# DAY 321 OF PROJECT CINLOC

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We did it! I’m not sure how, but between moving back and forward to Bali, welcoming our little girl Charlie into the world, doing our first steps in the magical world of parenthood, we re-opened the doors of our little paradise. It was an absolute crazy journey and we would have never made it without the support of our staff, friends, family and sometimes even total strangers.

A big thank you to all of you who were on our side during this crazy rollercoaster ride. From sending messages, to bringing food, from joining me at my doctors’ appointments, to help me with packing my hospital bag, from helping us with cleaning the villa’s, to holding me when I was crying because I thought we would never make it.

Keep having faith

As with every big building project, we had a lot of setbacks. Deadlines that were not met and promises that were not kept became part of our daily life. More than once, I fell asleep crying and wondering how we would ever make it. There were countless days were tiny nuclear bombs went off in the corners of my head. Where I had to take a deep breath and tell myself to keep faith. In one year we took down our house and villa’s, redesigned a new resort, rebuild our dream while a new life was growing in my belly.

We had our first bookings on the 15th of August and despite of all our hard work and sleepless nights we didn’t manage to finish on time. Something which was really hard to accept for me. Luckily we had the best guests we could have ever wished for and without making any drama or fuss they offered to find another place to stay for 2 nights to give us time to finish rebuilding our dream. They returned two days later and gave us a bottle of Prosecco upon check in to congratulate us with us the re-opening of Villa Nangka. How amazing?!

Our first guests…

That same evening, when I sat down in our brand new kitchen, I looked around me, and tears of happiness were rolling down my cheeks. Here we were, our first guests, our lovely boys (who never left our side!), my Sunshine and our little Charlie. For more than one year our paradise was covered by a blanket of dust and sadness, but tonight there was life again!  

There is still a lot of work to be done, but we will take our time for that. The most important thing for now is that we are open again. Step by step we will bring back the magic and every day we will put in a bit more love in our hidden gem at the heart of Gili Air.

The hardest and most rewarding year of my life

The past year is been by far the hardest year of my life. But it’s also been the most rewarding. Going after what scares you is the bravest thing you can do. It’s okay to be scared, it’s okay to have fears; it’s more than okay, actually. It’s normal! But what’s not okay is if you let these fears of yours stop you from pursuing anything you want in life. There’s always going to be something that scares you, but the thing is, you have to face that fear and do what you strive for anyways.

Do it even though you’re scared. Do it with your heart pounding and your voice trembling. Do it even though your hands are sweating and shaking. Because that is what makes you strong. Strength isn’t about the lack of fear or having nothing that scares you; strength is doing something even though it scares the hell out of you. Strength is looking your fears right in the eye and doing what you aspire to do anyhow. But going all the way despite the fear that fills you is where magic happens, where life changes and you start to flourish.

Love Rose

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# DAY 280 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Free conservation classes for the children of the Gili Islands

I’ve got some really exciting news to share with you! We hired two more teachers to teach the children of Gili Air about the magical world of conservation. This means we have now four teachers that visit the school every Saturday and more than 120 kids are part of our Club Harapan program. Isn’t that amazing?

120 kids that learn about the environment and get involved with conservation efforts. 120 kids that will inspire others by their actions. And when their turn comes, teach others.

Please show your support and make a donation towards our conservation classes. Visit us tomorrow at our monthly flea market between 4 PM and 6 PM at Oceans5Dive and leave your donation at our donation box. You can also support our conservation classes by buying one of our reusable bottles or bags or one of our awesome t-shirts. Remember, little by little, a little becomes a lot.

Love Rose

p.s. Did you know that every time the children attend a conservation class or join one of our other activities they receive a stamp? When they have a full membership card they will receive the PlasticFreeParadise kit which contains a bamboo straw, a reusable bag, and a reusable bottle.

I can tell you this: it’s an incredible feeling to give the children the tools to say ‘no’ to plastic.

# DAY 268 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Special offer hotel on Gili Air

A big shout out the Villa Nangka Crew! I can’t remember the last time when I saw all of them wearing a clean t-shirt ; – ) It makes me so proud, like if I’m walking on clouds and stardust at the same time.

These guys have been with us through thick and thin and are such an important part of our overall happiness. They are the ones who stood by us, who we spend almost all our time with, who made us laugh, who thought us things we didn’t know we needed to learn. hey helped us every single day to rebuild our dream. They became the current to our ocean. They are our family.

Love Rose

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# DAY 264 OF PROJECT CINLOC

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We are in the final phase of project CINLOC. There is still a lot of work to be done but in the far far distance, we can see the finish line. Just a few weeks more. I was thinking about the word determination last night. I strongly believe that success is achieved by ordinary people with extreme determination. So I decided to write a little post for all the people that wake up with determination.

This is for you – the people who want to make change because the world matters to them. The people who are determined to make an impact, the people who wake up every morning with a passion burning inside their chest. The people who want to make change because the world matters to them.

This is for you – for always wearing your heart on your sleeve and being unafraid to show the world who you are. For leaving your mark on the world with a face glowing with a smile. This is for you for never giving up on your dreams and for continuing to do the best you can despite any circumstances you face on a day-to-day basis.

You are made of strength and determination, you will fail, but you will succeed so much more. The difference is you don’t let failure determine you, you let it motivate you to work harder and smarter. You let it make your ideas greater and you use it to be the best version of yourself you can be. You will conquer the world at your doorstep because you are so full of wisdom and inspiration.

This is a reminder that you are appreciated and without people like you the world would be crumbling beneath our feet, so thank you.

Love Rose

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# DAY 256 OF PROJECT CINLOC

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With proud, we present you a little sneak preview of the New Villa Nangka! We are not there yet but every day we are getting one step closer. The moment is now. It’s a powerful time. If we open ourselves to the moment, our opportunities are endless.

Let’s celebrate those new days, new beginnings and experiences that are coming our way. Let’s celebrate the people we haven’t met yet, the love we haven’t felt yet and the friends we haven’t had yet. Our future is a big adventure that starts now.

Love Rose

p.s. A big thank you to Monokroma Architect for creating these wonderful images of our future for us.

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# DAY 245 OF PROJECT CINLOC

two steps back, one step forward

Sometimes in life you need to take two steps back. But sometimes when I take two steps back, I feel like a failure. I feel like I’ve let myself down. I feel like project CINLOC will never be finished. But in these moments, I try to tell myself:

Dear Rose, when you take two steps back you should actually be proud of yourself. You should be happy you only lost a few paces. Most people who take two steps back throw up their hands and give up on themselves. Most people go from two steps back to ten steps back in an instant because they toss all their hard work away, assuming they don’t have what it takes to reach their end goal.

If you’re still trying, if you’re still putting effort into your goal, then you should be proud of your persistence, your dedication, your relentlessness.

Taking two steps back isn’t the end of the world

Your success is going to fluctuate over time. There are going to be moments when you are ahead of schedule and moments when you fall behind schedule. There are going to be moments when you surprise yourself by how much you’ve accomplished and moments when you are disappointed with yourself over how little you’ve accomplished.

During those small moments of success, you can’t get too cocky — and during those small moments of disappointment, you can’t be too hard on yourself. You have to have faith in yourself, even when it feels like all of your effort has been useless. You have to keep your motivation high, even when it feels like trying isn’t going to get you anywhere so you might as well give up.

Making slow, gradual progress is better than making no progress. Spending years working toward a goal is better than giving up on that goal completely.

You have to remember, just because it doesn’t look like your hard work has been paying off, that doesn’t mean it’s true. Even though you might not see a noticeable change, you’ve been growing. You’ve been learning. You could be tiptoeing toward your future without even realizing it.

Love Rose

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# DAY 236 OF PROJECT CINLOC

30 weeks pregnant on a tropical island

Every four weeks I go up a bra size…it’s worth being pregnant just for the breasts. Pregnancy is also a lot of other things. It is the gift of life.  It is a miracle.  It is exciting…to create a life.  To carry that life within your body for nine months.  To nurture it.  To feel it grow.  To create another human being. To carry a whole world inside you. It is incredible.

It is also horrifying.  It is dramatic.  It is bizarre.  Things happen… strange things.  Not nice things.  Things you don’t expect.  Things no one warns you about. 

Weeks are passing by like fast trains and I can’t believe I am already in my last trimester. We found a beautiful temporary house in Bali, close to the hospital and a doctor who is pro natural birth (which is quite difficult to find in Indonesia, as they can make way more money if you have a c section). I will move to Bali around the 1st of July while Andreas will stay in Gili to supervise the construction site. We both agreed: living in the same house around your due date is so 2018!

Getting pregnant has changed me

It changes me every single day. I’ve changed my outlook on life and my way of thinking, changed the way I breathe, the way I love and the way I receive love. I am not the same person I was a year ago. I’m not the same person I was yesterday. I wouldn’t even compare myself to the person I was this morning.

Things are more challenging but filled with so much more reward. Things are filled with so much love. And the capacity for love my heart has grows faster and more wild by the minute. I never thought it was possible to love like a wildfire. But here I am setting flame to everything around me.

Love Rose

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# DAY 232 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Farm life on a tropical island

This morning our beloved and crazy chicken Alice passed away. Alice walked into Villa Nangka around three years ago. And decided to stay. Alice was not just an ordinary chicken. She was blind on one eye and we all thought she was immortal. She disappeared for a little bit after the earthquake but rocked up again a few weeks after, looking absolutely disgusting, pretending like nothing ever happened.

Alice didn’t want to be friends with any of the other chickens. Instead she liked spending her days chilling in her baruga. The baruga that actual belongs to our boys but Alice kicked them out.

On some days Alice behaved like a puppy and started running after us because she wanted to play. On other days she behaved like a little kitten, hiding underneath the pillows with just her head in the sun and spinning. And although we joked a lot that we would eat Alice for Christmas, we all were secretly a bit in love with her.

Thank you Alice, for being such a weird special creature that always made everyone smile.

Love Rose

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# DAY 229 OF PROJECT CINLOC

International marine research center in Indonesia

Slowly but steady the new headquarters of the Gili Shark Conservation Project is rising. It’s my dream that one day, this beautiful bamboo building will be an international marine research center that host researchers, scientist and oceans lovers from all over the world. A place in the heart of our community where we provide education in solving oceans-related issues. A home to people that want to make the world a little bit more beautiful.

I think dreaming big is the right thing to do for the world.

Think about it: big dreams are the reasons why the world changes for the better. It’s the reason why there have been so many great inventions and cured for diseases among other great stuff.

Leave your mark on the world. Know that you can achieve anything you set out to. No dream is unattainable. Dare to dream. Strive to really live your life doing what you really want to do.

Love Rose

#thinkbig #dreambig #believebig

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# DAY 223 OF PROJECT CINLOC

Bamboo kitchen design made by Asali Bali

With proud we present you the new kitchen of the new Villa Nangka! Can’t wait for the day this places is filled again with the love and laughter of our boys and our guests.

Love Rose

P.s. A big thank you to Monokromo for making this stunning design and to the cool guys of Asali Bali for putting it all together.

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