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 ;)

Travel

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

– Marcel Proust

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Argentina

5 month study abroad in Buenos Aires. Chorripan. Polo ponies. Long bus rides and longer nights in the city that never sleeps.

Chile

Round 1: Spontaneous adventure with a stranger, bus rides to ghost towns, sand dunes and discovering the Pisco Sour (in all its glory). Round 2: Fulfilling the dream of discovering Patagonia. 5 months of teaching little chilenos. In a sheep shed. In the Future Patagonia National Park. Surrounded by wild llamas.

Guyana

Teaching video production with an old friend, making new friends with funny accents, and taking  dip in the “black waters” of the Amazon.

Mexico

Round 1: Family vacation to Puerto Vallarta. Iguanas, couples massages with mi hermana, corn rows and fishing for tuna the size of cars. Round 2 and 3: Crossing the border to Naco. Working at an orphanage and drug re-hab alongside some incredible people, for incredible people. Cow tongue tacos, horchata and tie-die craft time.

USA

7 states called “home” and a military family. Southern casseroles and horse races, pahking the cah in Hahvahd yahd, and island living on the West Coast.

Canada

Whistler Blackcomb ski bliss. Victoria’s punch bowls & bellinis. High tea at the empress and hours of flowers at Butchart Gardens.

England

Action-packed, culture-filled winter tour of the city. Museums, art and reuniting with a friend. Escape to the country; Robin Hood, castles, fox hunt, gourmet cheeses and more.

France

Red wine, famous sights, catching up with an old friend. Bullet train and the discovery of the best soda ever made…Orangina.

Jamaica

Friends, rum, and forced “yah mahn” accents from dreaded men. Waterfall climbing and tubing with Rambo, cruise food and festivities.

Dominican Republic

Trip leader for a great cause and in charge of a great group. Culture clash with Caribbean, Spanish and Haitian. Massacre river crossing and eye-opening border market. ESL classes with flirty little boys and girls with dance moves.

Costa Rica

Round 1: Spanish class at the UCR, followed by family time and WWOOF across the countries organic farms and some surfing to top it all off. Round 2: Balancing a 9-5 and travel time with life in the jungle.

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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 later....it'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 vida....you 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 yesterday....it 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 🙏🏻
The power of imagination makes us infinite." - John Muir . Exploring the magical treehouse Fila Tortuga at Finca Bellavista. No matter how many I explore, the truth still stands: treehouses bring out the kid in you, they make the impossible seem possible (like a tree floating in the jungle canopy 🙊) and they inspire you to explore...to look at the world a little differently. . Comment below if staying in a treehouse in on your #bucketlist!
(Fun fact: zip lines were invented in Costa Rica as a way for biologists to have easier access to the dense forest canopy 🤓). I could get all metaphoric - but let's just say this: flying through the air, above the sun-drenched jungle canopy, surrounded by good people and delicious air.... puts life into perspective. We're just tiny little beings trying to make our way in the world.... and have a little fun while doing it. Pura vida chicos, and I hope you have an amazing day 🙌🏻 (scroll through for more pics of Finca Bellavista's Sky Trail!)
Jungle essentials: camera, boots, smile. Sometimes, when my hundreds of mental to-do lists start to feel heavy... I have to remind myself we live in Paradise. It's in my backyard but I rarely take enough time to explore "beyond the bridge." Hiking alone in the jungle, despite years of my getting to know these kinds of landscapes, is still ✨magical ✨Everything is rain-drenched and thriving....little movements that proceed each step remind me that there is FAR more life surrounding me than what I'm aware of, and of course the trees: beautiful, entangled, and reaching towards the fog (or sun, depending on the hour). I'm back to my to-do lists today, but man what a little fresh air can do for the soul 🙌🏻
Playing jungle book in the Osa Peninsula 🍃✨💕
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