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This is why I love Bondi

From the first minute or actually before I ever arrived I’ve had some weird connection to Bondi Beach and last year when I went their the first time I felt so at home and fell in love with the place. As I got to know the area I’ve expanded it to the area from Bronte and the whole costal walk to Bondi.

Today the weather was amazing so I got up early to take a SUP lesson with Dean and I made a photo rapportage to show why I love this place.

Already before the sun is up there is local people on the beach training, surfing and getting a morning bath. Some mornings there are photo shoots, preparations to parties, couples lying together and waking up etc. About 9-10 in the weekends or holidays the families and tourist arrives, and I just love watching the families because I see so much joy. Beside that every time I’m on the beach I see new things and I get a calmness and joy especially if I can get on the water.

The water is my meditation – I’m in the now and I get a time-out from life and I love it – Some days my dyspraxia in the legs are controllable and I stay on the board. Other days like today I had to have help to get to shore and I fell into the water 4 times – but in the end it’s not how many times I fall – it’s how many time I get up again that counts 😉

 

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I did it – goal reached and bar raised

Holmekollen, Oslo at Color Me Rad
I actually did it in spite of obstacles 🙂 I ran my first official 5K – Color Me Rad (Oslo) last weekend and I loved it.

My time was 29 minutes and I’m proud because I started in the back a field of almost 2000 people, so I had to worm my way though the walking crowd. Then halfway we got a cup of water to drink and it was really cold so my stomach felt like it should explode but I ran. The only times I didn’t run were on the very steep hills so I’m very happy 🙂

I started running in the spring and if I can do it with challenges like dyspraxia you can do it 🙂 You just need to find the things that motivates you. For me it was the thought of being on the SUP board again on Bondi Beach with my surf trainer and learning to ride the waves without taking a bath 😉 Who know I might even get strong enough to surf a real wave.

Another thing is to find the right race to be the first one and in my opinion Color Me Rad is a really good race to start in because I didn’t just watch a lot of bags in front of me. Beside that it’s really funny to participate.

One goal reached and one thing more on my bucket list done 🙂 Now I’ve raised the bars and going to run for a serious 5K and later a 10K 🙂

When hating running turned into a love story

Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 21.28.02I’ve tried so many time to start running and I hated it. It was boring, I felt that my legs wouldn’t cooperate etc. BUT – 1,5 week ago I started running.

Why? –

I need to get my legs working and I need them to be my friends. To succeed that I’ve  to make them stronger  and running is a good way. You might think they now. It started when I was on vacation and I was out on Bondi Beach on a S.U.P board – I want to learn to surf and be good at it and to do that I need strong legs. Beside that I want to start sand running when I move to Australia because I love the ocean and the feeling of the wet sand.

That means that this time I’m doing it because I want to and not because I’m pressured to do it or have to do it.

My strategy this time

First I signed up at a 5 km run in August – Color Me Rad, to award myself with a crazy run.

Second I bought light weight running shoes made for front feet running. No big heal, no support, no cement shoes helping gravity keeping my feet on the ground and lastly on sale. That is a good start I can tell you. (I read a lot of articles before chosing shoes and talked to my PT so I knew what I wanted).

Third I found a program to start on for beginners from a store here in Norway specialised in running shoes. I wanted to have a good start. Some days I’ve to walk up hill and run down and living on a mountain I’ve no problems finding roads with a good slant ;-D

Last I dragged myself out of the house and began running. The first times was on a scale on 1-10 about -50 in motivation because of my bad experiences in my past. I often did my running first and then ended it at the shopping center to have a goal to motivate myself. So I did my shopping and walked home again.

To avoid tight muscles I use trigger point because else my PT will torture me once a week with his kind of trigger pont and I promise you one thing you don’t wanna experience that 😀

What happened?

Weird enough I did good in the running process and something just clicked in my heart. Saturday when I woke up I actually wanted to go running but didn’t because it was my rest-day.

Today I couldn’t wait going home and run. I got impatient in the sub-way. For the first time the ride was way to long. I happily dived into my running clothes and put on my magic shoes and off I went. While running I realised that I love running. STOP – hey what is going on here – did I just say I love running – what the fu.. – What has happened here.

Yes I’ve started a new love story in my life. I actually love running and it makes me happy running and listening to music just me and my magic shoes.

I have a dream and I’m going for it

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

Bondi Lifeguard Suncare

Bondi SPF 50+ aerosolI’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 🙂

How do I keep smiling

I’m often asked how I can keep smiling and focusing on the good in life with my past. And triggered from Laura Holbrook ‘s video yesterday about “learn to love what is even when it sucks” I’ll share my thoughts.

The question that pops up in my head, when people ask me “how I can keep smiling” is “why it’s possible to smile and be happy in the moment, while feeling overwhelmed by all the crap going on in life?” – It’s a choice I take every day when I wake up and it’s my lifeline to focus on the good in life. And yes I know that the autumn 2014 and until somewhere on my Australia trip, I was so overwhelmed by life. I know I’m not over it yet but now at least I know what I want and what to do :-)

I just know that by being grateful and enjoy the good stuff and the small fun moments, the things that sucks becomes so less overwhelming. I choose to remember the fun stuff like when 3 of the backpackers I lived with became creative when I asked for a picture with them. The picture is hanging over my desk at home. Thank you Harry, Ben and Sam I loved that moment 🙂

Most of the time I’ve to seek the moments of happiness. I’ve used time on finding the things that makes me happy. Like the surfing on Bondi – I just knew by instinct that I had to do it. And as icing on the cake it ended up being with @deanogladstone. He showed up to be an incredible decent and positive guy who took me out on the ocean, even though I’m “blind” without my glasses and with the challenges I’ve with the balance. It’s one of the rare times that I’ve met a person, who is so much more positive thinker than me and doing the clean living too. I still have so much to learn 😉

While staying in Sydney I often took the first train to Bondi beach and just sat on the beach watched life and the ocean. The feeling I got on Bondi beach, I’ve never tried before, and I’ve been on a lot of beaches. I just felt so grounded and it felt like home. That’s a rare feeling for me. To keep me remember that feeling both out on the water and on the beach, I’ve pictures over my desk at work and at home 🙂

I’ve a long list over what makes me happy and Bondi is #1 on my list. But right now I live on the other side of the world, so I just have to do what is possible in the moment – one day at a time 🙂 – Watching Bondi Lifeguards Rescue one of them and I’ve followed their work in quite some years now.

Eating tasty food is another especially chocolate and ice cream 😀 – but living almost Paleo has been a challenge but solved 🙂
Challenging myself or taking challenges from others that helps me get away from the “shy rather masculine nerd” I’m, is another I love doing 😀
Like when I walked up to an australian police car and asked them to take a photo with me. I was so nervous that I sounded like a beginner in english.

So you just have to find out what makes your day and create memories to live on and follow your dreams.

 

On Facebook 1st of March 2015

Major changes after the Australia trip

Being in Australia has changed my life quite a lot in the good way. I got new goals and a life purpose to follow. At the same time I have pictures hanging of my paddling to remind me about the feelings I had on the water, so I can keep the momentum. I had great help from my surf trainer just because he took me out on the water. Being one with the ocean was so amazing and I love it. I have missed it so much.

So I haven’t used any internet games etc. since I came home and I love that.
I started exercising on my job yesterday (there are a fitness center and a big gym hall).
Next week I start dancing swing again and hopefully this time I can finish the class so I can start a level higher next time.
I’m also looking into starting swimming again.
I’ve taken a IELTS pre-test and scored 42 out of 50, so a little job before the big test, but I was surprised positively.
My days are suddenly having to few hours and I’m loving it.

And the best I’m so inspired according to diet from Australia. It’s so easy down there to live the way I want to: organic, gluten-free, sugar-free and clean living. They have amazing products we can’t get here in Scandinavia. So at home again I gave away all my spelt products even though it was put away so I didn’t use it. And I’m finding shops where I can get better products and also some organic food. So now I know how I can survive here until I hopefully can move to Australia. The only thing is that I’m still in a process so I’ve to find a substitute for my raw rice. But all comes when it’s supposed to.

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