Okay soooo I’m BACK!
Back from Bali and feeling, well very so grateful, in awe and a bit anxious to be honest. HA.
But first, how are you? How are things?
For my blog babes, post a link so I can catch up with ya. Let me know!
I am feeling anxious in the way that going on vacation is fun, but also feeling like I have so much going on at home, it’s hard to get away.
The Almost 30 Podcast launched a few weeks ago (and it’s been AMAZING), Hundred is here, and I started a new job I LOVE downtown. This biatch is DRIVING. (PRAY FOR THE ROADS).
Justin’s also going out of town right when I’m back and I’ve got more travel upcoming which takes me away from my to-do’s. My best friend is getting married in a month btw, and that's all sorts of feels!
But it's sometimes hard to stay in the moment and not get ahead of yourself thinking of all you need to do.
Vacation is amazing to disconnect, but also it gets scary when you have to reconnect.
There’s going to be a lot waiting for you!
I try to remember that, if I really think about it, it’s always gotten done in the past, and in some cases, one day or night or dedicated time will ease all that anxiety away. Trusting yourself that you always get it done (because well, you have before!) is key.
Have you ever felt like this after vacation?
Maybe it’s the precursor to the post-vacation blues. I loved this Man Repeller article on how to remedy those after a good vacation…
Doing things like:
- Make a list
- Get dressed up
- Sign yourself up for something
- Repeat after me, "it's gonna be okay"
All so TRUE. For me it's just thinking about all the parts of my life in L.A. that I love, and when you do all those errands shit that you have to do when you're back, it's pretty invigorating for psychopaths like me who LOVE to do shit ALWAYS.
How do y'all get over post vacation blues? Let a sister KNOW.
Also, we should talk about tips to get over jet-lag! I'm becoming a bit of a pro, and I SWEAR by these tips:
- Sleep as MUCH as possible on each flight: On this flight, I slept 12 of the 15 hours and then 3 of the 5 on the second leg - LOL. BYE. I take Benadryl, and I can get a serious snooze on with my neck pillow. HOLLA. Just let it all go and SLEEP.
- HYDRATE: I think hydration is the key to anything in life really? So drink LOTS of water always helps.
- No booze: Just throws you off really, and never lets you get a good sleep.
- Sleep tracking: To get you shifted go to bed earlier, get up a bit earlier, and increase/decrease your time as you acclimate. When I get back and I'm up at 5:00 A.M. because I'm on a different time zone, I embrace it and just start my day. Being mad that I'm not asleep doesn't help and I trust I'll be back on my schedule soon.
- Melatonin: FOR REAL. Helps so so much with my sleep cycles. It's all natural, and the hormone that induces sleep naturally in your body. You can get it anywhere really, I get mine here.
I love Erica from Fashion Lush's tips here on how she overcame jet-lag when she got back from her trip to Copenhagen.
On Bali though. This place! (heart eyes emoji).
I really never thought I’d go there before, and if you're wondering, the trip was just my sister and I.
She’s older than me, and at some point in our lives I’ve always wanted to take a trip just she and I in our older years (HA!)
Girls with sisters, I know you feel me. It’s honestly just the easiest friend relationship you’ll ever have, pretty much.
"We could talk, or not talk for hours".
I won’t bore you with details but there some major highs, and some lows.
We did some LAME ASS tours that were basically shuttles to shopping markets, and our first hotel was um…well let me just tell you that they charged extra for wash cloths. SO JANK. So we moved.
On this piece, never do a tour with Panorama and never stay at Wina Holliday Villa, HA. There’s better ways to spend your time and to stay for that price.
The HIGHS: PRANA SPA, forever.
It was hours and hours of bliss and cool treatments, I got the shirdohara which is supposed to help open your third eye chakra by dripping oil on your third eye for 20 minutes.
There’s also a scalp massage, and face massage which I LOVE.
I’m like a cat. Pet me and I’m yours.
Also Ayana Resort & Spa, which was the last days of our trip.
This place may have been the nicest place I’ve ever stayed in my life. Everything was taken care of, and there were so many infinity pools, flowers, friendly people, and diva feels. So good.
Just the feeling of travel, exploring and being in one of the most gorgeous places in the world was something I’m so grateful for. I feel like I'm always scheming, planning or on the go, so when I travel I feel like I'm most present.
This one PIECE was also a huge high for me.
I feel like my whole life I’m like trying to be a two piece bikini chick and man it just feels good to rock a one piece.
This thing from Swim Like a Mermaid is literally like SPANX and sucks you in, cuts in the right places, and is super comfortable. I am finding more and more, that you look better when you just do YOU. Whatever that is. For me, it’s a one piece right now.
Shop my favorite one-pieces:
The one piece was also perfect for my non-working out bod this trip. I took almost the whole trip off working out, on purpose to let my body sort of re-group since I haven’t taken more than 3 days off, probably since Vietnam.
I feel like at some points, it’s good to let your body fully repair, reset and rebuild.
The one workout I did do, was run.
It’s the one thing you can do wherever you go, and you see a different perspective of a place when you’re running. I go in the early morning, so there’s less foot traffic and in this case it’s way cooler.
I feel like when I want to really get right, running is the way to go. Meditative, a great workout, going for 3 or so miles during the week really helped to ground me during a chaotic week.
I’d say, if you can, go for a run on a trip. Find a path or just go in circles around your hotel (done that).
When you’re enjoying your gelato or desert (after lunch and dinner) it makes such a difference to feeling light and having energy.
Sometimes, if there’s a hotel gym and I’m not feeling too frisky, I’ll connect to wifi, and let myself be on my phone during an interval run. I’ll run for a few minutes, walk for a few minutes, and during the walk I can text or catch up with things that I can’t normally not being connected to wifi. It motivates me to workout (SADLY), so just moving and however you motivate yourself to do it, is key.
On Bali, I am doing a full guide for the travel guides section so that’ll have details on everything for ya. If you ever go or are thinking of going, please email me! Let’s discuss I would LOVE to help.
For packing, I used my Vietnam Packing Guide as a reference :)
Feels good to be back with ya!
What do you guys think about one-pieces right now and working out on vacay? Do you take a break or still get a sweat in? Any tips? I know BBG girls take their plan on the go, which is something I’ve also been thinking of doing!
Let me know! Now off to Whole Foods (need to DETOX, salad bar salad is major KEY $7 for a super filling salad ya’ll)
All my love,