November 9, 2016

Daydream Island – Part 3: The Opportunity

Daydream Island – Part 3: The Opportunity. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

Daydream Island – Part 3: The Opportunity. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.comWell, no surprises I guess, but I’ve become a card carrying, born again true believer that we have to follow our hearts and pay attention to that wise little voice inside of us that keeps pushing us and saying, ‘yes – you can do this’, regardless of how afraid we are, regardless of how much is unknown.  We just gotta take a leap of faith sometimes!

I hoped that the consequences of making the decision to move to Daydream Island would bring my life back to a simpler way of living, where I would be closer to nature and involved in more outdoor activities, instead of stuck inside a city office somewhere (not knowing if the sun was shining outside). But never in a million years did I think the payoff for stepping through my fear and moving forward courageously would have been the life changing kinda good it has been for me.

In just a few weeks I’ve slimmed down, my skin has a healthy sun drenched glow to it, my thoughts are filled with happy, happy, joy-joy again and I’m active.  So active that I’m walking upwards of 10km each day.  That’s what a month in my tropical paradise of Daydream Island has done!

Daydream Island – Part 3: The Opportunity. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

My days begin with beautiful rainforest hikes, a place of peace and quiet that seems to be doing all sorts of good for my headspace.

Daydream Island – Part 3: The Opportunity. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.comDaydream Island – Part 3: The Opportunity. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

Not that my head is full with all that “stuff” anymore, but the peace and quiet the morning rainforest walks are giving me is almost meditative.

Daydream Island – Part 3: The Opportunity. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.comDaydream Island – Part 3: The Opportunity. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

A normal day at the office has so far included giving the belly of a shark a scratch… oh yes I did!!

Daydream Island – Part 3: The Opportunity. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

I’ve even hand fed Pikelet and Puppy the stingrays and held a 17 year old red rhino star fish.

Daydream Island – Part 3: The Opportunity. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

Daydream Island – Part 3: The Opportunity. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.comOther days have had me signing the marriage certificate as witness for beautiful couples who have eloped; lacing the wedding dress up for a bride, having a musician serenade me at sound check on a secluded beach to blubbering like a baby hearing vows renewed at a 50th wedding anniversary. And lets not forget driving the Rolls Royce 8 seater golf buggy loaded with a bridal party singing at the top of our lungs, ‘Going to the chapel and we’re gonna get married’.  Yep, things are tough going here at my office.

Daydream Island – Part 3: The Opportunity. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

I’ve even created a cosy space for myself in one of the resorts old ocean balcony rooms, that so far only houses a big comfy king bed with floor to ceiling windows which allows tons of light and views out across the marina and South Molle Island, but I do have plans to make my little home a little more “me”.

So I am finding yet another piece of my authentic soul and feeling totally alive! Thank you Universe for steering me to my tropical island and thank you Queen Suebah for reminding me to always to follow my heart.

I do believe my body, mind and spirit are thriving again!

Daydream Island – Part 3: The Opportunity. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

Daydream Island – Part 3: The Opportunity. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.comRead Daydream Island – Part 1: The Decision
Read Daydream Island – Part 2: The Consequences

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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mjskitchen - November 22, 2016 Reply

Anna, just read through your last 3 posts and am so thrilled that things have worked out for you like they have. You went from worry and sadness to happy and looking forward. What a place to be – both physically and mentally. I’m so very happy for you as I know your mother is as well. 🙂 I left my mother behind in my early 20s to go find myself and we stayed very close. She was so happy and proud as I know your mother is. Thanks for sharing your experience!

Tim UrbanDuniya - November 19, 2016 Reply

You look so WELL! And happy! It’s amazing what can happen when the mind, body and spirit are not only thriving, but are working together in sync. So happy to read these amazing stories every time I log in nowadays 🙂

Evelyne CulturEatz - November 15, 2016 Reply

Thank you so much for sharing this amazing expereince with us, just read part 2 and 3. I can totally understand the moments of sobbing but wow, look where you are, look what you do eveyday. Keep on enjoying paradise!

Jo - November 14, 2016 Reply

Infinetely wonderful Anna! you sound happy in every way, very proud of you for taking the chance!

Any need/room for a travelling Moscow Troup? Great for karaokes, weddings, bar mitzvahs? Have played at the National Press Club many times.

xoxoxo

My Inner Chick - November 13, 2016 Reply

Amazing photos.
I do believe you are in HEAVEN.
I’m so excited for your adventure, what is awaiting you, dear!
What a HUGE step you have taken.
I’m applauding you in Minnesota, Anna! xxx

hassan - November 11, 2016 Reply

Walking in rainforest… So dreamable…

Alice - November 10, 2016 Reply

It’s so well deserved Anna! I agree, we all need to listen to that little voice more often. It’s wonderful to read on how inspired you are. See, life is good!!!

Ala - November 10, 2016 Reply

Thank you for sharing this! Your pictures were a lovely ray of sunshine in what has otherwise been an all-too-long past 24 hours. I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying yourself–keep up the adventures and keep us posted!

Mabel Kwong - November 9, 2016 Reply

Amazing, Anna. So happy for you that you are settling down well, and it does look like a true paradise over there. The waters, sky, sunshine, sand and warmth…what more could you ask for.

Starting your day hiking in such beautiful surrounds – I am jealous but please do enjoy it all. You deserve it after working so hard all these years 🙂 Hope you get to see many more sunsets. And sunrises too. Take care and I love you lots <3

Gary Lum - November 9, 2016 Reply

Wow Anna, do you need a doctor there who can cook? I want my skin to feel good. I want to lose weight. I want to feel happy every day!!!

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