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Eat Pray Love. “I Love My Guy, My Kid and My Job, But I Wish I Was Going With You…”

Michelle Dale - Monday, December 13, 2010

Over the weekend I was able to get around to watching the movie “Eat Pray Love”. I heard about this film back in October, and have wanted to see it ever since, namely because it was about a woman who went travelling to 3 different countries in a year, to spend a few months “finding herself” – the travel part sounded very up my street, and whilst I thought it was a good movie overall, I had very mixed feelings about it.

Unusually, this is more of a movie review post that a VA post, but it will appeal to any of you who are nomadic like me.

The film started off a little slow for me, I found it a bit “yeah yeah” through all the initial relationships issues, and the arguments with her husband and boyfriend. I guess it’s because I am not able to really relate to the ‘high drama domestic’ stuff very much anymore.

But then once she got to the airport, things started to get interesting. She was standing with one of her friends, who had been a little ‘anti’ her trip, the friend admitted to being a bit jealous and then said something along the lines of “I love my guy, my kid and my job, but I wish I was going with you…”. At that moment, I turned and looked at my husband and said… “She should just do what I did, and take the husband, the kids and the job with her”. I said it as a joke of course and me and my husband both smiled, but it is entirely true.

It was at that moment I realised how hard it is for so many people to actually do that. To just pick up and take off with the ones they love, not having to worry about how they will earn money at the other end. God I love being a virtual assistant….

So anyway after that, she ventured into Rome for a few months, where she found her appetite for food again. I spent some time there myself in 2004, and I have been itching to get back there, this time with my family.

Then she went to India, where she worshipped a guru, well, not exactly… she worshipped a picture of a woman on an easel most of the time. But was able to learn how to meditate.

Then she went to Bali, where she hooked up with a wise old medicine man and a rather attractive Brazilian fella who almost killed her and liked to kiss his grown up son on the lips. (You have to see the film).

In the end she decided not to return to New York, and stays in Bali with the new love of her life.

Whilst I can’t say that the reality of my life is like that – it’s not. Throughout our travels, my husband and I have had 2 small children with us, and a business to run full time, so it’s not all Pina Colada’s and fancy restaurants, but what it is, is complete freedom.

Around this time of the year we start planning our next moves, researching places to go and we really never know where we will end up until we find the house for rent or book the tickets, there are so many places in this world, and so much to see. I am so thankful every day of my life for the path I have chosen.

If you would like your own “Eat Pray Love” experience someday, but can’t afford to take off for a year right now, consider starting up as a Virtual Assistant, and working your way around the Globe.

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Hi I'm Michelle, an entrepreneur specialising in virtual assistance, a digital and real world nomad, and a down-to-earth mother of three.

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