Well, Costa Rica finally did it…it sucked me in and I got lost in Pura Vida land. Seriously, a month without a peep from my normal loquacious self! So that begs the question…what have I been up to???
I promise it has not been all fun and games…well, actually since I love my job, I guess it has been all fun! I know, just rub it in a little more…but hey, like I mentioned in one earlier posts and to quote Bruce Brown, “If you are willing to take a leap of faith, get off your butt, who knows how many great things are waiting in the world out there?”
So finally I am going to answer your ever important question of what made me ignore you guys for a whole month; Last weekend was Robert August’s annual charity event down here in Costa Rica, aptly named Surf n Turf. Basically, four-man teams compete in a golf scramble and then a surf contest for bragging rights, all while raising money for a local non-profit supporting the underprivileged kids in the local area.
Since I was helping to run logistics for the event, this past month was crunch time as. Lucky me, this was my first Surf n Turf, so it was trial by fire! All in all, I had a great time participating in the event and most importantly we raised over $25,000 for the local kids here! I might give myself a small pat on the back for that…glad to see that hard work pays off, especially for a great cause! Oh, and it didn’t hurt that my team won second in the surf contest and my golf game was not too crappy…Team Awesome!
And don’t worry guys, I have been able to sneak in a surf or two…thanks to waking up every day pretty much for a month straight at 5:30AM to go surf. The early bird gets the worm! Consequently, I have been a lucky gal and rewarded with some awesome water shots of me surfing! Thanks Leo!! Oh, and even earlier wake up calls enable you to hitch a ride to get to Ollie’s Point…most amazing wave I have surfed thus far!!! I still am drooling thinking of this wave…more to come later on this trip!
So, can someone finally pinch me? Am I really living this dream? Two weeks ago I was out surfing with Wingnut (yes, that WNut from Endless Summer II) and his client Erik; I just finished this beautiful ride and I paddled back out with the huge smile on my face and jokingly told them to pinch me. I commented, “When did I get so lucky to be apart of this world? I am surfing beautiful waves and sharing it was such awesome people.”
Who would have thought that a year ago I was sitting in my cubicle, frustrated and tired of winter in NYC? Good thing I pursued that New Year’s Resolution two years ago and starting learning how to surf! I definitely am a lucky and blessed girl…thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who encouraged me to follow my heart and who have welcomed me into this into this pretty bitchin world!