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How I cured my lower back pain

May 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

  I am a runner.   I’ve been running for more than 10 years. Even went through training and running a whole marathon. Nowadays I still enjoy running although I can’t run as far as I’d like since my son can’t handle being strapped in the stroller for more than 40 minutes. I still run a few times a week.  But it wasn’t always that way. 4 years ago I got injured.  Plantar fasciitis.  I was running, hiking, climbing too much.  I got prescribed fancy schmancy orthotics.  Cost: 400$.  6 months later, after a great day relaxing at a spa with my sister, I can’t get up from the restaurant’s chair.  My back is fused.  It no longer wants to move in any direction. What is going on? To this day, I still don’t know how it happened or why.  But let me tell you what happened next and how I finally found a cure for my lower back pain. I spent the next 2 years looking for a reason, an explantation as to why this was happening to me.  I stopped doing all the activities I liked.  I saw all kinds of therapists, from shrinks to massages therapists to physical therapists. I consulted with the best doctors from Stanford and got steroids shots in my lower back.  All to no avail. After 2 years of pain where I couldn’t run a mile or even […]

What’s a child’s life on a boat like

May 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

I stumbled on this blog post from Wandering Dolphin this morning.  I’ve been following theses guys for a few months now, as I’m curious about how a family decides to get out of the traditional way of living and actually live on a boat.  It’s what I’m aiming for, but stepping outside the box sometimes feels so hard and complicated.  I think it’s something we tend to overanalyze and overcomplicate because it is so out of the ordinary. If you’ve been following me on Pinterest, you’ll see I have a board called “One day, I’ll sail away”.   I would like my children to grow up in a different way.  There’s nothing wrong about growing in the suburbs and attending regular school (I know, because I was raised that way).  But just as traveling broadens your horizons, I think traveling as a child opens your mind even more.  This plan to sail away is just a plan right now, but we are setting it in motion slowly so that in a few years time, when our children are a little older, we are able to make the move. As you can see from the post, growing up on a boat looks quite appealing when you set aside society’s critical mind. A great read. http://wanderingdolphin.blogspot.com/2014/05/sailor-girl-what-my-life-is-like.html  

It all started at the library

April 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Lately I’ve been wondering why I am so afraid to take the plunge into a different life (here and here). I think it all started at the library. When I was a kid, my mother used to bring my 2 older sisters and I to the city’s library on a regular basis. There, we would check-out books and games.  I loved going to the library and I always brought home more books than I could read. One time, I must have been 5 or 6, my sisters and I were in there, checking out books. Roaming around, I decide to step over to a new section.  Suddenly, my sister K tells me that I can’t go over to that section (for kids 8 and up) because I am too young and I have to stay in the baby section. The 8+ section is forbidden to me. Now I know it was just some childish ranting, and I’m sure my sister didn’t mean to hurt me, but what she told me really got ingrained in my brain.  You’d think I would have rebelled against her, but I’ve always been shy.  My sister K, 2 years my elder, was also my “favorite sister”.  We were best friends, we were ALWAYS together. We even made plans to break down the wall separating our 2 bedrooms so we could share one big room (which, for obvious reasons, never happened). She was my idol, […]