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!

 

 

 

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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. 

My dream panel of bloggers

I was recently inspired by a company called Eventbrite, which is a ticket selling platform for event planners. I wanted to share what my dream panel would be if I were ever to hold a blogger conference.

Who would be on my panel?

It`s hard to choose as there are obviously so many amazing bloggers out there. Obviously I had to narrow it down and I figured that four is a good number. You get in some variation, but it`s not chaos. You know? So these are my choices.

Sophie Elise- http://sophieelise.blogg.no/

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This is the biggest blogger in Norway. At just age 22 she is a known household name all over the country and she makes a really good living of her blog and is frequently seen in nation vide commercials as well as on our reality show “the bloggers” (bloggerne). The reason I would love to have her at my panel is that I would love to ask her more about her political views, as she supports a different party than me, yet has many views I agree on. She is also known for having had a lot of plastic surgery and I would really want to ask her about what made her do it and if it`s made her any happier. Also if she has any advice for others who are considering getting something done and what questions she thinks you should ask yourself before going through with it.

Aleali (Uh-lay-lee) May– http://www.alealimay.com/

This image consultant and model is not just incredibly gorgeous and stylish, she is also a young successful entrepreneur and local LA celebrity. Since her blog is purely style based with pictures and descriptions, I have so many topics and questions that need answers from her. Like, what is it like going to Columbia business school?  Was styling Kedrick Lamar or Wiz Khalifa the most fun? What is racial identity like when you`re half african-american and half Filipino? But what I would most like to get out of having her on the panel, is spreading the idea that it`s not only possible to have a style that`s both high-end and street, it`s can also be 100 % amazing. Talk about best of both world.

Jasmine-  https://chanelinanutshell.wordpress.com/

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When I first got asked to do this post, the first person I was sure I was going to include in my panel, was Jasmine. I have read her blog ever since I joined WP, and I am continually impressed by her. At only fourteen she is such a good writer and deep thinker, and her blog is basically what I tried to do when I was her age and failed at. And her style is A+! I would love to have her at my panel because “the young perspective” in so many situations means under 35, but really there is a whole group of people who are not being heard and are seeing the world in a totally different way that we should listen more to. Young teenagers have the curiosity and innocence of children, but also some life experience, knowledge and  vocabulary that makes them able to present their views.

 Krystal- http://thistimetomorrow.com

There are two things in life I`ll never get enough of (okay there are many, but here`s two of them), clothes and travels. Krystals blog is full of inspiration regarding both of these subjects. This is the go to blog for outfit ideas, travelling reviews and boosting about the 90s generation. Obviously all of these topics would be discussed, but even more important. East Coast vs West Coast! When will this ever not be a relevant and heated topic? Well, never, that`s when. Krystal has a lot of experience from both. Tell us all the inside secrets, Krystal! Also, she worked for google for five years! I`m sorry for rambling guys, but I can`t help that she`s both stylish and impossibly interesting. After watching “the interns”, we all want to no if working at google really is like that. Anyone who denies is is definitely lying.

What would I ask them?

I`ve already talked about some things that I want to know about them individually, but obviously the whole point of a panel is to get different views on the same topic. And to get to know interesting people and public figures of course. So here are some of the main questions I`d ask them.

  • If you could only wear one designer for the rest of your life, who and why?
  • Do you believe that you can change the world through blogging? How?
  • What do you love most about your city?
  • Do you believe in pink?
  • What makes you unique as a blogger?
  • Where should our main focus be in the womens rights issue?
  • Subscribe and comment? haha

Where would it take place?

Probably at some really cool mall in London where all the under aged fashionistas would come in rain soaked and fan girl.

 

So there you go. That is my fantasy blog panel. Check out Eventbrite and the services they offer – it’s pretty cool!

You can go here to see what events they have going on in your area and here to set up your own! 🙂

And if you want to see my dream panel come to life or see me at someone else`s, then you can click  here, here or here to make me famous. Hahaha.

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.

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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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