Belize vacation posts: Getting There

Luckily for us, the jaunt down to Belize is a quick one. It’s just over two hours and so not a big deal at all. In fact, the quick flight time is making it hard not to just to fly there again this weekend. The thing is, the flight gets you into Belize City and that’s not where you want to stay or at least that’s not where we wanted to stay. When you fly in you are treated to these views

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and I don’t know about you, but the color of that water? It made us ready to be on the beach as soon as we landed (that’s not to say that there isn’t waterfront properties on the mainland, because there is, we just wanted the islands) and in order to make that happen you have two choices: the water taxi or taking another plane. To get to the first of our two chosen islands for this trip it takes about 1.5 hours by water taxi. So not happening. Instead, we opted for the 15 minute flight on a puddle jumper. You have two choices here Tropic Air or Maya Island Air. We went with Tropic Air, for no specific reason really, other than it is what Jennie took and I like going with what I have at least heard of before when I’m in a place I have never been.

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Here’s our plane. These planes are TINY on the inside and you have to essentially commando crawl your way to your seat. Willy and I sat right behind the pilot. This was my view
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Which might freak some people out but I thought it was kinda cool, personally. The views out the window? FANTASTIC
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Our hotel arranged for airport transfer so that boils down to this: a taxi picked us up and drove us like 5 blocks to the boat dock where Mo our driver was waiting for us and ferried us the 6 miles to the hotel.
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(this is called pure joy, face tipped up to the sun, drinking in the sea breeze)
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This is your first view of the resort as the boat pulls in
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Tomorrow: Where we stayed
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Belize vacation posts: shopping

I am a person that is definitely pro pre vacation shopping, especially in the case of a beach vacation. I mean these pictures are FOREVER, if your camera doesn’t delete them or if you actually stop having fun for long enough to take pictures, that is. From year to year I never have any idea what is still wearable and will usually need at least a bathing suit or a pair of shorts but most definitely will need sunscreen, ALL the sunscreen and/or a big hat.

The funny thing is as much as my size might vacillate through the years, it turned out that one of the bikini tops I wore on this vacation? I wore on the trip Willy and I took to Key West for our 1st anniversary 8 years ago. I also wore a pair of shorts from our summer vacation for Sprog’s 14th birthday almost 5 years ago. So while this may seem like a lot of shopping, it’s also really just for clothes to last me the summer and beyond obvs, way beyond.

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Matty M Ladies Crinkle Skirt from Costco. Yep. This thing is amazing. It’s light as can be, totally comfy and is packable like crazy. You are SUPPOSED to wrinkle it. Wad that bad boy up and toss it in a bag. I wore it on the plane there and home and best choice ever. I am also going to get either the black or blue one as well.

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This is my bikini wardrobe for this trip/summer. Some of it I had, some of it I purchased new.

Land’s End Women’s Dot Bikini Bottom in bright dandelion

Land’s End Medallion Triangle Bikini Top

Ella Moss Cabana Stripe Halter in black I love this top the VERY MOST EVER
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I feel like a total bad ass when I wear it and I don’t care if you aren’t supposed to feel like a bad ass in a swim suit, I do.

The other two bottoms I just snagged at Target, one black and one red with crochet overlining but their website sucks balls, so I’m not linking. If you need plain bottoms, go there buy cheaply but know that the quality is OBVIOUSLY different. I am much more comfy in my pricier “real” suit pieces than the cheapies from Target. Also in the case of the Land’s End stuff? SIZE DOWN.

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We bought these watershoes at Costco but they are no longer avail online. They are made by Speedo but aren’t avail on their site either, I guess maybe check in your local Costco store if you are interested in them. They are very light but with rugged tread. We bought them for a planned ruins/cave tubbing excursion that we never got to take due to coming home a day early.

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This is a two part photo. 1) an underwater camera which I thought I was going to give rave reviews and then it reformatted the memory card during our snorkel trip mid stream and so we are sending the sucker BACK TO AMAZON and 2) a camera float which I already loved because we had awesome customer service from the get and then it actually saved the cursed underwater camera so yeah, love the float, not so much the camera.

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We went round and round on what underwater camera to buy finally settling between this and the Olympus TG2 but the TG2 is actually discontinued because a newer model is coming out in June so we went with this one. We “lost” all of our photos on Monday due to a defective memory card. Friday the camera had a “write error” then reformatted itself and overwrote with new photos. This is after I had started taking the new card out every day and downloading the images to my ipad, after we soaked it and left it to air dry as instructed in the manual any time it was in water…and any time I opened the door to the card and battery I saw not just moisture around the gasket but big water drops. In addition one of my bigger concerns with this camera was ability to take photos in dark conditions because the TG2 has a better aperture and sure enough we had an overcast choppy day on our snorkel trip so a lot of the photos didn’t come out as good as they should have. That said, you will be seeing photos from this camera in the coming days because my excellent husband was able to recover the data off both cards.

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Pacifica UPF Shirt I wore as a rashguard while snorkeling. It kept me cool in the sun on the sailboat, it kept me from being burned while snorkeling and when we got into the deeper waters in Hol Chan, I didn’t get cold either. Two thumbs up. I will be buying more.

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Sanuk Yoga Mat Flip Flops in gray (from Costo, of course) I lived in these things. SO COMFY. Will be buying aqua today.

Goddess Garden Reef Safe Sunscreen (we got the sunny body but it’s the same thing) this stuff is REALLY difficult to put on, leaves a whitish sheen to your skin and doesn’t wash off easily but it doesn’t come off in the ocean and I felt reasonably secure I wasn’t damaging the reef because of that so I’ll definitely use it in the ocean again but I’m still looking for a healthy general summer sunscreen for us.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50 Mineral Tinted Sunscreen I wore this everyday of our vacation. It’s also reef safe (because it doesn’t have the big 4 chemicals) and it’s water resistant. It didn’t break me out which shocked the shit out of me, EVERYTHING breaks me out (except Josie Maran) and I love it so much I am going to just keep right on wearing it.

Birkenstock Kairo Flor T-Strap Black Patent Natalie has these and I fell in love when I saw them. I wore them on the plane and when riding the beach bike about a mile to the resort up the way for lunch one afternoon.

I also bought some misc summer tops from Old Navy and Gap but they were all on clearance and I’m not going to dig through that mess to find them. I will say that I bought a pair of white Diva cut offs from Old Navy and had to return them because of unfortunate tenting in the zipper region so I’d not recommend those, if you are looking for white cut offs.

Also, I grabbed a pair of gray linen blend shorts from Target by Converse. Again, not going to link because their website is the suckass but they are super cute and comfy and I wore them more than once on the trip.

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My yoga journey continues

I still love my yoga studio. I still love going to restorative yoga. I enjoyed my beginner workshop and I’m sad it’s over. What I REALLY LOVE however? Chakra Yoga + meditation. I look forward to this class EVERY WEEK. It honestly gets me through every single week and it sounds completely twee but I feel different, better inside, since taking this class.

If you had asked me after the first class if I loved it, my answer would’ve not been so glowing. That first class was so hard. SO HARD. Holding a forward bend in yin was impossible for me. I was overcome with the feeling of falling and my muscles just essentially couldn’t let go enough to allow the posture to settle into my bones. My previous injuries and misalignments have lead to weak muscles and overcompensating muscles just to keep me going. My instructor and I had a long talk after class where I explained what was going on and she really listened and understood. She also added brought up what trauma does to our bodies and how that sort of thing plays out in the future with a deep yin practice. I asked if she felt I could do this and she seemed shocked I would think I couldn’t, even with what I felt was a dismal showing in the very first posture of class.

So I went the next week and the week after and so on. We’ve moved from Root Chakra to Sacral Chakra to Solar Plexus Chakra to Heart and here is where I am going to pause a moment. Each Chakra comes with an explanation of the Chakra and how it correlates to what goes on in our bodies and minds. To do the work required to unlock any blockage and get that wheel (they are wheels of energy) flowing, open and in alignment with all the others, you have to understand what you are holding there. So when Heart Chakra happened to fall right after the stuff that is in the protected posts? Well I was crying in class. Specifically when we did this mudra

Courthouse Butte with bonus yoga mudra

The left hand indicates forgiveness and the right dispelling fear and hello waterworks. My instructor was looking straight at me when I started to cry and she had us close our eyes and spoke some very meaningful words about fear and focusing our breath into that hand, holding it strong in spite of the tremble we could surely feel, keeping it pressing open with intention. It was so great, SHE is so great.

Thursday night was Throat Chakra after a missed week (class was cancelled for a week for some reason) and I brought my instructor a rock from Sedona. I worried she might think it was lame but I have a rock from Sedona right on my computer desk here and when we were hiking I was moved to grab one for her. I also brought the photo above with me to show her that I did the mudra in a spiritual place, that it resonated so deeply with me. I wasn’t sure I was going to show her but I had it just in case. When I handed her the rock she was so surprised and touched that I explained I did the mudra and I had my husband take a photo for me and that I brought it too. She then flipped out over the photo so much that I gave it to her and she had me sign the back. My other instructor was there (the one who teaches restorative) and they went on and on about reaching someone and how great that was. It was after that she told me she’s from Arizona. Y’ALL COME ON.

Could it BE any more perfect than that?

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First, thank you so much for your kindness and support on my personal struggles. I appreciate everyone who has reached out to me and everyone who has just taken the time to read what I am going through, it really means a lot to know I am not alone.

Second, I miss sharing things with y’all, so I’m going to try and be in this space more often. I thought I’d work on bringing back my ode to virtual (or real depending) shopping: Wanting Wednesdays

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Rune Sword Leggings via Kat Von D’s store Wonderland. I am a huge nerd but I really want these for yoga, possibly the Hocus Pocus pair or the Moon Child pair (although with the Moon Child I just hear Chris Cornell in my head on repeat, not necessarily a bad thing).

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Juliette Blouse also via Kat Von D’s store Wonderland. I really want this to wear with a pencil skirt. That collar just kills me.

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China Knuckles also via Kat Von D’s store Wonderland. Look, I’m trying not to just link EVERYTHING I love from her store but COME ON, brass knuckles made from floral china?! One of the suggested uses is NAPKIN RINGS and OMFG I NEED THESE (but in blue since they’d go better with my chairs…or maybe pink for outside and blue for inside? DO WANT).

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Brogamats has yoga mat bags and yoga mats for dudes or chicks who just appreciate a yoga mat bag that looks like a burrito, aka me.

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Miz Mooz Yogi in black I need black wedges. I’m not sure if these are *the* black wedges but I have a few pairs of Miz Mooz already and I love them.

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Cross Back Romper I hate the name of this one but I’d really like a black jumpsuit.

Willy and I watched American Hustle the other night (SO LONG. JUST GET TO THE CON ALREADY FTLOG) and man I have a special place in my heart for 70’s fashion, not cut down to the navel, threat of seeing Amy’s boobs at any second fashion, but other things: giant sunglasses, jumpsuits, a-line long skirts, platforms, flare jeans, fringe, feathers.

Images from our trip to Az

The mountains make me happy. Any mountains, all mountains, but there is something special about the smell of the desert of Arizona. Whenever I am stressed or overwhelmed or unhappy, I need to get my feet in the soil, set my eyes on the mountains and just breathe for a while.

We lucked into a decent standby situation and hopped on a flight with not even 48 hours notice this past weekend.

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It was good to be home.

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