Daily Gratitude + I Stand For Love

Daily Gratitude + I Stand For Love

We returned to the jungle a few days ago to be greeted by a category 5 hurricane off the coastline. “What does the radar say now?” was the question of the day. Needless to say, we were tremendously relieved when the storm took a northern turn. Phew, that was a close call! My heart is filled gratitude that my jungle home has been preserved. The jungle is also grateful for the downpour—it’s now glowing a radiant green.

Gratitude is beautiful practice to integrate into your life as a wildpreneur. Pause regularly to savor your surroundings. We must appreciate the now—things can certainly change quickly!

My casita is filled with gratitude reminders…discover what they are here! Read an interview with inspirational wildpreneur Sarah Love (gratitude and love expert!) and get 10% off your 2019 I Stand for Love calendar.

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Polly the Wooden Sloop

Polly the Wooden Sloop

I just met Polly. She's a wooden sailboat built in 1945. Peter, a friend from Telluride, is a passionate boat builder who has devoted the last 4 years of his life to restoring this sloop. I was lucky enough to be invited aboard for Polly’s first cruise.

Though I’m a land lover by nature, I opened my mind and my heart to this adventure at sea. As we cruised gracefully through the Maine Islands, my thoughts drifted with the water and the wind. I focused on being fully present with Polly and her captain. Though exhausted from the months of arduous work that lead up to Polly’s grand launch, Peter’s excitement and inspiration radiate from him tirelessly.

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Artful Mistake Making

Artful Mistake Making

I have not failed. I've just found 1000 ways that don't work. - Thomas A Edison

I am a master of mistake making. I moved to the jungle at 23 years old. What happens when you take a white skinned blond girl out of a liberal arts college in Vermont and plop her down in the jungle on the Mexican Pacific? A very lost gringa! I gripped my freshly printed business plan in my sweaty hand and proceeded to make every mistake you can image. Yikes, I certainly have a few memories of blood, sweat and moats of tears that I cried into the sand. Though I was living in paradise chasing my dream those first few years were rough.

Perhaps the roughest part was that every time I made a mistake I beat myself up! I've since learned that mistake making never ends, it’s how you respond to and approach mistake making that can make all the difference.

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The Mexican Fisherman Story

The Mexican Fisherman Story

I discovered the parable of the Mexican Fisherman in 2010, a few years into the creation of my jungle lodge. This simple story triggered a tremendous ah-ha moment for me and has since become a cornerstone philosophy for wildpreneurs. Gracias to my Mexican amigos for sharing your wisdom with me! The passage below is sourced from Courtney Carver at Be More With Less.

An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked.  Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna.  The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

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