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One Week: Creating a Life & Business I Love: Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica: Week 7

Updated: Feb 27, 2021

My first week in the Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica area. What a whirlwind! I left Monteverde, Costa Rica easily and peacefully. My first two stays were incredible in every way with the locations, owners, and communication. Each and every time, I felt like I stayed with family and friends!

This time around starting off my Week 7 in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, I encountered some turbulence at the start of my week. The situation quickly turned around and resolved itself allowing me to continue creating a life and business I love in and near Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.

I ended up discovering an incredible Mountain Paradise in Rio Portalon near Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. I maintained my peace, presence, and power every step of the way.

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Airbnb Turbulence in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Initially, with the communication with my hosts everything started off great. I communicated upfront, I needed quiet and privacy oftentimes for meetings and filming. I shared I am often at the Airbnb property, and typically go off on adventures 1-3 times a week.

When I arrived at my third Airbnb (different from above Mountain Paradise), everything started off great. However, I quickly noticed how much noise I could hear in my room from the traffic and street. The building and rooms were less than 15 meters or 45 feet from the main street going from Quepos to Manuel Antonio. I noticed my room didn't have windows but rather screens in between open holes not helping the noise.

In addition, the room did not have A/C. In some of the other listings for the place, I noticed A/C and incorrectly thought all of the rooms had A/C. If you know anything about Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica; it is hot and humid similar to a Texas or Florida climate.

Before booking, I didn't realize my Airbnb hosts were on Airbnb less than two months, and still learning a ton about listings, service, and business. I usually stay with seasoned hosts. I communicated with them calmly about possibilities with a quieter room with A/C.

Prior to arriving, I prepaid a week and initially agreed to staying a month. However, with the new things I learned upon arrival, I communicated I may not stay beyond the week. I let them know I would advise them the next day.

This quickly escalated to them attempting to force me to go to the ATM to get cash to pay for the full month after agreeing to settle Wednesday even before the aspects of the stay and circumstances. I calmly said I would not do that with potentially leaving the next day or week. At which point, the owners asked me to leave in essence kicking me out.

It is a literal act of God I didn't go off. I calmly looked at them, and asked to be sure I understand, I prepaid a week, unpacked my things, and may still stay the month depending on what we work out, and now you are kicking me out? They said yes. I calmly said yes, no problem, advised them I normally pack 2-3 days, so it would take me about 30 minutes or so at least. I advised them I would report the communication, bullying attempt, and kicking me out at 8pm at night to Airbnb.

I immediately forgave them, prayed about the situation, stayed calm, and found a place for the night nearby at Teva. It is great for a short stay with the room with a bed and bathroom, but not ideal for longer stay if you like to have a workspace inside and a kitchen.

As a result, my transition to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica did not go as smoothly as the others. However, I ended up finding an incredible Mountain Paradise shared above in Rio Portalon in Savegre, Costa Rica in between Manuel Antionio and Dominical, Costa Rica. Most importantly, I found incredible service and going above and beyond with the owner, Diann and manager, Jorge.

Interestingly enough, the initial hosts I thought I would be staying with for the month, later reached out with a heartfelt apology. I felt compelled to remember countless times where I was an asshole, and extended grace with loving boundaries. We did end up meeting face to face at Emilia's Cafe sharing insights, counsel, and release. Definitely, not how I would have handled the situation years ago #butGod.

With their prior reviews, apology, and humility, I did recommend to Airbnb they be given another chance to be listed on Airbnb again. This did end up happening as well. I wanted to share this in case you thought for a second everything is peaches and cream all the time.

Creating a Life and Business I Love:

in and near Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

In Week 7, I transitioned from Monteverde, Costa Rica on Monday with the one night in Teva. Carlos, the manager at Teva is super sweet and gave me a great rate. The grounds, hiking, pool and community work space is beautiful. I ended up staying and working there until about 1pm catching up on blogs, e-mails, and proposals.

I left Teva around 1:30 pm and headed to the Mountain Paradise on Tuesday. With Diann's and Jorge's help with meeting the Taxi Driver, I ended up arriving easily and safely to Mountain Paradise 900 feet above sea level nearby to Playa Matapalo (<8km), close to Manuel Antonio (<25km), and close to Playa Dominical (<25km).

During my time here, both Diann and Jorge have gone above and beyond countless times like I shared in my Costa Rica surfing adventure.

In Week 7, I stayed peaceful, present, and progressed through three stays, continued creating and scaling, as well as enjoyed Manuel Antonio National Park.

Manuel Antonio National Park

Creating and Scaling a Life, Business, and Community

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Manuel Antonio Beach

One Week in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica: Week 7

If you have followed my Creating a Life and Business You Love series, you know I spent my first month in La Fortuna, Costa Rica at Dragon Fly Hideaway. If you have followed along the journey of my being a #limitlessglobalgirl, you have seen the transition to Monteverde, Costa Rica including a jeep-boat-jeep tour across Lake Arenal. If you haven't yet, you may want to check out the series on the blog and show!

In comparison to my prior weeks. in Week 7 in Costa Rica, I focused on stabilizing with my stay, clearing emails, catching up on media, and laser focusing on proposals and pitches.

My Routines: Morning, Daily and Weekly

No matter where you are in the world, how you start your day is powerful in every way.

My Sacred 7 Morning with I Am's, Prayer, Positive Music, Bible Reading, Message, Journaling, and Movement sets me up for success.

My daily routine includes shake, tea and tabs with Herbalife Global Nutrition for 5+ years and counting. I lost over 55+ lbs and choose to be alcohol free 5+ years ago. I compete in fitness shows in National Physique Committee Bikini.

This week, I exceeded 2,500 minutes on Peloton App as well.

'Disclaimer: Average person loses .5 to 1lb a week with healthy active lifestyle.


All shots are my own on Canon EOSM100, Sony A330, and/or my iPhone 12 Mini.

Every week, I outline my week and days, and continue to align actions to my vision. Every week, things shift depending on faith, feeling and focus. This week in Manuel Antonio was no different. I did experience challenging moments with the three moves this week. I maintained my peace, presence and power.

I outline my Create 7 to help me align actions. Create 7 includes launches, community, scale, clear, media, series, and projects. I practice self-accountability with tools and teams like Click-Up,Focus Matrix, and Efficise.

All along the way, I envision and assess results in community, creators, and creatives.

Walking into the week, I envisioned:

1 Community Creation & Focus

2 Creator Focus on Videos & Reels

3 Clearing Emails, Team & Media Items

4 Submitting Proposals & Pitches

5 Mastermind & Summit Updates & Shares

6 Transitioning Scaling to New VA & Passwords

7 Assessing Daily & Weekly Results

Super Focus

I am creating a life, business and community I love. I am receiving $3,000 - $25,000 daily-weekly-monthly easily for wellness, media, online & travel with incredible community consistently by March 1. I am DAP, Supervisor and World Team with Herbalife before March 1.

This is my focus until I hit it not only once but consistent 3+ months. I will adjust after the third month of consistency to align to annual and legacy goals.

Top Three Priorities

1 Community: Sources and Scaling

2 Creators: Courses, Management

3 Creatives: Media, Series, and Books

I focus consistently on creating and scaling a business I love & helping others. This is done by integrating faith, wellness, marketing, business and travel. Not only that, every online course & live experience includes tips, tools & technology for health, wealth, and business hands-on.

Week 7: Creating and Scaling in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.

The outline below will help you see how I created and scaled this week, as well as how it aligned to my passion, purpose, potential, people & profits.

This week looked and felt different because of the three moves as well.


This includes areas with launches, community, media, series, projects, scaling, and clearing.

Depending on priorities and the day, I may focus on 1, 3 and/or all 7 areas in a day.

1 Launches

1 Community Platforms & Pitches with Airbnb, Intellifluence, Guatemala & Mexico.

2 CREATEIT Mastermind shared this week on Social & Platforms.

3 CREATEIT Summit speaker opportunities shared on platforms for April.

4 Aligned media to Summit & Mastermind & Tools for Health, Wealth & Business.

5 Pre-Launch Lifestyle Brand via 75 Tools & Resources & Platform & Communities

2 Community

1 Cleared 200+ emails this week

2 Completed & Loaded 5+ Videos for YouTube on Monteverde.

3 Created 3+ Reels on Wellness, Marketing, Business & Travel

4 Submitted 5+ Platforms & Proposals for Ongoing Projects

5 Updated All Click-Up Project Management Sprints & Items

6 Cleared All Camera & Phone Items to DropBox

7 Transitioned Scaling Items to New VA with Efficise

3 Media

1 Hanging Bridges

2 Top 10 in Monteverde, Costa Rica

3 One Day in Monteverde, Costa Rica

4 One Week In Monteverde, Costa Rica

5 5+ Videos & Reels on YouTube and Instagram

I am super proud of myself as I completed these posts on Tuesday and Wednesday laser focusing. On Wednesday, I recorded 3+ shows with the podcast as well on Wednesday.

4 Clear

I cleared 100% from both my Cameras this week, and uploaded 90% of videos for the mastermind to DropBox. I cleared over 90% of my phone. I finished my waterfall, surfing, and Manuel Antonio National Park videos. At the end of the week, I had my phone down to <50 pictures and videos.

5 Series

I adjusted the series for blog and show for the media shared in the media above. I outlined blogs and shows coming up with Surfing in Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio National Park, One Day In Manuel Antonio, One Week in Manuel Antonio, Playa Matapalo, Nuayaca Waterfall, 7 Steps to Starting a YouTube Channel, 15+ Reels for Instagram that Will Leave You Reeling, and Content Like a Boss: Costa Rica Edition.

Weekly, I will continue the creating and scaling posts as well.

6 Scaling

Over 75% of the business is automated via tools like Kajabi, Task Virtual, and Efficise. In Automate and Scale Your Business Like a Boss, I share automation and delegation including finding opportunities, social media, and business development.

I teach this hands-on in our online courses and retreats too. I outline tasks in 3-5 steps to automate and delegate. I continuously assess tasks to increase service, free up my time, and teach others to do the same.

7 Projects

I created two campaigns on Intellifluence for CREATEIT Summit for creators to spotlight with pre-recorded sessions, as well as for the Costa Rica Retreat in August 2021.

The FREE 14 Day Challenge preview to the Creation Club: Online Mastermind with Health, Wealth & Business including Tips, Tools & Tech hands-on is open and being shared. I am filming the third series for Costa Rica currently the week coming up.

I added retreats to new platforms focusing on a Costa Rica: Transform & Travel Retreats in August. I updated the retreats on Retreat Guru and Book Retreats.

My adventure this week focused on a nearby waterfall by my Airbnb, One Day in Manuel Antonio on Friday with surfing via Airbnb Experiences and Manuel Antonio National Park.

Shot on my Canon EOS M100 near my Airbnb

El Salto by Rio Portalon

Week Schedule At a Glance


Travel from my Monteverde, Costa Rica to

Quepos and Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Transition from misaligned Airbnb to

Teva for one night

Casa Balbi Monteverde, Costa Rica



Hanging Bridges

One Day Monteverde, Costa Rica

Top 10 Monteverde, Costa Rica

Clearing Emails

Proposals for Ongoing Media, Wellness, Travel

Social Shares

Travel to Mountain Paradise Airbnb


Waterfall Morning Hike

Recording 3+ Shows

One Week Creating & Scaling

Community Proposals

Campaign Reviews


I spent my morning hiking down to the Waterfall by Rio Portalon. I chatted with family mid afternoon as well.

Once I arrived back at my Airbnb, I focused on recording shows, reviewing and submitting proposals, answering emails, and reviewing the rest of my week.





I reviewed community and team items in the morning. In the afternoon, I gave a presentation on Videos Like a Boss with Travel & Industry Marketing Association. I reviewed pending items in scaling and in growth folders in my e-mail.

I made sure I addressed any key pending items before my adventure day on Friday!


I started my day awake, alert and excited about the day even more than usual if that is possible! I left my Tiny House at 6:00 am. The super sweet manager and friend, Jorge of the owner, Diann let me ride with him to Quepos in the morning.

From about 7:30 am - 9 am, I enjoyed my surfing in Manuel Antonio with Charlies Surfing Experience via Airbnb Experiences. The entire experience blew any and all expectations I could have even imagined! So grateful!

After my surfing lesson, I walked over to Baldi Fresh for a Beach Day smoothie! Of course, earlier in the day, I had my Herbalife shake with Cinnamon! I brought along my Beverage Mix as a snack in the park. In between, I knew I wanted and needed a bit more fuel!

I stopped at souvenir shop to get a Costa Rican hat and a beach towel for my time at Manuel Antonio National Park. I spent from 10am to about 2pm at the park, and hope to go back one more time before I leave Manuel Antonio.

Baldi's Fresh Beach Day

Manuel Antonio National Park

After visiting the park, I stopped at Emilio's Cafe and enjoyed an incredible Caribbean Ceviche! I ended up meeting peacefully and joyfully with my initial Airbnb host in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.

Wrapping up the day with grocery shopping to make sure I am well fed before heading back to Mountain Paradise! What a day! I am super grateful to Diann and Jorge for all their help!


I started my day off beautifully! I connected with my parents in Bulgaria and friends in Houston after my morning routine.

I wrapped up the day with Herbalife Global Nutrition Training on the porch!


Sunday, I did my morning Sacred 7, worked out, and listened to Transformation Church.

I connected with my brother and family in Austria.

There you have it.

My week at a glance, and the behind the scenes in and near Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.

Week 7 in Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio

The creating, scaling, and traveling continue in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica with community and media, as well as the adventures of a waterfall hike, surfing, and Manuel Antonio National Park.

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