One word to sum up this trip: magical. Honestly, I knew that Tulum was known to be an incredible place, but I didn't realize to what degree.
As I reflect upon this trip, it's hard to fully grasp that it's over. From the moment that Casey and I decided that we would be headed to Tulum, everything flowed to us. It was a bit spontaneous but we knew that regardless of our fears, financial situations, and whatever else it was, that we were getting on a plane to go to Tulum. We both had this overwhelming feeling that we just needed to go... and then we were verified by the universe (aka triple digits 20x a day). So there was no overlooking it.
While we were in Tulum, every day we woke up incredibly grateful to be there. And, throughout the days we would stop to take it all in to appreciate that we had 1) manifested this trip and 2) could truly live in the present without any "shoulds" going through our minds. I can't remember the last time that I actually didn't have my phone out for an entire day because I was reading, or walking on the beach, or just simply taking photos for myself (and not for clients). I had seven days of true, consistent zen. The days were long in the best way possible. My mornings always started out around 7am with a 15-20 minute meditation and a 10 minute journal session. It prepared my mind for what I knew would be an incredible day.
We took our time with getting to places because we operating on our own schedules and times. We had nowhere to go and nowhere to be. And yet, we could be anywhere and everywhere at the same time. Since this was a work trip as well, I never felt the pressure to shoot. Ideas flowed to me when I felt inspired by the moment and environment. And, believe me, it's easy to be inspired.
This was such an eye awakening trip for me because I was able to prove to myself that I could work and operate my business elsewhere. Little moments of gratitude consistently filled up my day, and because I wasn't bogged down by social media, my phone, emails... I was able to actually acknowledge them before me. And, not only that, the people that I met in Tulum felt like a snapshot of my future. Most notably, a travel journalist that we met while at a local Cenote. But, with every person we met, they were all at this crazy high level of vibration (i.e. ALL the good vibes). Things didn't matter. People did. We genuinely got to know a lot of people while we were there and made incredible friendships. I know for a fact it won't be the last time I see them too.
I felt like I was at my best in Tulum-- the culture, speaking Spanish throughout the week, and the smile that was permanently across my face throughout the week. I've never felt so alive. And, because of that feeling, I know that my time falling in love with Tulum isn't done just yet. Or, the rest of the world for that matter.
*Writer's Note: I would also like to thank a very special partner, Vacasa, for hosting us during our stay in Tulum! We were immediately welcomed with such hospitality that Tulum felt more like home than a place we were traveling to. The rooftop was specifically my favorite place for meditation and coffee in the morning, watching the sunset, and feeling that cool ocean breeze. I have attached the link to the Penthouse that we stayed in (click here !)