TO LIVING AUTHENTICALLY, COURAGEOUSLY AND WITH YOUR WHOLE HEART.

It’s so funny because when people know that I love tea and am in fact a tea-maker #HEARTea they assume that I must hate coffee. As if coffee and tea are mortal enemies.
Truly I’m in the business of sharing culture. I love tea because in my culture, and so many others of the #Orient so many heart-to-heart moments are shared over cups of tea. 
But coffee has ceremonies and heart full connections too, as seen in Ethiopia. And to be honest, I’m in love the experience, not the vehicle.
This morning I made Cuban Coffee with #Milagro Costa Rican coffee and sweet coconut milk. It’s been years since I first had it with my aunt Ayan and it’s definitely #FBF worthy.
It’s so funny because when people know that I love tea and am in fact a tea-maker #HEARTea they assume that I must hate coffee. As if coffee and tea are mortal enemies.
Truly I’m in the business of sharing culture. I love tea because in my culture, and so many others of the #Orient so many heart-to-heart moments are shared over cups of tea. 
But coffee has ceremonies and heart full connections too, as seen in Ethiopia. And to be honest, I’m in love the experience, not the vehicle.
This morning I made Cuban Coffee with #Milagro Costa Rican coffee and sweet coconut milk. It’s been years since I first had it with my aunt Ayan and it’s definitely #FBF worthy.

It’s so funny because when people know that I love tea and am in fact a tea-maker #HEARTea they assume that I must hate coffee. As if coffee and tea are mortal enemies.
Truly I’m in the business of sharing culture. I love tea because in my culture, and so many others of the #Orient so many heart-to-heart moments are shared over cups of tea.
But coffee has ceremonies and heart full connections too, as seen in Ethiopia. And to be honest, I’m in love the experience, not the vehicle.
This morning I made Cuban Coffee with #Milagro Costa Rican coffee and sweet coconut milk. It’s been years since I first had it with my aunt Ayan and it’s definitely #FBF worthy.

"Happiness, well-being, conformity and satisfaction is what “Pura vida” reflects; it identifies a Costa Rican wherever he or she may be. When you say, hear or see “Pura vida”, the facial expression of the person changes and a smile is drawn on his face. It is a very meaningful word for us “ticos” (Costa Ricans) because it reminds us of home and its beauty." - Nuria, Pocket Culture
 (at Cafe Milagro)
"Happiness, well-being, conformity and satisfaction is what “Pura vida” reflects; it identifies a Costa Rican wherever he or she may be. When you say, hear or see “Pura vida”, the facial expression of the person changes and a smile is drawn on his face. It is a very meaningful word for us “ticos” (Costa Ricans) because it reminds us of home and its beauty." - Nuria, Pocket Culture
 (at Cafe Milagro)

"Happiness, well-being, conformity and satisfaction is what “Pura vida” reflects; it identifies a Costa Rican wherever he or she may be. When you say, hear or see “Pura vida”, the facial expression of the person changes and a smile is drawn on his face. It is a very meaningful word for us “ticos” (Costa Ricans) because it reminds us of home and its beauty." - Nuria, Pocket Culture
(at Cafe Milagro)

Ayan means “Lucky” in Somali and is often a name given to children with difficult births. My mom fell on her stomach when she was 8 mos pregnant and immediately went into labor. The doctors expected for me to be handicapped due to the impact of her fall. Once I came out uninjured, she quickly changed from “Faisa” after her sister to “Ayan”. #aboutme (at Playa Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.)
Ayan means “Lucky” in Somali and is often a name given to children with difficult births. My mom fell on her stomach when she was 8 mos pregnant and immediately went into labor. The doctors expected for me to be handicapped due to the impact of her fall. Once I came out uninjured, she quickly changed from “Faisa” after her sister to “Ayan”. #aboutme (at Playa Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.)

Ayan means “Lucky” in Somali and is often a name given to children with difficult births. My mom fell on her stomach when she was 8 mos pregnant and immediately went into labor. The doctors expected for me to be handicapped due to the impact of her fall. Once I came out uninjured, she quickly changed from “Faisa” after her sister to “Ayan”. #aboutme (at Playa Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.)

jugo de piña y banana | afternoon pick me up. (at Playa Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica)
jugo de piña y banana | afternoon pick me up. (at Playa Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica)

jugo de piña y banana | afternoon pick me up. (at Playa Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica)

Breakfast everyday with a cup of Ginger chai. 

#papaya #chai #teamaker #tea  #thewholehearted #TWHD  (at Quépos, Costa Rica.)
Breakfast everyday with a cup of Ginger chai. 

#papaya #chai #teamaker #tea  #thewholehearted #TWHD  (at Quépos, Costa Rica.)

Breakfast everyday with a cup of Ginger chai.

#papaya #chai #teamaker #tea #thewholehearted #TWHD (at Quépos, Costa Rica.)

For Mohini, Lilith, the Sirens, the Sphinx, Circe, Cleopatra, and Eve. #femmefatales #misunderstood
For Mohini, Lilith, the Sirens, the Sphinx, Circe, Cleopatra, and Eve. #femmefatales #misunderstood

For Mohini, Lilith, the Sirens, the Sphinx, Circe, Cleopatra, and Eve. #femmefatales #misunderstood

On my flight over, I began reading this book called, “What is Sufism?” to learn about the mysticism that wooed so many of my favorites from Hafiz to Rumi. 

The book begins by using the ocean as an analogy for spirituality where the ocean’s depth represent The Infinite Oneness of the Source, and we, man, stand at the finite shores. If orthodox religion is like a great tidal wave that beats onto shore, then Sufism is the practice of the ebb of this wave that loses form as it returns back to the Source.

This is what this picture feels like. Every time I’m in the ocean, I swim as far out as I can and float - feeling the sun shine on my face as I lose all figure and form to be one. I never had words for it until reading this book, but that’s exactly floating feels - losing yourself to the One.

#sufi #sufism #costarica #ocean #pacificocean #thewholehearted #TWHD  (at Pacific Ocean.)
On my flight over, I began reading this book called, “What is Sufism?” to learn about the mysticism that wooed so many of my favorites from Hafiz to Rumi. 

The book begins by using the ocean as an analogy for spirituality where the ocean’s depth represent The Infinite Oneness of the Source, and we, man, stand at the finite shores. If orthodox religion is like a great tidal wave that beats onto shore, then Sufism is the practice of the ebb of this wave that loses form as it returns back to the Source.

This is what this picture feels like. Every time I’m in the ocean, I swim as far out as I can and float - feeling the sun shine on my face as I lose all figure and form to be one. I never had words for it until reading this book, but that’s exactly floating feels - losing yourself to the One.

#sufi #sufism #costarica #ocean #pacificocean #thewholehearted #TWHD  (at Pacific Ocean.)

On my flight over, I began reading this book called, “What is Sufism?” to learn about the mysticism that wooed so many of my favorites from Hafiz to Rumi.

The book begins by using the ocean as an analogy for spirituality where the ocean’s depth represent The Infinite Oneness of the Source, and we, man, stand at the finite shores. If orthodox religion is like a great tidal wave that beats onto shore, then Sufism is the practice of the ebb of this wave that loses form as it returns back to the Source.

This is what this picture feels like. Every time I’m in the ocean, I swim as far out as I can and float - feeling the sun shine on my face as I lose all figure and form to be one. I never had words for it until reading this book, but that’s exactly floating feels - losing yourself to the One.

#sufi #sufism #costarica #ocean #pacificocean #thewholehearted #TWHD (at Pacific Ocean.)

Meet Angel. He’s the groundskeeper at Layla Resort. We quickly became friends although we didn’t speak the same language (I managed some French-infused Spanglish) and he would show me all the delicious fruits growing on the grounds.
This is a “Pitaya Roja” also known as a “red-fleshed dragon fruit” 


#dragonfruit #red #pitaya #angel #laylaresort #thewholehearted #TWHD  (at Layla Resort Quepos)
Meet Angel. He’s the groundskeeper at Layla Resort. We quickly became friends although we didn’t speak the same language (I managed some French-infused Spanglish) and he would show me all the delicious fruits growing on the grounds.
This is a “Pitaya Roja” also known as a “red-fleshed dragon fruit” 


#dragonfruit #red #pitaya #angel #laylaresort #thewholehearted #TWHD  (at Layla Resort Quepos)

Meet Angel. He’s the groundskeeper at Layla Resort. We quickly became friends although we didn’t speak the same language (I managed some French-infused Spanglish) and he would show me all the delicious fruits growing on the grounds.
This is a “Pitaya Roja” also known as a “red-fleshed dragon fruit”


#dragonfruit #red #pitaya #angel #laylaresort #thewholehearted #TWHD (at Layla Resort Quepos)

See this tree behind me? It’s a Moringa Oleifera tree, the most nutrient dense plant yet discovered. Fidel Castro calls, “The Cure to Cancer” and it’s been used to treat malnutrition for hundreds of years because the leaves have 
92 Nutrients
46 Antioxidants
36 Anti-Inflammatories
18 Amino Acids and all 9 Essential Amino Acids

It’s some potent stuff and in tea form it’s 300x stronger.

As a tea maker you know I brought some back and plan to share these goodies with you soon!

#thewholehearted #HEARTea #moringa #tea #moringaoleifera #teamaker #TWHD (at Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica)
See this tree behind me? It’s a Moringa Oleifera tree, the most nutrient dense plant yet discovered. Fidel Castro calls, “The Cure to Cancer” and it’s been used to treat malnutrition for hundreds of years because the leaves have 
92 Nutrients
46 Antioxidants
36 Anti-Inflammatories
18 Amino Acids and all 9 Essential Amino Acids

It’s some potent stuff and in tea form it’s 300x stronger.

As a tea maker you know I brought some back and plan to share these goodies with you soon!

#thewholehearted #HEARTea #moringa #tea #moringaoleifera #teamaker #TWHD (at Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica)

See this tree behind me? It’s a Moringa Oleifera tree, the most nutrient dense plant yet discovered. Fidel Castro calls, “The Cure to Cancer” and it’s been used to treat malnutrition for hundreds of years because the leaves have
92 Nutrients
46 Antioxidants
36 Anti-Inflammatories
18 Amino Acids and all 9 Essential Amino Acids

It’s some potent stuff and in tea form it’s 300x stronger.

As a tea maker you know I brought some back and plan to share these goodies with you soon!

#thewholehearted #HEARTea #moringa #tea #moringaoleifera #teamaker #TWHD (at Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica)

See this tree behind me? It’s a Moringa Oleifera tree, the most nutrient dense plant yet discovered. Fidel Castro calls, “The Cure to Cancer” and it’s been used to treat malnutrition for hundreds of years because the leaves have 
92 Nutrients
46 Antioxidants
36 Anti-Inflammatories
18 Amino Acids and all 9 Essential Amino Acids

It’s some potent stuff and in tea form it’s 300x stronger.

As a tea maker you know I brought some back and plan to share these goodies with you soon!

#thewholehearted #HEARTea #moringa #tea #moringaoleifera #teamaker #TWHD 
 (at Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica)
See this tree behind me? It’s a Moringa Oleifera tree, the most nutrient dense plant yet discovered. Fidel Castro calls, “The Cure to Cancer” and it’s been used to treat malnutrition for hundreds of years because the leaves have 
92 Nutrients
46 Antioxidants
36 Anti-Inflammatories
18 Amino Acids and all 9 Essential Amino Acids

It’s some potent stuff and in tea form it’s 300x stronger.

As a tea maker you know I brought some back and plan to share these goodies with you soon!

#thewholehearted #HEARTea #moringa #tea #moringaoleifera #teamaker #TWHD 
 (at Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica)

See this tree behind me? It’s a Moringa Oleifera tree, the most nutrient dense plant yet discovered. Fidel Castro calls, “The Cure to Cancer” and it’s been used to treat malnutrition for hundreds of years because the leaves have
92 Nutrients
46 Antioxidants
36 Anti-Inflammatories
18 Amino Acids and all 9 Essential Amino Acids

It’s some potent stuff and in tea form it’s 300x stronger.

As a tea maker you know I brought some back and plan to share these goodies with you soon!

#thewholehearted #HEARTea #moringa #tea #moringaoleifera #teamaker #TWHD
(at Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica)

This rainy Atlanta morning calls for flashbacks to Costa Rica - starting with my eternal love for rambutan. (at Quépos, Costa Rica.)
This rainy Atlanta morning calls for flashbacks to Costa Rica - starting with my eternal love for rambutan. (at Quépos, Costa Rica.)

This rainy Atlanta morning calls for flashbacks to Costa Rica - starting with my eternal love for rambutan. (at Quépos, Costa Rica.)

Latergram ft my LADY LOVES. (at A3C Block Party.)
Latergram ft my LADY LOVES. (at A3C Block Party.)

Latergram ft my LADY LOVES. (at A3C Block Party.)

Shared so much love in my city this weekend for A3C. Super symbolic, reincarnating the great Dr MLK’s energy in his old stomping grounds. As much as I travel, I must say - forever I love Atlanta. #fila #A3C #love #mlk #martinlutherking #thewholehearted #FAMO (at ParkGrounds)
Shared so much love in my city this weekend for A3C. Super symbolic, reincarnating the great Dr MLK’s energy in his old stomping grounds. As much as I travel, I must say - forever I love Atlanta. #fila #A3C #love #mlk #martinlutherking #thewholehearted #FAMO (at ParkGrounds)

Shared so much love in my city this weekend for A3C. Super symbolic, reincarnating the great Dr MLK’s energy in his old stomping grounds. As much as I travel, I must say - forever I love Atlanta. #fila #A3C #love #mlk #martinlutherking #thewholehearted #FAMO (at ParkGrounds)

I was channeling my inner French woman today with a slicked back side part and petit foulard. #ootd #ayanzado
I was channeling my inner French woman today with a slicked back side part and petit foulard. #ootd #ayanzado

I was channeling my inner French woman today with a slicked back side part and petit foulard. #ootd #ayanzado

I’m fortunate to meet plenty of incredible people doing awesome things as I travel but when I meet The Whole-Hearted, I feel a pull to my heart strings. Yes, they are creating what they want to see in the world, they are courageous and compassionate but even more, they’ve done the underlying heart work necessary to do this authentically - which is the most important part.
After making her some chai, we shared stories, visions, perspectives and dreams. There are so many words of hers that I want to share with the world, but I think for The Whole-Hearted these are the most important: 

There are prayers being answered while you’re in the storm. Are you going to pay attention to the storms or the answered prayer?

Meet Chimene of @vagabroadjournals - and as she would say, “Journey Soulfully”

#thinkwholeheartedly #thewholehearted #vagabroadjournals #journeysoulfully #prayers #perspective #storytelling #courage #authenticity
I’m fortunate to meet plenty of incredible people doing awesome things as I travel but when I meet The Whole-Hearted, I feel a pull to my heart strings. Yes, they are creating what they want to see in the world, they are courageous and compassionate but even more, they’ve done the underlying heart work necessary to do this authentically - which is the most important part.
After making her some chai, we shared stories, visions, perspectives and dreams. There are so many words of hers that I want to share with the world, but I think for The Whole-Hearted these are the most important: 

There are prayers being answered while you’re in the storm. Are you going to pay attention to the storms or the answered prayer?

Meet Chimene of @vagabroadjournals - and as she would say, “Journey Soulfully”

#thinkwholeheartedly #thewholehearted #vagabroadjournals #journeysoulfully #prayers #perspective #storytelling #courage #authenticity

I’m fortunate to meet plenty of incredible people doing awesome things as I travel but when I meet The Whole-Hearted, I feel a pull to my heart strings. Yes, they are creating what they want to see in the world, they are courageous and compassionate but even more, they’ve done the underlying heart work necessary to do this authentically - which is the most important part.
After making her some chai, we shared stories, visions, perspectives and dreams. There are so many words of hers that I want to share with the world, but I think for The Whole-Hearted these are the most important:

There are prayers being answered while you’re in the storm. Are you going to pay attention to the storms or the answered prayer?

Meet Chimene of @vagabroadjournals - and as she would say, “Journey Soulfully”

#thinkwholeheartedly #thewholehearted #vagabroadjournals #journeysoulfully #prayers #perspective #storytelling #courage #authenticity