Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Adventure Begins...in Canggu, Bali!

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

-Lao Tzu

After 24+ hours of travel...we made it to our "home" for the month!

The journey here was long and trying at times but overall it was smooth sailing. Those first few steps were hard.

Travel fills my soul and tests me in every way. It makes me extremely grateful for the little things like water, food and bed to sleep in. It is easy to take those things for granted on a day to day basis amongst the hustle and bustle of life but become luxuries when traveling.

Before arriving in Bali I had been experiencing some of the most intense anxiety I have had since my college days (when it was the worst). It was definitely my fear trying to get the best of me because after all leaving your comfort zone for the unknown is scary. The difference was I had the tools (yoga, breath, meditation, journaling) to work through the feelings instead of letting it cripple me.

When we landed in Bali there was an overwhelming sense of ease that washed over me. Although I have no idea what the next four months holds I know it is going to be a life changing adventure of self discovery and opening my eyes to a part of the world that has been totally foreign until now.

Adjusting to life here was easier than I thought (I do my best to live with no expectations). No jet lag despite a 15hr time change into the future. My stomach is still adjusting and not the happiest of campers currently but other then that it has been an easy transition.

I am not much of a planner or researcher when I travel and really had no idea what Bali would be like. I had heard it was the Hawaii of Australia, which definitely has some truth but there are many differences...Bali is FAR cheaper, you can get a nice healthy meal for under $10 with a fresh pressed juice.

The best fruit pizza I have ever had, for $3. 
Almost everyone speaks English here so communicating hasn't been an issue - besides for when I dropped off our laundry, didn't get a receipt and just hoped everything would get back to us! Getting a week's worth of laundry done for $5 was nice. I definitely won't miss doing my own laundry.

Don't let my smile fool you, the roads here are crazy! 
There are NO road rules. Riding on the back of a scooter still scares the crap out of me. We have had a couple close calls that made my heart race more than anything. My goal is to be riding my own scooter by the end of the month. The driving here is frightening to say the least but surprisingly/thankfully I have yet to see anyone crash amongst the controlled chaos.



I had no idea how big the island was! We are living in Canngu, a small beach town that has been developed into a surfer and yogi paradise. I was reminded of the power of the ocean when I decided to swim out past the break. Getting back to shore was a serious challenge, it felt as if I was swimming forever without making any progress. I saw my life flash before my eyes to be perfectly honest, I lost my Ray Bans to the waves but made it back to shore exhausted and thankful to be on land.

Working poolside at Dojo Bali. 
Our co-working space is amazing. A co-working space is kind of like a "gym membership" for digital nomads and entrepreneurs. It gives us a comfortable and professional space to work with a solid 24/7 wifi connection and lots of amenities. A variety of work spaces, a pool to cool of midday, community events, a cafe and even acai bowls! It is basically my dream come true.

Beyond the acai bowls LOL, I have always dreamed of being able to work and travel. I feel blessed to be able to combine two of my passions! This trip simply would have not been possible for us if I didn't take the leap of faith 4 years ago with coaching. It has given both Zach and I the freedom to work from anywhere, follow our dreams, given us a platform to share our passions, and inspire others to live life differently while making health and happiness a priority. I am excited to continue building my business on the road and show other coaches out there what is possible with this opportunity (if you are interested in joining my coaching team you can apply here).

Every week we plan to put out a weekly re-cap video with glimpse into life in Asia and what we are up to...that way you can see and hopefully feel a bit of what we are experiencing. Life here is good but I will say I miss everyone back home dearly.

Here is this week's recap...Bali through our eyes, enjoy!



Have you been to Bali?! Anything we must see or do while we are here? 

Much love,

Lauren

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