I’ve never actually been called a princess. Neurotic workaholic? Yes. Stress case? Uh-huh. Then, in August 2009, I landed in tiny Playas del Coco, Costa Rica, with blond highlights, stilettos and severe bug phobia. And princess I was dubbed.
In no time, I was blissfully stripped of all of that nonsense (except for the highlights), settled into a life of Spanish classes, drinking on my neighbor’s stoop and sunset walks on the beach. I slept with a machete under my bed yet slept through the night for the first time in my life. All the while, I freelance wrote for more than 20 magazines world-wide. My small celeb news agency, All Star Reports, grew — despite my covering Hollywood remotely from a beach in Central America. I promise you, anything is possible!
Then all of a sudden, while I was vacationing in Nicaragua with what was quite possibly the most fun group of people I’d ever traveled with, I got an email that changed everything. A dream job. Back in Las Vegas.
Back to the neon jungle for me!
I firmly believe that you can talk and talk and complain and empathize with others, but to change your life, you must actually change … your … life.
Even though I’m back in the city… and pueblos, rainy season and roaming roosters seem a world away, I will still have big adventures in my life.Whether you’re a princess in the jungle or a princess daydreaming of jungle-worthy adventures, come along with me for the ride.
I often feel split in two — I love the excitement and career satisfaction that I get as editor-in-chief of Vegas magazine, but man, I miss the big adventures. I yearn for the “good life” and will again live it, I know. But for now I’m riding the “fast” life. Does anyone else feel like they’re straddling two worlds? Join me as I navigate the path of someone who longs for both — and sometimes gets it.
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