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Walk It Off!

Whenever my mind feels a bit too full and in need of a break, there’s always one thing that helps it to calm down and get things sorted a little. That one thing is going for a walk.

Lately (as you guys know) my mind has been a bit all over the place, and at times it felt like it was just spread as thin as it could possibly get. I knew it was time to do something about that. Needed to get back into the good routines that I used to have. Or maybe it was just time for some new ones.

Then I had a thought. The place where I’m working now is one that I always take public transportation to and from. First I take the subway, and then I change over to a bus. It takes me about 30 minutes from the moment I walk out the door, depending on the traffic. But how long would it take me to walk?

So I sat down and started looking at different routes recommended by Google Maps, and found that it didn’t look so bad. I hadn’t really decided that I was going to actually do this until the morning on my birthday (two days ago) when I got up at 5 am and started my day off with 20 minutes of meditation. Just to get such a good start to the day made me highly motivated to try to make more out of the day, and I decided to take the walk.

The 8 km walk (5 miles) took me about an hour and a half, and it felt so good! My mind felt so much calmer and clearer by the time I got to work, and I held a steady pace for the whole walk, so it counts as a bit of good exercise as well! My best friend Kirsti picked me up after work for our Birthday Pyjama Date, so I didn’t walk home that day. Wednesday I had a day off work, but today however I thought it was time to do the walk both to and from, and I did!

Now I’m not saying that walking fixes everything. My brain is constantly filled with way too much that goes on at the same time, but the walking helps me to sort it. To be able to be on the move, and at one with my thoughts, it just makes it so much easier to see the difference between the important thoughts and the unnecessary ones. To differ between voices and noise.

I don’t think that I will be walking to and from work every day, but from now on, I will definitely do it more often.

There’s something so very therapeutic about going for a walk, and I sure as hell needed it! Most of us could, from time to time.

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Run Forrest, Run!!

Well I’m not planing on strapping on my running shoes and leave everything behind for an unknown amount of time, but I have been getting into running again. I started running again right before my vacation started, and I brought my workout clothes with me so that I could continue on with the good habit even though I’m away from home. And so far I’ve been doing really good. I’ve been out running every day  this week, and I can already feel a difference in my pace and endurance.

And one thing that I’ve noticed after I started taking my purple shoes out to get some air more often, is that my writing is flowing more smoothly. I’m very well aware that a healthy body helps out when it comes to a healthy mind as well, but I think the main reason why it’s having such a wonderful impact on my creative process, is this;

When I run, my mind clears up. I move through the forest and my thoughts run off to everywhere and nowhere all at once. It’s a form of meditation. A way to disconnect and silence all the inner voices that I shouldn’t listen to, and to connect with all that is good for me. The deeper into the forest I get, the deeper into my own mind I dive. And in the inner, most silent corners of my mind, I find the important parts. The thoughts that hides away in fear of being seen. The ones that shines brightly as soon as they are lifted out of the dark and into the light.

So that is one of the main reasons why I now drag myself out daily to sweat it out under the trees shadows.

I run because my mind need it. I run because the sounds of nature silence the words of doubt and fear. I run because I love how it makes me feel, and how it makes me write.

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Being a vegan is making me angry!

I’ve only been a vegan for 2 months now and (as I’ve mentioned before) it’s been an amazing journey so far! But it also has me raging, wanting to scream at the top of my lungs! Because one of the really interesting things about committing to going vegan, is the need to become educated. And when you walk the path of knowing, you can never unwalk it again. You learn what you learn, and you can choose to believe it or not, but you can never choose to have not learned it.

My road of education has only just begun, and I do my very best to learn new things every day. I don’t ever want to be a person that thinks that there’s nothing more I need to know. There’s always more to know. And you can never be fully educated when it comes to life and lifestyles.

So I read, I watch and I listen. I talk to heart and I choose my paths thereafter. I think the most important documentaries I’ve watched about plant based diets are these three:

Forks Over Knives

 

PlantPure Nation

 

Cowspiracy

 

And it’s just so infuriating to watch how politics and money plays such a huge part in not making this all public knowledge. It’s scary to see know how much power agriculture has. And how they silence the people that devotes their lives that wants the truth to come out. And yes, that makes me ANGRY as hell!

We need to wake up and see the truth. We need to change our lives. We need to change the way we live and the way we eat if we really want what is best for our environment, our kids and our health.

My best friend (and amazingly talented fine art photographer) Kirsti has an Earth Hour project going on, on her blog. It features beautiful pictures every day and with it comes some tips for us all to live a better life. I highly recommend you check it out! http://hegrebackman.wordpress.com

And I know a lot of people are thinking:

‘But what the hell do you eat?’

And I think the answer might surprise you, in a good way! Living a plant based lifestyle is not about having a salad for every meal. I’ve never made so much tasty and wonderful food as I’ve had now that I committed to this. And I want to share it with you guys!

Don’t worry, this blog won’t be just about food from now on, I’m still just as obsessed with books and poetry as I’ve always been. But this place here, is my little corner of the internet. And with my personal corner I want to get even more personal with you guys and talk about what matters to me. And this MATTERS!

So I will be sharing some recipes with you. Some in video form, others in picture/written form. Because sharing is caring! And even though I do get angry in this process, I’m also filled with hope for a  better future 🙂

I love you all, and I hope you’ll join me on this adventure!

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You don’t look sick!

After the passing of Robin Williams there has been a renewed focus on depression. Depression is only one of the many difficult diseases that a person might carry but are not visible to others. I cannot feel what you feel anymore than you can feel what I feel. This is why we should be careful to judge.

You don’t look sick! He’s probably faking it! She’s just lazy..

These phrases are not uncommon and I’ve had similar to these said to my face as well.
As you might know by now, I’m struggling with a bad case of tendonitis at the moment. I’m not trying to compare tendonitis to depression as a disease, but they are both illnesses that you cannot tell if people have or not. I tried to stay at my job while I was on my first round of medication but it just got worse. So now I’m staying home, trying not to use my hands/shoulders that much, am on pretty heavy pain killers and I’m getting treatments from a physiotherapist twice a week. It’s painful and exhausting at times, but the feeling of not being taken serious about it is worse. I feel like I have to explain to the people that I know just how painful it is or else they will think that I’m not really sick. I shouldn’t have to feel that way!

I’m not going to go on a rant about this but I just wanted to post it as a reminder! Don’t be so quick to judge! You don’t know what is going on in other peoples bodies. Ask them if they need help instead of trying to figure out how sick they really are, leave that to the professionals. If you suspect that someone around you is having a hard time (in any way) then ask about it before you judge them.

And lastly, all of you out there that are struggling with some kind of illness: I hope you feel better soon!

Stay creative, keep on smiling and never underestimate the power of a good hug!

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Big cyber hugs from me to you!! 

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