Learning life lessons before the sun rises

So, a couple of weeks ago I discovered that I could jog 7 km (4 miles) before breakfast. This was obviously a milestone for me as it is an incredibly practical route for me and increases my number of steps in a day greatly.

However, a couple of days later I realized that my fitness abilities and joint abilities are not exactly aligned, as I in some way fucked up my ankle and had to practically limp home one day.

Fast forward to a few days ago and my ankle is feeling fine. So I warm up with some hard, but short, elliptical work-outs for a couple of days, and then with some light walking (too, in and from the mall to be perfectly honest. 9 000 steps though, so, what up?).

Then today at 4 am I set out to jog once again. Not only do I jog, but when I come to the hill leading up to the bridge, what do I do? You know, just what any other reasonable human being recovering from an ankle injury would do. Sprint up the fucking hill. Then proceed to jog across the entire bridge.

5 minutes later the pain hits me so hard, and I`m like “Omg, I have to turn”. Every step was just so painful. So, I turn.

And this whole walk-jog, I have been listening to the Julianne Hough episode on Lewis Howes podcast “The school of greatness” and she`s talking about being a young dancer and the whole perfectionist thing. Which makes me think about ballerinas, the only dancers I care about because they`re amazing, interesting and too me the embodiment of perfection. Above all I admire their insane work ethic. They don`t step down no matter what.

So I thought to myself “Zoë, a ballerina would never quit like this over some ankle problem, there is no blood, no bones sticking out, you`ll be fine”. So I figured that even if today wasn`t the day were I would jog that route again, it would at leat be the day were I would walk it.

And you know what? It took forever and honestly my leg got a little fucked up from the weird way I was walking, but I finished that walk. Pluss, I got some added steps from when I initallly turned and walked back.

And eventually my ancle didn`t even hurt as much.

The lesson that I took from this?

Sometimes the best way to get back where you were or get to were you want to be, is to take a step back. It can be insanely frustrating. But what`s even more frustrating than spending double the time on a route, is not being able to take it at all because your hybris makes you push yourself too far and puts your recovery back. Listening to your body is so important. If your feeling pain, there is a reason. Your body isn`t pranking you, it`s giving you important signals. And I feel like this applies to so much more. For example, if you`re feeling super anxious at work or you feel depressed when you reatreat to your appartment at the end of the day. Maybe take a step back in your career chain and see if you want to go with option b? Everything in life doesn`t have to be lineare. Maybe your living room is painted in a colour that`s draining your energy? Maybe you should get a dog? Whatever is going on in your life, take time to check in with yourself. And don`t just feel the feelings and move on. Make change where change is needed. You are worth investing time and energy in.

That`s all for this little rant. I am just so happy that I actually went through with this walk and managed to not jog even when my ankle started too feel more ok, and even more happy that I had a mini-awakening, haha. I hope that this resonates with some of you. I really feel like anything you can do for yourself, you should do for yourself.

Have a great day,

and love yourself!

 

 

 

Three of the day #11

Don’t think that my long break from blogging means that I’ve forgotten about my three of the days, because it definitely does not. I think this might be my first summer- 3ad ever, so hopefully I won’t let you down! Haha.

Advice of the day:

Take advantage of the sun! The weather has been really on and of this summer, but lately it’s been generally good. So my advice is to take advantage of this. Go to the beach, or just read in the sun in your garden. Or take a page right out of my book and take a few selfies in the best lighting there is, natural light! There are endless things to do outside when you’re not half-freezing to death (I live in Norway, so I’d know). Bonus tip: Get a new pair of sunglasses and take some cool pics while you’re at it 😉 

Motovation  of the day:

Since a lot of us are out on summer break, I don’t really know how much motovation is needed, but just incase your feeling down or not on break, we’re doing this right now, haha. Okay, so there are a lot of cool things going on right now, right? The sun, concerts, everyone bubbling of joy while daydreaming about the vacations. But what’s the best thing going on atm, you ask? Sales! June is the designated sales month of the season, and I personally, am here for it, and so should you be. So go out and see how much you can get for how little or buy something you’ve always wanted. June-shopping works for every budget! But if you really don’t have any money to spare right know, go outside and soak up some vitamin D. Free and guaranteed too make you feel great! 

Fashion tip of the day:

Honestly, you can’t go wrong with a bikini top and high waisted jeans or shorts for your lounging, beaching (coming for you oxford dictionary 2018) or basically any other outdoor vacation stuff. Just bring along a t-shirt to throw on before entering a store. 

Have a great day! 

Happy Summer!

Hi guys!

 

It`s been a while since my last post. Honestly I`ve just been so busy with school and all. I have literally never had any more schoolwork than I did this year, and the last few weeks they just kept pilling on work `till the point where we basically didn’t have time to sleep, ha-ha. And obviously I could have thrown in a couple of posts here and there, but I didn`t feel like I was in the right mind space to blog because of all the stress, and I don`t really want to half ass it as a really do care about my blog.

So now that it`s finally summer, I am ready to plunge back into the world of blogging! I have so much to update you on, as well as plans and projects for this summer break that I am just so ready to start. I even made a new Instagram to mark this new beginning, and I will be putting it up on my blog as soon as I have posted a few things on there.

I am super excited about this summer and I am super excited about blogging again. I hope you all get to do what you want to do this holiday, whether it is travel, work on a special project, party, read or just relax and sleep `till noon. Maybe even all of it! I hope you have a wonderful time 🙂 

Happy summer!


^^Me in summer mode haha. 

Norwegian Christmas Traditions

I am currently resting while eating some marzipan after successfully (I hope) making my first nutroast. Which was time-consuming, yet easy. Another first today will be first fake christmas tree, as my mother is super allergic. I`ll let you know how that turns out later.

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(My gorgeous nutter from another mother. I know, it looks like a breadloaf. That`s the vegan butterdough around it.)

But to this post. Norwegian Christmas Traditions.

Tomorrow is the 24, which is when all the Christmas activities will take place here in Norway, and although a lot of the traditions are the same as in America and the rest of the world, it does have a few differences, so i thought I`d take you through the day.

First, we of course wake up to check our stockings. For me personally, usually containing sweets, a soda and a movie.

We then watch the movies “Three Nuts to Cinderella” (a czech classic that they air on our national channel every year. Super fun twist on the classic fairytale involving magical nuts containing important outfits” and “The Journey to the Christmas Star” (basically: princess get`s lost looking for star, loses memory and joins travelling theater, travels to castle, finds star for king, is revealed as princess when lost queen returns, norwegian classic). After this we usually watch as many other christmas movies as we have time for. Most importantly Mickey and Jiminy Crickets respective films.

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(Bow down to our new rulers. I`ll follow Cinderella into battle any day tbh).

Family comes to celebrate and we have some special christmas roast (or ribs idk) (none for me obvs) and pork patties (again, none for me). Then a desert called “riskrem”. Basically cold porridge whipped with cream and served with red sauce (strawberry sauce). In this dessert there is an almond. However finds (almost eats) the almond gets a present. If you find the almond you typically hide it in your mouth until people can`t physically eat more and have to give up their search. Pokerface is key.

Then we, unlike in america, open presents. The peak is obviously reached at this point. So we just drink coffee and eat christmas cookies. Very excited to have vegan ones this year!

So those are our traditions. What are yours?

What`s going on over there?

To keep it short and sweet (for once) I am just posting the content from my new page “2017” goals on my main page so that you can see what it`s all about, and also so that you actually hear about it, since new pages aren`t shared in the same way as posts.

So here it is:

As 2017 is fastly approaching, I`m thinking that it`s time to really organize and structure my goals and plans to achieve them. So I`ll be adding (and maybe deleting some) on this page throughout December as I make up my mind on what I really want. In 2017, I will of course regularily post updates on how my goal reaching is going. Hey, maybe that`s my first goal? Actually sticking to something. Haha.

Update:

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Anyways, as you know, I am an avid reader (I know, what a nerd ,right?), so for my first post on this page, I`m adding my reading list #dontjudge

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What would you like to see more of?

I know my posts have been a little all over the place lately (all this passion and only one blog aah). So I was wondering, which types of posts do you prefer? And are there any that you would like for me to start writing? 

 

 

And also which of these do you think I should try (I mean, if any haha)?

 

OOTN #1 

As you don’t know, but in a second will know, I am “babysitting” a dog and two cats in the middle of nowhere. The cats are a bite shy, but I have had the oppurtunity to take plenty of pictures of and with the dog. And know as my boredom has grown, of myself as well after putting on make-up and pysjamas. I know, feel free to judge. Therefore, I must ask, do you have any sugestions for what I can do tonight? And I don’t have internett on my laptop.. Yup, blogging from the app, #likeapro. So please don’t judge my spelling errors.

Here is the dog BTW. His name is Lexus 🙂


And here is the evidence of my boredom:


As you can see my ootn is not the traditional little black dress or miniskirt, but rather my leopard print Ralph Lauren pysjamas. Keepin it real. Haha. Anyways, tell me what you been up to today. And if you have not done anything either, then just make something up and I wil pretend to believe you. Anyways, that is all for know. I swear I will blog something worthwhile tomorrow!