“I have been feeling very clearheaded lately and what I want to write about today is the sea. It contains so many colors. Silver at dawn, green at noon, dark blue in the evening. Sometimes it looks almost red. Or it will turn the color of old coins. Right now the shadows of clouds are dragging across it, and patches of sunlight are touching down everywhere. White strings of gulls drag over it like beads.⠀ ⠀ It is my favorite thing, I think, that I have ever seen. Sometimes I catch myself staring at it and forget my duties. It seems big enough to contain everything anyone could ever feel.” ⠀ ⠀ ― Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See⠀ ⠀ 📸 @johannagouw
More things people didn’t know about me... I love waterfalls SO much. ⠀ •⠀ They make me brilliantly happy. I love swimming in them. Laughing by them. Kissing @christieluge near them☺️. And I truly feel that snacks taste better when enjoyed at the base of them. ⠀ •⠀ Maybe it’s always been a part of me? I have this crystal clear memory of being a child of maybe 8 years old, being in the backseat of the car and asking my mom to keep replaying the song "don’t go chasing waterfalls". Not because I was actually listening to the lyrics AT ALL. But I liked sitting in the car day dreaming of chasing waterfalls. ⠀ •⠀ This is Waimoku falls. Such a beautiful name right? Not so fast. ⠀ •⠀ That’s what I thought too, until I read a small plaque near the falls with it's definition: Waimoku can mean water that cuts, severs, amputates or breaks in two as this stream does after heavy rain. 😬 •⠀ Well that will certainly get you to take a waterfall seriously!! ⠀ •⠀ What are your funny/brave waterfall stories, waterfall adventure recommendations, favourite around the world falls locations? Go... ⠀
⠀ Part deux. It’s taken 1035 days for me to understand why my body is rebelling against me. I found out two weeks ago, I have Lyme. ⠀ •⠀ I am taking this huge scary leap of faith and sharing this vulnerable side. Do you know how high my HR went while pressing post to this? Full Fear. Sharing fun places I’ve been travelling to and delicious food I’m cooking is easy. This is hard. ⠀ •⠀ Why have I decided to share this? We share out lives in these 9 little squares at a time. I think social media has the ability to empower, inspire and connect people OR the ability to alienate each other where we all think everyones lives look perfect, feel down on ourselves, lower our self-confidence and start down the deep hole of the compare and judge game. I am in a full fledged effort to use the squares for good. To be as real and authentic I can.⠀ •⠀ I feel that one of my best qualities is that I am the eternal optimist. I can find the silver lining, a new direction and an inspired motivation in most bad situations. Which is why my favourite book is @ryanholiday The Obstacle Is The Way. However, the last three years of this lyme journey is the very first time in my life that I have garnered no positives out of it. It's been hell. It ended my sport career. It made people think I was crazy while I was in so much pain. Every day I feel intense loneliness, fear and panic at some point in the day. In the blink of an eye I lost the ability to workout and move and explore the world in the ways that makes me happiest. So far I haven’t been able to find much good. So here goes a try. I hope by sharing my story I can help others struggling through..chronic illness, pain, disease, life in general...find some hope, inspiration, support or connection. If my story and journey can help anyone maybe that will be the good that comes out of it. 🍈 #lymedontkillmyvibe #whenlifegivesyoulymes #Lyme⠀
On this day we got up early to go surf. ⠀ Out of bed, coffee made, smoothie made, suncreened, boards strapped on and headed to the west side to surf. When we got there the ocean was... as my dad put it... "Flatter than pee on a plate".⠀ Can we please take a second to appreciate the hilarity of this statement. I died laughing. I have never ever heard anyone say theses words. ⠀ •⠀ No waves. Surfing every day last month made me realize that nature forces you to live in the moment. Some mornings you plan your whole morning around going surfing and then ITS FLATTER THAN PEE ON A PLATE. And you have to pivot. Pivoting in life good. Pivoting in life is sometimes hard. And something I need practice at. So as per usual nature teaching me my most important lessons. ⠀
Imposter syndrome. Yupp I got your attention now didn't it? I literally showed up to the #IWF conference in #miami (see last posts) and thought: "all of these women are extraordinary and have phDs and are changing the world and building robots and how the hell did I get here? I don't belong here. I must have been chosen because I do an obscure sport." ⠀ •⠀ Sure enough the next day one of the speakers told us that high achieving women experience the highest level of imposter syndrome. She said "who here feels like they don't belong here."⠀ •⠀ PANIC. PANIC in my brain. ⠀ •⠀ I took a leap of vulnerability and put my hand up. When I looked around, almost everyone else's hands were up too. This completely shook the story line I had been telling myself. ⠀ •⠀ After this session, I told one of the women how I had felt when I arrived and how impressed and intimidated of her accomplishments I had been. She looks at me in shock and said: "Are you kidding me? When we met I thought, omg this girl did LUGE and now is a nutritionist and just became and chef in NYC, I don't belong here!" ⠀ We both burst out laughing. If we were not forced to have this vulnerable conversation we both would have walked away from the weekend thinking we were the ones that didn't belong there. Instead, we felt a deep sense of connection for sharing our vulnerable fears and realizing they were just stories we made up in our heads. I couldn't be happier to call these 24 powerful fierce athletic business women my friends!⠀ •⠀ Next time you have imposter syndrome. Remember. You belong there.
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I love green smoothies. They just LOOK healthy! NO but really, I love being able to pump my morning smoothie full of veggies. I recently found @thisrawsomeveganlife veg-tastic green smoothie. • It has peas, zucchini, spirulina and basil in it!! Part of me was all like holy veggies hurray. And the other part of me (I am going to level with you here) thought it was going to taste terrible. • It was ANYTHING BUT. It was delicious and sweet and refreshing! This ones a win #thisrawsomeveganlife • Anyone have any fave green smoothie recipes? • • • • • #nyceats #ebdailypic #brooklynbased #eaterny #EatLikeAnOlympian #thejoneslife #inspirehealth #nyceats #Foods4Thought #wholefoods #storyofmytable
Throwback to new adventures, new friends, and new insights... read on. ⠀ •⠀ @sashadigiulian and I met in Miami last October where we bonded over how strange it is to have a deep love for complete opposites; loving being in the middle of nowhere in nature and NYC! We were a part of a cohort of 25 outrageously spectacular women from all around the world chosen to take part. We were pushed to be real and vulnerable on day one. One of my top takeaways from the International Women's Summit #IWF @iwfglobal was from @karinaleblanc fabulous energy. ⠀ •⠀ When she spoke she reminded us how true north and magnetic north are two different direction on a compass. Your true north is what you want to achieve and pursue and the direction your soul wants to go. Magnetic north is the pressures of society and people who are pulling you in the direction they feel you should go. ⠀ •⠀ This REALLY made me reflect on which way my compass is pointing?⠀ •⠀ I urge you to take time this weekend and get quiet and reflect on what your true north might be. And what factors are at play that are pulling you away from it? It was and IS a very powerful monthly reflection for me. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
As much as I was so excited about my adventure of moving to NYC to pursue my love of food I was feeling all the feels. For the first time I was going to live all alone, which I actually felt really excited about! • I felt excited to be a new city alone, where I could wander neighbourhoods and explore and the thrill of having no one in the world know where I was; but also the flip side of just missing Jeff with my whole whole whole heart. It's funny how in one moment you can feel so excited to be exploring alone and the very next second feel overwhelmed with wanting your love to be right next to you to share it with. • It was a hard year to be apart so much. But I will forever cherish the memories we made out of it. • Getting engaged in the park by my house. Drinking wine and snacks on my stoop. Biking around Manhattan and making Jeff eat and try ALL the food! Brooklyn Sunday Mornings together slowly enjoying brunch and the most delicious coffees while my laundry was in the laundromat down the block! • Sometimes even the littlest moments hold a firm grasp on your heart. NYC, we’ll be back soon just you wait and see! • • • • • #nycfood #ebdailypic #brooklynbased #bigapple #newyorknewyork #williamsburg #bk #finditliveit #thehappynow #thefeedfeed #stayandwander #chaseyourdreams
Reminiscing on a year ago when I landed in NYC to live for a year. And my sweetest mama bear came with me to help me move. I couldn’t have done it without her. And I wouldn’t have wanted to. ⠀ •⠀ We had so much fun madly shopping for furniture to make my new home as cozy of an oasis as possible. Having to wash the floor of my new apartment eight, I repeat EIGHT times! Spraying the entire perimeter of my apartment with peppermint oil because I was terrified of cockroaches! Exploring my new neighbourhood restaurants and the most spectacular park in my backyard. Riding the elevator up to see my school for the first time ever and saying to her…oh I hope I didn’t make a huge mistake! Waking up to my mama bear that had gone around the corner to our fave new coffee shop and brought me coffee and croissant IN BED so I could enjoy it as the Brooklyn sunlight flooded in to my new home. ⠀ •⠀ I am so thankful for those memories and for my mama bear 🐻 @johannagouw ⠀
This was my NYC stoop. I adored this stoop. • I stood on it every morning for 30 seconds before I ran off to catch the subway and felt so grateful for my home and my adventure. I ate dinner on it almost every night, watching the commuters walk by and the beautifully unique families stroll in the evening sun. I also made all my friends sit on this hard concrete and sweat in the summer heat and drink aperol spritzers with me. This was honestly my favourite hangout in Brooklyn, my stoop. • 📸@davidkarp • • • • • #nycgo #seeyourcity #lululemonlab #ebdailypic #brooklynbased #manhattan #newyorknewyork #williamsburg #bk #stooplife
One year ago this week is when I moved to New York City. Looking back on it through photos has been giving me the feels. • When I landed. I was overwhelmed with the thought, what the hell did I get myself into?! I had an apartment I had NEVER seen before, never seen the neighbourhood, nothing. I had accepted to go to a school where I had NEVER toured the campus, never met any of the teachers, nothing. Yet here I was standing on a Manhattan street with my mom and 4 suitcases, hailing a cab to go see my new home. Thinking "what did I get myself into" and am I even going to like the school and am I even going to like living in New York City compared to being surrounded by nature and the mountains all the time? I was completely overwhelmed. I kept repeating the mantra... “sometimes you have to do hard things to lead to great things” in my head over and over to keep myself calm. • I decided on my apartment and my program simply by listening to my gut instinct and jumping in to a new adventure that was calling my name. My gut instinct paid off. • I adored my neighbourhood and my sweet little apartment from the second I walked in and it grew more and more every single day. I adored school everyday, soaked in every nugget of information I could and hold the special friends I met there so close to my heart! • Reminiscing on this first week of moving to NYC has made me nostalgically miss NYC a lot this week. 📸: @davidkarp • • • • • #nyceats #whentojump #chaseyourdreams #nycgo #seeyourcity #NYC #NGINYC #brooklynbased #newyorknewyork
Why do I love black sand beaches? 🖤⠀ •⠀ Because they are unique. And I love all things that are unique or not the norm. When your eyes see such a unique feat of nature that it it stops you in your tracks and you cant help but say "WOW" and fully appreciate it for its unique beauty...that's a pretty special moment. That's living in the moment. ⠀ •⠀ I wish we could all exude a bit more of this feeling with everything in life. Instead of eating a culturally different cuisine and thinking “these are weird flavours”, people might say “wow this is so unique and really making my taste buds and brain pay attention” Or when we see a person that looks or acts different than us we would all refrain from judgement and instead think how incredible that that human is so unique and special and owning it. 🖤⠀ ⠀
Women’s day?? AROUND THE WORLD. Hell yes. ⠀ •⠀⠀ Every year this day makes me think of the quote: “strong women, may we be them, may we know them, may we raise them.” I don’t care that everyone posts that quote because those are important words. ⠀ •⠀⠀ When I reflect on those words I get warm excited jitters inside. Because I feel so overwhelmingly proud and lucky to be surrounded and I mean SURROUNDED by the most kind, supportive, empowering, brave women of many generations and many walks of life. They make me better. They all play unique roles. They lift me up when I need it (and I need it, we all need it). They give me wisdom and support. They make me LAUGH and climb trees with me. They go on adventures with me. They let me vent every tornado of thoughts in my head to them. They advise me on creating a personal board of directors and how to find my why. They let me into their hearts so I can lift them up when they need it. ⠀ •⠀⠀ What if every day we started the day and looked in the mirror and repeated that quote to ourselves and to our daughters and to our friends. Would we be empowered to make brave choices and use brave inclusive empowering language every day? ⠀ ⠀ #strongisbeautiful #internationalwomensday #riseup #womensday ⠀ ⠀
This is how much I love food. This is a freaking piece of fish in my hand and look how much love I am staring at it with!? • You cant fake that. I adore local food. Seasonal food. REAL FOOD. This piece of fish was caught sustainably wild and free living its best fish life (mahalo fish friend) and now is on my plate giving me delicious happiness and the most amazing nutrients for my body! When the fisherman at the market handed me this piece of fish I LITERALLY squealed with delight. Ask @noellekjones. • For a long time I toned down what made me the happiest. It felt stupid that I got this excited about food. Enough of that. I'm over that and leaning in to owning my joy. Some people may see me bounce around a farmers market like a little kid and think it's awesome, some people with think it's stupid. But I've realized that's on them, not me. I only want to be friends with the people that think it's awesome anyway. The ones who are showing up in their life and owning what makes them light up. • What little things make you LIGHT UP!? Hearing your sparks of joy will make me so happy.
This night last week was MAGIC. And it taught me a lesson...⠀ •⠀ It poured rain ALL DAY. POURED. Rain, wind, stormy waves in #Maui. People on the island were super annoyed with the unseasonable weather maui has been having. And to everyone at home with the -30 snow globe living life, eye roll I KNOW. ⠀ •⠀ I usually AS YOU KNOW watch the sunset every night, it’s my very fave. But it was cloudy and rained all day so I figured no use going out on the deck to watch the sunset, ill just make dinner. AND THEN. I looked up through the kitchen window and the entire sky was BRIGHT PURPLE. This photo is not filtered this is pure unedited magic of mother nature. ⠀ •⠀ The next hour filled my soul with the most brilliant purple and pink sky I have EVER seen! Ive said it before and ill say it again, nature always teaches me lessons. It was such a perfect reminder that sometimes the rainiest gloomiest days have the most gorgeous surprise at the end of them. As it is in life. Some of my most unexpected most surprising highest moments have come after the stormiest parts of my life. ⠀ •⠀ If you're in the storms of life right now. Stick it out. Put on a rain coat and stay tuned for the rainbows, the purple skies and the awe inspiring moments that are coming. I promise they are. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ #hawaii #glipseofhawaii #islandlife #venturehawaii #alohaoutdoors #outdooradventurephotos #BestLifeProject
People always told Jeff and I "oh don’t drive the BACK road of Hana it’s a TERRIBLE experience and it’s scary and a horrible road and there is no rails and blah blah blah." So we didn’t. It never made our to do list while we were here. • This year we decided to finally drive the road to #Hana, camp and have a few days of a digital detox adventure together. On our way back, we made a last minute decision to take the south road (back road) around to Kihei. • It turned out to be no joke one of the MOST GORGEOUS ROADS IVE EVER DRIVEN ON. Ever. And I’ve been on a lot of roads. The scenery was spectacular, there was billowy yellow and green fields that neighboured lava rocks cascading down to the crashing ocean cliffs. It took our breathe away. • It was a good reminder to keep living life off the beaten path. To remember to tune out the world of nay sayers and to listen to our adventuring hearts. • So on that note, go do you today! Don't let someone else's opionion's change your course. Trust your gut, trust your heart and go after it!
DID YOU KNOW… • It’s #foodfactfriday. Today we are sticking to a tropical focus because I am never leaving Hawaii….I mean I am…but I don’t want to! • I have (no exaggeration) eaten a #papaya every day for the last month! I adore them. The glorious #pawpaw was reputably called the "fruit of the angels" by Christopher Columbus! Bah love that. • Papayas contain papain, an enzyme that helps digest proteins. Papain is even extracted to make digestive enzyme dietary supplements to help people digest proteins better! Eating them fresh is helping your gut digest your food optimally! • They are also super high in vitamin C and A. Honestly most orange foods are super high in these two antioxidant buddies! • The papaya is also a key food in the Blue Zone of Costa Rica (so @rozgroenewoud eat em all up while you're there!). If you havn’t heard of @natgeo @danbuettner #bluezones GO READ about them. They are honestly my fave subject for the last 3 years! • Papayas are usually filled with black seeds that look similar to peppercorns. NO I did not scrape out the seeds for this photo. I cut this bad boy open and it only had ONE TEENY SEED. I have never seen this before. Does anyone know is it just a unique pawpaw? A super lucky omen perhaps? Or is a certain variety seedless?? #foodfactfriday #eatlocal #hawaiianfoods
Seconds after this photo was taken...⠀ •⠀ @noellekjones and I hopped up onto this gorgeous piece of driftwood (can it even be called driftwood when it's and entire tree?) to check out the westside waves.⠀ •⠀ As I reached my hand up onto the wood to grab a hold instead I grasped a large crab (me and poor crab were probably equally shocked) which then resulted in the crab falling on my body and crawling down my leg, me freaking out and falling off the tree into the water. ⠀ •⠀ Somedays I paddle board with giant manta rays and whales with the calmest of ease. Somedays a helpless crab surprises me and I squeal and fall into the water. 🤷♀️😂⠀ •⠀ 📸: @johannagouw ⠀ ⠀
Wake up. Drink coffee. Learn to SUP Surf. Drink smoothie. Eat a papaya. Rest. Read. Reflect. Run into the ocean like you run into lovers arms whom you haven’t seen in a year. Feel so grateful and happy, repeat. ⠀ ⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ #Strongisbeautiful #aloha #thehappinessproject #hilife #glipseofhawaii #islandlife #alohaoutdoors #BestLifeProject
Wake up. Drink coffee. Learn to SUP Surf. Drink smoothie. Eat a papaya. Rest. Read. Reflect. Run into the ocean like you run into lovers arms whom you haven’t seen in a year. Feel so grateful and happy, repeat. • • • • • #Strongisbeautiful #aloha #thehappinessproject #hilife #glipseofhawaii #islandlife #alohaoutdoors #BestLifeProject
“We walk up the beach under the stars. We feel stretched, expanded to take in their compass. They pour into us until we are filled with stars, up to the brim.⠀ ⠀ This is what one thirsts for, I realize, after the smallness of the day, of work, of details, of intimacy—even of communication, one thirsts for the magnitude and universality of a night full of stars, pouring into one like a fresh tide.” ⠀ ― Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea⠀ ⠀ 📸@davidkarp
Something most people don't know about me. ⠀ I LOVE STORMS ⠀ •⠀ Rainstorms, windstorms, snowstorms, big waves... you name it I love it. As long as I am someplace safe, and not stuck in an airport that is!⠀ •⠀ Even when I was competing in luge, every time a HUGE weather storm would blow in creating chaos on the track, I would feel so calm and usually have some of my best races. Despite feet of snow, branches of trees in the track or waterfalls of rain pouring down the track in front of me!⠀ •⠀ I've been thinking about this this week and I have no idea why! But I do know that when everyone else if freaking out about the impending weather, I get extra calm. ⠀ •⠀ This photo was taken this week during a big storm here in #maui. We had just trekked for an hour down what used to be a road and now was a mud stream. Cruised through a cane sugar field in the pouring rain, to watch some epic 25-40ft waves at #Jaws #Peahi and the incredible surfers riding them. Soaking wet, covered in mud and happy as a clam. ⠀ Aloha baby. 🤙⠀ ⠀
DID YOU KNOW? Its #FoodFactFriday I just decided 😊 • I just love food. The more I learn about it, the more it blows my mind and gets me so excited! I've got all these food facts stored up in my head, so I decided to start sharing them with you! • We've all heard the term antioxidants. Berries are incredibly high in antioxidants. Did you know these ah-mazing antioxidants can actually help protect our skin and bodies against the damaging UV rays of the sun? • Berry smoothies every day for me here in Hawaii! Healthy skin from the inside out! • Raspberries top my personal berry chart as my #1 fave. Out of ALL the berries, what's your fave!? • • • • • #SmartNutrition #mindfulnutrition #EatWell #LiveWell #foodforthought #fuelforperformance