I'm not going to lie. It's been a challenging past five months. Pregnant on the opposite side of the world from every family member and friend that I know has made for a few tough moments. I've learned that it doesn't matter where in the world you live: palm trees, 30º, and endless beaches will never compensate (or even come close) for the sense of security and belonging you get from being around those you care about most. I believe this has been the biggest life lesson I have learned thus far on our international adventure.
I did not begin teaching when we arrived in September as there were only 2.5 months left of the Australian school year. Therefore, developing friendships and meeting new people became somewhat difficult. Making girlfriends isn't as simple as it seems... "Oh, hey! You seem like a fun time. Can I have your number? Wanna be friends?" So.Incredibly.Awkward.
However, I have been lucky to meet a few, absolutely wonderful people since arriving here- other expat wives, at yoga class, relocation group meet-ups, and via mutual friends. A few have taken me under their wing and it's been so great to know that I have people to call whenever I need a helping hand or simply someone to talk to. Yesterday, I made my way down the street to meet one of these ladies for a lunch date. Little did I know, she had invited several other women who I have met since relocating here. They had organized a little baby shower luncheon for me! It was so heartwarming and I am very grateful for their incredible kindness and friendship. International adventure life lesson number two: wonderful, thoughtful, compassionate people exist everywhere.
|Presents for Bubs!|
|Thank you, Christine, for organizing this special lunch for me!|
After lunch, I scooted off to my pre-admission appointment at the hospital in which you sit down with a midwife and discuss the procedures for your upcoming stay. Just another moment that made this whole "here comes the baby" thing a hellava lot more REAL!
Then it was off to the gym for a necessary strength training session. I used my Low Intensity Resistance Workout that I began last week, which is considerably less aggressive than the other workouts in my repertoire. I have to be careful not to overdo it right now, but at the same time I know that I need to keep moving! I also can't get over the size of my belly, and find myself wondering how I am going to keep getting bigger. and bigger. and bigger.
I don't know what was going on at the gym yesterday. Everywhere I looked: squats, lunges, and core work...all being done very incorrectly. It took everything inside of me not to step in and perform some corrective intervention. That obviously isn't my place, so I just carried on with my own routine. How are people supposed to know, though, if they've never been taught the proper mechanics? I just hate seeing people putting themselves at risk for an injury. Just as a reminder:
Check out this article for further, written clarification of the above exercises! It explains them all quite well.
On another fun, fitness note...
I checked the mail last week to find this post card:
I hadn't received any notification that I'd been accepted as a Sweat Pink ambassador, so I checked the good 'ol "junk mail" folder. Lo and behold, I had an email from fitapproach.com welcoming me to the Sweat Pink Ambassador squad. YAY! Sweat Pink Ambassadors and Fit Approach is based out of San Francisco, but membership presence exists all over the world.
What does it mean to Sweat Pink? (From the Fit Approach Facebook info page):
"We believe that kicking ass is best done in pretty shoes. We’ve learned that real women sweat, and sweat hard. We know that assertiveness, strength, and ambition are the ultimate feminine qualities. We concede that sometimes it takes hours to get ready, but we’re also no stranger to just rolling out of bed and going. We’re convinced that we run faster in pink shoelaces. We believe in pushing ourselves, and we believe in giving ourselves a break, too. We’re all about the rush of endorphins and the thrill of the challenge. We’re all for looking great and feeling even better. We’re committed to finding our best fit, and making it stick."
I'm definitely looking forward to becoming further involved with this program!