The last day of a vacation is always a bit of a mixed bag. On one hand you wish you could stay longer, feel the sand in your toes one more time, the cool breeze of the palm trees, the warm water around you. On the other hand, you know there is a pile of work waiting at home anxious for you to tend to … Continue reading Day 8 – Leaving Ambergris Caye Belize
It’s hard to believe the trip is almost over, I could certainly stay another week happily. Though the business awaits. Like yesterday my body naturally awoke for the sunrise and as I headed out to the beach, I grabbed a nice warm cup of coffee on my way. There’s nothing like drinking coffee in a real mug on the beach awaiting the sunrise. This time … Continue reading Day 7 – Ambergris Caye, Belize
My body must have known how badly I wanted to see a sunrise as I woke up around 5:30am naturally despite the blackout curtains. Fumbling in the dark, I threw on whatever clothes were on top and off I went. In search of the purples and pinks that reaffirm this world is absolutely incredible in every way shape and form. Pair that next to an … Continue reading Day 6 – Ambergris Caye Belize
The black out curtains threw off my sense of time and I missed the sunrise. There’s nothing I love more than sunshine gently waking me as it slowly warms my body letting me know the day has begun. The Park Place Belize Hotel was still retired for the night with not a living soul around. The restaurant doesn’t open until lunchtime, leaving a quiet as … Continue reading Day 5 – “Secret Beach” Belize
When the alarm buzzed at 6am the sun was not yet up, the sound of howler monkeys in the distance was ever present. I squeezed in a brief workout before heading to breakfast. Today I had the same fried eggs, refried beans, and fruit, though added bacon. It was the perfect portion size to tide me over on the day of travel ahead. For $8 … Continue reading Day 4 – Next stop Ambergris Caye, Belize!
The alarm went off at 3:30am, long before the hotel electricity turns on. Getting ready by flashlight and emergency lamp, I pulled myself out of bed and got ready for the journey through the jungle. In the lobby the guide had hot coffee waiting for us. There were about 15 or so people already gathered ready for their sunrise experience. Some looking perky and others … Continue reading Day 3 – The Mayan ruins of Tikal
As the bright sun shined into the room, it was time to wake up and start the day. Temperatures were already in the mid-80s and forecasted to get even warmer by midday. The Ramada Princess Hotel had quite the breakfast buffet with everything from an omelet station, to sausages, fruit, breads, potatoes and more. Impressive given it was included in the hotel charge. The breakfast … Continue reading Day 2 – Off to Guatemala!
It was a little over 15 years ago since I made my first trip to Central America. It was my first trip outside the United States and I dived right in, a full immersion study abroad living with a Spanish speaking family in a rural town in Costa Rica. I fell in love. Following the trip, I strapped on my clunky old metal backpack from … Continue reading Day 1 – Off to Central America!
This is a follow-on to my blog yesterday where I discussed the shame vulnerability and how crippling it can be. In today’s blog I want to talk about what it looks like to love through the vulnerabilities. Most of us tend to find like-minded people who share our same vulnerabilities as those are the people that can most naturally soothe our fears. However, to truly … Continue reading Loving through the vulnerabilities…