some shower produtsโ€ฆ =)

Now, since I chose not pack properly my belongings have explodedโ€ฆ haha and my room looks like a rainbow barfed (my new house mate commented on what vibrant colors the mound of things on my bed contained.) Quite the compliment if you ask me. Vibrant is good. Real goodโ€ฆ

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๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’•

But if a mound of stuff and a messy room is the worst part of my day I feel confident that it was a damn good day, there are things in life that really matter, and it seems that this cluster of unorganized things is not one of them.

I enjoy delightful company at the new digs snuggled beach side in the jungle, lights strewn across the yard, surfboards resting near by, the smell of sweet sensi floats throughout the air, love is being shared and all is wellโ€ฆ.

Everywhere on the planet, there are happy and sad things happening everyday. Hearts break, people fall in love. Nothing is perfect, but it is up to us to see these imperfections, the pain, the sorrow as part of the journey and as an opportunity, to love harder, deeper, to grow and expand. I am grateful. Oh so grateful for this day and this life and all that isโ€ฆ.

Lots of other cool shit going on in life, waterfalls, love, waves (epic waves.. maybe the best of my life in my short time surfing on a board), a new ukulele, karaoke to spice girls, ย days at the gelato shop, reiki, yoga, a magical merman descending from the stars and captivating my heartโ€ฆ but not finding time, or inspiration to write those moments have passed.

I was able to recently share a beautiful week teaching yoga with a few magic ladies on the Mad To Live Retreats. You can check out their stories about adventures in Costa Rica and their lives abroad on a the Mad To Live Retreat blog at http://www.madtoliveblog.com or on Carlyโ€™s at http://www.carlyrowena.com. These women are a spectacular inspiration and an example of people on this planet living and thriving. Truly explifiying what it is to be in love with life and Mad to Live.

Always more stories to comeโ€ฆ

Always more love to share…โค๏ธ

Your salty and sunkissed Mermaid,

Katie๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿฆ„๐ŸŒž

Less is More ๐Ÿ’™

Less is more ๐Ÿ’™

Everyday I learn more about the value of simplicity, the lessons of humility, and the ย importance of love โค๏ธ

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 myself๐Ÿ™„

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 ย 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 ย Nica enjoying my own company. First stop was ย 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, soย After a night and morning in maderas surfing mini ย waves I decide to move on…

Next stop Popoyo ย ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’™

( in hindsight patting myself on the back for this one๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ) ย to arrive at magical perfect ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ’™๐ŸŒŠ 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:)๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

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 ๐ŸŒป (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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Love wins๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝโ˜ฎ๏ธ

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.๐ŸŒŸโœจ๐ŸŒŽโœจ๐Ÿ’•

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.๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

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 ๐Ÿ‘ฏ๐Ÿšฒ๐Ÿ‘ฏ๐Ÿšฒ), 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 Basรญlico, a great place to go In Guiones on Saturday night, amazing music, super mellow vibes and 50% off pizza ๐Ÿ• 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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…๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ with all the banana consumption I might just turn into a monkey ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™ˆ 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.. ๐ŸŒŽโœจโค๏ธ๐ŸŒฑ look at this! 2001-2016

I have worked with these guys before but I had no idea how ย 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 life๐ŸŒฑโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ’™
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 ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ‘™๐ŸŒดโ˜€๏ธI’m just stoked to invited ๐Ÿค—

On the way out of Guiones we stop and drink the coconut water ย 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 ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ™ˆ

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 camarรณnal refuge and designed with the most incredible tree platforms and tree house bungalรณs. 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 ๐Ÿ™„) 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. ๐ŸŒ™โœจ๐ŸŒŸ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿš๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒŸ

The Green Flashโœจ๐ŸŒ…

The Elusive Green Flashโœณ๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’™๐ŸŒ…โœจ…

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!!๐Ÿค—
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? ๐Ÿ™‚ go try some yoga!! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธโ˜ฎ๏ธ 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!! ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿšง๐Ÿ˜‚

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,ย and anything we needed help with he was more than accommodating. And hot water?! Gold ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿšฟโœจ. 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 surfboardsย 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 paรญs, 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 ๐Ÿ˜โ›ด๐Ÿ— Can’t say I’ve ever driven a car into a ferry before!! Pretty cool stuff if you ask me๐Ÿค“

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 Paรญs, Playa Carmen, and Santa Teresa.

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

Ferry rides are fun! ๐Ÿ™ƒ

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 shape๐Ÿ˜

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 ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿด๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

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 ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿซโ˜•๏ธ

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!!! ๐ŸŒ…โœณ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜โœณ๏ธ๐ŸŒ…โค๏ธ
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 mindโœจโœณ๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒ…

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 of๐ŸŒˆโค๏ธ

Wandering with love-
All love all the time:)
Your salty and sunkissed mermaid
-Katie ๐Ÿš๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’™

The Blind ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿฝ Surfer

It has been a week of epic proportions.

Actually, it’s only been 5 days since I landed in the land of Pura Vida but so much radness has already happened…(And my heart feels so full and happy)

I know I titled this The blind surfer… yep, you read right- The blind surfer.

I was fortunate enough to experience something pretty profound that will stay with me for a long time…

but I’ll get to that later… saving the best for last today—

So 2 days ago we woke up to a full moon. Yes. Woke up. To the full moon๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ’ซ(dawn patrol.. wooot woot)

There is something particularly magical about walking barefoot-down a dirt road-to a jungle path- surfboard in hand- to the waves- to be the first and only people out in the water, all while the magnificent moon, who pulls the tides, and makes the waves, shines down on your with her radiant illuminating glow…
As she was setting in the west the suns warm vibrant fire was slowly beginning to creep into the opposite side of the sky.

Uh huh ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
and this all happened before 5 am ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒˆโ˜€๏ธ

So we caught some waves, were out of the water by 7am, and enjoyed some particularly special and extra delicious coffee made by Don Henry Gutierrez.

While sipping coffee we engaged in meaningful conversation, listened to music, and hung out on the front porch of the cabina,ย surroundedย by all things green and lush and peaceful. Sharing moments like these are priceless and something I wouldn’t trade for all the riches in the world.

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Let me nowย tell you about the man who
Makes this delicious coffee. He lives in the hillside of Terrazu, Costa Rica. He is making a grass roots movement to take back the hills from American and multi-national corporations. These corporations have ripped up all the native coffee plants, planted foreign species, and as a result have completely killed the soil and land that for SO many years has produced rich, delicious coffee…
This amazing man, via Corazรณn de los Pargos, is teaming up with Surfrider foundation to sell ” Surfrider coffee” -coffee for clean oceans- for profit that will be used in the efforts to keep the oceans clean and better protect the earth that so graciously houses us. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŒŽKeep an eye out for this coffee-โ˜•๏ธโ˜•๏ธโ˜•๏ธ

As for the music we listened to. A bit deep and profound to describe with my simple words. This musician, a Somali refugee sing/raps powerful messages and funky melodic beats- telling stories ย about struggle and pain, love and life, but ultimately, about staying positive and rising above. This musical, lyrical genius is K’naan. Look him up ๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽง๐ŸŽผ:)

Ha. And that was all before 8am. Some
pretty rad energy vibrations happening…

But let’s rewind a little bit.
I landed in San Jose, Costa Rica ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท Wednesday am. Rented and car and drove 5 hours in the pouring rain- like can hardly see 20 feet infront of the car, Dont think it’s rained that much in San Diego the whole year rain-down a mountain side and across muddy pothole infected dirt roads to the Guanacaste province in the North Pacific coast of Costa Rica.

And so the adventure began.

But when you feel like you are “going home” it’s all worth it:) Not to mention all the roads and country side are lush, green, jungle love โค๏ธ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ’• so the scenery certainly doesn’t hurt..It’s nothing like driving 5 hours in traffic amongst concrete buildings, concrete roads, and metal vehicles everywhere.

Guiones the town I will living in is pretty magical. I arrive at the Nosara beach hostel. The hostel is owned and managed by Ticos, it’s only 100 yards from the beach, and ย rooms go for an amazing affordable price. It’s a traveling surfers gem. I am immediately met by familiar welcoming faces, the awesome guys who run Agua Tibia surf school. (The surf school is currently connected to the hostel and if you ever visit nosara/guiones they are ๐Ÿ’ฏ% my recommendation for board rentals and lessons- a really solid group of human beings ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿฝ)
At this point in the day I’m feeling exhausted, but stoked to be here ๐Ÿ™‚

The hostel this time of year is super mellow. Only me and one other guy:)
Sweet!!…Easing into a slower pace of this fantastically simple, delightful life

I Enjoy dinner and more amazing conversation, with Sergio, my friend who works nights at the hostel, and crash out early, eager for waves.

Yay!!
Soooo, super fun waves on Thursday ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒˆ and warm water!?!

Holy heaven. I proceed to spend the rest of the day napping, reading, hammocking, and enjoying life as it unfolds. It’s pretty powerful to be present in the moment. Zero anticipation, about where I’m going to go, or what I’m going to do, just throughly blissful about existing right here, right now….
and I’m not alone in this joy- I find a huge part of what draws me to Costa Rica and Guiones (or the beach towns here in general) is this mentality ๐Ÿ™‚
Pura vida โ˜ฎ๏ธ Si. Life as it, with out adornment, is more than enough, in fact, it is complete…

Thursday night I found myself in a Tuk-Tuk, a normal occurrence in guiones, except my driver happens to be my friend and she has never actually driven one of these strange little vehicles before. The hysterics ensue, stalling out, stuck in first gear, catching air off potholes in the dark, haha- all while trying to hold on to beers, her cigarettes and her dog who chased us down the street as we left for the store.
Needless to say I was laughing so hard i cried…

Then Saturday arrives and I’m on the open road again… and that means this Cali girl gets to drive through 3 rivers and 1.5 hours on the most lovely, enchanted jungle dirt road up to playa negra…. daaaamn. No Rivers on the roads of north San Diego county that’s for sure. That means this adventure is equally scary and exciting. But i survived-Accompanied by some zeppelin, Tom petty, Trevor hall, pepper, katastro, passiflora, and many other rad road tripping jams!! A necessity for any road trip… I might say tho, blasting “over the hills and far away”, as a mob down a dirt road solo, and free, is a most exhilarating feeling. I highly suggest trying it at some point in your life if you have yet to do so.

So I make it to playa negra, more specifically, the soon to be community center/ bakery/cafe/coffee shop of Corazรณn de los Pargos, and I’mย Stoked…
Such a rad project in the works, the guys here, who I’m beyond grateful and lucky to call my friends are incredible human beings. Their passion to work hard, to live a dream of creating a space where people gather, learn, eat, drink, create and commune in positive environment is humbling, inspiring and contagious.

And just wait.
The humbling inspiration continues…as the guys work, with focused effort of intentions to open Corazรณn de los pargos by November….

I get to surf ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠโค๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝyeeewww

Playa negra is a pretty sweet wave. Being accustomed to paddling out in beach breaks like Oceanside Ca, and even more punishing Guiones, it was a delightful treat to paddle out and not even get my hair wet?!!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ณ a girl could get spoiled surfing here…. anywho, here comes the good part

A blind man who surfs. While in the water, two friendly guys paddle up to me, and one man begins to explain that his friend in the red shirt is BLIND!! He wants to let all the people in the water know so when his friend is charging down the waves, be sure to get out of his way. It’s not like this guy is splashing around in knee high white wash- he is sitting in the line up, paddling into peaks, above a rocky reef, point break wave….
My mind is blown.
The interaction, between these two men, and the blind man and ocean, leave me speechless. Humbled. But, mostly inspired. The man lost sight midlife, but clearly refuses to live a life less satisfying. It’s beautiful, the communication between the man and his friends. Their words guide him into waves (decent size waves i may add) and his determination and dedication simply just to feel the waves, a spirit so full of a hunger for life, his refusal to quit, Is one of the most incredible things I have been fortunate enough to experience in my small time on this planet.

So ,next time you think you can’t.
Next time life feels overwhelming.
Next time you are rut and feeling low, discouraged, frustrated…

Remember this blind man who surfs…
And remind yourself you can:)
You are able:)
And that- sight, legs, food, all we have, are gifts. Allow a gratitude to manifest around all the blessing present in your life โœจ

And as they like to say here in Costa Rica-
Gracias a Dios
Thank you god
(whoever God may be to you)
For this day and this breath and the love we get to experience.

Have a happy day sweet friends
Live with love, because love winsโค๏ธ
And so does life in a bikini ๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿ˜˜

Your salty and sunkissed gypsy mermaid
-Katie โ˜ฎ๏ธ

Wander with love๐Ÿ’•

As I begin again On the gypsy trail, Moving about in time and space, I find myself filled with gratitude and humility

Typically travel evokes feelings of anxiety, or excitement, wonder on inspiration…
but this time it’s different
Not to say any of the above feeling are not present, they are just gently burning in the back ground, like a fireplace on a cool winter night- beautiful ablaze and warm, but by no means dominant….

TonightI feel calm, relaxed and peaceful completely satisfied buy life’s offerings.
A warm breeze kissing my soul as the sun Shines and the waves barrel…that kind of contentment

And I am Humbled

San Diego is a beautiful city and Oceanside an even more amazing little town. Filled with good vibes, and fantastically kind locals rooted in values of community, simplicity, loving hard, playing hard and celebrating the diversity of life we all bring to the table…

The tribe of humans that I am lucky enough to call my friends are off the charts….

Chefs, teachers, firefighters, herbalists, scientists, professors, mothers, servers, real estate agents, lovers, givers, healers with the best of intentions and the biggest of hearts. But these people who are my friends, are also my teachers. I am better because of them, my consciousness continually elevated by their desires to learn and grow and raise eachother up is so humbling. And I cried today because I will miss them. As I set out on the gypsy trail I find the gratitude in my heart even stronger because I am better because I know these magnificent beings.

So That’s the cool thing about travel. Although Oside and these people will soon be far far away. Their love is not…
If you let your life be expansive the circles you run in will only continue to expand. (And if you find yourself in Oceanside San Diego. Give wrench and rodent a try:) for sushi satisfaction. Or perhaps good old fashionable comfort food w a twist is your style, Local Tap House has some of the ย best flavor (and beer ๐Ÿป around)… or if you wan to Keep it simple, cruise over cyclops organic farm, run by locals and cook up a delicious feast yourself ๐Ÿ™‚

So will I miss San Diego, with its delightful people, incredible nature (and for a big city it’s still got some nature– yes it’s got it all, desertes, mountains, beaches galore…) and the most divine October sky and sunsets that take my breath awaY

Well yes.

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what I will miss most is the feelings —the cocoon like love I am so very grateful and blessed to be surround by

I have however learned that all these feeling of love and gratitude and humility are inside me. Always. And wherever I go I can take them with me!!:) I don’t even need to pack them and put em in a bag… they don’t take up space (and are free)..which means more room and money for bikinis!! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ and if you know me at all … well you know what I mean.๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿ‘™

So as you go about on your own journeys wether is around the globe or down the street to the store , remember to take little pieces of all that you do with you.
Keep learning and growing from the biggest adventures to the smallest lthings…

And stay humble.

Because when your heart is tender and your mind is open the vastness of life will continue to inspire you-

By living with passion ย you are capable of things far greater than you know.

Continuing along the gypsy trail.. with love in my heart and smile on my face-

see you soon Oside, see you sooner Costa Rica ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿฆ„… waves and jungles and monkeys oh my!!!๐Ÿ˜ ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ

Sending out love ๐Ÿš๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ’•
Your salty and sun kissed mermaid

The natural rhythm of life

The natural rhythm of life-

The ebb and flow, the rise and fall๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ’™

The waiting game

The disconnect between expression and satisfaction spans the space from the heart to the mind….
How much do you deny yourself the freedom to thrive?

This life Is very blessed- simply by being life… That we forget, so sometimes we need to be reminded

…The things that we are passionate about, wether we are conscious of this drive or not, are the things that fuel our soul. Listen to these and make time for them- I love to write, and when I am living day to day and not finding time to write, to express, to connect, that is when I need to pause; re-evaluate how I’m Spending my time- and adjust priorities accordingly….

We get so caught up in doing we often forget how to just be. We become so consumed in going places, doing things that it begins to feel natural to move SO fast…it feels natural to be out of sync with the rhythm of life…modern society is on a time frame that does not account for the- the beat- or pulse that this planet has operated and thrived on long before we ever came along…. This natural pulse that I strive to function within is something I realized that I have become out of sync with-

It’s a bit ironic I guess that in my quest to slow down I have begun to move too fast. Work with out intention will consume you- and quickly steal you from your connection to eachother and our interwoven Web with Mother Nature…

Have you ever found yourself so caught up and focused for something “big” that’s coming that you are completely vacant from the present and miss of of the moments happening Now!?

A yoga lifestyle and zen masters like Thichย Nhatย Hahn remind us the importance of slowing down and living in the moment “our true home is in the present moment, to live in the present moment is a miracle”

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Only once we allow ourselves the time to
Slow are we able to realize how very rapid everything is zooming about. And this accelerated pace of go-go-go,
Work, work, work is exhausting. Perhaps that’s why travel and time spent with friends, enjoying walks and good company. Are so important. Because it brings us into the present.
It allows us to live in the “Pause” between the “big” life events and really truly enjoy every single breath- without which- we wouldn’t be alive.

What a shame it would be for me to
Move to Costa having completely missed
Out on on my last few months here—there is so much love, and so many things to be grateful for right here in my own home town. This work, that I get to do, the waves I get to surf, the friends who i am able to share love with:)…

Although work will be full steam ahead until I go, a mindfulness around my job, and a gratitude and happiness have changed my attitude and provided a new enthusiasm in the days left before i head off to Costa Rica… ย and where to fromย There who knows?!?

… these last few weeks have been so full of visitors and full moons dances, and bubbles for win!!!๐Ÿ‘ฏ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒˆโœจ๐Ÿ”ต๐Ÿค“๐Ÿฆ„


So wherever you find yourself today, take a moment to ask yourself….What is your purpose?

What is your intention for your actions?

And have you taken the time to tell your loved ones how truly valuable they are:) in times like these of war and hate we so desperately need to shareย love and kindness and give to eachother with all our beings. So take it slow and let the mystery of life unfold as naturally and without expectation but full of love and wonder ๐ŸŒปโค๏ธโ˜€๏ธ Have a happy day:)

Your salty and sunkissed mermaid
๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒŠโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿš

Dirt Roads, Sandy feet and Salty hair.๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿš Facing fears and Loving life:)

Pre-amble to my ramble, this story wanders like my mind, soul and life:) but if you can bare with me I promise to make you smile โ˜บ๏ธ

Sometimes we go places and do things with no specific intention or expectation, and the results of being open- trusting and surrendering – are both humbling and impactful -this is the result of my most recent 10 day adventure to Costa Rica ๐Ÿ›ฌ๐Ÿ’ก๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿฝโœจ (The Country I am so excited to be moving to in October) โฑ๐Ÿ“†๐ŸŽ‰

Sometimes we are unaware that we don’t have the answers until someone asks the questions….

Recently being presented with the simple question… “Well… What ARE you afraid of?…” I’d realized that I hadn’t asked myself this question, and as a result… Found myself swirling about in a conflicted fog unable to find clarity around unsettling- scared feelings…

I have now been musing over this โคด๏ธโคด๏ธโคด๏ธ for the past few weeks (and Sub consciously I think, quite possibly, much-much longer …)

Regardless of the answers I came up with to this question, the prevailing notion that was continuing to reveal its self upon inquiry, was – fear… And that this fear rides on a wave called failure….

Fear of not being enough, not being good enough, not being “enough” or able to accomplish what I am on this planet to do..

This mindfulness of fear in my life led me to remember why I practice yoga- to breathe, to accept, to let go, and to move forward with grace and love… and sometimes create space, to be vulnerable, and to open up to friends that can help you work through things that solo time and self inquiry are struggling to reveal…

This acknowledgement of fear, and acceptance of being vulnerable and scared led me into a magical heartfelt conversation- blanketed in a post surf emotional buzz, set to the back drop of a jungle rainstorm and accompanied by hot coffee, dark chocolate AND a beer:)…. ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒงโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿปโค๏ธ๐Ÿซ๐ŸŒง๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒง some shit got real-

When you find it time in life to work through some “stuff” I highly recommend doing it in “style” haha…๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜‚

But first… (before we get too deep, let’s talk about the fun times!! )

At this point in my adventure I had…
*Rented a car in a foreign country
-fear # 1 โœ…
*Drove solo up and down Costa Rica’s north coast mobbing down dirt roads with minimal to no GPS
-fear # 2 โœ…
*Found some new waves AND paddled out solo
-fear # 3&4 โœ…โœ…

At the end of a few days I made it back Guiones safely, even with a small detour or two, and felt pretty amazing about all these things- ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿš™๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿ—บ๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿž๐ŸŒฌ๐Ÿ’ซโœจ

I actually had a pretty epic moment, well
Lots of epic moments, but one in particular as I was cruising along a desserted, jungle encased dirt road, music blasting where I became acutely aware of what a magnificent life it is- I looked in my review mirror and saw in my back seat; my yoga mat, my surf board and my trusty Patagonia bag- I felt elated, at the freedom, at the bliss, at the joy in my life- none of which would have been experienced had I stayed in my comfort zone and not chosen to face my fears-

None the less, after returning to Guiones from such a super rad soul searching mini surf mission, something was STILL nagging me. Crazy to be so harassed by thoughts surround my jungle nature happiness

So, I sit down with my girl Ali ( in the previously mentioned situation- jungles and rainstorms and chocolate oh my…๐Ÿ˜›) and she asks me “Well, what IS it that you are afraid of…”
Because if the conquering of the mini mission Hadn’t squashed these feelings, clearly it was something more, and….

BOOOOOM, God bless the beautiful souls that life sends to us and the people that become our friends-
Mind blown๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅnever before had I thought to even ask myself that question- duh ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿค“๐Ÿค“

And now that I’ve had time to reflect, marinate, write, and come back to Cali I am returning to this notion of all fear being driven by failure and the idea of not being enough—- and it all magically comes full circle and directly relates to my mantra for 2016 –

“I am enough.
I have enough.
Trusting in the universe I know she will provide”

As my spiritual journey deepens, and my mind and soul expand I have come into a space of loving myself where I now know and embrace that I am enough! (Thanks to a steady yoga practice and healthy addiction to the waves) ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’•…this idea of not being good enough (an insufficiency I have felt since some traumatic child hood events) is something Im ready to rid from my life- changing the samskaras of thought….

Good vibes only -right?!? โค๏ธโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿข (life is too short for anything else) ๐Ÿฆ„๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ’•

We are what we think, and My thoughts and energy are now choosing to occupy a higher vibration…๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ
So now after living almost 30 years, I Am finally ready to take my power back- lots of tears and self work? yes! but also SO much fulfillment. Yep…(Smiles, Sparkles, yoga, rainbows, unicorns, mermaids, surfing, adventures, butterflies… And LOVEEE- Yeeeeww!!!) ๐Ÿ˜โœจ๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿข๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿฝโค๏ธโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿš๐Ÿฌ That’s how Im now choosing to do this whole adulting thing.

Early this year This I taped to my bathroom mirror..

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So what does any of this have to do with Costa Rica adventures, and moving there come October…well I’m getting there:)

Wether I’m afraid of running out of money, or not being able to get a a job- allowing me to teach and give and to uplift my community- or whatever it is that scares me of this “failure” reminded me to not let that fear drive my life. This trip and these experiences reminded me to follow my heart to give selfless service, to teach, to love others, to connect to nature and play in the waves- and when I’m on that path, in my right truth- living my Karma, that whatever happens in indeed exactly what was meant to…

So as I follow this truth to tropical jungles and counties across the globe, my visions of a fulfilling life are further supported by the beautiful humans I encounter on the plane ride home.๐Ÿ›ซ๐Ÿ›ซโ˜€๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜€๏ธโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ›ฌ๐Ÿ›ฌ

Yes. I am one of those people who get really excited about who I’m going to sit next to- what magical divine being is the universe going to send my way ?? and it never ceases to amaze:)

This time, it was.a “normal” looking couple a bit younger than the age of my parents; with a kind smile and a hello, I plop down and get comfy and let that be that…. About mid plane ride home I pull out my journal and start to write, my typical flight routine ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“’
The sweet man next to me asks me “how
Many of those have you filled up?”
And for those of you who know me, like a puppy who’s about to get pet, I’m wiggling, excited for interaction ๐Ÿถ๐ŸŒ€๐ŸŒ€๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐ŸŒ€

To make a long story shorter this man and his wife are amazing!! ๐Ÿ˜ They too are on a journey of their own, having left the hustle and bustle of LA some years ago they moved to Bend Oregon to be closer to nature, take on a slower pace of life and engage in activities that make their souls feel full- Taking chances with unforeseen outcomes favor those who take the chance….
So wether it is a mission to teach english and yoga In the jungles of Costa Rica, or a journey north, quitting ones job and landing employment by a Kombucha company, finding happiness is a result of following your heart. Believing in yourself and the magnificence you possess…
I mean, Come Oooonnn … Look at the book mark this sweet soul pulled out of his book and gave to me… Coincidence? I think not:)

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I guess point of sharing this story, the moral ( and not that all stories have to have a moral, but this one does!๐Ÿค—) is to face your fears and follow your heart โค๏ธ

Fear is healthy- our reaction to this fear however, is what defines usโœจ

Am I a bit scared to quit a job that I enjoy and makes great money doing, sell my car, minimalize my “things” to fit in a box and closet, and set out to the wilds of the earth jobless and homeless… Well, of course!
But what I’m more afraid of is living a life by society’s “rules”- surrounded by concrete, in shoes and pants ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ, “comfortable”, inside 4 walls, behind a picket fence, trapped and owning things that actually own me- ignoring the calling of my wanderess, gypsy soul….never knowing what is down that dirt road, through the lush jungles, or what joy lies behind the eyes of a sweet soul seeking education In places where such luxuries are not so easily afforded. So whatever calls you in life, whatever stirs your souls and makes you passionate, do that, do it with all your being and your life will be full โฃ

Or as Mark Twain so elegantly puts it

” Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, then the ones you did do.

So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Explore. Dream. Discover”

….Feeling So happy to be able to share my stories with you:) Stay in love, stay inspired ๐Ÿ’•โœจ๐ŸŒˆ
Have a magical day!

With so much love and light ๐Ÿ•‰
Your salty n sunkissed mermaid ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿš

The things that make you smile.

Seriously. Life๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿ โ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒˆ
My hope for you is that the gratitude in your soul is able to match the abundance in your life.

It’s is a very blessed life. The more gratitude, the more abundance. The things I learned from yoga extend far beyond a stretchy body.

And as I sit here In the San Diego airport, post train ride; post,
pre train ride margarita (absolute necesity) with my mom, I’ve got one of the greatest moms btw.. And I can’t help but smile:)

Life is so generous… Life. not life but “Life”, capital L living and being. Adventures stir my soul and inspire me to the heavens.

The concept of people moving through time and space, paths crossing, energies mixing is very exciting to me. So many possibilities. I mean always, but particularly when your travel and you are removed from the routines and “normals” that so many of us use to define who we are:)

The ambiguity excites me. I think this is because I have learned that we are really so much deeper than our flesh, and our titles and our jobs, and clothes and cars and by experiencing new places and new things our souls have an outlet to connect on the level they like to. Exponentially bigger than our small bubbles that we frequent on the daily as human being.

“After all we are not humans having a spiritual experience we are spiritual beings having a human experience” (quote not by me, but not sure who.. Maybe eckert Tolle)

Traveling Is just a peek a Boo game with The bigger existence available to all of us. Every second of everyday. Not because it moves us closer to a final destination in a liner way, but because it moves us closer to each other. Up and out. Infinitely. And this possibility for connection is what makes me feel most alive, that and waves of course ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ›ซโค๏ธ

So whatever it is that drives you. Whatever makes your soul flutter, Makes you heart orgasm (yes Maria ๐Ÿ˜˜) do that. With all your existence and really truly live The life you dreamed. Tomorrow I’ll be back in the land of pure life. And I couldn’t be more stoked. Doing some job recon… Planting some trees, surfing, smiling, laughing, dancing, but most importantly living my truth. Being love with the monkey’s and the jungles. sharing the best vibes and the happiest of energy in the only way this gypsy mermaid knows how…
With all love all the time:)

On another hand flying to LA sure beats driving, and taking expired sudafed is questionable (and I only take stuff like this when I’m Recovering from a nasty cold and worried the pressure from the airplane might make my head explode… And that would be messaaaayyy ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ) anywho. Living on wild side today… Haha See you soon Costa Rica ๐ŸŒบ
Staying oh so salty and sunkissed
-Katie โ˜ฎ๐Ÿš๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’•

yep..bathroom selfie sesh had to happen too… Haha it was a clean big beautiful bathrooom all to myself. HAD to ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜‚ don’t judge

Yep and of course this guy ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŠ๐ŸŠ๐ŸŠimage

mi corazon es llena mi alma es feliz. nada mas de buenas vibrasโค๏ธ๐ŸŒ•๐Ÿ•‰

Pure gold is not anymore a metal of the earth than the ore of our souls. A sweet sticky honey. Oozing, rich and delicious ๐Ÿ™‚ Tap into natural abundance and feel this richness penetrate every pore of your existence โ˜€๏ธ

We are vessels of love.
We are vibrant, radiant beings pulsingย with life.
We are the matrix connected and whole… ๐Ÿ’ซ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒ€โ™ป๏ธ๐ŸŒ

Feeling so inspired and so grateful and so completely in love with this beautiful blessed life. Too many good vibes not to share!!!โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š

We came from this earth, and one day we will all return, but in the meantime we should continue to celebrate this shared existence living and loving to the max…

It really seems that if we give whole heartedly and unselfishly everything we gives comes back to us and more. We cannot create or eliminate energy, so yes it’s a bit magic, but it’s also science too!! The vibrations you put out in the universe do come back to you. So do Yourself a favor and share smiles and love authentically and with as many humans as possible. Love is powerful ๐Ÿ™‚ Although I’m not religious the bible says “you reap what you sow” and I believe this to be true with all of my existence . There ย has been abundant goodnes ย in my life recently. When we plant the seeds of love and compassion our gardens grow the most luscious juicy fruits. ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ

I’ve been working like a loco since I’ve been back from Costa and these last few days I’ve had off were pretty rad.. days that with out any expectation surpassed anything I could have dreamed. I was able to slow down, be close to nature and reminded of what a beautiful tribe of human beings I get to share my life and energy with… And it feels importAnt to share these experience with you.
As humanity our need to give and reciece love is the single most thing that connects us- its so necessary to cultivate environment that allow us to fall out of our heads and into our hearts, thinking less feeling more. Being sensitive and compassionate and vulnerable are most beautiful qualities
โค๏ธ๐ŸŒŸโค๏ธ๐ŸŒŸโค๏ธ๐ŸŒŸโค๏ธ๐ŸŒŸโค๏ธ๐ŸŒŸโค๏ธ๐ŸŒŸ creating space to in our hearts to love and celebrate what a magical gift life is… How very special ย this moment being right here right now is ๐Ÿ™‚ sometimes we work too much but we should try to find a way to enjoy every blessed second. When the actions we do have positive intentions that intention carries on long after the action has passed…

Finding myself in a place of gratitude, love and humility I write to remind you to do the same. Never was a moment wasted spend loving ๐Ÿ’•

As one of my favorite saying goes “wherever you are, whatever you do, be in love”
-Rumi

All love. All the time. From Baja, to the house of blues, to mornings with chickens and encounters around town may we continue to rise in love. From my soul to yours. Have an amazing day๐Ÿ’›๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒŸโœจ๐ŸŒป

A super stoked salty and Sunkissed mermaid ๐Ÿš๐Ÿ’™๐ŸŒŠ