A Fitness Nomad in Tulum

I was in Chile having a successful job as personal trainer but I felt something was missing. I had this deep feeling of travelling and see for myself, how could be to travel and work as a fitness coach in other country, in a beautiful and magical place, close to the sea, and surrounded by nature. I really thought about doing this for a long time, and after a year, I threw myself to the experience.

This article is meant for anyone who is wanting to do the same. Maybe you watched a motivating video in your instagram, or maybe you have a friend that is doing it too. Maybe you feel you have accomplished almost everything society wanted from you, and now you are looking for a change. Something more sintonized with your spirit.

The reasons can be multiple, only you know what is better for you. So I will just leave part of my experience here, so it serves to you.

Why Tulum?

Many people asked me when I was already there. I would say, that it was a mixture of intuition and circumstances. First, I had Mexico in mind long time ago to visit. Second, I wanted to go to the caribbean sea. Third, I was looking for a place with nature and interesting things to do, at the same time, didn’t wanted to go to a big city or a to a remote place, just something in the middle. Fourth, the first time I was in Tulum, during my travel through Mexico, I had this special feeling of «I would live here», and even I knew amazing places after this first visit, none of them gave me the same sensation, so I went back to Tulum and decided that I would stay there and do the bet (this decision was the most difficult and transformed my life forever, for a better life).

How did I start?

I just sent email to all hotels and Yoga studios and Fitness centers I could find in a google search, presenting myself with a little resume and a link to my social media and websites, asking for an interview or chance to work there. Went knocking door by door, doing the same. Until someone gave me the chance to start, and then everything just went forward like a snowball.

Would I do this again?

Yes! Totally, but with some considerations and deeper goals in mind that just having the experience. Because is never enough, when you are a seeker, you discover that there is a part of you that only shines when you set foot out of your confort zone and do what you love. Its risky, its dangerous, its difficult, and lonely. But at the same time is one of the best experiences in life for you self steem, for your soul, for your personal and professional growth.

You see, I had in mind a dream. My dream was to have a carreer jump into an international public, use all the skills I got and learn new. Reach new people and add them into my life, not just as figures in the social media, but as a real human, doing real things. Not only locally, but globally.

My suggestions to you:

  1. Learn and use new languages. In Tulum, english is a must, because of the international audience. You have to be able to give classes in english and if you know more languages, they add up. When you contact possible places to work in, do it in english.
  2. Have a medical insurance, just in case. I had dengue and some infections due to street food, so is good that you consider this.
  3. Don’t be afraid. Nobody knows you, so consider yourself starting from zero and give yourself the chance to be who you are. There is nobody to impress. Be yourself, do what you love, show up and give your best.
  4. Consider the visa permits to stay in the country you are visiting and have the necessary money, to go out and come in again if you plan to stay longer. Also have a money reserve or a ticket to go back to your country just in case there is an emergency.
  5. Choose the right season. Places like Tulum in which many people go for vacations, has of course high and low season. If you are planning to go for the high season, expect to have a lot of competition, many other yoga, meditation and fitness teachers and alike, want to do the same. I started in the lower season, this made it a little easier to find a job, and if you focus on doing your work right, and in positive relationships with the bussiness owners, you can expect to have better oportunities for the high season.
  6. Enjoy it. You never know if this is going to be the last time you do something like this. The amount of things we can really put under our control is so few that really, don’t stress if things don’t go the way you planned. Just go with the flow, enjoy the ride and be literally like a sponge. Absorb all the experiences, into you, keep the beautiful and good people in your heart and of course your social media, and let go everything else.

In the end, the main actor and creator of your life is you. Follow your heart and intuition, it will serve you as a compass when you feel lonely or lost, avoiding trouble and dangers that may show up in your journey.

Be aware of some people, because not everything that shine is gold. Many people are waiting for persons with their heart open, to take some kind of advantage, so don’t loose yourself, remember who you are, your roots and the people who love you back in your country. Because you are going to be the ambassador of everyone and everything you learnt at home.

I wish that if you are reading this, to take the decision to jump out, DO IT, fearlessly and with love in your heart. Don’t travel to escape your reality, don’t explore the world with unresolved relationships and feelings. Do it because you are complete, and you feel ready to give your best out there. And if at any moment, you need someone to express or communicate your thoughts and feelings. You can write to me, I will be happy to answer.

Love.

Segundo video del Cenote, esta vez un salto desde lo alto!!

Posted by Félix Fuenzalida on Sunday, June 24, 2018

Follow your Heart

Undoubtfully, our heart always knows our hidden truth. For some reason this will always apply, regardless of any situation. If we could just focus on what our heart and intuition has to say for us, we could really walk our daily life without all the mumbling that our mind has. 

One day a friend asked me what did I do with all my preocupations when speaking about decisions for our life. And I just told her, «I quit them». Just plainly and simply, I was cornered to a position in which whatever I could do, would solve none of my problems. And at this situation the only thing I could really do was to quit thinking about my problems and just «go with the flow» with whatever decision I took.

Suddenly this became a mayor wisdom for me, because the only thing left for me, was a huge amount of determination that I could really use in my everyday life to just go through whatever it was tossed to me. It was’t that my problems disapeared from me, I just understood one simple principle, «the only thing i really had, was my present moment». And at this level, when you understand this and you really start living it, then every preocupation, fear and doubt, just go away. You stop thinking about what might be, and you start doing what you can with what you’ve got. And life turns simply into a matter of doing and following this energy of determination and will. Like if suddenly you could grab the wave, and you would just flow with it, without thinking about anything else.

I’ve been travelling and having deep conversations through all my journeys with different people from all over the world, and many of them, eventually would say me something like, «wow, Félix, you are so inspiring». And this, far from getting me into feeling like a better person, just make me realize that probably is because of the passion and positivity from which I tell my stories.

One day I just realized that our past is imposible to change, but the way you talk about your past, is completly changeable. The words you choose to describe how your life is and how is going to be, are 100% up to you. And after this I just focused on changing the way I saw myself. My grandmother would always say, «It all depends on the point of view, from where you choose to see». And this profound grandma wisdom, was one of the keys to turn my life into a positive and heartfull experience.

Because whatever you are doing, where you are living, whatever your job is, your carreer or your lifestyle. There are two facts imposible to deny, one is that you are alive, and the second is that you are going to die. So whatever you choose from now on, I would really implore to you, that you start following your heart from here on.

Stop making fearfull decisions, stop making excuses, stop acting and playing. Start doing what you heart tells you to do. And you will discover that our heart, is always positive, is always full of love and is always right. 

Let yourself be inspired by life, let yourself be.

Purpose

Once upon a time, there was a child, who would look into the stars and ask, why am I here? For what reason I came to live in the place I do? And this questions became an important thing to find out, so at the age of 11, I started to be interested in philosophy and different ways of understanding what was going on, why should I go to school, or why was important to do what adults where stating to be “important”. And what happened is that, I never found any answers, not until I was already an adult in my mid twenties. Even going to University, to study and deepen my knowledge in phylosophy, could not help me find any clue about life itself and my own purpose. So my decision at that moment was to drop it, and just start having all kind of experiences for which, someday, they would help me comprehend and not only understand, all that “phylosophycal knowledge”.

After some years, had a relationship break up, and also a life changing experience. One day, just as normal as any other, I took a profound and deep decision with myself. To love who I was, no matter what. To accept everything I was at that very moment, and open up to feel that life loved me as part of everything else. That day, I decided to start making decisions with my heart and with love as my number one pillar. Nothing that others could do or say about me, would matter to me anymore, and the only one that I would listen, would be myself. So that day, I learned the best truth of life, one can never love others more than how we love ourselves. So the first priority, is to understand, accept, be honest with, respect, trust, and take full responsability for oneself.

Of course, many experiences came in the form of tests, to grow into this decision, and still feel that there is a long way to go, regarding self love, but I am thankfull to all what happened in my past, because is thanks to those experiences, the good ones and the bad ones, that I am here today, writting this, and looking forward for a life full of purpose, love and freedom.

In my late twenties I was again in a critical point, this time regarding work. I felt so emty at the current job I had, and also the current lifestyle I was carrying. The only thing I knew, is that I wanted that my job, would be on the benefit of others, and not just a matter of making money, paying bills and grow old. How difficult can be, to have the life that you really want? When you are in that messy point, in which you need that job to live, but you feel empty as a dead shell, and all you do to stop that emptyness, in becoming bigger and bigger, are temporary “fun stuff”. Until one day, I realized, that even those things, are as empty as everything else I was doing.

So I started to use all the knowledge on Human Development, Leadership, Coaching, Buddhism and Shamanism, that I had been learning those years, Coached myself and received mentoring, to find the right answer.  Finding your own life purpose, can be difficult, but finding a job that you really like, has to be easier. And of course, finding both, a purpose to live and a job that you love, have almost the same answer. So I took my chances and decided to reinvent my self as a professional, and from that point forward, everything became clearer, my footsteps became stronger and the vision of a life of purpose, started to seem posible.

Then I reached another moment, in which I took another life changing decision, that would be, making physical activity (training), a priority and a fundamental pillar for my life. On that day I had a confrontation with myself, because at the same time I was thinking, that I should train more often and make it part of my lifestyle, my mind would give me all kind of crappy excuses, such as, “I have no time, I have no money, etc”. And looking at a bonfire I shut off that mind, and replied, “hey, you don’t need money to go to a park and do some squats and pushups, or run a mile. And regarding time, you just need to priorize it, organize your agenda, and do it.” I mean, you only need motivation, and there is, when i started to understand my lack of motivation towards life and my current job, and that strong desire to find a purpose. I could see with certainity, all what I needed was to make the decision and start doing it, right now, so two days later, i started and kept doing it until today (6 years later).

Thanks to training and determination, I developed skills like, self motivation, resilence, perseverance, consistency. I became more tenacious, my self-steem improved, all together with some physical changes, becoming stronger and braver. Training taught me that “fear”, is not my enemy, unless I let it, it is a teacher and a friend that shows me all those things that I could be good at, but that I just need to invest more time and more effort, because if you follow a good training program and eat healthy, you will get the results you want, the only thing you need to do, is to keep doing it, no matter what.  So the way to make fear into your ally, is by trusting who you are, what are you doing, and what you want to become, and stop making excuses.

The second good thing about all this training, is that I discovered a new passion, which is coaching and training people. For some years I always wanted to develop professionally as a Life Coach and was doing it for some time. Training and the passion for it, gave me a way to make a new carreer, this two skills, together with my tireless search for a deep meaning of life, gave me the vision I was looking for as a purpose. What if I could be able to support and help others to find themselves, find their purpose and meaning of life, be there to motivate and inspire with my own life as an example, that everything is posible, that everything we dream can be done, if we just do it. The same way, my mentors and coaches where there for me, I dreamed of becoming a human being like them, someone whom to look up and receive inspiration, human wisdom, love and caring. Be completly congruent with my own ideals, emotions and actions. I knew this was no easy task, almost like a never ending one. But one of many thoughts I had, that pushed me to do it, was that, “If i am alive, I have the chance to do it, and I just need to believe in my self and my dream, and devote to it, breath it every day, and never surrender, even if things get hard”.

If I train my self physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, I can be that human being, I thrive to be, I can be my own light and show to others, that there is always a way to make things happen, that life can be fullfilling, that the job we have, can become one of purpose and hope, that like the sun shines every morning, we all can do it too. I know, that there are others like me, with the same motivation, I know that there are millions of people wandering if they can become aware, and fullfill their hopes and dreams. And for sure I know that is possible to do it, every day until our time of death, we can live our dreams.

Coach Félix Fuenzalida

Dreaming the perfect beach – Part 2 – Florianópolis

After four days in Buenos Aires, I left with a good feeling and at the same time, a little sick of the air conditioning. Had a terrible headacke but i was really enthusiastic about going to Brasil.

After a 2 hours flight i reached my destination. A friend went to pick me up and we went straight to her house, it was around 2 am, get asleep and woke up at 9. My friend wasn’t at home, but her grandmother was, so with my «portuñol» we started talking about different things, she offered me coffee, which i gladly accepted and something for breakfast. When my friend arrived, we had lunch and she showed me the rest of the house. In the middle of the lunch, she asked me «What do you want to do?», i didn’t know what to say, so i looked a little disoriented, and her grandmother, with her inmense wisdom said: «just show him the beach!». My eyes sparkled with joy and answered with a big YES.

Its impresive how that powerfull question, can really let you without clue about anything. I mean we can say things like, i want to eat, sleep, work, rest. But those are just part of our daily life.

«What do you want to do?» There is no correct answer for that, there is just doing.

The good thing was that my friend lived very close to the beach, just 5 minutes by car and 15 walking. So it wasn’t a long wait. How can i put it? The first thing i saw, was this big and yellow sand beach, the sea was light blue and in front of us, a very mysterious island named «Campeche Island». The weather was nice, i took off my shirt and went directly to swim. I was again a 6 year old boy, laughing and having one of my most wonderful experiences of my life. That feeling that i was there, in a paradise, that all my decisions would bring me there, and that suddenly the vastness of the world and the atlantic ocean was open to me. I couldn’t stop laughing and feel thankfull for that precious moment.

That day I had this feeling that the whole world was there for me, just like a big playground, waiting to be discovered. I just couldn’t realize how lucky i was, and of course i would never imagen all the experiences i had the next 6 month in Florianópolis.

The people there call that island, «Ilha da magia», which means, «The Island of Magic». They have lots of stories about how different people realized their dreams and others lost their lives. Who ever you were, if you were there, the island was inviting you to discover her and connect to her energy. Everything you could have in your heart could be posible, but of course, not for free. Because every magic needs something in exchange to work. It can be your money, it can be work, or maybe love. What ever you’d like to receive, you should be able to give back or else be taken by the same force that guides you.

That magical place gave me precious friends, precious experiences and so much love in many forms and ways, that forever, one part of my heart will be connected to Florianópolis.

One of this experiences was a great bath with a huge rainbow in the sky all above the ocean!

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Dreaming the perfect beach – Part 1 – Buenos Aires

It was January of 2013

I was working for my grade in university, after 10 years of studying and never been able to gave it a finishing point. I was really tired, was working in an Advertising Agency and at the same time, working as an Event Manager, for self-development courses. Had a girlfriend and trained 3 times a week. I barely sleeped those days, and what i really wanted was to close everything and go somewhere far away, have time for myself, and start working on what i thought it would be my next 10 years of life.

As a Life Coach i knew the importance of having a «life project», and i definetly wanted to do a serious change on my lifestyle. Wanted to stop working in multimedia, computers had my mind sick and my soul dead. But more importantly, i wanted to really start living my life to the fullest, feel the happiness of being alive, working on what i felt real passion.

So i ended my university grade on a thursday the 31st of january. The same day, i got fired because of personel reduction (i was so relieved, i couldn’t imagen my self working one more day in that place), went to my house did some calls, some days later i got a credit offer, and without thinking it too much, took the money they were offering me, paid some bills, quit from the Event Manager job, bought a one-way ticket to Buenos Aires Argentina, and another one to Florianopolis, Brasil. And there my adventure begun.

Why Brasil? Why Florianopolis?

Well, i did a list of all the places i wanted to go. My brother was living those days in New Zealand, so the idea of going and paying him a visit, was interesting, BUT, of all the places, Florianopolis was the one i could get and stay with the budget i had at the moment, besides i had some friends over there, and i had listened some very good recomendations about the island. All i ever wanted was to live by the sea, in a peaceful beach, learn to surf, and maybe fall in love with life and a beautiful woman too.

Why Buenos Aires first?

Because its a «must» place to visit at least once in life. It has so much life, its a huge city in a huge country, full of great food, interesting places to check, some amazing artists and people to know, etc…

I spent 4 days in Buenos Aires, it was my first time there, and wanted to know everything, so i just walked all over. Saw everything i could and of course, ate everything i got to find over there. My mother had a friend, who offered me to stay in her apartment those days, so i didn’t have to pay for that, just my personal tourism.

There i had an experience that really proved my nerves on this trip. I was just getting off the plane, people suggested me, to go without cash, and use the chilean debit cards, because they worked there. So i needed to take a van to the city, asked how much it was, and went to the bank machines, it was eleven in the night, almost midnight, and my debit card would not work in that machines, went to all the posible ones, and neither of them worked! I was so frustrated, didn’t know what to do, couldn’t call anyone. I had the money, i just couldn’t take it from the bank machine.

After 1 hour of trying the imposible become posible, i noticed another person in the same situation as me, he was a fellow chilean. Talked to him and  asked him, if he had some cash, he answered he only had 15 dollars in his wallet, and that he could’nt give me more. I asked him those 15, and promised him i would give them back, so he gave me his bank account number and went with my 15 dollars to buy the ticket for the van, that was going to the city. For those who don’t know, Ezeiza Airport is far away from the city, and you need a transportation in order to get there.

Went to the selling point, and for my surprise i needed 17 dollars, i had a lucky dollar in my wallet, but still not enough, i really needed 1 more f*** dollar and those guys would not accept less. Even if i begged, which i did.

For those who know about Argentina’s situation about the dollar, they got a black market for it. The official change wouldn’t be enough to buy the ticket, so i decided to buy a black market dollar, but, to whom?

I just stayed still and started to look for someone, with suspicious face, like a «black market face». A normal person, but that kind of look, you could get something illegal from him or her. An suddenly, i spotted a guy with those characteristics. Went straight to him, told him my story, and asked if he knew where to make the change. He looked at me, and said: «Yeah, sure, just go to the third store over there, speak with the fat guy, and tell him, Lorenzo (fictional name) is sending you». Just did what he told me, went to the fat guy in the third store, told him my story and of course, that «Lorenzo» was sending me, so he asked, «how much do you want?», I felt so relieved, bought more than enough Argentinian pesos, took the last Van to the city and when i reached the apartment, they received me with a good and cold beer.

I was so Happy, in the end, everything went good, it was a great experience. Anyway, i think i was lucky in many ways. I really suggest to avoid doing black market exchanges, unless you feel you can do it. You can always get in more troubles, so you need to be smart and smooth! And next time i travel to Argentina, i will sure have cash with me.

After that, as i already said, i walked all over, went to some museums, libraries, the zoo, some parks, great pizza places and ate the famous «bife chorizo».

For my next post, Florianópolis, the magic island!