Sisu not Silence – The Beginning of an Epic Journey

I’m excited to announce the launch of a project that has been my dream for several years, but which I thought I would never have the courage or sisu to actually pursue. Here it goes…

At the end of 2017, I will embark on a 1500-mile run across the length New Zealand, averaging over 50 marathons in 50 days.

UPDATE: A lot has been happening in the past months! We now have our fundraiser up and would love you to welcome you to help give wings to our bold dream at and at We’ve been getting some publicity (almost 500k view for this NowThis video) and we have started building our dream team around the adventure.

The purpose of this wild endeavor is to create a movement around ending the silence around domestic violence and sexual abuse and remove the stigma and shame that are too often imposed on individuals who have been exposed to such trauma.

To me, sisu is a verb (not a noun) and denotes action. A few weeks ago, I decided I would use whatever resources I have at hand―my heart, mind and courage―to find ways to empower some of the millions of individuals whose lives have been impacted by a violent trauma (myself included).

The project combines my passion for human rights and social justice, systems intelligence thinking, fostering futures without violence, and endurance running.

I hope you will join me in making this the kind of global wave that a project tackling such a pressing issue deserves to be. I believe we have a chance to do something truly paradigm shifting together!

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The project website is now up and it is absolutely gorgeous, thanks to the hard work by my biggest supporter on the whole planet – The Husband. I hope it helps convey some of the conviction and passion I carry in my heart for this cause, as well as glimpses of the love I have for survivors of trauma.

Click here to be transported to my website, if you like. I, on the other hand, will put my running shoes on and head out : d

“Speak a new language so that the world will be a new world.” ― Rumi

6 thoughts on “Sisu not Silence – The Beginning of an Epic Journey

  1. Hey there supergirl! ^_^ I don’t know if you remember me, but I met you at the Surf City Marathon this past February and ever since that meeting I have kept you close in my heart. You are a strong force Emilia and I am SO drawn to this incredible journey you are embarking on. Coincidentally, my husband and I will be visiting NZ from January 2nd to the 9th and if there is anyway I can provide you some support along your journey, I would be SO honored to do so. It can be a “high-five”, a hug, a GU…ANYTHING! I just want to do what I can to support you and this valuable cause.



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