Hoppy Easter, friends!

20 April 2014

Today is a beautiful day.
My day began with baking a yummy lemon poppyseed cake followed by taking one of my dogs for a run on a local trail.

Now my father and I are driving to our Easter Linner (that’s the later version of brunch…the lunch-dinner) with some family. I’m reading a book that a friend gave me called Flow and a line resonated that I felt like sharing:

The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult or worthwhile.

I really love the way the author depicts this. In all of my wild adventures or endeavors, many people tell me I’m crazy or ask why I would do *insert experience here* and I don’t believe I’ve ever really given an answer (though I’m sure they’re usually rhetorical questions & statements anyway). I think this is the best way to explain though, because for me and my outlook this is exactly how I see my experiences.

Side note: the subtitle of the book is The Psychology of Optimal Experience :)

I challenge you to do something soon that will prompt people close to you to call you crazy!

Hope you have a wonderful Easter or just a beautiful day :)

p.s. happy birthday KJC!

Late Night NY Thought

March 11, 2014

Late night thinking influenced my desire to inspire.

I think everyone should read Chapter Three: Of Virtue in Work, from The Bhagavad-Gita.

I believe everyone should read the book in its entirety, but chapter three was one of the most thought provoking chapters for me. It brought an awareness causing me to appreciate and value the strong work ethic I developed from my wonderful Costello genetics.

I love this line:
“Work is more excellent than idleness;
The body’s life proceeds not, lacking work.”

What’s even more excellent in my opinion is that work is not defined from a cookie cutter mold. My work keeps me moving and smiling.

Sweet sleeps, big world… Hope yours are better than mine, as mine is under the influence of mrsa at the moment 😷 ughhhhh.

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Mississippi and NOLA

March 7, 2014

Slight rant: someone made an indirect comment to me yesterday saying that I am not taking life seriously and that I’m not focused on my future (by way of career, etc.). Well, I have to say I don’t believe that anyone has the right to judge another’s style of life. I can only feel sorry for this person for their lack of passion and happiness, because if they don’t believe I take life seriously than their life must be missing something? The world is an incredibly large, vast, and magnificent place and I look at life as being given the opportunity to take advantage of this world. There is an unbelievable plethora of places to go, of people to meet, and of things to see and do. I have no complaints about the way I live my life because at the end of the day I know that I am doing what I want to be doing, and that is enjoying the time I have by making the absolute most of it.

Sorry. I don’t usually let that stuff get to me, but I don’t agree with judging people.

On a happier side note… I went to NOLA for Mardi Gras! Mm, what fun! If you recall my posts last year from Mississippi when I attended my friend’s wedding, you remember my dear friend Stephanie. I flew down to visit her, her husband Matt, and their son Matthew on Sunday and stayed through Wednesday.

The men smoked meat, we went to New Orleans for a day, and we simply had lots of fun (as always). Here are a few photos:

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Ian (Matt’s friend) made me try deer sausage. I had no chance to say no. Yuck!

My last morning I was woken early to play trains with my favorite little ham!

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And that was that.
I love visiting them.

Bed time, sweet dreams world.
Don’t forget to get out there and explore!

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The Ever Inspirational Ocean

March 6, 2014

A few weeks ago I went up to New Hampshire for the weekend to visit a friend. We put her dog in the car and drove up to coastal Maine to sit by the water and enjoy the warm sunshine. This little town of York was so quaint and seemed a perfect spot for a lively summer evening.

Anywho, I was inspired by the glistening ocean’s push and pull along the waters edge. And so a few days later I wrote a poem.

I have never shared my poetry or writings with many people, so I hope you like this little piece of my bravery.

“You Are My Sea” (DCC 2/24/14)

watching the waves crash upon the rocks
as they slide through the kelpy forest
that guards the base of the world above

the motion of wonder and curiosity
flows through each millimeter of stone
the water steals on it’s way up

in this adventure of the colliding worlds
from the endless below
in to the familiar earthy here

the water learns of a new existence
it has never before felt
in this exact form
and composition

and in simultaneous opposition
as I watch you
take in this microcosmic journey
I cannot help but to imagine

I am the water
exploring the new above
and you are my stone
upon which I inch higher
and linger

hoping to cling tightly
for as long as the sun
// the troll of the upper world //
allows

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The Bahamas then Park City and Deer Valley, Utah

January 7-13, 2014

So I made the resolution to stay on top of my blog more. I’ve not been doing so well with that. Here I go!

The Bahamas was an absolutely fantastic trip. I loved spending time with the family I went with – they are such kind, generous, and happy people. It couldn’t have been a better week. We stayed at Atlantis Resort and did everything that comes along with that experience; water slides, jet skiing, snorkeling, dolphin swimming, etc. I got in a bunch of open water swims while I was down the too… and had a few sea turtle and sting ray sightings during them! My favorite!

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We were on the island for NYE which was really neat because there was an extravagant fireworks show to be perfectly seen from our balcony! The seal in the photo above also made my trip. Can you guess why? That seal is the seal that was the pup in the bathtub in the beginning of the movie “Audrey,” one of my favorite movies growing up. So cool.

I returned home to Florida for three days before flying off on my annual ski trip in Utah with family. You may remember my post about it from last year (there is a photo of me sitting in the snow in my bikini!). It’s always a fun week out West. Deer Valley Resort is my favorite place to ski, and spending so much time with family I don’t often see is always nice. And our apartment has a hot tub on the porch… no complaints there!

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I found a perfect little lake to swim in (see it in the above photo??), but there was a fence and a “No Swimming!” sign up 😞 oh well.

Well, that was my start to the new year! Additionally to those two trips, lots more has also happened so far in 2014. I’ll make another post about the rest later.

Hope your new year is going just as swimmingly! 😊 ✌️

Bahamas

Monday, December 30, 2013

I have been absolutely terrible at keep up with my travel and adventure blog this year. This is certainly not due to lack of excitement during 2013 – I’ve had tons!

As I sit on the plane right this moment, staring out the window, I herby commit (easier to do when other people know) as one of my New Years resolutions that I WILL finish updating my blog. That means Honduras, and Mexico, and all the wonderful US travels from coast to coast will get their deserved blurb.

On that note, I hope you all have a wonderful New Years! I’ll be laying on the beach in the Bahamas and swimming in their beautiful waters.

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devon :)

Oh, P.S. check this out. It is so wonderful! http://www.radiolab.org/story/257194-man-became-bliss/

Honduras, Day 2

Friday, April 26, 2013

We woke up early this morning (the start of a reoccurring trend for the rest of the trip) in time to watch the sunrise from the beach. It was gorgeous!

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Some machete-chopped watermelon and a bit of coffee later, we packed up our three trucks and began the long ride from Sambo Creek to Hotel Moskitia.

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We stopped at the Hospital in Cereboia along the way and picked up a few more doctors – Baison, Ivis, and party-boy Melvin. Myself, Jaynsen, and Sug rode on the back of one of trucks (with the wind molding my hair into dreadlocks) after leaving the hospital in La Ceiba.

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We picked up Dr. Alyssa and Isaac (Jesus’ son) a bit before we spent a good chunk of the ride off-roadding on the beach. Isaac and I went sand dollar hunting when we took a short break on the beach.

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When we arrived to the little village that Jesus and Mario are from, I couldn’t help but fall in love with some kiddies (the first of MANY), Charlie and Rosa. Charlie didn’t speak yet but Rosa made up for his lack of words – she is a spitball!

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We unloaded the trucks and packed everything on to two canoes to take across the river to La Moskitia Hotel in Palacios, where we would stay for the night. Jesus and Mario’s sister Julia who would be traveling up river with us, lives in Palacios with her beautiful family.

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Once all the luggage and boxes of medicines were unloaded, we took a short walk down to a little restaurant for dinner where we were served fresh tortillas, black beans, avocado, and cheese (olancho, maybe?? the hard, salty, white kind that is a common part of the cuisine down there…). Yum!

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After dinner and a shower, while laying in bed in the hot and stinky Room 6 (//storage room since it is ground level and closest to the dock) that Sug and I shared, I couldn’t help but to feel so grateful to have met my Alabama friends in Bermuda last year. I wouldn’t be here without them and with all the inspiring people that are surrounding me on this trip, I know it was meant to be!