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Posted on Apr 14, 2013

Response To “Are You Leading An Extraordinary Life?” Bucket List #28: Malta

Response To “Are You Leading An Extraordinary Life?” Bucket List #28: Malta

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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.

Not Moving

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.

I Chose

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?

Laurel beckons:

Do You Spend Time In Nature?

Do You Take Action To Manifest Your Dreams?

Do You Minimize The Things In Your Life?

Do You Live Your Life With Passion?

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Malta – image courtesy of Karpati Gabor

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.

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Malta – image courtesy of Karpati Gabor

Why 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?

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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!

Gabi

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Oh I love this Gabi. Time for us to refocus too. We have routine and I think that is what keeps us sane, but for the past couple of months we let it go. Now it seems like we can’t fit everything in (the personal time like dates and exercise). Time to re-prioritize again! Thanks for the inspiration. The Med is beautiful and we love it. Haven’t been to Malta, but it is on our list too. We all need to make sure we are doing what we love and love what we are doing. Thanks Gabi

    • how dearly i love you heidi and how i adore us sharing, growing, inspiring each other. the focus part is tough. a lot easier to waste tons of online time and self-sabotage your goals. so we’re doing it. thanks for cheering us on. when you sit down and redo yours, let me know. i want to be there to cheer you on too. love you… gabi

  2. Love this Gabi – I think I need to get a Sexy Future!

    We’d love to have you in Malta that’s for sure and can’t recommend it enough. The diving is certainly amazing and worth the trip in itself.

    Here’s hoping the plan comes off for you!

    Tom

    • hi tom

      i’m so honored someone actually involved in beautiful malta has found this post. totally, get a sexy future friend. in fact, kobi and i are currently creating another one and it’s so hot! malta is so on the list and we just can’t wait. it will come off, tom, the plan. and if not, something else magical will happen in its place. hugs to you, gabi

  3. Dearest Gabi- I am honored that you would feel so inspired by my post that you felt the passion to write about it. Extraordinary life indeed. Your passion and your family’s passion inspires me each day I see a new post or a new photo on Facebook.

    I am in love with how you have chosen to follow your bliss.

    Living a life of following you dreams, this is what we all should do. If we could only get more people to see just how possible it is to reach those goals. The universe provides us with just what we need.

    Today, I was in a conversation with another American on a bus here in Tuscany. She kept talking about her grandmother that lives in a small home well below her means. She couldn’t understand why she would want to do this. Why not live in a fancy house surrounded by fancy people?

    “Was she happy?” I wondered. Is that not what is most important?

    You are an inspiration to us all, showing us that life is about experience, not just material possession. When I asked myself if I was living an extraordinary life, not one question was about possession. Extraordinariness, passion, sexiness, love of life…. all of those things are in your heart.

    Thank you for all that you and your beautiful family bring to our world.

    xxoo

    • i started a long response to your comment and thank you very much mr. darwin- it got deleted, or i had to go stop two kids from killing each other, or both. either way, i just wanted to say thank you. you inspire me too and how joyful that we can inspire each other like that. how very very inspirational and light-ful for us both. i also don’t see possessions as something i possess. it all changes anyhow. what i call mine now and defend and waste energy on, tomorrow will be destroyed, no longer important, or belong to someone else. while i do love knowing i have a home in israel that is mine and fully paid for and if all of life goes crazy, i know i have a home that is mine, that being said from one living in a backpack who now knows that really, really, really none of it matters. like you said in your last post about traveling with kids and all those great pics of your kids falling apart (please do add the link for us to share with our readers) but like you said, it’s all moments, moments. thank you dear. thank you so much. lucky me to have you as a friend. gabi

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