Allow To Be

7 guys in a row on cross trainers. That’s what I saw looking up stretching this afternoon. 7 guys in a row on cross trainers. In the many gyms I’ve been to the divide’s the same. Girls stick to cardio, guys the weights. Some cross over, some use both. Cross trainers are normally the reserve for girls. Maybe it’s macho now if The Rock trains on one (Instagram). Nobody argue’s with The Rock!

Taking away the machine, crossing training, mixing things up, is a crucial part of training. It helps avoid injury, gives muscles down time, keeps your body guessing, keeps thing fresh. Plus it can help stop plateauing and boredom, which I know you all know. The last 10km race I ran, I rolled my ‘bad’ ankle twice. Pain memory (is that the right word?) flared slightly. But because I cross train (in this case, yoga and balance work: single leg deadlifts, lunges hops, side lunges, pistol squats), my ankle held strong.

Tuesdays are my kryptonite. Monday’s I’m usually rushing around. Tuesday I’m catching up from Monday. I started this blog over a year and half ago as something to do over the summer holidays while I wasn’t teaching. I knew I wanted to start one, but I didn’t know what about. I didn’t want it to be diary, but somewhere it became a diary. Mondays are my hardest post to write. My days can be groundhog, my weekends can be even bigger groundhogs. There are only so many ways to spin gym, shop, run to the same places and read it. Feelings, well, I can’t control who reads, so they get kept. Food, occasionally but I leave it to the professionals. Fitness, you have to spin it like no other. Photo’s I’m working on. Just a photo or the story behind the photo?  Cosmetics, skin care, oh my, I’d love a supermarket sweep in, iHerb and CVS warehouses! Fashion, I’m skinny jeans and T. Write what you know about, write what you would like to read about. Err, Do I do that? I have an electric reading list and I would I read my blog? Are you writing for you or how you think it appeals to others or how they’d judge you?

Lately I haven’t felt inspired writing. It’s felt like a chore while I sit there staring blankly at the screen. I feel I need to say this was my workout, my run, as that’s how it’s become (and let’s not start about Instagram. If you’re not head standing, you’re not doing yoga. Eh?). I don’t need to. I know what I did. Is it the praise, the pat on the back? I enjoy writing almost daily, but sometimes there isn’t time (Mum’s, I don’t know how you do it!). And then there’s so many photos to share! I used to feel I had to earn writing, work up to how you want to be, not be like it straight away or be an expert to put your 2 cents in. My mistake.

What I’m trying to say, cross training isn’t just for the gym, sport or training. It’s for life too. I’m just a girl. I have a lot to express. I’m the girl who likes burpees, photography, crow poses, skin care, Zara Home finds, nature, art and craft, getting lost someplace new. But I’m also the girl who has some pretty random thoughts going on up there. Why can’t I express them? I have a note on my desk that says ‘Have fun with blog. Don’t take it too seriously. Make it good and design change’. Design change done. Can I allow myself to be me, have some fun and cross train now? But in less words?

Yellow Brick Road. BCN

Do you write how you want to or feel your stuck in a rut? Where do you get your inspiration from? 





  1. says:

    I love going to the gym, it frees your mind! Also, I didn’t know you were a teacher, so am I! I love finding bloggers/teachers ! 🙂

    1. says:

      It does free your mind! You can escape for an hour!

      I’m a TELF teacher or was, I’m ‘changing’ to a fitness instructor/personal trainer. I’ve taught English as foreign language to kids for about 9 years. Oh my 9 years, I didn’t realise it had been that long! What kind of teacher are you? I would say textile, but I think you like to keep blogging and work separate, but I might be wrong! xo 🙂

      1. says:

        Wow that’s awesome! You have so much experience teaching! I only just started, this is my first year teaching high school economics. Just a little different from fashion blogging haha:)

      2. says:

        Wow! Economics’s essentail! The closest I had at school was home economics. Not quite the same (cooking) and no budgeting, no how money really works.

        I mostly taught private apart from one year in France when I taught 5-10 year olds. Man, that was a learning curve! The little ones were easier to control once we workout the basics. The older kids, they were just becoming themselves and that took work! A lot harder than class of 2, 9 year olds!

  2. says:

    I love reading your stuff and looking at your amazing pictures. I know what you mean about it feeling like a chore — I think that was when I stopped for a few months. I was just, “eh” about it but then I realized how much I missed it and I also realized it was a way for me to documents my kids growing up, my racing/running, my recipes, etc. 🙂 So that little hiatus was just me needing a break. I think I’m back for good… for now. LOL

    I also realized that when I stopped blogging, I felt out of it and missed you girls. Even with few readers, you are the ones that inspire and motivate me.


    1. says:

      I love reading about your crazy life! Seriously I do. You were one of the first blogs I started following and look forward to reading. I missed you while you were away, but I had IG to stalk you on!!!!! You motivate and inspire me too. I think if she can fit all that in a day, you can be more productive too!

      And thank you! XO 🙂

  3. says:

    I definitely can relate to how you’re feeling. Some days I sit in front of the computer for up to an hour just contemplating what to write lol~ I think my inspiration is from reading news articles whether about business, social media, fashion, etc as that really gets my literary juices flowing. And yes going to the gym helps too as that alleviates stress so I can think better! Great share Natalie! 🙂 xo~ Lena

    1. says:

      Thank you! Reading other material definitely helps. When I’m ‘stuck’ I read my favourite blogs, websites or photos to spark something off. Sometime it works, other times I get lost in blogs! xo 🙂

  4. says:

    I can relate! I have days when I feel like I’m “on” and others where I’m so not! It just highlights the importance of having MANY pursuits. And, hey, trying new things makes for some of the best blog material! 🙂

    1. says:

      To true! I just never think all my many pursuits or adventures are exciting enough or worth writing about. I also think the time of day I write doesn’t help sometimes. I like to get everything done in the morning as thats when I most productive. There are only so many morning hours!!! 🙂

  5. says:

    I really enjoy your posts, from crow poses, to Zara to running. I think you’re cross training for sure.

    1. says:

      Thank you! I’m happy you enjoy reading about my crazy ways, but I get the impression you’re just as crazy as me!

      1. says:

        I think you have me pegged. Crazy as charged!

Leave a Reply