What Does It REALLY Mean to Us to Live An Epic Life?

Let me share a little secret with you all...


well it's not so much a secret as maybe a 'weird' fact about Romeo and I...

I know we call ourselves 'The Epic Duo' and we always talk about following your crazy wild dreams because we do and it's awesome to live out those craziest dreams...

however... you know what our greatest desire was for years?

On the few days that Romeo would be off work from his job as a fast food manager, and I would be off from working retail, or call centre or which ever job I had at the moment - when we would have one or two days off in a row together...

you know what we would do?



Go grocery shopping 

And I mean...ALL DAY.

We are HUGE FOODIES and we would always plan to eat something for dinner that would require one special ingredient, and so we would visit like 5 grocery stores in one day - just looking for that one ingredient.



This is what we used to ABSOLUTELY LOVE to do.

And in passing, we would always say..."wouldn't it be awesome if we could just do this everyday?"

This was before we really started dreaming...these were the beginning baby steps towards our dreams.

And although we have done some crazy epic sh*t the past few years - travelling and having fun, and creating the most incredible memories...

You know what we do day to day?

We visit the local grocery stores.



In fact, whenever we move to a new location, the FIRST thing we do is check out the grocery stores...even before the beach! lol

And we sort of forgot about that 'simple dream' we used to have about how we would want to live our day to day life.

But here we are now...doing exactly that.

Because when you really break it down - it's about living the life YOU want to live in its simplest terms.

And although it may seem silly to others that we love to visit grocery stores...this is what we LOVE to do.

I love and appreciate ALL of our adventures - however, it's the everyday life we lead that fills me with a deep contentment that we created this life all on our terms.

That is what we also mean by living an 'Epic Life'.

It's on YOUR terms of what YOU define as your dream, no matter what that dream may be.

No matter how 'weird' it may sound to others.

It's YOUR dream.

That is why we urge you to think of YOUR perfect day - because that is what keeps everything at its simplest and that's what life can truly be.

So what is that 'simple' thing that you would LOVE to do - or ARE already doing - that makes you feel at ease and contented with your life?

because we certainly do ;)

Much Love and Pura Vida!

Kat & Romeo

 

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My Top 9 Favourite Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes That I Live By - Top List

If you follow Romeo and I on our Facebook Fanpage The Epic Duo then you know we are HUGE Ralph Waldo Emerson fans.

Emerson's work definitely resonates deeply with me and so I decided to compile this list of my top 9 favourite Emerson quotes as they each have a very significant meaning in my journey of following our dreams through entrepreneurship.

And what's interesting?

This journey has everything to do with a complete transformation WITHIN - I mean, isn't that what life is all about?

Looking within us in order to find that peace and contentment?

Which of course brings me to my first quote:

Over 3 years ago, Romeo and I set out to create our dreams into reality - and to be honest, we didn't even know what that really MEANT.

At the time, I thought it meant being job-free, spending more time together, being location independent and building a business that we could operate from anywhere in the world.

And maybe those all sound like HUGE dreams - at the time, we decided to just go for it..and if we were going to "do this" we were going to go BIG or not at all.

Well, it's now three years later and we have accomplished all of the above.

We live in Costa Rica, we spend each day together how we want, we are running an incredible business online - and one thing we didn't expect - we get to work with the coolest people we have ever met thus far from all over the world - and we pretty much do what we want day-to-day.

Trust me, knowing what I know NOW - this is all possible for anyone - it just takes a decision (which will lead me to another quote but that's a little further down ;)

So what does 'following your dreams' ACTUALLY mean?

It means being completely happy and at peace with WHO YOU ARE.

Yep - these past three years have led me down a path of full self-discovery - from battling depression and addiciton for years to now being happy in my own skin.

This is a revelation and THIS is what life is all about.

So always remember this quote:

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself” 
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Which leads me to...

What does this really mean?

That we tend to 'get in our own way'.

For years, I got in my own way of attaining happiness which is how I define success.

When I finally allowed myself to BELIEVE I could do it, that I was worth going after those crazy dreams - I began to unravel all the old crappy beliefs I lived with for years.

Beliefs like: "I don't deserve to be happy."

"I'm not good enough - what makes me think I could be successful?"

And on and on and on with the negative self-talk..

When I finally decided to ALLOW myself to believe in the possibility of change, happiness and success...things began to change.

So, get out of your own way and realize there is a TON to appreciate in yourself - stand in your own brilliant LIGHT because you are wonderful!

“Most of the shadows of life are caused by standing in our own sunshine.” 
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

And of course, unless you try something new - unless you step out of your comfort zone...

You will never grow...

Change can only happen if you have the willingness to do something different, and although it can be scary sometimes, it's the only way to create the life of your dreams.

That's how I did it - I tend to live outside of my comfort zone on a daily basis now - and it's funny - now I am more and more comfortable living outside of my comfort zone ;)

So remember this...

“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Which ALSO means - be ok with making mistakes along the way.

Funny how these all lead into one another :)

In my book there is no such thing as failure - failure would be completely quitting and I think once you begin this journey of self-discovery towards your dreams, it's impossible to stop.

You will be faced with challenges and the important thing is to always get back up - learn to go around, over, under, sideways or any way possible to get through those challenges because on the other side, is yet another success.

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” 
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

And how do you face obstacles and living outside your comfort zone?

By realizing that it is ALL a journey - a wonderful, exciting, incredible journey - be present for it, don't miss it.

These 3 years have been the greatest years of my life so far - filled with the most EPIC adventures as well as the most EPIC fails - and it's all wonderful because I have never felt the most ALIVE.

I used to feel like I was asleep for years - suppressing my dreams and emotions - and it has truly been an awakening process to live by these principles that Emerson shares.

“One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour. Write it on your hear that every day is the best day of the year.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

And trust me, when Romeo and I relocated to Costa Rica - my inner world still had to catch up.

Even though we changed our life, and began travelling and building our business when we first started - dreams began to come true - my inner world still had some catching up to do.

I had to dive deep inside and search out those feelings of happiness and peace - truly allowing myself to appreciate my success and be deserving of it - fully allowing it into my life - it was a process.

So remember...

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Which leads me to what I have already been alluding to - to be yourself is the greatest accomplishment!

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Which leads me to another powerful lesson from Emerson...

This journey of online entrepreneurship has been the most worthwhile and satisfying endevour I have ever undertaken.

In my past, I always felt lost when it came to career and work - I jumped around from job to job and I never fully felt like I found my calling and what I was meant to do with my life.

And part of me believed that I would never really be able to live my passion AND make money doing it - I mean, doesn't society sort of teach us that?

That passion and work are seperate?

Well, it was quite a pleasant surprise, which also took me a little while to fully accept that I could LOVE what I do - it does not feel like work.

Don't get me wrong however - this is the toughest thing I have ever done - it has challeneged me to pursue new skills and I continue to face new challenges and new knoweldge to apply.

But you know that quote?

If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life?

Well, I pinch myself often when I think about the fact that I am able to run this business online - on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, blogging, cutting videos for YouTube, and working with an awesome tribe of fully inspired and passionate entrepreneurs from around the world...and I get to make money doing this??

It is another one of the reasons I feel FULLY ALIVE - because I absolutely LOVE what I do - I am passionate about this and it just makes my life so worthwhile to be able to do this and HELP OTHERS do the same!

That's the amazing thing - I am able to help others follow their dreams!

How cool is that?

So firstly ask yourself, are you doing what you LOVE??

If not, why NOT??

Go out and WIN in life and business and always remember:

“Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

And if it's not clear above..always be LED BY YOUR DREAMS!

What you focus on EXPANDS - put your focus on creating a life of YOUR dreams!

“Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

And finally realize this:

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

It truly takes a decision - trust me, everything begins to fall into place after that.

What is the decision?

Ask yourself what you TRULY DESIRE and want for your life?

Start there, ask the question and be honest with yourself.

Allow yourself to believe that your dream life is absolutely possible - that's how it all started for me :)

So which one of these Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes MOST RESONATES with you?

Or is there a quote I did not include that you love from Ralph Waldo Emerson?

I would love to know in the comments!

 

Much Love and Pura Vida!

Kat ;)

 

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By the way, have you ever heard of the Perfect Day Exercise?

Read more here: What is Your Perfect day? - How To Create Your Perfect Day

 

 

 

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What is Your Perfect day? - How To Create Your Perfect Day

If there is one thing I would recommend EVERYONE do it's the Perfect Day Exercise.

This has been one of the most powerful tools I have used to consistently create my dream life into reality.

What is The Perfect Day Exercise?

Watch the video and then sit down with a pen and paper and answer the question:

What is Your Perfect Day?

The key here is to be as specific and detailed as possible in your visualization.

What do you see?

What do you feel?

What do you hear?

What are those little details in this Perfect Day mini-movie that you create?

The more specific you are - the better because it becomes more powerful.

What will happen over time as well is this movie may begin to play in your mind and each time it does, it becomes even more specific - continue to add details and emotionalize it.

This has worked for me over and over and over again - and what's interesting is the Perfect Day would always be even more amazing in my real life when it materialized into reality.

Visualization and imagination is one of the most powerful tools right at our fingertips - use this to your advantage - this power lies within you for a reason.

“Visualization and belief in a pattern of reality, Activates the creative power of Realization.”
―A. L. Linall, Jr.

I hope you enjoyed the video: What is Your Perfect day? - How To Create Your Perfect Day

I would love to know YOUR Perfect day - let me know in the comments below a snippet from your 'perfect day' mini-movie!

Now, let's make it into reality!

Much love and Pura Vida!

Kat ;)

Want to know how we created our dream lifestyle?

Check out this video where we share the 3 Principles we have lived by and how we just celebrated being job free for 3 years!

And the awesome part? How you can do it too ;) 

 

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A Formula for Success - Living Your Dreams and Your Truest Desire and Purpose Within

Yes...there is a formula.

Yes..the steps are all there.

The question is - do you have that Burning Desire to fulfill your dreams?

It's almost like an ever present ache - an ever present thought, upon waking, throughout the day and while falling asleep.

It's a dream that consumes your waking life.

A truly Magnificent Obsession.

Some may view this as "over the top"..but us dreamers...we cannot imagine living without this level of passion for our dreams.

It's where our heart, and true feeling of aliveness stems from.

And this is what is required in overcoming ALL obstacles and challenges that present themselves.

We have heard all the quotes out there..

About stepping outside of your comfort zone.

Everything is outside of our comfort zone.

Face your fears.

What does it all mean though?

It means to face your dream with courage, making a decision to do whatever it takes, and getting used to living with that uncofmrtable feeling of constantly being STRETCHED.

Sometimes, it feels almost unbearable...

Too much..

We want to just retreat..rest, relax for a bit, go back to old patterns and behaviours...

But that desire within us won't let us.

And you know the hardest thing about it all?

Developing complete and utter faith and trust in the process - of what is to come - of the belief that our dreams WILL happen.

This is probably the hardest - because sometimes our reality may try to trick us into believing that what we SEE is more real than anything.

Except that ache within us tells us there is more - there is so much more out there - and we must stretch ourselves to get there.

No matter where you are in your journey - just know dreams DEFINITELY come true - but it's really about our growth and who we allow ourselves to become.

To chip away at old beliefs, at old identities, at old thought patterns and conditioned behaviours - to break free from all this, may be the most challenging feeling of all.

That's where the feeling of being constantly stretched comes in - because your are expanding into an even greater version of yourself.

Like that butterfly when it is first breaking out of its cocoon.

“Any transition serious enough to alter your definition of self will require not just small adjustments in your way of living and thinking but a full-on metamorphosis.” 
― Martha N. Beck

It's EXACTLY like that process.

And through the process - to the outside world, and in "reality", it looks like nothing is happening while the caterpillar is within it's cocoon. It looks as though it is just resting.

But inside - EVERYTHING is changing. Literally, its tissues, limbs and organs are changing and wings are formed.

It is a complete metamorphosis.

And it is the most painful part of the process - then to finally break free of that cocoon and emerge into the world as a fully formed butterfly may seem like it happened overnight.

But only the butterfly knows all that happened before, and only WE, as dream creators know that there is a process.

Trust the process.

Keep growing.

Keep stretching.

And see what beauty emerges.

Much love and Pura Vida!

Kat ;)

 

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The Most Enchanted and Magical Waterfall in Ojochal Costa Rica

Sounds like I'm exaggerating huh?

Well...the only way I can describe it was like Romeo and I stepped into some other world...full of wonder, magic, and completely surrounded by nature.

To be honest, I didn't expect to "top" our most magical experiences, a lot of them from the past three years of travel and adventure.

Like the time we saw our first beach in Costa Rica, after a two hour hike, and we found a secret beach in the jungle...

Or the time we stayed in Arenal and had a volcano in our backyard...

Or the time we went zip-lining on one of the highest zip-lines in the world...

Or the time we found a beach filled not with sand, but with crushed sea shells in Conchal...

Or the time we lived in a condo overlooking the ocean, mountains and jungles with the most epic sunrises...

Or HECK, even the view we experienced only a month ago...

As you can see, there have been a lot of *EPIC* experiences...

So when we hiked to this little waterfall, and went down the steps, and "entered" this place...

It left me completely in awe the whole time we stayed.

We stayed for a few hours, there was no one there..and as I sat there, looking around and just letting the surroundings flow through my body and mind...

I literally felt everything expand.

My dreams.

My vision.

The possibilities of everything to come.

The past three years...have been an incredible journey, and the most powerful part of it all, is that it has been both an experience of 'peeling away' the old, limiting beliefs of my past...and allowing my mind to picture and expand the potential and power within me...and the size of my vision and dreams has continued to exponentially increase.

“You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” 
― Dr. Seuss

We will definitely be visitng this waterfall many times, and I feel like this area of Costa Rica is home now.

I'm loving the Ojochal area due to the abundance of nature, wildlife and just so much GREEN everywhere.

The air is different - the feeling is different and it truly feels like a dream come true to have found this place.

If you are ever in Costa Rica...I recommend visiting this abundant place of magic and pure beauty.

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Pura Vida!

Kat & Romeo

Here is that "magical" shot that really shows the essence of why I deem this place ENCHANTED!

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