It’s all about Dogs

It’s all about Dogs

It's all about dogs

Connection, Compassion, and Companionship 

For the moment I am happily settled in Ubud. Although I absolutely love dogs, this particular long-term dog sit I was offered didn’t quite work out for me in the end. The universe realised I needed my freedom and it signalled it through my body… so the choice was pain or let go! I choose to let go of a commitment instead of feeling the pain, a no-brainer but in the past, I would have just done it anyway! So a bit of bravery on my part to make a sudden change and throw my current plans in the air.

In life, you have to put your health first. I am sure I will do some dog sitting in the future, just not right now.  The dogs were gorgeous three little poodles and they were so much fun to be around… Sometimes decisions are hard to make!

Learning from Experiences

In life and especially it seems when you are travelling and/or living in Bali; you have to adjust to the rapid changes taking place that help us to move on in our lives. It makes us learn from our past experiences without having to relive them. Honesty and trust are key qualities in moving forward and that means not only trusting others but trusting in ourselves.

Our beloved Marsh

On another dog note. Our beloved Marsh died this week and we all feel very sad and I just hope he has made a safe journey to doggie heaven. We are all grateful that he gave us so much love and joy. He will be forever in our hearts. Not being a dog lover he won me over and everyone he met, he was a very special soul. Thank you, Marsh – we miss you already!

My Favourite Guest house and my new family

I am back in my favourite guest house Merthayasa 2 with the lovely people who run it and they welcomed me back with open arms and I felt instantly ‘at home” so I am so grateful for their kindness to me and making me feel I belong here in Ubud.   The sense of belonging and feeling cared for whilst living alone in a foreign country is something money can’t buy. The Balinese are very open-hearted, gentle people just the right type of people to be around in times of transition.

Being Grateful…

Gratitude is key in times of change. For me, my life has never really been planned, and what happened a few years back left me on a bit of cliffhanger and moving forward I needed to make some radical changes in my life. It all came as a huge shock and I am lucky to be in the place I am right now. It doesn’t bear thinking about any other outcomes but to live in the present and be eternally grateful that I have been very lucky and in the future, I hope I am able to reciprocate in helping others.

Some more of the lovely dogs I have met whilst living in Bali…the quickest way I find myself connected with compassion is through the temporary companionship of the many dogs I meet and interact within Bali and on my travels.

It's all about dogs

Connection, Compassion, and Companionship – Try it! –

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Finding home

Finding home…

Finding Home Ubud, Bali

Currently living in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Finding Home: It’s nearly a year since I left the UK in search of a place to call home. What actually is a home? Is it a place, or the people that reside it in. I guess I was thinking that it would be a place, as I have only myself to live in the home. Without going in to any unnecessary detail I have suddenly found myself, single again and in search of a new country and place to call home. For now I have found myself unexpectedly and happily living in Ubud, Bali, a place where I feel a sense of belonging and connection.

It came as a surprise to me that I would feel so at home in Bali, a  place centred around family life when I am alone.  I think it must be the people as they so friendly, happy and kind.  The place has a feeling of acceptance and encompasses people from all over the world. It feels here that it doesn’t matter what has happened in your past life, it’s all about new beginnings and living in the moment, alongside the daily Balinese rituals of gratitude through their offerings. 

Finding a  place to call home?

I have realised I am looking for a place to settle for a while to call home but the real home is the search within myself, it’s more a feeling, and an emotional connection that makes me feel at home and maybe it’s not the actual place after all. Although living in Bali helps a lot as it’s such an uplifting beautiful place to be, especially Ubud as it seems to draw you into a vortex of positive energy.  I am finding a place within myself, a place to feel safe, a sense of belonging, a sense that people care and in return I can get to connect and care too! 

This month Reading:  Lion by Saroo Brierley

“ As a five year old in India, I became completely lost. Twenty five years later in Australia, I finally worked out how to find my way home” Saroo Brierley

I have just read the book Lion by Saroo Brierley and I found it quite an emotional book. You can easily connect with Saroo and his journey to find his previous home and family.  For me having gone through the long process of adoption myself,  I felt a deeper connection with the book that I had expected.  I can also relate to him in being lost and trying to find a place of safety and the right people to help him.  It is quite amazing how a young child of 5 years old and me as an adult can relate to the feelings and dilemmas of this small child. I often find the book I happen to be reading relates directly to my current life. Find the book here

Excited about: Ubud Writers Festival coming up in 25-29th October 2017

Buy tickets here and get 20% off

Lineup:  Check out the writers who will be speaking including Ian Rankin, Saroo Brierley… to name a few.

If you can’t afford a ticket you can always volunteer 

If you need help with finding some nice Accommodation try www.booking.com – I find it really easy using this app on your phone/or their website and you often have the option of a free cancellation so you can change your mind too! Click on my link and you get £15.00 your next booking.

There are lots of lovely Guest Houses in Ubud.

Here are some of my favourites:

Merthayasa Bungalow 2 – Jalan Hanuman – Central Ubud – with a pool

Uma Kutuh 2 – Jalan Tirtar Tawar – overlooking rice fields – 10 minutes out of town – with a pool

Junjungan Guesthouse – Jalan Tirtar Tawar – overlooking looking the jungle – with a pool – 15-20 minutes out of central Ubud.

If you fancy a place to get away from it all in total luxury and relaxation visit: Alassari Plantation 

Bali, Indonesia

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