This month I’m delighted to interview Sarah Duncan. Sarah is a writer,travel blogger and online blog course creator who spends some of her time here in Queensland and a lot of her time travelling in Colombia.
Sarah’s travel blog Sarepa.com has recently been named Favourite Expat Travel Blog by Flight Center UK! how fantastic is that!
I’m very appreciative that Sarah could take the time to share with us how she fits Mindfulness into her busy life.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a writer, travel blogger and a closet reality TV watcher from Brisbane. I’ve spent the last 10 years travelling around the world and writing about it, both on my blog, Sarepa.com, and for a variety of publications in Australia and overseas. I’ve recently also begun teaching other people how to create successful blogs through my online courses at www.buildyourbestblog.com.
2. Do you have a formal meditation practice?
I’m definitely not a consistent meditator in the traditional sit-down-and-breathe sense. But I try (with the emphasis on try) to incorporate meditation into my everyday life by enjoying the present moment, rather than thinking too much about the future or worrying about things I can’t control. But I do love to set some time aside (when I remember!) to focus on my breath and see what my monkey mind is up to. Usually I just roll out my yoga mat in the morning or evening.
3. What are the benefits? What do you struggle with?
One of the benefits I experience is definitely clarity of mind. When I feel the urge to meditate I’ll set 10 or 15 minutes aside and once I finish my practice I’ll come out with some a bright new idea or a new perspective on things. But I do struggle with making the time to introduce a regular practice into my daily routine.
4. Do you have an informal practice such as moving meditation (yoga, running) or a passion or an interest that requires your attention and takes you away from everything else? How does this benefit you? E.g photography, cooking, sewing, gardening.
I love both yoga and running. I began running years ago as a way to get fit, but I quickly realised that it was such a great way to meditate. I tend to avoid listening to music when I run so I can just focus on my breath. I also love to practice yoga, but I have yet to find a teacher who I can connect with in my area.
5. What’s your constant challenge in everyday life?
Oh, you know, finding that perfect balance between eating healthily and having ice-cream for breakfast.
6. What’s your go to self-care practice?
Definitely dance. I love to dance and find it is the quickest, most enjoyable way to set the reset button on myself. Whether it’s a hip-hop class at the gym to dancing salsa at a nightclub, I love letting go in the moment and giving myself over to the music.
7. What’s your guilty pleasure?
Staying in a fancy hotel room with all the trimmings. Being a travel blogger I am used to roughing it, staying in budget hostels and camping, but one way I like to indulge after a big trip is to stay one or two nights in a fancy hotel, swim in the pool, order room service and do absolutely nothing. It’s not every day that I can do that, but when I do I really make the most of it.
8. Name three people you would like to meet and why?
Travel writer and novelist Pico Iyer so I can learn more about his interpretation of the world and travel writing; Zen meditation practitioner, painter and writing teacher Natalie Goldberg so I can pick her brain about the art of writing; and, if he was still alive, Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, to thank him for inspiring me to take on this line of work and to follow my dream of living in and writing about Colombia.
You can find out more info about Sarah and her travels via her award winning blog http://www.sarepa.com/
If you want to start blogging and don’t know where to begin or you need some help and inspiration http://www.buildyourbestblog.com/ is the place to go.
Images courtesy Sarah Duncan.