3 Things I learned on my journey in Baja with Root Adventures + GIVEAWAY!

Wow - to think it’s been over a month since I returned from Baja California Sur, Mexico with Root Adventures and I still RAVE about my experience.

This trip was truly one of a kind. From swimming with sea lions, to devouring ceviche (caught that morning) with my toes in the sand, to star gazing under the most incredible night sky from my glamping tent on our private island- yes, I GLAMPED - it was so special.

Breanne, founder of Root Adventures, graciously invited me to experience the trip and I was pumped! I packed my tarot cards and crystals and made my first ever trip to Mexico.

And while in this blog post I could go on and on about the details of what we did, I also want to share my 3 greatest takeaways and the lessons and moments that impacted me in just 4 days.

You truly CAN unplug - and be justtttt fine.

While I hope it’s not because I’m a millennial (insert eye roll), and maybe it’s because I’m a bit of a workaholic, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit the idea of having no access to cell service or Wifi didn’t make me sweat leading up to the trip.

But the gift of unplugging and finding presence will never disappoint. Particularly on the island, I felt more connected to my intuition (helpful in the tarot reading!) and creatively. I spent time on the boat and on the beach simply reflecting rather than DISTRACTING.

What was insightful and interesting was seeing all the women’s responses to not being plugged in and connected to their electronic. We all felt it on some level, some of us much more than others, and explored this in our conversations.

Learning from a diverse group of women is POWERFUL!

This was my absolute favorite thing about the trip. While the crystal clear blue water and whale watching were incredible, nothing beat the conversations I had over wine and great food at night, or on the beach under our umbrellas. The trip with Root was easily the most diverse mix of 16 women. From geographically where we were from, to age and experience. I LOVED that about this trip. To learn what each women has accomplished professionally, personally, and spiritually over her lifetime was so profound.

I gifted readings to each retreat guest, and really enjoyed having that 1:1 conversation with the women. I found that the themes, fears, and worries were all so similar. We’re far more similar and connected than we take the time to acknowledge.

The last evening of the trip we spent in a circle in one of the tents on camp. We went around and first reminded each woman of her superpower (the opening ice breaker question the trip leaders posed to the group) and collectively showered her in compliments and truths explaining why that IS her superpower. Hours passed, we closed the circle, and enjoyed that last moment of connection before returning to the “real” world the next day. Our piece of paradise held some beautiful memories.

Release - of expectations and control of the outcome - yields the best results.

This happened a few different ways this trip.

First, I didn’t obsessively research the island and glamping experience at Isla Espiritu Santo. Breanne was so warm, knowledgable, and organized in all our conversations leading up to the retreat, and assured me that my lack of camping experience was NO issue. I’d be comfortable, safe and ENJOY it.

While a part of me wanted to review my packing list 10 times over, and stress about the details, I instead challenged myself to embrace the unknown, remembering it’s an EXPERIENCE unlike anything I’ve ever done. I chose to trust myself a bit more.

Sure enough, I arrived and Camp Cecil had every amenity I’d dream of in a glamping experience & more. With a cold margarita in hand I watched the sunset, stowed my phone away, and just leaned into the uniqueness of this adventure.

Another way our group embraced the unknown and released expectations this trip was in our journey to the island. Because Espiritu Santo National Park is in the Sea of Cortez, and required an hour long boat journey to arrive on camp. Because of weather and wind, we were not able to make it to the island as soon as we had hoped. Bummer. BUT that’s the ebb and flow of travel, particularly adventure travel. Root Adventures and the team at Todos Santos Eco Adventures crafted new experiences to the itinerary including scenic hikes, picnics on the beach, kayaking and paddle boarding, and more. It worked out, perfectly.

In the end, weather settled down and we WERE able to spend our last evening on the island, and it was magic. I think it was no surprise that divine timing worked in our favor, and we were rewarded for our patience on the way to camp. We saw numerous whales on our boat ride in, and dolphins GALORE after our trip to snorkel and swim with the sea lions. Our guides and leaders (who were FANTASTIC!) reminded us that this doesn’t happen regularly. Whale watching is not to be expected in that area, but instead a very special gift.

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Immunity Through Mindfulness - 3 Ways to Destress and Boost Your Immunity

Immunity has been on our minds this winter season, and for good reason! With colds and the flu around, it’s important to protect yourself from the seasonal sniffles and body aches.

But why not take a more holistic approach to immunity?  When I was younger, I would be reactive to my cold symptoms and mask them with over the counter medications. Today I understand and value a more proactive response - I try to work ahead of cold and flu season by lowering stress and supplementing with plenty of vitamin c.

For instance when I’m traveling or under a lot of stress for an upcoming GOOD Fest event, I pay attention to how I’m supporting my immunity. Because  STRESS can lower your immune system significantly.

Below are 3 EASY, (and FREE) ways to lower stress that you can easily add to your routine in addition to my favorite supplement, Swisse’s Immune Forte.

EXERCISE:

Endorphins, endorphins, endorphins.

Get up and move! Exercise lowers stress, and the best part is any form of movement will support this. There is no right or wrong, simply do it! If you love spinning or boxing, go for the high intensity workouts. But if yoga or mindful hikes are more your style, listen to your body!

MEDITATE:

Meditation looks different to everyone. Some enjoy using apps or guided audio meditations, others prefer silence or mantras. Find 10-20 minutes a day in the morning or evening to simply BE. By focusing on your breath and clearing your mind, you’re allowing your body a moment of peace to recover from the go, go, go of your day. The to do list CAN wait, just try it!

Immunity Boosting Meditations:

While any form of meditation is going to benefit your immune system, combat stress and anxiety levels with these immune boosting guided meditations below!

Guided Meditation for Health and Healing

Immune Boosting Guided Meditation

UNPLUG:

Ahhh, the hardest anti stress technique for many of us!

Screentime is linked to stress. The stimulation of our phone, laptops, and tablets is sensory (and information) overload. Scrolling social media can cause comparisons, while staying plugged into your laptop.

Both patterns disrupt sleep and heighten stress levels - NOT good for your immune system!

Decide what time of day would be best for you to unplug. Set the phone on airplane mode or Do Not Disturb during that time, and leave your phone in the other room.

Then, commit to it. If you find yourself reaching for your electronics during your designated no phone time, journal about why you’re anxious to return to the screen.

Lifestyle + Supplements = Success.

While exercise, meditation and monitoring screen time will help support your immune system by lowering stress levels, complete your immunity routine with a supplement!

I take Swisse’s Immune Forte. What I like about this product over other vitamin c supplements is that it goes a step further, providing not only vitamin c and zinc but also adaptogenic herbs such as andrographis, elderberry, and echinacea. Again, more holistic!

I take it in the morning after my 10 minute meditation practice and I’m set!


Other great products from Swisse Wellness that support the immune system? The new Vitamin C tablets with Manuka Honey (chewable, so great for kids!) and the Women’s Ultivite a premium multivitamin that helps provide nutritional support needed for busy, stressful lifestyles.

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