Traveling to Find Balance

While living in Costa Rica I met a guest at the Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa who I later learned was also a traveler, writer, and lover of art + creativity. We shared meaningful conversations and meditation circles under our guide Marlize Joubert and I immediately felt connected with her. Nikki, a LA-based artist and animal lover, was kind enough to guest post on the blog, sharing her insight on travel and its role helping us find balance.

Four years ago, I left my life in Los Angeles and bought a one-way ticket to South America. I knew no spanish, didn't know a soul there and had never even heard of a hostel. In five months, I volunteered in the jungle, slept in $5 a night rooms, did ayahuasca, tried guinea pig and alpaca, hiked under the stars, hitchhiked, slept on a wooden bamboo "bed," taught a class of Peruvian children for one month, had more hangovers than I can count, got lost, kept exploring, and met so many amazing people that I still call my great friends today.

Then I came back. The universe brought me back so I could discover the loves of my life--my supportive partner, my dog and my art.

Everyday I continue to nurture these loves, these passions. They give me inspiration, happiness and roots that ground me. They give me a place to call home.

Still, my heart is a traveler's heart. There is nothing comparable to the uncertainty, rush and curiosity of exploring a new city and a new culture! There are so many secrets waiting to be unveiled, so many paths waiting to be taken, so many treasures the universe offers to us.

I don't think that ever goes away. But now I have both. My loves and my freedom. My yin and my yang.

I've found my balance.

More about Nikki Star:

I am a writer, traveler, artist and believer of creating a beautiful life. I believe we all know more than we think we are capable of. We can be and create eternal beauty if we only allow ourselves to. You can join me on my journey on Instagram @strippedcanvas.