Every week I sit down with an inspiring island babe to have a talk about life on the island and their personal journey. This week I’m talking to Loekie Joosen; the singing writer on a mission to take over with her guitar.
// About this Bali Babe
Oosterhout, Breda, Amsterdam, Canggu
How did you fall in love with this island?
I visited Bali about one year ago. It was my first time in Asia but it felt like coming home. I don’t really know where that came from, maybe I was an Asian man in a past life or something. Now that I live here I can tell precisely what I love about Bali.
I’m born to live in a tropical climate, that’s for sure.
But moreover, there’s so much art, music, freedom. I’m surrounded by so many creative and talented souls. And Bali is a wonderful place to live intuitively. That’s how I want to live because I know that’s the only way to reveal the treasures inside ourselves.
What made you eventually move to Bali?
It took me two days to realize that I needed to come back to live here. But I gave it two weeks to let my ego play a small role in making that decision. I booked my one way ticket in a coffeeshop in Canggu, when back in the Netherlands, I told my people. They weren’t surprised.
What is it that you do here (work wise)?
I started a blog with a business model to counsel between retreats and people searching for depth in their holidays. A great distraction from what I really wanted and needed to do here. But it gave me time to grow as a person, get grounded here and to learn something about building a website and so on.
Now, I feel ready for my real life’s work: singing and writing.
What is it that Bali has, that you were missing at the place you are from?
I was choked up in the hastiness of Amsterdam. I completely lost my creativity. Here, I found it again. Bali is the perfect place to build a new fundament which is strong enough to take the artist in me wherever I live.
What was the hardest part of moving/living here?
I didn’t know anybody, I didn’t know where I was going to live, I didn’t really know what I was going to do. I always loved the uncertainties in life, but this was too much for me. Especially when I got really sick after one month. I couldn’t eat for 4 days and when I was – kind of – ready to eat something, I discovered I lost my debit card and had no money. I had no one, let alone friends, to ask so I asked my landlord. She didn’t want to borrow me some money. For me that was a breaking point. That moment I didn’t want to know the outcome of my big adventure, I just wanted to go to sleep and never wake up again. Now I want to go back to that time to give myself a big hug and say: everthing’s going to be more than fine.
How does a random day on the island look like? Can you run us through a day in your life on the island?
Every period is different, I had my months as a lonely wolf, as a party girl, and nowadays I am very driven in my work. I wake up when I feel rested and make myself a smoothie.
I thank the universe every single day I don’t need to set an alarm!
After that ritual, every day is different. But I try to improve my qualities as a singer and writer every day since I discovered that practicing actually really helps. It took me 26 years to realize that, as stupid as it may sound. I also started taking Bahasa lessons – with Jones 🙂 – I love going to the classes and learning to speak the beautiful language.
What is it you love the most about living in Bali?
I love riding my bike and living in Canggu. It’s a creative village perfect in size, not too big, not too small, close to the beach with the perfect mixture of culture, art, local people, expats, delicious food, but above all: freedom.
What do you miss the most from your hometown/country?
I sometimes miss cycling along the canals of Amsterdam and going to a good festival. Other than that, I don’t really miss much since my friends and family feel close to me and Canggu feels like home.
What surprised you the most about Bali and the life here, is there something you didn’t expect or weren’t prepared for?
Not really, I came very open minded with no expectations. I hardly did any research.
What are your future dreams and goals here on the island, what would you like to achieve?
It took me 26 years to acknowledge my wildest dreams to myself, let alone to the rest of the world. But here we go: creating music that touches people. Find some talented, likeminded people to make beautiful music that heals me, sets me free, so it can heal others and give hope. Like music gave me hope during puberty, it was my anchor. If I can give a sparkle of hope like (for example) Beth Hart gave me, I would be the happiest girl on earth. That is – and has always been – my only wish.
What would you advise anybody who wants to move to the the island of Bali or want to move to another country in general?