LIVFund Scholarship winner Olivia Zug’s interpretation of pura vida.

pura vida: the unofficial slogan of Costa Rica

pura vida: Spanish for “pure or simple life”

pura vida means:

living sufficiently, but magnificently

never using more than I need

learning about and with other people instead of focusing on temporary, material things

finding new ways to connect with the earth, others around me, and the eternity and fragility of everything here

having perspective, thus, having gratefulness and humility

pura vida: what I’m keeping here in the States from Costa Rica