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

Siempre Domingo

We had the privilege to catch sunset at Siempre Domingo, a rental lodge on a mountain that overlooks Golfo Dulce. I met Rondalynn ( the property manager ) at the Downward Dog Teacher Training Retreat which she catered.  YUP - She also happens to be an amazing chef and all around awesome person with loads of interesting life stories. Naturally, we jumped on the occasion when she invited us up to show us her version of Pavones Paradise.

Her version of paradise is definitely my version as well. These pictures don't do the lodge or landscape justice. We have every intention of making another trip down here expressly to stay at this lodge. 4 bedrooms, state of the art kitchen, infinity pool, jungle surroundings and the best view of the sunset in Pavones. Who's coming with us next year?!

The River of Dreams

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We find ourselves pretty lucky to be steps away from Rio Claro, a river my friend Sonja aptly named "The River of Dreams". It's hard not to feel like you've been transported to another world when you're in Rio Claro.  The vegetation is jurassic-park-giant and so vibrantly green. The orchestra of cicadas is overwhelmingly loud yet at the same time soothing. The rushing water, oh the rushing water, washes by you and through you seemingly saying "Oh hey there, care for me to wash away all that doesn't serve you?". YES. PLEASE. Wash it all away.

Craig and I have been making daily treks up the river. Especially when the sun is high and only Rio Claro can offer you reprieve. As we trek in full concentration so as to not misstep and roll an ankle on a loose rock, I enter a meditative state and become completely present in the moment. Every now and then I look up to get the destination in sight, then immediately bring my focus back to where I currently am and where I should go to next.

It occurred to me that trekking up a river is analogous to navigating through life. ( Ready for the philosophy bomb about to drop?! )  It isn't about fully pre-planning the path to the destination. It's about committing to set out and letting the process of the journey determine each next step. The path may become more circuitous than intended. The destination may change. But the journey of getting there ( wherever "there" turns out to be ) is where all the learning and living happens.

Most of us already know this about life. But all of us need constant reminding. I so easily get wrapped up in all sorts of unnecessarily consuming things. Which is one of the reasons why I'm grateful for this trip, for the generosity of others that made this trip possible, and for the wisdom of the river.    

Forever grateful. Forever dreaming. Forever manifesting dreams. Go manifest yours.


Beach Yoga

Breathing in the magic jungle air.
Listening to the waves crash.
Feeling the earth beneath me.
I'm in paradise. I could stay forever.

Om Shanti Shanti, yo.

Sugar Shack

Ok, so I'm not just addicted to chocolate. I'm addicted to sugar in general. To my luck, we became friends with farmer Jonnie Haas. Not only was this a winning new friendship because of his bounty of smiles, but also because he farms sugarcane that apparently is GOOD FOR YOU! Raw sugarcane juice seemingly has all the opposite health effects of processed sugar. It prevents against tooth decay, it's anti-cancer, alkaline forming, hydrating, good for colds and weightloss, etc etc etc.  But don't trust me - google it.

Jonnie took us up to his farm, aptly named Sweet Farms. He showed us around his jungle, the site of his soon-to-be-home, his chicks, his legume harvest, his rolling hills of farmed produce ranging from moringa, papaya to peanuts, and best of all his sugar shack where we made so much delicious juice!


"The key to good sugarcane juice is lime, ice and friends."

- Jonnie Haas


Be sweet. Smile more. Drink raw sugarcane juice.

Been Practicing

One of my favourite things about yoga is that you get such a clear and immediate picture of what focus and practice can bring. When I first arrived to Pavones for the advanced teacher training with Downward Dog, I could barely lift my "floating" leg in Eka Pada Galavasana. Every morning in mysore practice with Ron & Marla, I'd give it a go.  Some days I'd be "better". Some days I'd be "worse". All the same, everyday I gave it a try and everyday I congratulated myself on my efforts while taking in whatever lessons needed to make my next attempt that much more informed.

Well timed, this video clip of Ira Glass on Creative Process has been making its social media rounds again. Reminding us that if you want to excel in whatever it is you're trying to excel in, you need time, patience and practice.

Time. Patience. Practice.

I'd like to add : Guidance.  Set the ego aside, ask for and accept the wealth of knowledge that others can provide.

When you set out to do something, do it without fear, without ego - but with patience and love.

God, I love learning and all of whom I've been fortunate to learn from. Om Shanti Shanti, yo.

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:

Yoga anywhere, any climate.

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As fun as this mini winter photo shoot with my sister was, I can't wait to trade yoga in the polar vortex for yoga in the tropical vortex.  In mere days, I'll be off to Pavones, Costa Rica to join my teachers Ron Reid and Marla Meenakshi Joy for Downward Dog Yoga's Art of Vinyasa Advanced Teacher Training.  

Strengthening my chops to share yoga better.

Yoga for Yolanda

The good people of WovnBranch offered me a carte blanche opportunity to host an event with them at one of their retailers, The Detox Market.  Immediately I knew I wanted to host a Wandering Yoga class and have all the proceeds go to relief efforts in the Philippines.

So that's what's happening!

Come yoga for good vibes and join me for this special class.

Alexander Junior of DATU will be playing traditional Filipino gongs to set a collective heartbeat for the class.

All attendees will receive 15% off any purchases at the Detox Market on Dec 12 either before or after yoga.

Let's move our bodies and spread our good energy.

OM SHANTI SHANTI YO.