Contracting to Expand

Dia de los Muertos

We are born into this world via a contraction. Throughout our lives, we continue to experience contractions in order to expand and grow. It’s easy to look back after one of these contractions and say, “Oh, now I see why I needed to go through that,” but in the moment, it totally blows. I’ve dubbed these recent months ‘The Summer of My Discontent,’ which I think is pretty clever 😉 It’s so much easier to talk about being discontent when … Keep reading…

Embracing Contradiction in Cuba – Part Three

Habana life

We returned to Havana for our last night to find that the casa we had previously stayed in was full. So we began traipsing around the streets of Havana Viejo looking for a room. After checking out a few that just didn’t feel right, I found myself standing in front of a door with a small, printed sign that read ‘La Terrazza.’ I pressed the buzzer, then heard a voice from above. A woman was leaning out over the third … Keep reading…

Embracing Contradiction in Cuba – Part Two

Sarah Somewhere Cuba

Our third day in Cuba saw us scrambling the hell outta Havana. The day before, we’d gone into a travel agency on the main drag to acquire information about how to get to the small, rural town of Viñales. I cannot tell you the last time I set foot in a travel agency. Perhaps 1988. But there we were, seated at a desk surrounded by curled-edged travel posters, lapping up the free pool of information provided by the agent. Of … Keep reading…

Embracing Contradiction in Cuba – Part One

Sarah travel Havana cuba

It seems fitting that as I was emerging from one of the most tumultuous emotional lows I had experienced in a long time, I would decide to visit communist Cuba… right? In truth, the trip was booked while I was still in a jet-lagged stupor post-Bali and hadn’t yet traded my travel legs for stable ones. Tyrhone needed a new tourist visa for Mexico, and rather than drive to Belize again we decided to make the most of the cheap … Keep reading…

A hard landing

feather

The problem with highs (even natural ones) is that there is only one way down. In the space of a month I have gone from experiencing elation, peace and joy to absolute frustration, confusion and (dare I say) depression. To say it’s been a hard landing ‘coming down’ from Bali to Mexico is an understatement. No matter how many times I utter the words, ‘this too, shall pass’ during the difficult times, I never quite want to accept that it … Keep reading…

Join me for my Mexico retreat in 2016!

Hammock sunset

I’m very excited to finally announce the ‘Journey to Shine’ retreat on Holbox island, Mexico in April, 2016. I say finally because it is something I have dreaming about, planning and sending out into the universe for some time now. Let’s face it, a retreat in Mexico has always been on the cards and I have had my eyes open for the right location for the last year. Then, in early May this year I went on an impromptu girls … Keep reading…

My (surprising) journey with essential oils

essential oils dottera

It was back in Colorado that I discovered essential oils at a health food store and decided to make my own scented sprays. Lavender, lemongrass and rosemary were my oils of choice; lavender to relax, lemongrass to uplift and rosemary to… I wasn’t quite sure except I loved the woody scent. A while ago a woman who I follow online and have enormous respect for began sharing her experience with doTERRA essential oils. She is a spiritual practice coach, author, … Keep reading…

Blessed by Bali

Bali retreat

As I sit here in Mexico sipping Bali coffee and munching on Vegemite toast (having been up since 3AM due to jet lag), my time in Bali almost seems like a dream. A beautiful, blissful dream. I’ve hesitated to write about the retreat due to not having anything other than hyperbole to describe my experience. Magical. Life changing. Blissful. Abundant. And yet, it is all true. It was all that, and more. So much more. Nothing could have prepared me … Keep reading…

Thoughts before Bali

bali statue

I fly out to Bali on Sunday. It seems like yesterday I had the (then) crazy idea of organizing a meditation retreat, but it was a year ago. In a week and a half, I’ll meet up with 17 women from 5 countries and drive through the heart Bali, through rice terraces and temples to the village of Bondalem where we will spend seven days in relaxation, reflection and retreat. Blessed doesn’t cut how I feel right now. When I reflect … Keep reading…

Yoga at the lights

Sarah Somewhere Kundalini yoga

I’m sitting in my (icily air conditioned!) car at an intersection south of Playa del Carmen. It is Saturday morning and the sun has well and truly risen over the horizon, casting its warmth over the jungle, the buildings, the beaches, the highways, the monkeys and the people. I love Saturday mornings. It’s the time I attend a Kundalini yoga class with my favorite teacher. A few of my friends have started going and we often converge afterwards for juice or scrambled … Keep reading…