On My Way To Paradise
On My Way To Paradise
My life is an endless embarkation, I get set on a course of action, and it’s exhausting but exhilarating. Some people think I am crazy. I probably am, but as one of the great Vedantic mantra goes…
Tat Tvam Asi, thou art that.
I get these ideas in my head sometimes and soon they become my words, people shrug and nod when I talk about the things I set out to do. In a way, when people doubt me, it’s like throwing a lit match into kerosene. I decided a while back that I would design a life that I didn’t need to take a vacation from. So here I am about to embark on one of the most epic journeys of my lifetime.
Who would want to live a life without vacations you ask? Crazy right? Hear me out. What I mean by that is you spend a ridiculous amount of time “working, ” and I don’t want to feel the need to escape my life.
Instead, I want the work that I do, to be something that I actually love. I want to live as passionately and creatively as humanly possible. I’ve watched some of the people whom I love; slave away at jobs they hate. Hell, I’ve done it for years myself. And for what? A paycheck and a lifetime of regrets. FOMO is for real, and I want to make the most out of the precious time I’ve got.
I’ve noticed though that in life things are cyclical. My cycle for the past ten years has been working as a bartender to save up enough cash to pay for my next big adventure and then going for broke. At first, I was just a yogi who loved to live carefree on tropical beaches, a beach bum for sure. But I was just escaping, the minute I’d come home reality would set in, credit card bills started to pile up, and I’d be back at square one. I had an epiphany years ago, and I have mentioned this before in one of my earlier blogs, but I decided to combine my passion for yoga and travel and make a career out of it. I also decided to live a healthier, happier more balanced life.
The cycle now is as they would say in Thailand “same same, but different.” When shifts in your life begin to occur, it’s subtle. I’m not working just to escape; I am working and traveling with intention, it’s important and demanding and fulfilling, and the work I am doing isn’t leaving me empty handed.
Life is all about the give and take, and I am a firm believer that if you give just a little more than you take, karma will bestow upon you the nectar of life. The fruits of your labor will manifest. Sometimes you just need to have unwavering faith in the divine.
At least that’s what I keep telling myself. I am heading to Central America for the first time. I temporarily quit my bar job and a couple of teaching gigs to devote myself and my time 100% towards living the #yogalife. I have set some pretty big goals for 2017, and when I say “goals” I don’t mean the soul-crushing, stress inducing, pressure building, win/lose equation type. My goals are attainable, they motivate me, and allow me to feel the how I desire to be.
So far in 2017, I have launched my new website, you are probably reading this blog from my digital yoga space right now. I intend to start my online yoga this May, AKA, Virtual Yoga, so stay tuned. But in the meantime, I am headed to a Yoga festival in Costa Rica with my LBW Family, the most epic Caravan crew you could ever meet. I am going to Envision how I want my life to be and then do it. If you are a fellow yoga teacher, then you probably have experienced the same conundrum as me, all of a sudden finding time for your practice gets more and more complicated. This trip is the first vacation I will have taken in over two years, and I cannot wait to delve deep into my practice and let the teachings of others elevate me. I have always been a fan of expanding horizons, so I think that’s just what I’ll do.
Then I am off to Nicaragua to live the #nomadlife with my #LBWfam. I’ll be residing in a super cool mansion/cohabitate for digital nomads working remotely for a whole month. I’ll be living minimally and surrounded with other like minded individuals. I have no doubt in my mind that I will be inspired AF and that’s where I plan to film to the first cycle of my Virtual Yoga. Plus I am working on launching YogaLife Bali and Central, and I know for a fact that YogaLife Bali 2018 is going to be of epic proportions, but that’s all I will say about that for now.
To top it all off, I am going to LBW’s ten-year reunion in Panama. It’s my dear friends 30th birthday, and it’s the 1st annual Island Life festival, we are gathering the Alumni of ten years worth of Life Before Work travelers on a remote island, and I get the lovely obligation of teaching Sattva Yoga and Meditation for the week.
Someone pinch me, I feel like I’m dreaming or maybe I’m just living the dream.