New Year’s Eve 2015. A warm, playful night on the deck at home in Western Australia. I turn to my friend Janine and say “I’m done with alcohol, I’m not going to drink for awhile” and I mean it and I do it and I have only a glass of wine between that night and […]
“Everything changes and nothing stands still.” — Heraclitus. I realised something really cool at a workshop I held in Melbourne last Tuesday night. Quite a few of the women who came along let me know that the reason they were there, was because of a blog post I wrote a few years ago. Some had read the post […]
I’ve lived in Perth, the capital of Western Australia, for just over three years. This city has been entirely generous to me and I can’t quite believe that in just one week I’ll be saying my farewells, jumping in the car with Andrew, driving the 4000-ish kms across Australia and leaving Perth. I have moments of thinking I’m crazy […]
Before leaving for Berlin, I’d heard the city described by some as ‘soooo beautiful’ and by others as ‘really stark and ugly’. Ha!
So after 10 delicious days exploring Berlin for myself, I guess I would say that it’s… both. Or as the charismatic Klaus Wowereit (prior mayor of Berlin) so famously put it: “Berlin is poor, but sexy.”
Either way, I fell head over heels (or really, warm winter boots) in love with the German capital. Berlin’s energy is electric; there is so much life, so much buzz and possibility, so much to be enchanted by.
Here are a few reasons (and lots of photos) to shed some light on why I left a chunk of my heart in this eclectic city.
I used to stress so much about wasting my 20’s. I worried that if I decided to travel, I’d never buy a house. Or if I stayed and saved and stockpiled, I’d later regret not exploring the world. I worried about ‘finding the one’ and when I’d have kids and just how much debt I was getting myself into…
Turning 28 (and inching closer to 30), has given me somewhat of a refreshed ease and clarity around this whole ‘things I need to do before I turn 30’ fiasco. Yes, it is important to dream, to define what ‘success’ means to you and wholeheartedly go after it. But the thing is, there is no Ultimate Checklist Of Things You Must Do To Ensure You Don’t Waste Your 20’s.
You know those people you cross paths with from time to time, but never really connect with fully for one reason or another, until one day the stars align and BOOM you’re suddenly super-pals and you wonder why you never said ‘hey let’s be friends!’ – sooner?
That’s Sarah and I for you. We’d seen each other around (various online hangs, social media and Facebook groups), but it wasn’t until last April when I finally dropped this woman a line and said those four magic words above, that our friendship began to blossom. So. Glad. I. Did.
Our online friendship became a real life friendship last year, when Sarah came to Perth and we practiced yoga, drank green juice and chatted on the beach about life, love and travel. Bliss!
I visited Ubud last year on a yoga retreat it rocked my world. It was there in September of 2012, that I finally gave myself permission to just be me. To forget what everyone else thought, to let go of what was stopping me from being truly authentic in the world, and just be Claire Baker in all her inner-health-freak, self-love-preaching, yogini-wannabe glory. While still being totally cool and awesome.
I reflect upon that week as a real catalyst in the journey I’ve been on, as I figure out how I want to live my one precious life. There’s nothing like spending time in an environment that embraces and embodies yoga, organic food, meditation, art and spirituality in the way that Ubud does; the place is a haven for holistic health and it holds an incredibly special place in my heart.
Last week I trekked back to Ubud for 5 days on a little solo DIY yoga retreat and to be honest, I kind of hoped it would rock my world in the same way this time around. I wanted it to shake my soul and crack me open. I wanted to unravel.
But, it didn’t reeeaaaally do that.
Two things are lighting my fire big time right now. They’ve combined forces to stir my heart, requiring me to dig deep and dream big.
The first is re-reading Danielle La Porte’s The Fire Starter Sessions. This woman is magic. If you haven’t read this book, you need to. And then re-read it. It has transformed the way I perceive goal setting, my career and my relationships forever. Seriously.
The second awesome-ness in my life right now is the fact I bought a ticket to the 2014 Coachella Music and Arts Festival in America last week. Oh yeah I did! I’m heading back to The States baby, California looooove!
But back to Danielle just quickly. She’s been asking me to delve into my desires to decipher what I want from this life; how I want to feel. She’s beckoning me to dream and declare, to reflect and to share (oops, did that just rhyme?) and so I’ve been dreaming baby. Desire-mapping like a boss.
‘Our dreams and desires define us. Be they broken, scarcely remembered, on the verge of reality, or in full bloom. They pilot our choices. Dreams have the power to shape the entire landscape of our lives.’ – Danielle La Porte
Well hand me the shovel sunshine, because I am oh-so-ready to start digging.
I’ve learnt a lot of things recently.
Some of these things are useful. Some not so much, like the fact that White-Out is actually available in a range of colours, frozen bananas are seriously delicious on 40 degree days and Perth folk don’t tend to use blinkers whilst driving. Actually those last two are quite useful. Anyway. One of the more useful things I’ve learnt is that procrastination is sometimes life just waiting until the moment is right…