Bali: Can you Canggu?
I am sitting in my room, with the sliding door half way open and allowing the breeze to fill the room and surround me. Ever so gently brushing against my skin, ever so refreshing as the sun begins to set and the hot hot humidity fades away into the night. Spotify jamming in my ears, three notebooks by my side and nothing but pure gratitude and excitement waiting to pour from my fingertips and grace this page. With a month in Bali notched into the ole belt, it is the perfect time to reflect and share some fun facts about my time here thus far. Keep in mind that I cannot write everything, the blog post would be far too long and every man would be left behind. I guess you’re just going to have to return and read the new posts as they trickle in. Ain’t that a damn shame ;)
Let’s begin with that fact that I am no longer scared of spiders and wasps, both of which appear to be on steroids. Now to you that may be a small victory and chances are it is, but it is a victory nonetheless. If either approached me back home, I would squeal and run for the hills. Homie don’t play. Yet here, it’s a quick hello and I am continuing on with my business.
Meditation is a total game changer and a practice I have wanted to pick up for months, just never fully committed to. When I finally arrived in Bali, I thought if I am going to start, this is the place to do it. I now do guided meditation every morning and I am feeling grand.
Yoga is THE bomb. I may struggle-bus my way through it each day, but one day I will breeze through it with elegance and grace, I’ll be miss United States...and I got carried away there, didn’t I?
Surfing is the closest one can get to walking on water and the feeling when you catch a wave is beyond words. I am down to put in the practice, eat shit and basically consume my body weight in salt water for the cause. Thank you Tim for taking the time to teach me! (Pssst… I have a fun fact for you guys. Tim also designs FCS and Future fins which you should DEFINITELY check out. Funky Fresh Fins can be found on Instagram and Facebook. Come on…do it. You won’t regret it and I bet you $10 that you have yet to see anything like it.)
When shit gets tough or you’re feeling low, list three things you are feeling grateful for in this present moment. Better yet, begin every morning with this gratitude exercise and see how it transforms your attitude and your day. Need an extra push? I’ll show you how it is done. I am grateful for my health and mobility, to be able to experience all that I have with such ease. I am grateful for Sarah Moe, my fairy travel mother. Not only did she believe in me, but she trusted me to help make her passion project a reality. Together, amazing shit is going to happen and I am beyond stoked. I am grateful for my support system each and every day, you guys are my rocks. You are always pushing me to greatness and supporting my outlandish on-a-whim ideas. For that, I am eternally grateful.
See guys, easy peasy! Whatever comes to your mind, say it or write it down. It's that simple.
Toilet paper is not common in the public restrooms of Bali, especially if a western toilet is not available. Prepare yourself to drip dry, bidet it up or if you’re smart and savvy (I do not fall under this category), you pack baby wipes.
Your body will adjust to the humidity and heat or you will just stop giving a fuck.
Bug spray is your best friend, I shit you not. Lavender soap is a close second; both will keep the mosquitos from chomping on your skin like a Thanksgiving feast.
A solid seventy five percent of the Bali dogs are mixed with a corgi. No lie. I can’t make that shit up, it is factual. I did the calculations myself.
Writing every day is magical. Writing a few times a day is majestic.
Live life based on needs, not wants.
Manifestos are kick ass and Leannah is the bomb for allowing me to test out her workshop. I now have a detailed manifesto for every aspect of my life, handwritten and kept in a journal. If you’re lucky, I will give you all a sneak preview in a post to come.
Granola bowls and toast make my world go round. There is no such thing as too much toast or too much granola. Heck I’ll throw in avocados and peanut sauce while I am at it, there is no such thing as too much avocado or too much peanut sauce. Remember, I may be petite, but this girl knows how to eat. Except dairy, I am lactose intolerant and not trying to die on the toilet.
I saved the best for last, are you ready?
Say yes to new experiences. Say yes to facing your fears. Say Hello to Adventure.
You never know what kind of magic will arise if you greet life with a warm smile and just say yes.
Well, Th-th-th-tha-tha-tha-that's all for now, folks!