Response To “Are You Leading An Extraordinary Life?” Bucket List #28: Malta
We have so many destinations on our bucket list and we dream about cycling Europe and exploring Africa. And here between these two continents, just east of Tunisia-Africa and south of Italy-Europe, at the gate of the Mediterranean sea, lays an amazing island of Malta. But I’ll get to this part later. First, I’d like to share the serendipitous thoughts that brought me here.
My soul sister Laurel wrote an article Are You Living an Extraordinary Life? which challenged me to stop and breath. Am I living the life I am fully capable of leading? Are we doing all that we dreamed of doing? Are we enjoying those tiny moments which actually become all there is? She asked questions like “Do you see the light in children and seek to find the light in yourself?” and “Do you dance?” and “Do you laugh until you cry?”
Yes, yes, yes, Laurel, I do and I am. Somewhere between running online blogs and trying to make more money, and soul-swinging in the rain, and going to the market, and trying figure out how to be with my husband, quietly, in our dorm room at the BackHome Hostel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; I realize that the extraordinary life is right here, right now, every day, as we push towards living the meaningful family life in a world of constant change.
We’re staying for thirty nights in our lovely, quiet, cool, family-feeling Back Home Hostel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. You can see how easy it was to fall in love with their staff, their hostel, and why it became our newest home.
But, we’re staying here to grasp the parts of our extraordinary life that we lose in constantly moving and constantly having to re-find North. We’re making a schedule 28-day routine that includes but is not limited to:
- Meditation (3 times a week, once a week, the kids must join in)
- Exercise (3 times a week K&G,once a week- with the kids, 3 more times a week- just Gabi)
- Quality Time With Each Child– Kobi & Gabi separately once a week
- Quality Time With Each Other– Kobi and Gabi date night twice a week
- Quality Time as a Family– once a week, family talk, allowance allocation, dinner, movie/game
- Focused Work Time– no more limitless comp time, Kobi & I have set on/off computer times
- Re-Introduce Healthy Breakfasts– no more hostel breakfasts, hello garlic-loaded salads
- Other cute sanity-soul-cleansing things like 4.5 liters a day of water, no computers at night, more guitar-playing, more reading spiritual material…
Why Would You Create Routine While Traveling The Globe?
Because we’re not on a two-week, or two-month vacation, and we will never reach our long-term goals if we do not start saying ‘no’ to all the nice backpackers we meet who want to chill out with us, and all the kind invitations to do this and that, and all the temptations and fun we’re pulled toward. Yes, we will enjoy the globe, we will taste all the local food, we will connect with beautiful people but (and this is a huge but), you cannot do everything, all the time, with everyone, every day. And when I chose to exercise for an hour a day, I don’t write as much online or work on my big Singapore project. And when I chose, like this morning, to continue teaching the kids the respiratory system even though study time was over because (are you sitting down?), they begged me; then I said ‘no’ to half an hour of something else. And when I chose to comment to every person who takes the time to reach out to us on the blog or Facebook, I say ‘no’ to something else.
And that’s the secret. I chose to be more focused now, so that for the next three months when we’ll be moving every week or so, I know I got some work/health/family productivity things done. And I choose to run and do abs and butt exercises for an hour today instead of going online to work. And I chose to watch Spy Kids- Running Out of Time with the kids instead of (yes, I will admit my online social media addiction), spending an hour on Facebook.
Are You Leading An Extraordinary Life?
Do You Spend Time In Nature?
Do You Minimize The Things In Your Life?
Do You Live Your Life With Passion?
Sexy Future and Bucket List: Malta
Somewhere after a Masters in Psychology, but before years of Human-ology and way before becoming a certified Energy Healer therapist, I became a certified Life and Family Coach. Our guru taught us about having a sexy future- something we went to sleep dreaming about, and work up drooling about, something, outside of the your everyday lives, that excited you and made your stomach woosh just at the thought of it. And though we are in Year Three of making out dreams come true, we sometimes forget, in the nitty gritty of everyday life, and in the sweat, tears, joys, and rawness of world travel, we sometimes forget that next sexy future dream.
And so, I’m dreaming of biking though Europe for a year, and dreaming of working as the entertainment staff on a RTW cruise ship, and dreaming of visiting Laurel in Tuscany, and now, of living on an island again, Malta.
Why not? That’s about all I can tell you. You know how we plan our travel itinerary.
It’s a YouTube movie, a poster in an airport, a romantic song, someone else blog post, and I’m off planning the next place we may just want to call home. I’m finding myself more and more pulled towards the Mediterranean coasts and island life again. Is it the familiar air, or the fresh fruits and veggies, or the goat cheeses? Would it be Malta’s dancing festivals that take me back to Cartagena, Colombia or the chance to finally swim with dolphins, said to be one of the most rewarding life experiences? Maybe it’s just that we’re looking for more great spots to scuba dive and practice our family’s PADI Open-Water Diving Certification skills?
So, why Malta? Why not? And why not keep dreaming and wishing and creating that ying yang balance between doing/going/seeing and being quiet/going within/pursuing personal goals? And when Laurel shares that, to her, the extraordinary life is the life, the normal, ups and downs of life peppered with saying ‘yes’ to most of her reflections, I can’t agree more.
What is the extraordinary life for you? Are you living that life? What sexy future dreams do you have and what are you doing to make those dreams come true?
So, we’re traveling the world and are determined to guide more people to their own personal freedom. We teach how to make this dream come true through our getting-quite-famous Saving For A Dream e-book, and we’ve just started one-on-one coaching sessions teaching couples how to reorganize their relationship with money to enable this nomadic way of life. So, join us, buy the book, leave a comment, subscribe to the blog, watch our YouTube channel, schedule a few one-on-one Skype coaching calls with us. Let us shine the light of freedom, sisstas and broders! Mwah!