“Six months and six countries...”
Solo Trip Journal 54 — Prioritizing My Practice is the next edition of global living, inside you’ll find:
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Have you been to Bali or Indonesia before? Which places do you recommend I visit? Let me know in the comments!
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If you haven’t seen Pt. 1/3 of Life Lessons in KL, watch it here.
In Pt. 2/3 I focus on changing my relationship with money and implementing it in KL. The fact is, what we focus on shapes our worldview, and our worldview determines those who are in our life. This cycle continues to build momentum, for better or worse.
What’s your mentality like?
Have you noticed you attract people who share a similar mindset? Have you ever consciously shifted your mindset and seen your surroundings, friends and circumstances change? I have, several times in fact. The best part is, the more aware I become, the more dramatic the changes each time I make it happen. This plays a large role in how I create the life I want.
Watch Life Lessons in KL, Pt. 1/3
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“...most have no idea how amazing you should feel in your body!”
Before jumping into STJ52, have you read Solo Trip Journal 51 — A Pivot Point? It includes 3 airport tips, 4 palm oil plantation facts, a review of IO Hotel and more! To read it, tap here.
Solo Trip Journal 52 — A Good Thing Going focuses on my time back in Phuket and includes:
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Going to Kuala Lumpur wasn’t apart of my plan, but turned out to be exactly what was needed. Who knew?!
Well, I didn’t know, but I’m extremely grateful to be in a place where I trusted it’s for a reason, accepted it, then shifted my attitude to make the best of it.
It turns out, such an adventure was needed. Since returning, I’ve been making excellent progress in my self-awareness and personal development.
The trip was a catalyst for growth, and I believe, a crucial element in preparation for my next chapter... whenever, and wherever, that may be.
Watch the video to see the first lesson learned!
Stay tuned for part 2/3 coming up soon!
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“Is this the beginning, of the end, of my food over-indulgence?”
If you haven’t read STR46 — Manifesting My Mentality, tap here! It includes background details about Thailand (my new home), reflection on recent drastic life changes, photos of amazing Thai food and a story about taking action to complete a bucket list item. Read it now!
Here’s what’s included in STR47 — Steering In The Right Direction:
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Over the past couple of years, I’ve made a habit of taking a little time to reflect on what I’ve gone through over the past few months. This started out with a list of my accomplishments during a semester at school. Since March 2016, when I moved overseas (practically on a dare), I’ve started doing a year in review. For an overview of what 2016 was like, listen to this audio post!
2017 has been a year full of changes. Going far beyond my comfort zone. Trying many new activities, travels, experiences, interactions and accomplishments.
It’s been another year of spiritual growth, learning, self-discovery, awakening, developing my writing, building this website, meeting new people and struggle.
Click “read more” to see what happened in 2017!
In the previous Consume Local post, Sustainability, we looked at improving my diet, for a number of reasons such as, supporting locals, eliminating processed foods, continuing not to drink soda and weening off meat.
Today, we’ll review my progress, look at why I’ve been putting off making food and what I’d like to do for the community here.
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Preparing for Halloween at VASS English
”Do video games make young people violent?”
In this report I cover:
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Notice how the mountains have bald/light green patches in the foliage? That’s because the mountain was on fire a few weeks back... yes, all the patches, at the same time! It’s been wonderful watching the vegetation grow back so rapidly.
“Sometimes, you have to make a leap of faith.”
In this report I cover:
To learn more about my transition from being high on freedom, travel and adventure to discovering what’s next in my life, read more!
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It’s a cloudy mid-afternoon on October 02. I’m between the land borders of Moc Bai, Viet Nam and Bavet, Cambodia. After greasing the right palms for the rapidly processed, single-entry, Cambodian tourist visa, I try to get a 3 month tourist visa back at the Vietnamese entrance.
I’m promptly denied and instructed to visit the Vietnamese embassy in Phnom Penh for my new visa. Frustrated, I enter Cambodia, and stroll through the numerous casinos under construction immediately after the entrance. A security guard points me to a local who takes me on his motorbike to a nearby bus, reportedly heading to Phnom Penh. Thankfully, it’s departing in 15 minutes and costs only $5US. This ride will take over four hours, the local bus from Ho Chi Minh took three, and before that, I rode an overnight bus for 10 hours from Nha Trang — welcome to last minute visa runs.
My apologies for the late post. Tuesday there was no power; my devices hadn't charged over night and the wifi was out. Wednesday I start a post, but get caught up reminiscing on past travels and overwhelmed dealing with stress these past weeks. I decide to head out and spend the night in a different location, which didn't have cell service (I know there's a cell tower right there, trust me, I was trying to get reception).
Packing a bag, I hit the road within the hour; driving North to the same beach from a few weeks ago. Riding is a great opportunity to analyze my situation. A chance to be silent and let my subconscious do what it needs. I start talking to aloud, listing my blessings:
Given the large amount of free time in my weekly schedule, an impulsive trip to nearby Tuy Hòa seemed a good idea. Throughout the trip, I captured a number of great photos you’ll want to take a look at. I stayed with a local family in the city, had a 4am hike to watch the sunrise and gorged on delicious seafood.
I’m thankful for the type of people around me — entrepreneurs and expats! I believe this is a further manifestation of attracting people who are reflections of my desires, into my life. Such a demonstration teaches me to be really careful with the thoughts I imagine, the words I say and the feelings I project. Although it may always not happen as fast as we wish, I work to remember: “the right things happen at the right time”. A few incidents have recently occurred, which continue to suggest this is happening, even now. Recognizing the signs of when something is in the works, is a skill I’ve been working to develop. Global living certainty provides numerous opportunities to do so. Of course, I’d encourage everyone to try for themselves. You’ll see it happen, when you believe it’ll happen.
On the digital front, I'm dabbling in new fields such as publishing a facebook ad and diversifying into cryptocurrencies Ethereum and Litecoin. This is a great first step into participating in the digital economy and building global financial reserves. I still need to work on which country I'd like to apply for second citizenship, and building sustainable places of residence, but all things comes at the right time. I must remain patient and diligent.
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This week, I want to share how I'm incorporating the values of the Solo Trip Abroad Mission, and add an action step you can take to start for yourself.
Even though I’m not a full-time digital nomad, yet, I have started the process, and am working on routines which align with the lifestyle. Although many who've made the change are location independent, learning to manage your day, keep a lid on procrastination, taking effective action, incorporating fitness and building your efforts into something marketable takes practice, skill and time.
I have been writing Solo Trip Report since I started living in China, but it wasn’t until Viet Nam I really started expanding on it. Playing new with apps and services, making the content more professional, building an email campaign and expanding the list of people who receive updates. In fact, Solo Trip Report is delivered to people in more than a dozen countries, in four continents, around the world! Subscribe to Solo Trip Report updates here.
While in Viet Nam, I’ve been blessed with the ability to explore the country and have settled in Nha Trang. It has truly been an amazing past two and a half months. Although I technically do have a job now, I work like eight hours a week for the time being, so lets call it more of a side gig. With so much time on my hands, one might think it’s easy to become bored? This assumption comes from what is often envisioned without a job. The imagined scenario goes something like this:
If I don’t have a job, I won’t have any money. I’ll sit at home, bored and alone, until the end of the month, when I’ll be kicked out. Homeless, I’ll become a drug addict and life will be shit.
This is because our education system is designed to trade time for money:
The Western culture of formally educating people (on your own dime), working slave hours, no matter your pay, isn’t freedom. We’re so accustomed to thinking money and possessions can buy liberty and identity, when the truth is, they don’t, and conversely eliminates them! You must act with liberty to build an identity — money will surely follow. What else do you think I’ve been doing and learning on this adventure?
As I float through another week, I'm thankful to be personally and professionally developing. Life in Nha Trang is gathering steam; I continually recognize how easy it is to build what you love when you think and feel positive.
I've climbed the mountains behind my apartment twice now and feel there is more to come. The novelty of having a hiking trail along the ridge of three peaks, right beside the ocean, continues to baffle me.
Up next, I'll be climbing at different times of day to best capture the sun, stay tuned for more photos at sunrise and sunset.
This photo below was taken on iPhone 7 Plus, and I think it's the best photo I've ever taken. What do you think?
Living in my apartment is great, I'm very happy. The complex is comfortable, I'm meeting the other tenants, socializing and relaxing on the roof.
The area is calm, my necessities are within easy walking distance, and proximity to the ocean keeps my mind at ease. I'm grateful for the way my life has come to be. The less I struggle and try to make it the way I want, the more it becomes the way I want. Friends, apartment and a job, they're all coming together. The pieces fall into place at the right time.
Whether in Toronto, Tianjin or Nha Trang, I've come to experience possession causes suffering, thanks to an Indian philosopher in India. Having a positive mindset and broadcasting your feelings to the Universe shares your intentions. Let it take care of the rest. What I've learned in the process is to prepare your emotional, mental and financial self to be open to whatever falls in your lap. Because life presents opportunities for a reason and luck favours the prepared.
There are enough reasons for me to want to stay here a while. I can feel myself growing roots, habits, favourite shops, understanding the geography of the city, learning about the surrounding area and meeting many different kinds of people. Those individuals entering my life are reflective of my thinking, thankfully, and most importantly, I recognize these people have something to teach me. Now, the quest begins to find out what exactly I'm supposed to learn from these new key people. I look forward to this next adventure.
Last week I wrote about my iPhone getting liquid damage from driving in the rain, after an attempted camping trip. This was a direct external manifestation of my internal feelings. The frustration, disappointment and anger I was feeling, attracted a situation manifesting those emotions and thoughts.
Returning to Nha Trang, a contact of mine encourages me to read a book she's read numerous times. How Life Works by Andrew Matthews is a simple read and very clearly explains what we think affects how we feel, and how we feel manifests the physical world we live in.
While travelling over the last year and a half, I've been practicing my writing skills on both this blog, and a private update. Sharing all the experiences, in detail, with my family and closest friends in a twice-monthly document, I call Solo Trip Report.
As more people express interest, I set up a way for anyone to subscribe. An excerpt of the latest edition, Solo Trip Report 33 — Exploring Vietnam, is attached to provide a glimpse of what they are like.
For more detail, visit the new Solo Trip Report page, read the outline, and subscribe! Archives of the last couple reports are also available.
In January, while completing my yoga teacher training, in India, I met some amazing people. They were from different parts of the world, and of different backgrounds, but they played an important role in the life-changing experience I went through. Near the end, a group of us spent time together on a sandbar in the Gangas River, surrounded by mountains as we shared our views on life by a fire.
Chanika, a energetic soul, brought a new perspective to light. She explained the commonality whereby individuals express having found “the right one”. The notion many hold as to romantically imply, “the right one [forever]”.
The last four years have brought about major change in my life: