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101 Lifetime Goals

”Goals have a finish line. Dreams never have to end.”   Don’t confuse your dreams with goals. Dreams are imaginary, goals produce tangible results. Goals usually have a deadline, either in the near future or several years from now. Dreams are simply dreams, if they aren’t turned into goals. Achieving a goal requires action, and you won’t reach them over night. They usually require hard work, focus and determination. However, if you want them bad enough you won’t give up on them. You shouldn’t give up on your dreams either, but remember that dreaming doesn’t take you anywhere. It’s important to have both short-term and long-term goals since it brings joy, purpose and meaning into your life. Begin by writing your goals down; it’s an excellent way to make them more specific, more tangible. You can introduce weekly goals, monthly goals, one year goals, five year goals etcetera. Write a list with several goals you’d like to achieve. Since some goals will take longer to achieve than others it’s good to include short-term goals that are somewhat …

Christmas Holiday Bucket List

‘Holiyays’   Outside the world is covered in darkness and snow. Soft snowflakes dancing from a midnight sky overflowing with christmas lights, twinkling in all their brilliance. A cold, crisp breeze and suddenly everyone around you is blushing red. Your heart a burning flame filled with fireworks and Christmas wishes. You place the big carrot on Mr. Snowman’s face and wonder if; You will be walking in the air, floating in the moonlit sky while the people far below are sleeping as you fly. And in that moment you start to see the beauty within the darkness, because without it you wouldn’t be able to reach for the stars.   Christmas Holiday Bucket List; Drink hot chocolate Go on a Christmas tree hunt Bake gingerbread cookies Decorate the Christmas tree Snuggle on the coach Do a random act of kindness Drink glue wine Write a letter to Santa Make epic plans for 2018 Play in the snow Read books Wake up early and enjoy the coffee in silence in front of the Christmas tree Watch Christmas …

How to be more present

‘Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Take the moment and make it perfect.’   Most of our time is spent in the past or in the future, rather than the present moment. According to science there’re great benefits of being more present. By being mindful, you enjoy your friends and family more, you enjoy your food more, everything you’re doing, you enjoy more. Life simply becomes more joyful.   How to be more present-minded;   Pay attention to your breathing. This is one of the simplest ways to become more present. Take a few minutes every day focusing on your breathing. Focus on the inhale, focus on the exhale. Breath in deeply, exhale fully. Allow yourself to bring all of your awareness to your breath. Listen to the sounds. There’re most likely many sounds that you don’t pay attention to when you’re caught up in the past or future. At the moment when I’m writing this I don’t hear anything, but then I stop and allow myself to listen. My neighbour coughing, a child laughing, …

What inspires me to live a healthy lifestyle?

‘A healthy lifestyle not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude and your mood.’   What inspires me to live a healthy lifestyle? My first respons is life. The idea is to die young as late as possible. I want to be like my dad. He turned 78 this fall, and he’s in better shape than most 50-year-olds. ‘It’s the turmeric, Linda’  he said today. Turmeric might well be one of the reasons. It might also help that he’s active, usually eats healthy (meaning he enjoys his cinnamon buns from time to time) and he and mum have a rich social life. Enough of my dad. Besides life I’ve another reason why I always prioritize health. Positivity & Joy Being healthy helps me stay positive. Health is much more than what you’re eating and drinking. Health is also about what you’re thinking and saying. The older I get I’ve become to realise that a healthy mind is as important as a healthy body (if not even more!) The past year I’ve been prioritising mindfulness, yoga …

My 5 favorite books at the moment

‘A relaxed mind is a creative mind.’   This November (what’s left of it) and December you’ll most likely find me sitting on my sofa wrapped in three blankets with a book and a cup of tea. I’ve developed a newfound love for reading (*NERD*). And what better way to spend a cold winter’s evening than with a good book, while snow flakes dancing outside the window. All of these books are quite different to those I’ve read before, but I think it’s important to be open-minded and to explore new fields. At least then you’ll learn something new.   How Not To Die by Michael Greger This is a very comprehensive book about the foods that scientifically have been proven to prevent and reverse disease. Chapter by chapter Michael Greger explains each of the most common diseases such as heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, high blood pressure and diabetes, and how we can prevent and reverse them by making the right dietary choices. Besides all the science-based information there are also concrete steps you …

Re-nourish your morning routines

‘Every action you choose to take will either pull you one step back or take you two steps closer to your dreams. However, you decide.’   I love mornings. The best hours during the day, without a doubt. Nevertheless I’ve set some new goals for myself. Challenges to incorporate into my morning routine. These are small goals that everyone can do, and that are somewhat easy to achieve. I want them to become part of my everyday life, and in order to do so I need to stay consistent. I’m a firm believer in setting small ordinary goals that are both realistic and easy to accomplish. I will try to follow these for the next 30 days. 1. Wake up at 6 am.  I really wish to to get into this early morning routine again. Preferably I would like to get up at 5.30 am, but for now on 6 am is just fine. I will strive to do this whenever it’s possible, meaning if I work until late in the evening I most likely will …

Everyday Habits to Change Your Life

‘Consistency is more important than perfection.’   Here is a list of small habits that will make your days more enjoyable, productive and mindful. Keep in mind that it takes approximately 21 days to form a new habit, therefore be consistent. Performing habits like these might not seem like a big deal, but it is usually the tiniest habits and routines that at the end of the day will have an huge impact. Like choosing a positive thought over a negative one, practising gratitude and drinking enough water.   Wake up one hour earlier. If you’re not already waking up super early try to set your alarm one hour earlier than usual. Dedicate this extra time to yourself; enjoy your coffee, read something educational, practise yoga or take a morning walk. Getting ready for the day ahead in a calm and relaxed manner is a crucial  step towards a more productive day. At least it will help you feel more in control, since having more time will make your morning less stressful, which in turn, …

Day Trip & Own Creation

‘psithurism  (noun) = the sound of the wind through trees.’   It was a cold and crisp November’s day when I got the most spontaneous idea to go to Sigtuna, a small and cosy town approx. 2 hours from Stockholm. Or actually, the idea came during my morning meditation. I had this voice inside my head; ‘You have to go to the cosy little town outside Stockholm that your friend keeps talking about all the time.’ I did not remember the name of this cosy, little town though. But thank you Google. I was very pleased because my friend Emelie had a day off and was happy to join. We strolled around, trying to keep ourselves warm, had lunch at the main hotel in town and enjoyed a beautiful sunset by the water. Nature and stillness – and the brain is intact again.   I received my book in the mailbox today! I have to proof read it first, and then I might order some more copies so I can give to friends and family. …

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 …