Pura Vida

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‘Pura Vida’

A small snapshot of my memory of Nosara. We were in a magical jungle atop a mountain overlooking the ocean. And the last few days, just when I needed the sunshine the most, it finally came out. Like a beacon of hope. I know I haven’t been completely transparent about what happened in Costa Rica and I never will. Those were intimate moments shared by incredible women who were all in a very safe place and I respect that. Although my experience was different, it was still incredible and I’m very grateful for everything that happened.

I got over my fear (or uncomfortableness) of using these beautiful inks. And got to try @brea_reese , which I absolutely love! And stepped out of my comfort zone. I ventured out and met complete strangers that weren’t veterans (huge leap for me)! This was the first retreat I had done this. And I learned a lot about myself. I NEED structure. I’m like a toddler lol. The military instilled that in me! I crumble at going on a whim yet thrive at tasks and schedules. If there’s no calendar you can cancel Christmas lol.

But nonetheless, there’s a lesson in everything you do. The lesson lies in how to observe the instance. I’m choosing to observe these instances as so many beautiful opportunities which have inspired me to make ‘Pura Vida’. A term I heard frequently in Costa Rica. It translates as PURE LIFE! How fitting. For this experience has made me appreciate the life I have and the people I surround myself with. The women I met and the stories they shared. It was PURE JOY, PURE HEALING, PURE LIFE... PURA VIDA.


Alcohol Ink by @brea_reese and @jacquardproducts on @yupopaper set on 6x6 cradled wood canvas and finished with @counterculturediy

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