My plans for the first half of 2015
Not many of you have noticed that I have been in Slovakia, mostly at home since the end of October 2014. I know it is kind of difficult to keep track of my location, also because on Facebook Fanpage I post photos and articles from other destinations when I think of something interesting or finally finish an article about the destination I visited some time ago.
That said, I repeat, I have been at home for around 3 months already. Sounds scary at first, and if you told me that maybe even 2 years ago I would freak out myself too. But not any more. I finally found out how to live even at home without going crazy after just 2 weeks. I faced my inner problems and fears and wanted to prove myself and others that I don’t have to run away from home to be happy.
What I have been doing at home
Many things have changed recently.
When I am in my home town Snina, I teach yoga 4 times a week. My friends asked me to do that already in July and August 2014 so I continue teaching whenever I am there.
I have been also trying to make a habit of daily yoga and meditation. Already 96 days of everyday yoga and meditation, check 🙂
I also read a lot of ebooks, go to a spa and visit family and friends who motivate me.
I try to find interesting places in my country and go for long walks around my town to stay in shape and walk 10,000 steps every day which is usually not that difficult when I am on the road but it so is when living in a small town where I know every single corner.
I am also catching up with writing many articles, both for my blog and for some Slovak magazines. As when I am permanently traveling I don’t find time for that.
There was an interview with me on the most listened Slovak Radio Expres and just 5 days later an article about my traveling and blogging in the most read Slovak newspaper Novy Cas. I know, I am proud of myself, too. More of my writing achievements can be found on my portfolio website Alexandra Kovacova.
Anyway, I went to Bratislava, our capital, twice, also spent a few days in Prague, the Low Tatras mountains and been to a yoga workshop seminar for a few days in Southern Slovakia, too. So it is not that I don’t travel at all. Every week or maximum every 10 days I go somewhere outside of town for a day or a couple of days.
But also my thoughts have changed. I did a 6-week forgiveness course when I got rid of all the feelings stuck inside me for years! I forgave my brother for having committed suicide, I forgave my uncle for having died of cancer too young, and I forgave my parents for their divorce. I also forgave myself many ”mistakes” I made in the past and learned that every mistake is in fact a lesson. I even learned 10 lessons from my brother’s suicide. Now, frankly, I make myself think about every single ”mistake” and negative situation and write down what I have learned from it and wonder why I had to go through it. What should it teach me?
On the other hand, I spent a week on a seminar cleaning my chakras which made me realize many things.
And I made my Gratitude Journal public. I hope to inspire you and see that there is always something we can be grateful for, even if it might seem like an unimportant detail. You can find my gratitude posts and photos on my Facebook under the hashtag #CSFTgratitude.
Plus, I am going through a course to become a certified Fitness Health Coach and also a Sport Yoga Instructor. Hopefully I will achieve both by the end of February.
As you can see, I have been keeping myself extremely busy. And working online I always have something to do, even in my small home town.
No matter how awesome I might feel at home right now, I need to go on a trip again. Surprise, surprise 🙂
I was chosen as one of the 25 bloggers to visit Kerala in India (thanks to all your votes, too) so I will spend the whole March in Kerala. It is very funny, even to me, because I was always kind of scared of visiting India because I don’t have much patience and I know it would be a huge challenge for me, no matter how well I can adapt just anywhere.
So I took this perfect oppotunity to visit one of the most developed countries of India with more travelers. Could not be better! And after 15 days on the Kerala Blog Express trip, I will spend around 10 days at Amritapuri ashram probably learning IAM meditation, practicing yoga, relaxing and going through an ayuredic program to make me feel alive again.
Of course, the last few days I will relax on the beach before headed back to Europe. My dad will be with me at Amritapuri and on the beach, for the first time traveling for so long and in Asia for him, so really wondering how is that going to be 😀
Then, I was invited to participate on a trip and Romanian Digital Travel Conference 2015 in Bucharest so I will finally visit Romania for the first time. I will be there the first week of April promoting #EnjoyBucharest.
Afterwards, I am going back home for a week to Slovakia change the insides of the suitcase 😀 And speak at the Marketing Live conference 2015 in Bratislava on the 22nd April where I will spend a few days full of business meetings and visiting friends.
The following 2 or 3 weeks you will be able to find me in Costa Brava, attending TBEX conference April 30th till May 2nd and exploring more of my favorite region of Spain. Then most probably back home, otherwise my yoga students will turn into unmovable pieces of wood 😀
The best news? I will be traveling with my new laptop – Acer Aspire R13 from my sponsor. I honestly fell in love with it straight away. My last 2 laptops from HP broke down on the side and this cannot happen with R13 as it works in a completely different way.
So no more HP, Acer rocks! I can use R13 as a laptop, turn it into a tablet with touch screen, then use the so called Ezel mode, stand, tent for watching movies if I don’t have much space for the laptop, or even just just the display withou having to look at the keyboard. Very useful, very fast, with a great sound and colors and the battery lasts up to 8 hours! Perfect for traveling 🙂