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Catching Up

I have been quite busy for the last 2 months enjoying my "go-to" weaknesses. I bet you can guess what they are :) After graduation in May I spent a couple weeks indulging perhaps a little too much in my love for wine. Let's just say that it was a celebratory time. After six years at UST, I was ready to let loose!!

My first week of June was spent practicing yoga and surfing in the amazing-ness that is Costa Rica.  I was fortunate enough to find the amazing Pura Vida Adventures in Mal Pais, CR. The owner Tierza Eichner was truly inspiring to me.  She just decided as she was there traveling almost a decade ago that she was going to start a girl's surf camp. Lucky for me that she did because the retreat brought me back to myself.  It is funny how sometimes we let life and society influence or dictate our goals and aspirations. I have known for a few years now what I want to do but Pura Vida and CR helped me realize that I was letting what everyone else wanted for me, or thought was right for me, begin to change my goals. Instead of my happiness being the ultimate goal, other people's happiness became my first priority.  All of the "what are you going to do with your MBA?" and "what kind of jobs are you looking at" began to jade my sense of self and money began to become a main motivator to  me... this is so strange to me because money has not typically been my personal life motivator... it is happiness. life is just too short not to be happy and enjoy what you do. I am extremely happy though that I was able to be brought back to myself. :) thank you Costa Rica!!
It is funny to me that on the 45 minute taxi ride from Tambor to Mal Pais on my first day, I was talking to my roommate Kristin (whom I had just met) and she and I each expressed our desire to have a "lightbulb moment" where we figured out what our purpose is on this earth and what we really want to do. I already knew what I wanted, I had just lost sight of it temporarily.

Additionally, I met a very inspiring individual in CR named Cristina Kalyani Paes. I owe her more than I can even express here for helping me in my journey.  Her story is amazing and I would highly recommend for anybody to spend some time with this charismatic, knowledgeable and lovely individual. She helped me bring my yoga practice to a new level and for that I am deeply indebted to her.

Since returning from my eye-opening experience I have continued my yoga practice and keeping my "eye on the prize" if you will... I start Yoga Teacher Training this Friday afternoon and I simply cannot wait.
Spreading the joy, love and union that is yoga with others is one of the most rewarding experiences for which one could ask.

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