bio: dreamer. yogi. vegan foodie. truth seeker. sunset chaser. // bali, indonesia. // "travel light. live light. spread the light. be the light."
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Morning smoothies are still my favorite and this one is super simple! One perfectly ripe pineapple + enough ginger to set my mouth on fire. 🍍 Ridiculously healthy, hydrating, and delicious. Not a bad way to start the morning. 😉 Did I mention pineapples are only about 25¢ on the island? Time to jump into that gorgeous water!
Oh, life. You are fucking overwhelming sometimes. The last few days have been quite rough and a reminder of how much of a wild ride this journey is and always will be. A reminder of how temporary everything really is. One day I'm totally blissed out and surrounded by beautiful souls and the next few days I'm feeling extremely sick, alone, and vulnerable in a foreign country that I'm still struggling to call home sometimes. I've been without food and water for a majority of the last few days, extremely ill and low on energy, which means my already sensitive soul has been feeling even more sensitive and scared than usual (being sick and alone is one of the worst feelings, ever... especially when you're 20,000 miles from home). On top of that, I got into an unexpected argument with my mother last night which hurts my heart more than any of you will ever know. I love my mother. More than anything in this entire world. I fucking miss her so, so much and I hate it when we argue. I apologized but I still feel like shit. I just want long hugs and cuddles and to be told that it's all going to be okay. Sleeping on the beach can be nice, but moments like this are when I really wish I had a space to call my own so I could just crawl under some blankets and get away from it all. I keep reminding myself that all of this is necessary for my personal growth or it wouldn't be happening. Everything is exactly as it should be. We simply cannot have such high highs without experiencing really low lows as well. This kind of faith doesn't always make things easier in the moment (actually, it rarely does), but I'm grateful I can close my eyes and take deep breaths and pray, pray, and pray some more. I really hope tomorrow is better... Here's another gorgeous sunrise with the crescent moon making an appearance in the top left corner. Im trying to focus on what I have to be grateful for right now and I found this photo from last week. Here's to embracing it all...
I want to wish a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to one of the most beautiful souls I know! @mikaeladiblasio, I am so blessed to have met you and shared so many wonderful experiences together in Bali. You know I wouldn't have survived those few weeks in Seminyak without you! I will never forget your open, loving, and generous heart and your contagious smile that always lit up the room. I can't wait for the day we cross paths again. 😊 May your day be filled with lots of love, laughter, and organic chocolate. Love you so much, dear! Selamat ulang tahun!
Most of the locals left Gili Air island for end of Ramadan (fasting month for Muslims) weekend and went back to the larger island of Lombok (where most of the people who work in Gili are from) yesterday to see their families and celebrate.
Family and community are the number one priorities for Indonesians and I so admire that about them! I joined my friend Abie (Ah-bee) last night and stayed with his family in the village of Narmada. Narmada is about 2 hours inland from the harbor and the road we took there was basically a very long dirt path. Very hidden.
Life is incredibly simple in these kinds of Indo villages — they get most of their building structures, furniture, food, and other necessities from the Earth. They waste nothing. And they make the tastiest food EVER! I watched the men plucking the feathers from the chickens they raised for food and the women hand picking the greens, soaking the rice, and shaving the coconuts with such tender care.
There are about 300 people in Abie's village and maybe 3 or 4 spoke some English, yet the families were so welcoming and had such beautiful souls. We mostly communicated through smiles and laughter. 😊 They NEVER see bulé (what Indonesians call white people) and everyone was so excited that Abie brought a bulé friend back home.
Here I am with one of Abie's nephews — of course his nieces and nephews were the most adorable children! They stared and stared (since I was like a foreign creature to them), but never stopped smiling while they were looking at me. The parents kept saying "they so happy to see you!" I'm SO grateful for this experience and really wish I could have stayed more than one day, but I'll be back as soon as possible! I could easily stay in Narmada for a lonnnggg, long time. This slow and simple way of life is most definitely the life for me. 😃 I hope every person reading this will have a similar experience one day!
I love to wake up around 5:30 am, watch the sunrise, put my hand over my heart, smile really big, and recite a few of my favorite words. I can feel my heart opening as I do this short morning ritual, every single time. Try it! "May all beings everywhere be happy and free. May the thoughts, words, and actions of my life today contribute to happiness and freedom for all." 💜
Buddha and Nirvana make an appearance on my birthday. Very auspicious. 😉
Each morning after the sun rises I take a swim in the Indian Ocean and spend a while floating on my back, soaking up the sun's energy. I always have a huge smile on my face in these moments and I start every morning feeling relaxed, renewed and rejuvenated. I truly wish for everyone to feel this alive everyday. 😃
This morning was a bit different — my smile turned into happy tears. I was reflecting on the fact that I turn 26 years old today. I made it another year! I've been involved in a few very scary life threatening situations in the last few years (on top of the already crazy life I've had thus far), but for some reason I am still here celebrating another birthday.
Something kept me alive in those moments and as a result I've had the opportunity to reevaluate my priorities and choose a better life for myself. I've done some deeply transformative work on my thoughts, beliefs, and perspective of myself and the world around me. These changes haven't been easy at ALL — growth can be a total bitch sometimes. And it hurts. A lot. But it's been so worth it!
The western world is conditioned to view aging as something to avoid, something to reverse, something that's unacceptable. I choose to EMBRACE getting older, because the number doesn't mean anything to me (time is a man-made concept, it's all relative). For me, getting older simply means more life experience, more trust in myself, more wisdom, more gratitude, more connection, more challenges, more growth, and ultimately more lessons on love, patience and compassion. I look forward to continuing to grow in all of these areas of my life so I can hopefully bring a little more light and love to this world in the process. 😊
THANK YOU to every person who has directly or indirectly made an impact on my life or contributed to my soul's evolution in any way during these 26 years. I truly love and appreciate every one of you!
Welcome to my morning ritual: watching the sunrise over Mount Rinjani, the second highest peak in Indonesia. 😍 Infinite gratitude. 🙏 What are you grateful for today?
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I took my first hot shower since May today & it's inspired me to reflect on life in the Gili islands over the past month... I have been taking baths in the ocean & wearing the same 3 outfits since my arrival. I walk around barefoot most of the day & my feet are permanently covered in sand or dirt. I've acquired more cuts & bruises & injuries than I can count. I sleep in a small hut with no walls, a few cushions as my bed & a thin sarong as my blanket. I couldn't feel more relaxed and at ease. 😊
Many people in the western world would perceive that I'm having an awful experience & lacking everything I need here (yes, I've been told this), while in the east this way of life is the norm & not looked down upon in any way whatsoever. Goes to show that "normal" is simply what's considered socially acceptable & nothing more! Also shows the radical difference between eastern & western perspective and values - the spiritual vs the material.
Life is so simple here. Not easy, but simple. The locals move s l o w l y . Pulan pulan. No one is in a rush to get anywhere or achieve anything - they know everything will be accomplished at the right time. (You can't rush anywhere when your feet, a bicycle, or a horse are your only modes of transportation. 😉) The locals buy, grow, and have only what they need from day to day — nothing more. They are the happiest, most generous & open hearted group of people I've ever met. They laugh & make jokes with each other alllll day long! I know for a fact that Indonesians have such strong immune systems because they laugh SO much. And it's contagious!
The best part — this is my view for a majority of my day, from sunrise to sunset. I wake up to the sunrise over the mountains & I fall asleep to the moon's sparkling reflection on the water.
Years ago I thought freedom meant having the money to buy everything I wanted (but didn't need). I wasted so much precious time, money, and energy acquiring possessions — valuing things over people. And rushing, worrying, creating more & more stress and disconnection within myself and the world around me... All to my own detriment.
I had it all wrong! THIS. This is FREEDOM.
I LOVE Indonesian food. Especially Sasak dishes, which I've found I like more than Balinese dishes. 😋
Sasak are Indonesians from the island of Lombok, which is located directly to the east of Bali. Most of the people on the Gili Islands (where I have spent the last month) have come from Lombok to work and send money back to their families, therefore I've been spending all of my time with Muslim Sasaks which has been a completely different, eye opening, and heart warming experience (until coming to Gilis I had been living with Hindu Balinese). Indonesian dishes are always super simple with just a few (typically homegrown) ingredients, yet so flavorful and delicious! This dish is called Pelecing Kangkung and made of white rice, veggies, chilies, freshly grated coconut, and the warung (cafe) owner's "special local sauce" made of various herbs and spices (there is always lots of garlic and ginger in Indonesian cooking - my favorite!) Of course I swapped ayam (chicken) for tempeh. Enak!
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My favorite discovery since coming to Gili Air... Drink a mature coconut, chop it in half to open, pull out the flesh with a knife, break into small pieces to make coconut chips and dip into fresh palm sugar (straight from the palm tree). DELICIOUS! And so healthy! There are endless benefits to coconuts + coconut oil no matter who you are (especially if you're experiencing health problems). A simple google search will tell you allll about them. 😃
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This island is magical! Even on the cloudiest days I can't help but admire the pure beauty surrounding me. Can you see the rain over in Lombok? I think it looks so stunning, that silvery gray mist fading from the cloud covered sky into the blue tinted mountains, each curve and peak unique and beautiful in its own way. And what about the bright blue ocean that turns into a deep indigo blue? I can't stop staring at every detail... I want this scene etched into my memory forever. 💙 I've found a joy on Gili Air in not always being busy, but in finding stillness, observing the movements of people and nature from day to day, and falling in love with this gorgeous world around me over and over again. And to top it off, I can wake up and walk just a few steps right into the Indian Ocean. 🙏 So grateful for this experience!
Sleeping on the beach in Gili Air (not a room by the beach, I mean literally on the beach 😊) means I get the BEST views of the sunrise each morning. I have tons of sunrise and sunset photos from the last few weeks, but with minimal internet access I'm not posting much... Which is totally fine with me because it allows me to be more deeply present and appreciative of these precious moments. 💜
And the award for the most colorful dinner goes to... 😍 I've been eating fish while in Gili Air for the first time in about a year and a half (as many of you know, I'm mostly vegan). I say "mostly" because I'd be silly to let someone else's dogmatic rules or the title of "vegan" keep me from enjoying fresh caught seafood from the Indian Ocean while I'm living on this side of the world (or any other non-vegan foods I've tried). I don't believe I can fully immerse myself in a culture if I refuse to eat how they do. Plus, I've got the rest of my life to be 100% vegan if I choose!
I've always enjoyed certain fish way more than any kind of meat so these seafood dinners have been incredible! Always listen to your body and know what you're feeding it each day — be mindful, aware, and most importantly: ENJOY what is on your plate and be grateful for the opportunity to eat fresh food daily. Millions and millions of people around the world (and especially in Indonesia) eat nothing but white rice or grains everyday.
Bbq + lime (with rice and veggies on the side, as always) = enak ("delicious" in Indonesian)!
Helppp! I'm stuck on Gili islands and this has been my view for almost two weeks. 😂 No really, my foot was ran over by a horse cart yesterday and I'm stuck cause it's swollen and very painful (there are no motor vehicles on this island so everything is still transported by horse and cart). Couldn't be more grateful for this scenery, though. 😍 Nature heals, period.
I've only been here 5 hours and I've already decided coming to Gili Air is the best decision I've made since moving to Bali. This is my dream island! No motor vehicles allowed, so the only mode of transportation is bicycle, horse carriage, or (gasp) walking. 😁 A beautiful Muslim community of kind-hearted souls. 🙏 Minimal noise and air pollution (finally... thank you, Universe). The best Gado Gado I've tasted in Indonesia. And these gorgeous views are everywhere. I'll be staying here longer than anticipated... 😍
#beach #mountains #natureneedsnofilter #travel #nurtureyoursoul #theartofnourishedliving #giliislands #giliair #lombok #indonesia #beherenow #lovenow
I'm surrounded by tropical flowers nearly everywhere I go and I love it! Nature is the perfect illustration of the dance of Divine consciousness. 🌺
#natureneedsnofilter #nature #beherenow #lovenow #love #bali #indonesia #theartofnourishedliving
Salty skin, sand-filled hair, and heart opening backbend bliss.
I'm SO grateful I have been able to start doing backbends again! A little over two months ago, a massage therapist here in Bali pulled me into a backbend and took it waaay too far. She injured my lower back, causing me intense pain each day, and I wasn't able to practice any kind of backbend (including one of my favorite asanas — ustrasana) until a few days ago. I'm slooowly delving into them again. But it feels so damn good to be able to move my body in ways I haven't been able to for months!
I think about how much I used to HATE my body and how I had terrible body image for most of my life. A very special woman who helped me transform my thoughts and life in 2012 reminded me daily to be grateful for my body, all of my limbs, my functioning organs, and all that my body allows me to do. Not everyone has this privilege. This injury served as a perfect reminder to truly appreciate every part of my body, even if I don't always like what I see in the mirror. I thank the Universe everyday for a healthy body that allows me to do the things I want to do each day.
Gratitude. It's essential! What are you grateful for today?
Moonrise. Yes, the scenery is gorgeous. What you don't see is the ant-filled mattress on the floor with no sheets or blankets that served as my bed for the weekend and the water hose I used as a shower. 😉
#mountains #moonrise #kuningan #galungan #hinduism #hindutemple #prayer #meditation #natureneedsnofilter #karangasem #bali #indonesia #theartofnourishedliving
Okay guys. I'm going to have to ask you to ignore how awesome my glasses and haircut are in this photo for a very important message. 😂 (But seriously @leonadeleon, what were you thinking?! I digress...) THIS man is one of the most kind, generous, and loving souls I know. He was present all throughout my childhood, loving my brother and I unconditionally when we needed a father figure in our life the most. He knew exactly how to make us feel so special and worthy of all the love and affection in the world. He took us on family vacations, bought us new bikes and toys, took us to Dairy Queen for ice cream blizzards as often as we wanted, surprised us with a new dog, cooked us homemade dinners, and made sure we were having as much fun as possible all the time. He made us laugh more than anyone I've ever met! And best of all: he introduced me to the best music and some of my favorite artists of all time — Prince, Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5. 😁
Gene Stewart, you have had such an impact on my life and I am so grateful for you always. It's been years since I've seen you but you are still so close to my heart. Thank you for everything! Happy Father's Day. Love you forever.
I had the pleasure of visiting Karangasem, a village high in the mountains of East Bali, with my dear friend Sweania and her family over Kuningan weekend (the follow-up holiday to Galungan). Their property had absolutely stunning views! This was our view of the sunrise. So grateful for her family's generosity — they've become like a second family to me. 😊
#beherenow #lovenow #mountains #eastbali #karangasem #bali #theartofnourishedliving #natureneedsnofilter #godiseverywhere
Missing my gorgeous mom and handsome brother so much today... and everyday. I found out today we are meeting in Germany in a few months for a cousin's wedding and I couldn't be more happy about it! We haven't been to Germany together to visit family since Matthew and I were babies... Can't waaaiiit. 💙