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What is your birthday? Sunday.

The Bali section of Eat Pray Love, has me interested in what day of the year I was born. Liz's is constantly asking her friend Ketut the medicine man what his birthday is and he always responds with "Thursday."This is something I never considered. I always just knew the date and that was all I needed to make sure to have a party in honor of my self every July 18th celebrating the life of me haha!

I find that I was born on a Sunday.
What this means is ...
"Children of Sunday.
Ruled by the Sun.
You will shine like a sun. You will enjoy your life leisurely like a holiday (all Sundays are holidays). Your leadership ability is great and you have a great understanding of love and children. The Father likely plays a big role in your life. If well aspected expect great vitality and a healthy heart.
Positives: vigor, drive, vitality,individuality, willpower, self awareness, inspiration, creativity.
Negatives: Egotistic, pride, arrogance, domination, overbearingness. (Refer back to comment about July 18th just being a big party celebrating me.)

All of this seems pretty accurate to me.
As does all the information I've gathered about my sisters birthday. It is absolutely no coincidence that Carla is a Saturday.
Ruled by the sun also appeals to me as I prefer sunny enviroments, chasing the sun, and the well known lullaby 'You are my sunshine' was rather meaningful to my childhood.I received a wind up teddy who would play that song on my moms belly when I was in the womb. After birth I was born not breathing, was brought back to life and had to be air evacuated out of shore medical center, then had seizures and had to be kept in the hospital for a few weeks after birth. During that time I had teddy with me all the while, singing that song. And yes I still have teddy.

Birth stories, Brith days, months, years, stars,signs. All of this birth information and astrological tendencies have become a great interest to me lately. I got an astrology book for Christmas I hope to my find time for after Eat Pray Love, The Untethered Soul (which is our training required reading), and finishing the second half of Autobiography of a Yogi which has currently been on hold.
So many books so little time..

As I read the first sentence of the Bali section of Eat Pray Love, I can't help but laugh.
"I've never had any less of a plan in my life than I do arrival in Bali."
As Liz explains that she doesn't have friends in Bali or plan of where she shall go it makes me feel at ease for my own unplanned journey. I've always been quite the planner. Every day has a plan for me. So showing up in a different continent with no connections, plans, hotels, not even knowing what city I'll stay in the first night, is very good for me to do. Puts me outside my comfort zone.

Although I have been keeping to my conquest of learning one word of the native language a day. Lately I've been working on an
Indonesian meditation;
(From Liz's medicine man who tells her to just sit and smile,everywhere, smile in your liver. )

All human body's are made of the 5 elements of all creation:

Apa- water

Tejo- fire

Bayu- wind

Akasa- sky

Pritiwi- earth

All you have to do is concentrate on this reality during your meditation and you will receive energy from all of this sources and become strong.
The microcosm becomes the macrocosm, you microcosm becomes the same as the universe, macrocosm .
Boom. So there are my five words this week: Apa, Tejo, Bayu, Akasa and Pritiwi..I hope I'm pronouncing them correctly...


I'm actually having an awful flight, and I'm usually a good flyer, (Miss I don't mind traveling 30 hours I'll be fine, all of a sudden has a head ache is cramped, light headed and can't wait to get away from this over sized teenager who is eating Cheetos and playing his DS while elbowing and kicking me every minute. ) Lizs peaceful words and exciting and tempting Bali love story is the only thing getting me through. What will power she had in her year of celibacy is all crashing down here. She starts to loose her drive of solitude due to a older, well traveled man from Portugal and begins to fall in love. And then as I'm finishing the book on the plane to Florida I read about the celebration of Lizs birthday, July 18th .
Oh I love coincidences. Haha!
See you soon FL :) ??

Posted by rachaelob 15:31 Archived in USA Tagged flying birthdays indonesian astrology eat_pray_love sunday_birthday 5_elements Comments (0)


Universal Force

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There's some moments in which I can just feel god.

(First let me add a disclaimer; I have never been a religious person, ever. I went to church on Christmas and Easter. God is the word I am using here to refer to the universal spirit whatever it is you may believe in any kind of higher power, I do not mean to promote or offend any type of organized religion here. Hell I still don't classify myself as anything or really know for sure what I believe in, But I do believe in something, something bigger than myself, and so for now I will refer to that something as god, because to me it feels most personal. )

There's some moments in which i can just feel god. I feel signs, I feel that there are absolutely without a doubt no coincidences in the world. I trust that the troubles I am put through are a part of the greater plan. I trust that there is some universal force working in my favor. The way that I happen to find a flight at less than 1/2 of the average flight to Indonesia as I got accepted into a world renown Acro Yoga program, not a coincidence. Now I seem to be just making it by with enough to make this trip really happen, even with all my indulging this year in celebrating, eating, Chicago, Florida, Vermont ect.

  • *Side note; when I say year I am referring to my birthday July 18th on. I've realized that my brain thinks of a year differently than Jan-Dec. because to me the whole winter is kind of the same.

Today I was thinking about how I set three goals for myself this "year" ; 1.To spread my teaching of yoga and message to more than one studio.
2. To travel to a country outside the US with a different language by myself.
And 3. To complete another teacher training or certification of some sort while I am not in school to show something for my year, preferably in Holistic health or yoga of some sort.
For the record, I am traveling to Indonesia on my own, completing an acro yoga certification 100hrs. ( I know,I know, I'm getting repetitive and you already know this if anyone's reading, forgive me I'm just very excited. ) and over the past year I have taught at The Zen Den, on the beach, to the ac high swim team, ItsWell Yoga in Wildwood, The JCC, Yoga Dog in Linwood, LivingWell Crossfit Northfield and Sunday I will be teaching a Yin Yoga Workshop at Stone Harbour Yoga!! **NOT TO LATE TO SIGN UP =)
Now allot of this is thanks to the 'SaltWater Yoginis' group started by myself, Lindsey Westcott, and Lindsey Salerno. I am eternally grateful for the birth of this trio for it has given me the confidence to branch out with two best friends by my side.
(Feel free to follow us on Instagram ; Saltwateryoginis and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SWYoginis )

Back to those goals. So I'm not sure exactly when I set them, if it was your typical January- December new year goal setting I would have missed the cut off since Indonesia is happening in February. Plus, last spring I was still in school, completing my training, and had no idea what I wanted this winter. I think I consider a year more like July to July. Or even just September to June. Where I live in Southern New Jersey, life sort of pauses during the summer time, well actually it speeds up incredibly. But what I mean is that there's not as much growth and change for me. It's always the same, we work, allot, and party, allot during our tourist season. I come back every summer to the beach patrol and people ask "how was your year?". They don't mean January to now, they haven't seen me since September. They don't give a shit about June, July and August, they were there for all of that. When they ask how was your year? They mean September -June. So I suppose that is the mindset I adopted. And in that sense, a year being September - June I am going to complete all of those goals.

For the entire fall I thought that my country I will travel to alone would be Costa Rica. At first I considered returning to Puerto Rico, Rin Con to be exact, and spending a winter there. But there were some cons to that plan, too many people from New Jersey, many connections, and Dad's friends, plus it is considered still in the US. You would think having connection would be a good thing, but to me, PR felt like settling and wasn't going to give me the experience I need to one day goto India alone, which is a plan for the future and part of the reason for this goal. Then I had my heart set on Costa Rica, so long story short all fall I've been studying Spanish. Which of course won't be helpful in Indonesia. Now, rather I will start learning one word a day in Indonesian Hoping that will help once I'm there. Today's word; taksu. Which is what the Balinese call gods energy. Known to Christians as the Holy Spirit, the Chinese as chi. The life force or energy. TAKSU.

So, Tonight my example of Taksu. I showed up to swim practice. Helping out with the AC High swim team since my old coach billy has been sick has been an enjoyable and rewarding experience. The girls invited me to their team dinner in brigantine . Now I love team dinners, so of course I accept. (Hoping that I would stick to more salad than pasta and skip the brownies and garlic bread. Kiiiind of worked ) We are tapering for a big meet Saturday and got done practice fairly early, so in the mean time I have two hours to kill in Atlantic City or Brigantine. Luckily I have brought my book I am currently reading, Eat Pray Love. I just got to the 'Pray' section last night where main character Liz goes to India to stay in an ashram and participate in hours of daily meditation. This inspired me to restart my own meditation practice which has fallen off a bit lately. Last fall, winter and spring I was quite diligent, but in summer I fell off with the fast paced tourism season, and this the fall picked back up again a bit but the holidays intervened with all the parties and sleeping out and what not .
So this morning I clear out my almost dusty meditation space, reorganize, burn some sage to clear the energy. Choose a daily yoga mantra. And sit. Although I had a bit of unconditioned monkey mind as you may call it, it felt good to take this time to myself before my day and get used to sitting again so that I hopefully keep up this practice while traveling.
I used to avoid restarting my meditation practice because I felt guilty for ever stopping it, it brought me shame looking at that unused altar. But today I thought to myself. One more day with meditation is better than nothing, and I don't think god ever closes his door on you. No in fact, he's very happy to have me back knocking at his door and will always open for me. And so I sat.
And here I am again sitting in my car In Brigantine. While driving here I had noticed a side street with a beautiful view of the bay with the casinos in the background and some marshes, snow, and boats. So I parked my car there as I saw the sun slowly start to dip and thought, I have an hour until sunset this will be there perfect place to watch it. I took a picture with my I phone then laid in my back seat reading more about Liz in India. All of a sudden about an hour later I heard a knocking on my car door, like someone was playing a trick on me. I thought maybe it was stones hitting my car or an animal but felt alarmed and got up to check, just then I saw the sky. The most beautiful Sunset I have watched in a while, filling in the sky around the casinos with pink, orange, blue , yellow. I had caught it just in time. The pictures do it no justice, but here they are anyway.

I got out and looked around my car but didn't see any stones, animals or people. So I snapped another picture of this beautiful sky canvas , and thanked god for knocking back.

Posted by rachaelob 19:10 Archived in USA Tagged landscapes sunset indonesia meditation god yoga faith believe new_jersey goals eat_pray_love stone_harbor_yoga Comments (0)

First Blog Entry

"It feels good to be lost in the right direction."

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Well Hello Internet Humans.

I have always had the thought of starting a blog in the back of my mind. But thought that my travels weren’t ‘cool’ enough or my information wasn’t 'wise' enough. Today I have decided to start this not for others, but for me.
In the past two years I have traveled quite a bit.
North Carolina, Puerto Rico, The Poconos and Vermont numerous times to various mountains, Many towns in Florida, Chicago, helped out on a farm in IL and of course many nights spent in the cities of Philadelphia and NYC, as any Jersey Girl experiences at the drop of a 10$ bus fare.
I drove up and back the coast of California twice. Starting from shooting guns in the highest point in Mexico and getting stopped by border patrol, through San Diego which now feels like a home away from home, visited LA, Rolled around the rose gardens in the Santa Barbara Mission, Hiked through Big Sur, Muir Woods, San Francisco, and worked on a farm all the way up in Point Arena.

And I’ve collected many friends all along the way.
travelerspoint map 2013-2014

travelerspoint map 2013-2014

I made this map on Travelerspoint of my 2013-2014 adventures. To many, this may seem like amateur traveling, but for me it has been a blast. So I’ve decided that I do deserve a travel blog damn it! And Although I always keep travel journals and post on Instagram and Bookface. This blog will be a special way for me to look back on it all.

If anyone is reading this, I hope you enjoy it, but please do not judge or expect it to be as interesting as half the blogs on here. Mostly it will include my quirky ramblings and be extremely grammatically incorrect as I am much more of a speaker than a writer and probably never handed in a college paper without Nellie, Ashley or Kasey proof reading it . My intentions for this blog are to keep it for me to look back on and for my family to read while I am abroad if they wish.

For the next week I will be in New Jersey I will try to blog every few days and probably talk about teaching yoga and how cold it is here. In 6 days will start my expedition to Florida beginning with my family and then traveling around the sunshine state with a friend. Then Traveling to Bali for an Acro Yoga Teacher Training. If you told me any of this three years ago I would laugh in your face. If you told me a year ago about my plans for this spring 2015 my eyes would sparkle with happiness. So while most of my friends will be graduating from college or grad school this spring, I will be backpacking and surfing around Florida and Indonesia with no real plan. Many people from my town may say I need bit more direction. That I am lost and not quite living life correctly. That I need to finish school, find a job that supports me, get married, have children and be the President of some company by 30. But I believe life does not have to be this timeline of milestones, life is about enjoying it. I believe in taking my time, in finding out what really inspires me instead of rushing into a certain career, and that I can always backtrack. Maybe taking an AcroYoga training is a frivolous plan, but it is what the universe manifested for me this year. I may be lost, that is for sure, but I am very certain that I am traveling the right path for me and I am happy a good amount of the time.

I am not yet sure how private or public I will keep this blog. In fact I am feeling a bit lost with the entire blog thing. But I am happy to be starting it.

As my favorite Quote says; It feels good to be lost in the right direction.

(can you add emojis on this blog?? **Insert three sparkle emoji here**)

Posted by rachaelob 07:27 Archived in USA Tagged travel new_jersey travelmap first_blog Comments (0)

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