I’m back and I felt so at home already in the airport of Sydney.
I’d chosen to take a night flight because it was cheap but even though I’d three seats to my disposal I got very little sleep. Therefore I’ve used two days to try and get into sync again 😀 but I’m here and I’ll stay now for 5-6 months and this is so wonderful.
The first day I went for a walk to Bondi Beach to get some food and I was recognized by the store owner from Bitebox. That felt amazing to get waved at, get a good talk and get a box with meat and vegetables. Then I went to the neighbour shop my favorite and got a fresh made melon juice. After that I went right down to the beach and just sat there and ate.
Guys I’m home 😀 it’s funny how many people say that their place/house/four walls are their home. For me it’s where my heart is and Bondi is where my heart is and no matter where I’ll end up living Bondi is my home and I’m a Bondi girl 🙂
And to make it even more adventurous while I was eating all hell broke loose for the lifeguards and they had to save two teenagers in very bad shape and they did as usual an amazing job. Most of it I know from the news because I’ll never join the ring of death unless it’s somebody I know getting saved.
In these days I stay at a hostel close to the beach so when I go to the roof top I get an amazing view over the ocean. One of these days when the weather is good I’ll go up there and do some whale watching.
I’m using my days on getting settled and getting ready for school which starts Monday at 9 am. Therefore I’ve been shopping a little – looking at places to stay – looking at job agencies – making my CV – you know all the boring stuff 😀
Tonight I’ll reward myself and get food from my favorite restaurant and the best thing is it’s big portions of quality food for cheap money.
Life has its ups and downs and being single means that I’ve to be my own hero therefore I’ve made a happy list. – why because when the downs are worst it’s hard to remember what is good so by having a list I can go and get ideas of what to do and shift my mood to happy. It doesn’t take a lot you know, that is why I’m sharing my list so you can get som inspiration to make your own.
When I returned from Australia in February I knew I had to change my life and one area was to get much stronger. In the autumn I was 2 months in bed and 3 months on crutches because of the shingles and it cost me a lot of strength. I needed that strength back and build an even stronger body than that. Therefore I got a PT and did the impossible possible 🙂 – read more about my experience and advice on getting a PT when you live with dyspraxia
I gathered enough courage to go to the local swimming pool and it might sound crazy to you but for me it was such a huge deal that I’m so over the moon.
It’s about 11 years ago that I’ve been in a local swimming pool after that I’ve only been swimming in the ocean and fjords in the summer and the last 4 years only in the company of others with close relationship. The reason is that after a flue went into my nerve system in april 2011 my dyspraxia (motoric control disorder) in the legs has increased. While I can jump, run, dance etc. like every body else, then my legs are having problems adjusting to walking on the ground and carry my full weight, when I’ve been weightless in water or standing on a S.U.P. board or running on a treadmill . It’s so embarrassing and annoying so therefore I’ve avoided being alone in these situations. On good days it’s like walking on legs that are sleeping but on bad days I hardly can control my legs.
I love swimming in the ocean so when I went to Bondi I knew that I had to just do it. My big concern was how people would react because people can’t see that I’ve dyspraxia and yes the lifeguards on Bondi shouted at me one of the first days I was going to shore after taking a bath. I couldn’t hear what they were saying with their megaphone because of the waves but the way my legs gave in under me they probably though I was 1) drunk or 2) that the rip was giving me problems.
When I surfed/SUPed I had an instructor who supported me and knew what was going on so I felt safe and protected. At the same time my instructor wasn’t just a random instructor because I know I need PT’s and instructors that are patient, bossy and an empathic/caring side.
So you see going to the local swimming pool alone is a huge challenge for me. But I did it today and it was a success. My technique was so good that I had to switch to the lane reserved for fast swimmers. I managed 300 m in good pace, so I’m so happy.
I woke up today (my day off work to study day) and my head was buzzing. Since sunday night I’ve been totally out of sync and I needed grounding, clarity and focus or I will not make it. Therefore, after a good chat with a friend of mine, I sat down and began to write. Instead of just scribbling on a piece of paper that goes on the wall or in a drawer I have chosen to make a page here on my site to hopefully inspire somebody with it. If I can help just one person to keep following his or her dream or to start following a dream it’s all worth it 🙂
It all started long ago but I’ll start last friday. I was so mentally and physically exhausted that I was ready to give up everything. Fortunately I had a session with my PT and I went because I know that when I feel the most reluctant it’s the most important day to go. My PT knows that I’ve done kick-boxing earlier in life and he is good at reading me so when I had nothing left in me he gave me boxing gloves on. Man … my PT know how to get me to fight to the last blood drop kicking and beating.
When I get the gloves on I go into another world – like being 100% in the present and only one focus. Like a meditation where the mind shuts every thing out. The only thing I got was a picture of me on the SUP board on #BondiBeach and that kept me going.
All weekend my body was so sore and then one more session monday. I told my PT I was sore and he did just like the kick-boxing trainers I have had – he made me work even harder all the way to physically exhaustion. After the session I sat in the sauna stretching, relaxing and my brain flat lined but he had started a process he made me fight instead of surrendering. Therefore I’m so ready for the next round.
So here is my dream and my blueprint
Oh my – going crazy again 😀 – as you might now I’m changing my life 180 degrees 🙂
I want to move to Australia if possible so to make that possible I’ve set my short terms goals now:
- Have started taking a on-line class to prepare for my IELTS exam the 9th of may 2015. Just delivered my first big task. It seems to go better than I had expected. 5 more to go. (The result will come 3-6 weeks later) – I so need to develop my vocabulary and spelling.
- Gonna get good enough to move 1 level up in my swing class.
- I’ll start swimming again and have had contact with the local swim center and they have accepted that I use their facilities. This might sound weird to you but because of my dyspraxia my legs often act up in the proces of carrying my body again when I’ve been in the water. And it only happens in this area. I know it’s weird because I can run, jump, dance, swim, take 2 steps at a time, do kick-boxing – but in this situations the legs fuck up 🙂
- Get my web-site all up and running with recipes and all.
- Exercise with my PT once a week, so my hip can get flexible again after the 3 months on crutches in the autumn. And to get stronger so my next SUP and surf lessons will be much better.
- Go through my whole body with the trigger-point training
- Once a week at least.
- Get my new diet 100% up and running.
- Get my CV on linked-in translated to english + translate my references, exam-papers etc. and get them verified at work.
- I have to begin to run again since I’ve admitted myself to Color Me Rad in August – 5 km.
This is a lot to get a hold on but I know how to keep me as positive as possible – and guys here comes the important part. We all need to reward ourselves even with small goal and also know how to raise the mood if everything comes tumbling down. For me it’s:
- my # 1 is getting out on the ocean – but this one is a little hard living were I do, but I’ve pictures from Bondi Beach where I for the first time really had the feeling of being home.
- Watching Bondi Rescue is my # 2 and their tweets, facebook, you-tubes etc.
- Watch good movies
- Sing and dance
- Feeling strong
- Take a hike. Mostly I climb Kolsåstoppen (my mountain) but also an area called Sognsvann is amazing. Else I look up what is something going on and walk there.
Beside that I’m grateful for all support I get from my surroundings like friends on facebook, twitter etc. – My network is unfortunately in Denmark, USA and now beginning in Australia beside my angel here in Norway but she’s very busy so I’m grateful for the times we can talk or see each other 🙂
I’ve at last found a sunscreen I love and that can protect my skin in a good way so I’ve made a whole page about sun care in general 🙂 – read more
I love Bondi Beach and the work the Bondi Lifeguards do. Beside that they help a lot and is also involved in the sunscreen business.
When I was in Sydney, I felt so at home on Bondi at the same I had in front booked a surf instructor, so I needed a good sunscreen to protect my skin when I was out on the water. I knew that with my balance and lack of skill I would probably be some time in the water and I would also need a sunscreen that stayed on when I lied on the board paddling.
So this became the love of my life in the sunscreen ares 🙂