BALIFORNIA: 5 Ways Bali & California are Soul Sisters

1.  WHAT IN THE HELL DOES EVERYONE DO FOR A LIVING.  Once settling in to Bali and noticing the sheer number of familiar faces you see on a daily basis, it begins to beg this question:  What in the %$#@ are all these people doing with free time all day?  You don’t really know what everyone is doing there – are they permanent expats or just on a temporary hiatus from working life.  Why are there so many people out during the day on any given day, and what do they do for a living?!  Obviously some people are just on vacation.  Also, with the flight from Australia being just a couple of hours long, it makes it very similar to a coast-to-coast flight in The States.

Traffic in Ubud, including a family on a scooter taking a wicker cabinet home during rush hour.

2.  Traffic is CRAZY.  There are no traffic lights, except for one or two that I saw while hurtling down the narrow street in a Taksi from Canggu to Seminyak.  Okay, maybe I exaggerate, but it is definitely not what you are used to seeing in other countries.  You can be sitting in a taksi in bumper to bumper traffic, and the scooters just pile around, skipping ahead of the cars like a pack of wild dogs.  Since we have the little monster with us, we decided to forego renting a scooter and just walk/taksi everywhere instead.  That’s not to say everyone makes that decision.  I routinely saw a family of 4 on one scooter, age ranging from 1 – 91.  #SquadGoals   It seems to be a common thing in Bali, even in the central Bali town of Ubud.  I mistakenly thought coming to Ubud would involve tranquility, maybe some peace with nature, smelling incense as you walked down the street to go get a fresh juice, but NOOOOOO.  What I smelled was petrol mixed with my own sweat, as we tried not to get mowed down.  Then I smelled Bintang, because mama needed a drank.

Best Fruit Bowl Ever at Macan Cafe

3. Good Food, Great Food, and MORE FABULOUS FOOD.

My inner fat kid woke up at the butt crack of dawn the first day we arrived in Bali.  No joke, the food is just out of this WORLD here.  The most amazing fruit salads, made of dragonfruit, watermelon, papaya, strawberries, and the list goes on and on.  There seems to be a lot of Aussie influence on the food scene especially in Canggu and Seminyak, however, you can find some seriously amazing Indo and Balinese restaurants.  Even the most amazing of these options comes at a mere fraction of the price you would pay anywhere in California, though.  and OMG THE POKE BOWLS.  Don’t even get me started.
4.  The Tree-Hugging, Granola Lifestyle Abounds.

At Nude Cafe in Canggu

Just like California, you will find loads and loads of yoga studios and vegan restaurants.  You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a vegetarian/vegan/gluten free restaurant, the only difference is that they aren’t pretentious about it.  Half the time I didn’t even realize the whole menu didn’t have meat on it!   There are several yoga studios, full yoga retreats, and even multipurpose restaurants/pilates/yoga facilities to use while here.   We even stayed at an alcohol-free resort while in Ubud, which promotes holistic lifestyle.  In all honesty I didn’t realize that when I booked it, but it was actually pretty enjoyable. (It helped that I fully stocked the mini-fridge with cans of Bintang upon arrival.)

5.  Bob Barker Would Have a Field Day with the Stray Pet Population.

One of my favorite Bali Dogs at Old Man’s in Canggu

You cannot miss or ignore the number of stray dogs in Bali.  They hang out in restaurants, often sticking to the same “territory” like some of the bums in Ocean Beach do.  You routinely see the same ones day after day, and it is a miracle they don’t all get hit by the scooters.  They befriend certain families, take naps in the temples and pagodas lining the beach, and guard the sea walls with the ferocity of a sea lion.  (not very fierce at all).  I can’t resist taking pictures of them all and have started an Instagram account called @balidogs.  Not quite sure what I will do with it, but would love to raise money to get the dogs spayed and neutered, as if to become the Bob Barker of Bali.  It has a certain ring to it!

BALI BALI

As part of the FunEmployment World Tour, my husband and I decided it would be a great opportunity to use this bit of time off to take a proper holiday.  When you’re “working for the man,” he tends to give you only a few weeks off at best, which usually gets consumed by family visits and short getaways.   Living in The States puts us so far from one of the coolest areas in the world:  Southeast Asia.   Bali is the vacation destination Heavyweight Champion of the World, with the heavy gold belt locked tightly in a case in Denpasar and everything.

Lots of people get Bali confused with Bora Bora – since most Americans probably don’t realize even where it is unless they hit maps.google.com, I’ll give you a quick geography lesson.

Bora Bora is the one with those cute little huts over the water.  It’s the one that was featured in the hit movie Couples Retreat, starring Vince Vaughn and Kristen Bell.
Bali is the one in Indonesia, the older cooler sister that Hawaii aspires to be but will never quite make it.  Bali is a small island a few hours flight north of Australia, which makes it a top destination for the Aussies.  (Ladies, think:  good food, cheap drinks, beach, and hot accents!)  For us Americans, it’s quite a bit further of a flight, regardless of what coast you are on.  However, I must say it is SO WORTH IT.

Have you ever been to a beach with temple gates greeting you?  Have you drank out of a freshly-cut coconut for $1?  (and I’m not talking that Vita Coco water Madonna came up with and sells for like a billion dollars a cardboard carton)  Have you ever ate a fruit bowl in America with “seasonal fruits” that consisted of dragonfruit, watermelon, papaya, strawberries, mango, banana, and chia seeds the size of your fist?

Stay tuned to the blog for more on our trip to Bali.  We are spending the first week in Canggu (pronounced Chang-goo), a small surfer beach town that is the most up-and-coming area without getting all touristy.  It’s amazing!  Next week we will be going to Ubud for a few days, and the rest is still undecided.  Leave your ideas for us on the comments, and be sure to follow my instagram:   WorldWanderslut

The 1st Day of San Diego

Day 1 of Funemployment
Forecast: Sunny with not a Conference Call in Sight

I’ve decided to make the most of these sunny San Diego days now that I’m free and clear of all the boredom of Monday morning conference calls.  Each day I have a new activity in mind to get me off the couch and out of the house, get some fresh air and live like we are on a staycation.

Otherwise I will be banished to a life of Little Bum Bum nursery rhyme videos on YouTube and Home Alone on rotation.

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of my absolute favorite ways to spend a few hours/entire day in San Diego is by heading to Mission Beach and exploring the boardwalk.  Mission Beach is about just south of Pacific Beach, connected by two miles of  wide concrete boardwalk.  This time of year it’s especially nice, since most of the tourists have shuttled themselves back to Arizona or wherever they usually live.

We love stopping for coffee and breakfast at Better Buzz Coffee, it is much less crowded than the iconic Mission, a super popular brunch spot.  The food at BBC is incredible for a little local coffee shop, and they have free wifi!  My real favorite though is Draft,  mainly because they have an awesome beer selection, brunch, and a TV screen that takes up the whole entire wall of the restaurant.  It’s perfect for watching the sunset while you watch the Chargers lose.  Kid Friendly, too!  If you’re into more of a divey beach bar, then walk yourself straight up to Lahaina’s.

I’m sad to say I’ve never been on the roller coaster at Belmont Park – shame on me – but I’ve logged about 1000 miles this year walking up and down the boardwalk and pretending not to be a creepy peeping Tom looking casually into the huge glass windows of all the beautiful oceanfront houses as we walk by.  Personally, I find this area one of the best for people watching while you exercise.  Sometimes it can turn into quite the show of skateboarders, bikers, and Baywatch-style lifeguard rescues.

 

You begin to see some familiar faces, like Slo-Mo, the former Neurologist who decided life had gotten too materialistic and left the profession to rollerblade up and down the boardwalk at a super-slow pace in his blue athletic gear, spreading happiness to all in his path.  Sounds like he should be a total wackjob, right?  He’s not!  His mantra of “Do what you want to” is really intriguing, especially for those of us accustomed to the corporate life.  He’s a local icon, look for him rollerblading around the 4/4:30pm hour – you can’t miss him.

So on to the next adventure.  Stay tuned for more info—this portion of the blog is slightly being delayed due to our last-minute travels to Bali!

 

FunEmployment: the Rebirth of the Wanderslut!

Last week on an emergency Friday morning conference call, two mere weeks before Christmas, my caring, loving, employee-centric company gave the greatest gift of all to our entire salesforce:

A LAYOFF.

How thoughtful of them!

In reality it is very nice to have the holidays to spend with my family and reassess what we want to do at this point in our lives.  California is awesome and we really love most parts of living here.  Like the weather and the fish tacos. And the sunsets and palm trees.  And lack of mosquitos and freaky bugs you find in other parts of the world.

However, I watched the incredible documentary on Netflix about Tony Robbins and he said something that really stuck with me.

“Everyone needs a compelling future.  Everyone needs something to move towards.  If you don’t have something to move towards, you settle for where things are.” – Tony Robbins

More to come on this later – we are kicking around the idea of taking a month off and going to Thailand and Bali, possibly Malaysia or the Philippines.   There will always be more jobs that offer the hope of impending layoffs waiting for us when we get back.  It’s America, after all!  The Land of Opportunity!

In the meantime, to ward off my further exploration into the depths of Netflix during the next two weeks leading up to the holidays, I’ve decided to highlight the best of the best things to do here in San Diego from a Local’s point of view: The 12 Days of San Diego!

Side note:  Some people may be pissed that they got laid off, but I’m actually really grateful for it.  This couldn’t have come at a better time:  I get to spend the holidays with my family, enjoy our beautiful city while it is not overrun with tourists, and do some goal-setting for the new year.

Cheers!!!

24 Hours in Cape Town, Like a Local (Not Just a Tourist)

This morning, a friend of mine announced that she has two truths:  she quit her job AND she is on her way to Thailand!  Woo hoo!    What an awesome Friday she must be having, and in a few days she will likely have the best Monday in recent years.

Well, this reminded me that I need to publish the first part in my series about South Africa!  We are planning a trip a couple months from now (say prayers, and I am not at all looking forward to the 26 hours in a plane with a 1 year old. Needless to say, this is not exactly a “vacation.”)  BUT we are definitely looking forward to our trip, it will just be a bit different this time around!

Let me begin by saying I LOVE CAPE TOWN.  Like, I have a serious love affair with that town.  It reminds me so much of San Diego with the giant mountainous look of Palm Springs, except everyone has sexy South African accents (and you don’t have the geriatrics that come with PS).

I saw an article yesterday entitled “Things to do when you have 24 hours in Cape Town!”  and I thought the list was pretty crappy.  So I decided to make my own!

***FUN FACT*** everyone drives on the left side of the road in South Africa, AND what seems like 99% of cars are manual.  If either of these is a problem for you, then don’t bother renting a car and use Uber instead!***

  1.   First Things First! Get Coffee at Truth Coffee.  OMG this is the coolest freaking place.  It’s like that crazy, quirky Aunt of coffee shops complete with a steampunk vibe and a bathroom I literally got lost/stuck in.   Not only is the coffee strong enough to get your day going with a bang, since most people down there drink coffee-flavored water instant coffee, but the food there is pretty awesome, as well.  #freewifi

    Truth Coffee. Cape Town, South Africa

    Truth Coffee. Cape Town, South Africa

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The Giant Effing Gondola

2.  Take the giant effing 360 degree  gondola up to the top of Table Mountain.  Get your tickets online in advance, and show up immediately when they open.  This especially applies if you’re going in December, when everyone and their grandmother is on “holiday” in South Africa.  That way you will get parking, the top won’t be too crowded, and you can get some kickass views of 12 Apostles, Robben Island, Lion’s Head, and the entire city of Cape Town below.   Try not to pick any flowers or try to  fit one of the cute little dussies in your purse.  Also, bring a sweater (you can call it a jersey to fit in better with all the South Africans.)

 

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On Top of Table Mountain, 12 Apostles are right behind us.

3.  Get back in the car, take off that bulky sweatshirt, and HEAD TO THE BEACH.  Straight at the bottom of the 12 Apostles is a super cool beach part of Cape Town called Camp’s Bay.  Here, you can hang out on the beach for a while, take a dip in the ocean, and then go grab a few drinks at one of the many eateries and bars there on the strip.  Cafe Caprice is the place all the boets from Jozi and celebrities go when they are in town.   It’s great people watching!

Champagne Toasting at 12 Apostles Hotel

Champagne Toasting at 12 Apostles Hotel

 

4.  12 Apostles Hotel – go have lunch/champagne/early snacky dinner/whatever you want to call it on their outdoor restaurant patio, overlooking the ocean and the other side of Lion’s Head.  This is one of my absolute FAVOURITE places on earth so far.  I swear they give you like 12 different toppings for your 5-star curry dinner.  My husband liked his steak so much, I thought he was going to leave me and marry it instead.

He really LOVED that steak.

He really LOVED that steak

5.  Head to the Bo Kaap area and Bree Street for some nightlife and to hang out with the locals.  Get a feel for what Cape Town is all about, instead of the same old touristy stuff.  You can do all that when you naturally extend your trip, since you’ve fallen in love with CT after doing all the things I mentioned above.  Bo Kaap is near Long Street, one of the famous streets in CT.  Long Street can be a bit dangerous at times, so watch your back and your backpack.   Bree Street is a super cool up-and-coming area with all the best new restaurants and spots.  You can do some shopping, enjoy the nightlife, get your boogie on, and grab a some late night food.

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Wow I’m ready for it already!   If you’ve been to Cape Town before, what are your favorite places?

 

 

 

 

The Freedom Challenge Finale, a week late but for good reason.

You may remember the Procrastination and Overwhelm subject I wrote about during this 10 day
challenge, culminating in my resolution to dedicate at least 1-3 hours/day to my new business idea.  This is an idea I’ve had for the past year or so, due to my obsession with my husband’s former career and my affinity to ever flipping episode of Below Deck.  Hey yachties, if it makes you feel better, Captain Lee and Chef Ben are my favorites.   (Not some of those famewhore wackjobs they picked up off the street. I’m talking to you, Rocky, Beef-Cheeks-Leon, and #TrevorTheSeniorDeckhand)    PS, if you are currently a yachtie or wish to get into the business, visit  My Yacht Squad and sign up to get all the latest info!

Well, I’m happy to say, that’s the reason why this particular blog challenge entry is a few days tardy to the party.  Also, I found out that the free trip to Bali had already been given away, so I wasn’t really all that motivated to prioritize this entry in front of all the progress I was making on MYS.  (Shhhhhh.)

WHAT I ENJOYED MOST about this blog challenge, is that it made me start something I’ve been thinking about for years, but was more or less afraid to do.  I mean, why would anyone care what I have to say?  This Freedom Challenge really made me step out there and get comfortable with it, and it gave me a lot of direction.  Also, creative activities tend to let me unwind a little more productively and longterm than just drinking Pineapple Sculpin and mimosas during my time off.

I’ve created so many more goals and have stuck with them.  It’s funny the domino effect that happens!   Bikini bod should be here sometime by mid-fall, just in time to cover it with sweaters and…sit on the couch watching TV for three months —wait a minute!  what the f^&*%!   Bad timing on my part.  Unless…there’s no such thing as bad timing, and we just move to a warmer place for the winter like a family of Canadian snowbirds chasing the summertime 95 miles an hour down the Florida Turnpike.

You’ve seen them before, don’t you act like I’m the alone in this observation.  Those grannies can really haul some ass!

MY FAVORITE CHALLENGE DAY was coming to terms with reasons behind procrastination and overwhelm.  This one is my favorite, because I set my intention for MYS (the new business).  Rather than continue to ignore it like a huge elephant in the room, simply because I don’t know how it will materialize.  I’m not a coder.  I’m hardly technologically gifted – we have 4 remotes, and I’m pretty sure my 9 month old knows how to work them better than I do.  However, creating my Wanderslut blog and learning some of the basics about WordPress has really made the other project not so daunting.  This challenge has been great training wheels, which I didn’t realize until I started back at it again.

The biggest takeaway from this whole experience is to really think about what I want and have clear goals about it. Too often, I focus on the big picture and where I want to be work-wise, lifestyle-wise, etc.  This makes my head spin and I end up just avoiding it and finding something more fun to do.  So breaking it out into small steps, even if it is as simple as this 10-day challenge, is really the key for me.   I’m amazed at what I have accomplished and learned in the last 2 weeks, it is really incredible.

So next steps:  we have booked tickets to go to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, to preliminarily launch this new website.  (pun intended, wheeeeee)  It’s just too important to pass up, not to mention super fun with superyachts!

This gives me a hard deadline for having the website functional enough to begin promoting it, which is holding me accountable to make all the steps come together between now and then.    I’m really productive under pressure.  I’m also a bit bat-shit crazy at times while under pressure, but hey – it adds a little mystery to the old relationship.

Speaking of bat-shit crazy:  This deadline also gives me something to focus on besides this Godforsaken election coming up.  I mean, COME ON.  These two jokers are the best we can do?  *facepalm*

Cape Town, South Africa

Also, we have booked another trip to South Africa over the Christmas holidays to visit the family.  To ramp up our excitement and share the journey, my goal is to do a weekly series on the beautiful country.  Sharing some of the highlights from our previous trips, including what
wineries to go to, where to find the best curry, and how to say certain swear words in Afrikaans!

Stay Tuned!  And thank you for your support and feedback on my blogs so far.  I had no idea anyone else would enjoy it as much as I have, too.  Cheers!

Choose Your Adventure!

Adventure!  That’s the name of the game.  And the name of today’s challenge, in which we were just supposed to go out and have fun doing whatever we wanted to do.  Which is pretty much what I do everyday anyways.  If you’re going to live in San Diego near the beach and NOT go there at least occasionally, then you’re doing it wrong.  Just sayin.

Especially yesterday, it was such a g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s day in San Diego, and I decided to take the little man with me on a walk down to the beach from our house.  This was a little exercise in understanding what every single day of my life is going to be like once we are living our lifestyle by design. Remember, Freedom is the goal!

So after watching the Chargers play a decent game and then look like they were going to give it away faster than a Catholic School Girl at her senior prom, I decided to AVOID DRIVING BECAUSE OF THE HUGE AMOUNT OF TRAFFIC DUE TO MOTORBOAT RACES ON MISSION BAY  get some exercise.

Little Mac decided to toss his hat out of his stroller, leaving me with two adult-size trucker hats with equally inappropriate logos for a 9 month old. CHOICES!

Finally my internal magnet led us straight to OB Noodlehouse, a place you absolutely MUST go to when you visit San Diego.  If you don’t, then you should be ashamed of yourselves and never find yourself around these parts again!  I’m not kidding.

They have the most awesome pho and happy hour specials out the wazoo.   Plus Stone (Delicious), Ballast Point, Modern Times, and a few other local craft breweries are on heavy rotation.

We stopped along the half mile-long OB Pier to take some pictures (#duh) and watch the freak shows on the grassy knoll below.   On a typical day,you can see hobos, people who left home and will be asking for a key to their moms’s place again once it gets colder, acroyoga, tight-rope walkers, and a family of mimes!   It’s like a human zoo!

Then we walked back home, watched episodes of Caribbean Life on HGTV and yelled at our neighbor’s dog to shut the hell up.  Pretty typical Sunday evening around here!

What’s your adventure?  If you had to choose what you would do on your perfect Sunday (or vacation everyday), what would it be?  Leave a comment if you’re feeling generous!

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How I Manage to Procrastinate While Procrastinating: It’s a Science

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” -Karen Lamb

Ironically, I procrastinated on the Procrastination-themed blog challenge of the day.  I got overwhelmed that the challenge was nearly over, that I wouldn’t have someone telling me what to do every day as an assignment, and then wtf was I going to do with myself?  I waited like 36 hours to even open it up. Maybe it was the P-word used in front of me to begin with? Maybe it was just that I woke up to a beautiful Saturday in San Diego and hit the snooze button on this whole blogfest.   We’ll just go with that.

It’s so easy to get overwhelmed, it happens to me A LOT.  If I think about the whole huge assignment, i.e. creating a remote career out of nowhere with no experience having a business of my own and really just a vision board that I look at across the room.

Plus, remember my blog two days ago:  SHINY EXPRESS!  Shiny Express is so much for fun to focus on than the dull, slow, black-smoke emitting Overwhelm Local.

Are you following along?  Are you noticing my procrastination continuing even as I write this sentence?

So to combat this, what I have found that works is just focusing on the small parts.  Taking one step at a time and committing to putting those pieces together, rather than trying to build Rome in the time it takes to finish an episode of Below Deck.  BTW did you notice what happened with Kate and Chef Ben this week?  OMG.  That episode was the —  shit.  I did it again.

Let’s just skip to the end of the story and summarize before I toss my computer on the couch and settle into a Below Deck Marathon:

GOAL:  More freedom in my life.

SOLUTION: Create a successful online business, which is as profitable as possible, while taking the least amount of time every day as humanly possible.

Captain Lee, not my husband

I will let you in on a little secret (don’t worry, it all ties into Below Deck):

My husband has a background in the yachting industry – and I’m obsessed with it.  I think it is so super cool and love talking about it with him and any of his friends.  I’ve come up with a website idea that will revolutionize the yachting industry.  I secured all the tools and means necessary to develop the website, but didn’t know how in the f*** wordpress worked.  Now, after participating in this blog and developing the entire thing myself, I’ve learned enough that I can transfer these skills to the other project and not make it look like a 3rd grader put it together for a science project.

Then, I let fear of failure and also fear of success hamper my progress.  Honestly, it sounds so stupid typing that, but it’s totally true.  We humans are weirdos sometimes.  But it is totally natural and I’m happy I’m not alone on this one.

“Hellooooo, Procrastination and Overwhelm, nice to see you again!  Have a drink.  Or 7.  Here’s a magazine.  Come on in and we will find a way to distract me for the next few weeks, so I don’t have to make any actual progress on this project!!”

When you have Procrastination and Overwhelm visit your doorstep like I do, it helps to paste this quote everywhere:

A Month/Season/Year from now, you will wish you had started TODAY.  

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 7

Perfection, in a Day.

So, I know this is intended to be a travel blog, but part of this 10 day blog challenge is following the directions set forth by this kiwi called Natalie every day.  You can read more about it  by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.   I stumbled upon the challenge at the perfect time, and so far it’s been right in line with certain goals for the future.

Today’s assignment is to write about my Perfect Day.  I know I may get some eyerolls, and possibly “Who are you to think you can just create a perfect day, you creepy new-age hippie dreamer?  Go back to doing your expense reports and entering your sales calls in the ridiculous CRM system, freak!”

To which I would say, “Excuse me.  It is my TPS reports, and I think you stole my stapler.”

I am a huge believer in making vision boards, like the old-school ones out of old Cosmo and British Bride magazines.  I try to stay away from using Us Weekly and In Touch, as it’s not my intention to end up as a strung-out, unrecognizable Kardashian Kreature, hot off my last spat with Taylor Swift.   I prefer to use the more uplifting and visually appealing options, and even have used a Costco magazine before.   Hey, don’t judge!  They have really awesome travel packages in the back that have tons of photos of those super cute water bungalows in Bora Bora!

So here we go – feel free to put your Soothing Spa Sounds playlist on from Spotify, close your eyes, and visualize…oh and get someone to read this out to you since your eyes are closed.

Perfection, in a Day.   

I wake up in our house at the beach, next to my husband for some morning cuddles** (**I am not a superfan of the word cuddles, for the record—it sounds like a clown’s name. However, snuggles isn’t a much better option, so got to deal with it.)

Anyways —-  Our house has a bright open Miami-style floor plan, surrounded by lush landscaping and overlooking the water.    We have fun and polite neighbors, who are all driven to be successful and instill similar values in their kids as we do.  It’s a great match for our family, and always keeps us busy with fun things to do.  oh wait, I digress.  Where was I… Oh yes, coffee time.

So I’m greeted by our dogs as I walk in to make some coffee and notice it’s a beautiful sunny day.  While I was making coffee, Big Mac has brought Little Mac into the kitchen, smiling and full of things to say, as usual.   We go onto the beautiful shaded patio to enjoy the sea breeze while pumping 100 tons of caffeine thru my veins  enjoying a cup of coffee.  I read my daily devotional/inspirational thoughts, and get my mind all set for the day.  I go into my office to check on some business for about an hour or so, and jot down some ideas I have for a new project for my web business.  After a bit we go inside to get dressed and our things packed to go out on the boat.

view-from-a-boat

We head to the marina to meet up with some friends, and we all head out for a fun few hours, cruising up the coastline and basking in the sun.   It’s an absolutely gorgeous day as we listen to music and watch all the seagulls and dolphins who occasionally are following our boat.  We stop for lunch at a little beach bar that has the BEST margaritas around.  It is just magical.

beach-couple

We are planning our next family trip to Bali, where we are going to stay for about 3 weeks, possibly a month. It’s all a very stress-free, enjoyable life we love to live.  The only stress we have comes from excitement about the newest online project we are starting. So, we head home after a bit to shower up and hang out by our pool.  ittle Mac is learning to swim, and doing really well!  (Obviously, I am not his swim coach.)  So, I watch them play around while we watch the sunset, and…

I’m just gonna leave it at that for now.  I’m already relaxed and need to take a nap

To Summarize:

Our Family + 

Great Friends +

Enjoying the Beautiful Day +                     =               PERFECTION

Gorgeous Scenery + 

Zero Stress

Great Food & Margaritas 

So that does it for Day 3 of Natalie’s Freedom Plan Blog Challenge, until I wake up to my Day 4 email tomorrow and get cracka-lackin’ again.  Have a #blessed day everyone!

Cheers!

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 3

FREEDOM: Not Just A George Michael Song Anymore

Guys, I recently make a big mistake.  HUGE.  I stepped in it big time.   

Now I’ve started reading The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

It gave me ideas.  It made me dream and believe in a work/life greater than the metrics-driven, conference-call-filled, corporate sales job that I’ve been conditioned to think is the only option for me over the past decade and a half.

HOPE HAS BEEN RESTORED.

You see, I have a job that I really do often loathe appreciate and “feel-the-feelings-of-gratitude” for occasionally on a daily basis.  It allows us to pay the bills, have nice things, and take some time off for a couple of weeks a year.  Sure, I’m grateful to be in a spot that lots of people would love to crack into, but there’s got to be more to life than just enduring the week days so you can cram as much fun into Friday 5pm-Monday 7am as possible.

Recently a former coworker passed away in a head-on collision, during a field day with his pharma sales manager.  So tragic and especially for his family, as he leaves behind two kids and a wife.  Who knows if he liked his job, his manager, or driving to doctor offices every day?   It just reinforced all the feels that I have been having about life/work balance shift and escaping from what Marianne calls, “The Career Cage.”

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about accomplishment and working smart and being the best I can be. (See: Perfectionist.   See Also: Obsessive.)   But I’m also a huge believer in FREEDOM.  That’s what it’s all about.  (sorry, Hokie Pokie)   The internet is providing us with unlimited potential to create these sort of remote working lives, which frees up time to spend with the ones we love.

Freeeeeeedoooooooommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

So Mr Ferriss’s book has really inspired me to take action.  Like the saying goes, “A year from now you’re going to wish you had started today.”   I think Benjamin Franklin said that.  (kidding, I’m just making sure you’re still reading)

Til Tomorrow, Ciao!

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 2