Why the eff not?

Recently, I found myself standing alone in the basement of a dark dive-y punk bar in Williamsburg. It was midnight on a Saturday night and I was holding a beer watching the rock show of a guy I had been on two dates with. One of my absolute favorite blog friends (Capree) happened to be in town and after a few desperate texts she came to meet me. Things didn't work out with that guy but this night was important. There was a moment before she got there where I thought, "what am I doing?! why am I even here?" But once she showed up, and we had a couple of beers, she convinced me that going to this weird concert was exactly the kind of thing I should be doing. I'm so lucky to be in a place where I can gather crazy new experiences and try out different things. Sometimes doing the unexpected is what makes life interesting and full. So we coined a phrase that night that embodies this attitude. It's a phrase I'm applying to most of the decisions I make these days.

Why not go to a weird late night rock show by yourself? Why not get another tattoo? Why not go sky diving? Why not go out on as many dates with as many boys as you want to? Why not!

So, in a #whynot style decision I have big huge crazy exciting news. I recently decided to take myself on a trip. Not a trip home or a long weekend at a resort. No, a real trip. I'm young(ish) and single and I can go anywhere I want to. So, in less than one month I am going to Costa Rica for a week long yoga and surf retreat. Yes, it's true! I am beyond excited and also a tiny bit nervous. I'm going on an organized trip with a company called Pura Vida. I have always wanted to learn to surf. It's supposed to be the toughest work out there is and the challenge of that excites me. I'm in pretty decent shape but I have a feeling it's going to totally kick my ass. But I love the ocean and I love to swim. I'm pretty sure I should have been born a fish.

I have no idea what to expect but I am sure it will be the experience of a lifetime. I can't wait. (See below for adorable visual reference.)