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As you may imagine, the work-life balance is incredibly important to holistic health. Since I have a tendency to get caught up in my business, I’m working on my “growing edge” so to speak, and striving to have a bit more fun.
They say that travel is the only expense that makes you richer, and I am a firm believer in this. Seeing new sights, tasting new foods, meeting new people… travel is nourishment for the soul, what we health coaches call, Primary Food.
In fact, contrary to what you may think, nutrition is actually a secondary source of energy, and the “Ticos” of Costa Rica understand this inherently.
During the holidays I had the pleasure of taking some well-deserved time off, and traveling to Costa Rica with my partner’s family and experiencing true “pura vida.” We saw amazing wildlife, made time for self-care, and did zip-lining for the first time. Perhaps, most remarkable, was cruising the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica on a jet ski. Being mesmerized by the vibrant blue ocean, soaking in the vitamin D, dopamine and adrenaline rushing through my veins – I felt a powerful sense of joy, and peace, and it did me a world of good.
You might say, mission accomplished.
We spent the first part of our trip in the mountains around the Lake Arenal – relaxing and engaging in self-care, morning yoga, massages, and eating gallo pinto every morning.
Out of this world Rio Celeste passing through the Tenorio Volcano National Park. I have never seen anything like it my life.
Ziplining above the canopy was a one-of-a-kind experience. None of us knew what we were in for. The lush greenery reminded me of my home in French Guiana.
We had such a fun time during this cacao and exotic fruit tour – although, for me, it almost felt like I was touring my backyard growing up! Our very entertaining and knowledgeable tour guide told us all about soursop, papaya, sugar cane, black pepper, real vanilla, coconuts, pineapples, and of course cacao. Unforgettable… not to mention the free samples.
I live by the principle that it is necessary to face our fears. Even though I love speed and grew up racing with my scooter, jet-skiing is an entirely different beast. Our guide, Manfred, a skilled photographer and wildlife connoisseur, took us to explore caves and white sand beaches only accessible by sea.
Have you visited Costa Rica and experience pura vida? Does travel float your boat like it does mine?
If you’re interested in learning how to implement more “primary food” strategies into your life, I’d love to help you. I currently have a few spots open, but they’re filling up fast, so definitely sign up for your free consultation before they fill up.
To the pure life!