Pura Vida

Returning from the beautiful country of Costa Rica has left me so inspired. The amazing views, culture, food and way of life was so refreshing. Vacations not only help me relax and de-stress, but also reflect on goals and priorities. I sometimes struggle to maintain that work-life balance or even leave my cellphone off for a day so this vacation was much needed. I feel so blessed and thankful to be able to travel and experience Costa Rica, and of course watch my two friends Michelle and Khaled have the wedding of their dreams.

We stayed at a gorgeous hotel, The Westin Playa Conchal in Liberia. Of course the design and decor didn't go unnoticed. Here are some of my favourite areas:

On our second day we decided to visit the town of Tamarindo, a nearby surf town:

We did an all-day adventure tour which was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. We hiked and zip lined through the rainforest, jumped into a waterfall, went horse-back riding and ate some delicious food...

And of course, witnessed a beautiful wedding ceremony located under this ginormous tree..

Stunning, isn't it? Congrats to the happy couple!

I couldn't have asked for a better vacation. Relaxation, adventure and great company. I'm missing the 40 degree weather, vibrant colours and delicious food. I've already started incorporating some brighter colours in my home and will be cooking my first Costa Rican/Central American dish next week. Now if mother nature would just cooperate, I'll be all set.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend. PURA VIDA!