Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

This is my personal blog and a space that I try to make sense of my wandering life. Depending on the day it could be a helpful resource for the country I'm in, or a self-help guide. We'll just have to see ;)



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Being a travel agent isn't only about visiting incredible hotels..theres a LOT of pressure we put on ourselves to make sure your vacation is a great value/memorable/customized....we invest ourselves into other people's lives, wants, dreams....we help honeymooners start off their lives as a happy couple, help check off bucket-list and lifelong dreams, and help families take a much needed break from the rush of the school-sports-homework routine.....all while working long or strange hours to make it happen. So....when it comes time to play at luxury beach clubs or dine on 5-star cuisine, you'd better believe we take advantage of it. ✌And we can't wait to make this part of our reality yours, even of just for a few days 🐡🌺🌴🍍🌅
"If you haven't felt like quitting, your dreams aren't big enough." . . I'm an impatient person - it takes a lot for me to slow down and understand that life is about the journey (especially when I can see and feel the dreams on the horizon). I listened to a podcast the other day with a great message; we can dream big, but we need to dedicate ourselves to the small tasks that will get us there. This mural reminded me of that - the small steps can be exhausting, frustrating....but with vision you are forced to understand that each piece - no matyer how menail or small it may feel - is necessary in creating the masterpiece. . . These days I'm focusing my energy on trusting the process, and hanging onto the vision.....and reminding myself that every day has the power to be a step forward, in the right direction. ♥♥♥
I'm obsessed with hotsprings. It's how I met my husband (after a whitewater kayaking incedent) and its been one of our traditions ever since. 💓 This weekend I got to visit some of the countries most iconic hotsprings hotels and they didn't disappoint. Here's a peek at one that Pablo and I have already added to our must-visit list: . . These are just a few of the hotsprings at @thespringscostarica in the Arenal region of Costa Rica. The water is heated by the volcano itself and is full of minerals that make for the most relaxing soak ever. My favorite part of these specific waters? They can be combined with any of the following activites in the same location for a full-day experience: - horseback riding - river tubing - kayaking - wildlife refuge - nature hikes - rock climbing wall . . (Which would you do on your perfect vacation? I'll post my perfect combo in the comments below! 🌺🐎🍃)
I discovered and fell in love with this quote and wanted to share it with you, in case you're reading it for the first time too 😙 . . . "Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth." - Rumi . . . .
One of the best parts of "living in Paradise"?...Getting to share it with family ♥ I'm going through wedding pictures and stumbled across this shot from our sunset horseback ride near Santa Teresa. As crazy as it was planning a wedding and a family vacation directly afterwards, it's the moments like this that made it all worth it. Now, less than 4 months's my JOB to ensure families come home with memories like this one. Not a bad gig if I say so myself 🌅
Life update: I've moved out of the jungle 😭 Its been a little over a month and I've learned SO much during the transition. You know when you make a decision that others might not be fully convinced of....but you can feel that it's right deep down? This was one of those times. To everyone else we had a dream situation - and it was! - but the thing is....we all have to change, we all have to grow, and we all have to make the decision of when its worth fighting the current or going with the flow...and while we *deeply* loved being surrounded by nature 24/7, there are some things that giant blue butterflies and sunsets can't do in life. . . So what am I doing now?? I'm helping other people discover this incredible country 🌴 I'm designing custom trips, honeymoons and vacations. (See my very official headshot on my professional page - link in my bio 😆) I get to visit our partner hotels, do the tours, and experience the trips first hand so I can give first-hand advice and continue growing as a pro on tourism here. It is a LOT of work but I LOVE making totally custom trips based on my clients' personal #bucketlists! I'm optimistic, grateful, motivated and humbled. Pablo and I are building our dream life "poco a poco" but this year is about pushing harder than ever to put a foundation under our dreams. Paying off loans. Buying property. Planning our own jungle home....and so much. We can't wait to see what this new life-in-the city (with plenty of weekend trips) has in store for us 👊 . . "THE SECRET OF CHANGE IS TO FOCUS ALL OF YOUR ENERGY, NOT ON FIGHTING THE OLD, BUT ON BUILDING THE NEW." ~ Socrates
When life gives you too many beautiful photo opps....make an image slider 🤓 . Pics taken on one of our recent roadtrips. La Paz waterfall is still one of my favorite falls in the country and you don't even have to get out of your car to see it! (Though I recommend that you do). This area is full of strawberry farms so our favorite way of playing tourist is to grab a box from a roadside vendor, snack on the ride down the mountain, stop for photo opps, then throw a few berries to the local -incredibly adorable - pizotes 🤗 (scroll to the end to see their close up!)
At about 7 inches long, this little guy was just a speck of brilliant color in the greens and browns that surrounded him. One of the best parts of exploring national parks is that "scary" animals like this eyelash viper aren't just tolerated, but are celebrated. People kill snakes out of fear, but even venemous ones like this are no threat if we just let them be. I'm extra thankful for Pablo's steady hands and this close up (taken with his phone!). Toucans and monkeys are great, but these vipers are some of my favorite animals to see in the wild. If you look closely you can even see the "eyelashes" this species are famous for 😍
Well, its official. Our year of living and working at @finca_bellavista has come to an end, and for all the lessons learned and incredible experiences had, we couldn't be more excited for our new chapter. We're already seriously missing the staff, volunteers, and pristine wilderness that surrounded us....we even miss our little hut by the river. But life needs to be shaken up sometimes and we're thriving in this time of change. As of this week I'm so excited to say that I've taken a job with a travel company I've followed and admired for years. I'll be planning custom itineraries to some of the best hotels in Costa Rica, and be showing visitors my version of Costa Rica....with all the hidden gems along the way 💓🌿💓 I haven't figured out yet if I'll start a separate IG account for it, but I'm so excited to show off the properties, tours, and experiences that make travelling here so special. In the meantime, if you know anyone wanting a once in a lifetime trip to the land of pura know where to find me 😊 But first, a quote that has been speaking to me this week: . . . "We can't be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don't have something better.” ― C. JoyBell C.
“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and attention.”💕 ~ Buddha . On an especially hectic Valentine’s Day, I want to remind everyone that it’s not all about roses and dinners or sappy love movies. Sometimes, it’s not even about our partners. It’s about a deeper love that sets the foundation for all other relationships to flow out of it. Self love, self respect, and living your life in a way that simultaneously sets boundaries and breaks them.... that’s what it’s all about. It’s finding the balance in serving others and serving yourself, in seeking happiness not through someone else but alongside them. It’s about figuring out this miracle called life one day at a time, ending the day with gratitude and holding the people dear to you close. ✨ Happy Valentine’s Day y’all.... I love you and am grateful for your presence in my life🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Rum-chata for the win 🙌🏻 Miss Ashley Layne and Aaron (@thetroxella) mixed up this magic: homemade horchata on the rocks with a splash of Flor De Caña Nicaraguan rum. I’ll be calling it “Christmas in the Jungle” but you can just call it “delicious.” 😜
It’s been one month and three days since this day and I can’t quite put into words how crazy life has felt since then. Our wedding was the perfect combo of hilarious day-of drama (I might have forgotten Pablo’s ring and only realized it as we were saying vows 😂) and fairy-tale moments (like seeing the perfect altar that Pablo built and the amazing decorations that friends, family and staff put together). I wish we could do it 1000x more, and soak in the simplicity that was the main attraction : good food, beautiful views, good people, and the amazing presence of Mother Nature. There’s so much to say but all I can muster is this: we can’t wait to see what’s next 👊🏻. Here’s to a bright 2018, to living life on our terms, and to growing even more as people, partners, and friends. 💕💕💕
“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” - W.B. Yeats 🍍 I’ve walked by our little pineapple patch so many times I can’t count during this past year, but yesterday I discovered that baby pineapples (like the one pictured) bloom with the most beautiful purple flowers. Pineapples can take up to 2 years to produce their fruit and only produce 3 times in their lives, every time getting smaller (but sweeter!). Such an incredible, delicious plant from the tropics 🙌🏻
In yoga, tree pose is used to promote balance - in the feet, hips, pelvis....and also in emotions . . 22 days until our wedding, until our families meet for the first time, and until our little family of two becomes official. We decided on an outdoor ceremony becasue that's where we feel connected; it's where we met, where we feel most spiritual, and where we find inspiration. Whether it's helping run a treehouse community, traveling through the Andes with everything we own on our backs, or opening up our own eco-business somewhere in the Americas.....nature is our constant. She's what binds us, and I'm thrilled that I will get to commit my life to someone while enveloped in her sunshine, with the sound of her waves, the smell of her breeze, and the feeling of her beneath our feet. Here's to taking a break from the stress of wedding planning, and focusing on what really matters....✨love✨
Life tip: marry a man who knows how to use a machete 👌🏻 . . Also...we had an earthquake last night but besides the swinging lamps and fruit baskets, no damage and everyone is safe and sound in “paradise” 🙏🏻
5+ years of traveling and exploring Latin America and finally happened. Thanks to an incredibly well-timed Facebook post, and a group of people doing amazing conservation work, Pablo and I had the opportunity to help release not just 1, but 50, baby Olive Ridley sea turtles into the ocean. It’s hard to describe what it’s like: watching them struggle through the sand... get stuck...become exhausted...then move forward again despite what (to them) are mountains and tidal waves... then just as the sun soaked us with the deep gold of sunset, the tide swept them away one by one. Their tiny bodies came to life when they touched water for the first time - it’s such a moment of instinct and pure drive and every single one paddled as hard as possible to avoid being swept backwards.... Not a bad metaphor for life, huh? Anyways... I’ll be posting a blog about the babies soon. In the meantime, we’re sending all of our love and good vibes to these little ones.... we’re hoping that most of them made it through the night and they’ll be on their way to even deeper waters today 💙
My entire life I've connected with the quote that "the mountains are calling and I must go" but I'm happy to say I've found a happy place on lower ground as well 🙏🏻 Jungle + Beach + Pipa = perfection 💕🐚🌴 ......I'm curious! Where's your "happy place?"......
Back to these beautiful Costa Rican sunsets 🙏🏻 After a whirlwind visit to see friends and family in Kentucky, I couldn't help but notice how our lives are syncing with the season: the pumpkins and leaf piles reminded me how autumn feels - the rapid changes, the little moments and flavors that everyone goes crazy for (pumpkin everything!) and the last burst of energy and color before the cool calm of winter washes over. We're in the heart of wedding planning, gearing up for high season at the hotel and facing a completely uncertain future in the way of visas, travel plans, etc... Here's to savoring this season of our lives instead of worrying or stressing about the ones to come 🙏🏻
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