Living the Life and Blogging from Bali!

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Finally, I managed to get away from the cold weather and I’m here in Bali, enjoying the nature, the beach, enjoying life!

As I type this, I’m sitting in my Bali 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, especially after the cold winter weather depressed me to bits. And I don’t have to remind you about my anxiety, do I?

As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve taken a serious hiatus from this blog in the past month. 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 to travel the world. I love the countries in South East Asia and I am happy to be able to finally get out from the cold weather in Europe to Bali. To this:

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… this is the life that I love and I am happy that my freelancing and blogging career allows me to live it.

Up next is Thailand (Bangkok and Chiang Mai), followed by Cambodia, Egypt, Istanbul, Romania, Budapest, and finally ending in Lisbon.

Returning Home to Peace, Quiet, and Consistency

On Friday, 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.

Let’s just say that despite all the turmoil of this past year, life is pretty damn good when I return home in a few months!

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. 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 beauty that Bali has to offer. This is a great way to start one’s year. Hopefully yours debuts in a similar fashion and there’s much more and much better coming soon!

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