Every other 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 Nadja van Osch coach and founder of Mindful Bali and this is her story.
// About this Bali Babe
Name: Nadja van Osch
From: the Netherlands
In Bali Since: 2015
How did you fall in love with this island?
The first time I came to Bali was 15 years ago when I was 15 years old. I still remember how the island made me feel. I loved all the colors and the fragrances and it made me feel like I was home. I felt like the best and happiest version of myself and I couldn’t stop smiling. I knew right then and there that this was my place and made an agreement to myself to one day return to the island.
What made you eventually move to Bali?
At some point in my life I got to a place in my life where I was completely stuck. I was suffering from a depression and was severely unhappy with my life, my job and myself. I started working on myself with a mindfulness coach and started doing yoga and meditation.
I got more and more clarity and remember during a yoga class there was this voice coming through saying “You have to go to Bali”
So I returned to the island and everything just fell into place. I fell in love with who is now the father of my child and decided to take the leap of faith, quit my job, sell my belongings and booked a one-way ticket back.
What is it that you do here (work wise), can you tell us a little more about your journey?
After changing my life around with mindfulness and meditation I knew this was why I was put on this earth. This is my purpose. So I participated in several training courses to become a licensed mindfulness and life coach in the Netherlands. When I returned to Bali I started my own coaching business called Mindful Bali. Since then I have helped hundreds of women online and offline to find happiness and self-love again.
What was the hardest part of moving/living here?
It took me a while to actually feel settled and find my way here in Bali. It was hard for me to find my own tribe here so I felt quite lonely at the beginning. It is a very transient place so whenever you meet someone that you get attached to, that person might leave soon. This island is very unpredictable and things change here all the time. You don’t have a lot of certainties and at first, this freaked me out. The energy is very much black and white and there is almost no grey area.
Either things go catastrophically bad or everything you want is coming to you. You manifest very quickly here and this forces me now to constantly be present and aware of my thoughts, emotions, patterns, habits and who I hang out with.
You get very big life lessons and all your sh*t that you don’t want to face is brought up very quickly and rubbed in your face here. And you have to deal with it without having your family or close friends around. On the other hand, this has made me very strong and independent and I grew a lot in life and in my business in a very short period of time.
How does a random day on the island look like? Can you run us through a day in your life on the island?
To be honest my life is pretty normal here. I get up in the morning and stay in bed to cuddle with my now 3 month old son. I have breakfast at home and I get to work. I usually have lunch with my partner and then spend my time doing my online work with my baby next to me. At the end of the day, I go for a sunset walk at the beach or relax by getting a massage. In the evening we usually go out for dinner somewhere with friends.
What is it you love the most about living life in Bali?
I love the freedom that it gives me. I have no one to answer to and can choose every day what I want to do. It allows me to have an amazing lifestyle and it is an inspiring place for my business.
What do you miss the most from your hometown/country?
I miss my friends and family and the cheese!
What surprised you the most about Bali and the life here, is there something you didn’t expect or weren’t prepared for?
I knew the island quite well but I was surprised how different it felt when living here instead of being on a holiday. When living here, life actually is way more expensive than you would think. Also, although I love having the sun and the beach and the delicious food it is hard to be away from your loved ones and miss important things like birthdays, weddings and children that are born at home.
What are your future dreams and goals here on the island, what would you like to achieve?
I would love to help as many women as I can and inspire them to find happiness and self-love again. At the moment I am selling my online course in Dutch so I can make this work accessible and affordable for everyone.
What would you advise anybody who wants to move to the island of Bali or wants to move to another country in general?
I would advise anyone to first really look at why they want to move as this is so much more important than how to move.
Your motivation will determine whether this will work out for you or not. I actually wrote an article recently about moving to another country for people who are considering this: http://www.mindfulbali.com/moving-to-paradise/.
Nadja offers a free mini mindfulness course for all the dutchies! Get on by clicking this link -> bit.ly/minimindfulnesscursus