Happy & healthy 2018!

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Happy and Healthy(tier) New Year to you!

A little late as my MacBook decided to give me the “blue” screen and stopped working a few days ago so here’s a short 2017 review via my phone.

I celebrated New Year’s Eve in one of my favourite cities, Istanbul, trip #4 in December after a short visit to Athens and Vilnius to tell my MS story followed by a trip “home” to my mum in Germany. Busy times!

Now I finally got some quiet time to reflect on 2017, one of the most intense & best years of my life so far and I already have a plan in place to make 2018 even more spectacular and healing 😉

I’m thankful for the experience I gained as team member of Mission Summit and our attempt to climb Mont Blanc as the first MS team. If you follow me on Social Media you already know that we had to return after a night at the Tete Rousse hut ( 3167m) because of severe weather. As I trained months for this event I was somewhat disappointed but also know all the hard training paid off. I’m definitely getting fitter the older I get 😉 I also had a small emotional breakdown climbing up to that last hut as I remembered where I’ve been on this very day 5 years ago – in neurological rehab, sleeping 18 hours a day and most likely doing water gymnastics with a right arm that didn’t cooperate – well, I could not even hold my cutlery and there I was, climbing the highest mountain in the Alps. CRAZY! I learned so much about my body during that time, especially that I can really push way harder than I thought.

Mission Summit is planning another expedition in November 2018 – this time to climb one of the “7 Summit”, Mount Kilimanjaro – and of course I’m thinking about joining, it’s great to have a goal to train for  😉

The intense summer didn’t end there – shortly after I returned from the expedition it turned out that I have a bit of skin cancer  ( the “old people” kind, a basal cell carcinoma) on my collar bone. Bummer, but life goes on and it was luckily nothing dramatic.

My surgery was scheduled right after my yearly MRI that turned out to be fabulous – stable, no new lesions and last years “surprise lesion” was hardly to see so I think I’m on the right track with my DMD  and my mix of meditation, breath work, sound journeys, exercise, diet, supplements and so on paid off.

The mini surgery was quick and easy, the only real downside was that I couldn’t  do CrossFit or heavy weight lifting for a while. Stubborn as I am, I tried  ( of course 😉) and ripped each time a few stitches so in the end it took about 6 weeks until the scar healed a bit.

For the first 3 months of 2018 I got already a full plan in place as I need to train and prepare for my next “project” that will be both, a healing and adventure trip to Peru 🙌

Quick preview below and more to come in the next weeks but I can tell you already it’s going to be epic one way or another ( and for some a bit too extreme 😂 ).

I’m always busy making memories and this trip combines a few things I really, really wanted to try and do for many years.

As they say, all we have is NOW…

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Social Media Detox

I finally did it!

After weeks of hesitation, I just deleted Facebook and its Messenger from my iPhone.

My day is simply not long enough and I realised that mobile social media is a waste of my time. It’s my own fault, I usually start my day on Facebook and it’s the last thing I check before I fall asleep – plus the countless times in between. What do I get out of it? 99% of the time nothing, it doesn’t add any value to my life. It’s just stupid behavior, especially in my case as my productive time is very limited due to fatigue and I waste half of that on my iPhone. That’s the reason why I can’t blog or update my blog’s Facebook page more regularly, because I waste that precious time.

I miss out on so much as I’m very often not in the present moment. I can’t even watch TV without checking my phone every now and then. Crazy!  It gets even more tricky if you’re stuck at home all day as Facebook is my only connection to my “old life” and friends around the world, that’s the reason why I won’t delete my personal account.

I also decided to call more often as WhatsApp is another time killer. Why would we waste minutes typing instead of a quick call? Especially as calling is free these days? I must admit I hardly ever use my phone for calls, I only speak to my parents and 2 of my best friends on a regular basis, that’s it. Crazy! So no more WhatsApp novels from now on.

I’m sooo done with it, I want to live in the present and be “here” again.

It’ll be hard the first days/ weeks, but definitely worth it. Luckily I’m going to spend the summer in Germany (visiting my mum) and won’t have 4G on my phone without paying roaming fees, that should make things a bit more easy.

My social media detox action plan

  1. Delete Facebook and its Messenger on my iPhone and change notification settings for WhatsApp, Twitter etc – (almost) done, the only sound I want to hear is a call
  2. Allocate time for personal social media ( only using the iPad / laptop) This will be a very tricky one – let’s see if I can stick to one dedicated time slot a week, a Facebook power hour
  3. No WhatsApp/ text novels – call instead
  4. Leave my phone in another room more often, it’s not part of my body and doesn’t need to sleep next to me 😉
  5. Spend more time on my blog ( incl. its Facebook page and Twitter account )

Only five action points, should be doable but I know it’s going to be harder than it looks. To be honest, I wanted to start my social media detox last Saturday, that’s when I started with this post…oh boy, this is not going to be easy at all.

I need this additional time and I hate how stressed out social media makes me feel at times, really curious to find out if I can feel more relaxed without it.

Enough for today, time to “be present”.