Finding My Center in Yosemite

Rest stop Yosemite falls trail

After our jaunt with my sister in Vegas which involved eating, shopping, attending an amazing festival, reconnecting with lovely friends and eating some more, we were definitely ready for some time in nature. If this trip through the US has taught me anything it’s that I would rather be in nature than a city any day of the week. While I do enjoy some of the conveniences of city living, I find that a week or so is my limit … Keep reading…

Rise

Rise festival goer

I first came to Vegas in 2004. It was the typical twenty-something trip to Sin City (if your typical twenty-something trip includes dancing on bars and pulling all nighters). I called it a ‘great trip’ because I was so desperately trying to live a particular version of a good time at that point in my life. The truly great things about that trip were that I was with one of my best girlfriends Kelly who I have known since I … Keep reading…

L is for Love

L Hotel Route 66l

We made it to the USA! A South African-born British citizen and an Australian (with no fixed address) driving a Mexican-plated car made it across the border to the land of the free. What felt like a genuine conversation about what we have been up to these last few years may have been just that, or it may have been a well-played immigration interrogation, but either way, they let us in with a few head shakes, a handshake and a … Keep reading…

Finding Presence Amidst the Planning

Palenque Chiapas

Mexico has made it quite difficult for us to leave thus far. We tried to go to central America back in March but Guatemala chewed us up and spat us out (a little older and and wiser, I might add). When we crossed back over the border after an immensely confusing and challenging time with Tyrhone’s paramotor training, I could have kissed the ground. I think I may have, actually. It’s no secret I love this country. We both do. … Keep reading…

Announcing My Bali Meditation and Yoga Retreat!

Buddha Bali retreat

I am very excited to announce my meditation and yoga retreat in Bali, Indonesia, next year. And you’re invited! This retreat combines so many elements which are close to my heart, and will take place at a secluded location which is very special to me. I first attended a retreat at the Bali Mandala resort on the north coast of Bali in 2010, and returned the following year because I loved it so much. Words cannot express how special this … Keep reading…

Where I want to be

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It’s 1030 AM on Thursday in Puerto Vallarta. I’m in a women’s twelve step recovery meeting. Here, women gather to support each other in their recovery from alcoholism, drug addiction, co-dependency, love addiction or overeating. Most things, basically. It’s a simple room, painted white and filled with plastic outdoor chairs. Same as the ones in the meetings in Playa del Carmen but different to the ones in Perth. In Chiang Mai we sat outside in the park. In Beijing, we … Keep reading…

The Problem with House Sitting

isla corale guayabitos

Our first house sitting assignment is drawing to a close. It’s been a truly great experience and we have enjoyed almost every minute. While the humidity of the Mexican summer has certainly challenged us, it is starting to cool down and we are making the most of the fresh mornings and comfortable evenings. It’s been interesting to witness the sunset gradually move across the horizon and the days become shorter. We’ve loved watching the storms roll in over the mountains … Keep reading…

Consuming vs Creating: finding clarity at Costco

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The other morning I had a bit of a crisis about my writing and my purpose. With red eyes and the sort of lethargy which comes from a morning spent sobbing on the bed in my bath towel, I tagged along with a friend on a shopping trip in an attempt to shut down my pity party. First, we hit a few flea markets, which I loved. From old baby strollers to sofas to artwork, I perused the dusty offerings … Keep reading…

Peace is a discipline and God is the eye of the hurricane

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I used to think that discipline meant mindless dedication, but have since come to realise that the word, derived from the word disciple, means ‘student of.’ I’ve recently learned that in order to have peace, I must lovingly dedicate myself to learning about it. If I want peace, I must love it more than I love drama; I must love it more than I love being liked. To have peace I must value it more than I value having the … Keep reading…

The long, hot Mexican summer: an update

El panorama Hotel

I think it’s safe to say we survived the long, hot Mexican summer! We arrived at our house sitting assignment in La Peñita de Jaltemba (don’t know where it is? Yeah, neither did we!) just over two months ago and it was HOT AS HELL. I settled into the high humidity by reassuring myself that my skin is always better in the tropics and threw myself into pool maintenance so I had someplace nice to cool off. Of course the … Keep reading…