My second year at Uni.

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Tomorrow it’s time – after a break of almost four months, my second year at uni starts!!
I can’t believe I’ve been here for over a year now, and it feels really good.

I’m feeling so freaking motivated about going back to Uni. I even got my motivating pens. My friend asked me; Penny, what exactly is a motivating pen?
Well, wouldn’t you like to know.
This year we’re gonna go more in to the nutrition part, finally. When people have asked me what we’ve learned this last year I haven’t really known what to answer. The periodic table? Cause it was mostly science my first year.
This semester I’m doing Food studies, Principles of nutrition, Introduction to behavioral health and Challenges to mental health. So exciting!!

And I’m gonna keep my motivating attitude throughout this semester. And I do this by surrounding me with an awesome group of people, planning my timetable wisely (well, let’s see how that goes), focusing on things that makes me happy. And of course, my motivating pens.

I’m gonna keep you posted about how everything goes.
Until then, do what makes you happy. Why else would you do it?

 

 

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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Embarrass yourself, it builds character

On Christmas eve I was sitting in Living room by Aryel as Mrs. Claus and I loved it!
There wasn’t a lot of people who dared to visit me inside but almost everyone smiled or laughed as they walked by. It made my day! I was sitting there dancing and singing and even one old man started dancing outside the window. He gave me so much happiness by just goofing around!
And I hope that’s what I give to people everyday!
While some people just gave me the nod, I mean – Nod to Mrs. Claus? So you DON’T want any presents this Christmas?

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This got me thinking – when do we learn that something is embarrassing?
I remember when I was a kid and I accidentally knocked something over in the food store and my dad, who was with me at the time, was all the suddenly on the other side of the store! Embarrassed to be seen with me, and I was embarrassed too!
But now a days I honestly don’t care that much if people think I’m weird or if I embarrass myself.
The other day I was laying on the beach with a friend and he just turned to me and said ”Don’t you ever change, promise me that!”. I’m gonna stay goofy and just be awesome!

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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