"I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing." -Anais Nin
2013- a year of grave contrast.
Ultimate success and detrimental loss. I graduated, I got employed, I got engaged, I was in love, I was happy, I lost my mother, my life turned upside down, I grieve and I grow. What I got from it all? I don't know yet. I believe in connecting the dots in ones life, I believe that everything that happens is supposed to happen, and that life by nature can be cruel and unfair, and that no good comes from questioning it. I hope I will learn to appreciate life differently now that I have experienced profound loss, and I know I am a better person for it. I guess you don't really understand who you are until God asks you to stand up and say your name out loud. I am still standing in that spot, as my name changes.
What I know to be true of 2013: I am grateful, I was born to a warrior woman, I have love, support and compassion surrounding me in my friends and father and my beautiful fiance. I am stronger than I thought I was, and I found there's a sort of power in loss, a shield forms around you. It's hard to explain.
2014 - A year of great opportunity?
I have landed an intern position at my Hospital in Stavanger, and I've somehow gotten a book-deal with a publisher here in Norway, called Jungelboken forlag. These are the people behind "Frisk Rygg" and other health and fitness publications. I will write about skin and beauty and diet and everything else that I love, and it will be published under the working title of "Frisk Hud" or "Healthy skin" in English (As long as I make the deadline). The book will serve as a light encyclopedia of everything skin and beauty related including common diseases, skin care and esthetics as well as a question- answers section. The book is planned to be published May 2014, and will soon be available for early purchase by sign up. I'm speaking at the 2014 Health Fitness & Beauty Expo in Oslo this Feb. I'm doing a talk on my favorite topic: Anti-aging Skin-Care, and I'm extremely excited, and a little bit terrified! I'm joining great names within the health and beauty industry, and I feel so extremely privileged and lucky to be part of such an amazing expo. Check out the program here. Scroll down to find yours truly and my talk-title. (This site is in unfortunately only in Norwegian).
If you are in Oslo the 8th of Feb 2014, please come support me as I give my first ever public speech on behalf of ROKderm! Get your 2 for 1 digital entrance flyer here: HFB 2for1-kort_web.
I am also traveling on a much needed vacation next year, and I can't wait! I haven't had proper time off in between the worry, the final year practices and the summer jobs.
As you may have gathered, I am planning to be very busy come 2014. In reality I haven't planned anything, this all seemed to happen to my great appreciation and apprehension. I guess you don't grow until you're forced to, and unless you feel despair, frustration and loss you will never truly know accomplishment. At least that's how I hope it goes, only time will tell!