Eating is a necessity but cooking is an art

A little statement that matched the evening’s activities. Me & my siblings made a really good dinner for our grandparents, as a Christmas gift. Starters, a main meal & a dessert. It was delicious! And great fun to cook as well.

Other than that, I did boring (but essential) things in the morning, cleaning & so forth. I also did an hour long workout- which was fun. A full body one today, legs, arms, core, hamstrings, feet, balances, stretch etc. In the afternoon, we went to the bank & fixed a few things, I also managed to do a little shopping (hehe), photos of what I’ve bought these past days will come up soon- for those who asked. Anyways, the evening was a cozy one, spent with our grandparents. ❤

Tomorrow’s New Years eve… I cannot believe how quickly this year passed, but I’m kind of glad it’s over. I have good hopes for 2017! We’ll be spending tomorrow with a lot of friends of ours, some we haven’t seen in years & some we recently met. I’m sure it will be a lot of fun & I can’t wait till I get to see my best friend again.

Enjoy the last friday of 2016.
Kisses!

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– Thoughts on fracturing my back 

Being told I could never dance again & that I immediately had to quit dancing, wasn’t funny. Neither being in that much pain. Or to leave everything I had in Zurich.
I’m not religious & I don’t believe I God (though I respect everyone who does), what I do believe in sometimes though, is that things happen for a reason. Just as much as I hate how this happened to me, I’m kind of glad it did. 

Fracturing my back has led to many things. I got to spend more time in Delhi, making it feel like home as well. This, led to making loads of new friends. I’ve met people with such different backgrounds, who’ve lived all over the world & experienced all sorts of things. I’ve made so many good friends who have really helped me a lot. Refusing going back to India after being in Zurich wasn’t an option, I had to go & I hated it. 3 months later & I hated leaving instead. Making many good friends is one thing, but I am also super thankful for the amazing physio I was able to do in Delhi. I don’t think I could’ve gotten any better physio in neither Sweden, Zürich or any other place in the world. My back is way better now & that’s all thanks to the physio I received.

Am I happy about fracturing my back? 

Well, this has given me time to think, to reconsider, to realise & to get knowledge about things I’d never do if this wouldn’t happen. I’m not happy, in fact, I hate that fracturing my back may make me unable to become a professional dancer. On the other hand, I’m glad for these many experiences I’ve gotten because of this. Lots & lots & lots of traveling, new friends & overall many new influences in my life.

I’m starting the boarding school in 11 days. I will try my best to do the full year in only one semester. I will also continue to do physio & practise ballet. For this semester, I’ll do as much ballet as I can- workout everyday & put as much effort as I possible can into the dance. While my studies & the academics are just as important. I have no idea where I’ll go next school year. I want to be a dancer so badly but another (more logic) part of me, says that the best choice would be to graduate & do all three years at the boarding school. Choosing the dance is a huge uncertainty, especially since I’m not even & ever will be, able to tell if my back will manage. Or break again… At the same time, I’m not sure I’ll manage a life without ballet? Hmm… 

Though, this isn’t a decision I have to take today. For now, I’ll start at the boarding school, do my best, keep up with the ballet at the same time, do it as much as I can as long as it works out. To try my back and see how hard I can push it. 

XOXO

 Challenging challenges ?

“Challenges are what makes life interesting & overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” 

Challenges can’t be tough. Rough. Horrible. Good? Maybe…
It was a very suitable quote I found on google earlier today, something to keep in mind when things don’t always go as planned. Because sometimes, they really don’t. Anyways I hope everything will be okay in the end.

Today has been a studying kind of day. I’ve been doing business studies, french & math. I also worked out in the morning. Not super hard core, more like stretching & balancing things. It was really good anyways. Strength is very good but sometimes a calm & more basic workout is just as good, once in awhile.

I’m currently watching SKAM. There isn’t one single person in Sweden who doesn’t know what that is. I swear. And it’s so freaking GOOD! I’ve soon finished watching season 2. There’s a season 3 as well but for the moment it’s only available in Norwegian, I’ll see if I watch it anyways or wait until it comes with Swedish subtitles.

Tomorrow will be a shopping day. (Yeyy!) We’ll also meet up with some of our cousins, long time no see.

My episode is over & I’ll now grab a book to read, another good one. 
Good night!! 

Believe in yourself a little more. 

Good evening all! 

I’m currently lying in the sofa, watching SKAM. It’s a famous Norwegian TV serie, that literally every single teenager in Sweden is watching. I’m halfway through season 2 & I LOVE it. Not to talk about how pretty the Norwegian language is… 

Today we ate the annual turkey dinner, at my grandparents’ house. It tasted as good as always. The morning was spent studying & I also did a short but intense workout. The evening as well.

The storm URG is wrecking outside, like literally. It’s super intense & they talk about it all over the news. I’m glad I’m not outside. It’s still a little scary, though I’m safe in my sofa, but to see how the windows are moving, the rain’s smattering & how the wind is grabbing the house & the trees.

I’ll soon grab a book & read a little before going to bed. Today it is exactly 2 weeks until the first day at the boarding school! Exciting… The Christmas sales started today so we’ll spend tomorrow shopping… something I really like. ❤

I hope you’re enjoying the holidays! Sweet dreams!! 

How do I become more flexible? 

I receive this question many many many times a week, sometimes on a daily basis as well. How do I become more flexible? How do I get my needle? What stretches are good for turnout? How can I get my oversplits? Do you have any flexibility tips? And so on… This post is more dedicated to the actual stretching itself. Because I know many of you are beginners- of course not all, but I even though you’ve been dancing for 10 years sometimes going back to the basics is just as good. So here we go.  

I have to start by telling you this, some people are born natural flexible while others naturally have a stiffer body. There’s nothing wrong with either of them, but it is a fact that does matter a lot in the long-term aspect how flexible you are able to become. I am natural flexible but that doesn’t mean it easier for me- I have the flexibility easier but the opposite with strength. Natural flexible but natural weak as well… is a way to put it. People that are stiffer in their bodies tend for the most time to have a stronger body as well.

In every stretch you do, you need to be careful & listen to your body- the fact that I can do a stretch without feeling anything, doesn’t mean it will be the same for you. If you haven’t stretched in your whole life, stretching will of course hurt. It doesn’t necessarily need to be painful, but keep in mind that having slightly pain while stretching is just a way for you body to show you that what you do works. As long as it’s not bad pain. That’s another thing to keep in mind, the difference between- will this pain make me a little sore because my body isn’t used to do it but it won’t affect me too much? Good. Will this pain that comes with this stretch make me unable to walk properly or do I have to adapt my daily moments in a bad way? Don’t stretch like that.

So, I hope that every person out there is aware that if your body is warm when you stretch, the possibility to hurt yourself reduces rapidly. Your body stretches much easier if you are warm as well, the results will be better. Either you can go for a minimum 15-20 min walk outside- outside walking is good for you- if you don’t live in polluted Delhi. Walk fast, breath & feel how the blood flow starts increasing in your body, making your muscles warm. Running is also great. If you do an intense workout beforehand, take 5 minutes doing leg swings to make sure you hips are nice and warm.

There’s something in your body called Fascia. This is the biological fabric that holds us together, the connective tissue network. Understanding fascia is essential to the dance between stability and movement – crucial in high performance, central in recovery from injury and disability, and ever-present in our daily life to the last breath we take.

The stretch I always start with- is the famous hamstring stretch. You know the one where you sit on the floor, legs stretched in front of you & then bend forward. I can easily put my head to the floor while doing that- but then it’s no point of doing it if I don’t feel it, right? Instead, grab your feet & flex. Stretch your legs as much as possible (if you have hyperextended legs, like I do, let your heels go off the floor & the stretch will increase), while trying to make your back completely straight: butt out, shoulders back & keep an open position in the upper front of your body- that’s when it stretches. This will really stretch your fascia. Hold from everything to 30s 3 reps, 2 min, 1 min 2 reps etc. I would say at least 30s as a minimum. This will make you warm from inside & out. It’s a lovely stretch when you get the hang of it- really intense but definitely essential in your daily stretching.

I won’t give you any other stretches today. Always remember that whatever you see online, when you try a stretch at home- be careful & don’t ever do anything too intense, that hurts too much, too many times. An example of this is the famous needle- constantly doing that when my body was still growing & not having enough muscles, broke my back. Although, better flexibility improves your performance in physical activities. It can also decrease your risk of injuries, helping your joints move through their full range of motion which enables your muscles to work most effectively. Stretching also increases blood flow to the muscle.

It’s all about balance.

🖤 ❤

 

Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.

I wish y’all a very Merry Christmas y’all!! I hope you’ve had a day filled with lots of love & joy. 

I had a really cozy morning. My family and I walked to our cousins house, for some Christmas snacking (fika!) and presents exchanges. Then we went to our grandparents to say merry Christmas, before going back home again. We spent the rest of the morning & afternoon having quality time together, opening Christmas presents & eating a typical annual Swedish lunch.

In the afternoon, we all walked to our grandparents’ house. There, we spent time with our cousins & relatives. Ate more food, had another annual dinner, & opened even more presents. Christmas means spending time with your family & your loved ones, doesn’t it? It was nice meeting my cousins again & it is always great fun to see the two little cute twins.

I am very thankful for all the amazing gifts I have gotten today. I am also so happy & blessed to be surrounded by such a good family & amazing friends. I love you all, and once again, Merry Christmas! 

 

❤🌲❤🌲❤