On my 36th birthday, that question still annoys me! I can remember thinking to myself in high school, while applying to colleges, being asked that question over and over again. It has such a negative effect on me. Did people really expect a detailed answer? I still don’t have an answer at 36! For me, Everyone has the right to write their own story. I went to college, went to trade schools, traveled, lived in many places and continue to honor my truths. It wasn’t easy then and isn’t easy now. All I have ever known how to do is to work as hard as I could and never settle. If it didn’t feel good or right to me then I shouldn’t do it…….. That’s what ever made any sense to me. At age 19 I opened my first business which is still going after 17 years! 17 years, is that for real? My life as an Aesthetician has been incredible and continues to grow and change, just the way life for me should be. I have always been a creature that loves to learn and experience life in ways that many call the road not taken. What I can share with you is that my work has always been to listen to the voice inside my head and that feeling in my heart. My truth. Which many over the years have challenged in ways that I could have never imagined and still challenged. However, as I get older I have realized the harder the challenge, the more “they” say I can’t or I shouldn’t the more it fuels my truth and fire. I have such a passion for life and the gifts the universe has given. My hopes, goals are to always stay open and present enough to not miss any! Some challenges I thought I would never survive and some were filled with so much magic and love that at times I didn’t even believe that moments like that were real. That’s life for you isn’t it? I do my best to take the good, the bad, and honor it all. Work through it, learn from it, listen to it, and for me always make it sparkle no matter how down and dirty life gets. I was with one of my littlest mermaids the other day, she’s 9. We were making a time capsule to bury in the yard for her birthday that she plans to open when she graduates high school. At age 9 she knows, who she is going to marry, where the wedding will take place, her wedding song, how many kids she is having, what kind of car she is going to drive (a red range rover by the way), the house she is going to live in, what college she sill attend etc… She knows exactly what she wants as clear as day. I never, ever had any of those visions, ever. I still don’t. I sat there and smiled with slight envy that this little mermaid knew exactly what she wanted at age 9! She then looked at me and said what do you want to be when you grow up? See, she doesn’t put me in the “adult” category, because in her words she says I’m too fun, I do too many fun things, I wear too many bright colors, I don’t have kids and Christos and I like each other to much. This warms my heart and makes me giggle every time I try to tell her my age, she never believes me. The point, whether you know exactly what your life is going to look like or still have zero clue, its all good!
Which leads us to our present moment and what is in store for our next chapter. After 17 years in skincare, fitness and wellness, 7 years with my second business, Sup East Coast Style I have with my husband, we are expanding into our next adventure that he has been asking to do since 2009! (Never a dull moment) Sup East Coast Style was born in 2009, when I moved back to the east coast from California. Each year the business has organically evolved and still continues to surprise us ever year in the direction we take it into. With endless support, long hours, lots of eye rolls and are you serious, but ok comments from my husband Christos, we are finally able to put one of his products into full swing, Active Lifestyle Adventure Retreats. We kicked off 2018 with our first two in Portsmouth Nh. aka Fun Fecta, Paddle, Fly and Dine. Fly? Whats that you may be thinking… Well its aerial yoga! For all of these Active Lifestyle Retreats we have partnered with a dear friend, aerial yoga instructor, fellow mermaid and what we like to call our retreat guru specialist, Carrie from SolShine Retreats https://www.solshineretreats.com
Fun- Fecta, Portsmouth NH
Our Next Active Lifestyle Adventure Retreat takes us to Puerto Rico
Many of our adventures will be based on Sup Races and Events, but that activity is part of our “al-la-carte” menu of things to do. The concept behind all of this was to share our love for adventure, travel, the water, discovering places to paddle, continuing to introduce people to paddle, giving back to communities, supporting SUP events, meeting like minded people and creating amazing friendships and memories along the way. To refuel our minds, bodies and spirit with all of the activities we love to share with all of you! And to discover new ones too! Just like our new discovery and love for aerial yoga. After we took our first aerial class with Carrie, we were hooked! We just wanted to hang upside down any chance we could. After a paddling, spinning or any one of our workouts, aerial yoga feels amazing. Our goal is to be able to paddle, explore, discover, and hang upside in all our adventures that are unique in there own way but the common thread in all of them are exactly what they were created for, the active lifestyle. To register too join us in Puerto Rico click this link: https://www.solshineretreats.com
After Puerto Rico, Sup East Coast Style Active Lifestyle Adventure Retreats head to Key West for a long weekend. We have created awesomeness and can’t wait for this one to go live for you all to check out and register for!
Details for our Key West Active Lifestyle Adventure Retreat, the last weekend in April will be open for regsitration soon. In the mean time visit https://www.solshineretreats.com
“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct
individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”
“I am not lucky. You know what I am? I am smart, I am talented, I take advantage of the opportunities that come my way and I work really, really, really hard. Don’t call me lucky.”
Well, What do I want to do with rest of my life? Time will only tell and the best is yet to come.