Tears in Paradise๐Ÿ˜ช.

 

๐Ÿ˜“Yes there are even tears in Paradise…

So although its been over a month since I’ve shared anything, ย there is in fact, a very good excuse.. That phone that was cracked and broken officially ย KO’ed on me, and believe it or not… LIFE WENT ON! =)

Right? unbelievable…ha… I supposed the saddest thing about all of that is not being able to share… Some people may think it was horrible to be “disconnected”, but in reality, spending time away from technology and artificial stimulation of modernization allows you to really dial into the matrix of nature and web of life that is the ever present and truly the driving force of humanity. This time in Costa Rica is the most “connected” I’ve ever felt in my life…Nature, Pachamamma, is a most magical force that so many of us here in the industrial world simply ignore.

It is in this same nauture in which I feel most alive. Over stimulated by cars, electronics, and all the things we as humas use to occupy our time we miss out on the commings and goings of the very essence of ourselves… How fabulous it is to be void of “distractions” and enjoy morning coffee with the rain storms, natures songs of chirping birds, iguanas rushing by, toads gulping in the warm night air, trees growing-swaying-falling and living EVERYWHERE. So much fresh new air… Tree’s literally take sunlight and turn it into food. Hello magic! =) Anywho. with that being said. SO much to catch up on. Its crazy how little you can do everyday- yet SO much happens… (yes, the glorification of busy is completely over rated, but that’s another day another story)

So, now that I’ve been back in San Diego about 2 weeks, I’ve got my pictures uploaded and a shiney new Iphone at hand and many untold stories that are so ready to be shared!!!… And it was just getting good right!?! Sex and chocolate and… now tears???

Ok, so I say that lightly, there is nothing fun about tears. Or heartbreak…๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’”

No matter where you find yourself on this amazing planet hearts can, and do, break. it’s not glamorous- it’s messy, and painful, tender, and vulnerable, but it’s part of life- So although most my travel tales are pretty epic stories of jungles and monkey’s, smiles and waves, I don’t want to create the illusion that I am out of touch with the spectrum of “real life”emotions and feelings.

Taking it back to mid-novemberish a point in time came where I was presented with options/ opportunities that as a result caused a chain reaction that ultimately led to some serious heartbreak and changes in an on going relationship that I had here at home, and as a result of that, a seriously intense, soul wrenching tear filled week…

But through the tears, I think it’s only human to try to smile and make the best of what we have… And for this particular situation- Margaritas were the best we could do… I mean passionfruit margaritas??!?- chili guaro shots, and some bomb home made tortilla chips nachos๐Ÿด๐ŸŒฏ๐ŸŒฎ ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ฆ nom nom nom… yes please :)Next time you are in Guiones, stop by Al Chile, great everything… Food /service/ drinks… Reggae playing on the radio and surf on tv- I think i’ll stay a while- and maybe even come back tomorrow โค๏ธโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ’š ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿฝ

Any who, mid day indulgence turned into afternoon fun and photo sessions!!! ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ“ทโ—ผ๏ธโ—พ๏ธโœจ… I’m a sucker for dance parties and pictures-

life is too short to not try to enjoy moments, even bitter sweet sad moments, all we have is the present, and you can never get this time back, so I encourage you to smile on, despite what trials life brings you

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The world needs your smile ๐Ÿญโ˜บ๏ธ

… I mean, of course it’s okay to cry and hurt, tears are so beautiuful and like the rain that washes the earth ever so cleansing, but after that- the sun will shine- allow your self space to heal and enjoy all the magic that Mother Earth provides us ๐ŸŽ†๐Ÿ”ฎ

The following day delighted us with some glorious mid morning thunder and rain.. which in November is Costa is less than common, so I consider this show from Mother Nature quite a blessing… At some point the weather lets up just enough where we decide it’s a good idea for an afternoon surf๐ŸŒงโ˜๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐ŸŒง๐ŸŒง๐ŸŒฅ๐ŸŒฅ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿฝ…

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….totally enough sunshine to paddle out (view from our balcony)… ๐Ÿ˜ณโšก๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๐ŸŒž

And then, right about the time we reach the water, torrential downpour ensues. So what do we do? Well surf. DuH!! ๐Ÿ˜›….

And it is in magical moments like these that I came to realize why I travel, why I choose to live free, void of perhaps the “comforts” or security of a job, a home, a husband, a car, a big bank account… Because while floating in the ocean, watching the raindrops smash into the warm salty blue sea, the clouds circle tornado like, consuming the blue sky, like a scene from a movie, I find myself in splendid awe…that this is not in fact a movie…it IS life, it is my life and feel so humble and grateful…I would so much rather be rich with experience than, rich with things, money comes and money goes, but these memories are forever…

These feelings allow you to be so in love with life that the ordinary becomes extraordinary. Byย following your passions and listening to your heart you create space to fall in a natural rhythm with life, worry melts away and essence of life in its natural state of existence continues to reveal itsself. ย The excitement and thrill of nature drive you to further connect and explore the wilds of your heart and wilds of this earth ย ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿ›ซ๐ŸŒ€…

But, back to this crazy storm and these mysteriously sexy afternoon storm clouds… They begin to funnel, creating a vortex in the sky and I’m seriously waiting for monkeys on brooms, or mini dragons or something to come soaringย out of their void … ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ’๐Ÿต๐ŸŒช๐Ÿ’ฆ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠ I am in absolute awe, never in my life have I seen something so spectacular unfold before my eyes. Then the storm beings to float on by, and as quickly as it arrived, almost to create the illusion of a fairy tale sunset. Clouds and florecent glowing colors fading into the sea… Then WOW- raging rain and thunderous booms again- as the storm travels further out to sea.. And then… then, there was the lightening.๐Ÿ˜ณ

Oh Shit โšก๏ธโšก๏ธโšก๏ธโšก๏ธโšก๏ธโšก๏ธโ›ˆโ›ˆโ›ˆโšก๏ธ๐ŸŒฆโ›ˆโ›ˆ๐ŸŒฉ๐ŸŒฉ๐ŸŒฉโšก๏ธโšก๏ธ Holy Massive, electrifying bolts of fury, like ravenous tounges of dragons lashing out to the ocean cracking and splintering as they lurch and explode and light the sky… They are a bit far off to the south end of the beach near the point, but hot damn, this surf session is over … Shit just got real, and like a led Zeppelin song, “babeeee- I’ve got to leave ya- it’s time to ramble on”…

A muddy barefoot rain drenched journey back to the condo we are a staying in, a quick rinse in the outdoor shower. And I feel complete, despite the aching throb of a confused, conflicted, hurting heart, waves and nature are always enough to soothe. Then it’s time to begin to pack. Tomorrow we change locations- off to playa grande and the “pipe house”… And in typical costa Rica fashion it doen not fail to enchant.

The pipe house and my week in Playa Grande was pretty sweet I think it deserves its own entry:) so stories comming soon!!

Daydreaming about the land of seashells, sunshine and sunsets…Sharing smiles and love #allloveallthetime ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿฆ€๐ŸŒ…โ›ต๏ธโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿšโค๏ธ

– Your Salty and Sunkissed Mermaid๐Ÿณ๐Ÿš๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฆ„

 

UB40, sex and chocolate ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿ’ฅโค๏ธ

Yep:)

Throw in some Stevie nicks, Norah jones, Zeppelin, Marley and van Morrison in that music mix and you’ve got all you need for the makings of a perfect morning-

not that there was anything wrong with mornings surfs and smoothie- coffee- hostel loving and living, but oooo-weee, super sexy-sweaty-sweet sexing, rad playlists, AND (organic) chocolate in bed… Just to start the day!? Happiness?!?….YES- yes – yes – yes yes ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿ›Œ๐Ÿ›Œ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ.
And a thank you to miss jelly bean purple (who you can follow at http://www.livingaloha.com) for the endless hours or epic play lists and unlimited love I can feel you sharing, that I get to draw from…every second of every day. So blessed for your love โ˜ฎ๐Ÿ’Ÿโ˜ฏ

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From there it’s only natural that the afternoon found its self melting into the ocean. Swimming and body surfing in glassy waves,๐Ÿท๐Ÿท๐Ÿท wine by the bottle and ๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿ‘ฃand walks beach side to this Beautiful sunset

Wet hair, salty air, and the most magical mermaid- merman loving ๐ŸŒ…๐Ÿš๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿ™
Wet hair, salty air, and the most magical mermaid- merman loving ๐ŸŒ…๐Ÿš๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿ™

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– life is short, do what makes you happy…. Found this John Lennon quote the other day.image

This quote holds many truths that are easy to lose track of when chasing a life full of tangible things, and not simply- simple living and happiness. Be happy- and all the other “stuff” finds a way to fall into place.

Today brings Another mellow morning, super fun glassy wave surf session and smoothie slurping extravaganza… This Air B&B we get to enjoy has been delightful. The night we came in the water in the bathroom shower and sink wasn’t working๐Ÿšฟ๐Ÿšซ๐Ÿ˜ณ (as a result of sediment buildup in the nozels from a power outage a few days prior- wild) Non the less the super host Robert who runs the units left us this most thoughtful gift yesterday am!!

Host with the most. Asked for a blender, got this in return ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŒ
Host with the most. Asked for a blender, got this in return ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŒ

not necessary, but oh so appreciated.:)

Any who, today’s post surf, post smoothie beach adventure was cut short by ominous clouds so we find ourselves here…

Lazy afternoon loving ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐ŸŒงโ˜๏ธ๐ŸŒฆโค๏ธ๐ŸŒงโ˜๏ธrain leaping from the sky kissing the ground with the warmest, almost steamy, intentions… and I choose to just lay back watch the world move- enjoying mellow music (Corinne Bailey Rae is the most perfect companion for an afternoon thunderstorm), beautiful company and nature. I smile- so full of loveย ๐Ÿ™‚

Mermaid lounging, while this amazing man researches more fun adventures ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ’š
Mermaid lounging, while this amazing man researches more fun adventures ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ’š

Life is amazing.
Sometimes I worry, which I know I know quite well is pointless, but I’m human and find my mind making noise non the less- when this happens I try to remember two things- first this quote “If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable then there is no help in worrying. There is no need to worry what so ever” Dali Llama
And, Secondly, since clearly I can’t even begin to compare myself to the Zen of the Dali llama i just try to remember to stay in the present. This exact moment is SO special. But it will pass wether you enjoy it not, so enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚ What’s meant to happen will- take a breathe, and be appreciative and happy for everything that you have. Right here, right now. โœจ๐Ÿ’โ›ฑ๐Ÿ—บ

Looking forward to more waves, ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŒ…๐ŸŒ…๐ŸŒ…can’t wait for an evening sunset surf…

On a bigger scale looking forward to all the gifts- the ups, the downs, the twists and turns, the clarity and confusion, balance and growth ย as I wander down the path of life. I feel so grateful for all that I have, and the knowledge that whatever I end up is exactly where I’m supposed to be- the universe continues to Inspire and humble. Sometimes we just need to pause- pause, long enough to realize- that this moment is a miracle and everything is going to be just fine:) inhale trust, exhale doubt. Inhale love, exhale fear. Inhale you have arrived, exhale you are home…..๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿข

Wild and wandering…..
Salty and sunkissed…
and In love with life ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒฑ
Pura vida sweet friends.
Have a most beautiful day โœŒ๐Ÿฝ๏ธโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒˆ

And cause those who know me know I'm a sucker for a selfie. And sometimes i just can't help myself. Sending you Peace, love and smilesโ˜ฎ All love all the time โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ
And cause those who know me know I’m a sucker for a selfie.ย And sometimes i just can’t help myself. Sending you Peace, love and smilesโ˜ฎ All love all the time โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ

You, me and some tree love ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒฟโค๏ธ

Although I found my way into wifi land, I have also found my way into people- which means all that energy I was spending with my self- introverted, is now being expressed outward. As a result I have been writing less and sharing more with the humans in my physical space. ๐Ÿ™‚

Rainbows and love ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿญ
Rainbows and love ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿญ

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Funding happiness in balance. Balance is An absolutely necessity to Joy in life. Physically, emotionally, mentally…. Hostel life is fun:) So many different souls ย on this planet… All magically divine, trying their best to ย make sense of this human experience. It is so essential for growth to spend time outside your zone. Meet people who speak different languages- who are nothing like you- and greet them with an open mind and heart…. If a seed was afraid to break out of its shell would it ever blossom into a beautiful tree/ flower?๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒฟ.

i find the Intrinsic qualities gained, from loving and sharing, and being present I the moment are benchmarks of a life well lived…. Cars, houses, clothes the tangible thing we purchase bring only fleeting pleasure and ultimately drive u further away from eachother, from nature- and from spending time celebrating the simple beautiful pleasures of life that Mother Earth provides for free. Laughter, smiles, love, memories…. Try to gain more of these.

Sharing smiles with you beautiful beings!! unicorn and crab emoji!! Holy happiness ๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿฆ€๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿฆ€๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿฆ€
Sharing smiles with you beautiful beings!! unicorn and crab emoji!! Holy happiness ๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿฆ€๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿฆ€๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿฆ€

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“When the power of love overcome the love of power the world will know peace” -Jimi Hendrix

Leave your ego at The door…. Let’s just love eachother.. Sometimes it’s not logical. But it works- Allย love all the time:) try it โค๏ธ

I’ve also been having a great time, working with BarriGuiones – Costa Verdes tree program- planting life and playing in the dirt- it’s a beautiful program dedicated to collecting tree species, germinating seeds, planting up to 40 different types of seedlings and ultimately reforesting the costs. The people running the program are so dedicated and whole heartedly devoted to the cause it’s really fulfilling to be around such positive, grounded energy- if you find yourself in this part of the country take some to do more than surf and yoga. The magic of a tree that will stand for years to come and share shade and love is truly pricelessย ๐Ÿ™‚ http://www.costaverdes.org check it out – plant a tree ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

Nature is Amazing! ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒณ
Nature is Amazing! ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒณ

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Some post seedling collection- slack line fun โ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒŠโ˜ฎ – little bit of work, little bit of play ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh ย I failed to mention that the whole face of my phone is shattered. Making texting, blogging, and using my phone in general a bit complicated…. On a positive note- at least it still works ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

feeling salty and sunkissed and SO happy to be alive ๐Ÿฆ€๐Ÿ„๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŒ…

-Katie.

Turtles stories soon. I promise ๐Ÿ™‚

Moons, Magic, Mermaids, Margaritas and so Much More ๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿš๐Ÿน

I present you miss Alicia Danielle ๐ŸŒด
I present you miss Alicia Danielle ๐ŸŒด

It’s been one of those absolutely amazing good vibes radiating kind of times… Last night I celebrated life with this divine long lost soul friend -goddess of a human ๐Ÿ’œโœจ

We started with fresh snapper ceviche ๐Ÿ ๐ŸŸ๐ŸŽฃ margaritas, chile guaro shots, and a second shot as a gift ย from a kind- non intrusive guy in the restaurant (…. Cause I know all the ladies out there have received shots with the expectation of having to entertain, but not this guy- not this night ๐Ÿ™‚ cheers to that)

Such a divine dinner shared with the best of company, heart felt talks of love and life the cosmos and beyond, once the feasting had commenced we journeyed down to the beach (of course you know with headlamp at head) and bathed in the glowing moonlight on the empty vast beach:) moon salutations and moon dancing obviously included ๐ŸŒ•๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŒ• There is something so magical, so powerful about the intensity -yet gentle warm love of sweet mother moon presenting herself raw, pure ย vulnerable. We then headed back to the hostel, floating with lightness and joy and enjoyed the company of the others before heading to bed ๐Ÿ™‚

The Nosara beach hostel is a pretty we some place to stay. Just a 100yafds from the waves… Great staff, super good vibes from the other guests, and clean. I believe the universe has a special power of bringing people together at the right place and time in our journeys… And we are all here now. Like Donna Farhi Said “when the moment opens itself up for you will you step in?”

Will you? ๐Ÿ™‚

Then today!!! โ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒˆ Another most beautiful day to be alive. I didn’t make it down to surf (the waves here are a bit relentless…. No lull’s between sets. Just waves on waves on waves.๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠ ) awesome! Yes- put in two solid days of double surf sessions (or at least attempting to surf) and upon waking up this am- my shoulders are SORE… So i decided instead to do some Am yoga followed my morning chatting with the most open, loving human I am fortunate enough to share this space with … Then a journey to the local store, lots of fresh fruit and super smoothie LOVE

Delicious and nutritious. Papaya- banana- avocado- peanut butter love ๐Ÿ˜
Delicious and nutritious. Papaya- banana- avocado- peanut butter love ๐Ÿ˜

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๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹

This beautiful earth provides unlimited nourishment. Body mind and soul. Peaceful mornings flow into afternoon thunderstorms. ย Life is vibrant. โ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒบThe show of Mother Nature that is always, always in process, never fails to enchant- finding joy and peace in the vast beauty of life it’s self is gift we can give ourselves every minute of everyday. All you need to be happy you have inside of you right now ๐Ÿ™‚

As the sky erupts with warm happy tears ๐Ÿ’ฆโ˜๏ธ๐Ÿ’ง๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’งโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธI feel so blessed and greatful to be on this planet with all you beautiful divine beings.

Happy Wednesday ๐Ÿ’•

My mantra for the year has truly began to infuse every aspect of my being..and the transformation continues

“My heart IS open- I give and receive LOVE fearlessly”

find what drives your exsistence and be that. For me: It’s All love all the time ๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŒˆ

Sprinkling love every where I go:) some art I made for the Turtle conservation project while down in OSA :)
Sprinkling love every where I go:) some art I made for the Turtle conservation project while down in OSA ๐Ÿ™‚

life is too short for anything but good vibes โค๏ธโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ’š Delighted in the powers of loving everything ๐Ÿ™‚ humbled. Alive and free ๐ŸŒ€โœจ๐ŸŒ€๐ŸŒ€๐ŸŒ€โœจ๐ŸŒ€โœจโœจ

Forver stoked โœŒ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ And these days…Oh so salty and sunkissed ๐Ÿ˜˜๐ŸŒŠ

enjoy your day โค๏ธ

Love- Katie

More Nosara- Guiones loving to come ๐Ÿ˜โคต๏ธ๐Ÿ˜โคต๏ธ๐Ÿ˜โคต๏ธ๐Ÿ˜

Morning surf checks and afternoon sunsets - the matrix of life- flowing with the process ๐ŸŒ…๐ŸŒ…๐ŸŒ…
Morning surf checks and afternoon sunsets – the matrix of life- flow with the process…. Arrive in the moment- smile ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐ŸŒ…๐ŸŒ…๐ŸŒ…

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Life: Tastes like love โค๏ธ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒˆ

So life without wifi is A- absolutely amazing, B- absolutely relaxing C-so so super rad, but obviously impossible to blog.. So my stories are a bit behind, but so many jungle, river, turtle, thunder -lightening, hammock, monkey lovetastic tales to come….
Epic moments. Happening all around. Picture this… Close your eyes. Ha. Just kidding! open them๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜› How are You supposed read w your eyes closed!?
So, picture this.
5’10 brunette, chucks on feet (aka converse shoes), dripping wet hair, bikini covering the necessary parts, machete in hand, and jungle ALL around!…

Wait for it… YES!

That totally happened ๐Ÿ™‚ I can die happy. Felt like the star in my own movie. ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŽฅ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒด๐Ÿ’™๐ŸŽฅ .On That same adventure to the “posa” the watering hole on the paniquenes family property, I saw a white face monkey, a hawk, put natural exfoliating mud from the waterhole on my face AND swung like Tarzan from a super fun rope swing.

Nature.. Trees and swings and things :) happiness ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒณ
Nature.. Trees and swings and things ๐Ÿ™‚ happiness ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒณ
My tour guides (elmers nephews) , the instigatorlbc, and mud masks- free via nature
My tour guides (elmers nephews) , the instigatorlbc, and mud masks- free via nature

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So stoked to get to visit this magical jungle oasis, Since it’s more or less the reason I’m here in Caletas with Elmer and the Paniquines family. But more about that later. Let’s talk about how much I recommend getting away to places unknown. Take the road less traveled. Find some nature. Find yourself โค๏ธ

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But 1st, how did I get here ?? Rode a boat into drake bay… No piers or docks, the boat backs right up on to the sand- hope your ready to get wet….) Stayed the night with the kind family at Casa mariposa (the awesome bed and breakfast I have the pleasure of living and working at for the month of December) started my career and a sign painting master…oh found a waterfall and some iguanas chillin on the beach

Suntanning with friends
Suntanning with friends

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Beaches with trees and waves... No building or people. ๐Ÿ˜
Beaches with trees and waves… No building or people. ๐Ÿ˜

On my first day here at cabinas Los Paniquines I becameย Most aware that There is something grounding and comforting about the noises of nature. Roosters cock-a- doodle-doing, cicadeas vibrarting with a small screeching frequency, leaves shuffling through the costal breeze. But most importantly that the song of water , furiously- yet ever so fluidly doing its thing, can transform…Small rives babbling past my cabina and the constant rumble of the waves tumbling to the sand. It’s when I hear this sound, no matter how foreign the land, I feel at home. I’m about an hour south of drake. And when I say a hour, I mean an hike down a path that runs parallesh to the sea- Through the mud, up “steps” created by tree roots and randomly places cement slabs, and back down across draw string bridges… image

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The “roads” I’m travels these days…. One a bit less traveled. I’d much rather follow the footprints in the mud than street signs and break lights

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Continue reading “Life: Tastes like love โค๏ธ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒˆ”

A Small Section of The world

Biggest smile on my face ๐Ÿ˜€

What have I been getting into for the last few days? Well. A really good time!!’ .. Duh ๐Ÿ˜˜
And- Some big ole bugs, rodeos, environmental festivals, garden slave labor (but fun of course), learning about coffee production, nature and the most important thing- making friends and sharing love: so here it goes.

Riding on the “chicken bus”๐Ÿš๐Ÿ“๐ŸšŒ๐Ÿ”๐ŸšŒ up The accent into the unknown….
So-super-rad. Spent 5 hrs getting here (South central Costa Rica, biolley, to be exact) on a “nice” bus on paved roads and now charging 18 miles (but a 1.5 hr ride) up a dirt road. And even tho it is dark outside I can feel nature all around In every direction – every Now and then coming up on a Home, or “‘mini super” little markets selling necessities – these little
Markets (pulperia) are connected to the owners home, with the ticos all
Around just spending time together.๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ซ
Can’t even begin to explain the simple humbling magic that is happening inside as a result of the pure rawness of everything Outside. ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ“๐ŸŽ†๐ŸŒ™๐ŸŒ ๐Ÿ’šSuch a simple, perfect day of moving through time and space. No hurry to get to where we are going.

An AMAZING opportunity. Presented its self today too. Can’t wait to tell you about it. Google drake bay ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿณโš“๏ธ๐ŸŒ…๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒด

Upon waking up the next day to the sun rise and bird songs, I feel nothing but gratitude and humility- this is where I get to practice my morning yoga๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŒ„ ๐ŸŒ„๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ “there is something very tender about this gratitude: through it we recognize that life itself, with out adornment or elaboration, is a gift” Donna Farhi ๐ŸŒณโค๏ธ๐ŸŒฑ ( hot showers? nope! Happiness, YES!!)

AM yoga w a view. I say yes :)
AM yoga w a view. I say yes ๐Ÿ™‚

Sometimes when I look around I feel like the kids in the grass in the movie “honey I shrunk the kids” (minus the lawmower of course!) but the nature is seriously that amazingly intense.. And

If you don’t like nature, I question if you like yourself? We are nature. There isn’t anything going on in the tress or flowers or earth that isn’t happening inside of our bodies. We are continually in a process of growth and death and growth. … It’s a natural ryTHEM AN ebb and flow…
By tuning into this awareness one is able to live more fully experiencing every moment as it is happening. This mindfulness creates an awe of what a miracle it is to be alive ๐Ÿ™‚

In this most marvelous community I am the only gringa In a 20 mile radius. Went to a rodeo today. And yep. Only white girl there ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ with that being said Spanish is spoken here. Which is amazing. I don’t understand too much of what is being said. None the less I find myself a part of long conversations with nothing but a smile on my face ๐Ÿ™‚ energy is so real. So powerful and so beautiful. This Sweet girl (daughter if one of The ASOMOBI leaders) bought me this yummy treat to try while we’re hanging at the rodeo

A Prestiรฑo. Crepe like. Fried goodness drizzled in molasses syrup ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ฆ
A Prestiรฑo. Crepe like. Fried goodness drizzled in molasses syrup ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ฆ

Also earlier in the day while helping we the set up for the environmental fair tomorrow the park ranger shared this most delicious new fruit w me ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿ‘

Mango like, but smaller and juicer!! Yum yum yum:) I waS told don't eat too many or you're in trouble ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ
Mango like, but smaller and juicer!! Yum yum yum:)
I waS told don’t eat too many or you’re in trouble ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ

Perhaps it’s time for a bit of detail about what brings me to this magical place?! Long story short my friend has been working with an incredible group of self empowered women to make their coffee and community more accessible and available to Voulenteer and visitors alike.
Check out this link. โ˜•๏ธ๐ŸŒณโ˜•๏ธ๐ŸŒณโ˜•๏ธ๐ŸŒณโ˜•๏ธ๐ŸŒณ http://www.asomobi-costarica.com or to see a trailer of the documentary recently made about them go to http://www.asmallsectionoftheworld.com
Truly humbled by the dedication and hard work of these inspiring women. So I’m spending my time here with this women of the ASOMOBI organization and with a group of Voulenteers (that are visiting for the weekend) who work in the tourism industry in Costa Rica for a company called travel excellence. Www.Travelexcellence.com (if looking for a real tico experience and not just another typical vacay)

My beautiful new friends from travel excellence (standing in front of the place where ASOMOBI processes the coffee
My beautiful new friends from travel excellence (standing in front of the place where ASOMOBI processes the coffee

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A coffee tree โคด๏ธโคด๏ธโคด๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

Another amazing thing I’ve noticed…nobody here hurries, but everything gets done. I once read a quote along those lines “adopt the pace of nature, she never hurries and still get everything done.”
After being here for only a few days, it has become apparent to the undeniable truth that many people on this planet are simply moving too fast. to where? For what?? Slow down People. Where ever you are going will be there when you get there. Take some time to breathe, we only have so much time in these bodies, why not try to enjoy every moment to the maximum.โณโŒ›๏ธโณโŒ›๏ธโณโŒ›๏ธโณโŒ›๏ธโŒ›๏ธโณโŒ›๏ธโณโŒ›๏ธโณโŒ›๏ธโณโŒ›๏ธ

Sunsets here aren't horibble either ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒ„
Sunsets here aren’t horibble either ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒ„

Headlamps btw, are amazing. ๐Ÿ”ฆ๐Ÿ”ฆA bit uncool, but quite necessary for mountain, jungle, travel adventures… My only complain. They are a magnet for bugs flying at your face ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿž๐Ÿœ๐Ÿž๐Ÿ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ› Haha. I suppose it all adds to the experience… Bonus points if you eat one?!๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

Not cute, but funny ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
Not cute, but funny ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Spent the last day In the mountains enjoying the company of a beautiful kind loving woman named Laura. Worked in her yard a bit helping with the garden, painted a used tire that they recycle and use as a planter and… I baked bread!!! So amazing to share an afternoon In the kitchen with such a divine magical soul. Then we enjoyed, what may possible be the best bread I’ve ever had in my life, with a cup of coffee and the rain kissing the tin roof making for a fabulously perfect relaxing afternoon. Pura vida.

Laura!!!
Laura!!!

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Me!

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The bread!๐Ÿžโค๏ธ๐Ÿž๐Ÿž quite possibly the best bread I’ve ever had, fluffy, sweet, perfectly baked. ยกQue Rico!

Later in the night Malo and I traveled the pitch black night and a slobbering rain storm to be hosted to a garden to table dinner by another amazing family and one of the women of ASOMOBI.

Have to include this somewhere. Saw chicken Sex! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ”๐Ÿค๐Ÿฃ everything I dreamed it would be. Haha. #farmlife

We woke up at 3:45. again tackled the 40 minute walk, still in the dark, but this time minus the rain, plus the luggage…. You thought the sunset was fabulous. How about the sunrise?

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3 hrs 3 busses later. I reach palmar Norte. The transit spot to get to Sierpe… From palmar Norte I’m supposed to take a buss to Sierpe.
The a boat (cause you can only get where I’m going from a boat- down the river, into the ocean, and into drake bay)….

The world continues to shrink and slow, while In Palmar Norte I meet the neighbor of Karina the girl I’m going to visit in Drake…
And as I sit here typing and editing… Drinking a beer with a handful of new friends (at 11am) ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿป and I can not wait to share more!! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒˆ… Mermaid girl is ecstatic to be back near the sea. The soul is alive all is well. solo adventuress begin.

He's at it again... A sneak peak of the super rad amazing epic adventure to come
He’s at it again… A sneak peak of the super rad amazing epic adventure to come

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Salty and sunkissed and in love with life โ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒด๐Ÿ’™
Pura vida.
Xoxoxo

Wider circles: More love- More life

Home. Within my self. I arrive at the airport ๐ŸŒŽโœˆ๏ธ๐Ÿ’จ

I am exposed. Here I am. Raw- sharing with you the most pure unedited version of my self โค๏ธ
I am exposed. Here I am. ๐Ÿ™‚ Raw- sharing with you the most pure unedited version of my self โค๏ธ

I Spend my 1st few days in Costa Rica in the out skirts of the city, enjoying lazy days in curridabat and nights out with friends in Escazu. And the journey begins

So, here’s the situation.
You are at anothers mercy….
So. there’s the situation.

Starts and ends there- time is a concept that is relative. When you are in a hurry to be somewhere you miss out on what’s happening now. And the slowing begins.

I suppose it’s not always about me. Quite the lesson to learn (or be reminded of) sitting out side a club next to an ash tray at 1 am after a day of traveling and a night of being in a foreign Country listening to a cover band singing American classics. Not to down play that the band that was actually pretty good, I’m just exhausted! ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

Yet, as I sit here typing. I can do nothing but smile. The irony of life is beautiful. I can make you bitter, or inspire you to find the lesson…

Have I mentioned I’m In Costa Rica?!?!?

I have the ability to think, to process information and to LOVE (hello Amaazing)- the privilege of breath and the power of Choice and access to freedom to live and be as I choose. Amen to this.

On an even more positive note… Waiting at the mercy Of this human, I was able to recognize the prevalence of nature EVERYWHERE … I skip across the parking lot in the dark of night, clump up on the base of the lamp post And meet a tree!!! ๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒด (A beautiful happy healthy palm at that) pet its leaves, speak to it…pause long enough ย to be grateful for all the beauty around me, the rain & the greenery the life…. Regaurdless of the fact I’m ready to go home- I Smile on, and breathe In this moment.

Moving forward, Moving on…Away from the nasty Nauseating ash try (which happens to be right next to the only seat out side) and back to the bar, I suppose if you can’t beat em join em.

-pura vida ๐Ÿ™

More travels, more stories, more
Love. Stay human. Keep smiling. Let the universe do its thing.
Let go or be dragged- Zen Proverb

Although my heart and my intentions for my time here in Costa are to be in nature, in the waves, practicing yoga, teaching and sharing love, these few days in San Jose (a huge massive congested city) had been the most magical transitions/ buffer ever. And most importantly a reminder…. A reminder that no matter where on the planet you go, That life is life, and people are people. We are ALL beautiful divine lights Living, loving and doing our best to survive, or thrive and make sense of this human experience.

I’m most grateful to my beautiful friend Kathy – allowing me to live like a tico in the city, local bars, local food, home cooked breakfast, new fruits?!?.โžก๏ธโžก๏ธโžก๏ธ

Nature is cool!! :)
Nature is cool!! ๐Ÿ™‚

image Mamonchino – What a mamonchino my Mom asks, What does it taste like…well, It’s sweet. And when you break the shell off it looks like a clear hard boiled egg inside, almost gelatinous, but a bit more solid. With a seed in the middle that looks like an almond -So rad! Nature is fascinating ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹
…and back to my hostess with the mostest- grateful for thundery rainy afternoon naps with the cutest sweetest puppy in town. image imageThank you kind woman… Keeping me grounded. Widening circles. Connecting seemingly unattached elements. We truly are one… And as Mr. Marley so famously says. “One love. One heart. Let’s get together and feel alright.”

Rise in love sweet humans. Stay stoked. And share love-all love all the time-
With blessing,
your salty and sunkissed mermaid ๐Ÿ™โœŒ๐Ÿฝ๏ธโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿš๐Ÿฌ
Pura vida

oh. And in true Katie fashion. This also happened

Pretty fab way to enjoy the day. Found myself some organic vino and local made chocolates ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿท More of this to come ๐Ÿ˜‹ Life is delicious !
Pretty fab way to enjoy the day. Found myself some organic vino and local made chocolates ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿท
More of this to come ๐Ÿ˜‹
Life is delicious !

Next adventures… Bus rides And Biolley. My friend malo And some real living… Off to a “small section of the world” (google it ๐Ÿ˜˜) and the slowing continues….

Second star to the right and straight on till morning

I love humanity. โœˆ๏ธ๐Ÿ’จ๐ŸŒŽ
People coming and going. How marvelous it all is.
And I’m Just a girl. Ticket in hand, eyes gently open, van Morrison singing love songs to me as lullabys of the PA announce themselves in the back ground. I’m tired, excited… And ready. Patagonia bag in my lap, yoga mat strapped to the side- bikinis packed I close my eyes. Wait to board the plane and let the wind blow me up up… And away…. ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒ€๐Ÿ’™ For more #instigatorlbc shenanigans follown Him on Instagram, or me at mermaid_gypsy_
Stay stoked sweet friends – pura vida- #allloveallthetimeimage