Victoria – Australia
Time to slowdown.
Traveling the past 4 months in Japan, China, Bali, and Malaysia has been wonderful. It has also been exhausting and a tad bit stressful. I am an A/B type personality. I really want to simply go with the flow, but there is a loud voice demanding ‘what’s the plan!!’. I am challenged with ‘control’ issues. This trip has been a great opportunity for me to work on finding a balance of the two. How much to plan and how much to go with the flow.
In my yoga practice I tend to go for pushing myself. My type A side and the ‘go hard or go home’ takes the lead. This isn’t all bad. To make progress you often need to push limits, but it is also important to take time to listen to the body and ‘self’ and figure out what is actually needed in the moment. When I took the time to listen my self was saying please slow down and just breathe.
Are you a person who drives yourself and are your own worse critic? Do you often have the feeling of not good enough? Do you have a hard time sitting still and ‘not doing anything’? I am with you! The voices inside my head pushing me to try harder and do more can really exhaust me. Sometimes I just need to put those voices to the side and listen to the often softer spoken voice asking me to take care of myself and love myself and just be. I hope you are listening to the voices, hearing them all, and taking the advice that best fits your needs at the moment. You get to choose.
If you are ready to take it down a notch and get a reset here are some links to yoga poses that will help with relaxation and restoration. If you have not tried a restorative yoga class and you tend toward the achievement oriented side of the spectrum then I think you should try it. The first time I tried restorative yoga I just about left the class because i didn’t think we were doing enough. Yes, it was that bad. It took yoga teacher training for me to understand how badly I needed to just relax and restore. No need to do. No need to accomplish. No need to feel successful. Just be. Just breathe. It is a powerful practice. Here is an article written by a fitness junky over achiever that I feel explains the power of restorative yoga pretty well. Link Here.
Travel: Slow Down
I have a cousin who lives near Melbourne and when we were planning our trip I asked her opinion on where we might stay when we were in the area. She suggested Phillip Island. Knowing it would be summer there I jumped on making an Airbnb reservation as soon as possible. We ended up with a lovely two bedroom apartment that was walking distance to the beach and the sweet little beach town of Cowes for just $60 a night. Score! So great when you make reservations 6 months in advance and it works out! We settled in for a nice two weeks of beach life in Southern Australia.
Southern Australia has a different feel than the Sunshine Coast. Our last stay was in Mooloolaba which is fantastic and I highly recommend it, but it does have a bit more of a ‘scene’ than you get when you come to the south. The town of Cowes is very laid back and while it has it’s coffee shops and designer clothing stores it has little less flash to it. For our current state of being it was the perfect fit.
We received a Christmas Gift of the Penguin Parade Package from our dear relatives in Boston. The Penguin Parade is a conservation effort and an opportunity to view the Little Penguin species exiting the ocean at sunset and making their way to the nests they have made on the shores of Phillip Island. We were lucky enough to be there after the babies had been born so we had the opportunity to see the little ones waiting for mom and dad to come home and feed them dinner. You can read more about the Penguin Parade if you click this link. We also took in the Maru Koala and Animal Park because we can’t get enough time viewing Koala’s and feeding kangaroo’s! So much fun. We had a great time at Maru and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. Link here.
The majority of our time on Phillip Island was spent reading, watching movies, going to the beach, baking cookies, playing with the neighbor children and going to the park. It was summer holidays in Australia and we had no problem going with the flow.
We also felt lucky to get to spend time with my cousin and her lovely family. The kids were excited to meet more family and to feel connected to our roots half way around the world. The gift of being together and meeting children in person whom I have only seen in pictures is priceless. I had the opportunity to wake early one morning and do yoga on the beach with my cousin Heidi. It is one of those moments you tuck away and hold in a special place. I know one day in the far future we will have the chance to be together again and we can pull that memory out and enjoy it all over again.
The past four months of travel have been complex and dynamic, but also exhausting. We needed this time to just relax and reset. It has been a wonderful. The greatest part is it is only the beginning of reunions and family! We are off to New Zealand next and have loads of people to catch up with. I am so excited to be returning to Aotearoa after 15 years away. New Zealand has a special place in my heart and soul. I can’t wait to get there and share it with my family.
Until next time,
Enjoy the Moment,
Links to Phillip Island Destinations