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Photos of the Week, Dare to Live the Life you Want

Its been about two weeks since we’ve moved into our new house in a smaller village just outside of Ubud. Since then, we’ve rented a scooter and are discovering the joy and freedom of having your own wheels. Since I’ve never really driven, I have the same zest for life that a teenager who just got his license would have. Here’s the best Steve McQueen look I could give on a moped.

Our house is full of really cool and interesting people all on their own unique journeys, all of which seem to have intersected at this little villa. Here’s our new friend Sunshine, filming his juggling for a circus performing school, far out.

Another day, we cruised out to this small village called Petulu, which is famous because every night at sunset thousands of white herons come to here to nest.  They say the villagers had an special ceremony, and after that these herons started roosting here, bringing the village prosperity and good luck.

The village was filled with beautiful people who more than willing to share a smile and some good vibes.

Now que the endless stream of herons flying over majestic sunset skies, awesome!

We also had the pleasure of meeting a cool couple, Apple and Phil, who were running a Yoga Teacher retreat in the mountains. We hit it off right away and decided to have a beach day down in Nusa Dua, a high end resort area of the island.

Here they are showing off some yoga skills ….

Here was one my response…Karate Kick for the win!

We wondered into one of the 5 star resorts to get a breakfast, and after  ” blended” into the colourful backdrop of sunbathers, palm trees, and high end pools. This one had a beach that merged into a salt water pool with waterfalls, classy.

It was a great beach day filled with childlike playfulness and it reaffirmed my belief that its important not to take ourselves too seriously and to remember to take time to play. We feel we’ve made some great new friends and we look forward to them visiting again.

Now that we’ve been here a little while, we’ve also been finding some sweet spots around town for live music. Last saturday was a Blues Jam session at a bar called Moko’s and it was a packed house. Everyone’s so friendly here so they encourage people to come up and join the jam. It’s hard to describe the joy you feel playing for a live audience, surrounded by amazing musicians, but I was definitely stoked after this !

What I’ve learned since moving to Bali is that when we have the courage to follow our dreams, things have an amazing way of working out. It might not be exactly as you planned, but there are few things in life more satisfying than just going for it. So be willing to confront the fears, doubts, and what ifs, and dare to live the life you’ve always dreamed of having.

Stay Stoked, Stay Inspired!

  • Kris
    Posted at 04:58h, 02 June Reply

    sweet to hear you played at Moko’s.
    fun place. 🙂

    • Brandon
      Posted at 08:23h, 04 June Reply

      Yea, I’ve played at Moko’s the last two saturdays in a row, each one getting progressively more awesome. The first time jitters are starting to fade, and starting to feel a little more comfortable taking cues and groovin with the band. What a cool place to spend Saturday nights, thanks for telling us about it!

      • AJ
        Posted at 23:43h, 05 June Reply

        Rockstar, thats all I can say, truly and fully, you stoke the fire we’ll fan the coals!


        • Brandon
          Posted at 14:33h, 12 June Reply

          Dude, I’ve been thinkin a lot of our Ottawa Jam sessions as I try to get more involved in the music scene here. You were a huge catalyst in my playing and getting the nerve to perform, still vividly remember our first Elephant and Castle open mic. I hope your still sharing your gifts and talents and getting out there cause you got too much raw ability to waste. Hope things with your girl are going great, and I’ll give you a skype soon to catch up for real. Love you bro!

  • Jamie
    Posted at 09:14h, 02 June Reply

    Brandon, these pics are amazing! It looks like you and Shay are really having the time of your lives. What a beautiful way to play it out:) So happy for you guys! Keep the pics and stories coming!

    • Brandon
      Posted at 08:19h, 04 June Reply

      Thanks for positive feedback! Its nice to know I’m reaching people beyond just my mom,haha. We really are having the time of our lives here, and everything seems to just keep falling into place. I guess it helps when you have faith in a God that has your best interests in mind and knows what you need before you even ask. I’ll keep the stories rolling out, and you keep up your awesome “Jamie Light ” journey, I hope God uses you to inspire others!
      All the best to you and JD!

  • Skofe
    Posted at 09:38h, 03 June Reply

    Hey bro i really enjoy your photo posts. Really awesome to see that someones out there diggin the world. Looks like you’re playin your cards right. Always stoked and inspired. Cheers!!

    • Brandon
      Posted at 08:32h, 04 June Reply

      If anyone can appreciate getting out there and digging all the cool things the world has to offer, its gotta be you my man. You’re a consistent manifestor of awesome, and a man who knows how to maximize the potential joy in an experience. Your name should be a verb or something, when in doubt ” Skofe ” it. Keep on “Skofin” in the free world brother, and consider a trip to Bali on those sweet public school vacations you get. Much Love!

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