Happiness hunting in Bali.

The past month, I have been travelling around Bali, immersing myself into different cultures to discover, what is it that makes other countries who seem to have ‘less’ than us, ‘happier’, and what is that secret ingredient?

Have we put that much pressure on ourselves in Western society to perform and become ‘successful’, that we’ve forgotten the true meaning of success – to be happy, healthy, with values and surrounded by people who matter.

This is Kedek. She is 84 years old and sells juice at the side of the road each day and has done for the past 30 years. Her posture is better than mine, she had a beaming smile on her face from the moment I met her and she simply exudes joy.

Her secret? She set herself a target each day to hit. And when she did?

She didn’t strive for more and more, she went home and spent the day with her family and was content.

I’m not saying this is right or wrong but it’s interesting to see the different values.

If you are a CEO, yet unhappy and not getting to experience life how you would like, would it not serve you better lose the label… but feel better?

Do you identify who you are by what you do? And what would happen once that title is taken away from you?

Would you still be ‘you’?

Next month I travel to India to live with Tibetan monks, to learn their mind mastery and discover any secrets they hold. Perhaps we can learn to tackle mental health issues through ancient methods and in fact look to prevention, rather than a cure.

I look forward to sharing many more life stories and experiences with you along the way and I hope to learn as much as possible.

What do you think the key to happiness is?

To hear more about the start of this project, find more here:

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  • Bit nervous to post this but my amazing friends have reassured me that you should never been ashamed of your experiences that got you to where you are now! 
Last year, I achieved a lot of things I’d always dreamt of. Yet, I felt like I was on this never ending rat race wheel, once finally achieving goals, quickly forgetting how far I’d come and looking for the next thing to accomplish. Nothing ever felt enough, my ambition was killing me. My striving for more and more, constantly left me feeling dissatisfied, never living in the now, always looking for the next moment in life, the next best thing, the next pay cheque.

I decided to take a month to explore myself, explore the world, and find out what happiness actually looked like to me, find out what it meant to be content in that given moment, not wishing for the next thing or thinking I could always find a way to improve the now. I headed to India to live with monks without the influence of my ‘normal’ life around me.

It was tough, no internet, no contact, no luxuries but something within me changed. I think I actually started to accept myself for who I am. 
I’m not going to pretend like I had some sort of magical life changing epiphany and don’t still have days where I wonder what the hell is going on, but what I am truly grateful for, is the time it gave me to sit back, consciously evaluate what was important to me, what my values were and the direction I wanted my life to head in.

Off the back of it, I realised the importance of communication and came home and set up my own podcasting company, to help people communicate (which I adore), took a step back from the false reality of social media, learnt how to say no to things I didn’t want to do, and started dedicating more time to loved ones. 
I’m excited (and nervous) to share the full short documentary with you but I hope you, a friend or a family member gain something from it. I’ve learnt it’s ok sometimes to feel lost in life, and life isn’t always a straight line, it’s ups and downs but that’s what makes you alive. 
Thank you to everyone who was a part of this journey, the people 100% made it and I am truly grateful from the bottom of my heart✌🏻

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