Summer 2017 has taken me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and adventures. I’ve enjoyed some fabulous highs along with some of the most challenging lows of my life to date.
It was Albert Einstein who said that ‘the only source of knowledge is experience’ and after reflecting on my trip to Bali last month, I can certainly say that I am wiser and more knowledgable thanks to the experiences that I had out there.
Continuous personal development is really important to me and I love to be inspired by the people that I meet across the world and draw on my experiences to improve my life.
In today’s post, I wanted to share with you, five things that I learned while in Bali.
1. FRIENDSHIP ISN’T ABOUT WHO YOU’VE KNOWN THE LONGEST
While in Bali, I had the pleasure of meeting some truly amazing people. One in particular showed me that friendship really isn’t about who you’ve known the longest. She listened to me and provided some of the most significant and helpful advice and support I’ve received in life, drawing on her own experiences and wisdom.
I learned to not fear opening up to someone; if it feels right, go with your gut. Sometimes the right people are there at exactly the right time you need them.
2. YOGA IS FOR ME AFTER ALL
While in Bali, I had the chance to try out yoga for the first time.
I’d often thought that yoga was for those far slimmer, fitter and more flexible than myself but it really is for everyone. Real yoga is about the mind, body and spirit being one, its not about what you look like, what you’re wearing or about being perfect; its not a competition. That in itself smashes the trendy, Sweaty Betty mould that many associate with the practice. This stereotype was what always made me admire yoga from afar but never have the confidence to join in with.
While staying at Bliss Sanctuary for Women in Canggu, I was able to start my day with an early morning yoga class and the peaceful awakening was so beneficial to me. Aside from discovering the benefits of the physical side, i.e. that I am stronger and able to move into more positions than I first thought, the relaxation, meditation and focus on the breath had a great impact on my mental wellbeing.
Now that I’m home, I’ll definitely be practising yoga on a more regular basis, even if its just once a week or once every fortnight to get me started. As someone who suffers with anxiety the calm that it brings to my day and how positively it directs my mindset is essential.
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3. COLLECT MEMORIES NOT THINGS
Filling my life with experiences is more important to me than owning things. Having stories to tell, memories to look back on and a life that’s been lived is what enriches my own life and makes me more interesting than having things to show others ever would. Admittedly, its taken me longer in life to realise that than it should have.
4. TINY FOOD TWISTS MAKE BIG DIFFERENCES
Scrambled egg was the baby sick breakfast lookalike that I’ve passed by for years until I stayed at the Alassari Plantation.
The Balinese chefs there instantly upgrade their scrambled eggs with the addition of sun-dried tomatoes. A tiny food twist with a bold flavour that makes such a difference to this simple dish that I’ve been left wondering why I hadn’t thought of enjoying them in this way sooner.
Breakfast game coming back strong!
5. A SUCCESSFUL HOLIDAY IS NOT DETERMINED BY A DEEP SUNTAN
I love having bronzed, tanned skin but for so long my suntan has definitely factored in whether I’d class a holiday as being a success or enjoyable. I’ll always love soaking up the sun, protected by my favourite Clarins SPF and while wearing gorgeous swimwear like this plus size bardot swimsuit from Yours Clothing (review here) but Bali definitely gave me a reminder that holidays and travelling are about relaxing, seeing the world and enjoying new experiences and you don’t get that from chilling on a sun lounger alone!
What did you learn when you last travelled? How did your experience benefit you?