• 5 Years… went by so fast

    This post is already way past due again, but I also didn’t just want to skip it. It’s too important for that.

    On 09/28/2014 it was there – the for me magical day. Before my emigration, I always told myself that I would give myself 5 years – no matter how hard it would get. 5 years before I’d give up; 5 years that I would fight for what I want. As you have all experienced with me, it really was 5 years with a lot of fighting. I have to admit, it was not an easy time for me.

    In between I always had to remind myself of those 5 years. I kept telling myself: Tina, if you don’t have a positive outlook on the future after 5 years, then get the citizenship and go back home again for a while. I have never expected that everything is perfect. I just wanted to know, see and feel that it will get better in the future.

    Interestingly enough everything started to change this year. It definitely wasn’t the magical super year (difficulties will always come along one’s way), but slowly and little by little everything turned out to be good. And then suddenly it was there: D-DAY!

    The 28th was a day like any other and I totally didn’t realize what day it was. In the afternoon then I pre-cooked my meals for the freezer. (I always like to do that with things like rice, quinoa and pasta. It saves a lot of time on hectic days.) So, as I was filling it all in little freezer bags and I was writing the date on the bags for the 20th time, it suddenly “CLICKED”.

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    Damn, it is the 28th of September – today 5 years ago I got on a plane with the dog one way to San Diego and with that did the first step on my way to a new life. Suddenly I felt a little weird. One does get a little nostalgic with those kind of things. ๐Ÿ™‚

    5 Years ago at Duesseldorf Airport

     

    But I didn’t really think about it any further at that point. Until I thought about it again in the night in quiet on the couch. With all the difficulties in the last years, I almost expected to be leaving America after 5 years. But now I was sitting there and all I could think was: I’m looking forward to the future! ๐Ÿ™‚ It actually made me cry.

    I have found wonderful friends, turned my hobby running into my passion, and now I will start my own business with my new best “American” friend (only to point out that my best friends in Germany will never be substitutable! ๐Ÿ™‚ ). I have always wanted my own company and now it will finally happen. I simply can’t go home yet. How stupid would I be, if I went home now?!!

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    NO, my life here is awesome, I am very happy and my adventures are not over yet!!!

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  • November Project

    I haven’t told you all about my favorite fitness group yet. Weird actually… since I am absolutely and totally in love with this group. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    November Project is a free fitness movement that is spreading across the States at a crazy speed right now. November Project was started in the year 2011ย by Brogan Graham and Bojan Mandaric who just thought at some point: “People always get lazy and fat in winter. Let’s just start working out every day of November together”! And November Project was born. Until the end of that month they already had a few friends who joined them for the workouts, and since then that didn’t change and the group still keeps growing. Now they meet in Boston three days a week with up to 300 members joining them per workout. By the way the workouts happen ALWAYS , no matter how the weather is, because NP is #weatherproof.

    Here is a video to explain the story behind November Project:

    Some of those members have then started taking November Project out into the world. A move of a NP member to the west coast meant for example that there was a big hole left where NP used to be, which again meant that there needed to be one in that city. ๐Ÿ˜‰ By now there are 17 different tribes across the USA and even one tribe in Canada. And it doesn’t look like this is going to change soon. NP is growing and we’re working towards a #WorldTakeOver. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    At the beginning of November last year I learnt about NP through the Runner’s World Magazine and after checking out their website I discovered that they also have a tribe in San Diego. How cool, I thought. I was looking for a sports group to join anyway. On their Facebook page I informed myself about what I had to do to join them. “Just show up” was the response I got. And that’s what I did. The following Wednesday I showed up at Kate Sessions Park in Pacific Beach at 6.30 am in the morning and introduced myself. Then one of the three amazing leaders of the group (Jessica Craik, Lauren Padula and Ashleigh Voychick) gave me a big hug to welcome me and I then had one of the coolest workouts of my life with a bunch of awesome people. After the workout I drove home with a big fat grin on my face and I was just happy to have found a group of like-minded people. A group of unbelievably cool people that I would soon call my best friends. The rest is history – I have never left NP again.

    November Project SD now will soon have its one year anniversary and I have been with them almost from the beginning. By now NPSD has in average 75 people showing up to the workouts (the goal is 100 people by the first birthday which is 10/23) and we also already meet twice a week. Monday mornings at 6.30 am at the Convention Center where we run all the stairs and then Wednesdays in the park. Those two days are by now my favorite days of the week. ๐Ÿ™‚

    At some point November Project will surely also make to your city (maybe you have one already), and when that happens I recommend you: Just show up! =)

    Here a few pictures of the workouts:

     

     

     

     

  • Permission to stay German

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    So, here it is… the permission to keep my German citizenship when applying for the American one from the German Federal Administration Office. For $ 5.60 in stamps the German consulate in Los Angeles sent the document to the Honorary Consul here in San Diego, where I could pick it up last Friday.

    So, that means I can finally fileย for naturalization. ย I’ve already found the document that I need for that and I have to fill out 22 pages… YES, 22!! My goodness!

    But well… I should be able to also get that done. ๐Ÿ˜€ I will keep you in the loop!

     

     

     

  • Mail from the BVA (Federal Administration Office Germany)

    Hurray, hurray, hurray…

     

    Excerpt from an email from the BVA:
    Dear Ms. Soebbing,

    we’re happy to let you know that the BVA has granted your request to keep the German citizenship.

     

    About 9 weeks ago I sent God knows how many pages of an explanation to the Federal Administration Office Germany (BVA) to Cologne. That was my application for the BBG, which is the permission issued by the BVA that I can keep my German citizenship, when I apply for others. Five years have almost gone by since my crazy step to immigrate to the USA. That means that I can now apply for the American citizenship. Since I don’t want lose my German citizenship I have to have the BBG. And that one I got now. Well, at least in theory. The actual document I have to pick up at the German consulate in Los Angeles and then I can apply for the American citizenship.

    So, I will become an American this year! That quite crazy, isn’t it?! ย :D

     

     

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  • Sometimes it just sucks

    I had big plans. I wanted to be the adventurer Tina again. I wanted to feel like I am doing what I love and go out and do crazy things. Things that not everybody would do. Things that would make me feel alive… simply an adventure. That’s what I thought, when I excitedly agreed to run the Grand Canyon rim to rim to rim with a group of people on the 3rd of May.

    What that is? A runner will know. It is THE run, that a runner wants to do. It is crossing the Grand Canyon (yeah, I am talking about that big one in Arizona ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) TWICE! That means running from the South Rim down, all the way through and up the North Rim and because it was so cool, you also run the whole way back. In total it is about 46 miles and 20,000 vertical feet. It is an insane run in a majestic environment.

    Grand Canyon

     

    I was so excited to do this with my friend Jim, who was the one who invited me to join him and his group of friends. This was going to be just awesome! Finally I would be the adventurer again. ๐Ÿ™‚

    We started training, meeting up Sunday mornings to in the end even 6 hour runs. It was just cool! I even discovered that there is a little ultra runner in my dog. She was able to run up to 20 miles with me up and down mountains, if it wasn’t too hot. Crazy, huh?

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    I have never in my life run so many hills and I felt strong, I really wanted to do this!

    But then this happened as usual:

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    What exactly that means? My IT band thought it should probably start bothering me really badly. Just because… And let me tell you, guys… This is not fun. Once you get IT Band Syndrome (ITBS) you will know. Everything is fine and then when it hits you, it feels like someone is ramming a freaking screwdriver into you knee. ๐Ÿ™ It is really painful and unfortunately it doesn’t heal very fast either. Even if it would have healed within let’s say 4 weeks, it would have not been smart to go and run the Grand Canyon on it. On top of that, my dog sitter canceled on me for that weekend and I wasn’t able to find a replacement anyway.

    This is why I had to make the incredibly hard decision to cancel my adventure. Again I felt like… WTF?! Life constantly throws gigantic rocks in my way. I just can’t have what I want. Ever. But well, I guess that’s how it goes… Sometimes it just sucks!

    Good thing… The Grand Canyon won’t go anywhere and I will for sure do that next year. And then nothing is going to stop me! NOTHING !! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I wish my friends who will still be running that day the most fun and most incredible adventure of their lives and maybe some of them will be so hooked by the big canyon that they will join me next year! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

     

    Just DON’T break a leg my friends !!