Hey you, yes you! You’re doing great. No, better than great. You’re doing awesome. It’s hard not to open this app and feel like less than. But you can’t compare your inside to someone else’s outside. Nobody’s life is perfect. Nobody is more worth being than you. I have to remember this often. It’s hard not to feel like I should never be stressed, have bad days, or be less than perfect when that’s all I see on social media. If you feel that way too, know that we all do. Also, you’re beautiful just the way you are.
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Floating up into a solid ball of fish - surreal is the closest word I can find. Spending time in such well preserved places like the Galapagos helps me to appreciate how important it is to care about our planet. Sometimes in big cities we forget where we came from - the sea. And time is really of the essence. Time to only eat sustainably caught fish, to eat less meat overall, and I’m speaking to myself here, to fly less, but also to demand the cleaner technology that undoubtedly already exists and is lobbied out of production, so that we don’t have to go backwards in progress. I know we can move forward to something cleaner and more sustainable. We all just have to insist on it.
Another perspective. This is the same spot as the last photo, but from my favorite place - under the blue. Im realizing now that I want 2020 to be all about water. Tell me where your favorite place is for amazing sea creatures. I’m making an adventure list. _______________________________ Taken by @jfur07 on day two of #bmtmadventures Galápagos. This week we’ve swam with tons of turtles, sharks, seahorses, sea lions, and climbed volcanoes. It’s been magical. I love these tours and the people they allow me to share these experiences with.
Let the #bmtmadventures begin! This week I’ve welcomed 14 women to join me on an adventure around the Galapagos and our adventure began here in Las Grietas. The brackish water is super clear and such an intense blue. Floating here with women who have joined past tours or are coming for the first time was, as it always is, surreal. What an honor to get to share the world with a few of you guys from time to time. It’s a literal dream come true. We have an amazing week ahead of sea lions, sea turtles, sharks and volcano hikes. Bring it on!
My guide, Sylvia, warned us that this would be an experiment. She said it was possible that we would see nothing, but then, there was a possibility that it could be amazing. So we rolled the dice. On the remote island of Española, on the last day of my week sailing with @andando_tours, we jumped into the water to find a school of spotted eagle rays, flying gently through the clear blue. Swipe to see my view swimming down amongst them. I was already overjoyed, until I saw hammerheads swimming below them, followed by Galapagos sharks (you’ll see that footage on my YouTube in a couple weeks - link in bio). I didn’t know it could be this good all within 30 minutes. There’s nothing like the ocean. It truly feels like home. (📷: @jfur07)
The ocean I grew up knowing was cold and dark, with big waves and strong undertow. As a kid I didn’t care. Swimming took precedence over everything else. I don’t know where that innate love of water came from, but I’m so damn grateful. It made me care about the planet, the animals, and keeping it all clean. now I realize the ocean can be clear and so full of visible life! In the Galapagos, swimming with penguins, sea lions, schools of eagle rays, and even hammerheads, with just a mask and snorkel, - no tank needed - blew my mind. I’ve never seen such abundance under the water. People told me that the snorkeling could be even better than the scuba in the Galapagos and I totally believe them now (catch @jfur07 on the cover and at the end with the sea lions!) what an amazing week of sailing with @andando_tours.
Hola Chica. First take away after a week in the Galapagos: I’m obsessed with sea lions. They hang out almost everywhere, and they remind me so much of dogs, so no wonder I’m so delighted by them! The best part is right now is the season when they give birth, so there are tiny pups everywhere too. Stay tuned, I’ve got lots of footage of swimming with them. It’s magical! Massive love to the SS Mary Anne for such a stellar week at sea. What a fantastic itinerary you guys created.