And so, in a twist of fate and a deviation from the original plan, I sit writing this blog post from a sunny cafe in Squamish as I'm back in Canada for the foreseeable future. You read that right. Yes, I'm back in Canada, back in Squamish. And as it turns out, I'm not alone...
Part of what made my experience at Maderas Village so great, was the people that flock to it. I met some really great folk, both that stayed there and lived there. I looked forward to sitting down to family-style dinners at the long table and engaging in hours of discussion. For whatever reason, I took on a healer role there. It made me wonder if that should be my path. Here I was dressing wounds, doling out painkillers, counselling, advising on physical therapy plans, and then playing shaman. Haha. Here comes that funny story I've been waiting to tell you about...
As you continue to expand and evolve,
you are gifted with new space to create in.
Do not jump in to fill it with mediocrity
or allow yourself to shrink back
into what's comfortable + easy.
Only hold space for what gives you goosebumps,
for what lights up the divine magic from within.
Scream a soulful YES to nothing less than
vibrant. effing. aliveness.
~ Danielle Doby #iamhertribe
I want so badly to be a surfer, yet I am so fearful.
In November 2015, I sold my house in Canada, quit my corporate job, liquidated my belongings, said goodbye to my friends and family and set off on a solo journey to find a place to settle in Central America to open a little surf/yoga lodge. I've been on the road now for over a month. Since I've been gone, I've updated every other social media account with my status, with the exception of one, my LinkedIn account.
Dominical was our meeting point to depart on our all-inclusive girls adventure to the Osa Peninsula and Chirripo Mountain, Costa Rica. Chasing Waterfalls promised waves, waterfalls and nature, but I experienced SO much more and it's hard to put into words, so I've included loads of photos in this post! Megan set out an itinerary that allowed us to truly experience the magic and 'pura vida' that is Costa Rica.
I think you go through the same mental game anytime you are on a path to healing. You are changed when you come out the other side. It makes you want to give back.
The day that I decided to get into "planning/work" mode, the rain stopped and the sun burned through the clouds. The rain felt like an omen. It made me pay attention and forced me to make a commitment to myself to "get to work".
That mid-yoga thought reminded me how I’ve ignored that stickiness in the past. When I’ve pushed through things in my life, where I should have taken notice instead: relationships, decisions, health, etc.
2017 was just 2 years away. I only had 2 years to make that vision real, or at least get started on it. Waiting around wasn't going to do anything for me. I didn't want to regret that I had never put myself out there. I needed to mix up the formula. I need to switch this up.