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Go forth & be brave.

A friend recently told me, "Embrace fear & fill it with with love." It came well timed as I've been observing fear a lot lately while down here in Pavones.

First, in yoga. Observing that I held fear in my practice - of falling flat on my face when attempting certain arm balances, inversions or floating forward. Then recognizing that it's that same fear that will prevent me from progressing. Now part of my practice is to learn how to fall so that I can embrace that fear. 

Then, in my relationship. Fearing what may arise in a month together in such an isolated and slow-paced place. Quickly I realized it was a senseless fear, because there's no preventing what may come up, there's only managing how it's dealt with.

Lastly, in those around me. Fearing failure. Fearing to ask for what one wants or to stick up for oneself. Fearing to upset someone at the expense of their own happiness. Fearing to dig deep and come face-to-face with their shit.

Funnily enough - and as scatterbrained as this may seem - this whole post and meditation on fear came about because I took the above photos in a tank top made by my friends of The Brave and I wanted to plug them (haha).

Why plug them and why talk about fear?: 1. They're two amazing and dedicated individuals who make responsible and cool clothing. 2. Their tagline is "Go forth & be brave." which is what inspired this spiel.

Go forth & be brave. Embrace fear & fill it with love.

Meet your fears head on, deal with your shit and come out a better version of yourself - either while wearing clothes by The Brave or not. 

Hustler Profile : 15-year-old Kelvin Doe

How about THIS KID for some inspiration to start your week? Kelvin Doe is a prime example of my hustling mantras: "Make sh*t & make sh*t happen" and "NO EXCUSES".


"I spent many frustrating nights trying and failing, but nevertheless I persevered until I completed the project."

"Creativity is universal and can be found in places where one does not expect to find it. Perseverance and passion are essential to nurturing that creative ability... I urge you to look for young people with talent, creative abilities and passion in all places. Not just in places you might expect to find it." 


The wisdom, love and drive this young man embodies is enough to patch the cracks in anyone's heart and light a fire under all of our bums. Never stop striving to be the best version of yourself, aspire to inspire and affect positive change around you.

Watch these vids and be reminded of the genius potential that resides in all of us. WARNING: you may end up in a puddle of tears.

#noexcuses

Loco for Cocoa

I always knew I was a chocolate addict... but after trying Beto's organic, handmade with love, chocolate rolls, my addiction has reached new heights. I had the pleasure of having my first bite of Beto chocolate on my first day in Pavones, Costa Rica. Since then, my eyes have been continuously on the look out for Beto on his bike with his cooler of freshly made rolls. Sometimes days will go by without seeing him, or just missing him - he's like Polkaroo in that sense.

Luckily, the amazing Amy Khoo (one of the reasons I ended up in this remote paradise) told Beto of my desperation and had him deliver me the goods.  Amy also put together a chocolate making workshop so that us addicts could be made aware of just how much work goes into making a single roll and why Beto is a saint for dealing with our dietary requests (no leche y no nueces y solo un poco de azucar y...y...y....)

Experiences like this make me forever grateful for people who work hard for their passions with positive mindsets and for people who support each other in their hustle.

Love, abound. Always.

Here's how it all goes down: