Unexpected Blessings

April 30, 2019

Placencia, Belize

The whole “too excited to sleep” faded real quick when I got showered and into bed last night, so there was definitely some struggle getting out of bed this morning but a quick reminder of where I am was all I needed to jump up and get the day started, first mission: workout with Gallo.

I expected to walk up to the Evolution Beach with Mom and Dave then continue on to the airport to pick up the bottle of vodka that awaits me from the Duty Free shop, but once I walked into the gate I felt I had to choice but to workout…there was no reason I couldn’t wait to get the bottle. This is a good bit of progress that is happening in more area than fitness and it is allowing me to excel! 

After a great workout, we made the decision to eat at the breakfast spot behind the fruit stand so breakfast burritos and watermelon juice it was. My eyes were bigger than my stomach so I had a nice snack for later, the highlight of the meal was the fresh watermelon juice without any added sugar…something I do not get in the U.S. Mom has favorite places to eat that vary on the moon cycle so it’s always fun to see what she likes when I come in town.

The feeling of accomplishment after a workout is something I have missed over the last few years, while completely transforming my lifestyle I dropped my prior exercise habits and am just now getting back on that train. With a full belly I wondered over to Tyrone’s Wood Shop (Belizean Handicrafts) to catch up with favorite person on the sidewalk, his spirit is refreshing each and every time I see him…there’s never a bad feeling around him, just joy. His wood carvings are some of the best I have seen in the country, learning from his father as a child propelled him into the scene and he has only advanced since then. Today he mentioned the evolution of the process, while he once used a sharpened butter knife he is not utilizing advanced saws that allow him to work at a much higher productivity.

Tyrone’s Wood Carvings

Upon getting home I experienced my favorite part of returning to Belize, the fruit. I don’t waste my time eating imported fruit at home, the reoccurring let down that follows a commercial pineapple is something I wish not to partake in. Mom had stocked up on the way home so I watched her use a pineapple carver for the first time, this tool cores the pineapple and separates it from the skin while spirally cutting it all the way down….MAGIC!

Several servings of Soursop, Payapa, and Pineapple later I was full and sat down to discuss some work until it was time to eat again. I debated on going up to the airport but settled for the thought of “Mista Pick Up” the local version of UberEats bringing it to me at our restaurant. The most difficult choice of the day is always where to eat dinner…so tonight’s decision was Yucatan Taco Stand. On the way we were delayed by our interest in the expansion of the village softball field where a group of guys were setting up a backstop to get ready for a big game this weekend. Growing up in a family of baseball and softball players, it’s awesome to get some action while we are here! We plan on heading back on Sunday to watch the game.

Yucatan Taco Stand is right in the heart of the village across from the softball field, it is relatively new and has continuously impressed us each time we have been in. I ordered the veggie nachos and was very impressed with the assortment of veggies that were piled on top, I planned on getting some fish but they didn’t offer it on the nachos. It’s impressive to see when a restaurant can hold their own on a vegetarian dish, not many places provide an equal serving compared to the size of meat you receive on the other options.

Brewed Awakenings

We walked back towards Evolution and decided to dive into Brewed Awakenings for a Seaweed Sunrise, my personal favorite that is made with Pineapple, Papaya, Coconut Milk, and 100% Deliciousness. The addition of seaweed is a huge nutrient increase while keeping the drink tasty. After that I was on my way towards the gym to catch up with Gallo. He had some business stuff he wanted me to look over so I did some research while he trained a client, it was quite entertaining to watch him integrate a salsa lesson into a workout, he is very impressive with his clients. We made plans to connect in about an hour and a half so I hit the sidewalk towards Tyrone’s to say hello on my way back home. 

While in the shop, I am grabbed on the shoulder and realize that it’s my good friend Rey Mesh from Cayo. Rey was the Head Chef at Maya Mountain Lodge while I was an intern, he has taught me more in the kitchen than arguably anyone else (besides my Mom) and I am forever grateful for the knowledge he has instilled in me. I offered to buy him a beer and we headed back the other way to Tipsy Tuna for some Belikins and laughs. It’s a great feeling to sit with someone after three years of progression with confidence that we have each made tremendous steps in our personal development. These are the type of people I want to be around.

I kept an eye on the time while remembering that I had told Gallo I would meet him back at the house so we parted ways with a photo and made plans to touch base this weekend when he gets back. A quick pitstop for a chat with Tyrone and I was on the way home. While at Tyrone’s he talked about learning his craft and how it relates to everything in life, just keep practicing until you hone your craft and then keep practicing. His wisdom is very admirable.

A walk back down Sunset Pointe Road and a paddleboat ride across the canal and I was home, I touched base with Mom an Gallo was soon on his way. We had some business strategy to work on and then we recorded Episode 11 of The Grassfed Podcast with a few beers in us. That will be released on all platforms this week! 

The first full day back in Belize is still going and it seems like it has been going forever…another reason why I love it here. Life slows down when you drop the traffic and bullshit of big cities, but this doesn’t mean bum out and lay on the beach. It means change your focus and get creative.

Klayton

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