LIVING IN THE MOMENT IS KEY- Like most people, I tend to live my week based on a set schedule. Wake up at 6, shower by 7, and out the door at 8. Work consumes the majority of my life Monday through Friday; leaving the weekends often jam packed with activities. However, while in Bali, I let go of schedules and lived in the moment. Doing so allowed my mind to be rid of the need to constantly be “doing” and allowed myself to start “being.” It was hard at first, but once I finally was free of this control, all worries seemed to disappear. It was such a liberating feeling, creating a lot of fun in the moment.
BE CURIOUS- If I could find one word to sum up our trip, it would be “curiosity.” From asking questions, to trying new cuisines, or stumbling upon some out of this world hidden spots, the experience of newness was everywhere. When you live life with a sense of curiosity, your eyes and mind are suddenly opened to things you wouldn’t normally notice in a rushed environment. Slowing down and taking it all in allows a greater sense of awareness. I hope to carry the same curiosity with me when I return.
LIFE IS BETTER WITH A SMILE- One can instantly identify a local in Bali by the ear-to-ear grin across their face. From the housekeepers at the hotel to the taxi driver on the street, everyone had this trait! When commenting to our driver about our observation, he told us, “the Balinese love to smile. Everyone is a friend in Bali.” Two drivers waiting for a pick-up will strike up a conversation, or the owner of a small shop will beam at you as you pass by. I loved this about Bali. I plan to take after the Balinese and spend more time smiling and less time with a furrowed brow.
YOGA IS EVERYTHING- Although many locals do not partake in yoga, people from around the world travel to Bali to deepen their yoga practice. Ubud is a known spot for yogis, and we happened to stay right beside the world-famous “Yoga Barn!” After practicing yoga here, I can see why everyone loves it so much. The classes take place in the most beautiful, open-air, wooden studios with panoramic views of the rice-paddies and the forest below. You can hear birds chirping, frogs croaking, and cicadas buzzing, all while breathing in fresh air from a downward dog position. The experience is phenomenal. This was another moment in which I realized how important it is to slow down and breathe.
DO NOT ASK FOR A MARGARITA- I happened to be in Bali over Cinco De Mayo, and in honor of the holiday decided to grab a margarita by the pool. However, after two failed attempts I quickly realized margaritas are not the drink of Bali. Instead, order a fresh juice or smoothie. I had the most amazing smoothie one morning in a small cafe (Sweet Orange Warung) hidden amongst a rice field. I cannot wait to make it again on a hot summer’s day!