|Balinese food truck.|
|We wondered who's claws these could be.|
Tom, who's become more detail orientated than me, is my backup, as I am his when we make plans for the future: checking and rechecking to ensure we don't encounter any trying situations at the airport, cruise check in or when arriving at a vacation home.
|A grocery shop along the highway.|
As for the rest, I've lost interest in attempting to be perfect. Its an unattainable goal. Anyway, who cares? After these four years, my goals are wrapped around the things I "want to do" as opposed to the things I "have to do" or "should be doing."
Whew! That makes a huge difference in life. Living in the states fed into my need to do everything...the Martha Stewart syndrome...not the insider trader part (we trade on the outside) but the constant attempt to have everything perfect in our personal lives. No one can live up to that. Certainly, I didn't.
|Hand made decorative exterior wall hangings.|
Tom spent his life in the US working for 42 years on the railroad, being ruled by the clock. Railroad timelines are unforgiving. My life's work was equally demanding in meeting certain time limits and constraints.
|Exterior of neighborhood home.|
Sure, the two Katuks come here every morning around 8 am and clean our bedroom most days before 9. But, we're up early anyway. There's no stress associated with that. Even the walks each day don't feel stressful when they're so enjoyable with our encounters along the way.
Recently, my injury has created an amount of stress. But that stress has motivated me to walk, maintain good posture, exercise in the pool and to sit and lay ergonomically. As the benefits of my efforts continue to become evident, the stress wafts away, leaving hope and optimism in its path.
|Police department in small town outside of Denpasar.|
There's no "free lunch." Some people assume that "living off the grid" would be an ideal escape from the trials and tribulations of life, that growing and managing their food, livestock, water sources and power supply would be easy. It wouldn't be. Therein lies an entire litany of new responsibilities and subsequent stresses that wouldn't be as easy as one would think.
|Exterior of a nearby home.|
Perfectionism is a stress inducer but reducing that element of behavior doesn't guaranty of life free from stress. Accepting stress as a normal part of life in itself reduces stress. Balancing the degrees of stress we experience in life to ensure we maintain good health, happiness and a quality of life in our longevity, is a little trickier.
|Special building along the highway from Denpasar.|
|Two holiday dressed young women walking on the road.|
Perfectionism has no place in this life since moments ago, a giant flying thing landed on my mug and I brushed it off and kept drinking and, I trade off wearing the same two swimsuits day after day.
Its all good. We hope you're finding your life fulfilling as well.
Photo from one year ago today, September 10, 2015:
|The captain made a safety speech before we took off for Savusavu, Fiji in this little plane. See here for more details.|