Bula from Fiji
Interestingly enough I came to Fiji for 5 days… and stayed for over 2 weeks. As my readers know, it’s nothing for me to extend a trip. In fact, it’s quite common. This however, was different. I still don’t want to leave Fiji and if I didn’t have pressing reason to return to the states so quickly, I’d gladly remain in Fiji another month. You see, this trip has been unlike any I have ever been on and I’ll tell you why.
A few months ago, I called off a wedding. I ran into server issues that cost me over 100,000 usd in a few short months and seemed to be running into challenges unlike anything I’d expected. Challenges to me, are signs. Signs that I am on the wrong path. So I immediately thought back to the last time I was in this situation and remembered like it was yesterday- I had gone to a UPW event with Tony Robbins and in the following months, fired my job, fired my boyfriend and moved out of the country to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It had changed my life and put me on the right path once again. That was 6 years ago and while 5 years of that time were rather peaceful, it was now clear I needed another jolt- a new perspective and whatever it took to get on the right path again. I called my Tony rep and told her I needed to go to another UPW event- she said “no no no, you just need to go to Platinum.” I had no idea what this was to be honest but I agreed shortly after. I rearranged my schedule and had their travel agent book my first Platinum Partnership event to Fiji just a few weeks before the event.
Ok, now don’t laugh but to be honest, I hadn’t even thought about where I was going. I’d been so busy the week before, I hadn’t given it much thought. When I checked in at the airport, the lady handed me my passport and said the duration of the flight was just over 10 hours. 10 hours? Which hemisphere was this again? She laughed and told me to enjoy my flight. I believe she actually thought I was joking.
I arrived at the Sheraton Fiji at about 4 am. I still hadn’t seen Fiji in the light but the sun was rising. Only recently becoming more of a morning person, I couldn’t remember the last time I’d seen a sunset so I decided to take a stroll along the beach and snap a few pictures. This was my first taste of Fiji- seeing the tangerine colored sunrise while drums played off in the distance- I had a sense this was going to be a moving experience.
The next day, I arrive at the airport again ready to take my flight to the smaller Fiji Island of Savu Savu. The group is meeting at Anthony Robbin’s spa resort- Namale. Before leaving, I’ve met well over a dozen “Plats,” – Caroline, Yvette and David, Sue… oh and Martyn… briefly, but I doubt that anyone would forget Martyn after being around his entertaining self for even 5 minutes. I’m obviously the newest to the group but I’m welcomed with such enthusiasm and excitement, it’s obvious I’ve joined a tightly bonded family. Ya, this was going to be interesting…. Interesting good or bad… well, I suppose I can always sneak out the back and hop a flight home if they offer koolaid right?
The next week was indescribable for me. A whirlwind of self-discovery, new friends, epiphanies and… what do they call it? Oh yes, joy. I laughed so hard, I cried, and sometimes I cried so hard, I laughed. Did I mention this was a BUSINESS event? Can’t wait to see what the spiritual trips bring about. In the end, I’d realized things like my own self worth and the amazing achievements I’ve accomplished but never stopped to appreciate. How does that happen? I mean, I’m in the top 1% earning bloggers in the ENTIRE WORLD and I’m still finding myself saying, “I’m just a blogger” and making a million excuses why what I’ve learned and teach is nothing at all. Hardly empowering, let alone inspiring to oneself to do more. Well, I’m over that now- I owe that to Tony, calling me out, embarrassing me in front of the group with my position. During breaks I was often mobbed and ran out of business cards, and computer battery by aspiring bloggers asking for blogging tips.
One feat I never expected to make such headway with- for as long as I can remember, I have been positively terrified of being on camera. When I say terrified, I mean, trembling, bumbling, sick to my stomach the minute I saw that blinking red light pointing my direction. In fact, just a few weeks earlier, I was at Google’s office in Santa Monica and one of Google’s AdSense powerheads insisted I go on camera telling me, “Come on Jeni, it’s just a few lines!” It took me 8 embarrassing tries to get 3 lines right and I was so shaken after, I felt ill, physically ill. “I’m a worse speaker than Bridget Jones,” I tweeted that day. I shared this fear with a few of my new Platinum peers and was immediately told I’d be going on camera before the week was over. “OMG DON’T MAKE ME!” Long story short, I did it- my new friend, Tim Reynolds, (http://www.timreynoldsmd.com) helped me and while it was no State of the Union Address, I definitely felt the difference of having faced my fear. By the following week, I’d extended my trip and decided to stay through the next course of Business Mastery. Learning my blogging experience, Tony is calling on me regularly, and by the end of the week, I’m fine- could really care less that the camera is on me. Are ya kidding me? 35 years of camera fears and this is all it took? Oh ffs. Not a bad start to my Fiji experience.