Life Through My Eyes
Earlier during my staying here in New Zealand, there were warnings all over the street and on TV about this horrible cyclone Lusi, which were on her way to Auckland. Expecting heavy rain and really strong wind, we stayed inside that night, watching a movie and eating popcorn. The wind was so strong that a camping chair nearly tipped over, and I’ve heard rumors about leafs falling of the trees. Not much of a storm, in other words.
This week, on the other hand, we were warned about a little rain, so remember to bring your jackets when you go outside. As I went for a jog through Domain Park yesterday morning, I almost tripped over broken branches and fallen trees. Did I just move to backwards-land? 

Earlier during my staying here in New Zealand, there were warnings all over the street and on TV about this horrible cyclone Lusi, which were on her way to Auckland. Expecting heavy rain and really strong wind, we stayed inside that night, watching a movie and eating popcorn. The wind was so strong that a camping chair nearly tipped over, and I’ve heard rumors about leafs falling of the trees. Not much of a storm, in other words.

This week, on the other hand, we were warned about a little rain, so remember to bring your jackets when you go outside. As I went for a jog through Domain Park yesterday morning, I almost tripped over broken branches and fallen trees. Did I just move to backwards-land? 

Such beautiful animals. 

Such beautiful animals. 

You know those days you wake up, sit down and just start waiting for the day to be over already? The weather is chilly, there is nothing special on your agenda, the tower of homework is on it’s way to become a skyscraper, and the only thing that seems to be claiming your time at the moment, is the waiting for something great to happen. 
And that is indeed what I’m waiting for, and I know it’s happening very soon. This is why I hate making plans. Once I get excited about something that is going to happen, I forget to pay attention to what’s happening during the wait 

You know those days you wake up, sit down and just start waiting for the day to be over already? The weather is chilly, there is nothing special on your agenda, the tower of homework is on it’s way to become a skyscraper, and the only thing that seems to be claiming your time at the moment, is the waiting for something great to happen. 

And that is indeed what I’m waiting for, and I know it’s happening very soon. This is why I hate making plans. Once I get excited about something that is going to happen, I forget to pay attention to what’s happening during the wait 

Learning more about yourself can be a fun and exciting experience. We all love to read quotes, made-up example-situations, and general descriptions we can yell out “that’s what I always do/say!”. We are all sort of self-absorbed in that innocent kind of way.  
After my first lection in one of my papers at AUT, Leadership, I was really excited about getting to learn so much about myself. At least, I thought I was learning something new about myself. Everybody enjoys hearing things as “fun, entertaining, strong, brave and wise”, because those are the descriptions you want to relate yourself to.
Now I understand that the first lecture was basically things I already knew, such as that I’m strong-willed, determined and optimistic. My true learning was yet to come.
The third week, we started to learn about our weaknesses, which is a bit more sensitive topic. I think most people are aware of their weaknesses, but we often suppress this kind of knowledge, in order to avoid having to do something about the problem. I have always had a short temper, a pride that refuses me to realize my mistakes, also affecting my actions in a negative way, and a revengeful way of thinking. I’ve always just considered it to be a part of my personality, not realizing they are actually weaknesses that damages my personality.
As dumb as it may sound, that actually opened up a whole new world to me, completely changing my way of thinking. Previously, I released a massive rage driven by anger and frustration the second I found myself in a situation I did not know how to handle. Now, I find myself thinking out a reaction, analyzing if the actions I’m planning is correct or influenced by anger, and actually trying to figure out the consequences due to my attempted reaction. By practising this, I’ve learned that most of my actions are influenced by self-centered reasons. It was not a pleasant discovery, but neither a surprise. Perhaps I always knew this, but decided to suppress this without even realising it. 
Learning about yourself can be both a pleasant and a uncomfortable journey. No matter what the result might be, there is always knowledge to take wisdom from, and changing is never impossible as long as the goal is clear and sincere. 

Learning more about yourself can be a fun and exciting experience. We all love to read quotes, made-up example-situations, and general descriptions we can yell out “that’s what I always do/say!”. We are all sort of self-absorbed in that innocent kind of way.  

After my first lection in one of my papers at AUT, Leadership, I was really excited about getting to learn so much about myself. At least, I thought I was learning something new about myself. Everybody enjoys hearing things as “fun, entertaining, strong, brave and wise”, because those are the descriptions you want to relate yourself to.

Now I understand that the first lecture was basically things I already knew, such as that I’m strong-willed, determined and optimistic. My true learning was yet to come.

The third week, we started to learn about our weaknesses, which is a bit more sensitive topic. I think most people are aware of their weaknesses, but we often suppress this kind of knowledge, in order to avoid having to do something about the problem. I have always had a short temper, a pride that refuses me to realize my mistakes, also affecting my actions in a negative way, and a revengeful way of thinking. I’ve always just considered it to be a part of my personality, not realizing they are actually weaknesses that damages my personality.

As dumb as it may sound, that actually opened up a whole new world to me, completely changing my way of thinking. Previously, I released a massive rage driven by anger and frustration the second I found myself in a situation I did not know how to handle. Now, I find myself thinking out a reaction, analyzing if the actions I’m planning is correct or influenced by anger, and actually trying to figure out the consequences due to my attempted reaction. By practising this, I’ve learned that most of my actions are influenced by self-centered reasons. It was not a pleasant discovery, but neither a surprise. Perhaps I always knew this, but decided to suppress this without even realising it. 

Learning about yourself can be both a pleasant and a uncomfortable journey. No matter what the result might be, there is always knowledge to take wisdom from, and changing is never impossible as long as the goal is clear and sincere. 

Yup, love this photo as well. Isn’t he adorable? 

Yup, love this photo as well. Isn’t he adorable? 

I absolutely love this photo of my beloved dog, Rex. The first thing I’m going to do when I get back home, is to order a proper frame and put this beauty on the wall. Brothers come in many shapes - some of them even got fur and four legs! 

I absolutely love this photo of my beloved dog, Rex. The first thing I’m going to do when I get back home, is to order a proper frame and put this beauty on the wall. Brothers come in many shapes - some of them even got fur and four legs! 

I decided to give myself a rest this weekend, and just recharge my batteries. It was sorely needed after several weeks with heavy drinking, studying, social events and exploring. It felt great to just relax in the park alone with Game of Thrones, or watch a movie with my roomie. 
I woke up around 10(!!), washed some clothes, and went straight back to bed for a few more hours of sleep. 10 hours later, and I’m still exhausted. I really need to take more time to relax on a daily basis, so I don’t experience more of these total collapses. This is the third or fourth one during my staying. 

I decided to give myself a rest this weekend, and just recharge my batteries. It was sorely needed after several weeks with heavy drinking, studying, social events and exploring. It felt great to just relax in the park alone with Game of Thrones, or watch a movie with my roomie. 

I woke up around 10(!!), washed some clothes, and went straight back to bed for a few more hours of sleep. 10 hours later, and I’m still exhausted. I really need to take more time to relax on a daily basis, so I don’t experience more of these total collapses. This is the third or fourth one during my staying. 

I miss my buddy
The last two week I’ve felt like time is standing still. That was until i checked my calendar today, trying to memorise my travels for the semester break for the hundredth time. Semester break indicates that half of my staying here in New Zealand is over. 5 days left to semester break. 7 days until my boyfriend is here. 15 days until we are going to Bay of Islands. 76 days left until my semester is over. God-knows-how-many days until i’m going traveling around in Asia with my good friend and, some few weeks later, end up back home to Norway again. Maybe about time to order my flight back home? Not quite sure how to react to that. 
This week, I’ve had my first almost-kinda sober week in New Zealand. I poured myself a glass of wine for dinner last night, really intending to only stick with that one glas. Somehow it kinda emptied itself. Oh well… Or, as I came to think of it, a winning-night at the local pub-quiz did end with a 1. price bar-tab at 50$. A few shots and some mugs of beer later, and I’m still sticking to my sober-week explanation. If you can’t fully remember it, it does not count! 

I miss my buddy

The last two week I’ve felt like time is standing still. That was until i checked my calendar today, trying to memorise my travels for the semester break for the hundredth time. Semester break indicates that half of my staying here in New Zealand is over. 5 days left to semester break. 7 days until my boyfriend is here. 15 days until we are going to Bay of Islands. 76 days left until my semester is over. God-knows-how-many days until i’m going traveling around in Asia with my good friend and, some few weeks later, end up back home to Norway again. Maybe about time to order my flight back home? Not quite sure how to react to that. 

This week, I’ve had my first almost-kinda sober week in New Zealand. I poured myself a glass of wine for dinner last night, really intending to only stick with that one glas. Somehow it kinda emptied itself. Oh well… Or, as I came to think of it, a winning-night at the local pub-quiz did end with a 1. price bar-tab at 50$. A few shots and some mugs of beer later, and I’m still sticking to my sober-week explanation. If you can’t fully remember it, it does not count! 

I don’t understand how some people claim to love tigers, but still pay money to pet tiger cubs at restaurants or in the street. There is nothing cute about petting a drugged animal.
Joined the Imsdal Aktiv-program a couple of days ago. Running around in Auckland is an amazing way to discover all the beautiful things the city has to offer. Why not make it a workout with potential prizes as well? I’m convinced, and my motivation is sky high at the moment. 

Joined the Imsdal Aktiv-program a couple of days ago. Running around in Auckland is an amazing way to discover all the beautiful things the city has to offer. Why not make it a workout with potential prizes as well? I’m convinced, and my motivation is sky high at the moment. 

I am absolutely in love with Sheinside. Lots of lovely clothes for a cheap prize! I just ordered more clothes from this site this morning, and I am really excited about it! Especially the tiger-sweater. I love tiger-prints on clothes. 

So this has been a productive week! I just finished three of my assignments, and was rewarded with four new ones…. So a little treat from Sheinside.com and a glas of whine was necccary to make up for all the future suffering, to say the least. The clothes are all very red and full of love!

Slightly intoxicated and very optimistic, I’m planning my semester break and future summer-holiday. Hopefully I’m not in for a finallySoberAndMyHolidayIsRuined-surprise tomorrow. 

I can’t believe it’s tuesday already! Time goes by so quick down here, but at the same time, it feels like it’s standing still. Strange feeling. It is good to be back i Auckland, which truly feels like a home to me now. The weather is beautiful, so I’ve spent the last couple of days out in the park reading both history and Game of Thrones. I’m so caught up in this book right now. Even though I have watched the series, I still enjoy every page. I got even more excited after watching the premiere for season 4. What an opening! Arya and the Hound turned out to be quite the team. What a book, what a serie.

I went for a jog early this morning, feeling sportier than ever. I’m starting to get really tan as well, and I love it! Life is good here in New Zealand. 

I was curious about the result from last marathon, and did a little research this morning. Turns out it went far better than i expected. all thought they put me up on the wrong result list, I actually ended up on 7. place, with a total of 53 participators. What the actual fuck… I really did not see that coming, so my self esteem right now is higher than the Sky Tower. I will go out jogging tomorrow as well, no doubt!

I love this city

I love this city