I’m excited to celebrate Handstand Diary’s first anniversary with you! Thinking back to where it all began, I thought I would take you through a journey with us from where it all started to where we are now and share some insights I’ve learned along the way.
It’s been a rollercoaster ride. But there has been so much growth and both, Ivo and I, have transformed ourselves and our lives. It’s so funny to watch the first few videos we made. The quality was way worse. And even though I still feel a bit akward in front of the camera sometimes, it has become so much more natural compared to the begining.
What strikes me most is everything I’ve learned about handbalance during this past year. Even though it was oftentimes hard to keep up with training while traveling, it’s nice to see that there has been progress. I started with a wobbly 2-arm handstand and I was super happy every time I managed to nail a decent one outdoors on uneven grounds for a picture. Now my capacity for work and my understanding of technique have improved a lot and I’ve also been developing my own way of teaching. And my main focus isn’t to get cool pictures, but rather to level up to one arm handstands and be able to create something authentic and interesting. When we started our trip I was struggeling to get my first straddle press. For a very long time it felt like an unachievable thing. And even though pressing is still not my favourite thing, I can at least do it and it’s not an issue for me anymore. Standing on 2 arms has become quite easy. And remembering the times where I was wishing for that and it felt so far away, this makes me so happy!
We’ve traveled through 11 countries and have held 24 interviews, including some of the best handbalancers in the world. This all happened out of a passion and curiosity. I am so greatful for being able to live this kind of life!
But most of all, I wanna THANK YOU so much for your support and for watching the show! It’s because of you that Handstand Diary was able to grow the way it did. I really do hope that you get inspired and that you learn some valuable things to find your own way for training and becoming better at handstands. I will keep an open ear and heart to anything you wish to know or learn. So don’t be shy and drop me a comment or a message!
Last but not least, I’m changing my closing line at the end of my videos. I find the sentence “the world is your playground” outdated and it doesn’t feel right anymore. What it comes down to for me is doing what you love. And since I was stuck with a mindset that made me think I was too old to really persue what I was longing for, I want you to know that it’s never too late to do what you love. I know that now. And I want you to keep that in mind too. Because in the end our time here on earth is brief. So we better fill it with what makes our lives worthwhile. For me clearly it’s a physical and artistical exploration of what can be revealed within my body.
So here’s to many more years and many more insights! And of course all the handstands 🙂