Author / lemonsandlaughter

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I Bow My Head In Gratitude and Surrender – Reflections Of Bali

I was gone for 3 weeks – 18 days in Bali, Indonesia (+ outside islands) and another 3 days of travel there and back.

While I was away, I felt as if time had stood still.

I chose Bali for it’s tranquility, peace, spiritualism and beauty. Not realizing that although I craved some solitude in order to dive further inward and put the past behind me in an effort to move gracefully into my future, the truth is – chaos calls to me in a way that makes me feel alive.

It’s funny how we think we want something different, only to experience it and realize that in fact, ‘something different’ is not necessarily what we want after all… however, it may be just what we need.

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Merry Christmas from Bali! – Day 17

She will continue, she will endure and grow. And the way she will see the world will be nothing more, but a reflection of herself. And all at once, the search will be beautiful. The birth of a flower is one to remember, the moment we all pay attention to her bloom. – R.M. Drake

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Where Have I Landed? – Day 16

Ohhhhh, Legian. You certainly are VERY different from Ubud… in more ways than one!

It’s Christmas Eve here (16 hours ahead of my peeps at home). I woke up and did some work as I enjoyed my favorite juice from The Yoga Barn (brought one with me for the road) – turmeric, pineapple, ginger and lime.

After breakfast, I went for a walk in hopes of finishing up a little Christmas shopping…

While everywhere I have been in Bali is heavy on the “Taxi (although they spell it Taksi)… motorbike?” thing… Legian is on another level. Every 5 steps, “taxi, motorbike?” I can only say “no thank you” so many more times… LOL. But this side of the island seems to attract another type of tourist.

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Last Leg Of My Journey – Welcome to Legian! – Day 15

It was a rough night with disrupted sleep, but I bounced out of bed ready to move my body!

I headed to The Yoga Barn for a Yoga + Weights class then grabbed a delicious grilled veggie scramble for breakfast.

I didn’t have time to finish up my gift shopping since I was expecting my driver and still had some last minute packing to do. So I grabbed a turmeric tonic to go and headed to my villa to freshen up and check out.

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So You’re Telling Me There Is No Internet? – Day 13

I love storms. They remind me of being a kid and sitting on the porch swing all bundled up with my Nana as she told me ghost stories amidst the rain, wind, thunder and lightening. Hot cocoa always accompanied these nights.

I get excited in San Diego when it rains – it brings back so many memories of growing up in Snohomish, WA (outside of Seattle). Soccer games in the mud; track meets and cheerleading while drenched and freezing. Running through it laughing and jumping in puddles. Of course, I moved to Cali to get away from all of that, but I wouldn’t change a THING about where I grew up. I love my little hometown – and the people in it.

Ubud, Bali is different though.

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When It Rains, It Pours – Days 11-12

I got up early feeling like a million bucks! (thank you Mother Nature and yoga for always pulling through!)

I went to yoga and grabbed another healing juice of turmeric, ginger, pineapple and lime and headed back to my villa to shower and pack.

At 10:30am, my driver picked me up and we scooped up my friend, Louise (the one I met in the Taiwan airport) from her villa and left Ubud on our way to Uluwatu, a surf town South of Ubud.

In retrospect, we should have known better due to last nights crazy rainstorm… but it didn’t even cross our minds that the rains would continue all day long – and I am talking POURING with insane winds!