Creating the life of our dreams – ANYTHING is Pawsible!

Month: November 2017

Fantastic funny Friday!..with Spanglish guests on the way

I wrote yesterday about spreading the love. To send a loving thought, reach out a helping hand once in a while or just burst into a beautiful smile. We can all do that. ?❤ 

There are many ways to spread some joy, so since it’s Friday today, I’ve decided to keep it simple and share a happy, funny picture of Maria that I took in bed last Sunday morning… I am still laughing! ? I love my little book nerd, looking like Santa Clause! ??? (Notice it was the first time ever using an application like that! I think I nailed it, don’t you?!) 

And just to even it out… Here is a funny pic of me from this past week, om my way to work in the snowstorm… looking like a misplaced turtle. ?❄? 

Keep on spreading the joy and love in anyway possible! ❤❄❤ 

And tonight our Spanglish guests arrives… Qué bien! 

I wish you all a fantastic Friday! ~ Märta 

Compassion

I looked up as I was zipping up my jacket, ready to leave for work and go out through the main gates of our apartament building. I spotted a man who tried to get in. It was clear he wasn’t in a good state, affected by something, maybe drugs. I looked down for a second just to quickly decide how to handel the situation. 

The man started knocking on the door, begging to be let in. I opened the door and told him to go up to the supermarket with me instead, but then I realise he was freezing and about to collapse. I then heared the tone in his voice, desperately asking to be let in. And so I did. 

I called 112 right away and let some electricians working in the basement know that I was upstairs with this man, clearly affected by something. (Did they pass him by on the way in?). 

This young mans name was Martin. And he had spent the whole night out in the freezing snow, as it turned out getting numed by sniffing some chemicals. Probably he stayed out on our neighbours patio. 
Waiting for the ambulans I had called for, I noticed he could communicate somewhat. I went for a blanket and helped him zipp up his jacket as he was so very cold. 

By the first seconds meeting him at the door I realized he wasn’t dangerous, he was desperately asking to be seen and helped. 
I stayed with him, patting his back and talking to him about what was going on until the ambulans came. Then I left. Just as I heard his mumbling words “Thank you so much”… Me, who only did so little. 

I was shoken up. Not so much by the fact of meeting Martin, a person with a drug addiction,  a man in his early 20’s, spending the night in the street. What especially got to me, and made me cry as I walked away was that it happens every day, so close by and most of us are so numed by it, we start to ignore it. We don’t even look at people on the streets as fellow humanbeings, as equals. 

They may have ended up there by making bad choises, having terrible childhoods or just simply by fucking up. But don’t we all sometimes fuck up? And what do we wish for then? My guess is; compassion. And a helping hand. To be seen, and to be heartfelt. ❤ 

I hope you all are warm, loved and seen in some way and that you all send Martin a loving though. ❤ 

Let’s spread the love ❤ ~ Märta

New Years Eve in the Tropics! …Accompanied by Pablo the penguin

When I was a kid I had two favorite books. One was Three Little Pigs and the other was Pablo – The Penguin That Hated The Cold. In the story Pablo lives in Antarctica. All the other penguins thrives and plays around in the snow while Pablo is freezing and can’t stand the cold. That’s exactly how I feel about Sweden, it’s too cold for me and it doesn’t’ feel “right”. Pablo finally decides to do something about it. He starts sawing off a part of the ice floe where his house is located at, in the shape of a boat and sets off. When he reaches southern Africa the ice floe starts to melt and he continues to travel in a magical bathtub that is powered by the shower pipe. He finally reaches the Galapagos Islands and settles down for good. He builds a hut of dry palm leaves and put up a hammock in the tropics.

The story always left me with the feeling that anything is pawsible! I remember thinking that maybe I can live in the tropics one day too and enjoy the sun and the beautiful palm trees. Now I’m 37 and I have finally decided to do something about it. Ap ap ap…. relax, I’m not moving (yet). BUT I’m going to Indonesia to live the fairy tail for one month, feeling that I am finally following the foot steps of Pablo the Penguin! (IIIiiiihhh hi hi hi hi…. dancing around the apartment)

 This is what Stockholm looked like today, the first snow…

On Christmas Eve Märta and I are jumping on a plane. We are celebrating Christmas in the clouds this year and on Christmas Day we land in Denpasar in Bali. Can’t wait to explore Ubud (where we’ll be staying) and to kickstart our new projects on social media surrounded by palm trees, exotic fruits, books, yoga studios and organic healthy food.

Our new friends Melanie & Tobias already lives there and inspire us every day. They’ve built a healthy life filled with freedom and happiness. (YouTube: Love Conscious Family). Looking forward to see you soon!

Flexitarian – Saturday dinner in the woods

A few months ago I got asked to help some friends decorate their apartament. I got to be their interior designer for a little while and I enjoyed it very much. I love doing anything with shape and colours, weather it is a blank canvas, a fabric, photography, a clean face to do make up on, a total make over, or anything else that can be shaped, reshaped or just created in harmony with shapes, colours and lines. Movement; dance and yoga included. All just for the fun of it! For the vibrant colours and for the love of creativity. 

 A blank canvas, a clean face or even food – all for being creative and playfull with colours and shapes. And trying to look good at times ??

As a thank you they gave Maria and I a gift card at a lokal shop. Almost like a small version of Whole food markets, but only located here in Stockholm. All good merchandise, organic and mostly (if possible) locally produced. I love it, so many good things there! 

 So on our way to our friends house, out in the Woods.. we stoped by and got some good things for dinner. Usually I eat vegetarian, but I don’t want to exclude anything so once in a while – A good piece of meat… with a glass of red wine.. with some great company.  

Toasting to some good news! I’ll tell you more soon…! ?

I hope you all hade a relaxing, good weekend. Lots of love ~ Märta 

Date night ❤

Maria is back after visiting her family in her hometown for almost a week..

And Napoleon and I are thrilled! ?❤ 

Last night after Maria got home we went out on a date. I had booked the tickets already this summer and was so excited it was finally time! 
We first went to Centralbadet for dinner, in their lit up indoor green garden; a sort of light therapy for our dark Scandinavian months, in the middle of Stockholm. 

The food there is a mixer of really healthy meals and Scandinavian classics. I had a Portobello burger with sallad, so delicious!

In the green garden our friends Brittis and Ida met up with us (also known as Eddy and Patsy, if you recall Absolutely Fabulous ?) and made sure the glasses were filled with wine ?? at least for Maria and Brittis. 

A stone’s throw away the show was about to start; The Nutcracker! By Fredrik Benke Rydman – one of Sweden’s most acclaimed choreographer. 

A mixer of street-, break-, jazz dance and balett. 

My heart were singing and my soul were dancing with the performers on stage to the beat of the rythm. I felt like I was floating on the music of the classical notes. I loved it. ❤ 

How so many layers of messages can be delivered and interpret by so many with music, movement and staging says it all. No spoken language needed. ❤ 

Now it is time to give Maria a massage and enjoy the Friday feeling. Napoleon is already on the table waiting ?? Lots of Friday fun and love to you all! ? 

~ Märta ~ 

Flow

Today has been a day of gratitude and flow ❤ 

I started off with a meditation in bed this morning, with Napoleon by my side…

And I finished the day with such a great group of people in my Pilates class. 

(I always forget to take photos in the yoga studio!?) 

The words that came to me through meditation this morning was this; 

“I let my life flow without resistens. I go after what I want, then letting go of the attachment to the result.” 

I let my life flow without resistance. 

If I know one thing for sure it is this; I am guided in the right direction. When I take action and follow my gut feeling – my heart – what is best for me will unfold. 

So my friends, that also means to rest in the uncertainty ❤ And that is what I do and it feels so good ? At least today! 

And tomorrow will be exhiting – fun date coming up! 

Good night, lots of love ~ Märta 

Swedish nature and a unicorn

I’m visiting my hometown Alingsås for a couple of days. Celebrating a birthday girl and Father’s Day. I don’t have much time to write when I’m here, since it’s a busy schedule, but I still like to share some pictures with you.

My brother and sister (who is standing on her toes because I’m taller than her) and their kids

Birthdaygirl Nikki and her new unicorn

I went for a (long) walk with my parents in the forest yesterday, along came the dog Alfons who’s my brother’s. Look at this fantastic nature.

Off course we had “Swedish Fika” in the forest next to one of the many lakes around here. The weather couldn’t be better and it was a perfect sunny Sunday walk. A healthy contrast to the sometimes very stressful city life in Stockholm that I’m used to.

Alfons and mom

Dad


 

Emelie (my sisters youngest daughter)

Why “Why?” is so important!

I hope you all are having a wounderful Saturday! 

I am on the sofa, lit candles and a cup of tea, Napoleon curled up beside me, doing one of my online courses with the intention of step by step creating my dream life

As you know, Maria and I are looking in to ways of expanding our living, to creat what we think would be our dream life. That sounds pretty good, right? But, It will take a LOT of hard work and significant changes for the both of us. And the motivation doesn’t spring from not being in a good place, because I am, at least sort of … 😉 

 Yet, this is what we are working on, step by step, to get to our dreams to become real. But why? Why do we do this? And why is “Why?” so important?

I can only speak for myslef so here are my “Why’s”: 

Freedom – to be able to work more freely, to be able to travel more frequently, and to be able to work from around the globe. 

Prosperity – I wish to have more time spent with my loved ones; family and friends, than what I have today. That requires the money flowing in to support it. I also want to creat more time for myself for healthy habits, creativity, hobbies and passions. Plus I want to share a lot of it with you! I have soooo many ideas and things I want to share with you! Plus, I do believe in ‘give and recieve’ and sharing is the way to do it 🙂  

I want to show myself that anything is pawsible 

Plus, if we will have children in the future, I want to show them by example that we are limitless possibilities. That we have more to chose from then what our society teaches us today. As long as we do it with love, connectedness to our heart, and in the intention of creating good for our selfs and the people around us.  

And my last but not least “Why” is this – I want to show myself that anything is pawsible.  

Why are the “why´s?” so important? 

So why are the “why’s” so important then? Let me tell you that the days when you feel like you´ve hit the wall, like nothing works, and like you are doing no good – those are the days you will need to remind yourself of WHY you are doing this. 

I wish you all a cosy evening <3 

Lots of love ~ Märta 

Time sickness and my true calling

It hit me today when I sat down to meditate and listened to an introduction by Deepak Chopra. I’ve been suffering from time sickness. He managed to put words into the feelings I experienced when I was stressing out the most before my burnout. He calls it time sickness, and this is how he describes it. 

“We all experience time according to our psychological state. Modern life has taken our experience of time to an extreme. Time is throwing your mind and body out of balance.”

What Deepak calls time sickness would be considered an epidemic.

“It is the ultimate lifestyle disorder because under the pressure and stress of racing against the clock life isn’t lived. We become robotically trained to measure every day by what we achieved or didn’t. The chores left undone, the relationships that we didn’t have time for. The exercise we put off. And so on. This is what it means to suffer from time sickness. Time sickness can be cured because it was borne in our own experience of time. We can change that experience anytime we want” – and Lord do I want to!

How do you know if you relate to time in a dysfunctional way?
Consider the following symptoms:

  • Feeling that there is never enough time in the day
  • Constantly looking at the clock and racing against it
  • Feeling the frustration and failure of not accomplishing what you want to
  • Dreading the passage of time because it sucks energy and youth  

Simply telling someone to stop doesn’t work. Trust me I know, I didn’t even listen to myself. The answear is; an inner shift of awareness.

” We don’t need a better time management we need a new state of mind.” Deepak Chopra

Deepak also said:
” Recognizing the time spent in enjoyment, and also the moment that causes anxiety, is a path to realizing your true calling”

This made me very happy! All my anxiety throughout the last 2,5 years will guide me towards my true calling and that’s what I’m dying to discover! My burnout, and all the problems that it caused me and my loved ones, will all be worth the while. Imagine finding your true calling. ?

Another wise man, and a favorite of Märta’s, is Eckhart Tolle and he said:
” If you are living in the moment consciously experiencing only what is happening now there is no disruption”.

I wanted to pass this message over to you, because it hit me so hard when I heard it. I needed to hear it and I must continue to change my way of living. I often fall back into unhealthy patterns of stress and chasing accomplishments. Imagine the relief of not having those burdens on your shoulders and to put the same amount of energy on enjoying life instead – just as it is!

 

This is the essence of an awakened life.

Namasté, Maria 

What to do and best Xmas present ever? 

We all face challenges sometimes, big or small, and this week has been a bit challenging for me. I believe that we are guided in the direction we need to go and combined with our free will, we end up exactely where we need to be. 

Right now I am feeling really tired, sad and fed up with my job (the one where I work as a Speech and language pathologist in the health care system). I got a bad cold this week and after a.. crappy meeting with my boss, it got even worse and I lost my voice. I know, I know what is said in eastern medicin that not speaking up or speaking your truth or shutting down emotions often effects the throat. On top of it my nose was stuffy indicating confusion or not knowing what to do.. I don’t always think these “diagnoses” are correct, but in this case they are. I don’t know what to do with work right now. And that is connected to life in general. Where am I heading? Am I doing what I love? (When did I stop?) Can I love what I do? Or do I need to change my job? Can I support myself working more with yoga, energy medicin etc? 

My wish is to work part time as a Speech and language pathologist (less than I do today) and part time with energy medicin, yoga, Pilates and voice therapy. Lets see what happens. Today I am just sick and sad and sort of giving up. Letting go. From there, good stuff usually arises. Or at least new things, when releasing old. And Maria and I are heading towards a more free lifestyle so maybe this is a nod in the right direction? 

Thankfully I have one of my best friends here this weekend (even though she’s out and about with her family and relatives of her wife) I still get some good vibes from that. Unfortunately the only dancing Queens we will be is right here in our living room. Dancing with their boy Noa who loves to play ballerina (yeay!) and leaving the night out on town, conquering the dance floor at a gay party, for another time when my throat and head is better..! 

So leaving the confusion for now, let me tell you about what I think might be the best Christmas present ever?!?! 

Imagine this; Maria and I waking up on Cristmas morning. Having a nice, cosy breakfast and then a few hours later – up in the air, with a glass of sparkeling white wine, toasting to our long trip to…. Bali!!! 

What do you think? Best Christmas present ever or what?!?! 😀 <3 

Lots of love to you all, xoxo ~ Märta 

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