❤ Hammocks & Puppies ❤

Bahia Drake, Costa Rica

♫ ♫ ♫ What the world…needs now…is hammocks…and puppies ♫ ♫ ♫

There’s been too much notable heartache in the world this last week. I’m emotionally drained.

It seems that everywhere I turn is heartbreaking, gut-wrenching news that brings me to tears. I should probably cut back on reading the news. But quite frankly, it’s a terrible addiction that’s been a decade in the making. I’m over-informed and over-emotional – a dangerous combination. It’s a sickness I can’t cure at the moment.

What I can do at the moment is share a bit of joy. Pure and simple J-O-Y.

Pictured here is me in southwestern Costa Rica about two years ago in a tropical rainforest, getting smothered with love by sweet, adorable puppies while swinging in a hammock, with not a care in the world.

It doesn’t get any better.

I spent a month in this part of Costa Rica volunteering with a sea turtle conservation foundation (a uniquely memorable experience I’ll share with you in another post at another time). While I do admit with shame that I continued to feed my news addiction while I was there, I did maintain a sense of detachment that allowed me to immerse myself in a lifestyle of simplicity – Pura Vida, as the locals famously refer to it.

Can we all please just have a little bit more of this in our lives? Pura Vida? Hammocks and puppies? Seriously, I think it could help make the world a happier place.

Just look at the sheer joy emanating from me and my fellow volunteers Elena and Marija in the photos below. It was such a simple time.

It was just hammocks.
And puppies.

It was just joy.

Photos taken September 2014

My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones at Pulse and to the whole of the Orlando community; to the Coxes and the West Yorkshire community; to the Grimmies; to the Bateses and the Nelsons of Tacoma; to the Graveses of Omaha; to the Quims; to the Frasiers; to the Kushners; to the Yelchins. Rough week with too much mourning. Tears for all, and so much love. ❤

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