Turning 29 in Thailand

When beginning this blog my mind was set that writing about the people Yogi and I met was a clear and full path. One that would allow me to blog about my travels without myself always being centric to the content. However, in arriving to Thailand nearly three weeks ago things have already started to alter this direction.

During week 1 of our travels, Yogi and I each had a birthday and I turned 29. Yes, it took me until my last year of my 20s but I am now working toward achieving my goal to travel for an extended period of time! Yay! Coming into this trip, I naturally based many of my expectations on the experiences of my previous travels: single, mingling and often looking for the next party! I forgot to account for the fact that I am no longer at that stage in my life.

Nothing, up until these past couple weeks of travel has really allowed me, almost forced me, to realize how much I have changed in my 20s.

My values, new life goals and a partner who makes me truly happy have changed me…. And I am more than okay with this!

Since starting in Thailand we have met many people, but we have not joined anyone on their journey because Yogi and I are on our own. We realized that having nearly a year to travel is fantastic, but we appreciate some degree of structure and challenge in our day to day. While we did have a great time at the Full Moon Party where I met up with a friend from Germany (that I had met last year in Peru), we have been spending plenty of our time site seeing and eating as much Ko Phag Ngan street food as we can in a day.

We have recently started a Muay Thai Camp (kicking my ass by the way!), and are really enjoying the challenging and highly technical environment that the truly talented trainers foster. The first day I honestly wanted to quit, but the trainers and Yogi pushed me through. Each trainer is quite different in their coaching approach and of course, personality. What I have come to terms with is that I am hard on myself, which can lead to a bad attitude. Having a trainer that can laugh with me and stay positive (while correcting my stance possibly 50 times in a row) is the trainer for me; this kind of coach will help to keep my spirits up and attitude on point to keep challenging myself.

On top of Muay Thai training (and yoga), Yogi is giving me daily lessons on trees! He is an arborist, or what I like to call a “tree doctor” and I am happy to soak up all of his knowledge.

I guess what I am realizing is how important it is to keep learning while travelling, about yourself and the world around you. Travelling provides ample opportunity for new learning, and I intend on taking full advantage of the time we have.

So, how have my recent realizations impacted my blog? Perhaps, sharing more about not only who I meet but what I learn along the way from those people and the adventures we pursue.

A gentle reminder to keep pushing your boundaries!



5 thoughts on “Turning 29 in Thailand

  1. No one really realizes how much they change until they see things them self. The women I know (u) r a bright and strong and smart one. So the change in u is definitely a great one. Have more fun and can’t wait to hear more.

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  2. With tears in my eyes I write this, my beautiful ‘niece,’, ‘daughter’, cousin, friend . You are doing something most fear, by stepping away from what Western world deems a normal life; experiencing life as it should be done, through the worldly cultures and practices of the old world. What you learn about yourself this year will create in you an incredible sense of empathy, and strength that you could never develop while working a 9-5 job.
    God’s blessings upon you and Yogi.
    My heart swells with pride in the woman you have become and the woman you have committed to continue to work on.

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  3. Naasha,one of the things I noticed when we worked together was how much you second-guessed yourself and doubted some of your thoughts. You didn’t see what the rest of us saw – an incredibly bright and insightful person with lots of creative solutions. I’m so glad you’re developing that self confidence now and you can appreciate what all the rest of us appreciate in you. Something we can all work on. You are truly a gem. Namaste!


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