Sometimes you just need to run away to the other side of the world. So that’s what I did. I was having a coffee with my friend Elisa when she mentioned that she was planning to fly to Thailand in a couple of weeks to train on her rock-climbing. I told her I was dying to get away. Why not? She answered. Two weeks later I was suddenly on a tropical beach in Krabi.
Elisa was already there when I arrived, and she spent her days working on her rock-climbing technique. I hung out with monkeys, overdosed on fresh fruit shakes and soaked in the sunshine. I finally had the time to do all of those things that I don’t usually have time for in my hectic life – like reading books. Most importantly, I took the time to think about what I want to work towards in the next few years of my life.
Setting goals is an important ritual for me, because they allow me to forge a path towards where I want to be in life. I’ve been a strategic goal-setter from my teenage years, when a friend gave me my first copy of Stephen Coveys “7 habits“.
Visualization is what works for me . I am a very visual thinker and usually need to draw depictions of my end-goals in order to really “see” what I want in life. I’ve realized now that I am older that taking the time to draw my goals gives me more time to really chew on my goals and digest what it takes to get there. It is breathtaking to look at my drawings from a few years back and see them as an achieved reality right in front of me. It is very humbling. Sometimes my goals don’t turn out exactly how I thought they would a few years back, but is uncanny to see how they have come to fruition in other forms.
People that are more analytical would perhaps prefer to put their goals into numbers and break down what it takes to get from start to finish in a chart. A lot of my goals really surprised me. Taking the time to meditate on what is really important to me led me to question the person that I was allowing myself to become – a person that was perhaps more moulded by professional pressures and a hectic family life than what my heart really wants for myself and my loved ones.
Isn’t this a beautiful picture of Elisa? It really does capture her essence. Elisa is an adventurer – she climbs to the top of the worlds highest mountains and travels to the ends of the world. She constantly pushes herself to extremes, yet I also found out on this trip that she is at times very vulnerable. A superhuman!
She was once the fashion editor of Cosmopolitan Norway so I enjoyed her take on life after fashion. She gave me some sound advice on what works in Fashion and Media Norway and I came to one simple conclusion: I need to focus on what works for me.
I left home on a Sunday morning and I arrived home on a Sunday morning. Exactly one week later. All those pressing thoughts that had been swirling around inside of my head and stealing my sleep were exorcised. Captured on paper.
Travel information: I traveled to Krabi Airport and stayed at Railei Beach Club on Railay Beach and Tonsai Bay Resort on neighbouring Tonsai Beach. You can arrange pick up from the airport by the resort, or take a shuttle bus and connecting boat from Ao Nang if you’re on a tight budget. Railei Beach Club is luxurious and tropical while Tonsai Bay Resort has a chilled out hippie vibe. Elisa and I enjoyed the contrasts of staying at both places.