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211: Why You Shouldn’t Fear The Ebbs & Flows of Life | Rima Danielle Jomaa | Jungle Girl Bosses

211: Why You Shouldn’t Fear The Ebbs & Flows of Life | Rima Danielle Jomaa | Jungle Girl Bosses

Rima catches listeners up on her entrepreneurial pursuits, which include low “ebbs” along the way. With all transparency, Rima talks about a lack of motivation, feeling stuck in work & life, & how “ebbs” can be depressing. She shares how she deals with these moments & how it’s actually a good thing to have ups and downs in life. She talks about the importance of creating space for different opportunities to come in & being open for what comes. Sometimes we need a break from our routine or our story to clear all the voices out before we can figure out what we really want for ourselves. As entrepreneurs, it can be challenging to stick to one path, to get focused, & to not do all of the things that come our way, & this episode talks all about dealing with those things & the attachments we collect along the way.

210: Surfing, Sustainability & Unmuting the Voices of Women Surfers | Tara Ruttenberg | Jungle Girl Bosses

210: Surfing, Sustainability & Unmuting the Voices of Women Surfers | Tara Ruttenberg | Jungle Girl Bosses

Tara uses the written word & surfing as a metaphor to Identify and discuss a broader experience of women all over felt both in the water and on land… processes that include patriarchy and misogyny, and she uses her experience as a writer and surfer to give voice to women in her own work & in her collaborations with women all over the world (in the book she’s working on, Women's Surf Stories). She’s a well-published author and PhD student who’s specializing in Sustainable Surf Tourism & she travels the world & hosts various events & retreats. In this episode, she talks about putting boundaries in place with her art, the abuse and reactivity she experienced when speaking her voice, being silenced as a woman who’s voice doesn't go along with the mainstream, dating across cultures, coming to Costa Rica in the student abroad program & feeling “home”, being non-attached as an artist & writer, whether to positive or negative feedback, being a program assistant for a study abroad program called Surfing and Sustainability, and more!

209: Authenticity & the Future of Yoga: As a Profession & As a Philosophy | Cristina Kalyani Paes | Jungle Girl Bosses

209: Authenticity & the Future of Yoga: As a Profession & As a Philosophy | Cristina Kalyani Paes | Jungle Girl Bosses

Cristina Kalyani Paes found her path from a very young age & found herself asking primordial questions that weren’t typical of the time. She had paranormal experiences & was given resources to study about yoga & to work with a paranormal psychologist. From there, she deepened her studies for many years by learning about breathwork, hypnotherapy (from Brian Weiss & Dolores Cannon), yoga philosophy and lifestyle at the Bihar School of Yoga & meditation. A pilgrim, she traveled by horseback for a year and a half around South America, introducing fire dancing and yoga choreography to the unprivileged people in the mountains of Peru with Nomads United, before she settled in Costa Rica 16 years ago. Now, she practices the Yoga of Life, without putting labels or trying to market herself in an inauthentic way. Her work is a culmination of her experiences & knowledge. She wants to see yoga remain what it really is & shares the message that we don’t all need to quit everything, become yoga teachers and monks, and live in the jungle in order to be spiritual. “The world needs all professions, not just yoga teachers. We can always transform the work that we do into something beautiful. Anything we can do to go back to nature is they key - not that we have to release or get rid of our lives.” She talks about the need for community gathering centers in big cities where people can connect and experience a tribe, a place where one can LIVE yoga or spirituality. She’s frustrated with centers and studios that give employment to yoga teachers based on their social media followings and not based on their merit and it causes her to question the integrity of these places. She believes we need to find a balance with yoga as a profession and yoga as a philosophy, and always remain in our authenticity.

208: Sunshine Everyday: Using Positivity to Manifest Your Dream Life | Maya DeGabrielle | Jungle Girl Bosses

208:  Sunshine Everyday: Using Positivity to Manifest Your Dream Life | Maya DeGabrielle | Jungle Girl Bosses

Maya DeGabrielle lives her life as a true example for all. Never a bad word to say about anybody, she is constantly smiling and brightening the lives of those around her. She left her parents’ house at 16 & went off into the wild, living in numerous paradise-destinations, including Indonesia, Ibiza, South Africa & more, before deciding to settle in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, where she has a Standup Paddleboard company - Sundah Surfers. She gets to be a mermaid all day long as she wows her guests with the simplicity of nature, being present & always having a positive mindset. Even when her beautiful car was stolen, I never heard Maya complain once or say anything negative - hear why she lives her life this way and what it’s done for her. She’s trusting the flow & the calling of her life to fulfill her deepest-rooted desires.

207: Ditched Architecture to Design the Life of Her Dreams | Mona Picasso | Jungle Girl Bosses

207: Ditched Architecture to Design the Life of Her Dreams | Mona Picasso | Jungle Girl Bosses

Mona grew up in Argentina where she was pressured to go to university immediately after high school. At 17, she wanted to be a fashion designer but decided, on her first day of university, to switch to studying architecture. Not a small feat, she spent 6 years studying & working to survive. She took a solo trip to Costa Rica and her perspective completely changed. She went home to take her final exams & after graduating, she came back to Santa Teresa & decided to follow her heart. She spent her days surfing & soon became a surf instructor and a little monkey or a “Mona”. She began designing her own personal surf swimwear & her students wanted to buy them. She went from sewing 10 suits at a time to a full-time team of partners and staff in Costa Rica & California growing the brand. She named the brand Mona, and the designs are now made from recycled abandoned fishing nets from the bottom of the ocean, is fully recyclable, & is so smooth & comfortable! So it turns out she became a fashion designer in the end! A true full circle story… Her story is so inspiring to the female entrepreneur chasing her dreams.

206: Using Grief, Nature & Yoga to Bring Us Into the "Now" | Nancy Leigh Goodfellow | Jungle Girl Bosses

206: Using Grief, Nature & Yoga to Bring Us Into the "Now" | Nancy Leigh Goodfellow | Jungle Girl Bosses

Nancy road tripped down the coast of Mexico through Central America over 20 years ago before settling in Costa Rica, where her family had already moved to live a different life. Together, they built, sold & built another successful hotel which they now run together in paradise. Nancy was a devout Ashtangi for many years before becoming a certified yoga teacher by popular demand - she was already teaching classes in town because everyone loved her style and there was a huge demand for yoga! After losing her toddler in a car accident 17 years ago, Nancy has learned countless lessons on grief, transformation, the importance of family, community & a support system, and understanding that “what we have is here and now. The more we can open up and be less attached to what is in the future, there’s a deeper sense of happiness.”

205: Ecstatically Dancing Magic-Making Mermaid | Laurie J. Como | Jungle Girls Bosses

205: Ecstatically Dancing Magic-Making Mermaid | Laurie J. Como  | Jungle Girls Bosses

Laurie figured out at a young age that society is trying to place us into a box and that she didn’t want to be in that box. French Canadian, she came to Costa Rica for the first time with her mother and found her love for surfing, speaking Spanish & being connected to nature. Her heart remained when she went home & after returning to travel around Costa Rica & central America for months, she decided to return to Costa Rica. She’s been here 11 years & describes herself as a mermaid that loves to dance, surf, dive & play. She hosts Ecstatic Dance biweekly in our beach community, creating a safe space for us to dance our hearts away with judgement, drugs or alcohol. She creates magic in many other ways. We talk sunsets, astrology, following your passions & dreams, not settling into what others want for you & more. Listen in for jungle girl boss inspiration!

204: Giulia Traded High Heels & High Rises for High Tides & Quad Adventures | Giulia Vallotto Grace | Jungle Girls Bosses

204: Giulia Traded High Heels & High Rises for High Tides & Quad Adventures | Giulia Vallotto Grace | Jungle Girls Bosses

Originally from Italy, Giulia moved around the US before settling in New York City. She worked for Diesel and was in the fashion industry for many years. She reached a point in her life where she wanted a sense of freedom & fulfillment. She visited Costa Rica with her partner & she fell in love. Soon after, she experienced a devastating earthquake in Nepal & was traumatized. Instead of going back to her life of structure and routine, she was getting ready to get married & move to the jungle. She was worried about healing from her trauma but soon found that nature was her ultimate healer. Here, she’s able to explore her creativity, to let her entrepreneurial side run wild and take risks, and partner with people she loves. She’s one of Rima’s business partners and they share a few anecdotes and stories on making it as a female entrepreneur in the jungle!

203: Ex-Nightclub Owner Turned Jungle Animal Rescuer | Heidi Hansen | Jungle Girl Bosses

203: Ex-Nightclub Owner Turned Jungle Animal Rescuer | Heidi Hansen | Jungle Girl Bosses

Heidi opened a huge nightclub in North Carolina at 24 and ran it successfully for 11 years. The club had it all from a Tiki bar to a mechanical bull; she hosted huge musical acts & raging parties while keeping everything running smoothly. She came to Nicoya on a vacation and immediately felt like she was home. From the monkeys overhead, the waterfalls, the blue butterflies, the weather… before she knew it, she was putting an offer in on a house. She bought the house & five years later, she’s still calling Santa Teresa home. Now, Heidi spends her days rehabilitating animals with Wild Sun Rescue Center in Cabuya & uses her business skills to find ways to make the rescue sustainable. She balances animal rescue will lots of adventure, fun girl time, community & love.