This is part of my Sky vs…[Month] recap series. Each month I’ll be sharing what the month before held as well as some of my favorite things. Since I’ve been lazy and not done this at all in 2017, consider this a catch up post!

How are we already halfway through 2017? I swear it was January 1st the other day…

El juego de los diablitos

Boruca during “El Juego de los Diablitos”

TRAVEL

For the first 2 months of 2017, I didn’t do a whole lot. I’ve been focused on building my location independent lifestyle (more on that soon!) here in Playas del Coco and therefore haven’t ventured far from home. The three exceptions to this were heading to the indigenous reserve of Boruca for the annual El Juego de los Diablitos over the new year and then again for one of my best friend’s weddings.

The rest of the time, however, you could find me sitting at the bar of one of the local restaurants glued to my computer.

And then March came.

I spent nearly half of March in Bocas del Toro, Panama where I partnered with the Habla Ya Spanish Schools to learn Spanish and get to know the beach town. It was a nice change from Playas del Coco for sure. There’s definitely a difference between being on the beach and being on an island!

I’ll be writing more about Bocas del Toro soon but you can read about my experience at Habla Ya here.

Playa Estrella

Playa Estrella, Bocas del Toro, Panama

I also spent a day before and after in Puerto Viejo – another beach town I always love to visit.

I ended up going back to Boruca again for Semana Santa in April and then soon after that one of my friends came to visit. We headed down to Manuel Antonio and then spent a few days in Orosi .Orosi is my first Costa Rican love so it was so lovely and relaxing to visit.

Orosi, Costa Rica

My beautiful Orosi <3

After my friend left, I stuck pretty close to Coco for a while, exploring and building connections in my new home.

Then, at the end of June, I took a short trip to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua where I worked with Casa Oro, the town’s first eco-hostel. I’ll be writing about that trip and the amazing things Casa Oro is doing soon!.

San Juan del Sur

San Juan del Sur is beautiful even when it’s storming

What’s next?

July and August are going to be spent in Playas del Coco working hard on some secret projects – I might take some weekend trips but the only thing I have planned is heading back to Boruca for the Costa Rican Mother’s Day.

Then, in September…I’m heading back to the States! But just for a few weeks! I’ll be spending September and part of October criss-crossing the East Coast to attend an insane number of festivals and see as many friends as possible.

PERSONAL

2017 has been a year of incredible change so far. I’m seeing so many differences in terms of self-confidence and finally being myself. I’ve also been incredibly sick the past month or so, which has been a struggle. I’ll be writing more about these things in an upcoming blog post!

SPANISH

Learning Spanish is one of my main priorities this year. I did make significant improvements Spanish – as one would expect during intensive Spanish classes. I am still stuck speaking in the present tense but I’m actually talking which is something!

playas del coco

Relaxing in Playas del Coco

WORK

Work has been super exciting this year as I try out new things and work towards my bigger-scale dreams. A few exciting highlights:

I started contributing to Epicure and Culture on a frequent basis and became Assistant Editor (!!) for them as well.

I began working as a VA for someone I truly love and respect.

I had a pitch accepted for a publication I adore.

I started working my Perfectly Posh business again.

My regular VA clients have been great too.

I’m almost ready to launch my Playas del Coco niche site which is keeping me busy. I can’t wait to share that with you.

WRITING

My goal is for writing to make up the majority of my income by 2018. I’m not there yet but I’ve published several pieces I’m proud of, including one on She’s Wanderful! A few of my favorite pieces published so far this year include….

Travel Crushed My Self-Esteem Before It Ever Taught Me Self-love (Wanderful)

How To Visit An Indigenous Community in Costa Rica (Epicure & Culture)

How To Learn Spanish and Help The Earth in Panama (Epicure & Culture)

How One Art Gallery Is Promoting Indigenous Culture In Costa Rica (Epicure & Culture)

I was interested on My Adventure Bucket. Check it out here.

Only in Costa Rica…

LISTENING

Reggaeton all day, every day! The music here in Costa Rica is so absolutely addictive that I am constantly listening to music in Spanish and dancing. A few of my favorites:

Safari – this has become “my song”, even though i don’t remember why

Me Rehuso – on repeat all day, every day

And, like everyone else, I’m loving Despacito. This parody made me die laughing.

My current obsession goes to…

On the flip side, I love this song by Alice Merton! It’s my good day song!

READING

2017 has been pretty pathetic as far as reading goes. but I did have a period where I was sick and did nothing but read.

The Jade Series (#1-4) by Allie Everhart. I started reading the first book in this series because I had downloaded it on my Kindle when it was free and got hooked into reading the first four books in 2 days. These fall into the New Adult genre and the main characters are all college students. While the plotline is not 100% realistic, Allie is one hell of a talented story-teller. I read the first 3 books in one day, I just couldn’t put them down! The series is split up into two parts – the first 4 books being the original storyline and then four more books added due to popularity. I was happy with the ending of the 4th book so I chose to stop reading there while I was in love with the storyline. The first book, Choosing You, is still available for free on Kindle.

Breakaway (Portland Storm #1) by Catherine Gayle. This is another book I ended up reading because it was already on my Kindle as a free downloaded forever ago. It was definitely a guilty pleasure read but the premise was definitely interesting (if not a tad unrealistic). I haven’t read any of the other books in the series but I may eventually!

What’s Never Said by Susan Shapiro. I picked this one up based on my friend Kate‘s recommendation last year and while at least I wasn’t sure how I felt about it, I’ve now decided that I also like and recommend it. It took me a while to get into it but once I did, I just had to keep reading. The ending was a taaaad disappointing, though.

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. Oh Brene Brown, how I love thee. If there are any “self-help” books that I recommend, it’s Brene Brown’s. This one was short, sweet, and powerful. Highly recommended.

Up next: I’m currently about halfway through Big Magic and I can’t wait to dive into Coming Up For Air by one of my favorite YA authors, Miranda Kenneally.

Things on the internet worth reading:

How Travel Changed My Perspective On Immigration

Failure and Body Shame On A Guatemalan Volcano

On Influence, and Using It Wisely

What If You Always Wonder “What If”?

You Can’t Learn To Swim By Standing On The Shore

The Unpleasant Reason Behind Why We “Can’t” Break Bad Habits

WATCHING

I was really inspired by this video, below, that a friend shared on why setting goals is pointless. This is definitely something I want to try implementing in my life!

 

I also finally got my Netflix subscription back which led me to watching Crazy Stupid Love, which is one of my all-time favorite movies (helllllllo, Ryan Gosling!) and Heartland, which is a guilty pleasure of mine and I was so excited to see new seasons available!

And….I think that’s it for now!

How has 2017 been for you so far? What are you reading/watching/listening to/doing?