Jacob Lopez

Drumming for the Light

Aiming for Light – Music, Photo and Flow in MDO

“Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.” -Walt Whitman We can’t stand by admitting that we’re always okay. Even through positive and spiritual efforts, darkness can fall upon the soul like the dimming of a calm, radiant summer’s day. A cloud-covered horizon dismisses scattered light. There is potent darkness after the clarifying and …

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How Yoga Club Presidency is Shaping my Mind

Little did I know that beginning Yoga Club on my university campus would be one of my greatest adventures yet. From attracting amazing people into my life, to being responsible for a gift that’s expanding to be a campus-wide movement, Yoga Club has been a mind-expanding experience. But it’s not all fun and easy. . …

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dirt roads, walking barefoot, exploring

Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica

Whenever I think back to memorable experiences, I always notice that the most memorable are the unexpected encounters with nature. Such experiences are the driving force behind this article. I’m recalling an encounter I had that humbles me and drives me to creativity. The encounter was with a turtle. Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica …

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Rising in San Luis Obispo, California

How Travel Will Evolve You as a Person

“You are being presented with a choice: evolve or remain. If you choose to remain unchanged, you will be presented with the same challenges, the same routine, the same storms, the same situations, until you learn from them, until you love yourself enough to say “no more”, until you choose change. If you choose to evolve, …

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Why I Want to Live in Costa Rica

[dropcap]C[/dropcap]osta Rica is a common travel destination. Why? There’s no better place to experience the soul-comforting tropics. Whether you choose the dry Pacific coast, prefer the wetter Caribbean coast, or want to chill inland and explore epic, chilly, high-elevated volcanoes, there’s a flavor for every tropic-goer’s individual taste. I chose to reside on the Caribbean …

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Why Vietnam Should (and Shouldn’t) be your Number One Travel Destination

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t was 2014 when I experienced Vietnam in all its intimidating glory. After a few years of processing, I feel prepared to write about it. From the delicious foods, to the intimidating adventures, I want to offer the full scoop as to why you definitely should (but maybe shouldn’t) visit this exotic country.   First, …

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