If you’re uncertain

You can’t know what the perfect path will be, you can’t know what the perfect you should be, you can’t know what your purpose in life is until it starts to uncover itself. You can’t know your destination until you get there. So instead of spinning your wheels with the unknowable, focus on what you actually have right in front of you. 

– Leo Babauta –
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Night sky

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Persistance and my ribs

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David helping me with the wet suit

Seem to get good practice of persistance and endurance with the waves and my body this day.

The session went well and we had great chances to stand up on the board, to find the timing in catching a wave and it was good fun.

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After surfing

My ribs got some hard hits and I was wining every time I layed on the board in the end of our lesson. Kept repeating “persistance” and “I am getting stronger” all the time.

Now time for some rest and I loved reading Leo Babauta’s blog post about trying something and sucking at it.

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Morning at the beach

Trusting my ability to rest in the not so comfortable zone, and my body’s ability to heal itself totally automaticly if I just let it.

Take care!
//Wivan

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Lunch after surf: hamburger at the food truck

Traveling with six kids

Pippi Longstocking is my breakfast company!

Pippi Longstocking is my breakfast company!

Just read the latest post from Leo Babuta on Zen Habits, where he gives tips about traveling with kids. At the moment he and his wife are travelling around Europe for four weeks with all of their six (!) children.

What hits me is that the tips also work for me in life in general, as well as tips for traveling with grown ups.

Democratic planning
Have them take responsibilities
Pack light
Take turns being leaders
Let them take care of their own stuff
Give them a spirit of adventure
Be flexible
Don’t rush
Realize they get frustrated too

Drop expectations
Remind ourselves to be grateful

See, this is good for all of us to remember, a way to approach all different situations, with or without six kids and at home or during travels.

Thanks Leo, you are inspiring and well formulated and I also love the way you approach the challenges you have during travels; eating, exercise and work and look forward to reading how it all went.

// Wivan

Travelling light. Really?!?

Lately some of our blogger friends have written posts about packing light for travels (most posts in Swedish) and we’ve gotten inspired and a bit challenged since we tend to pack quite a lot of things that never get used during the trips.

Well, through one of these posts we also found Leo Babauta’s post about travelling light, both in packing as well as in preparing for the trips. We like his way of telling what he and his family learned during these different trips, where they all basically had a small backpack containing all of their own stuff. Nothing more.

For most people, a backpack of 24-, 18- or even 16-liters is enough. I’ve traveled with a 16-liter backpack for weeks with no problems. I think we tend to bring more because of fear that we might need more.

Ooooh! Yes. This one hit right on the spot inside of Wivan, where the fear of ‘what if she might need this, that or whatever’ is creating scared thoughts and very odd packing.

Last summer we spent almost three weeks away from home, and though we did bring more stuff, most of what we actually used and wanted fitted in a rather small backpack. And we could already then see what things we never even used or thougth of using.

Finally, let go of expectations. If you’re going to a great city like Rome for the first time, you probably have an idea of what it is like. You’re wrong, and because it won’t match your expectations, you might be disappointed or frustrated. Instead, go in with curiosity, to explore and to really see. You’ll enjoy every trip much more.

– Leo Babauta –

Things, expectations and what we call “agenda” usually make a mess of our experience in the moment. Instead of actually being there, seeing what we see, we tend to compare everything to the picture or movie we’ve created in our mind.

Wivan used to be an expert at that, and used to be disappointed of most things most of the time!

What are your greatest lessons or best tips on travelling light? Since we’ll be travelling a lot and only bring what fits in our backpacks, we’re curious of your advice, hints and experiences.

What are you never packing? And what’s always in your bag?