I can not complain about a single thing that happened in March. Though I cried a lot (more on that later) it has been one of the best months I believe I have ever lived. Is that an over exaggeration? Absolutely not. And it’s all thanks to a lot of major changes that I’ve been making in my life lately, some self-realization and the help of a few friends.
This month focused less on travel, though I did visit a new country, and more on myself, doing some serious work and changes that has catapulted me into this new stage of my life that at first I was nervous to share with the public but believe that sharing is best.
Where I went in March
I spent my second of two planned months in Bali where for the most part I stuck around my beloved Canggu, hanging out with the amazing community of friends I made, taking some serious alone time and visiting with some friends who stopped by!
My friend and fellow travel blogger Curious Claire came to Bali for the first time so while she was here myself and Janet from Journalist on the Run went to Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan for 3 days. These are two beautiful islands off of the coast of Bali that are surrounded by water so blue you think you’re in the Maldives (Janet, who has been to the Maldives has confirmed this).
It was a totally different experience as to when I visited these same islands almost exactly one year ago. Last year I was on a budget, counting every penny spent and travelling with a friend I made on my visa run to Kuala Lumpur who also works online.
This time round I was having cocktails by the water, scooting around for epic Instagram pictures, relaxing by the pool more and swing hopping (not sure if that’s a thing but it is now).
By the end of the month I was at the end of my 60-day Indonesian visa so I had to get out of the country or pay fines for overstaying. I had a trip booked to Hong Kong and while I was excited when I booked it I had to admit to myself that I was not really that excited to go, I was more excited to be going home in a few days and felt like I was dragging my feet just to get through my 4.5 days in the city.
Hong Kong, despite me rather being somewhere else, was a very pleasant surprise. I didn’t really have expectations but had heard good things (hence why I went and also to tick off a new country!). I visited for 4.5 days but really could have stayed a week, I had no idea there were so many things to do in Hong Kong.
I knew there was hiking in Hong Kong but didn’t realize just how good it was, the beaches were a surprise and just how busy the city is was a shocker even though I knew it’s a very packed city!
Walking through the city I could easily picture myself living in Hong Kong. It was just so easy. The metro was flawless, the streets clean, and there are an abundance of things that made me feel comfortable because they were familiar but enough was different (especially the food) that I would still feel like exploring.
Perhaps what threw me off the most was how non-multicultural Hong Kong is. I was expecting it to be similar to Singapore in this sense but found that I stood out easily just because I was white and not Asian. I’m not saying that I disliked it or that I was uncomfortable, it just jolted me at first because I have never been anywhere before, especially a major city where whites were a minority. It really gave me some perspective that I was happy to have experienced.
Another thing that surprised me was that Hong Kong really felt like I was living in a Black Mirror episode. I kid you not, everyone was on their phones all. the. time. I noticed this as soon as I was standing in line at immigration. Even walking on the streets, people were glued to their phones. I have never been somewhere where so many people look at their phones instead of where they’re walking. It was a complete culture change for me and something I found totally interesting but also sad.
Lastly, for a big city, people walk so slow! My constant question was, does no one have anywhere to be? Or is everyone so timely that they never leave late and just have the time to be so leisure?
Will I be a travel blogger forever?
In March I got this sudden feeling: is travel blogging really what I want to do for the rest of my life? Followed by, you don’t have to figure this out right now, that’s some deep shit. But it did get me thinking.
Travel blogging is certainly something that is going to be around for a long time. And travel blogging has the ability to grow, along with me, hence why I picked the name Taylor’s Tracks. It doesn’t relate solely to travel, tracks could refer to my life’s journey as well.
I have to admit, recently my blog hasn’t been giving me as much joy as it usually does. Perhaps because I’m treating it more as a business, I’m only writing about practical things and not actually doing any creative writing, which is why I started these monthly updates. It gives me a space to be myself, connect with you guys, my dear readers more, and to release some of these thoughts that I have about travel, new destinations, self-growth and more.
With even just a little bit of thought to this, I’ve realized that no I will not be solely a travel blogger forever. As I’ve dived more into yoga, spiritually, self-love and self-improvement I’ve realized that travel, like I’ve been telling myself for the past 4 years, is my life. And I don’t just want travel to be all my life is about.
Jumping into other aspects of life, learning more about myself, caring for and having discovered a new passion over the last 2 months has made me realize that travel is not my sole passion and my sole purpose.
Does that mean that I’m going to quit writing about travel? Hell no! I obviously love travel and expect it to be a big part of my life for my entire life. But you may see some newer pieces of my life coming into view. If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed this already. I haven’t made it quite so obvious on the blog but I’m sure these side passions: yoga, self-love and self-improvement will make a debut here soon.
And the best part? Blogging will allow me to bring these things into my life and share them with the world too, which I have a strong feeling I’m going to want to do.
But first, I’ve got some big news…
I got a life coach
Don’t click away just yet. I know that a lot of people think life coaches are bullshit, fake or just a waste of money. I used to think that too.
Until I met my life coach.
She appeared in my life at exactly the right moment, when I needed help the most and is helping me overcome obstacles that I’ve been staring in the face for far too long, unaware of how to get around them both personally and professionally.
Before I get ahead of myself, I think it’s important to understand what a life coach is because no, it is not therapy. I think this explanation does a wonderful job for helping people understand from LifeCoaching.com:
“Life Coaching is a profession that is profoundly different from consulting, mentoring, advice, therapy, or counseling. The coaching process addresses specific personal projects, business successes, general conditions and transitions in the client’s personal life, relationships or profession by examining what is going on right now, discovering what your obstacles or challenges might be, and choosing a course of action to make your life be what you want it to be.”
I’ll be honest with you guys, I was completely scared to share with anyone other than a few friends and family members that I got a life coach because I felt like I would be judged.
I was at a point where I was starting to share some of the things I was doing for myself and was in a very vulnerable state when I had someone shoot me down. I was completely caught off guard and was really hurt by the few words someone had said to me.
I let those words continue to hurt me but a week later had hired my life coach, realizing that I needed help to go through whatever hell I was going through.
It’s really quite hard to put into words what I’m going through but the best way I can phrase it is that I am going through a spiritual journey and a major mind-shift change.
I know, it sounds woo woo but one day you may go through the same thing and be like “holy shit, I get it” or you may continue to think it’s woo woo and never get it. Both ways are okay.
As I began my journey of self-discovery first through yoga, then self-help books, then women’s circles, sound healing and now coaching I realized I was getting deeper into this “woo woo” stuff and that omg, it really works.
Honestly explaining it to people who don’t yet understand it seems totally crazy. If I had told myself this stuff just in January of this year I’d be like “girl, what the hell are you talking about.”
But talking to a few friends of mine who do get it, are into spirituality, believe that the universe listens to our thoughts and are in touch with themselves, I’ve told them that it feels like I’ve finally be allowed into a party that was going on the entire time and I just kept ignoring the door.
This may seem like a lot. It is. And I fell slightly crazy but totally free writing this all down and hopfully giving you guys a bit of insight into what is going on. Because I feel such a shift in myself I have no doubt that it’s obvious to others too.
A few people have told me lately that I look a lot happier. Guess where all that is coming from? From all of these major changes I’m making internally.
Expect things to be more personal, more vulnerable and more about life instead of just travel. Because there’s more to life than travel and I can’t keep holding my other passions in. I’m just too damn excited to share them.
What’s new on the blog
When I first started my blog I told myself I’d never be the person who blogs about blogging. Well the person who told me that was a very different person to who I am now so guess what…I’ve started blogging about blogging! Here’s my first post: How to Start a Travel Blog and Make Money (An Honest Guide).
Other than that there’s nothing new, just updates. I’ve started including Airbnb recommendations in my where to stay posts and did a major revamp for my post on one of my favourite places in the world, Canggu! It includes 30 things to do for both visitors and digital nomads.
If you’re new to Airbnb you can get $25CAD off of your first stay (you know I got to insert this wherever I can 😉).
What I’ve read this month
I’m keeping up with my goal of a book a week, 52 books in a year!
The Very Worst: Missionary: A Memoir or Whatever by Jamie Wright: You guys know I love some honesty and I so appreciate how honest Jamie is in this book about what she’s doing as a missionary. She’s also totally hilarious so expect more than just a few giggles.
You are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero: I’ve been wanting to read this forever because who doesn’t want to make money right? After reading You are a Badass I knew this book would be just as good as Jen’s first, and it is. Packed with humour, truths that are so obvious you look past them and advice that you didn’t know you needed, this is a must for anyone who’s willing to make a commitment to making more money that isn’t just from working harder.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: A classic that I had never read until now! An easy and light read to break up all those memoirs I typically read. Also, reading it made me realize just how great the movie adaptation is.
Heads You Win by Jeffrey Archer: I had never even heard of this author until a friend of mine handed me the book. I really didn’t think I’d be interested but ended up quite enjoying this tale of a boy who escaped from communist Russia to live a free life in London or New York. The story follows the boy as he grows up in both places, told at the same time, showing how drastically different his life would be in each city.
Snowing in Bali: The Incredible Inside Account of Bali’s Hidden Drug World: This is seriously one of the best books I’ve read. For anyone who has been to Bali or has any interest in even going, this book is an absolutely fascinating look into what goes on on the island of God’s with Bali’s corrupt government.
That’s it for March, talk to you guys at the end of April!
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