Archive for Month: June 2016

A New Goal

It’s now been 10 years since I entered the wonderful world of track and field, and it’s been exactly a year since I left it. Throughout that time I’ve been training at least five days a week, and at the peak of my track and weightlifting “career” I did as many as 12 workouts each week.

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Photo: Vegard Henriksen

As you all know, I decided to retire from competitive sports last year, but it didn’t take me long before I found a new goal to pursue. I ran my first half marathon a couple of months ago. And the moment I crossed the finish line I was ready to start training for a full marathon, but guess what! I made a discovery that changed things a little.

Looking through my training journals (Nerd alert: Yes, I’ve logged every single session for a decade…) I noticed I’ve only had 10 weeks off — in 10 years!


Man, I deserve a vacation!

So that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to let my body recover for a few weeks. Believe me, it’d rather be training for that marathon, but I’m going to challenge myself to rest until I can step out of bed without pain in the morning, and until I can kneel on the floor without feeling like someone pinched clothespins around my kneecaps. It may never get completely pain-free, but I’ll give it some time anyway.


You’re probably asking yourself why I didn’t do this earlier, and why I even considered running a 21-kilometer street race if my legs and feet hurt that bad? Well, you see, the discomfort of jogging for two hours didn’t even come close to the pain I experienced on a daily basis as a long/triple jumper, so it never occurred to me that it’d be a good idea to slow down. The weeks following the race my feet have been killing me though, so I guess I finally came to my senses.

If someone’s trying to lose 50 pounds, stop smoking or go vegetarian they often make it public to eliminate the option of cheating or walking away from it. That’s why I decided to write this post. Working out is second nature to me, so by making my “vacation” public I kind of have to stick to it. I’m sure it sounds weird, but that’s what a 10-year long habit does to you, haha.

Wish me luck, xoxo

Bergen Love

Good morning!

I got back from a wonderful weekend in Bergen last night, and because I wanted to make the most out of the days I was there, I didn’t bring my laptop. But I’m back and ready to tell you all about the stuff I’ve been up to.

For as long as I can remember my family and I have visited Bergen so often it’s always felt like a second home, but now that I live in the US I seem to appreciate it even more. I’ve never been even the slightest fascinated by the nature, architecture or attractions Norway has to offer, but after having spent two years at the American prairie I’m able to see it through the eyes of a foreigner, and okay, I admit it, it is kinda beautiful.

The rural areas outside Bergen

So, to all my American readers: If you ever find your way to Norway, Bergen should be on your list of destinations, together with Oslo and Trondheim, of course.

I had a blast catching up with my grandparents and six of my cousins, and on Saturday I met up with my fellow Augie Viking, Karen! We went to a play at the National Stage Theatre, and enjoyed the beauty and weirdness of performing arts.

Throwing in a picture from last summer:


I also had the fortune of attending a conference with the “modern-day street preacher,” Todd White. As a Christian myself, I’ve actually been avoiding big Christian gatherings because I often find that the message gets lost in loads of mumbo jumbo, but not this one. It was amazing!

Then, once I got back, it was time for the Lavelle’s movie night, and on the menu was the sports drama Woodlawn. I’ve seen it before, but it’s so great I can see it again and again — another recommendation for y’all.

Today I have quite a few things on the agenda. I’m still in the midst of applying to film festivals for Over the Bridge, and now it seems like there will be a Norwegian screening of the film as well! I’ll get back with more info.

Have a blessed day,

About internships and the value of pretending

Yesterday I had my first day at the newspaper I’ll be working this summer, Haugesunds Avis. It’s a daily regional paper in my hometown, and together with a bunch of other girls I’ll be stepping in for the journalists who are at vacation.

At first I thought it’d signed up for the stereotypical internship where the only privilege you get is to make coffee for the editor and to be their personal servant, but after this first day I’m pretty thrilled to say that I’ll be working as a paid JOURNALIST! Not a coffee-maker or a servant — a journalist. Needless to say, I’m very excited.

I’ll start on July 4th, so I still have some time to refresh my Norwegian grammar and vocabulary. I was a little worried about that when I first got back here for the summer, but I guess it’s like bicycling, it’s there even if you haven’t used it in a while.

When I made the documentary “More Than Just a Number” (“Veien til NM”) last summer, I snuck in everywhere pretending I was a journalist, but now I can actually say “Hi, I’m with Haugesunds Avis.”

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From last year’s sneaking around. Here: In the City Hall bathroom.

In the picture below I was in the City Hall covering an event I needed for the documentary, and that’s when I learned the true value of “Fake it ’till you make it.” I had no idea what I was doing, and I felt like I wasn’t even supposed to be there in the first place. But I ended up selling that documentary to the TV channel run by Haugesunds Avis, so I did something right, I guess.

Can you spot me? Okay, I’m the one wearing a light pink shirt, and Toms shoes.

Now I better get back to my screenplay, so talk to you soon!

Bright Nights and Writing Samples


People have actually requested some more journalistic content on here, so today I spent several hours renovating the blog, page by page. Please do me a favor and check it out — I did this for you, haha! There are now two new buttons in the menu above; one with the very original name “Maria” on it, and one with “Writing Samples.” Check it out, pleeeeaseeeh.

By the way, I went to see the movie Me Before You yesterday. You all know I used to go to the movies five times a week last year — that was before the exchange rate between US Dollars and Norwegian Kroner messed up my personal economy… and before I made myself too busy to endulge in that sort of luxury — but now that I don’t go as often, it’s even more fun!

I LOVED this film! I didn’t read the book, and even if it was kind of predictable I just really enjoyed it. You know how it is when you just completely forget yourself for a while? That’s what this movie does to you. Emilia Clarke’s acting performance itself was well worth the 15 bucks.

Midnight in downtown Haugesund. The bright little dot in the sky is actually the moon. I felt like a tourist in my own hometown taking this picture, I had completely forgotten that the sun never truly sets here in the summer.

Now my family and Eddie the Eagle is waiting for me in the “Lavelle theater” downstairs. So talk to you soon!


Save the Cat

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been working on a project that is completely different from anything I’ve ever done before. In fact, I’ve always just put it off because I’ve had no idea where to even start, or how to do it.

I’m talking about screenwriting!

By making documentaries I’ve been able to avoid the writing process all together, but I believe that in order to fully understand how a movie works, sitting down and writing one — scene by scene — is a good idea. So, that’s what I’m doing.



Thanks to this wonderful book called “Save the Cat” by Blake Snyder, I found the courage to give it a try. I’ve had an idea for a feature film for three years, but my goal with this one is simply just to finish it. I don’t care if it sucks, I just want to put it on paper, see the process from a screenwriter’s perspective, and learn from it.
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That’s why I took up acting last year — to see it from the actor’s perspective, and why I’m taking a stagecraft class this fall. A director needs to be able to communicate efficiently with all the people on set, whether it’s the actors, technicians or writers, which is why knowing their job is a must.

Favorite T-shirt: “But what I really want to do is direct.”

I only have X number of hours of storyboarding and 110 pages to go, so well, I’ll approach it like training for a marathon. One mile at a time.

Have a blessed afternoon,

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