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Using the Lessons of a Plane Crash Trauma to Promote Empathy & Connections
Jennifer - talk to me

I met the bubbly Jennifer at a spiritual music festival in Bali, Indonesia.

In this new episode, we discuss how her plane crash survival has been a transformative experience that allowed her to deal with every trauma she ever experienced in life and reframe her purpose.

We discuss the feeling of being mentally prepared to die and survive instead, and how a traumatizing accident can push one to finally address (inner and outer) pain and discomfort in healing ways, rather than escaping it through multiple forms such as traveling, having sex, drinking alcohol and buying things…

As Jennifer used to be a school Psychologist, we also talk about the American school system, mental health issues and how to prevent it through empathy and connection, supported by technology and social experiments.

You Deserve to be Happy
— Jennifer, Plane Crash survivor

Find your way in the episode:

01:00 - Being a school Psychologist: the conflict of assigning labels rather than being a platform for real change

07:00 - The plane crash: seeing your life flash before your eyes and feeling at peace with dying

17:00 - Overcoming traumas

22:00 - Treating PTSD physically as well as mentally

26:00 - Becoming a Goddess of light and love without ignoring the shadow

31:00 - Creating ways to get people to reconnect through interactive social experiments

More Bali stories:

#4HWW - The Four Hour Work Week is not a dream
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If you have an account on social media, Instagram and Youtube in particular, you are likely to be following a couple of lifestyle influencers.

During my trip to Bali, Indonesia, the digital nomad Mecca, I had the chance of being introduced to the Youtube & travel influencer Riley Bennett by a common friend who had moved there from San Francisco.

We most often see the picture-perfect dreamy side of the digital nomade journey, but rarely get to know how to concretely get there and how the path looks like, from dreaming away to creating a successful and sustainable lifestyle as a traveler.

Riley kickstarted his journey after having a revelation when visiting a friend in Thailand, on his first trip outside the country. Seattle or the tropical life? The decision to move there was easy. 

Find out how he made it happen.


Find your way in the episode:

0:00 Traveling abroad for the first time

3:30 Becoming a digital nomad & getting inspired

6:00 The advantage of having a buddy/community to take the leap

12:00 The reality of making money as a digital nomade & fear as a motivator

19:00 Amazon selling as a passive income

23:00 The psychology of warm weather and the holiday mood

27:00 From introvert to extravert

32:00 Entertainment Vs Education

34:00 Content is key: be real and do not blame failure on algorithms 

37:00 The trigger

42:00 Actionnable tips to becoming a digital nomade


Riley's tips: the major keys to becoming a digital nomade

- Surround yourself with inspiration: watch your idols on Youtube, print pictures of your dream destination, talk to people that already live that lifestyle...

- Make the necessary sacrifices : Slept on a couch, sell your car, your clothes...

- Have a buddy and become part of a community of like-minded people 

- Set a starting point: a specific date or event that will kickstart your journey

- Have a clear and realistic financial plan for your business

- Don't give up, you can still succeed right on the edge of losing it all!


The four-hour workweek is not just a sweet dream
"Follow Your Heart & Enjoy Your Life" - Talking Money with a Care-Free Balinese
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Estimated reading time: 2'


I met Miloone on my last day on Gili Trawangan island, Indonesia, he was the friend of the hotel manager.

I had not been able to take out cash from multiple ATMs the previous night and it was time to check-out.

Like most places out there, they don’t accept debit cards, and I was slightly panicking at the idea of being stranded on an island with no money, and the embarrassment of not being able to pay for my room. Every backpacker’s nightmare.

Miloone offered to walk me to the bank. He was walking barefoot on the concrete, serene.

On the way, he insisted on getting me water.


“Don’t stress, just relax. Think about the moment. You are in beautiful Bali, look around you!

Personally, I am an introvert, and I like to observe what is happening around me and take it all in. 

I’ve lived in New Zealand and in Lombok (i.e. the closest big city in Indonesia). 

Over there, people worried about money too much.

It was all about competition, and making money, but they didn’t enjoy the moment, they barely spent them with their family, or in nature. 

It was too intense for me.

I moved back because I was looking for freedom. I found my freedom here.”


I asked how he defined freedom.


“It’s a peace of mind. I can be free to be me. Without caring about having people judge me. Without caring about what my salary is.

Without feeling the pressure of being better than the person next to me.

Here, we do not worry about money as much. At least, less people do.

If a friend or family member needs help, we’ll support him. 

We are all in this together, different but the same.

And if I ever feel the need to unwind, I can walk to the beach and look at the sea. It’s the most relaxing thing I know.

So for your situation, don’t be scared, let life happen, don’t let the ego take control, follow your heart instead. You’ll figure it out, you always do”.


I knew he was right, but I also was starting to think of the different ways to solve my situation and could not really focus on anything else.


We arrived at the bank. The bills came out.


I offered to pay back the water.

“Next time. You’ll be back. You know… Bali is dangerous”, he said.


“Because when people leave, they remember. He pocks at his temple.

They remember our mindset”.

If You Want to Change the World, Take the 1st Step

Katur was my first host in Bali, he approached me in the morning as I was having breakfast. 

As I mentioned that I hadn't eaten meat for over 4 years after having researched the impact of the meat industry on the planet, we talked ecology.

" I have worked for Coca-Cola for 10 years back in Australia. It's a very smart company that taught their employees a lot about the importance of recycling.

After I broke up with my wife two years ago, I moved back to Bali.

I was shocked to see how things had changed.

First, more crowd.

Thirty years ago, there was only my family house here. If I stood on a tree to pick a coconut, I would see nature as far as the eyes can see. Now, all the land is gone, I could not see the beach and I live three blocks away from it.

The house was made of bamboo, there was no access to metal nor concrete. We lived primitively. We had backpackers over who would even sleep in our kitchen in their sleeping bags. A hotel night in Bali would cost 50 roopies. Now it is minimum 75 000 ($5). Multiplied by a thousand, can you imagine?

And still, if you come from a more developed country, you can live like a king, and spend in one month what you would spend in one night at the restaurant.

When rich businessmen saw the opportunity of building big hotels and making money here, prices started to go up, but we also gained comfort.

However, the pollution had gotten worse within 20 years. More crowd leads to more trash. It is out of control. Bali is a small island, so if rubbish takes over, where do we go, there won't be enough room!

Every morning, I go for a walk to check the waves and every single day, I see plastic everywhere. Trash on the streets, on the beach, bottles floating on the water... I even found plastic bags buried below my pool when I fixed the pipes. I am not happy about the situation, I tell everyone to think about it and do something. I also have 2 kids and want them to thrive in this beautiful nature.

I am part of the Bali Surfing Club community and we regularly clean up the ocean. The RENext Stop Asian Surfing Tour (longboard surf competition) will stop by Kuta beach for the first time this year and we want to make sure that the beach is neat.

The problem is that it is a never-ending process as rubbish keeps piling up, despite our efforts to get rid of it! 

When you travel somewhere, say you buy Mac Donalds, get your food in a plastic bag, you sit down on the beach, have a beer, have a good time... When you finish don't leave the rubbish on the sand! because when a big tide comes, it brings it to the ocean. And then it is a nightmare to clean up.

The thing is, a lot of the big stores give customers plastic bags that take hundreds of years to decompose, instead of paper bags.

The responsibility is on us. If we leave it out there, they won't come back. And we need to set the example. If the locals act well, westerners will likely behave better too".

Fortunately, the government is starting to raise awareness and implement initiatives (more trashcan, an upcoming ban on polythene bags, ecology awareness taught at school...); there are also a bunch of ecological projects started by local communities such as Ecobali, trash Hero World or Merah Putih Hijau.

Katur concluded with: "My advice to readers is: if you want to change the world, do a little bit and then everyone can follow you".