Bali-bound + my wellness packing list

My wellness travel packing list

I’m Bali and Singapore-bound for my most epic trip of the year! Clear across to the other side of the world for me, Bali has been a tropical dream spot for such a long time and I’m so excited to finally make it happen!

I’ve been prepping for Southeast Asia travel for weeks and have got packingpackingpacking on the mind. Amidst all the chaos, it occurred to me that I’ve learned a thing or two about traveling well and keeping myself healthy and energised on the road. For example, things that I have been consistently grateful for bringing along on trips: raw snack bars, digestive enzymes, and coconut oil. Things that I have routinely regretted bringing: way too many outfits, multiple pairs of shoes and other ‘just-in-case’ clothing items.

I am definitely not your average backpacker – these days my travel bag contains way more health-related products than clothing and electronics combined!

I also think that the more you travel, the more you realise just how few material items you actually need to get by and feel happy (but that’s for another longer post down the line!) :)

While I wrap up packing for this journey, I thought I’d give you a peek into my backpack and share my wellness picks for healthy traveling. I know that when I first started backpacking, I would have loved to see a health-focused guide like this, so I hope it’s helpful to you!

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Heatwave Coolers ~ The summer recipes I’m currently loving

Summer Cooler Recipes

It’s been so hot lately. Perhaps you know the feeling… days where the air feels so thick and weighty and humid, where just walking down the street somehow manages to stir up a sticky sweat. The sun is beating down, intense and unrelenting and so bright it makes you squint and it’s all beautiful and unbearable at the same time. Days where after being out and about, you plop down in a feverish, sweat-drenched, frizzy-haired state and realise you just don’t want to move.

The heat of a NYC summer I shall never forget!

Needless to say, eating watery fruits and veggies for dinner has become a frequent occurrence for me these days. I’ve definitely had my share of watermelon-for-dinner nights :) I’ve been making a few cooling summer recipes that have really been helping me with the heat and wanted to share the love over here! If you’re craving something cool, refreshing, healthy, and totally simple to create, read on for 3 of my current faves.

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Peach Lemonade with Coconut Sugar

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Notes from the Road: British Columbia + the Sunshine Coast

British Columbia

British Columbia… where the trees have held and healed me, where the sunshine sent me daily hugs & kisses and the Pacific Ocean breezes lightened my spirit. I feel so connected to the land.

Thank you lazy days spent soaking up fresh mountain air, sunlight, and so much green.

Thank you bright blue, cheerful skies and cool ocean waters.

Thank you endless trees, moss and lush vegetation.

Thank you laid-back, Birkenstock-wearing, nature-centric folks who welcomed me into their lives.

Thank you for days spent drifting through the forest like a fairy, stopping to savour or meditate or look up at the sky or just pause and experience the delicious, peaceful, gentle sense of Beauty and Freedom.

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Why your setbacks are your greatest blessings

Why your setbacks are your greatest blessings

A health crisis. A painful breakup. A job loss. A serious accident. When your world feels like it’s falling apart, how do you react to major setbacks in your life?

It’s hard to believe it’s been 2 years since the health crisis happened – the one that left me unable to stand up or walk. This was one of the most profoundly devastating experiences of my life. Yet when people ask me about this experience, I always say it was the greatest thing that ever happened to me.

No, I am not a masochist. And no, I’m not being sarcastic. I can’t say that losing the ability to walk and being stuck in bed for months was an enjoyable experience – far from it – but it just taught me so much. It changed my outlook on life for the better, as well as changed my direction in life in a huge way.

Often when we’re going through a really difficult time we feel completely devastated and defeated. We can’t see anything beneficial about what’s happening in the moment – what can possibly be good about experiencing so much loss and pain? Though we often don’t recognise it at the time, we are being handed a new path – an opportunity to go in a different direction than the one we’ve been heading down.

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