Thirteen days spent halfway across the world with my Australian soul sister and in that time I learned a lot about myself. Some I learned just from wandering around Byron, dancing to music, and diving under waves and some things I learned from conversations with Cartia. I can’t tell you what it feels like to be one with the world, refreshed and rejuvenated after swimming in a crystal clear ocean- that is something you have to experience for yourself. But I can tell you what Cartia taught me.
You Are Sexy!– Just as you are. You don’t need to lose ten pounds or two inches or clear up your skin to get there. Yes, you can still want to improve your physical self, just like you want to improve your mental and spiritual self, but that shouldn’t get in the way of you accepting you right now. You right now, with all of your imperfections, you are sexy. Own it, learn it, and don’t be afraid to show it.
Best Breakfast– The best combination you can have for early mornings is an acai bowl paired with a hot coffee. That duo of the hot bitter and sweet cold is so satisfying- we had this every single morning while I was there.
Keep Your Crystals Close– Always in Cartia’s bag- her growing collection of crystals in a colorful drawstring pouch. Carried around for good vibes and to ward bad energy away. A couple times when I was feeling overwhelmed, she reached into her back and pulled out a crystal for me to hold to help make the feeling pass.
Catch the Sunset- Check what time the sun is going down and make sure you are there for it. Our plans would be something like “before sunset we will do this, then after sunset we will go do this.” It is something that nature is giving you- a gift, every single day. Go out and watch it.
Get it To Go- The majority of the time we ate out for dinner, we got the food in to go containers and walked down to the beach to, yup, catch the sunset. If you don’t have a beach in your area go to a park, favorite look out spot, rooftop, or just someplace out in nature you feel inspired. Mix it up and get out of the restaurant to enjoy the outdoors during your meal.
Invest in Moto Boots– Cartia has a specific pair of black indestructible moto boots that go with everything. She takes them to festivals and stomps around in them, they have never failed her. Forgo those dainty shoes that are going to give you blisters and grab something you can rely on.
Tea Before Bed- Coffee in the morning and tea before bed. She often made us chai tea to sit and sip as we read or worked on projects before we fell asleep. Add a little almond milk and sugar for something creamy and sweet.
Trust the Universe– Everything is happening for a reason.