What I Learned From 2 Weeks in Bali

It’s all very cliche.

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In late September I packed a suitcase, drove 2 hours to the airport and flew 15,000 miles to meet up with 10 strangers through a program called WiFly Nomads. I wanted to live a more fulfilled life doing something I loved and traveling the world and WiFly promised to teach my how to do that. There were 10 of us. We were all different but had one thing in common; We wanted to do something more with our lives than what we had been doing. It was a giant leap of faith on our part. It was the companies inaugural program and we all knew we were guinea pigs for what could be a completely life changing experience, or a what could just turn out to be a very expensive trip to Bali.

It was not just an expensive trip to Bali. It was exactly the inspiration I needed.

Invest in yourself.

I had spent the last 5 years investing my time and energy doing things that I didn’t care about and that I didn’t want to be doing. I had never done something like this before and was in no position to drop stacks on such a thing, but desperate times call for desperate measures and I was desperately searching for an A-ha moment (one that I later realized may never come). I needed a sign telling me things were going to workout and a plan to make sure they did.

I went into the experience with very low expectations, but it the end it was worth the investment. I met incredible people that I never would have met if we hadn’t all made this one life decision. I Invested time and money into myself and found a hint of clarity for the future.

No one is going to give you a high-five for doing something to better yourself.

I hated explaining to people why I was going to Indonesia.

“Because I want to learn how to work for myself and travel while doing it.”

Even in my head it still sounds pretentious but I don’t care anymore because I know it’s possible. I realized that only I know what I need, and people don’t have to understand it. Everyone I met in Bali was living to better themselves and you could feel the positivity radiating. I know what I need to do continue to thrive and grow. I was looking for reassurance from outside sources that the decisions I made were good ones, but I finally realized that doing it for me, and only me, was enough.

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Get comfortable being uncomfortable.

There’s nothing comfortable about completely changing your mindset and lifestyle, and there’s nothing comfortable about being in a foreign country for the first time. It slapped me right in the face. I was trying so hard to force myself to be comfortable and avoid uncomfortable situations until I realized that I couldn’t waste any more energy on it. Eventually, if I keep doing these things, I’ll stop being uncomfortable. The entire experience was full of networking, co-working, sharing ideas, and a lot of socializing. (All things I usually avoid when given the choice.) But I did it and I’m better for it. But I couldn’t get to that point without pushing through the discomfort.

There are no shortcuts

There are no shortcuts to get to the top of the waterfall, and there are no shortcuts when it comes to entrepreneurship. I thought that something would just click and that I would wake up one day with all of the answers and the all of my articles would have gone viral and all my pitches would be answered. There’s no “click” and there’s no “a-ha” moment. There’s just hard work and persistence. The only difference between people who make it and people who don’t isn’t that one group were willing to be uncomfortable, to be tired, and to put in the hours every single day until they achieved their goals.

Sarah Aboulhosn is a writer and marketing specialist. She loves good design, flying over oceans, and is a self proclaimed pop culture expert (seriously, ask her anything). Learn more about how she can help you create the content you deserve at www.sarahaboulhosn.com.

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