Månad: oktober 2017

Exercise Your Mind – Free Write

‘Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.’   Whenever I need to find some new inspiration, and allow new thoughts to enter I free write. It can be about absolutely anything. It can start from a word that I like, from a song, from a conversation I overheard at the coffee shop or from nature. It can grow from anything. Writing is exercise for the mind. As important it is to exercise our bodies it is equally important to exercise our minds. You don’t have to write in order to challenge your mind; you can learn a new language, study a new subject or meditate – simply do something that your mind isn’t used to. Allow your mind to stay open for any ideas to enter, whatever ideas they might be – let them come. Don’t analyze them too much; they’re just thoughts. In the end they will simply be words written on a piece of paper. A piece of paper that eventually will end up in the garbage. Step …

You are a powerhouse

‘You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.’ – The Wizard of Oz There are days when we just need to hear that we are amazing, fabulous, extra ordinary, smart, fearless and absolutely wonderful. And the person who needs to tell it to you is you. Yes you heard me, you.  ‘No one is you and that is your superpower’   Today I ask you to tell yourself that you can do anything, anything, you set your mind to. I ask you to believe that you’re exactly where you need to be right now. I ask you to tell yourself that you’re smart, creative, courageous and funny. I ask you to tell yourself that you’re strong. Tell yourself that there’re beauty and happiness surrounding you. Tell yourself that there’s plenty of love on Earth, kindness. I ask you to know your worth. I ask you to tell yourself that you’re magic. Tell yourself that there’s magic wherever you lay your eyes. You’r capable of creating magic. It’s all inside. And …

Ta hand om skogen

‘And into the forest I go to lose my mind and find my soul.’   I samarbete med Alpro och WWF ger jag mig ut i skogen. Njuter av naturen och lugnet. I skogen är det lätt att finna ro, lätt att finna styrka. Jag minns än idag när jag som barn hjälpte pappa och mamma plantera tallar. Fina minnen. Skogen spelar en betydande roll för klimatet och påverkar livet för oss alla   Alpro och WWF har startat ett projekt som syftar till att bevara jordens skogar. Alpro lanserar en specialutgåva av deras sojadrycker där en krona för varje såld liter går till WWF och deras program för att skydda skogarna i Östafrika. I Östafrika finns några av världens mest unika skogsområden. I dessa finns en biologisk mångfald med djur och växter som inte finns på något annat ställe på jorden. Den mångfalden är direkt beroende av skogen. Tyvärr utsätts skogarna i området för illegal och ohållbar skövling för virke och träkolproduktion samt exploatering för att odla grödor. Om träkolproduktionen i Tanzania fortsätter på dagens …

Grateful

  ‘The secret to having it all is knowing you already do.’   I’m happy when I write, when I help someone, when I eat fresh fruit, when I see a happy dog, when I’m in the kitchen, when I spend time with people I love, when I wake up after a good night sleep, when I’m in nature, when I stretch, when I dance like nobody is watching. I’m glad to have friends, family, a warm bed, clean water, comfy shoes, a healthy body and food in my fridge. I love being able to travel, to learn something new every day, to meet people from different cultures and to have a good education. I’m inspired by people who dare to follow their dreams, I’m inspired by kindness, love and courage. Life is full of ordinary things. But despite their simplicity they mean everything. Because without the ordinary, life would be empty. There are plenty of reasons to smile every single day. If you have clean water, food, a home and family, then you have …

Seeking stillness

‘Sometimes when we just stand still the grace finds us.’ – Unknown   It’s a good idea to seek stillness from time to time; Especially when things get too much, or when you simply wish to find focus and motivation. The constant need of being online 24/7 affects even the best of us. When feeling stressed out from school, work or just normal life-obligations it’s vital to take a step back, and travel in the passenger seat for a while. Unplug and unwind – if only for a couple of hours. You’ll feel recharged and ready to take on the world again. Benefits from seeking solitude and stillness:   Being by yourself with no distractions gives you the chance to clear your mind, focus and think more clearly. When seeking stillness you allow your brain to think more deeply. You might for example struggle with a challenging task and are seeking good ideas on how to proceed. When you allow your brain to unwind, and think more deeply, you allow your creativity to come alive – which …

Pumpkins & Halloween

‘By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.’ – William Shakespeare, Macbeth   Is fall my new favourite season? It might well be. However, I do still love summer, but autumn… I believe you stepped up your game. Halloween & pumpkins – Let the festivities begin! And how can one not fall in love with October? Dark nights, colourful days, fuzzy socks, books, creative writing, candle lights, spicy soups, a sky full of stars, cosy sweaters and ice cold fingers. If I only had a dog. Then it would be picture perfect. Ha! One can at least wish… Photos: Emelie Lassfolkh

4 Life Mantras To Live By

‘Life is uncertain. Life is beautiful. Accept where you are. Be proud. But most of all be kind. Always be kind to yourself, fellow humans, the planet and all the animals. You have one body. We have one Earth. Show respect, kindness and courage. Life may be uncertain, but we all got a chance of making something beautiful out of it. Be bold, take the chance.’   – Linda   I believe it’s the small things that matter in life. The things we do every day, the things we might not even think we’re doing all day, every day. Like thinking. All the necessary thoughts such as ‘where did I put my car keys?’ and ‘today is going to be a good day’, as well as unnecessary thoughts such as ‘I’m not good enough’, ‘this won’t work out’. Random thoughts like these run through our complicated minds each and every day. Thoughts have a massive impact over us. They affect our feelings and behaviours, as well as our everyday life, although we like it or …

Green Smoothies & Sunday Thoughts

‘You might never feel ready. But the secret is to start before you’re ready. One step at a time, and you’ll gain more knowledge, more confidence. Start today. Start now.’   – Linda   A green smoothie a day keeps the doctor away. My mantra, my belief. Give your body real food. Foods that are filled with nutrients and that help your body heal itself. Nourish your body, love your body. Your body is meant to feel strong, alive and filled with energy. You’re meant to move your body; stretch, run, jump, dance, walk, lift, spin around. Be grateful for having a living, breathing body that makes it possible to do all the things you wish to do. You’re capable of so much. More than you ever dare to imagine. Don’t let negative thoughts take over your mind. Be aware of them, and then peacefully, let them go. They don’t serve you. They don’t push you forward. Our mind is a beautiful and powerful tool. Don’t let the mind rule you, instead, rule your mind. …

Breathing in the crisp air

‘When seeking pure awareness the best thing one can do is to silently witness the beauty of nature. How effortlessly she’s unfolding her treasures. So transparent, yet so forceful. Copy her, and let yourself be amazed.’   – Linda   The best thing one can do to relax and unwind is to spend some precious time close to nature. Especially those days when she’s picture perfect, taken straight from a fairy tale; Crispy autumn breeze, colourful leaves and the October sun caressing our souls. Whenever I’m in doubt, or in need of some motivation & inspiration, I usually go for a walk and breath in the nature. It works wonders, every time. She’s magic, no doubt. After a 90 minutes walk I’ve been sipping on a large, green smoothie, cleaning out my closet, editing pictures, writing, and thinking about going to the gym. Weekends like these, when October is spoiling us with her kindness, I’m very grateful for crispy, sunny autumn days. Heartbeats You’re not here, but that’s simply because you’re in my heart. I …

What I learned working in Customer Service

‘A simple act of kindness costs very little, but the dividend is remarkably powerful.’   – Linda   Most of my adult years I’ve been working in customer service, either as a full-time job or as a part-time job while studying. You might not expect a slightly introverted person to be working in customer service, but besides being more of an introvert I’m very kind-hearted, and I don’t mind helping people. In other words; I thrive off being able to help others. Even though some of the jobs drove me a bit crazy at times I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it weren’t for all the experiences I’ve gained. In my opinion working in customer service is a wonderful life lesson. It’s a perfect way to learn more about human beings and the way we behave in different situations. With that said, I’ve gathered some of the most important things I’ve learned after many years of serving people. Don’t take anything personally  What a person says to you says more about the …