Country I am visiting: Costa Rica
This past week my family and I headed to Central America to visit Costa Rica. I always get the most excited about travel when the language, money, food, culture, and environment are different from my norm. This was all of those things and much more! Highlights included Casado, the traditional meal consisting of rice and beans, fried plantains, cheese, protein, and Lizano salsa. We also experienced two adrenaline-filled days of zip-lining and waterfall repelling. Lastly, we ended up on the coast, to hang out on the beach with the howler monkeys, sloths, and scarlet macaws. If you are looking for an adventure-based trip, and you don’t mind a little rain, this may be the next best option for your next travel plans!
Charity I am encouraging: Toys For Tots
This holiday season Aligned Life will be a drop-off location for new, unwrapped gifts to donate to our military families in San Diego through Toys For Tots. This is a program that our community has been supporting for over a decade with fantastic success. If interested, please bring your donations to the office at your next adjustment or massage! As always, thank you for your generosity!
Quote I am repeating: “Pura Vida” ~ all Costa Ricans
Similar to the word “aloha” in Hawaii, Costa Ricans use the phrase “Pura Vida”, meaning pure life, in most conversations. I love the connotation of encouraging a free and quality existence for all. This week, I encourage you to think about what it would mean for you and your loved ones to live in the style of Pura Vida. Suggestions for this way of living would include eating a clean and fresh diet, exercising in a way that fills your soul not just burns calories, or spending time drinking an incredible cup of coffee while chatting with a friend. Remember, this is your life and accordingly, you are the creator. Choose a life that excites you!
Have a kick ass week everyone!
Dr. Devin Shea, DC