Friday Photo *Fallen* – Never Forget xo

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I have fallen…

I’ll never forget the times we shared

A love so painful I could not compare

I let myself love you so deeply and true

Down in my heart, I always knew

You could not love or feel how I felt

But when you stopped to actually see me, I would completely melt

For all I ever wanted was you

Now the memories are so heartbreaking, I shouldn’t have let myself fall so hard for you

Now our sun is setting into the sea

Oh how I wanted you to fall in love with little ol me…

A sad goodbye xo

From Montezuma to Turtle Island- A ‘MUST DO’ Day Trip!

~Montezuma is a glorious little fishing town on the Southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. The ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera gives you your first glimpse at the beauty of this area and from Paquera, it’s about a 25-minute drive to Montezuma. Unless you’re taking the local bus, then it takes a lot longer.

The town is a mixture of locals and backpackers who travel from all over the world to see the incredible beaches, waterfalls, and rivers that envelop Montezuma. The village hosts mainly accommodations, restaurants and tourist shops because of the high volume of Eco-tourists who visit.

On a hike through the surrounding forest to one of the waterfalls, we ran into some squeaky little Capuchin monkeys jumping around in the trees. One of the monkeys came pretty close to us to show us his teeth and make it known that it was his home we were parading through. The little guy was adorable, but I kept my distance once he started showing his tiny fangs. They may be cute but I wouldn’t want to mess with any of them.

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The Must-Do day trip to Turtle Island, aka Isla Tortuga en Español, is an adventure you will never forget. With astonishing views of the Pacific Ocean and the Nicoya Peninsula, this trip does not disappoint. Most of the tours that go out to Turtle Island include snorkeling, scuba diving, a delicious lunch and great company from local tour guides and fellow travelers. It’s a pretty bumpy 45 minute boat ride to paradise but well worth it. If you are lucky enough to come across the ocean life that dwell around the area you may also meet sea turtles, dolphins, manta rays and whales as well. Once you arrive at the volcanic rock reef for your underwater excursions, you will discover a handful of colorful fish and tropical wonders under the waves near the island.

The island itself is absolutely pristine with tall palm trees, a white sandy shore, and serene blue water. Since the island is surrounded by volcanic rock formations, the water is so calm you can relax in the warm ocean as you take in the scenery without having to worry about large waves or riptides pulling you away. There’s something about water when it’s at a standstill that soothes you into a tranquil state.

The crew took our group snorkeling around a small rocky island where we spotted bright blue and yellow fish. There were also orange and white striped clown fish as well that looked exactly like Nemo!

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We were served fresh coconut and pineapple all day long and the sun was incredibly hot I must have slathered on a few layers of sunscreen before the day was over. Then a big lunch of chicken, fried potatoes and rice filled our bellies as we basked in the cool shade of the sky-high palm trees.

I would’ve stayed there forever and a day if I could…

A journey to remember 🙂

Remembering Costa Rica xo

~Costa Rica was an amazing country to visit. Not only is this country very beautiful in its own unique way but it’s also very diverse. This Central American beauty, officially known as the Republic of Costa Rica, is enriched with culture and independence. There is a wonderful mix of lush green jungle, gorgeous beaches, and rustic landscapes.

Ecotourism plays a big role in the rapid development of society. From long hikes through the rainforest to snorkeling adventures through a coral reef, you can really experience a lot of fun stuff on a trip to Costa Rica. We were lucky enough to have had close encounters with the rich wildlife including Turtles, Iguanas, Geckos, Capuchin monkeys and Howler monkeys, which sound like dying donkeys if you were wondering where they got their name from. 🙂

My boyfriend and I decided to keep ourselves situated on the Pacific Coast. We had limited time to see everything we wanted to see and then work our two weeks at a Turtle Conservation in the middle of the trip. We booked our rooms through Air B&B, which turned out to be an interesting experience in itself.

Our first stop was in Alajuela, which is the third-largest city in Costa Rica after San José and Desamparados. We stayed there for 2 days to get our barrings straight and rest up post-flight. I noticed immediately that the city life had adopted American culture. There were a lot of billboards and signs in English, American music playing in the stores and American products for sale everywhere. Sometimes when purchasing items, the currency is quoted in American dollars as well, especially when you’re a tourist. If you are speaking English with a local and don’t understand the Costa Rican colón, you will be given the figure in American dollars. Taking out Canadian dollars from a bank machine down there turned out to be pretty expensive since it was converted to American dollars first.

IMG_20160210_154310Roaming around near the city mall you can find cows IMG_20160210_155807or horses drinking out of various things like fridges even when you’re staying close to the airport. We stayed in a little hotel 10 minutes away from where we landed. We were so close that we could hear the planes taking off all day.

From there we decided to leave the city and go down to Montezuma, which is located at the South Western tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. It just so happened that our Slovenian neighbors who had arrived on our second night in Alajuela, were driving in that same direction so we ended up catching a ride with them. 

Now, driving in Costa Rica is slightly terrifying, to say the least. The roads are incredibly rough in a lot of different areas and people don’t tend to follow the basic rules of the road. There are no blinkers to warn you what drivers are about to do and when passing another vehicle, it doesn’t matter if you have the right of way. I was pretty much white-knuckling the edge of my seat the whole time. It’s amazing how your heart drops into your chest when your seconds away from a head-on collision; and that’s just the norm there.

The countryside was a mix of farms and hills full of trees. Everywhere you look you can spot many different colorful birds flying around. Once we arrived in Puntarenas, we had a long 2-hour wait for the ferry. It was extremely windy and if you had a hat on you had to hang on to it as tight as you could. We sat at a little restaurant eating Ceviche and drinking Imperial beers while watching the hustle and bustle of the passengers getting ready to board the ferry. Finally, once the ferry arrived it quickly went from this:

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in no time at all. It was actually quite exciting to watch as the dock workers pulled the long chains manually bit by bit. Two big men reeling as hard as they could to lift and lower the dock to level it for the oncoming boat.  Once the cars were cleared, we boarded the ferry. Only one person is allowed to drive the vehicle on board. Everyone else must walk on for some reason.

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Montezuma was awaiting us on the other side and I was giddy like a child crossing over. There were huge Pelicans everywhere that would dive bomb head first into the ocean, snapping at the fish below the surface. The water was dark blue and the islands that surrounded us as the boat crossed the peninsula, were flourishing with green leaves and long high palms waving in the sun.

What do you think? Travel Tuesdays?

I like the sound of that 🙂 I’ll schedule my Montezuma story for next week!

Good Morning Monday ~Why I Travel~

~Just two weeks ago I was coming home from Costa Rica after travelling around for over a month. Now I’m home and back to work just as fast as I when I left. Back to the day job and the regular old routine. But while I was travelling I felt like time stood still. It felt like I was gone forever.

The worst thing about travelling… is the travelling part.

Line-ups to check your bags, then more line-ups to scan your other bags and then the terminal gate-wait. Not to mention, the line up to board the plane, the slow pitter patter of shuffling feet, the immigration cards to fill out and all the bags everywhere. Long hours on flights that can get horribly bumpy and cramped. Headaches and nausea can suddenly hit you. Sometimes your legs or arms fall asleep.

It’s the worst!

So why do I travel?

I travel for the stamp on my rugged, worn out passport at my destination.IMG_20160213_175810

I travel for that first glimpse of a place I’ve never seen before.

I travel for the story, the excitement, and of course, the knowledge.

I travel to feel the earth and sand beneath my feet. I mean; to really feel it.

I travel for the joy of travelling.

I travel for the most amazing experiences I’ll ever have. 🙂

These are the BEST parts about travelling!

Travelling is the best thing I’ve ever done. It’s helped me appreciate everything on such a deeper level. Travelling gives you something to look forward to and memories to remember forever. It’s extremely difficult to put into words how you feel when you have fear, anxiety, exhilaration and wonder all wrapped up in your belly together like a swirl of emotions all fighting to get out.

I always want to keep coming back to that feeling: Pure joy.

With each flight and bus ride I took on my journey, I would have my hands pressed up against the windows of the buses and planes with that silly little smirk on my face.
There’s a whole world out there and I just went and explored it. Well, a small part of it anyway. 🙂

Travelling changes you. It opens your mind to new things and new sensations. It brings out your inner child and taps into the fascination bursting within your deepest core muscles.  We are not meant to stay in one place on this earth. I believe we were meant to explore and learn about our surroundings. How else will we prosper if we know nothing of the greatness that surrounds us?

Do you feel the same? Do you have a burning passion for travelling around the world, like me?

I want to hear your travel stories!

I also want to pursue a career as a Travel Blogger. It’s been on my bucket list for far too long. So here is where I can start; with you.

The Travel Blog will have to start with some stories of course. There’s a lot of research to be done. And there will be an overhaul of all my current content already on this tiny little blog. I’ve looked into more and more travel blogs to get some ideas on how to make money while you travel as that is what I’ve always wanted to do.  The Freedom-Preneur movement is on an overwhelming up-rise because travel is becoming so much more popular among young people these days.

Over the next year, I will be creating an entirely new blog from a different platform. I’m really excited to start a new project. But for now, I will share some stories with you and I would really love your feedback on my newly discovered content as I try to rebuild my tiny blog after a long hiatus from writing.

So I hope you enjoy my travel stories 🙂 as I always love to share them.

Costa Rica was country #11 for me. How many countries have you been to?

The Road to Self Employment ~ Step #1: The Business Plan

~Every business starts out with an idea. Then that idea is turned into a business plan of action. There are many steps to follow when starting your own business and with a lot of hard work and determination the last step ends with success.

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I’ve tried a handful of different business ideas and none of them ever worked out for me. But it wasn’t because they weren’t great opportunities full of potential, it was that they were not the right fit for my future. I have tried many multi-level marketing companies that involved selling products such as dietary supplements, cleansing kits, health food alternatives, telecommunications and even coffee.

I also tried out self employment as a Personal Trainer for a few years and ran my business by going to people’s homes, personal gyms and group training boot camps. Each business had a great compensation plan and a bucket load of wonderful people involved, but they just did not fill my heart with passion. Although writing has been my passion for years, I have always held myself back.

I ask myself: “What if I’m not good enough?” or “What if people don’t like what I have to say?”

And those two questions have stopped me in my tracks many times. Now I am finally ready to work on the business plan that I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. It’s travel blog time!

A business plan consists of many things: statistics, numbers, time frames, information and facts that secure the business idea.

You have to ask yourself: Is this a viable business that can make money?

Will my costs be more than I am willing to pay out?

Can I put in the hours that are required to deliver results?

Do I have the start up funds I need to get going?

mark-516277_1280Once these variables are sorted out then the business plan  can finally be put together. I think of it like a mind map. You must fill in the bubbles with the ideas and connect the dots to create a road map to success.

Well it’s time to get started.

There is a lot of work to be done and step by step I will collect my information and start working on my material.

Are you self-employed? Maybe you might have some advice or would like to connect and chat about self employment.  I would love to hear any success stories out there or even network with others just getting started on this same path. 🙂

If you would like to chime in, please leave a comment in the box below. I love connecting! ~T

Seize the Day!

How many times a day are we faced with opportunity? Will you seize the day today?

Some look at opportunity for what it is: opportunity. Some see circumstances as road blocks or failures. But it really doesn’t matter what kind of person you are as long as you keep on moving forward.

I will full heartedly admit that I’ve buried my head in my pillow many times when life has beat me down. I have had that feeling that everything has been lost. I have missed the curve ball many times. Just yesterday I was having a great day and then I lost my bus pass somehow just as the bus pulled up… and it’s only the beginning of the month! UGH. Oh well life goes on right!?

Although life can kick you right where it hurts, there’s always a way to turn things around. I haven’t had a full-time job in years and I haven’t had any money to start my business I’ve always wanted to start.

What? That sounds like an excuse T!! Well guess what? It is an excuse.

So let’s find a way to get through the hard times. 🙂 Let’s find a way to get back up when we have been beaten down. Let us rejoice for being alive and having many opportunities knock on our door.

SEIZE THE DAY!

I have a roof over my head and clothes on my back. I am so sick of being my own worst enemy, letting my self-doubt and excuse rule me. Failures are opportunities.

Next week I am starting a new chapter: I am finally going to start taking the steps I need to take to create my first money-making travel website. I have always wanted to do this so why am I sitting here looking for a full-time job when I could be putting all of my energy into something I actually want to do?

On that note, I will leave you with some uplifting and inspiring quotes from some awesome people who graced this planet with their presence and wisdom. And whatever it is that you are doing… GO GET EM TIGER!!!! 😀 And I will do the same.

“The mind is everything. What you think you become.”Buddha

“Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends.”William Shakespeare

“Attitude is a little thing that makes all the difference.” Winston Churchill

“Experience is the best teacher, but a fool will learn from no other.”Benjamin Franklin

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Bucket List

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~London, Paris, Spain and Rome~

~To travel far away from home~

~Walk across the Great Wall of China~

~Travel farther east of Regina~

~Save a child’s life who needs saving~

~Brave a deeper sea worth braving~

~Float above the clouds so high~

~Jump out of another plane 40,000 feet in the sky this time~

~Touch a pyramid and gaze at the mighty sphinx~

~Clean up a beach that really stinks~

~Help a helpless animal live out its life~

~Carve a wooden sculpture with a really sharp knife~

~Convince a group to follow my efforts to save humanity~

~To experience health, freedom and longevity~

~Aid the poor and hungry by any possible means~

~Live a life fulfilled by my desires, hopes and endless dreams~

Good Morning Monday!~ Can I ask?

Good Morning Monday!

Can I ask you how you are doing today?
Is your day going to be just another day?

Will you have a case of the Mondays?
Are you expecting excitement or boredom?
What shall you say?

Do you have some free time to answer these questions in a tiny short rhyme?

Let’s play a game!

In the comments below tell me how you think your day will go?

Will you make it the best!? Will your skills and abilities be put to the test!?
Will you follow the leader or honor a guest?

Is your morning getting off to a great start?

Please let me know and don’t leave me in the dark! 😀

How will you change the world today?
Will today be glorious?
What shall you say????

Connect, share and tell me a story 🙂

Only if you wish to spell it out… to dish. Will the day be fabulous and totally delish?
And if not that’s absolutely  A OK. I just want you to have a wonderful day.

🙂

Humanity. Where are we?

What do these words mean to you?

Freedom
Peace
Health
Justice
War
Police
Resource
Corruption
Privacy
Lie

Humanity. Where are we?

anonymous-275868_1280Where are we right now? That’s a scary question. Looking at all the advances, technologies, leaps and bounds we have made, we should be proud… right? We should be safe. We should see hope for the future.

How do you feel?

These words tell a story. A story of how we came to be at this very moment. This moment when our food is being tainted and our water is being wasted. Places that are drying up into a clump of dust where there should be water. People who are dying at a young age with a rifle strapped to their back and all the while the small percentage of all the richest people in the world become even richer in a single swoop and then a family dies of starvation. Then another, and another.

Justice? What is justice?

When people who are meant to keep us safe start killing the innocent when he clearly told everyone that he could not breathe. How can we feel safe? When secret police are knocking at our doors because we love the environment and do not support pipelines that destroy our lands. There is no such thing as fresh clean air and chem-trails line our skies all the while the drug lines pile high as the rippers rage.

Is there a way for us to save ourselves from this?

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When the words that are meant to keep us content are the words that scare us most.

So what that we have exceeded expectations. How many consequences will we all have to face when it all goes down? Riots fill streets and the activists speak up and finally more people are reached.

But is it enough? We still need support.

So stand up and let it be real. Be proud of that sign and hold it up high for we are NOT going down without a fight. Together we are united and if a letter or a vote or a high pitched note reaches just one more ear let us all cheer.

Take any action you can whether it be a post, a conversation, a scream or a simple recommendation to your fellow man. Let freedom and peace mean what they mean and then maybe we can please ask for our sacred vocabulary back!

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The weather is changing and the earth is crying out her cries that we are all taking too much and we all know what that means for us. Volcanos exploding and snow covered mountains that kill because the ground begins to shake. Will this island survive the big quake?

These are all questions I ask myself when I think about the definitions we live by. By and by the rivers rise and cars are swept away and our human rights lie in the hands of a madman.

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Can you please help me stop this nonsense today? Share. Unite. Stand together.

I want those words to make sense again and be able to share the wonderful stories with my family and friends and even someday; my children. I want to tell them of the battles we won when we rose together and fought for each other as if we were one.

The lies and corruption and the police and the wars will unravel into nothingness and we will be healthy and whole once more.

Stop Harper. Stop Monsanto. Stop BIG PHARMA. Stop the pipelines. Stop the pollution. Stop the chemicals. Stop the killing. Stop the wars. Stop them all.

We live here and I for one am sick of this sh*@T!!

Happy Earth Day!

~Happy Earth Day to this glorious planet we live on and to every soul that inhabits our mother earth 🙂 Each and everyday I shall share my gratitude and love for the ground I walk on, the air that I breathe and the trees that share oxygen and life.

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Thank you beautiful earth for having me as a guest. You have shown me the great beauty you hold and the wonderful powers you posses. Thank you for the privileges I have each day and thank you for spinning on an axis where I am blessed with the sun, the moon and the stars.

THANK YOU MOTHER EARTH!

Let us all show our mother earth how much we love her. Plant some seeds and grow something beautiful. Hug a tree and show that tree some love. Start a compost. Pick up some garbage. Send out positive loving vibes to this grand planet we are so fortunate to have.

If only for a moment, cherish this earth. Cherish this life xox

Happy Earth Day 😀