One Day – Jeni Smith
I wake around 7 and the sun is streaming through. What a nice way to start the day â€“ that and chatting to my dog Genie. I try to live healthily and the first thing I do in the morning is have a cup of tea and do some yoga, which I started learning in Perth five years ago. After yoga, Iâ€™m free from stress and can relax. I also cycle, with Genie, three times a week around the beach in Sanur, where Iâ€™ve been living for two years now.
I have a maid but I prefer to make breakfast myself. I believe when you make your own food you put an essence of love into it. The only time the maid cooks is when sheâ€™s teaching me how to make something new. Charles and I usually have something light like cereal; we thoroughly enjoy our breakfast and talk about weâ€™re doing for the day and other things.
Iâ€™m at my best in the morning, and thatâ€™s when I do a lot of things. On Wednesday mornings I have Indonesian classes â€“ I need to learn the language as I live here, and I also try to converse with the maid, and she helps me.
Ever since the first time I visited Bali I hadnâ€™t been able to find any good tea here, and so as a herbalist and naturopath I started to think, Why donâ€™t I make good teas here? And so my idea was realized and I started importing teas from Australia and blending them here. Now I have eight teas, all my own creations and using natural ingredients. Theyâ€™re distributed to cafes and resorts in Bali and now the spas are showing some interest.
In my free time I like to paint, and am involved with the Bali International Womenâ€™s Association, where weâ€™re currently exhibiting our paintings at the Danes art gallery in Denpasar. Six of my works are on show and proceeds from sales will go to charity.
I have lunch around midday â€“ just a salad sandwich or pasta. Sometimes Iâ€™ll cook chicken curry, which the maid taught me how to make. I donâ€™t eat fast food or any other kind of factory-processed foods, and I donâ€™t think low-fat milk is good â€“ itâ€™s also processed.
After lunch Iâ€™ll try to come up with new ingredients for my teas. Iâ€™ve heard in Bali there are villages that use special herbs to prevent illness and Iâ€™d like to find out about them, and maybe use them.
If Charles is not working abroad, he gets back home in the evening and weâ€™ll take a stroll down the beach with Genie. If weâ€™re a bit drained, weâ€™ll stop off at a cafÃ© and have some fresh fruit juice.
Weâ€™re back home around 6pm and Charles does some meditation while I do yoga again. Then we cook dinner â€“ we donâ€™t go out to restaurants that often, and I love to cook, usually something vegetarian or a seafood dish. Weâ€™re not vegetarian but we just try to eat meat as little as possible. Thereâ€™s no special reason for it other than itâ€™s healthy to not eat meat all the time.
Iâ€™ll check my email to see if thereâ€™s anything from my children. I have two sons and a daughter, all in Australia. Peter, my eldest, has his own family, with a four-month-old daughter, and works in water treatment. Erin works at a university, and Luke, the youngest at 24, is a farm manager.
Iâ€™m not a night owl, and usually donâ€™t go out unless Iâ€™m invited to something â€“ so Iâ€™ll head off to bed early, around 9:30pm, and get ready for the day to come.
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