Puerto Rico // Day 1: La Cueva del Indio and Cueva Ventana

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted but I felt inspired to keep blogging about my life and my adventures.

I recently took a trip to Puerto Rico with my dear friend, Sharon. We were only there a few days (May 4th-8th) but the experience was unforgettable. We didn’t get to explore everything that we wanted to but I left satisfied, refreshed, blessed and very burnt…. haha.

Day 1, Sharon and I left early to go explore Cueva Ventana (Window Cave) but little did we know that on our way there we would take a wrong turn and this is what we would find…

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This view is called Lagos Dos Bocas (Dos Bocas Lake). We didn’t get to do this but there is a boat ride on the lake that provides lunch!

Once we stopped admiring the view, we headed back on the highway to Cueva Ventana. When we arrived at 8 AM, we were a little disappointed to find out that they don’t open until 10 AM!!!! Truthfully, it was my fault, I should have done more research. But I did not let that ruin out trip. I started searching for places near by and this is what I found…

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This was 30 minutes away from Cueva Ventana. This awesome place is called La Cueva del Indio and I highly recommend it. It’s not well known but I wanted to share with you all this hidden treasure. The views were completely different from every angle, it was breathtaking.

Two hours later we were back on the road to Cueva Ventana! The whole morning did not go as planned but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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We began our tour at noon and it took about 1.5 hours. You are provided with a helmet and a flashlight. (I suggest you bring hiking shoes as some of the areas are slippery.)

I do not recommend this tour if you fear the following:

  • The dark
  • Caves
  • Bats
  • Cockroaches
  • Spiders
  • Slippery rocks
  • The unknown…

But if you are totally cool with it, then go for it! I highly enjoyed myself. There was a moment when the tour guide asked us to turn off our flashlights and at that moment I closed my eyes and a wave of gratitude came over me. But I heard some others squeal in fear..

To end Day 1, we had to explore some of Old San Juan! Below are pictures of the beautiful city!

Lastly, we went to dinner at The Locals on Calle Loiza. While we were there we ran into this cool wall. It’s basically a library, you can take a book as long as you replace it with another book!

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And that folks was Day 1  in Puerto Rico. I fell in love with the island the moment I stepped off the plane! If you are ever in PR, please check out these places, you will not regret it!

I am sending you huge amounts of love from this side of the screen.

If you’d like to check out more photos about my trip follow my travel Instagram account @thewanderersbucketlist

I hiked to Mount Tallac Summit and survived!

About two weeks ago I traveled to California for my cousin’s wedding. I booked my trip for a week and I made sure to squeeze in a couple of days to visit Lake Tahoe and I am happy that I did. Those two days were amazing but I would have to say my favorite part was the hike to Mount Tallac.

When I booked my trip, I was looking for a few things to do and people recommended that one should always try a hike that is difficult. I decided to stay near South Lake Tahoe and when I was searching what hikes I should go on, Mt. Tallac presented itself.

I have never really gone on a hike before, so I made sure to do as much research as possible. Just a couple of months before the trip I purchased my first pair of hiking shoes. I also purchased a Hydro Flask bottle, some sunscreen, bug spray, hiking socks, and a portable charger for my iPhone. I would say I was set to go!

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While I was reading some more about this hike, part of me was ready to take on the challenge and the other part of me was a bit nervous. The hike to Mt. Tallac Summit is 4.8 miles, about 10 miles round trip and it takes about 6-7 hours. There are two paths, one is the easier route which is longer, and the difficult route which is shorter but is slightly more dangerous.

As my trip was nearing, I was getting more and more nervous about doing this hike alone. I told a couple of my friends I was going to send them my locations, just in case something happened to me. But it’s funny how life works though. God and the universe had other plans for me, I wasn’t meant to do this hike on my own.

Earlier this year I met Jake and his brother Lenny in Florida. They are from California and were only in town for a couple of weeks. They love traveling and going on adventures as much as I do! Any way, these two were going to be in Lake Tahoe the same time I was. Crazy, right? I asked them if they wanted to join me on the hike and they said YES, which I am so thankful for!

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The hike up to the summit took us a little under 3 hours. I was following Matt, Lenny, and Jake and they were booking it. There were times I could hear them but I could not see them; they keep me motivated to keeping moving. I didn’t have time to think, be scared or be nervous, I just had time to hike and keep hiking. I did stop a few times to take a breather and of course observe the incredible views and be thankful for the opportunity to hike this mountain!

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On the way up, I saw the sun rising (one of the best views I have ever seen, well after I was able to actually catch my breath), I saw different type of animals, I drank from a small spring with a straw, and I feed chipmunks, it was great!

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The best part of starting the hike at 5:45 AM was the fact that we were the first ones at the top of Mount Tallac!!! The view was breath-taking. I had to sit there for a moment and realized that I just hiked about 5 miles in 3 hours uphill the whole entire time. My legs were burning, my heart was racing, my body was dry from the air, my lips were chapped and I was already getting sun burnt but it was all worth it. Every single ache, every time I felt a bit scared looking over at the edge, it didn’t matter it was worth the feeling of being unstoppable.

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At an elevation of 9,738 feet, I was in awe and proud of myself for accomplishing what I wanted to do. My first hike and my first summit were finally checked off my bucket list. We spent about 45 minutes, looking at the view, talking, laughing, taking pictures, feeding chipmunks, and being grateful.

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The feeling of being up there was something I have never felt. My heart felt like it was about to burst, I wanted to cry, scream, laugh, all at the same time. It was like I was on cloud nine, it was one of the best feelings in the world.

I thought the hike up was difficult but I would say the hike down was. I am a scardy cat at times, and I was pretty terrified going down as quickly as we were. There were times I missed a few steps, times I almost slipped and busted my ass and times where I thought I almost twisted my ankle. I usually never cursed but I probably said the word “shit” about 100+ times on the way down. I may have had weak knees, the dirtiest hiking shoes I’ve seen, and blisters on my feet BUT I made it! I survived.

If you are ever in South Lake Tahoe, I recommend that you hike to Mt. Tallac Summit. I suggest you go with people, they make it more fun and entertaining! Haha.

Seriously though, I am beyond grateful for this experience. This hike changed my view on life, it made me fall in love with nature and the world around me, it made me feel like I was on top of the world. All I want to do is go on more hikes now and be outdoors!

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I hope this post inspires you to go outside, go on adventures that you’ve been wanting to go on and to start checking things off of your bucket list!

I love you all!

 

Writing is my therapy.

If you don’t own a journal, go buy one now! Or at least after you read this blog.
I know everyone doesn’t like writing.But I love it even though I’m not a journalist and I don’t write very well. Since January, I’ve been through two journals and I have been writing almost every single day, I may skip a couple of days but not much more than that. There was once I did not write for about three or four days and I began to feel anxious.

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Why do I journal?

For those who don’t know me, I have trouble expressing myself to others. Whenever I have a conversation with people I tend to speak in a way that just seems I am spitting out facts and it’s hard for me to show any emotion. But when I write, I am able to express myself in ways I can’t in real life. Whatever I’m keeping inside, I let it out when my pen touches the paper. It’s like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

I’m starting to be more open with others but when I feel like I can’t be or when I think others don’t care to listen, that’s when I write. I’m not afraid to express myself on paper or even on my blog. But when it comes to people I tend to shut down. Sometimes I am scared of being vulnerable in front of others.

I’ve been writing since I can remember.

As a little girl, I was the only one that would write paragraphs in everyone’s birthday cards and I would take up a good amount of space signing my classmate’s yearbooks. I would write what happened each day in my Winnie the Pooh journal. I also remember writing a few poems and very, very short stories.

 

When and where do I write?

I usually only write in the early mornings, I rarely write at night. Here’s why. Most people who write at night tend to write about everything that happened that day and are most likely to have negative feelings whereas people that write in the morning have had time to “sleep on it” and process the previous day. So they are likely to be more positive early in the morning. I tend to write downstairs on my couch as the sun is rising or sometimes I even go to the park during the day to get a bit of fresh air.

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Now I’m guessing you’re wondering what the heck I write about.

Well, I write anything and everything. Whatever idea, thought, feeling comes to my mind, I write it down.

Things I write about:

  1. Quote of the day
  2. Things, people, and places I am thankful for
  3. What I did the previous day and the best part
  4. If I have any negative feelings, I write it down and then I written what good came from that experience
  5. What I need to get done for that day
  6. My goals, dreams, bucket list, or places I want to explore
  7. Whenever I don’t write in the morning, I take my writing else where and describe the surroundings and how it makes me feel
  8. Lastly, I make sure that I write something I appreciate and love about myself.

When I write I am able to relax, it makes me happy, and it’s just part of who I am. The thing that excites me the most is that in a few years I can just grab one of my journals, open it up and read about how far I’ve gone in my life journey. It will be my own little story.

It might sound silly but my journal has been there through thick and thin. When I first fell in love and when I went through my first heartbreak, and my second, and my third. It was there during any big events and even the small ones. It’s the one thing that has captured most of my life and even better, it was from my perspective.

After realizing how much I enjoy writing, I decided to add a couple of things to my bucket list. First one is to take a writing class to improve my writing skills. Second, I want to eventually write a book. Never in a million years would I have thought I ever wanted to write a book!! But here I am, making it part of my dream.

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A few tips for those wanting to write:

  • Make sure you make time to journal. I take anywhere between 5-30 minutes to write every morning
  • Be consistent. Some days you may have pages and pages to write about, others you may have a few lines but write anyway.
  • Make it fun! I have different color pens, I make lists, I doodle and draw, I just don’t write.
  • Pour your heart out! Sure someone might get their hands on my journal but who cares. I write everything that’s on my mind and in my heart.

If you are wondering why I don’t just have an electronic journal. Well, I like pen and paper, that’s just my preference.

Have a wonderful day, beautiful people. I hope that you are able to express your this week through words, writing, drawing, or any other talent you have been blessed with. I love you all.

 

My first Children’s Health Workshop

When I was growing up, I always said I wanted to work with children but I never pictured myself being a teacher. As the years went on, the thought of working with children faded away since I wasn’t quite sure how exactly that would appear and honestly, I started telling myself that I may not be as patient with children as I thought I would be. But here I am about to tell you how my gifts brought me to conduct my first Children’s Health Workshop at Urban Youth Impact.

For those wondering what is Urban Youth Impact (UYI), it’s a program that’s on a mission to love, equip and empower inner-city youth and their parents to fulfill their God-given purpose. Most of the children that attend these programs live in areas where there is poverty, low graduation rates, a high percentage of teen pregnancies, and higher crime rates. Through their programs, they seek to reverse troubling trends and fulfill their mission by offering programs designed to develop critical life-skills that result in less juvenile crime, fewer teen pregnancies, less substance abuse, less child abuse/domestic violence, and fewer school drop-outs.

I was connected with UYI through my current job at Chick-fil-A, where many of us volunteer there during the school year. As the school year was ending, and as I was learning more about health and happiness in my life, one day the idea of conducting a health class popped in my head. I contacted one of the leaders that works at UYI and presented the idea. They replied very quickly with much enthusiasm about my health class and wanted me to start in a few weeks for their summer program.

I was thrilled and nervous at the same time because I’ve never conducted a health workshop. Several thoughts came rushing to my head, “I need to plan! What will I teach about? How do I teach children? What if it I fail?” I guess that’s normal to be scared but the excitement that I would be able to teach children about health and even happiness was motivation enough.

My real motivation for wanting to do this, was because of my father. My father had high blood pressure, suffered from a stroke, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and then Alzheimer’s. I know that there was nothing I could do; I can’t help but beat myself up for not knowing more about health when I was younger. Part of me believes that if I would have known as a child that the food and lifestyle we were living was killing us, I would somehow have been able to give my dad a few more years. Maybe that’s just me being selfish. Something in my heart told me that I needed to teach children about it. My hopes is that they can influence their parents to live healthy and that they live longer years to spend with their family.

The class was held every Friday morning from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM for four weeks. The last class will be Thursday, July 21st, where the students will serve healthy snacks to their parents and enjoy one of there last weeks at UYI before the school year starts. I will briefly go over what I taught them each week.

Week One: Sugar 

  • In this class, I discussed how much sugar a child is suppose to consume. I presented a few visuals for the children to see. I brought in powerade, coke, honey buns, canned fruits, and cereals to demonstrate how much sugar each item contains. They were all surprised when they found out that all of them contained sugar. I also showed them how to read the ingredients labels when shopping. They learned about other hidden names that sugar is called, for example, high fructose corn syrup.

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Week Two: Fruits and Vegetables

  • The children learned how many serving of fruits and vegetables they should have each day. I brought in different kinds of fruits and vegetables, the children were able to discuss out loud what each one was and why it’s important for our bodies. To my surprise, several of the children said that they love vegetables!

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Week Three: Exercise and Positive Thinking

  • In this class, we discussed why exercise is important to our daily routines. We did some exercises in the classroom, one of them was called Animal Kingdom where I shouted out an animal and the children had to go around the room impersonating it, it was quite hilarious. The second part was about positive thinking. We talked about ways we can start the day, some included by being thankful, praying, saying something nice about themselves or someone else, and by thinking happy thoughts. One of the kids, Lamar was very upset and angry that day, but we changed his attitude around but saying things we liked about him and talking about different things we could do instead of being angry. It was a great learning opportunity for them and for me, especially since I rarely work with children.

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Week Four: Cooking with Karina

  • The kids were asking to cook something for the past three weeks. I looked on Pinterest and found these simple but healthy fruit wraps to make with them. I brought whole wheat tortillas, some yogurt and cream cheese to spread on them, I cut up bananas, strawberries, kiwi, and cantaloupe to place on them. Once we all had the ingredients on the tortilla, it was time to roll it up and eat it! All of them loved it except for one. It was awesome seeing them have so much fun interacting with food and enjoying healthier treats.

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Knowing that the health class is coming to an end breaks my heart but at the same time I am also grateful for the opportunity UYI gave me to be present in the lives of these children. The past four weeks have been such a wonderful experience and I hope that I was able to influence one child to live a littler healthier. This group of kids has a special place in my heart.

I sit here thinking to myself, how for years I would tell people I wanted to work with children but I didn’t know exactly how. I eventually stopped telling people that and didn’t picture working alongside kids at all. But here I am working and teaching children the importance of real food and happiness in one’s life. I’ve finally found one of my callings in life and it’s a feeling I cannot explain. I will tell you the truth, I’ve cried many happy tears because of it and it just feels right.

I want to tell everyone that sometimes your callings don’t appear to you right away. Don’t throw your dreams and goals out of the door because you can’t figure out what to do. Just place them aside for awhile if you need to because you never know when they will reappear. God has a plan, just let life takes it’s course and your true calling will find you.

I don’t know what my life has planned for me but I am excited to see where it takes me. I am also looking forward to conducting other health workshops!

May you all have a wonderful week and that you begin each morning with a happy thought. I am sending so much love, appreciation, and happiness your way.

 

I was meant to fly.

The first time I got a hold of a hang glider, I had to wing it.

Ha. See what I did there? 😉

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I bet you were wondering when I was going to check another thing off of my bucket list. Well the wait is over! Last Sunday a couple a friends of mine and I went to Clewiston, FL to go hang gliding.

I wanted to tell you about my experience and answer a couple of questions that have been asked when I tell people I went hang gliding.

How was it and were you scared?

It was a great experience. Since Florida doesn’t have any mountains or hills that we could fly off of, a plane had to pull us up into the air. Once we hit 4500 feet, the instructor let go of the rope that was pulling us and we just glided down to the ground. It was a very smooth ride and I thoroughly enjoyed it especially because I was able to look at the scenery.

No, I wasn’t scared.  Anything that has to do with flying or in the air doesn’t cause me to freak out or have any anxiety. I was actually telling a couple of friends that I don’t get a “rush” anymore. One thing on my list I am terrified of is bungee jumping but I am hoping that I am brave enough to do it at the end of the year in Africa.

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Did you like skydiving or hang gliding more?

The two are very different. I loved sky diving because it was more of a thrill and I got a rush when I was at the edge of the plane. When they push you off, you immediately start falling until they pull out the parachute. I didn’t get to enjoy the ride down as much because the harness was digging into my body. I loved hang gliding because it felt like I was flying and I was on top of the world. It was a very smooth ride which I was able to enjoy; it was nice having the cold air hit my face and the fact that I was able to touch the clouds was awesome!

 

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How much was it?

I bought this on Groupon. Originally it was $85.00 but there was a few days when it was $75.00. Luckily, there was an extra 20% off, so I ended up purchasing for $60.00. When we got there, the instructor told us it was for a 1,000 feet flight and it would last 6 minutes. I ended up upgrading it to a 4500 feet that would last about 22 minutes with pictures and videos included. At the end I paid about $250.00 but it was still a great deal, normally this would be about $500.00-$600.00. The gentleman there ended up giving us an extra 10% because one of the friends I was with was in the military.

How was the landing?

This was the part that “scared” me the most and by that, I mean it made my stomach turn for about a second. Surprisingly the landing was VERY smooth and it was not bumpy at all.

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I also want to add that the instructor Derek was phenomenal. He was very sweet and was talking to me throughout the whole flight. He talked about the hang glider, his experiences, what to expect, he was very knowledgable and made me feel completely safe and comfortable. He has been hang gliding for 38 years and has been all over the world!

Derek and a few other instructors mentioned some places that I have to go hang gliding like Colorado and Switzerland.Of course I had to add those to my list.

After hang gliding, my friends and I went to the Brass Tap in Boynton Beach because the Shark Addicts were going to be there getting ready for Shark Week to begin. Not only did I check off hang gliding off my list but I got to meet the Shark Addicts, get one of their numbers and get a free Local Brand hat. I would say last Sunday was a pretty awesome day for me. You can tell by the picture below I was super happy.

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By the way, if you are thinking about doing something or checking an item off of your list, I suggest you pick a day and just go do it. I promise you will not regret it. Heck, f you don’t want to go by yourself and if I have the money I will probably tag along and do it with you! Seriously, though.

I hope that you do something fun and crazy this week! I love you all.

 

How to get the best out of Groupon

I may not be the coupon queen but when its comes to Groupon, I would say I get pretty great deals.

If you haven’t downloaded the app yet, then go do it after you read my super simple tips on getting the best out of Groupon.

1. Don’t let your impulses control you!

Before you click BUY, look up that item and make sure that it’s really at a discounted price. Normally, it will provide you the website and you can see. If not, go searching on your own and make sure that you can’t just buy it on some other site or store for the same price or lower.

2. Wait until the prices drop.

This doesn’t always occur but there are times when Groupon decides to knock down anywhere from $3 to about $50 off an item or activity for a couple of days. I bought a Groupon for an air boat ride that was 17.00 and it dropped down to $14.00. (It’s normally about $23.00.) I ended up saving nine bucks instead of six. Sure it’s not much but hey, there’s my lunch money for the day.

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When the price is red, it means that Groupon knocked it down a few bucks.

3. Check Groupon daily

I check Groupon every other day sometimes everyday to tell you the truth. I also get their emails letting me know when an item I recently viewed went on sale. Usually a deal will be there for days, even weeks but there are times when a deal is only on there for limited time. For instance, tickets for a concert or a certain event will only be on there for a few days or a couple of weeks. If it’s worth it, you may just want to purchase it as soon as possible.

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Here are some of my purchases.

4. Wait for the extra 10-20% off

Be patience! About every other week Groupon will surprise you with an extra 10-20 % off a purchase. If it’s near a holiday, they will normally do this as well. The Go Pro I bought was on Groupon for $329.00 plus an extra 10% off dropped it to $296.00. (The price on the Go Pro originally was $399.00) A notification will normally alert you on the top right corner of the app, letting you know if there are any extra deals for that day.

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Click on the bell at the top right corner to see if there are any extra deals. 

5. Just go for it. 

Seriously, don’t over think it and go for it. If it’s a discount on a restaurant, a clothing item, a new  hair do, a getaway trip  or a fun adventure, just buy it! You only live once and Groupon is kind of saying “Let me save you a few bucks and go have some fun!”.

I can tell you from my own personal experience, I absolutely love purchasing off Groupon. I’ve had the opportunity to check off some things off of my bucket list because of it.

Here is a list of things I have purchased on Groupon (Some of these prices were knocked down and some I have used the extra 10% or 20% off):

  • Concert tickets
  • GoPro Hero 4 Silver – $296.00 (original price 399.00)
  • Trapeze class – about $20.00 (original price $50.00)
  • Painting class at Uptown art – $17.00 (original price $35.00)
  • Hang gliding – $60.00 (original price $169.00; when I got there I paid the difference to upgrade and purchase pictures/videos)
  • Paddle boarding – about $20.00 (original price about $45.00)
  • Air Boat ride – $14.00 (original price $23.00)
  • Three different Crossfit unlimited month classes – about $20.00-$40.00 (Original $60.00-$150.00)

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My friends and people around me are always asking how I get to do so many fun things and how I’m able to pay for it. Well, Groupon definetly helps me save some money.

I wanted to share with you all how I get to go on some of these adventures and possibly inspire you to purchase something off of  Groupon and check it off your bucket list! Even if you’re not purchasing it on the app, go do something you’ve been wanting to do. Seriously though, what’s stopping you?

I love you all! I can’t wait to hear all about your adventures.

Shark Diving was Fin-tastic.

Bucket List #3: Swim with Sharks

Let me guess, most of you think I am absolutely crazy and are wondering why I would risk my life. Before I dive into my experience with swimming with sharks, I am going to tell you a little bit about my friends.

  • Why are sharks important? They keep populations of smaller fish in check. Without sharks, entire ecosystems are disrupted
  • While many people consider sharks to be the world’s deadliest animal, you are more likely to be killed by hornets, wasps, bees, or dogs
  • While many of us have learned to fear sharks, they are the ones who should fear us. Humans kill 73 million sharks annually
  • Punching a shark in the nose or poking its eyes can help to fend it off during an attack. Most sharks don’t want to work hard for their food
  • How do sharks date? Male sharks find mates by biting female sharks. Ouch. Cats and turtles also bite potential partners.
  • Of the roughly 50 shark attacks reported each year, only 10% prove to be fatal. So while an attack is rare, dying from one is even rarer
  • Of the 72 unprovoked shark attacks in 2013, the most were in Florida, where there were 23 unprovoked attacks.

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As a child, I had a sweet spot for people that were bullied, judged, hated, etc. I befriended them because I didn’t want them to feel alone. I know sharks don’t care what we think about them but everyone seems to see them as these horrible, monstrous, dangerous creatures; I see them differently. The fact that people fear them so much made me want to befriend them even more. I tend to go against what everyone thinks and after seeing videos of scuba divers feeding and petting several types of sharks, I was hooked.

  • While shark fin soup is a Chinese tradition, the primary downside to finning is that it causes the deaths of 73 million sharks every year [When I found out that sharks are hunted for their fins and are left to drown in the ocean, I was furious and my heart went out to them.]

I can’t recall when and why I decided that I wanted to swim with sharks but it’s been on my list for a couple of years now. It may have actually started when a couple of friends of mine invited me shark fishing near the Juno Beach area.

The first night I went out shark fishing, we caught a couple of blacktip sharks. I decided it was a good idea to try and sit on one and take a picture. Well my first attempt was a fail. The shark was a little feisty and I ended up tripping over it and scrapping my knee. Thankfully, I did not trip anywhere near its mouth. Even after this scary experience, that did not stop me. I waited until we caught a smaller, less angry shark to sit on. [For those wondering, all the sharks that were caught when I went shark fishing have been placed back into the ocean, alive.]

 

  • Great whites are the most notorious man-eaters. But they do not like the taste of humans, often biting and releasing attack victims. 
  • As sensational as shark attack newspaper headlines are, the reality is that you are more likely to be bitten by another person than a shark.

A few months ago I posted a picture on Instagram of a great white and I mentioned that I’ve been wanting to swims with sharks. That day a friend from high school sent me a message asking if I was truly interested because she knew of a company that could make this happen. I responded immediately with a YES!

We planned a date and it was set. I bought a Go Pro so I could capture this experience.

The night before the big day, I could not sleep. I stayed up until 1 AM watching videos on YouTube of people shark diving.

When we got to the place, my literal words to my friend were, “Shit, this is really happening.”

We got on the boat and I had several mixed emotions. I thought I was crazy for paying to actually swim with sharks and essentially put my life in danger; I was anxious because I was going to cross off another thing off my list; I was so happy that this was finally happening that I almost wanted to cry tears of joy. Before I left the house, I wrote in my journal a few words to my close family and friends, just in case I didn’t make it back. [But I’m writing this, so that means I survived!]

  • Want to avoid a shark attack? Don’t splash and don’t wear jewelry. Sharks are attracted to splashing and sharp color contrasts. [You want to make sure to stay calm and just enjoy the view when you’re shark diving.]

We finally arrived to the area where we would encounter the sharks. The bait was dropped down about 20 feet into the ocean and once the sharks starting showing up, we were able to hop in the water. There was a rope to hold on to while you just watched the sharks swim beneath you.

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At one point there were about 10-12 Bull sharks beneath us. The closest a shark got to us was about 6 feet away.

  • Tiger, great white, and bull sharks perpetrate most attacks on humans. They hunt human-sized prey and are capable of inflicting fatal bites [I guess the Bull sharks liked me and let me survive.]

Everyone’s first reaction when I tell them is, “You’re crazy. WHY?” and I, of course respond with a, “Why not?” haha.

When I got into the water, there wasn’t an ounce of fear in me. For me, swimming with these sharks was one of the best experiences in my life. The fact that I swam with one of the top most dangerous sharks and I survived, kind of gives me a high. Yes, they can absolutely be dangerous but if you give them a reason too.

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  • You may think of sharks as ravenous, man-eating sea terrorists, but only 20 of the 350+ shark species are known to attack humans 

Not everyone is cut out to go on risky adventures. I’ve always had a free spirit and enjoyed doing things for the first time. Ever since my dad passed away back in January, I’ve noticed I’ve been doing more dangerous things; I think this is my own way of dealing with the loss. The more dangerous the risk, the better I feel. But it always leaves me wanting more.

Anyway, ever since last Sunday, I’ve been obsessed with sharks. I just want to go swim with them again. Naturally, I started adding more to the bucket list. I want to get scuba certified, I want to buy a boat, and I want to feed and pet sharks.

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For those interested in shark diving, my friends and I went through a company called Florida Shark Diving located in Jupiter. They were great and I felt safe throughout the whole experience.

If you are on Instagram, check out these three accounts. @sharkaddicts @sharkaddicts2 @sharkaddicts3. These guys interact with sharks and their purpose is to show the world that sharks should not be feared. They are pretty awesome.

Also, I’m in love with my new long sleeve from the Local Brand. @thelocalbrand

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Thanks for reading my blog and for all the feedback I have received.

I hope that this inspires to do something crazy and out of the ordinary. I want you all to know that my life is “cool” only because I choose to live it that way. I make sure that I make time to do things I truly want to do.

I read something today that puts things into perspective and I hope it helps you too.

“That is why humans resist life. To be alive is the biggest fear humans have. Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive — the risk to be alive and express what we really are. Just being ourselves is the biggest fear of humans.” ― Miguel RuizThe Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

 

Do not fear life, live it every day! I am sending you all love and happiness your way.