Extranjera Update: February 2020 (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)

February flew by, in the best way. This month was so happy and so fun for me.

I’ve been feeling so much lighter and positive and less weighed-down by negativity.

I WENT TO MY FIRST MEXICAN WEDDING

Dresses for a Mexican Wedding
I bought the first blue one, the green one, and the last pink one (that’s the one I wore)

I did something a little crazy.

I had a first date with a guy at Sonora, and in the middle, he asked me to his cousin’s wedding the next day. All I needed was a formal gown, which of course I had, right?

Hahahaha. No.

I went on a crazy search the next day, waking up early to search the secondhand stores, borrow dresses to try on from friends, and to hit up Liverpool.

I was successful (maybe a little too successful? I ended up with 4 gowns, for future wedding invites, yah know?) and the wedding was an absolute blast.

I CELEBRATED VALENTINE’S DAY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME

Valentine's Day February 2020

We drove out from Puerto Vallarta to Nuevo Vallarta (to pick up a pup) to La Cruz (to visit my bestie Jess who was at home with a big injury and to drop off some flowers) and then onto Punta Mita to spend the day at Barracuda (which I’d highly recommend). The day was sunny and warm with a great breeze – perfect for cruising with the top off the SmartCar.

It was literally the perfect Valentine’s Day, with all of my favorite things: friend time, dogs, wine, and beach.

BUCERIAS VEGFEST

VegFest Bucerias

This was my first year going to Bucerias’s VegFest, and I loved it! With more than 50 stands showcasing different vegan offerings throughout the Bahia de Banderas, it’d be hard to find a more vegetarian-friendly event. The food was so tasty that even omnivores couldn’t complain.

A few bits of advice:
1. Go early, it gets super busy later on.
2. Go hungry, your eyes are going to be bigger than your stomach, though, no matter what.
3. Bring friends so you can split a bunch of different things.
4. BYOB, but if you forget or just don’t want to carry anything, there’s a little shop just a block or two away.
5. Bring cash!

Bucerias is super cute and underrated, with so many great restaurants and cool initiatives like this. I would definitely live there!

I STARTED A CBT COURSE

Puerto Vallarta February CBT training

I’ve been wanting to expand my clinical skills, so I signed up for several Cognitive Behavioral Therapy training courses from the Beck Institute. So far, so good (actually, great – I’m loving the classes).

If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut in your career, I highly recommend trying to expand your training. Every time I learn more about my profession (which I’m already super passionate about), my love for my career grows exponentially. This makes sense – when you feel knowledgeable and capable, you enjoy your work more.

That being said – I’m accepting more clients in my online practice, and the initial consultation is free! You can sign up for a time slot here.


LIFE LATELY: LITTLE BITS

BEST RESTAURANT/MEAL:

I haven’t had amazing Thai food since leaving Thailand until Siam in Puerto Vallarta. Truly, the Green Curry was the best since Bangkok. 10/10 recommend Siam!

The Spicy Thai Ginger Margarita is also a must, it’s the perfect pair to the curry, and a cool and refreshing mix of Thai and Mexican elements.

BEST BAR/DRINK:

It’s funny how sometimes it’s not what you’re doing (or drinking) or where you’re at but who you’re with (cheeeeeeesy I know). I don’t even remember the different places we stopped, but I do remember that these were the best vegetarian tacos I ever had at the end of the night.

BEST BEACH:

Playa Careyeros in Punta Mita: wide, white, and empty. Plus the waves aren’t too intimidating (important for a subpar swimmer like me).

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