It’s officially Autumn down here in the southern hemi, but a confused Autumn; meaning that some days still call for no sleeves and sunblock and others for flannel PJ’s and a fire. Typical Auckland weather, really. But I’m not complaining, I think Autumn is probably my favourite season. Not only as it’s kinder on my Pitta body that often overheats and is prone to heat related exhaustion and/or anger, but for everything that the season represents; old habits and patterns falling like leaves to the ground. Preparing to turn inward. Switching up our meals to more grounding root vegetables and warming spices, and exercising at a more gentle pace. That’s what it means for me, anyway!
I hope everyone has had a restful Easter weekend. I had been feeling super exhausted after coming home from Bali, getting slammed by the full moon (3 nights of very interrupted sleep and sore head), so the long weekend was very much chill mode. I had been feeling rather sad and jaded after arriving back - for a number of reasons - but once that full moon passed, it’s like a proverbial cloud lifted from me and I was re-inspired to dive back into work, getting lots of downloads and just feeling all round excited. Never underestimate the power of the moon, I always say. She’s a handy scapegoat when I need one.
After 3 incredible weeks in Bali I’m sitting here, under a new moon in Aries, reflecting on what an incredible trip this has been. People often ask me why I keep coming back to Bali—and how I don’t get bored spending a whole month ALONE—and it makes me sad that they don’t get why. I talk a lot about expanders and the importance of having people and places in your life that truly expand you—that force you to challenge what is possible.
I woke up yesterday with a cold which is not the best fun, but makes sense given the change of climes. I’m in Ubud now which is super damp and rainy. I changed hotels as I was so unhappy with my first choice, and cannot begin to tell you how much better that feels. Life is too short to put up with shit sex, food or hotels. And given that I’m here to do work—blog, create programs, content etc, I need somewhere that inspires creativity, not stifles it. I shared a post on my Instagram yesterday about the importance of showing up as your highest self. Because when we do that, the Universe has no option but to match us.
Yesterday I arrived in Ubud, the second week of my month-long trip and it hasn’t been altogether pleasant. But I feel like Ubud is that kind of place - it’s a spiritual vortex that gives you exactly what you need, not necessarily what you want. And I feel like something I would like to work on inside myself right now is patience.
I’M IN BALI! It’s my third day here (my 4th time in under two years, because, obsessed) and I’m sitting at my beloved Crate cafe, the only place in Canggu that’s open at a jet lag appropriate time of 6am, doing a little work and just feeling full body happy. Side-note: I don’t know what it is but my digestion is so good in Bali.
It’s Sunday, a little over a week until my next trip to Bali and I’ve just gotten back from an epic Kundalini yoga class at my fave Yoga Ground here in Auckland. I plan to do a lot of yoga while I’m in Bali so have been easing back into it. In all honesty, I can count on one hand the number of classes I’ve taken since my last trip to Bali last August.. I tend to dip in and out of it. And right now my focus has been on F45 and walking my dogs.
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What is a new year without setting some goals? I’ve never been a big fan of resolutions, as they seem so loaded in expectation, and there’s a timeliness to them that doesn’t sit well with me. But I am a fan of setting intentions and goals for a new year. Some people set these at the start of a new year, and others set them on their birthday, so as it was my birthday earlier this month (Feb 3rd!), I’m choosing the latter. After all, every year we are essentially reborn :)