Acroyoga 2.0

And the end of last year I started doing yoga at this amazing yoga studio here in Mooloolaba, called Yoga Vida. I love the energy there and the teachers are really good.
When I lived in Sweden I had a really hard time getting into yoga, which I never did, cause I always got so irritated or annoyed, it was like something was crawling under my skin and I couldn’t relax. And now I’ve learnt that that feeling was probably a sign – I needed yoga the most at that time.
Then I moved here and I thought I’d might give it ago again. And now I’m hooked.
People may think that yoga is not a as hard of a workout compared to going to the gym. But I disagree,  yoga gives you so much, I’ve discovered a couple of things about myself since I started with yoga.
I’m the worst at being in the moment, I’ve now started to notice that I sometimes just zone out when people talk to me. I just don’t listen, and then I have to ask them to repeat it to me, which is very disrespectful.
I’m not using my breathing to the best of my capacity, and I believe that deep breathing helps the body to heal. That is why one of my new years resolutions were to focus more on my breathing – so next weekend I’m going to a breathing workshop at the yoga studio and I’m so excited!

It’s funny, when I went to high school I knew this girl, we were actually not friends, we just used to hang with the same people.
And when I moved here, to Australia, she shot me a message on Facebook saying she lives here as well, like an hour from me. And this lovely person, Frida, is a yoga student and she is an amazing yogi and also really good at Acroyoga. So at the end of last week she came and visited me and along with her and her two friends Fiia and Henniina I tried on some  Acroyoga for like my third time. These girls are absolutely amazing at this and I’m just a newbie, but it was so much fun! I just need to practice more, cause it’s really hard!
I only know this pose but I have to say that I’m nailing it.

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If I were you I would check out their blogs;

http://nouw.com/Fridasethman

http://www.rantapallo.fi/fiiaemilia/

I am grateful for 2015.

A new year is upon us and everyone who knows me knows that I have a little weird image of how new years eve is spend. I’ve always thought that the way I spend new years eve is how I’m gonna spend the upcoming year.

Well, then I’m gonna spend it with a lot of love and amazing people.

To be honest, I can be really ungrateful sometimes and I forget to thank all of you for all the amazing things you do for me.

The year of 2015 has been the year that I’ve experienced the most.
I moved to a new country on the opposite side of the planet.
I met a lot, a lot, of new friends.
My friendship to my old ones grew stronger.
I started studying something I find really fun and interesting.
I’ve had good days and I’ve had bad days.
I’ve learned that cook and cock are two completely different things.
I’ve learned that the moon is lying down in Australia instead of standing up. And this I learned six months later after I moved there when I thought there was a lunar eclipse that only I could see.
I’ve learned that Sidney is not the capital of Australia (sorry).

And I’ve learned that I can really count on people close to me.
But the most important thing – I’ve learned that I can always count on myself.

I’m not making any new years resolution. I’m setting goals:
– Not to put things on hold
– Do more stretching
– Not stress over money
– Breathe deeper
– Be more present

2016, I am now ready to be challenged.
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Smile at strangers – see what happens.

– ”Don’t you have sun in Sweden any longer?”
– ”No, we sold it to Australia for bacon and knackebrod.”

My stepdad is an expert at these comments;
Yesterday he said to me ”You’ve won the World Cup in Jet lag”, and I can see why. As soon as I sit down in the couch I fall asleep, just like that!

I love making people smile.
People here in Sweden are pretty stiff (not all of you).  – ”You shall not go around smiling for yourself, you shall not stand out of the crowd.”
What’s wrong with saying hi to a complete stranger?
Back home we do that all the time. The best thing about morning walks – the ”hellos”, ”good mornings” and all the smiley faces.
Here, it feels like I’m challenging the people I walk by in the streets. If I stare at you long enough maybe you will say ”hi” first. But often I have to do that, otherwise it will turn out to an awkward staring contest and me making my creepy ”Penny-face”. But, they may just need that stare from that special someone (YOU!) to smile back and you’ve given them a little bit of sunshine.

I went to buy lemons at the market the other day and I asked the guy how he was, and he just gave me this weird look with a very quiet ”good….”.
Here I may come off a little bit weird, that’s why Australia suits me. Nothing weird about asking a complete stranger how their day is going.

But, I’m gonna keep doing this because it makes me happy.
And happy = health. This is health to me – making someone smile for just a second, or maybe laugh! And it’s okay if you laugh at me. I will just take it as a compliment.

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10 months later and welcomed with love

On the 17th of December I arrived in Copenhagen after my first 10 months in Australia.
I was so excited I could barely sit still the last hour on the plane, I was going to see my mum again!!!
The first thing I saw when I walked through the exit was my mum’s small head jumping up and down trying to find me among the crowd. Lots of x’s and o’s were shared between me, my mum and my stepdad Bjerne!
Mums says ”turn right!”, and there’s some freaks holding up a banner and it takes me about 15 seconds (trying to peer through all the tears and tiredness, and trying to understand who Pernilla is since almost no one has called me that in the last 10 months), and then Maria is peeking over the banner. My two best friends Maria and Eve had come to surprise me and boy, was I surprised (Even more tears at this stage)!

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I am surrounded by so much love in this world and I am so grateful for every single one of you.
After this I was thinking about the movie Love Actually;

Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.

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You know when you’ve been overseas and you’ve been working really, really hard on your tan (believe me when I say that I’ve been working on it. My friends back home in Australia actually said that I am fifty shades of white), and instantly when you get of the plane it feels like all your tan just come off.
It wasn’t like that here. Thank you guys for being so white 😉

Things I heard about Australia before coming here;

We have all heard those things about Australia before we go here, to the most dangerous country in the world.
”There will be snakes every where, a spider WILL kill you, you will get attacked by a shark and there is only hot surfer dudes there.”
– After a year, my dad still calls me (every week) to ask if I’ve seen any snakes or big spiders.

Let me tell you this;
Snakes – The first thing my roommate said last semester when I arrived in the middle of the night was; ”Watch out for the snakes in the trees!” That is not true.
I’ve only seen one, it was at uni and it did NOT attack me! It was kind of beautiful in away.
But still, things happen and I’m glad it’s not happening to me.
My friend Shiloh, her mum lives in the bush and the other week she hears something in the living room. And when she comes out there, she sees her rat (in a cage), being attacked by a python. It’s holding the rat with its mouth through the cage! And my 007 friend took the vacuum cleaner and started to hit the snake with it so it let go of the rat! She is bad ass my friend, just saying.

Spiders – A couple of weeks ago the biggest spider I’ve ever seen walked into the coffee shop where I work, it wasn’t that scary. Okay, maybe a little. But I just loved the look on my boss’s face that day!

Sharks – I am terrified to go to deep into the ocean and every time we go I’m pretty sure my friends are trying to trick me to go further and further out into the ocean. But I have a trick I use! Just make sure that someone is further out than you are. So if a shark Will attack, it’s not going for me first! Sorry guys, now you know my secret 😉

And for the hot surfer dudes, let’s be honest. They do not exist, at least not on the sunny coast. Hate to break it to you ladies!