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Mixed emotions

Two blog posts in one day?! I’m on a roll! I really felt like writing today so here it goes. Today is Midsummer’s Eve in Sweden, Midsommarafton as we call it back home. It’s a really fun day where friends and family get together to celebrate. The girls wear flower crowns (yes this tradition was there way before the Snapchat filter), there’s delicious food and then everyone go down to the pole where bands play and people dance around it. It sounds silly but is so much fun. It’s a great day surrounded by loved ones and it makes me a bit homesick.

Then this photo above popped up on my Facebook reminding me I graduated a year ago on this day. I couldn’t believe it. In one way it feels like it was just yesterday and in so many other ways it feels like it’s been much longer than just a year. So much has happened. I started working at lululemon just before I graduated. Then  shortly afterwards I left my part time marketing agency job to go full time at lululemon. I was living with the hopes my temporary contract would be become a permanent one once it had expired. It didn’t happen and I was devastated. I had met so many incredible people and I was heartbroken to leave. It was really tough.

Then came the job hunting where days turned into weeks and then months without any sign of a job in sight. I felt like I was being picky, holding out for a job when I wasn’t even sure what I was looking for. I went to job interviews where I got my hopes up but ended up disappointed. I started doubting myself and my abilities. Started thinking that I was being ridiculous for being so picky when I actually wasn’t even being picky in hindsight. Jamie, friends and family were all so supported and said something will come along. I tried to believe them but at the same time, how could something just appear out of nowhere? It sounded way too good to be true but then it happened. I got that email saying they’d read my blog and wanted to meet me, a meeting about writing some blogs led to an actual full time job only a couple of weeks later. That thing I was waiting for appeared and when it did I knew it was it.

Looking back now I’m glad it happened the way it did because I wouldn’t be where I am today. The girl in the picture above had no idea where she would be in a year’s time. She was so hopeful but she had no idea what she wanted to do with her life. A year later she knows and I wouldn’t know if it hadn’t been for this crooked road I’ve had. My mission in life is to help people get fitter and healthier to live happier lives. I want to show that it doesn’t have to be a nightmare to train or boring to eat healthy. I believe there is a type of fitness out there for everyone, you just need to find it. This is what I try to do through this blog and what I get to do through my role on the voomfit team. I’m so incredibly grateful everyday for it.

Without that journey I wouldn’t know this but now I do. Trust your journey, you will know your path when you find it.

Love,

M xxx


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If there’s a will, there’s a way

Hi lovelies! For a while I’ve been meaning to go back to Fly for a class but it’s just not happened. The other day David said that I keep on saying I’m going to come down soon and I never do. I felt bad and I know I always love the classes at Fly and that I’m missing out on so much by not planning in to go so I decided to go to his class this morning, which was Fly Box.

It was at 7am and in order to be able to go the class I need to pack everything to get ready so I can go straight to work. So my more lazy side who loves my routines of having breakfast at home and doesn’t like packing all my stuff to shower at the gym was put of it’s comfort zone a little bit with this. It was all excuses in my head and I almost got a bit stressed having to remember what to bring, whether I would have time to get ready between class and work. I felt a bit stressed without even knowing how it would work out. I’d never done it before but already I was slightly hesitant to go because of all of these minor obstacles. So silly. I love walking but for some reason walking all the way down to them so early in the morning felt daunting for some reason (it rally wasn’t once was up and got going).

Anyway, I did actually want to go to Fly Box (love that I’ve been boxing more) because I can’t ever say no to a class really :p So I got my shit together basically. I packed my oats, chopped up fruit, brought Oatly, nuts and almond butter in my bag just so I could easily make porridge at work. Packed my lunch, snacks and all my clothes, make up, towel, trainers and whatever else I needed the night before. All to make it as easy as possible in the morning and so I wouldn’t forget something.

Once I was at the gym it was all worth it. The class was amazing (no surprise really, they always are). It was quite warm today so the sweat was dripping. We started off with boxing rounds and ended with a 15 minute Metcon. My arms were shaking so bad afterwards that I could barely be still to put mascara on. Can’t remember the last time that happened 😛 It ended being an incredible start to my morning, I met lots of amazing people, got to chat to David, had time to shower, get my make up on and got to work just on time. I had nothing to worry about! All those stupid thoughts were all for nothing.

With this post I just wanted to say that sometimes we really let excuses and worries get in the way of you doing something that could be really fun. Training is my life but even I can find it tough sometimes to get to a class. If you really want to do something, you will find a way. You just need to plan it. If you want to squeeze in that workout in in the morning, just plan for it. Figure it out. You’ll feel so amazing once you’ve done it. It’s only your mind that limits you most of the time. Thinking of reasons why it would be difficult or why you shouldn’t will only limit you.

So prove those thoughts wrong! I’m so glad I did today. In the end it wasn’t difficult at all bringing all that stuff with me and the very minor inconvenience it caused me was well worth it to get that training session in.

Anyway, ramble over! Time to get some dinner ready and hopefully get to bed earlyish, I’m so sleepy!

Speak soon,

M xx


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Do what you love and good things will come

 Hi lovelies! You know that good news I was celebrating recently at Number 16? I’m really happy to share that I FINALLY have a job!! After months of searching and nearly loosing hope several times, it was incredibly tough, the job just appeared one day. Actually through writing about what I love here on the blog.

I’m now working at a company called voomfit. It’s a new health, fitness, wellbeing and lifestyle platform for Glasgow. I mentioned them a while a go when I was with them behind the scenes when they were filming for their website (post here). They originally were in touch with me and asked if I wanted to contribute with some posts for their site, which I said hell yes to. I really think their platform is such a good idea and I really believe in it. It should be easy to find ways to be healthy and I think making it easier to find gyms, PTs, yoga studios or whatever else to get healthy and fit could encourage more people to do it. I think voomfit can really help with this.

A week or so after filming the guys at voomfit got in touch with me saying there was a full time position on the team coming up for content, blogging and much more exciting stuff. It sounded like the dream and the job I’d so long been searching for. I couldn’t believe me sitting here everyday speaking to you guys, trying to help and motivate actually led me to a job. A proper full time job with something I’m so passionate about.

I interviewed for the role and a week later I found out I got it. I sat in the park in the sun when email popped up on my screen. My heart stopped and I had to read the email at least three times before I realised I had gotten the job. I got tears in my eyes and called Jamie. I still couldn’t believe it when I spoke to him, or my sister or my parents. It felt too good to be true.

This just shows and proves something I’ve always believed in, if you do what you love good things will come. It’s because you are willing to go that extra mile, you are willing to dedicate your heart and soul towards it. This is what health, fitness and wellbeing is to me. It’s my passion, it’s what I want to share with the world and I want more people to move their bodies and take care of them to live their lives to the fullest.

I want people to see that there can be joy in working out and it can be delicious eating nourishing meals. That getting up an hour earlier to squeeze in a workout or yoga session can make you feel amazing. I want people to understand that there is no one way of being active that suits everyone and not everyone needs to enjoy the same things when it comes to exercise. The same way not everyone like the same films, food or music.

I hope me sharing this can inspire you to work with your passion. Put yourself out there. I did with this blog, it’s absolutely terrifying opening up here, where everyone can read what you write but at the same time I love it. Even if this blog can help one person on their path to a healthier life that would be mean the world to me.

So this week has actually been my first week as an employed person since I left lululemon (hence the very early blog updates at times and early workouts squeezed in before heading to the office). I’ve had a great time getting to know the team and there’s so much happening since it’s a start-up. So much to do and learn. It’s been amazing but I’m now exhausted haha. I’m not used to being this busy but I really felt like the week went smoothly with training and my meals and everything so I’ll write a post about how I stayed on top of things during my first week as a working person. Don’t get me wrong, I love being busy.

I couldn’t be happier at the moment and I can’t wait to continue working within the health and fitness community in Glasgow. We’ve got such incredible community here and I love all the people I’ve met and I’m so happy I still get to be part of it through work and also here through my blog. Don’t worry, the blog is my baby and my aim is still to update it everyday!

Have an amazing day!

Love, M xx

 


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Stockholm

Hi lovelies! Sorry I haven’t posted anything here today. You probably have read in the news about what happened in Stockholm yesterday afternoon and to be honest it’s been really tough to write anything. There are no words to describe the shock and fear I felt when I found out. The worry that my loved ones could’ve been there.

I found out through my dad sending me an email saying that him, Anki and sister are okay. Thank you dad for sending it before I read the news because I would’ve had a heart attack. As soon as I found out I threw myself over my phone trying to message everyone to ask them if they were okay. The wait was horrible. Luckily they were all okay. However, I’m devastated about what has happened in my beloved hometown and my heart is breaking for the ones who lost someone yesterday. These people were just walking down the street doing a bit of shopping, looking forward to their plans for the weekend and out of nowhere this happened. I can’t even imagine the fear.

I didn’t know what to do with myself yesterday but was determined not to let evil win. That’s what they want. Us to stop in our tracks and fall apart. We need to show our strength and move on. So I decided to still go to Stella’s in the evening even though my mind and heart was back home. The gym is where I heal. It’s my bubble of safety and where I go to clear my mind.

I wasn’t entirely focused on my workout so I fell on the wooden box during my box jumps, ouch. It’s so painful. Luckily no cuts but I’m bruised today! It wasn’t my best workout but being around people and getting a bit sweaty helped me a lot.

Afterwards I spoke to my family just to tell them that I love them and that I’m so happy they are safe. My sister was so close to being there yesterday, just off that street to have a haircut. Luckily Anki was too busy at work to make an appointment. I can’t even bare the thought of her maybe being there. We eventually hung up because they were packing for their holiday. I’m glad they get to go away for a bit away from all of that.

I met up of with some friends and had food as well. They always make me feel so much better and instead of going to bed feeling sad and devastated I felt love and hope. There is more love in this world than evil and love will always win. That I truly believe.

Today I’m still processing all of this and in one way I wish I was there with everyone. Showing my support and that I care but instead I’m sending as much positive vibes and love I can. This attack only brought everyone more together and together we will heal and be stronger than ever before.

Take care of yourselves and your loved ones and speak soon xxx