Mycket roligt på gång nu

Hej på er! Som vanligt springer dagarna i väg och just nu känns det som att jag knappt hinner med. Det är så mycket som har hänt de senaste dagarna att jag inte riktigt har hunnit med att sitta ner och reflektera. Jag brukar ju beskriva mitt liv som slow living in the fast lane. Det händer alltid mycket i livet, men jag försöker att stanna upp och reflektera och verkligen ta medvetna beslut. Men de senaste dagarna har jag knappt hunnit tänka klart en endaste tanke känns det som. Kul såklart, men också ganska påfrestande.

I fredags blev jag intervjuad av Sveriges radio P4. De sände hela förmiddagsprogrammet från Gällivare och pratade bland annat med kommunalråden, människor på stan – och så mig och Markus. Mig intervjuade de om podden och vad det bästa med att bo i Gällivare är. Markus intervjuade de om deras musik och hur det är att producera musik och bo här. Sjukt härliga programledare och två riktigt sköna och avslappnade intervjuer blev resultatet. Så kul att Gällivare får ta lite plats och att både podden och Polarbearz får uppmärksamhet. Det roligaste var nog ändå att hon kallade mig Gällivares svar på Bianca Ingrosso, den har jag aldrig hört förut! 😅

Om du vill lyssna på intervjuerna hittar du de här:

Jag om Lev Podcast och att bo i Gällivare >

Markus om Polarbearz och att skapa musik i Gällivare >

Det var lite roligt att vi båda skulle på intervjuer samma dag, värsta rushen här hemma. Ena stunden var jag på radiointervju och i nästa hämtade jag Erik från dagis. Tio minuter senare låg jag på golvet och körde bilar med ett hav av lego runt mig. Reality Check. Den bästa sorten. ♡

 

Igår vabbade jag med Erik så starten på veckan blev lite seg. Jag kan knappt komma ihåg sist vi alla var friska och pigga här hemma. Vi spenderade dagen med att mysa, kolla tv och bara vara. Erik sa mitt under dagen: ”Mamma, kan inte vi gå upp och lägga oss i sängen och mysa medan vi funderar på vad vi ska göra sen?” Vem kan motstå det? Så vi gick upp, lade oss i hans säng och pratade länge om allt möjligt. Såna stunder är helt ovärderliga. Tiden går så fort och jag kan inte fatta att han snart fyller tre år. Imorse påminde han mig att ta med matbacken från kylen, så jag skulle ha mat att äta till lunch. ”för mamma, man måste äta mat om man ska bli stor. Och pappa har ju lagat mat åt oss!” Min älskade, kloka pojke.

Imorse var jag och Alice värd för Frukost SNACK!

Snack hålls en gång i månaden av Gällivare Kommun och näringslivsorganisationerna. Oftast besöker man då olika företag som berättar mer om sin verksamhet. Det är företagare, politiker och allmänhet som kommer på träffarna. Idag var det alltså vi som pratade – om podden såklart. Så kul att få berätta om varför vi startade, vad vi tycker är bra med att bo i Gällivare och lite vad vi lärt oss längs vägen. Responsen var toppen! Det var många som tyckte att det var intressant och sa att de fick så mycket energi av att lyssna. Det älskar jag – att kunna sprida energi och pepp till människor. Man får själv en sån energikick av det!

Efter snacket spelade vi in veckans avsnitt av podden. Sen åkte jag hem och vabbade efter lunch. Livet. Upp och ner, ljust och mörkt, jobb och vab. Inte för att vab nödvändigtvis är mörker, det är snarare väldigt ljust. Jag uppskattar stunderna hemma med Erik. Men det är inte alltid helt lätt att få ihop planeringen när man måste vabba. En av nackdelarna med att ha eget och inte ha någon som täcker upp för en när man är borta. Men men. Ingen fara på taket. Det är värdsliga ting egentligen, det där med jobb som får skjutas upp en dag eller två. 

Imorgon håller jag en utbildning i att kommunicera i sociala medier. Tolv stycken glada företagare är anmälda och det ska bli skitkul att få prata om strategi och innehåll och hur man kan göra för att bli bättre på att nå ut och skapa relationer med människor.

Oavsett vad som händer i livet är det allra viktigaste, varje dag, att få leva och må bra. När den här veckan är över ska jag planera in ordentlig vila. Det behövs.

Hoppas att ni alla har en bra vecka! 

 

Att strukturera upp livet med Bullet Journal

Veckan har precis kickat igång och jag har äntligen fått energi tillbaka, så skönt. Min vecka har startat med poddinspelning, nya kundmöten och redigering av porträttbilder till en kund jag jobbar med. Något av det jag älskar mest med att ha eget är att jag får jobba med vitt skilda saker under en arbetsdag och vecka. Det jag tycker är svårast, och helt ärligt inte gillar alls, är att planera och strukturera upp allt jag har att göra. Jag är en person som gillar stora sammanhang, visioner och idéer och att vara kreativ och innovativ. Att göra rutinsaker, administrera och göra saker som känns ”tråkiga” är inte min starkaste sida. Tills jag hittade Bullet Journal. 

Förut har jag alltid jobbat med en digital kalender och en fysisk kalender. Alla anteckningar från möten, idéer jag kommit på och noteringar om saker jag behöver göra – har alla varit utspridda i tusen olika anteckningsböcker. För att vara ärlig är jag mer eller mindre ett ostrukturerat, strukturerat kaos. Det finns någon slags ordning under ytan, men den förändras rätt ofta vilket gör det svårt att hålla koll.

I höstas såg jag ett inlägg hos Emilia Westerström där hon skrev om Bullet Journal. Emilia är fantastiskt duktig på att fotografera, skriva, rita och tattuera. Efter att ha följt henne ett tag och frågat henne tusen frågor om vilka pennor hon använder, vilka böcker hon skriver i och hur hon gör sina snygga blommor – bestämde jag mig själv för att testa en Bullet Journal. Nu har jag använt mig av det i snart ett halvår – och jag älskar det.

Bullet Journal är just nu väldigt hypat. På Youtube och sociala medier hittar man bild efter bild med perfekta och snygga sidor som ger, åtminstone mig, världens prestationsångest. Men Bullet Journal behöver inte vara så. Från början var det ett system som ser till att man har allt på samma ställe och håller koll på saker som behöver göras, möten och event som händer i livet och får struktur på både lång och kort sikt. Helt utan krångel.

Jag älskar det här systemet för att jag får precis just det, struktur. Dessutom allt samlat på samma ställe. Istället för tusentals anteckningsböcker har jag nu bara två – min bullet journal och en anteckningsbok för mötesanteckningar. Precis allt som handlar om mitt företag – livet, framtidsplaner, idéer, visioner, planering, utvärdering och mål – det finns i min Bullet Journal. Jag varvar enkla sidor som bara har text med snyggare sidor med roliga detaljer – allt efter hur kreativ jag känner mig när jag gör dem.

Det jag tycker är bäst med det här sättet att planera och strukturera, är att jag kan välja att ha med vad som funkar för mig. Jag har också möjlighet att utveckla det eftersom. Ibland skriver jag ner saker en månad som jag sedan stryker till nästa månad – för att jag helt enkelt inte använde det. Det finns massor med tutorials och tips på hur man kommer igång på Youtube. Men som med allt annat så kan man inspireras, men sen är det bara att göra precis så som det funkar bäst för just dig. Mina månadsupplägg ser olika ut varje månad – och för mig är det perfekt. Det blir inte tråkigt och det blir bättre för varje gång.

Mood tracker i min Bullet Journal. Du väljer själv färger och vad de betyder. Går fort och ger en snabb överblick över hur dagarna faktiskt ser ut. Den här månaden har inte börjat så värst bra för min del, men det tar sig. 

Något jag testat för först gången den här månaden är en Mood tracker. Även den har jag lånat från Emilia. Tanken är att man har en stapel eller ett fält för varje dag i månaden och sedan fyller i färger som symboliserar hur man mått den dagen. Man väljer såklart färger själv och skriver ner vad de betyder för just dig. Sen fyller man i den färg som har varit dominerande just den dagen. Jag tycker att jag har varit sjuk och trött allt som oftast på senaste. Det här kändes som ett perfekt sätt att få lite koll på hur det faktiskt ligger till. Det tog ungefär 4 minuter att göra den och ca 2 sekunder att fylla i en färg varje dag. Enklare än så kan det faktiskt inte bli.

Mina bästa tips för att komma igång med Bullet Journal

  1.  Börja i ett block och med pennor som du redan har hemma, för att se om du överhuvudtaget gillar idén. Gör det inte så krångligt till en början. Du kan utveckla det eftersom.
  2. Fundera igenom vad som är viktigt att ha med för just dig – glöm inte sånt som händer i privatlivet också! Ju mer saker du har på samma ställe – desto större chans att du faktiskt använder den. Sidor som finns i min Bullet Journal är till exempel: Jar of Awesomeness, Mål 2018, Statistik för bloggen, Idéer till Lev Podcast, Företagsvision, Min bok. 
  3. Om du inte gillar att skriva och rita snyggt – skit i det. Skriv bara ner allt i punktform. Det här är inget som ska ge dig kreativ ångest, det ska underlätta din vardag.
  4. Välj att lägga en stund varje dag och gå igenom din Bullet Journal. Har du med allt du behöver? Har du koll på saker som ska göras? Har du uppdaterat de sidor du behöver uppdatera? Att hålla allt uppdaterat gör det roligare att använda den.
  5. Var inte rädd att göra om och ändra. Att din Bullet Journal utvecklas över tid är det som gör den så kraftfull. Det blir inte en massa sidor som inte används, så var det alltid för mig i en vanlig kalender. Här formar du en perfekt kalender för just dig – och inga sidor går till spillo!

 

Vill du ha fler tips eller inspiration på hur du ska göra? Kolla in Dorro Tidscoachen, Emilia Westerström eller originalet – BulletJournal.com. Där finns också en massa bra tips på hur man enkelt strukturerar upp uppgifter, möten och att-göra listor.

 

Har du testat Bullet Journal? Vad tyckte du? 

 


This post is written in Swedish. From now on, all my blog posts will be in Swedish. You can read more about why I have chosen to switch back to my original language here. I hope you still want to tag along! If you want to read posts in English, you find more on my Instagram

Drömmer om en sommarstuga

This post is written in Swedish. From now on, all my blog posts will be in Swedish. You can read more about why I have chosen to switch back to my original language here. I hope you still want to tag along! If you want to read posts in English, you find more on my Instagram


Den här helgen har jag mestadels spenderat inomhus och försökt vila bort den oändliga tröttheten i kroppen. Jag har spenderat tiden med att ligga under en filt, leka med Erik – och så har jag tittat efter den perfekta sommarstugan. Förra året köpte vi en stugtomt i Ryssbält i Kalix skärgård. En tomt med massor av skog och alla möjligheter att bygga vad vi vill.  Trots att jag ännu ser fram emot många dagar ute i snön och den underbara vårvintern här hemma, måste jag erkänna att jag har börjat längta lite efter sommaren. Och ännu mer efter att få skapa vårt eget lilla paradis på den norrländska solkusten.

I somras hann vi bara dit ett par svängar för att kolla in tomten, dra lite ris och märka ut träd som skulle tas ned. Under hösten har de tagit ner träd och i sommar hoppas vi kunna göra markarbete på tomten. Jag har scrollat runt bland olika stugor, attefallshus och friggebodar under helgen och drömt mig bort tills vår egen står på plats. Jag ser framför mig hur jag vaknar upp i stugan en sommarmorgon, går över knarrande golv och gör upp eld i kaminen. Tittar en stund på den brinnande elden innan jag kokar kaffe och går ut och dricker dagens första kopp i morgonsolen på altanen medan fåglarna kvittrar. Livet. 

Det är gott om både blåbär och hjortron på vår egen tomt. Det är nog det vi gillar bäst allihop, speciellt Erik. 

Erik och fammo tar en paus efter att ha dragit ris och plockat bär på tomten i somras. Snart hoppas vi att vi har en stuga att mysa i istället. 

Jag och Markus har just nu väldigt olika idéer om hur den här stugan ska se ut. Om jag får bestämma blir det en liten stuga med bara det absolut nödvändigaste. En liten kamin, max ett uttag för att ladda mobil och dator, absolut ingen tv och bara ett litet kök. Väldigt stugig inredning med mycket vitmålat trä och naturmaterial, gärna gamla möbler som jag får ge lite kärlek och piffa med fina kuddar, härliga filtar och fina ljusstakar.

Om Markus däremot får bestämma blir det ett palats. Det ska finnas tv, tvspel, soffgrupper, matsal och ett kök med extra allt. Han vill ha eluttag i varje liten vrå, spotlights både inne och ute, badrum med jacuzzi och gärna plats för ett liveband, ett biljardbord, en pokeranläggning, tennishall och minst femtio gäster. Jag kanske överdriver lite, men när han berättar om vad han vill bygga är det så här det låter i mina öron. Flådigt och inte alls likt min lilla mysiga stuga i skogen.. Vi får se om vi lyckas komma överens, min stadsråtta och jag. ♡

Längtar efter att få käka mat ute i solen, som här i Lofoten i somras. Fast kanske på utflykt i skärgården istället. 

Har du något bra tips på fina stugor eller bra tillverkare? Eller någon sida där man kan hitta tips om att bygga stuga och få lite inredningsidéer?

Länka gärna, vi behöver alla tips vi kan få! ♡

En mindre bra vecka är också en vecka

This post is written in Swedish. From now on, all my blog posts will be in Swedish. You can read more about why I have chosen to switch back to my original language here. I hope you still want to tag along! If you want to read posts in English, you find more on my Instagram


 

Här har jag suttit, eller snarare legat, ihopkrupen under filten med datorn framför mig i snart en timme. Målet har varit inställt på att skriva ett blogginlägg, men utan att mina fingrar lyckats forma ett enda ord på tangenterna. Jag känner mig trött i kroppen och slut i hjärnan. Den här veckan har varit lite upp och ner, för att vara helt ärlig.

Vi kom hem från fjällen i måndags eftermiddag efter en helt fantastisk helg med skidor och fint väder. Det var oerhört skönt att komma hem till familjen och Erik igen, men jag var så dödligt trött. Förmodligen var det för att vi gick på två toppturer på söndagen och sov oerhört dåligt sista natten, det tar på krafterna. Hur som helst var jag helt däckad när vi kom hem och somnade med Erik vid åtta.

Tisdag och onsdag spenderades med porträttfotografering, coachning och planering av mina kommande utbildningstillfällen i Sociala medier. På onsdagen hände också något riktigt roligt – klippet som P3 Nyheter spelade in om vår podd, Lev Podcast, när de var här för ett par veckor sedan, släpptes på deras sociala medier. Ett peppigt, och om jag får säga det själv, rätt roligt klipp där vi pratar om varför vi väljer att bo i Gällivare. Klippet har nu över 40 000 visningar på deras instagram och har dragit in ett hundratal nya lyssnar till podden. Verkligen kul att podden får uppmärksamhet, speciellt i samband med frågan om att leva och bo på landsbygden. Så oerhört viktigt – och roligt! 

Från P3 Nyheters videoklipp om Lev Podcast och att bo i Gällivare.

Igår däckade jag totalt i migrän och illamående. Jag sov hela gårdagen och fick knappt i mig någon mat. Möten fick ställas in och flyttas, jobb jag behöver göra ligger ogjort och när jag vaknade imorse var huvudvärken fortfarande kvar. Det är tufft ibland som ensamföretagare, när livet kommer emellan och planerad tid glider en genom fingrarna. Det finns ingen som täcker upp för en om man är sjuk och det finns ofta inte mycket tid att ta ikapp på. För varje gång man är sjuk eller måste vabba – blir tiden man har att göra allt jobb på – mycket mindre.

Jag jobbar ständigt med att bli bättre på att acceptera läget. Är jag sjuk så är jag sjuk. Om jobb ligger ogjort, så får det vara så. När kroppen och hjärnan redan är stressade, blir inget bättre av att jag pressar mig själv genom att tänka att jag Borde. Men det är inte alltid helt lätt. Ibland undrar jag hur det hade varit om man hade lärt sig från dag ett, att säga nej och acceptera läget. Hur det hade varit om man aldrig någonsin hamnat i ett läge där hjärnan nästan kokat på grund av för mycket stress och press. Skulle vi ha mer energi över då, rent generellt?

Tänker mig att vi ska spendera helgen så här, mumsandes på kanelbullar ute i snön. 

Idag jobbar jag från under filten i soffan. Helgen planerar jag att spendera med familjen i lugn och ro. Jag hoppas att huvudvärken släpper så vi kan ge oss ut på något litet äventyr i skogen. Att grilla en korv över en öppen eld, 10 minuter hemifrån, är ibland allt som behövs för att återställa balansen. Även om livet överlag är underbart, betyder det inte att alla dagar är fantastiska. Vissa dagar behöver man bara ligga under en filt och sova, så att själen hinner ikapp.

 

Vad gör du i helgen? ♡

Days filled with life

The days keep on passing by in high speed. I have a goal to write at least two blog posts every week, it’s not much but still I don’t always make it. But even so, I don’t feel like it’s a bad thing. I am getting better at appreciating and accepting things the way they are. Sometimes things doesn’t work out the way we plan. In some cases we can change and rearrange for things to work out better, in some cases we can’t.

We need to accept the things we cannot change, have the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

This weekend we’ve spent a lot of time outdoors. On Saturday we went snowboarding on Dundret. Erik snowboarded for a while, then took a ride with me in the carrier. It was fun but a lot heavier than I would have imagined.  On Sunday we went ski-touring to Dalstugan, also on Dundret. Even though the weather wasn’t the best, time spent outdoors is always time well spent. On Sunday, Markus’ family joined us. Filippa, Erik’s little cousin, did her premiere on the mountain. Sleeping happily in the pulka all the way up.

Charlotte and Robin with little Filippa sleeping in the pulka. 

Erik sat here for about 10 minutes, then he wanted to run instead. Nothing wrong with his energy! 

It took us about 40 minutes to get up to the small cabin. On Sunday’s Friluftsfrämjandet keep it open for visitors and you get a hot cup of coffee, a warming fire and a cookie. We had our own ’fika’ with us but a warming fire is appreciated, especially for the little ones. We didn’t stay very long before we got dressed and headed back out again. But adventures doesn’t have to be long for them to be precious. For an almost-three year old, this was an adventure the size of climbing Mount Everest.

Erik kept jumping in and out of the pulka, sitting for two minutes and then running again. 

Friluftsfrämjandets Dalstugan, halfway up on Dundret. 

Erik talking to Filippa and Charlotte.

After we got home on Sunday afternoon, Erik started feeling sick. He threw up a few times during the evening, but was fine in between. But as for all parents, when your kids starting to feel sick, you act according to protocol. It’s like your preparing for war. Total lockdown, cancel all plans, prepare for quarantine. Markus went shopping to get all necessities in case we would all go down.

An uncertain Sunday afternoon passed by, but neither me nor Markus felt sick. Erik fell asleep around 9 and was all better in the morning. Maybe stomachflu, maybe something he ate. Who knows. Still there’s 48 hours you have to stay at home before he can return to kindergarten. We’ve spent two days at home, building lego towers, watching movies and me working a little. He’s been feeling fine so tomorrow it’s back to reality for all of us. Crisis over.

Got this cute bottle warmer from Maria for Christmas, perfect to keep your water from freezing! 

On our way back, Erik refused to sit. He wanted to run. Maybe he was starting to feel sick already here.. He walked and partly ran half the way until Markus made sitting in the pulka a game he couldn’t refuse. 

When you have kids, you quickly get black belt in making plans, and changing them again. You never know what’s coming and things are really out of your hands. I’ve gotten better at just riding the waves of life and enjoying the moment. Spending two days at home with him has actually been cozy. He is getting so big already, soon he doesn’t want me to build lego with him. I’m just gonna try to enjoy the moment while it lasts.

Our happy little fella. He is turning three in April and has really started to get obstinate from time to time. We have tried ’time-outs’ for awhile. When he isn’t listening at all, he has to sit for three minutes on a bench in the kitchen. If he gets up and leaves before the time is out, the three minutes start all over again. The thing is, he always just gets me laughing so hard I can’t be angry at him anymore. It always end with us two hugging, laughing and being friends again. It might not be the most consistent way to parent, but I just love it. Laughing together is just magical.

 

Tomorrow it’s back to normal again. I have plenty of work to do and plenty of fun things up my sleeve. Somehow I can’t seem to find the time to write about it all. But there’s no need to panic, I’m gonna be here for a long time, so I guess I’m gonna get around to it at last.

Hope you are all having an amazing start to your week! ♡

Taking that weekend vibe with me into a new week

Some weekends give more energy back than others. This was one of those. We spent all of Saturday at home. We slept in, ate breakfast forever, drank one too many cups of coffee, watched Tv and then the whole family went out to shovel snow and walk the dogs. In the evening we invited Markus family over for dinner and then we went to bed early.

Yesterday we ate breakfast and then got into the car and drove about an hour south to our friends cabin. My friend Sarah is probably the best birthday-gift-giver ever. On my birthday a couple of weeks ago, they gave me a check for a day out in nature. Today it was time to cash the check.

In the car, ready to go. Waiting for daddy to pack the last things. 

When we got there we just jumped on the snowmobiles and headed out. We found a nice spot and made basecamp. After a while the fire was going and they were cooking lunch, making coffee and made sure we all got something to eat. Erik had more cookies and cinnamon buns than he had food – but I really couldn’t care less. He ate, had a great time and ran around the ice – constantly finding new things to do.

The dogs were hoping to get some leftovers. Lucky for them, Erik generously shares his food with dogs. And people to for that matter. Tippen got a little cold, but Sarah has made a sleeping bag for him out of an old pair of Dobsom pants so he curled into it and stayed there.

Dressing properly is key to having a great day outdoors. But when it comes down to it, there is nothing that will keep you warm forever. Moving around is the only way to stay warm for longer periods of time. Erik and Markus made an ice-track to run on and then we all had do watch and cheer.

I am so truly blessed to have friends like you. I felt like a princess all day, I didn’t have to do almost anything. Spending time with friends like this is worth so much. Even though we live close to each other, it’s not that often we spend time together like this. Damn glad that Sarah and David makes it happen. A perfect birthday gift to someone who’s already got everything they need. Thank you guys ♡

Cinnamon buns are truly his weakness.. just as his mom. He has grown so much lately. Definitely not a baby anymore. Kind, loving, caring and fun. Glad he gets to know our friends the way he does too. And glad he wants to tag along on all our adventures. My sweetheart.

I’m taking this weekend vibe with me into the coming week.

I feel relaxed, energized and happy. This week will be filled with work, fun and exciting new projects. We have a workout vacation launching soon, as well as several different projects kicking in, that needs to be prepared. If you want to see more of what I do during my work weeks – make sure you follow me on Insta-stories!

Into the forest I go – skiing in deep snow

We slowly make our way through the forest. The trees around us are embedded in a fluffy, white cover. The branches hanging low, bowing under the weight of the snow. The silence out here is palpable. After a while we stop. My breathe creates a cloud of white fog that floats away and quickly dissolves. It’s cold out here.
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Sky attempts to sit down, but quickly gets up again and lifts one paw off the ground. She turns and looks at me as if to ask if we can keep on walking, the cold affecting even her. I look around the beautiful glade we’re standing in. The setting sun makes the otherwise deep, blue sky turn into a burning red and yellow.

 

The trees stand tall under the weight of the snow. Even though we’ve gotten plenty of snow this winter, they’ve seen worse. Between two trees is an old track from a small animal, it’s too far under the snow to tell from what. I take a deep breath and touch skys head with my hand to tell her that we’re going. She wags her tail and starts pushing through the deep snow once again.

 

 As we make our way back to the car, I can feel my soul returning to my body and mind.

My whole being shifts energy. My mind is right here, right now. Just as it was created to be. All the thoughts that have been flying around in my head lately have dissolved, much like the white fog when I breathe, and left my mind calm and empty. As we reach the car again, the sun is just about to set and we’re all tired, calm and happy.

Into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.

Another day, another year

It’s friday and this week has passed by so fast. I feel like I always write that.. Well maybe it’s because I tend to do plenty of things, and the days are just a little short sometimes, to get all the tings I want into those 24 hours. This week I have prioritised spending time with family and friends since I was away last week, and because I am leaving again tomorrow.

Spending time travelling is fun but it also requires a lot of time resting and catching up. I want to feel that I have truly ’landed’ at home before I go again. This week I have spent a lot of time with Erik, without my phone or computer asking for attention. Today we went swimming after I picked him up from daycare. Those small things mean so much in the long run. One extra hour of total presence can work magic on the soul.

A short walk in this beautiful (and cold) weather also does wonder for the soul. Seeing the sun again after a long winter is always magic.

Work wise this week has been catching up on a lot of projects that got left hanging while I was in Stockholm. I always try to plan my time so that I can fit everything that I have to do even though I’m travelling. But then life happens, and kids happen, and it’s not so easy to plan and predict how things are going to work out. I rounded of this week by talking at a local Rotary lunch. I got to talk about social media marketing, how I run my business and why I do what I do. Me talking there drew a full house – and I came out of there with energy enough to provide a small city with lights for a full year. I want to talk more to people about these things! Want me to talk somewhere? Get in touch ♡

Tonight I’ve been packing my bags again, tomorrow I’m leaving for Åre.

I’ll spend three days at a workation together with Influencers of Sweden. Snowboarding, hiking, snowmobiling and spending time with people who do similar things that I do. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I look forward to these days. And the best part? I get to go snowboarding with an old friend of mine before it all starts.

Beautiful Gällivare and Dundret with a little sunshine. 

Even though life might seem hectic right now to someone looking at it from the outside, I feel calmer than ever.

This Wednesday I turned 28 and I feel like this is my magic number. I am diving head first into things this year and still I feel safer, calmer and happier than ever. I feel like things are falling into place and I see the bigger picture better now than before.

I spent my 28th birthday in the best possible way – with friends and family. Today I read all the birthday wishes I got on Facebook and it is so fun reading them. You can say many things about social media, but I have to say that it is truly remarkable to read the birthday wishes from people all over the world. People that I worked with in Norway ten years ago, people that I met while in Thailand, people whom I met hiking, travelling, working or parents and relatives of old friends.

I am so grateful for all the people that I have met through my 28 years in life. All of you have taught me something. And maybe I have been able to give you something, too. For that, I am forever grateful!

Happy to turn 28 and happy after a great Friday! Follow me on Instagram if you want to see more of what I do in a week. ♡

Here’s to another year and getting one number closer to the dirty thirty!

Have an amazing weekend people! ♡

 


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Five podcasts to guide you through the week

It’s Tuesday again and I am getting ready for an intense week with lots of fun. I will be travelling to Stockholm on Thursday for some business meetings, a blog meet-up and an interview for our podcast. My favourite way to prepare mentally for an intense week is to listen to inspiring podcasts. I listen to podcasts while I work, run, clean the house and when I travel. Almost everyday, actually.

What I like the most about podcasts is that you can learn so many new things, while doing something completely else. I can learn about how the brain works while I clean the house, or I can listen to inspiring talks about hiking and adventures while driving. Since I found the world of podcasts a couple of years ago, I have gotten so much smarter and more educated.

 

If it gets me into the right mood, I thought it might do the same for you. So here are my favourite 5 podcasts to guide you through the week! 

1. TED Radio HourEnglish

You’ve probably heard and seen a couple of TED-talks in your life. In this podcast you get several TED-talks collected on one subject. For example, there’s and episode where they talk about the importance of PLAY. In the same episode you get to listen to a psychologist, a comedian, a primatologist and a game designer. They all talk about their different views, insights and research on the same subject.

I love that you get different points of view on the same thing. It gives the subject another depth. There are so many good episodes that I recommend – Manipulation, Big data revolution, The unknown brain, Transparency and Dialogue & exchange. And the episode about play of course. For example, in this episode you get to hear about a research where they found that humans are not wired to feel compassion for strangers. Just think about that for a second. Then go listen.

Photo by freestocks.org on Unsplash

2. TräningspoddenSwedish

I used to listen to this podcast whenever I was out running or walking. The podcast is made by the Swedish training profile Lovisa Sandström, lofsans.se, and tv-profile Jessica Almenäs. Listening to these smart, genuine and knowledgeable women talk about working out and life in general makes time fly. I love the different subjects and the mix of facts, knowledge, anekdots and fun. If you haven’t listened to it yet – you should!

Podcasts are perfect when you’re out running. Time passes by so fast when I listen. 

 

3. Kvinnliga Äventyrare PodcastSwedish

I’ve written about the Swedish network Kvinnliga Äventyrare before. They also have a podcast that you should listen to. The humble and ever so cleaver, Angeliqa Mejstedt and Emelie Bröms talk about adventures, what it means and how to do it. They interview inspirational ladies from all over Sweden who are somehow living life a little more adventurous. They talk about everything from hiking to life in general.

 

Emelie Bröms in the photo. Picture was taken in Åre lsat year in August. 

4. Husky PodcastSwedish

Husky was actually the first podcast I ever listened to. I quickly listened to most of the episodes and I love the interviews in this podcast. All of the episodes have interviews with people who somehow challenge the comfortable in everyday life. Adventurers, sports profiles, entrepreneurs – people who live with passion. I especially like the episode with Sofie Lantto, lanttolife.se.

5. Don’t call it a dream : Livet utomlandsSwedish

This podcast is a new podcast, made by my friend and blogger Jennifer Sandström and another blogger, Sandra Nicole Freiman. They have both been travelling and living abroad for a long time. This is a podcast where you get all the information, inspiration and GO that you need if you’re thinking about ever moving to another country.

Jennifer is currently living in Helsingfors and Sandra in Paris. They are genuine, down to earth and have so many inspiring thoughts about life. I am currently not thinking about moving to another country, still I feel like I want to do it when I listen to them. They also talk a lot about goals, plans and creating your own dream life.

A picture of me and Jennifer from that she took at last years Influencer Convention in Stockholm. Photo: Jennifersandstrom.se

When I decide what to listen to I try to choose episodes or podcasts that could benefit my current goal for the day. If I’m travelling to a meeting where I am pitching social media marketing, I listen to podcasts that talk about social media marketing. That get’s my head spinning on the subject and I arrive full of ideas and inspiration.

If you haven’t yet started to unroll the fabulous world of podcasts, you should definitely give it a try. Let these five podcasts to guide you through the week start you up, and then explore what you love the most. There is really a podcast on EVERY subject.

 

And don’t forget to listen to our podcast about life above the arctic circle ♡

LEV podcast – Swedish

Questions & Answers

Last week I shared my story through Kvinnliga Äventyrares network, after that a bunch of new followers found their way to me on Instagram. I have written before about how I love and hate Instagram. But I have found a thing that makes me love that platform more than I hate it.

It is to really get to know the people that follow me and that I follow. So I try to spend a lot of time to go check out the accounts of the people that are actually there (easy to forget that it’s real people). And I have found so many new friends and people to interact with, that Instagram is becoming one of my favourite places to be on social media.

When all these new people found their way to me I asked them if they had any questions for me, so that they could get to know me better. And surprisingly I got a bunch of questions. And it’s really good questions! Most of them I have no right answer to, but I will tell you how I handle it. And since the internet is more fun when we communicate, I would love to know your thoughts on these subjects! How do you handle it? Read the questions and answers below and if you feel like sharing, comment below! ♡

Most of these questions were written in Swedish. I have translated and shortened some of them for an easier-to-read post. 

Okay, so here goes! Questions & Answers people ↓

Question: I see that you have a son and I wonder how you motivate yourself to go on adventures without your family? I have an amazing family and I feel bad when I plan to do things without them. Do you have tips or thoughts that you want to share on how you think when you’re going away on your own?

This is such an interesting thing to talk about. I do a lot of things without Markus and Erik, work related and non-work related. Sometimes I feel bad planning things without them. But at the same time I know that I spend most of my time with them. And for every thing that I do on my own, we try to do things together. For example, this summer I did the 5 day trail running on my own (with company of course, but without the family). A couple of weeks before, me and Erik went on a roadtrip on our own, and the weeks after the whole family went to Norway. I’m not saying that you have to do that, but for me it feels easier to do things on my own if I balance my time.

I want to continue to grow as a person – even though I’m a mom. I believe it sets and example for him, too. And for me it has been important to know that life doesn’t end just because you have kids. It just adds another level to life. I love doing things with him and the older he gets, the more things we will do together.

My best tip is to plan time for yourself, and respect it. The things that I do for me are just as important as things that I do for everyone else. You’ve heard it before and it’s true – if you’re not feeling good, you’re not gonna be a good parent or influence on your kids. I want my son to have a happy mom and dad, even if that means that they do things without him every now and then.

Question: What dreams do you have – big and small? 

An interesting question and at the same time hard to answer. I dream about so many things. But one thing I dream about is a cabin in the woods. This summer we bought a piece of land in the Swedish Lapland archipelago and I can’t wait until we build a small cabin here. I want to wake up in the silence, light a fire, walk out into the woods and just listen to the birds and the trees. I want to spend time there with Erik and just be. At the same time I dream of actually changing the world for the better. Everything I do, I do with the intent of somehow contributing to a better world. Even if it’s just small things.

Question: What is everyday luxury to you? 

I have an intention to live my life for EVERYDAY. Not only the weekends, holidays or the future. So I try to do typical ”weekend” things on weekdays. I have had the pleasure of having Lisa Ekström, Kamoja, as a mentor. She taught me to celebrate things and do things out of the ordinary. Like having ”fredagsmys” on a Tuesday or something I like to do, pick Erik up early on a Wednesday and have picknick in the woods. I have to say this: having the privilege to take a day off if I want to is everyday luxury to me! ♡

Question: What are your favourite places in your home area? 

For everyday adventures I love Dundret, both in winter and summer. I also love Saltoluokta, Stora Sjöfallet and the Ice Hotel which are a little further away. And all the beautiful places further west in the Swedish mountains. It’s a luxury to have everything just 1,5-2 hours away. Then there are thousands of other things I love around here that are not named or have specific activities other than just being there. Walking the woods, picking berries on a marsh, walking up small hills and mountains to enjoy the view.

Question: I saw that you wrote that you spent a winter in Canada, where did you stay and was it hard to find a job there? 

We spent the winter of 2011-12 in Revelstoke, BC. We had applied for a working holiday visa so we could stay for a year and work while enjoying the country. We snowboarded all day and I arranged so that I could teach Zumba classes a couple of times a week at the local Rec Centre. My main goal for going there was to snowboard as much as possible so working came second hand. It was fun though because I got to know a lot of people from the local community that I would never have done other wise.

Revelstoke was amazing. When we were there it was not much people on the slopes. The only time there was a line was on powder days when people wanted to get the first gondola to the top. But it didn’t matter because there was always fresh powder enough for everyone. That winter in Canada is one of my best winters! I got to develop my snowboarding so much and riding that deep powder is a feeling I can still remember.

Thinking of going? Stop thinking. JUST GO! ♡

Avalanche course in Revelstoke. A great investment! 

Revelstoke and the surrounding area is so beautiful. We bought a car so that we could travel around. If you want to see more photos from Canada, you find it here.

That was all the questions for now, have any other or want to share your thoughts? Comment below and we can communicate! ♡

Another year comes to an end – Thank you 2017!

Another year is coming to an end and I can’t believe it’s already New Years Eve. This year has past by so fast I’m not sure I realize that it’s already over. So many things have happened that I can’t even begin to wrap my head around it all.

This time last year I sat down for the first time to write goals for the upcoming year. It felt odd. Silly to be honest. I wrote down specific things that I wanted to do, areas of my life that I wanted to focus on and goals for both my business and my private life. On my list of goals was things like ’workout to feel good’, ’go trail running in the mountains’ and ’establish my business enough to live on it’. But out of all the things on my ”goal board”, the one I am most proud to be able to check off the list, has nothing to do with any of these. Yet it’s got everything to do with everything. 

What I am most proud of in 2017

The one thing that I am most proud to be able to check off the list, was the thing that felt the strangest to write there in the first place. Maybe because it’s not really a goal as much as a guideline, or maybe it’s because it means so much to me. But because it means so much to me, I get goosebumps knowing that I can say I did it.

Do things with your heart and always trust your intuition. 

2017 has been a year with both ups and downs, sweet and sour, courage and doubt. But from all that has happened this year – what I will remember the most is that 2017 was the year that I, for the first time in my life, truly dared. Dared to believe in myself and my ideas. Dared to do things that other people thought would never work. Dared to follow my heart and invest in things that I believed in. 2017 has been the year that I realized I can change the world if I want to. One heart-filled act at a time.
 

One of the things that have been most significant in my 2017 is the people I have spent it with.

I’ve gotten to know so many great new people and also spent more quality time with friends and family. I have had great people around me in both business and private life. And as a wise person said recently – when it comes down to it, what really matters is the relationships that you have in your life. Nothing else. And this year I have made sure to really value the relationships in my life.

2017 was also the year when I did things so far out of my comfort zone, I would never have believed it if you told me a year ago. Also, I have kept the most important promise to myself that I have ever made – to keep showing up. Every single day. No matter how hard or pointless it may seem at the time.

Speed doesn’t matter. Forward is Forward.

So far 2018 looks like it will be just as good, or even better. I have learned so much about myself and what I want to do. The insecurities that lined the first months of this year have changed and now I look upon next year with excitement, determination and humility. If I give and act with all my heart – more good things that really matter will come my way.
I am wiser, calmer and more humble than ever. I’m gonna try and make 2018 the best year yet and I want to take yet another step towards my vision – making the world a better place. Thank you all for sharing this year with me. I hope you want to continue tagging along to see what 2018 will bring.

I have made time for plenty of cups of coffee out in nature this year. Something I will keep doing in 2018.

Family time and adventures  – so many great memories and plans for the future. This weekend in our friends cabin was one of the best ones.

Until August this year I had never been to Åre. Now I have been there twice. This time was together with Kvinnliga Äventyrare. Now I am going back again in January 2018. A great place that I have come to love.

After almost a year of planning, in September we finally got to see the result when Träningsfesten took place here in Gällivare. Without my amazing team this would never have happened. Glad we did it and glad we will do it again next year!

One of the goals on my list was to ”become a runner”. Whatever that is. I consider that goal reached since I have kept running, no matter how hard it have felt some days. I actually thought I would run even more. But I’m being kind on myself and feel like this year was a great start of something that I will keep doing more of in 2018. Running might be the best therapy.

2017 has been a lot of time on the road and travelling. To Åre, Lycksele, Luleå and more. This photo was taken on my way to Lycksele where I had to courses in digital marketing. Not only do I want to more of that, I met so many lovely people that inspired me to do even more. You’ll probably see more of that in the next year.

One of the things that I am most proud of this year is the podcast that me and Alice started this fall. We’ve received so much love and support from people all over the place. It really feels like we are doing something good and I’m glad we will continue with this. Talking to people and getting to know their story is something I hope to do more of in the future. Also, spending this much time with Alice has been a true pleasure. Can’t believe this is my job now!

 

I finally made sure I did something with my pictures. This fall I made some of them available through Printler. Now some of my favourites can hang on other people’s walls and hopefully make someone happy.

Never have I had so many good things happen to me and so many great opportunities to come my way. Still I have had the courage to follow my heart and not say yes to Everything. I have chosen carefully. Taking time to pause, think, reflect and act has been a large part of my year. Even though this one is on my ”get better at” list for 2018.

Talking infront of people has always been hard for me. But I realize now, that when I talk about things that really matters to me, I love it. Here at the VIP event at the Peak Performance store in Luleå. A part of our collaboration that I am so proud of.

Even though I have travelled a lot and worked plenty – I have made time for family and friends. Here in Ritsem together with Hanna and her family. A weekend I will always remember.

It’s easy to forget and miss out on our own progress. Looking back now I am glad I have invested both time and money in my own progress and development. When I see the pictures that I took in Lofoten this summer, I realize that I managed to both have an amazing time with my family AND take great pictures. Yes. I am proud. 

I rounded of this year with buying myself a new camera. Because I’m worth it. ♡

 

Thank you 2017 for everything that you taught me.

Let’s together make 2018 the greatest and kindest year so far.

Happy New Year to all of you! ♡

Merry Christmas from all of us!

Today is Christmas Eve and this is our second day of celebrations. We spent yesterday at my mom and dad’s house and today we’re celebrating together with Markus family. I had planned so many blog posts before Christmas, but then I got sick and had to just survive the last week. I had to scale down and do less in order to get the most important things done. Our house is a mess and I just don’t care. As long as I everyone is happy, I’m happy.

Erik and grandpa grilling sausages for lunch yesterday.

Erik got a snowboard from grandma and grandpa yesterday and we had to go out and try it straight away. He has been talking about snowboarding a lot lately and he was so stoked! He has never before tried snowboarding so imagine the surprise when the kid just nails it. His balance was great and he could go down the small ”hill” (grandpa’s driveway) all by himself.

Guess what the first thing we did when we woke up today was? Yes. Snowboard. -18 degrees today and so beautiful outside, but we stayed outside for a long while. He even wanted a small jump to ride in so grandpa made one. I think this one is a natural. It’s gonna be exciting to see him learn!

All the blog posts I had planned will get to you sooner or later. I have so many fun things planned for 2018 and I will tell you all about it! But first of all we’re gonna celebrate Christmas, rest and spend time together and outside. I just wanted to check in with you and wish you all a Merry Christmas! 🙂

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! ♡