Growth comes at the point of resistance: What I learned on summer vacation

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A heartfelt emphatically present, incrementally inspiring mom or dad or coach can liberate an ambitious child to take the world by the horns. As adults, we have to take responsibility for ourselves and nurture a healthy, liberated mind-set. We need to put ourselves out there, give it our all, and reap the lesson, win or lose. The fact of the matter is that there will be nothing learned from any challenge in which we don’t try our hardest. Growth comes at the point of resistance. We learn by pushing ourselves and finding what really lies at the outer reaches of our abilities.  -Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence (Highly recommended vacation reading)

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And just like that…our vacation in Costa Rica is coming to a close as we wrap up our final day.  Three weeks have gone by quickly, but the trip has served our purpose—providing a beautiful new and relaxing space for exploration and unwinding, and for making us realize how fortunate we are with our day-to-day lives back in Takoma Park, MD.  We’ve also faced some difficult questions and sought answers to those questions. Most importantly, we are now ready to return home—refreshed and excited for what the remainder of summer will entail.

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That’s it for the serious stuff. Now, the bucket list of I’ve really enjoyed and will miss about Costa Rica:
Our Lomas home in Neuvo Colon, Finca Mirador
Cooking at Finca Mirador (even when my bread was a TOTAL flop)
The local beach, Playa Matapaolo
Beach time and yoga play with the kids
4 am yoga practices and watching the sunrise
Flora and fauna of all kinds
Butterflies and humming birds
MONKEYS (currently howling in the background)
The Coco Loco drink at Playa Flamingo
Nature arts and crafts with Diya
Dhyan learns sequencing and relationships—dropping duck and water bottle game and putting on mommy’s sunglasses
Observing Diiya’s vocabulary explosion
Spending time with Granny Sue
Visits from Diya’s big cousins
Mommy-daughter outings
Hot springs at the Arenal volcano
Long beautiful sunsets with my amazing husband
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