"After graduation I pursued a career as a firefighter in Savannah, Georgia. There I saw a growing problem among the firefighter department. Years of service ultimately brought on years of stress, bad eating habits, and sedentary lifestyle, which were causing major health problems. I decided to become a peer fitness trainer within the department and help my fellow firefighters gain the tools they needed to pursue healthier lives. I also began going to the Firefighter’s Academy and training the recruit firefighters, making sure that when they came out they would be in great physical shape..."
"After leaving my two-year sojourn in the Bay Area California, I returned to Atlanta with two goals: #1 write a novel and #2 get fit. To my surprise, writing the novel has been the relatively easier part. My journey toward personal fitness has been long and fraught too many trips to the bakery and not enough time in the gym time. My first solution was to join a gym. Sure my apartment complex has a small gym on-site, but I wanted a more immersive experience. I needed to see rows and rows of cardio equipment, weight machines and free weights. And to be honest, I also wanted a great women’s locker room equipped with every toiletry imaginable as well as a large, hot, clean steam room. I visited lots of gyms around the city before I finally settled on one: Athletic Club Northeast, in the Buckhead area..."
"Music in Bali is connected to the religious traditions and is an important part of the Balinese culture from dance to theater performances. Gamelan, the traditional Balinese orchestra is made up of string and woodwind instruments with percussion ranging from gongs and xylophones..."
This is a video made by friends of mine, whom I met while living in Indonesia. Well, actually they saved my life (long story, see the Survivor Series on YouTube)! We had run into each other at Padang Padang Beach in Uluwatu, the southern part of Bali. Padang Padang is one of the most popular surfing destinations in the world and one of the most famous in Bali. My friends, Kiwis from New Zealand are definitely "ride or die" surfers!
Balinese men taking a rest inside temple in preparation for holiday festivities. Taro Village in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. Photo by: Robyn Donaldson
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Village women making an offering and praying. I took this photo on Galungan, the day where the Balinese celebrate good triumphing over evil and honoring the ancestral spirits who make their return to earth for 10 days, then leave.
Everyday I am learning how to navigate SE Asia. No one EVER guesses that I am from the U.S., even after hearing my American accent. I do my best to not get offended, but some days the staring becomes beyond annoying. I laugh and do my best to not take things too seriously and be open to the cultural exchanges, otherwise everyday I'd be walking around pissed off.
This video was taken the morning I was headed to Bali. This trip was a gift and a true celebration as I closed one chapter and started a new chapter here in Jakarta! Never give up, always persevere and know there is a blessing after the storm. Bali was one of many blessings. More to come....
My expat life in Indonesia.