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Bali, Indonesia


My life in Bali is so different than my life in Kampala. I am amazed that it’s only been a few weeks away from life in the convent and in the field with FINCA, but I have loved the challenge of this new adjustment. As I round out on a few weeks at the ROLE Foundation, I’m finding it very difficult to communicate the purpose of the fellowship and how I can impact the foundation. I am hoping that over the next few days I can figure out a way to make my time with ROLE and in Bali, in general, as valuable as possible in terms of the goals of an Insight Fellow.

Seemingly with the flick of a switch, my life lost a lot of the structure it had while living in Uganda. I was no longer having my meals with the sisters at 7:30AM, 1PM, and 7PM on the nose everyday. So I have very quickly begun to try to build some routine into my days here. Routine brought me to a small Bikram yoga studio, and something told me to build this into my Bali life. At home, we think of Bikram yoga as hot yoga – the room is heated, and the practice itself is a series of 26 poses. I am completely new to this style of yoga, and with the heat and humidity of Bali my first Bikram practice was both a mental and physical challenge. As we were nearing the end of the practice, the teacher instructed us to be more confident in our poses: in the act of confidence your body follows, and the result is a more fulfilling practice. I laughed to myself, how could I not? That is exactly what we teach at Insight, Mindsets -> Actions -> Results. Your mindset dictates the action that you take, which influences your results. It was refreshing to hear something I heard so often from David over the summer from someone on the other side of the world. That little piece of Insight advice is exactly what I needed to be reminded of, as I charge into the next month in Bali.