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With under 30 days left until my next Belizean adventure, I’m ramping back up on the blog. This was my connection to the world during the first 2 months in Belize when I got my internship at Maya Mountain Lodge and I am happy to be back in the game. My writing habits have slowed to nearly nonexistent over the last two years, occasional blogs online and a handful of scattered notes in half a dozen notebooks summarizes my time back in Dallas for the spring and summer of 2017 to save for The Belizean Dream as well as my 12 months in Belize. …

What’s the cost of following your dreams?

What’s the cost of starting a worldwide movement?

What’s the cost of missing time with those who you’ve left back home?

What’s the cost of putting everything aside to move to another country by yourself at 20?

What’s the cost of an extra 5 months with those that you’ve lost to cancer or chronic disease?

I often get the phrase “you’ve so got it figured out” thrown at me, an image that I quickly denounce. …

You cover strawberries and pretzels in it, buy them in the heart shaped box on Valentine’s Day, and pick it up in line at the last minute when you know you don’t need it.

When I was little I would always ask my mom for a bite of her chocolate and she would laugh and say sure only a little piece, because the instant we tasted how dark it was we would spit it right out and waste her good dark chocolate.

I never knew that dark chocolate was better for you, I just knew that it tasted like crap. But now that my taste buds have matured, I tried real 100% cacao paste, and I knew I was missing out before. …

Mangoes have been in full force the last few months here in Belize, they are only here for a little while so there is quite a fancy for these beautiful tree-dwelling Golden Jewels. There is nothing like a sweet mango as it begins to soften up and the green starchy sourness of a hard mango turns to sugar, and although there are dozens of varieties like the Slippers Mango, Black Mango, Mango that has no pulp and you can drink right out of the skin, some look different but they all taste so unbelievably good. There are only a few days in between a hard green mango and a soft yellow mango, with just a little patience you can have one of the healthiest sweets that Belize has to offer. …

What is your passion? What keeps you up at night? What do you want to do in life?

These thoughts began when I heard Alan Watts continually ask, “What do you desire? What would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life?”

I was introduced to Watts at the end of Logic’s second album The Incredible True Story as an excerpt from this lecture plays…

“What if money was no object?”-Alan Watts Lecture

I understand what he means when he says, “Better to have a short life full of what you love than a long life spent in a miserable way” but I am going to take this a step further and say it is better to have a long life full of what you love. …

“I said a lot would change before it all happened, people didn’t believe ’til it all happened”

The beat drops as the French press seeps, it’s a quarter to midnight here in the Mopan River Valley. As Mike Stud flows through the Auxiliary cord of my MacBook Veggie Cat sleeps soundly in my lap and I press the knob to filter the fuel, coffee that is. It’s time to work.

Depending on the day, “work” for me can be editing pictures, making videos, crunching numbers for Farm to Family, researching packaging, e-mailing affiliates, creating webpages, developing ad campaigns for local companies (part of our Grassfed’s community outreach), or several other tasks. Tonight I am finishing up the footage from last week’s trip to San Pedro. I filmed at about 15 restaurants, coffee shops, resorts, and bars while searching for the most reasonably priced healthy options on the island. After organizing the files into labeled folders with the business name and date, I delete the blurry and work a few dozen (sometimes a few hundred) photo and video files to a handful of usable content for YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, or to post through our Exclusive Patreon feed. …


San Ignacio, Belize

Wednesday mornings usually starts with Randy picking me up for Metaphysics class and a trip to the Ashram. This week Randy did not have class so my morning consisted of waiting on Mary to get back to her house so we could go over and bake some cookies and brownies. I got picked up by Mary and Suzie and we were headed towards Cristo Rey. I helped Suzie unload a cabinet out of the back of her car and then she drove us the rest of the way down the driveway to Mary’s. …


San Ignacio, Belize

The went along for the pickup the first two weeks of the co-op, so now that a different group is going up there, my Tuesday mornings opened up until 10:30. I spent the morning hiking and working on the computer. Only two more Tuesdays here after today.

11.22 Salad & Smoothie.jpg
11.22 Salad & Smoothie.jpg

I started the day off with a salad and a smoothie. The salad had spinach, pickled okra, pickled onions, corn, with HSS and Black Pepper. The smoothie had watermelon, ginger, and OJ with coconut flakes. …


San Ignacio, Belize

Another beautiful morning, birds singing through the Maya Mountains…it is still a bit unreal that my life has brought me here, this is crazy. I took my time getting out of my room this morning, spent some time on the computer and talking to my mom. I bypassed breakfast and stuck to water, trying to flush out a bit of dinner last night.

I went on a mushroom hunting hike and took pictures of all that I found. I am very excited about Mycology, the opportunities are endless. I had a meeting with Harry Guy at 2, I thought it was 1 so I got downtown and waited for an hour. …



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