I love waking up early and getting a fresh start to the day. I always begin with twenty minutes of journaling as a grounding practice. Today that was followed by a yoga session with the wonderful Taylor leading some group stretching.
I get my best work done during these hours and there are some great coffee shops in Koh Phangan that are perfect for it. One of my favorites is Cafe Villa. Just a few minutes down the road from my house and at the top of a cliff overlooking the ocean, it’s also one of the best viewpoints I’ve found on the island. I spend my time working on a few things: designing a website for the entrepreneurial venture I’m pursuing while here, writing my own personal blog posts for Medium, and lots of reading — currently ‘The Four Hour Work Week’ by Timothy Ferriss.
One of the best aspects of the island is the beach scene, my favorite so far being Zen Beach. Weather permitting, I usually take an afternoon adventure to a beach to enjoy a swim in the ocean (something you usually can’t do at the end of September in my home state of Michigan!). I also stop by the market on the way for some freshly cut mango to bring with me as a snack.
Each day this looks different, but it’s usually a combination of reading, lying in my hammock, and relaxing. It’s pretty hot here during this time of year, so it’s a good time to unwind before the sun sets around 6:30 pm.
During the evenings, I’ll grab a bite to eat for dinner and then hang out with the crew. I like to try out the Pad Thai at many of the restaurants on the island, snag a falafel wrap from the market, or frequent some of the flavorful vegan restaurants. Then we hang out in the hammocks on our front porches, grab a beer at a bar downtown, or visit the market in Thong Sala.