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. 

What should I read next? 

So I thought that for my next “Zoë’s Book Club” I could do a recommended book from one of you guys. I know I personally love getting people to read my favorite books (and tweets tbh), and I know I’m not the only one! So what is a book that you would recommend that the whole world read? It can really be anyting.

A classic


A horror book


Some romance


Even a ridiculess YA novel (my guilty pleasure) 


So let me know! And we can share out thoughts and feelings on your favorite piece of literature! 🙂 

Zoë`s Book Club #1 -Thanks for the Memories

Instead of going with a book I`ve never read before by an author I don`t know much of, i decided to go with a book by my favorite author, Cecelia Ahern, that has stuck with me ever since I read it as a young teenager. “Thanks for the memories”. Basically, I`ve been super busy lately, but also I genuinely want to share this amazing book with you!

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Summary:

A woman (Joyce) has a miscarriage when she falls  down the stairs. Her life is saved by a blood transfusion. When she wakes up she suddenly has knowledge she never had before. Like architectural history and how to speak Italian.  While in the midst of her divorce and sorrow she keeps running in to a (handsome) american (Justin). They seem to be drawn to each other and are in actuality tied by a magical connection.

Favorite Character:

My favorite character in this book is Joyce`s father. This is because he loves her so much and keeps supporting her in everything she does even though he is sort of confused and scared. The relationship between him and his daughter is also adorable. The “father-with-dementia” concept is in no way a new one, but it`s usually just downright sad. Here I felt he was much more layered and not just an object of pity, but rather a support and with a good sense of humor.

Favorite Quote:

“I’m never overwhelmed or under it either; just nicely whelmed. I’m OK. Nothing spectacular but sometimes special. I look in the mirror and see this medium average person. A little tired, a little sad, but not falling apart.”

Favorite Part:

When the hairdresser says she can`t possibly cut off all that long gorgeous hair, and Joyce is like “sure you can, just like this” and takes the scissor and cut`s it off herself.

Three life lessons:

  1. Memories aren’t just moments, they`re parts of us. And that no matter what happens, we can find the strength to move on and make new ones.
  2. If you aren`t happy with something, then change it. it`s never to late to make life changes and do what`s best for you.
  3. As always is Cecelia Aherns books, that there is some magic in the world. Not fairies and unicorns, or anything like that. But deja vu`s and insane amounts of everyday beauty, and maybe even soulmates.

Rating:

A solid 4/5 stars.

It`s so beautiful and the charcters are great, but it is slightly to fairytale-ish.

 

Would I recommend it?

Yes!

 

 

 

Three of the Day #10

Firstly I`d just like to say thank you so much for for helping me finally reach 100 WP followers! I am so grateful for each and every one of you. So now, to further spread the love, I am going to give you something back. My three of the day tips. Hopefully I can make your day a little better to. (Although it`d be near impossible for me to do as much for you as you have done for me). So, let`s go!

Advice of the day:

Get organized. I know that for a lot of us, exam time is coming up. Which is daunting enough, but don`t add the pressure of not being prepared. Of course not everyone now which classes they are getting examined in, but either way you should just make an overview of what classes you have and what you know best in each and what you don`t have completely under control. That way, when studying time comes around, you already know where to start and what to focus on. Gives you a little less to do in that stressful period and gives you something to do to avoid studying today. Win-Win! And f0r those of you who don`t go to school, don`t worry, i haven`t forgotten about you! We could all use some structure and direction in our lives. What you should do is sit down with a nice cup of tea and your favorite or new notebook and reflect on your life. Think in the lines of “where am I, and where do I want to be” also “what can I do today to create a better tomorrow for myself”.

Motivation of the day:

Okay, I personally hate the sun. I know, I know, it`s weird. But I do. However, this post is not about me. It`s about you. So since I am annoyingly aware of the sun lately, that`s what I`m going to remind you of to motivate you. The sun is shining, it`s getting warmer and everyday we get closer to summer vacation, lazy days at the beach and (my personal favorite) light summer dresses and wavy hair! We just have to make it through this season of flaky weather and pollen allergy. Which is a season that most people view as pretty beautiful and happy anyways. Birds chirping an flowers blossoming. I ain`t really all that bad guys! (though the exams are terrible)

Fashion tip of the day:

The statement belt. Soon summer will come around and we`ll all be wearing dresses with slim or no belts. Take this opportunity to dress up your winter clothes with a good, strong belt. Like one of these (click to be directed to site).

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Chokers Wish List

As you might have noticed, a few weeks ago I posted a few selfies with a choker.

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So as I am now totally feeling this whole vibe, I`ve realized that I need more of them! So I have put together a wish list, but it`s so hard to chose! Please feel free to tell me your favorites, and also if you hate any of them of course.

(Click on the photo to be directed to the site):

 

 

Art for equality

So I probably should have posted this on March eight, but I guess it`s never a wrong time to throw a little feminism in people’s faces. So here is a lighthearted poem I have written and the treatment of women in society in the impossible standards we are held to. Don`t worry, it`s short and chill.

 

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So that`s it. Hope you liked it!