After a few Days in Placencia we headed to San Ignacio, a jungle paradise close to the Guatemalan border. A few attempts and failures to successfully book a place to stay at other resorts landed us at Maya Mountain Lodge and Wellness Center. I immediately fell in love with the rainforest environment and delicious food.
Bart, the owner of the lodge and pro-organic activist in Belize is married to a Naturopathic practitioner and they work together with the community to support wellness education through a combination of Mind, Body, and Spirit. An instant connection sparked as our first conversations brought together many mutual interests. To say I felt at home was a huge understatement, I had found the empowering group of people that allowed me to thrive.
A few days into our stay I was offered an internship at the Lodge assisting the Pro-organic Belize, Belize Wellness Institute, and Maya Mountain Wellness Center programs. This was an opportunity that I could not pass up so after a few slight changes of plans I was officially an intern-to-be. I start October 7th.
One thing that I noticed is that the guests and lodge workers I encounter will be an equally amazing opportunity to gain experience and learn. Over breakfast one morning I had the pleasure to meet Chris from St.Louis, maybe it was the fact that we shared a hometown but that lead us into a deep conversation on the benefits of open mindedness and the adventure of life. Our conversation sparked an instant friendship that will hopefully lead to continued contact and maybe a podcast(we shared a mutual obsession for the idea).
I just returned to the States and am working on some marketing and educational plans before I return for my stay. I will be there for three months so there is quite a bit of planning that will need to be done to assure I can progress my certifications and business strategy during my time working. There is no time to stop, Grassfed must continue to spread the joy of healthy living.
I learned something on my trip..As you continue on your adventure, I have a challenge for you: In every situation that it is possible, take the time to talk to someone and explore their passion. Empower them to describe and strive for the things that make their life an ongoing adventure of exactly what they love to do. Chances are you will learn some lessons than can help you on your journey and allow them to enjoy own.
Remember to always stay Happy and live The Grassfed Way,
As I have searched more and more, I have found that the American Dream has become practically non-existent. After 2 hour walk on the beach with a local Belizean I have found a dream the dream I am looking for..The Belizean Dream.
After previous conversations with a close friend from home(Born in Zimbabwe) I was shocked to hear that there are so many families that move to the U.S. with a search of freedom only to realize that they are in a worse situation than they were before. Yes I understand that compared to a lot of places in the world the U.S. is a huge improvement, but what are these people coming here for? What is the dream that has people packing up and moving across the world?
Many say freedom, opportunities, or the overall ability to better yourself. But I have found that many of these perks aren’t achievable. Freedom of speech rarely shows its true purpose, Opportunities are based on the availability of money, and many ways to truly better yourself are hidden by the government as a way to continue the cycle of disease and corporate interests.
I first came to Belize last year as a graduation present from my mom and step-dad, San Pedro(the island) was our destination. Immediately I was blown away by the ease of life and down to earth locals that make the tourism possible. The week was filled with mixed drinks, fuzzy memories, hangovers and fun, but a lack of a true appreciation for this amazing country. I had a dose of the drunk island life which at the time was an amazing time but it seemed like something was missing.
This trip had one goal: Superfoods and Serenity. And that is exactly what I have found.
In the last year I have come to find the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and a positive mindset, I had created my own paradise long before boarding the plane.
So what is this Belizean Dream?
Freedom. True freedom. Love. Unity. LIFE. Not the bs that CNN or Fox tells you about when talking about your first amendment “rights”, but the freedom to live undisturbed from most common restrictions, toxic preservatives, polluted air, and a society of no.
In my walk with Nicholas, a life-long resident of Placencia and a descendant of one of the villages founding families..I saw that regardless of the situation there was still a smile on the faces of Belizeans. He talked about the local food, government, women, and everything else a pair of young men talk about..but our conversation turned a bit when I asked about the possibilities in the future. There seems to be such a desire to do but a lack of support system to achieve these dreams.
This is when I realized my Belizean Dream..empowerment.If everyone had the support system and empowerment to achieve the goals they desire, I believe we would be making progress as a society.
So what is it that you desire?
Now think of how you can empower the others around you to accomplish what they desire and watch change take place.
Empowerment. Love. Grassfed