As some of you may already know, I was in Bali for 10 days back in October where I spent 7 days on a study tour with Learning Options.
Needless to say, it was a life-changing experience.
I mean - I lived in a jungle for 3 days and I went on the Bali Treetop Adventure (FYI - I am fucking scared of height). That says a lot, don't you think! Well, now that I've experienced them, it's time for a little reflection and share my lessons and learnings with you!
4 Important Lessons I've Learnt from My Recent Bali Trip
1. Changes Happen Outside of Your Comfort Zone
As cliche as this sounds, this is 100% true from this trip. Trust me when I say there were plenty of doubts, second-thoughts and coming up with ways on how to get out of this trip (Sorry, Karen!) because of the program, the fact that I am on a leadership study tour and how uncomfortable everything made me feel.
I mean mud wrestling, building bamboo houses, spending an entire week with strangers whom I have never met before and all the local visits - definitely not your average Bali trip and is enough to give me cold sweat! The Green School Student Village in the middle of nowhere was most certainly a shock too!
Thank god for all the mental training I've undergone this year and I told myself "Suck It Up, Princess! If you want to succeed and build a successful lifestyle business, you have to get outside your comfort zone and do things that you have never done before!"
And luckily I did! I've met the most amazing group of people, immersed in the locals and experience that I wouldn't have imagined and most importantly, I've made the decision to commit to my business, came up with new sustainable business ideas and making the move to Bali for a few weeks in January next year - all of which wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for this trip!
The #notsobasiclife happens outside of your comfort zone!
2. Be Open To Trying New Experiences
(With common sense and calculated risk of course - for eg: you should never jump off a cliff without proper supervision and harness)
It WILL be uncomfortable, you might not like it. But once you have put away all judgement and experience it with an open heart, you will realise it is not that bad after all. The experiences and learnings have taught you to become a better person and help you grow.
This is an extension of lesson #1, once you've overcome your fear and discomfort, approach what's to come with an open heart!
3. If There's A Will, There's A Way.
You don't need a lot to make a difference to someone else's life.
This is something that I've learned from Ibu Sari Pollen - the founder of Pusat Kegiatan Perempuan (PKP Women's Center of Ubud). If someone with so little has so much to give and is able to make a huge impact and difference in so many women's lives, there's no reason why I can't do the same (especially with the resources that I have!).
4. Your Mind Determines Your Reality
I am not typically one that believes in "manifestation" and all the juju that comes along with it. However, I do believe that by focusing your thoughts and mind on the lifestyle that you want to live or outcome that you are looking for, you will approach your surroundings with an open mind and thus, picking up every opportunity that arises that you wouldn't have otherwise done. THIS is when manifestation happens.
After spending a week with the group and a very inspiring session with Chris Thompson, the director of Hubud, I have made the decision to pursue the #NotSoBasic and digital nomad life 100% going forward. (Mind you, this has always been something at the back of my mind but never actively pursued). As a result, I ended up heading to Hong Kong for a work + play trip 3 weeks later. This will be another story on its own, so stay tuned!
Coincidence much? I don't think so. Your mind does determine your reality.
Now, over to you - what are some of the important lessons you've learnt in 2017? Share them in the comments below!