Starting 2017 in Bali
I made a last minute decision to go to Bali for the 10 days of Jan. I had been on my wish list for 2016 and I didn’t quite make it to that part of the world. So since I had the time and space, I thought why not?
I have to admit 2016 left me a bit restless. I had an eventful year.
- Broke up with my startup.
- Got engaged to my best friend ❤.
- Got my yoga teacher certification and started a consulting business.
But I probably left 2016 with a lot more questions than answers.
- What are my values as I look forward? How do I avoid making decisions based on ego and external validation?
- What is the right of balance structure and flexibility for me?
- For Bryan and I, lots of discussions on what type of life we want to build together. Not surprising, some decisions are easy, some are harder.
So I’m grateful to Bali for giving me some time and space away from my normal routines. For those who haven’t been, I highly recommend it.
I didn’t go into it Bali with much of a plan but it turned out to be a great a way to kickoff good habits for 2017.
- Go to sleep and wake up early. With jet-lag, going to bed at 9PM/10PM and waking up at 7AM every morning was a breeze.
- Yoga every day. I was able to keep a daily habit of a morning and evening practice. Granted 3 hours of yoga a day is probably not sustainable now that I’m home but it’s a great way to get started.
- Eating well I have never been good with strict diets. The only way I’ve been able to break bad food patterns is to slowly change what my normal is. It was so easy in Bali to eat fresh and healthy.
The best part is those are all self reinforcing patterns. Sleeping well means you wake up ready for morning yoga, eating a fruit, vegetable and protein heavy diet keeps you focused and energized for the rest of the day. The 3 hours of yoga and walking everywhere means I’m very ready for bed by 10PM.
My time in Bali also gave me a chance to really think about what I wanted from 2017. A friend gave me a journal with specific prompts for Christmas. The first journal prompt:
List your goals and dreams for the year.
It turns my goals and dreams fall into 3 categories:
- Self: Making a commitment to to be more self aware, more loving, and less judgmental. To nurturing my creative self in writing and art. And to continue to be healthy and strong physically.
- Relationships: Focusing on Bryan and I successfully merging our lives together fully and having a kickass wedding. But no less important, nurturing my relationships old and new with family and friends.
- Career: This was actually the shortest list. My old goals used to be very specific, get this promotion, launch x, etc. This year I’m focused on outcomes rather than the specifics. Find balance in work/life. Do meaningful work with people I love and continue learning.
So here’s a great 2017 for everyone and hope all our goals and dreams come true.