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Thankful Thursday – A Cliché? Or a Good Practice?

What do I have to be grateful for? Thankfully, plenty.

It is a lot of talking and writing about thankfulness and gratitude journals etc these days. So is it just another way of masking negativity and denying the dualism of this world? Or does ‘thought of gratitude’ actually bring something of value?

Being thankful goes way back in spiritual practices. It is a long lost wisdom that is being rediscovered. I believe, this new reinforcement of gratitude is partly due to the new attention and popularity of Yoga and Mindfulness etc.

But there is a reason for these almost cliché-expressions like “Thankful Thursday” – it actually works.

Being grateful has been shown in several studies to affect our brains in a positive way and being of great help in expanding ones life quality, improving the feeling of contentment and being at peace.

Off course it can also be used as a way to mask negativity. But let´s just say that that wont work in the long run. You can´t block things out, you have to deal with them. And as long as you deal with how life is and accept what is in front of you (or with in you) with a loving kindness, the practice of gratitude can really be efficient.

So how do I practice it? Keeping gratitude journals can be great for some. But I like to keep things more simple. I don´t believe there is a “You have to do it this way”. Try different approches and see what works for you.

Every morning when I wake up I take a few deep breaths, center myself in the ‘here and now’, and then I focus on the gratitude for a moment, while still in bed. Wich just might be my first thought of gratitude – our comfortable bed.😉 Other things that usually comes to mind when paying attention to things I am grateful for is ‘waking up next to Maria’ ‘having our Zen master Napoleon in our lives’ ‘waking up healthy, free of disease (if I am, off course)’ ‘being able to breath and having lungs that function’. And so the list can go on.

My one tip for you when starting practicing or just paying attention to things you are grateful for in life – Anything goes! Nothing is a cliché and being grateful for a beautiful new piece of clothing or for breathing fresh air is just as good as any thought. 😊🙏

Last but not least, I am grateful for all of YOU! Reading and sharing and commenting – spreading the love together with Maria, Napoleon & I.

I wish you all a Thankful Thursday 😊 ~ Märta

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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 

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 

Baby journey

This dark Saturday afternoon here in Stockholm, I’m sitting at our big dining table with my new computer, a cup of hot green tea, and just enjoying the calmness. Maria is on the sofa reading a book (a Swedish Classic, that also was made a musical by the Abba duo; Benny and Björn. Maybe you can guess which book it is? 🙂 ). It is so silent and calm. Just what I needed after a hectic week. 

This morning I had a Pilates class and then a distant healing session with a client. After that I sliped in to a hot bath with lavender essential oil and scoup of coconut oil. I feel like a little baby but now 😉 

Talking about babies, as promised I’ll share with you what is going on with our baby plans as for now. For you who saw the first blog post here on Pawsome moms, know that we just got a negative answear on the pregnancy test. We had made our second try of IVF, that didn’t stick. Now we have two more embryos in the freezer (amazing isn’t it?!) waiting for us. 

 

After the last attempt, Maria said she wanted a short break before going at it again. I thouth it was good. The hormones had taken a turn on her and a rest would be for the best. But after a month passing by and a little sisterly advice from my older sister Gina, Maria felt that she wasn’t in good shape to get pregnant. Her coming back from her burnout has taken a long time and is still an ongoing process. Maria said that looking back a year from now when we were in the middle of insemination attempts, she can’t belive how she thouth she would get pregnant. “My body and mind was so not in the state for a pregnancy, but my will of having a child made me blind to se that. I don’t want to make the same misstake again. Looking back and woundering what the h*** I was thinking.” 

Me, on the other hand, have had a gut feeling for a long time that we should start our projects of living our lifes much more freely and working for getting to that point before we have children (Yes I hope we might have two 😉 but one would be wounderful). And I have been conserned about Marias health, what it would mean to go through a pregnancy and then becoming a parent at the state she was in. That did also put a huge feeling of responsibility on my shoulders..  
I felt some what relieved when we deicded to pospone our last two trials of IVF for the future. We both really want to give those last two tries our best <3

We haven’t sat a time limit, we just said that we will give it a longer break now, until Maria feels fine and we are on board with our “Freedom Projects”. 

Oh one more thing!… We have started to look at adoptions. That would just be wounderful 🙂 Let´s see what the future holds! And for sure it holds a Dream trip.. let’s just say Christmas will be very warm this year 😉 

Lots of love ~ Märta 

Happy hips! And sweat pants Sunday..

I am planning next weeks yoga class and I intend to give my yogis some Happy hips! By my side I have the Zen master, Napoleon – the cat in Stockholm. 

When studying Napoleon, I learn from the best about being present, savasana (resting pose in yoga) and playing, just for the fun of it  🙂 

In eastern medicin it is said that in the hips we store our past. In western medicin we say stiff hips is due to sitting still a lot, which we do nowadays. Either way (or any other way for that matter) opening up and strenghtening the hips is really good for us. After a Happy hip yoga class I usually feel so much more grounded and light at the same time. 

Let’s see what this weeks classes will bring! 

Namasté and lots of purrrrr 🙏😉🐱❤ 

Nom nom Namaskar 

Last night was a lot of fun! I wish I could show you some pics but they were blurry. ;P 

The only thing I have is a video when the friend crew burst into song right before  the movie at our cinema started playing (a childrens song in all excitement!). It was wounderful and weird. Imagine Wonder Women, childrens song and sushi all at once, then you’ve got the picture 😉 

Our friends are really beautiful <3 I wish to spend more time with them. I see them way too rarely, with everyday-busy-scheduel, life is just rushing by. I will change that. Though right now, to change that and make more time and room for friends I need to work hard and focus to create the space I want. I am motivated! 

Today, however, Maria and I decided to take a work break and go for lunch at this new restaurant in Hammarby Sjöstad, called Namaskar Bistro. (Have I told you I am a sucker for good food?!?) They served indian tapas that tasted like heaven! Just look at this: 

So here I am, stuffed and with Napoleon on my lap, not moving an inch. Wishing you a happy weekend – Namasté! 

Adding more freedom and creativity to life!

After a couple of rough years behind us, Märta and I have decided to break out of old patterns and doing what it takes to reach the life of our dreams. This is partially what this blog is about. Many small steps have been taken along the way, but the other day we took a LARGE step in the “right” direction. Let me tell you about it.

Freedom-Preneur Academy

We joined the Freedom-Preneur Academy. Doesn’t that name have a really good taste in your mouth? I think so. Freedom is very (VERY) important to both Märta and I. We want to live our life more freely and to be able to work as online entrepreneurs from anywhere in the world. Stockholm and our beautiful apartment here will always be our base, but maybe we’d like to work from Spain 3 month a year when the freezing cold weather hits Sweden, or from somewhere else. 

Okay Napoleon-fans stay clam. Napoleon can travel with us within Europe when he gets his passport.

Is this pawsible?

Anything is Pawsible! Never forget that. 😉
Am I scared, sure! Wouldn’t you be? Do I sometimes feel doubt about us being able to provide an income through internet in the future? Off course. But remember, if it feels both terrifying and amazing then you should definitely pursue it. I truly have decided to crawl out of my own comfort zone and start living a life closer to my dream (which includes palm trees). 😊

I know we have a LONG (but pawsome) journey in front of us. Märta is super busy right now with her job as a speech and language pathologist and her company Light In Sight. I am still recovering from my burn out and my brain is not functioning as it used to. We are entering a new world with LOTS TO LEARN. And let’s face it – it’s going to take TIME (maybe years)! BUT my gut feeling constantly tells me that we are on the right path and I’m also starting to feel more happy just thinking about this. I’m willing to do the job, to break out in blood, sweat and tears to make this happen for us. We’ve both been struggling with some hard things in life and that has given me the strength and inspiration to pursue our dream life.

“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it.”

 

So what is our dream life then?

Stay tuned, and we’ll soon tell you more about it. 🙂

A thought for you my lovely reader. Where oh where could your dreams take YOU?

Dream family and baby boom

Right now as I write, dear friends of ours are at the hospital just about to start the delivery of their baby. It is so exciting! I am sending them all my good thoughts and hoping that the delivery will be good and that the two moms and the little baby will be ok, with just a LITTLE bit of sweat, blood and tears through out it all. I can only imagine when it will be time for Maria and I to go for the delivery. I’m going to be like a tigress, making sure Maria gets exactely what she needs and wants, and I will be watching over her and the little one like a hawk! Just so that I can, at the end when I know everything went fine, cry like a baby 😉

Another friend, that I haven’t seen in a long time, but we used to dance together at The Balettakademin, just announced that him and his partner have now become dads. How amazing isn’t that! The babies are just popping up from all around. And it makes me so happy. And the longing to become a parent even bigger…

I never had the dream of giving birth to a child. Even when I was a child and dreamt of my future, I pictured me having maximum one child and then meeting someone who already had a child so that the family would get bigger without me having to give birth to more than one child. A bit of an odd dream for a young girl.. That was when I thought I would live the straight life and live with a man ;).. Then again I never saw the partner of my dreams in these as I now understand them to be; visions, just that I had a little boy by my side and that I might get another child in another way. The fact that it was a boy was a bit strange I thought. When I was little I felt more comfortable around girls, I had only sisters and not really any boys around. But that has been the vision and my gut feeling has now led me to here – being with my dream partner, not having to put my body through a pregnancy and delivery (I will get back to you on why that is so one day) and yet, HOPEFULLY, have the family of my dreams <3

And maybe the little boy that has been with me in my vision, might just well be our Fluffy boy Napoleon 😉 Cause one thing I know for sure is that Maria and I became a family when Napoleon came to us <3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talking about gut feeling though… It is telling me – that is (soon) to happen. A soul is on its way. Let’s hope so <3

In the meantime I will be grateful for all the wonderful children coming our way. And today my love goes out to Judith, my niece, who turns 9 years old. Happy Birthday Judith! <3

Being sick and fluffy love

This friday Maria and I went to a café for lunch to work on our projects. I was just about to start writing a blog post that I had been longing for to write, but my body and mind didn’t function. I felt so tired and sick I only managed to get some emails sent and then went straight home to bed, shivering like an autumn leaf.

So… here I am in a not so good state but with my fluffy guardian angel Napoleon looking over me. Watching me. On the sofa, by the bed, at the table eating my green soup. It seems he is like the little angel sitting on one shoulder checking so that I eat only what is healthy for me and making sure that I am resting, resting, resting. And getting on the yoga mat, if so only for a few breaths. Let’s just say Napoleon has been my fluffy guardian angel this weekend. And trust me, he sure can switch and sit on the other so called shoulder being a little devil in disguise 😉 And I love it. His fluffy, loving, devilish company. He always makes me feel better <3

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