Blogging from Bali…

The Happy Homeower in Bali

Where I’m staying in Bali–view from the open living room and dining area!

Yes, I’m serious! As I type this, I’m sitting in my treetop bungalow listening to the crickets and other jungle creatures from under a full moon…it doesn’t get much more relaxing than this! And relaxing is exactly what I’ve needed for quite some time.

As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve taken a serious hiatus from this blog. And for good reason–my life has been moving at nearly the speed of light for a while now in terms of change & personal growth and I’m finally ready to sit down, enjoy the fruits of my labor, and let it all sink in.

Making My Travel Dreams Come True

In my opinion, there’s no better way to do so than with a trip around the world. In the past 12 days, I’ve been to Fiji, New Zealand, Singapore, and now Bali. It’s a whirlwind tour, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m fulfilling lifelong dreams each and every day; from sunrise hikes in the fields of Fiji above crystal clear water to sleeping in a real tree house in Bali.

Up next is Thailand (Bangkok and Chiang Mai), followed by Cambodia, Egypt (TBD where given the current chaos ensuing–I have a good friend who lives there who is helping me figure out a safe, fun game plan), Istanbul, Bucharest, Transylvania, Budapest, and finally ending in Lisbon.

Returning Home to Peace, Quiet, and Consistency

On Friday, August 9th, I closed on the sale of my condo. Upon signing the final document, I was handed the largest check I’ve ever received–a six-figure beauty that was promptly deposited into my bank account. Then I was on a plane to Fiji the very next day.

Before the closing, I had already moved into my new apartment and have begun to work out some very happy details of my personal life (I’m meeting a certain someone in Lisbon to end my trip with…).  :)

Let’s just say that despite all the turmoil of this summer, life is pretty damn good when I return home in four weeks (this whirlwind tour is 40 days long for a variety of personal, professional, and web-related reasons. While it’s a quick tour, it’s nothing less than epic so far!).

The Beauty of Air Conditioning

Yes, I’m ending this post with a bit of a zinger. In my travels thus far, I’ve grown an immense appreciation for air conditioning (if you’re looking to purchase a new air conditioner, check out: http://www.carrier.ca/en/products/air-conditioners/38). It might sound superficial or silly, but I can’t fathom how people live in places like Singapore and Bali and Fiji (during the summer months for the latter two; Singapore pretty much all the time!) without A/C. But I now know first-hand that the majority of people do, and I feel for them; especially after walking a mere 5 minutes and being drenched in sweat. The humidity alone literally hits you like a wall!

It’s been an interesting juxtaposition for me; traveling to less developed countries where poverty is rampant yet being able to enjoy first-class amenities such as A/C as well as being able to spend more freely than I ever have before given the healthy budget I’ve allowed for this trip (more on that in a future post). I feel an overwhelming desire to give back to these beautiful, enchanting people I’ve met, and I hope to figure out a plan once I’m home that will allow me (and others) to do just that.

But for now, I need to kick back, hang out with the lizards & frogs, and look forward to the Balinese cooking school program I’m enrolled in for the day tomorrow…

What’s new in your life?

 

 

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32 thoughts on “Blogging from Bali…

    • August 22, 2013 at 4:44 am
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      Thanks, Catherine! It's a 180 from a few months ago, but I'll take it :) Hope all is well with you!

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    • August 22, 2013 at 4:45 am
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      Thanks, Jordann! I'll be posting some in my next post–I've taken almost 1,000 already! :)

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    • August 22, 2013 at 4:46 am
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      Haha…thanks! I've decided to just enjoy the trip/process rather than try to do it all at once (keep working while traveling, etc.). I'll have a ton to do once I return, but the break is amazing–as are these places!

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    • August 22, 2013 at 4:46 am
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      So far, so good!!! If anything, this is giving even more goals/plans for future travels..haha!

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  • August 21, 2013 at 11:12 am
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    I can't fathom how some don't have AC right here where I live!!! We are spoiled.Glad you are in a good place right now. Traveling the world! That is so exciting. Enjoy it and can't wait to hear about your trip.
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    • August 22, 2013 at 4:47 am
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      Thanks, Cece! Yeah, the humidity and heat in this area of the world is unreal. Although I have to say that I'm already adapting, so perhaps that's the secret! If you don't know what you're missing, perhaps it's all good?

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  • August 21, 2013 at 3:27 pm
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    I was thinking about you this morning, hoping you were happy. sounds like you are! that's so great.

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    • August 22, 2013 at 4:47 am
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      Thank you!!! I was thinking about you, too! Things have dramatically improved–we'll have to catch up on gchat after I'm home. Hope all is well!

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  • August 21, 2013 at 6:11 pm
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    That sounds like an amazing trip. I'd love to hear more of the details (esp. around cost) if you're comfortable sharing those. I'd really like to take a trip like that with my wife, if it's financially possible.

    Enjoy your incredible trip and please do let us know how it goes!
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    • August 22, 2013 at 4:48 am
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      I'll definitely share the details! Let's just say that it's pricey, but I'm allowing myself a bit of luxury in terms of private places to stay since I'm a female traveling alone. Safety first; which comes at a high price in some locations. That being said, I wouldn't change a bit of what I've been able to see/do/experience so far!!

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  • August 22, 2013 at 4:52 am
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    Awesome, enjoy! When are you in Lisbon? I should be there around Oct 1st. You are right, Singapore has the worst humidity and heat, as soon as you get out of the shower you are sweating again and AC makes it much more bearable.
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    • August 22, 2013 at 8:20 am
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      Nice! We'll be there in mid September–bummer we'll miss each other; would love to meet you in person! :)

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  • August 22, 2013 at 7:27 am
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    Glad to hear you're having fun! Better save some of that money back in case times get rough!

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    • August 22, 2013 at 8:20 am
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      Absolutely! I'm actually not touching a penny of what I put into the bank–this trip is fully funded through other savings!

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  • August 22, 2013 at 10:15 am
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    Glad to hear you're fulfilling your dream. Sounds incredible and sounds like things are also going well personally. Over hear it's par for the course, although I'm trying to learn a few new skills and start one or two more websites.
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    • August 23, 2013 at 7:51 am
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      Thank you! It's been a heck of an adventure so far. I leave for Thailand tomorrow!

      Good luck with your new sites!

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  • August 22, 2013 at 10:47 pm
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    This is AWESOME!! Enjoy Bali (and the rest of your trip) and have an amazing time.

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  • August 23, 2013 at 7:11 am
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    Sounds like you are having a blast and taking a much needed break. A world tour with the family is definitely something I would hope to be able to do in the next few years. Keep up the great work and A/C is a must. Its not as hot or humid as Singapore but FL does get a little bad as well.

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    • August 23, 2013 at 7:52 am
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      Definitely! It's all about recharging, finding my inspiration again, and getting motivated to kick butt when I return home…plus seeing all these amazing places of course! :)

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  • August 23, 2013 at 5:13 pm
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    Wow! Glad you are enjoying a very much deserved vacation! And I am glad your boyfriend finally came around!!! Good luck and enjoy!

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  • August 23, 2013 at 10:23 pm
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    OMG you are 'so' close to me in Australia – well I mean relatively – Bali and Fiji are close in comparision to Canada or even Lisbon! So glad your taking some time to rest and recover from a rough few months with all that's been happening. Make the most of it – the blog will keep!

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    • August 28, 2013 at 7:00 am
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      Thanks, Sarah! I'll certainly have a bit of mess to come home to, but I really need to unplug and recoop. I figure that the 3-6 months after I return will be a perfect opportunity to figure out the next chapter and kick ass to get there. Hope all is well with you!

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