My Spa Day at Pampered Paws in San Pedro, Belize

Ready for my spa day! Provided by the author

My people went to a SAGA event and came home with a prize just for me! If you don’t know about SAGA, it is this great organization in San Pedro, Belize whose main goals are to prevent cruelty and encourage kindness to all animals as well as to provide medical care and shelter to animals in need.

I’ve met a lot of other 4-leggers who started out their lives in terrible situations. SAGA helped them learn how to trust humans and also how to behave how humans like them to.

Mindful Travel.

It was a 3-Hour Flight, but a 9-Hour experiment in empathy and kindness

This past week my husband and I took our first international flight since the COVID grounded us last March.

Dinner at the Turks Kebab in the Turks and Caicos — provided by the author

Why the Turks and Caicos Islands for our first time back in the international travel circuit? Because we haven’t been there in 20 years, the water is gorgeous; the people are friendly, they have an amazing kiteboarding spot on Long Bay, we got an incredible deal on a two-month casita rental, there is no quarantine, and it was a direct flight from Dallas, Texas.

That’s right, a direct flight. …

Travel. Mexico. Wildlife.

I Didn’t Either, Until This Fateful Day

Whale Sharks in Isla Contoy, Mexico — provided by the author

I know what you’re thinking, “A whale shark’s diet consists of plankton and tiny shrimp.” Yes, you are correct. That’s their regular diet. But for an extra special treat, they LOVE chorizo.

How do I know that chorizo is a favorite treat of whale sharks?

Ah, that is a good story involving two hearty breakfasts, rough seas, and jumping off a moving boat.

“Do you want to go for a boat ride to swim with fish?”
“Do you want to go for a 20-mile boat ride over rough seas to swim with fish?”
I guess.
“Do you want to…

And I’m grateful for It every single day

Photo by Alex Powell from Pexels

Reading the news last month about Katherian Diaz’s death hit home with me. There she was, a 22-year-old surfer, an Olympic hopeful, standing on a beach in El Salvador when she was struck by lightning. When her life was taken from her. In the blink of an eye, her life was gone.

That tragedy brought back all the memories and emotions from the day my husband was struck by lightning. Thankfully, my husband’s story has a different ending.

Ronnie and I went out kite-boarding in the North Flats on South Padre Island. It was a typical day. …

When the Dream Is Actually Better Than the Reality

Photo credit Ian Deng, Unsplash

One of the things we love to do in San Pedro is ride our bikes along the beach. But every time we ride our bikes, we have to lock up Dooley Bear in dog jail. Because we know he would rather ride bikes with us, we came up with a brilliant plan: let’s buy a cart that we can pull behind our bike so Dooley Bear can come for bike rides too.

Like I said, brilliant plan.

Since we live in Belize, we basically have to make or modify most things…

My great biking dream came true!

Ready to roll — provided by the author

My people like to leave me, all alone, locked up in a box while they go out and take joyrides on their bikes on the beach. I really hate when they leave me alone so one day, I asked if I could go with them. They laughed at me and said, “Dooley Bear, there is no way you could keep up with us. You’re too old”. (My people are so nice to me.)

I asked them again, “What if you get something for me to sit in and just pull me behind your bikes?”…

Living life everywhere and nowhere; in search of novel experiences, endless laughter and adorable animals.

Lisa and Ronnie with sled dogs on Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau Alaska
Lisa and Ronnie with sled dogs on Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau Alaska
On top of Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, AK with a sweet team of sled dogs — provided by the author

Who would have thought that writing about yourself would be so challenging? Maybe because I have stuffed so much life into my 49 years (only six more months to go until the big 5–0!) I am overwhelmed with the thought of trying to summarize it into one story.

You know that famous quote from Abraham Lincoln:

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that counts.
It’s the life in your years.”

I feel accomplished knowing I am succeeding in the latter.

I grew up in Indiana in the 1980s, full of big hair and bigger dreams. I…

Mindful Traveling

It’s life in a vacation spot

We’ve all seen quotes like this floating around the internet:

“I’ve decided I no longer want to be an adult.
If anyone needs me, I’ll be on the beach building sandcastles.”

I no longer want to adult — photo credit

There are so many images and quotes about dropping out of the real world to move to an island. As if you no longer have to “adult.” As if the sand and salt air are some force field, protecting you from any pain or challenges that life throws at you.

Sure, you can drop out of the real world, but you can’t drop out of life. Even though we…


In Magdalena Bay, Baja California Sur Mexico

Gray whale in Magdalena Bay, Baja Sur, Mexico — provided by the author

There is a magical bay in Baja California Sur, Mexico. A bay where animals play and thrive. A bay where you can be surrounded by countless gray whales who choose to interact with you out of curiosity. Who just want to share the love.

Every winter hundreds of gray whales migrate from the frigid waters of Alaska to the protected waters of Magdalena Bay to mate and give birth. It’s all about love in Mag Bay. Whales loving on each other and humans loving on whales.

Why do these particular whales choose Magdalena Bay every year? Why not just stop…

Cantina crawling around Merida, Mexico

Rumor on the street was that the micheladas in Merida, Mexico are big. Really big. My mission for the day? Find the world’s largest (or at least Merida’s largest) michelada.

What’s a michelada you ask? It’s similar to a bloody mary, but made with beer instead of vodka. It can be made with tomato juice or a variety of juices and is served with lots of ice in a glass with a salted rim.

My husband and I headed out onto the streets of Merida to hunt down the elusive gigantic michelada.

But first, breakfast. Since the first rule of…

Lisa Cyrier

Wife, explorer, animal lover. Eternal optimist. Award winning author. Storyteller of lessons learned and laughter experienced on my journey through life.

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