Habits are so hard to break and I must admit that I’m struggling with a few myself. Here are some quotes for thought. Today’s a new day. :0)
Must come to an end? Hell no! Man oh man my time is just about up in Costa Rica. I’m here at Gold’s Gym working off the abundance of rice, beans and plantains. Its become a regular part of my everyday diet since my arrival.
I’m leaving this beautiful country in a few hours and felt the need to take one final walk. I happened to bump into the gym and took it as a sign. Lol. This moment is magical because I’ve got my tunes, a cool breeze and my favorite elliptical machine. I’m good. It’s the small things mi amigos!
Day 4 was filled with lots to see and talk about. The problem is I don’t feel like typing it up in an eloquent fashion. Needless to say, I’ll list my most precious memories below.
– Took a bus tour to see Irazu Volcano
– 13 passengers on the tour / No comment other than I didn’t come here to be surrounded by fellow Americans
– Met a couple from California (Bay Area) which was exciting because I’m planning to move there in a few months
– My inappropriate attire (gym shorts and a t-shirt sigh…. Let’s just say it was a bit chilly atop the volcano. I wasn’t thinking lol)
– Fog and lots of it
– Walking along the volcano crater but unable to see it due to the fog
– Rainy day but oddly it added to the beauty of the farms and botanical garden
– The Costa Rican meal was delicious
– The actual bus ride through the town of Cartago
– Visiting a Catholic Church
– Visiting the ‘Ruins’
– Dinner with Keitsa
– Hotel Kekoldi
– Shopping at the supermarket
As this vacation comes to an end, I challenge myself to find joy in the daily routine of life. Don’t slip back into the coma of habitual behavior. Actually, find a way to deter from the routine as often as possible. Be present and most importantly live daringly!
My LEGACY is one that speaks to living your BEST life while also exercising your PASSION through SERVICE. LIVE beyond your COMFORT ZONE and be OPEN to receiving the many OPPORTUNITIES that move into your life. MOVE with LIFE because it truly is a DANCE. Allow it to GUIDE you and remember to SMILE along the way. I am YOU. You are ME. We are ONE. One with SOURCE.
Yesterday was filled with surreal experiences. It reminded me of the moments you watch in movies and wish you could experience for yourself. Breathtaking moments filled the day. I don’t even know where to begin. I’ll just make a list of these precious moments.
– Blogging and swimming in the hotel pool area
– Riding the bus with the locals
– Hanging out at the Playa de Manuel Antonio
– Swimming in El Pacifico
– Playing in the waves
– ‘Dranking’ my margarita on the beach
– Writing my name in the sand
– ATV riding through water channels, the jungle, dirt roads, and countryside for about a good hour and a half (magnificent views)
– Home cooked Costa Rican meal
– Seafood meal at El Gran Escape
– Ice cream shop
– Relaxing at the hotel
– Hangong out with the beau throughout it all
My time in Quepos and Manuel Antonio has been well spent. It truly has felt like a vacation. I need daily life to feel like this. Maybe it’s time to go back overseas to live and work. Hmmm?? :0)
To be or not to be? To do or not to do? Those are the questions that should be pondered anytime you find yourself on a vacation from the daily routine.
It’s Day 3 in Costa Rica and I find myself constantly wanting to DO. Why is that? Why is it so hard to just BE. It’s such a simple concept yet as I plan my days there’s this urge to fill it up with things to DO.
In the midst of planning my to DO list, Costa Rica has a ‘power cut’. I imagine this happens city wide because no one seems to be phased by the fact that everything has just turned off. What’s even more interesting is I just got my answer: To BE or To DO? I guess I shall just BE. Hence the reason why I am now sitting poolside and writing this blog entry.
Nothing beats a bit of stillness mixed with some physical adventure. I live in such a stimulating city which speaks to my desire to DO. It’s so annoying because I love that there are places in the world that celebrate the small things. In NYC it’s difficult to notice the small things when the big things are constantly stealing your attention. So here I am luxuriating by the pool, taking in the environment and just BEING. My physical adventure will include some ATV time at a farm mixed with views of a waterfall. Nothing like a bit of balance.
Precious moments to remember Day 2:
– Working out with a view of the Pacific
– The heat!
– Meeting a black female Philadelphian who lives in Costa Rica
– Horseback riding in the forest
– Swimming in the waterfall springs
– Costa Rican meal (fish, rice, beans, veggies)
– Imperial Beer
– The boring Grammy’s on TV
– The dirt road and small towns on the way to horseback riding
– Discovering the supermarket
Damn…..how did I get here? Just 2 years ago I was practicing daily habits to ensure I remained present in the moment. These moments are where life happens! Yet and still I fell for it (forward and backward thinking). You know the rat race of life has a way of sucking you in and providing a sense of comfort that is undeniably addictive. Before you know it so much time has passed on by due to falling asleep behind the wheel of life. You wake up and find autopilot has been activated and you’ve been cruising at a sustainable altitude. However, due to a bit of turbulence (in the good sense) the plane plunges and dips into a new direction. You’re suddenly shaken out of your comfort zone yet curious and intrigued to know what lies ahead along this new path. The hunger and thirst for the journey is reigniting and now noticeable. It’s been there the entire time yet ignored due to life’s many distractions. You wonder how just how…. Heck when….did the rat race show itself into your life. Trust and believe…. It wasn’t invited! You take a sigh of relief and just thank GOD for waking you ON to a more present life experience.
Costa Rica Realness is what snapped me out of life’s trance. Specifically, the culture, nature, food, drinks, and activities. They are truly maintaining my attention. I just now need to lean off of the extrinsic motivators and onto the intrinsic desire to walk confidently into the direction of the unknown. This is something I practiced everyday while living and teaching overseas. I still have yet to practice this on a regular basis in my American Life. It’s hard! It’s so hard finding a way to keep things fresh, new and exciting when your essentially following the same ole routine everyday. More importantly, after moving through the routine….being to exhausted to exude any effort towards the the idea of DOING anything else. Hence, BEING often associated with LAZINESS yet also understood as STILLNESS because it’s simply what you do when you’re not LIVING to WORK. I guess this is where and why one should ensure their job speaks to their passion. My field does, but my actual job location doesn’t. :0/ But I have a plan I’ve already set into motion. Stay tuned!
Precious moments to remember from DAY 1:
– Arrive into Costa Rica with an eye infection
– Visit local pharmacy and have to hold complete conversation in Spanish to get appropriate antibiotic for my eyes
– My taxi friend Sergio
– I’ve literally met 5 Sergio’s
– Rice and Beans for breakfast…Yummy!
– Hiking through the National Forest with my recovering foot and no water
– Sloths and Monkeys!
– Becky and her extended family
– Parasailing in Manuel Antonio over the National Forest during sunset
– Rode the local city bus
– Saying a prayer while traveling through the windy and hilly roads
– Tibulia Treehouse Hotel
– Swimming in the warm Pacific Ocean at National Park
– Leaving the hotel in pants and returning to the hotel in swimming trunks, hat and tank top
– Cold shower
– Invisible bird in the hotel room
– Baby leans over bus seat attempting to grab a random mans French fries. Man gives baby a french fry and baby smiles. Mom notices French fry in babies hand and smiles. Mom and man begin chatting as if they are old friends from a past life
Sometimes it’s the small things that bring a smile to ones face. Those moments are often the ones that slip away. Write them down!
This is mytruthmyclarity!
As 2016 approaches, I am filled with a burning fire to aquire new habitual behaviors into my life. This is definitely a year of anticipated changes. I must say that I am ready and very excited! ;o)
I’ve decided to approach my resolutions with a bit of a change this year. Rather than choose one for the year, each month I’m going to introduce a new habit (maybe 2) into my life. I’ll dedicate 30 days to the new behavior and my hope is that it’ll fall into my routine and become habitual as I move into the next monthly challenge. I feel vulnerable because I am advertising my monthly commitments which means I’m certainly now going to be held accountable. I guess that’s not such a bad thing.
New Habitual Behaviors by Month:
- Pursuit of New Knowledge – Take this month to expand knowledge base. Start by reading 1 book a week.
- No Alcohol – 30 days without alcohol plain and simple.
- Blogging – 1 Blog entry per week.
- Get More Quality Sleep – Go to bed at a decent hour (10:00pm at the latest) in order to get at least 8 hours of sleep. Listen to your positive affirmations while you sleep.
- Journal Writing – Create a book of gratitude and list at least 5 things you are thankful for every night. If you feel the need to write more….do so!
- Hot Yoga – Attend at least 4 sessions of hot yoga each week. 20 session’s minimum for the month!
I feel compelled to add the additional months at a later date. I have to think small otherwise the thought of all these commitments might overwhelm me. ;o)
As I move into 2015, I leave behind old negative thoughts and welcome positive healthy thoughts.
I part ways with habitual behaviors that disconnect me from my source and walk confidently into the direction of my dreams.
I invite full potential into my present reality forcing stagnant energy out of my life.
As I work to embrace uncomfortable experiences, I recognize that this is the place where LIVING ON PURPOSE resides.
The following truths about EGO will afford me a life of evolution and service thereby enveloping me in peace, love and happiness:
-You are NOT this body
-Your are NOT the THINGS you acquire
-You are NOT your titles
-You are NOT separate from GOD
-You ARE a spiritual being having a human experience
This is myTRUTHmyCLARITY :0)
It’s been about a month since my return back to NYC from Abu Dhabi. It’s hard to say how I have been feeling because it’s a mix of emotions.
On one hand I’m thrilled to be home and it feels so good to be among fellow Americans. Exercising the many freedoms that come along with my American status keeps me grounded each and everyday. I’m closer to my family and friends which is comforting beyond words. I have a job that is expanding my skill set and affords me a comfortable lifestyle. Lastly, it just feels so damn good to be home.
On the other hand, life has moved on during my time living overseas and it’s been a struggle finding my rhythm. I feel like I’m playing catch up and on top of that I feel disconnected. It’s so weird! Lol. Loneliness likes to creep up on me quite often and it’s odd because I don’t feel nearly as alone as I did overseas. This whole reverse culture shock thing is interesting. There truly are no words but it is something I’m working through.
I’ve been hitting up the gym, attending hot yoga, focusing on work, and attempting to reconnect with old friends. But I won’t lie….my relationships have changed. It’s all so familiar yet new and different at the same time. I recognize I need to just let go of the memory of what once was and start creating my new reality.
Again, being back home in the states is a breath of fresh air! However, I’ve already started thinking about my next trip overseas. Lol. But this time it’ll just be for a week or two. No more year long programs for me!
There’s a time for everything. Everything in its time. I just need to be patient and allow myself to feel what I’m feeling and then let it go. I guess in the interim all I can do is just be here right now. :0)