Holy Sh*t, I Live in Asia: The Balancing Act

Pairs Well With…Regalia Sunset” by Jay Harrison

I have been living in Asia a day short of two weeks now.  I feel like I did absolutely nothing productive during this span of time, but honestly, I did everything.  Have you ever done so much that you felt like you actually did nothing? It’s an odd feeling.  At the end of my days, I was asking myself where all my time went and how the days were flying by so fast.  Non-stop, on-the-go, constant round-the-clock activity.  My life is moving a mile a minute.  If nothing else, I accomplished meeting and bonding with 65 or so new people, an achievement in itself – and a remarkably important one.

I am now on a quest to find a stronger sense of balance, which has been eluding me for days.  As I continue to get acclimated to my new lifestyle and continent, I’m trying to give myself the grace to settle in.  The achiever in me feels guilty for not hitting the ground sprinting and putting endless hours into my new business.  The rational part of me knows that adjustments take time.

There’s going to be a level of self-accountability necessary to make my year successful.  The best and worst thing about Remote Year, depending on how you look at it, is that there is always something wonderful to do, someplace new to see, and someone who wants to hang out.  It basically boils down to this: distractions, wanted or not, are all around you.  It’s up to you to handle your business and accomplish what you need to.  I can already foresee Wanderlust and F.O.M.O (fear of missing out), my two new fierce, whimsical friends, trying to take over my life. Being on this side of the world still feel surreal to me, and I haven’t hit my stride of what my “new normal” is yet.

As I stroll the streets of Asia, through the farmer’s market, between rows of motorbikes praying I don’t become a walking casualty, and under the warmth of the sun, I realize how lucky I am to be here.  It’s the most beautiful thing when you find yourself in a perfect moment.  Stopped on the street corner, I was smiling for no reason other than the fact that I live in Asia and am so happy with the direction I’m heading.

This was the moment I was excitedly waiting for and knew I’d experience.  I wasn’t sure how long it would take, where I’d be when it happened or what it would feel like – but I knew it would come.

Today, it finally feels real.  Holy Shit! I live in Asia. 

Carin at KL Tower sign

Want to see what we’re up to on this side of the world?  Check out this week’s Project “Made” video showcasing our first week in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!

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