More importantly, I'm going to Bali for an authentic, fully immersive yoga teacher training. With a few extra days to explore, travel days, and the 21 day program, I'll be there for approximately one month. Training starts October 15th and ends my birthday eve, November 5th.
This will be six weeks post-op from my brachioplasty surgery. I'm putting it to the Universe that I am going to recover and heal fabulously and not have to postpone my trip. If there is (there won't be) a complication, I can attend a later training. BUT, I'm ready now and don't want to wait any longer. I've tried to tell myself my body isn't thin enough yet, my loose skin elsewhere will be in the way, I don't want to be the fattest one there, etc. BUT....those are all fears that don't get to live with me anymore. I CAN YOGA! I LOVE YOGA! I want to help others find yoga and their passion for it as well...if/when they're ready.
This is where I'm going...
While there are teacher trainings offered here in the valley that I could easily commute to, I want mine to be bold, daring, challenging, unforgettable, and something I'll carry with me for all of eternity.
I did my high school exchange in Japan so I have travelled this far before...but not solo as we had a large group of students and chaperones to fall back on. For years, Alan has been my go to, my pack mule, my baggage handler, and my rock. For even more years, I have been the go to everything for my children and have never been away from them for this long. I think 10 days has been my longest vacation away from home. It's sure to be a test for all of us. While I know they'll miss me, I worry about my little doggies hearts even more. My kids know I'm not abandoning them...being away from my fur babies though, that's hard.
The other challenge for me, will be foregoing my omnivore lifestyle and living vegan for the duration of the trip. I'm not sure how it might affect my current progress but, if I need to correct when I return, I will. Maybe, just maybe, I'll LOVE it and stay vegan. The anemic, soy avoiding, keto lifestyle loving me isn't quite convinced. BUT, I have done harder things this last year so I know I can do this.
Here is a video about Ubud, the city I'll be in. So, I'm likely to see many of the beautiful sites shared in the video.
MONKEY FOREST!? Yes, please!
The last year has been one of incredible growth (ironically, while shrinking), change, and transformation for me. I am not the same girl I've been all my life. That girl wasn't very nice to herself...so this is a very good thing. I'm not sure why it took me 44 years to figure out my shit, but I'm so glad that I have.