Bali & Cambodia
I spent about a week in Southeast Asia over the Christmas holiday and visited Bali and Cambodia. The weather in these countries was warm and sunny and a definite pleasant break from the bitter cold in New York. I practiced yoga the majority of my time in Bali, and then headed to Cambodia for a few days to visit the sites at Angkor. 2018 for me was a year filled with many highs and lows, and ending the year in Asia gave me a true opportunity to step away from the shell of New York City and reflect on all the events that took place over the course of the year. People came and went, opportunities closed and opened, and as I start the new year, one thing I have learned from 2018 is that in the face of our dysfunctional culture and the behaviors of our broken world, if you do not have a strong sense of self, you will crumble amongst the pressures of our society and the opinions of people. I know this because I spent the majority of my life striving to fit in with our cultural “norms” and with people who cared solely about how impressive they looked to our outside world, and ultimately I fell apart. I fell apart because it is absolutely impossible to strive to be someone you have not been built to be, and it took one of the biggest shifts in my life for me to recognize this and strive forward.
In 2018 I went through the greatest transition in my life. I had an encounter with our living God, and he took me from a lifeless dark hole into an incredible rebirth. In the last year, my devotion to this relationship has transformed every aspect of my life — my relationships with others, my views on life, and most importantly my sense of self and who I’m called to be. Arriving at this newfound faith did not mean that everything in my life was fixed overnight, in fact my life actually became more difficult and was tested enormously in my career as well as a relationship. But through life’s trials, God has given me an alternate route to handle difficult circumstances and he has shown me time and time again that his name stands above all else. He is faithful and his grace will absolutely suffice through any situation I walk through in this life. My life was forever changed this year and I look forward to sharing more with you very soon.
Enjoy the photos from these two beautiful countries. xx