A MONTH IN GOAN PARADISE
Our first month in India!
It’s hard to believe that we have already been here for a month. It really is a dream come true. I have literally dreamed of doing this for years. At first it just didn’t seem possible: what about the kids’ education, my Yoga studio, Mark’s job, our house?? But as they say, where there’s a will, there’s a way. If you really want something enough then you will make it happen and that’s exactly what we did.
So we rented out our house in London and now live in a bungalow about 2 minutes from Patnem beach in south Goa. The kids have totally settled in at their new school. They loved their school at home, but they have so much more freedom here.
It’s also so much safer here. I can even send Bosco to the little nearby shop on his own, something I wouldn’t dream of doing in London. The people here are incredibly nice, they love kids and are always so ready with a smile. They genuinely seem so happy. Even those who really don’t have that much seem to be happy with their lot. And that after all is the only way to be happy: to be grateful and content with what you have in the present instead of constantly thinking: “If I could just… then I would be happy.”
Go with the flow
We are definitely getting used to the pace of life here and slowly shifting from London time to Indian time. People definitely don’t rush here and treat appointments with a very relaxed attitude! You do have to just learn to go with the flow here and not expect things to get done within the timescale you might want. But this seems a small price to pay and in fact, it’s amazing not to have to rush around like we did at home.
Growing as a Yoga teacher
One of the many fantastic things about being here is that I have the opportunity to develop my own Yoga practice. I recently completed a 2-week Teacher Development course at Parinama Yoga Studio on nearby Palolem Beach with the two amazing ladies sat on either side of me in the picture to the right. I can feel myself getting stronger all the time and even more importantly, I feel like I’m slowly starting to stop holding myself back with my own self limiting beliefs. If you believe you can do something, you’re much more likely to do it than if you tell yourself you can’t.
Here for a good time, not a long time
I’ve tried not to come across like I’m gloating in my social media posts. I’m aware that people at home who are suffering with the cold probably don’t want to see countless pictures of me on the beach. But, the fact is, I now live on the beach and being here really is amazing. There is no downside. Life really can be this good. I almost feel guilty for being here and then have to stop myself, I made this happen and I deserve happiness, as we all do. He’s maybe not someone Yogis quote that often but as Peter Kay would say: “we are here for a good time, not a long time!”
Life is full of ups and downs, right now I’m savouring this massive up!
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