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  1. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    September 20, 2013

    To answer your question, YES you have convinced me to try surfing! Although the saline rinse up the nose does not sound appealing. Maybe I could wear one of those little nose plug things?
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  2. Tricia
    September 20, 2013

    I once tried surfing! I took a lesson years ago in Australia. And I loved it! But I’ve never been back. Maybe someday…
    But I love this post. Such a perfect reminder that sometimes we need to slow down and give in. I’ve definitely had those moments of trying so hard and not getting anywhere – and then relaxing and surrendering and seeing magic happen. So glad you had that last morning!
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    • Christine Yu
      September 28, 2013

      Thank you Tricia. It’s so hard to relax into that sense of stress and tension because it seems so counterintuitive. And I hope that you get to go surfing again!
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  3. Helen West
    September 20, 2013

    Surfing is BY FAR the hardest sport I have ever done. It takes forever to improve and I can’t tell you how many times i have felt exactly the same frustration you describe! Myself and my husband have been living in Bali for a year now, surfing most days and even after all that time I still class myself as a beginner/intermediate surfer. I still go out sometimes, have a terrible surf and wonder why I am doing it. You have totally hit the nail on the head, focus on the fun and don’t let frustration get in the way! So happy for you that you found your feet again :)
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    • Christine Yu
      September 28, 2013

      Thank you Helen! It was really fantastic to be out on the water again. I missed it but I think that I just expected to be able to pick up where I left off. Surfing is hard but one of the best things that I’ve ever done. And what an amazing adventure you and your husband are on in Bali!
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  4. Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama
    September 20, 2013

    Isn’t it ironic that the harder we push, the harder it is to (fill in the blank)? Sometimes we just need to relax and let go. So glad you found your surfing sweet spot again. And love the gorgeous pics!
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    • Christine Yu
      September 28, 2013

      Thanks Nicole! I feel like it’s the universe’s way of keeping us in check and reminding us that we can’t control everything.
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  5. lindsay
    September 20, 2013

    so here’s the thing… did you ever hear about the Hawaiiian Gods? They either accept you or reject you. You’ll either love hawaii and feel at home in the water, land, etc. Or you will want to leave after a week. It’s some Hawaiian God. I forget the name. Anyway, this reminds me of that because it looks like you were accepted. The Hawaiian Gods made you feel at home in the water. Which means, we should all go back, right? xxoo
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    • Christine Yu
      September 28, 2013

      I love that Lindsay. I hadn’t heard about the Hawaiian Gods but I did feel like I was being tested each time I was out in the water. And it definitely means we all should go back!
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  6. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast
    September 20, 2013

    So glad you are going to keep writing! As for surfing… I’m not sure I’m ready to try it. But I love reading about your adventures, and I definitely have built up an experience only to find it disappointing. I’m glad it all came together for you by the end.
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  7. misszippy
    September 20, 2013

    First–I have to say that picture of the two of you holding your boards is amazing!

    I love this anecdote. We all want instant results/gratification, don’t we? I’ll bet the when you finally did get it right, it felt better than it would have had it happened immediately. It’s always worth working toward something we love.
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  8. Coco
    September 20, 2013

    It is interesting how our great expectations can “ruin” experiences, while if we set them aside we can really enjoy the same thing. I’d love to go surfing with you! ;-)
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  9. Miz
    September 20, 2013

    oh wow.
    all of it Christine.
    with a thick layer of WE NEED TO DO A YOGA RETREAT **THERE** on top.
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  10. Fancy Nancy
    September 20, 2013

    I was an easy one to convince!!! Growing up we always watched the surfers at the beach…one of my friends was even sponsered by Billabong! I always wanted to learn how!!!
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  11. Maureen
    September 20, 2013

    Not sure if I am the surfing type, but I LOVE reading about your relationship with it! Also, GREAT picture of you & Ed at the bottom. :)
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  12. Heather (Where’s the Beach)
    September 20, 2013

    The first time I had to return to running post injury was that way. It sucked. Plain and simple. I was expecting utter euphoria. Not so much. I love your insights and reflections. Such a beautiful spirit.
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  13. Robin
    September 20, 2013

    Great pics! It looks amazing there. Surfing, there’s something I’ve never invisioned doing but you make it look lovely! This was a great post!
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    • Christine Yu
      September 28, 2013

      Thank you Robin! Surfing was the last thing that I ever thought I would do. Never say never :-)
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  14. Kierston @candyfit
    September 20, 2013

    Ah yes, I definitely have! Running has been just that. It took me months to get my mojo back. I feared so many times that perhaps running wouldn’t be what I longed it to be for so long. I push and pushed and the moment I took the stress out the activity (by listening to meditations during my runs), I came to the point where I just was, in the moment, in the activity with myself, in the universe. No thought about pace, distance, nothing. Now, I can run with a watch and enjoy all of it :)
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    • Christine Yu
      September 28, 2013

      Isn’t it funny how once we stop pushing so hard that everything falls into place? Maybe the Universe’s way of keeping us in line? I think that you are totally right – there were many times out in the water that I feared that surfing wouldn’t be what I had made it out to be or what I longed for it to be and I think that just scared me. I’m glad that you are enjoying your runs again. xo
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  15. Kim@Co-Pilot Mom
    September 20, 2013

    I never really considered surfing before reading your blog. I am not sure it is for me, but I love reading your surfing stories. I do find that just being by the water clarifies things for me when I have questions. I love the way you describe letting go and then seeing things fall into place. It is so great when that happens.
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    • Christine Yu
      September 28, 2013

      Thanks Kim. I never really thought that I would be one to pick up surfing but I do think that there’s something to being out in the water that is really calming and really does help me find my center.
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  16. ilene
    September 20, 2013

    I want to throw my arms around you and hug you so badly right now. I get this! I get this! I get this! The miracles always happen once we surrender. Always. I HAVE TO download Satchyananda’s interpretation of the Sutras to my Kindle. I think this post – and you – have inspired me to do so.
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    • Christine Yu
      September 28, 2013

      I love that you get this. So hard to surrender into that space but you’re right – that’s when the miracles happen.
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  17. Christine
    September 20, 2013

    The yoga. The surf. Your family. I feel lately like you’ve been hitting your life’s purpose/groove. Keep it up. :)
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  18. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance
    September 20, 2013

    Surfing is hard and I get so frustrated with it. I’m very bad at judging the timing of waves, which makes it really hard for me to stand up and often forces me into the nose dives you mention. I am so proud of you for sticking with it! I love that you write about surfing. It’s so different yet so applicable on so many levels. I also love that you reached for yoga when you were having difficulty. Also, your photos are amazing!

    • Christine Yu
      September 28, 2013

      Thanks Brittany! I do have a hard time with timing the waves and I’m also scared that the waves are going to break on my head so I know that I don’t put myself in the correct position. I am glad that I stuck with it. More than anything, surfing has taught me so many lessons.
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  19. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta
    September 20, 2013

    I would love to try surfing some day (better not wait too long!). My husband grew up surfing, and actually lived in Hawaii, both on the North Shore and in Kauai, when he was young. He still gets the urge now and then.

    I love your story and that allowing yourself to release the pressure on yourself let your surfing come back to you.
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    • Christine Yu
      September 28, 2013

      Oh man. I wish that I learned to surf when I was younger which is part of my desire to get my boys out there at a young age!
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  20. Melissa Burton
    September 20, 2013

    Surfing scares the crap out of me and maybe just because it does I may try it…someday.

    We all need to sit back and take stock sometimes. Redirection is key and it seems you’ve got it in spades my friend.

    Love vicariously going to Hawaii and surfing with you.
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    • Christine Yu
      September 28, 2013

      Thanks my friend! There are definitely some areas where I need to learn to redirect better i.e. things that have to do with the little people in my house :-)
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  21. Devon
    September 20, 2013

    I’m so happy the waves finally came to you and I love what you said about surrendering yourself. It’s such an important thing to do and to remember. I think I will think about this today when I’m out.
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  22. Tara@PNWRunner
    September 20, 2013

    Idk if I could handle surfing, but I want to try paddle boarding so bad!
    I’ve been seeing more people rollerblading lately. This is one that I am not sure if I would have as much fun doing again!
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    • Christine Yu
      September 28, 2013

      Paddleboarding is a lot of fun too! I just think that it’s great to be out on the water.
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  23. Carly @ Fine Fit Day
    September 20, 2013

    I love this post so much! I love that you had such an amazing surfing experience when you decided to just let go. But no, you have not convinced me to take up surfing. ;)
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  24. Jody – Fit at 55
    September 20, 2013

    Your writing always makes me think & FEEL! No surfing for me but you definitely have me thinking!
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  25. colleen
    September 20, 2013

    Hi Christine, came across your blog while looking up “Fear of surfing” articles. I am 45, and have been learing to surf for about 10 years. Now that my girls are a bit older, and I have more time I’ve been getting out in the ocean a bit more, and can actually surf the green part of the wave, and when conditions are right for me(gentle and clean and 2-3 ft.) I have an absolute blast. The thing is that the waves and the ocean here in Australia is usually pretty intense, and I know that I need more push to really ride the waves better, it just getting out the back and through all the angry looking white water and then having to scratch to get over the outside ones that totally freaks me out. I am not adept and duck diving yet! I freaked myself out yesterday, really wanted to go out back, but just stood there in the beach break contemplating it, taking little white water waves, and getting mad at myself for not going for it, to the point of frustrated tears! thank you for the reminder of SURRENDER. I so need to do that, and to know that this desire to surf is there for a reason, to help me trust, and get out of my ego, and release my control….Hope I can remember this when I’m out there today….Namaste Surf Sister

    • Christine Yu
      September 28, 2013

      Hi Colleen! So glad that you came across my blog (and so sorry for the delayed response to your comment!).

      I too tend to freak myself out when I look at the waves and whitewater and think about getting out the back. It’s like a pit in my stomach sometimes. And I know what you mean about needing to push yourself to ride the waves better. I think that part of the reason I was having such a hard time in Hawaii was because I wasn’t putting myself in the right position to catch the wave well. I knew that I had to be further in but was scared that the wave was going to break on my head! So I would inevitably sit too far out, try to paddle for the wave and the wave would roll right under me. I did end up on the beach more than once in tears because I was so frustrated!

      I would love to surf in Australia! I hope that you have been having some good sessions out in the water. Best!
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  26. Leah
    September 20, 2013

    To surrender seems like such an easy thing to do, doesn’t it? Yet, it is hard. But once we do, we wonder why we didn’t do it earlier. Beautiful pictures. Glad you feel you can keep writing the blog!
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    • Christine Yu
      September 28, 2013

      Absolutely Leah! It is so hard to surrender but I’m always glad that I did. I just have to remind myself of this experience next time.
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  27. Tamara
    September 20, 2013

    Well I’m certainly glad your blog can go on! You could have just named it something else…”Love Life Yoga.” “Love Life Lattes.” (that’s mine)
    That last photo is breathtaking. Just beautiful.
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  28. Carla
    September 20, 2013

    How frustrating! I’m glad you worked it through though and got back out there. I give up easily. You don’t. I like that about you.

    The photo where the ocean is so blue is simply amazing.
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  29. Alison
    September 21, 2013

    Good for you, for trying even when you were unsure. For just being. So glad you surfed!
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  30. Allie
    September 21, 2013

    This can also be applied (to many things) but running as well. There are times when I’m trying to force speed or pace or distance and I always realize these things can’t be forced. Once I relax, the run or workout improves vastly!! So glad you’re continuing both surfing AND blogging. Oh happy days!!
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