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Life does begin at 40 - barefoot and pregnant in Bali!As the countdown approaches to new mum hood (2 days to be exact) I've been reflecting on how symbolic the change of seasons are to this chapter change, especially with Spring always symbolising new chapters, and renewal.  It never ceases to amaze me the path life takes you down some times, I can honestly say I didn't think my story involved being almost 43, barefoot (not by choice - think cankles and swollen hooves rivalling a small thai elephant) and pregnant, oh and let's not forget a 30kg weight gain, tipping the scales at 103kg!

Whilst it's been a incredible gift that we are both deeply grateful for, I'd be lying if I didn't acknowledge it's been a wild, beautiful and sometimes very emotional ride. It's challenged my view of my purpose and self, and letting go by giving permission to be a new mum and fully embrace this new blessed role. In the past, pre pregnancy days, I would sometimes take a mild interest in friends pregnancies and kids, but not in too much depth never having thought I would go down that path and not really understanding that reality. Exact same thought I had when I was back in NZ 2 summers ago and met this guy (on the left, 'Mr T') who ended up being my fiance some 5 months later after our fateful meeting and me spilling my drink down him after tripping on the bar mat and kissing his ear - class act I am. But here I am, 17 months to the day later, about to have a baby, engaged and I guess I shouldn't be surprised. It was the same story for Escape Haven and leaving the corporate world well behind to toss it all in to follow this Bali dream for the past 8 years. Sometimes things don't necessarily make sense at the time nor are in the perfectly curated life plan, yet you know you are following your heart, and that's all that matters.

 

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We'd love to transport you back to a dreamy poolside afternoon post yoga, lunch and perhaps a spa treatment - feeling blissed out in the company of new friends.

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As the year draws to a close, naturally we start to move into a reflection and planning mode. What have you learnt this year and where would you like to be next year? We've rounded up a selection of New Year's well-being resolutions from our wonderful team here at Escape Haven that we'd love to share with you. 

1. Exercise: It makes you motivated and releases endorphins which can imrpove your mood. Even 15 minutes of morning exercise or getting out at lunch can make all the difference to your day and importantly, your perspective.

2. It's OK to not be OK: stop trying to put on a face if you are not feeling OK. Ask for help, include others in how you feel. Friends shoulders are there for a reason.

3. Appreciate the simple things: treasuring life's smaller moments of joy. Take gratitdue in the beauty around you. Soon that is all you will see.

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