Instagram post by @laurenhensgens Lauren Hensgens

Lately I keep wondering where I’d be had I listened to words of discouragement along the way. (My own included.) But about 10 years ago I took a trip to Costa Rica. The 2nd day there I knew it was a place I wanted to call home. I went back to Louisiana and told everyone I was moving. Most people lovingly thought I was nuts but wouldn’t put it past me. Someone even told me, “Everyone wants to live where they vacation but it’s not realistic and it’s not gonna happen.” My excitement was crushed and for a moment and I second guessed myself but then my response was “If that’s the case, I guess the difference between everyone else and myself is I’m gonna do it!” I left 3 months later with one bag and my pup in tow with not much of a plan. I stayed 2 years for a learning experience of a life time. It was truly the beginning of this life. A life connected to the ocean, through surfing, adventuring, and photographing. Can you imagine if I let that person’s words weigh on my decision? Actually it did but just motivated me more!
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