Hi! I’m Christina, a 20-something adventure-seeking travel lover. After graduating the University of Southern California with a degree in Cinema-Television and working in Los Angeles for a couple of years, I dropped everything to move to Sydney, Australia. From there I continued on solo round-the-world trip, backpacking through 37 countries across five continents in 15 months of extensive travel. I recently settled down in sunny San Diego, where I currently work full-time at a non-profit raising awareness of overpopulation challenges and advocating for improved global access to family planning services and reproductive healthcare. Despite having finished my long-term travels, I continue to seek out weekend adventures and truly live, not just exist. When not working or writing my blog, you can generally find me chasing sunsets, catching waves, or taking shameless GoPro selfies on mountaintops.
My Philosophy: Today, especially in the U.S., social conformity plays a huge role in the way kids grow up. We grow up learning that we should go to college, find a job, and start saving for retirement. That’s the “American Dream” right? To live comfortably, safely, to buy a house as soon as possible and have kids. You work really really hard for 40 years and then you can enjoy all your retirement money later. Well, today is the only day guaranteed to us, so I believe in living in the present and chasing dreams now. Ultimately my philosophy is that you should stop living someone else’s dream; find your passion and live your own dream, whether that be the American Dream or not.
So what does “Livin’ Pura Vida” really mean? Pura vida is a common Costa Rican phrase that literally translates to “pure life” but means something closer to “take it easy” or “life is good.” Costa Ricans use it as a “hello,” “goodbye,” or even as an answer to “what’s up” or “how are you?” Pura vida isn’t just a saying though; it’s a way of life. It stands for a lifestyle in which one is very appreciative, constantly optimistic, and enjoys life regardless of the circumstances. Traveling the world really makes you realize that no matter how bad things seem, there is always someone less fortunate than you. After gaining this perspective, trivial daily annoyances don’t seem so bad anymore. Imagine what a better place the world would be if everyone adopted this “no worries, life is good” mindset. Life is too short to be anything but happy, so let’s all start livin’ pura vida. ✌
To contact me please email livinpuravidablog[at]gmail[dot]com