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The change

Our home is all quiet. It is early in the morning and I sit in a moment of gratitude.

I have just wrapped up a week with a lot of work, laying a puzzle with several pieces, in order to move my life in the direction I desire. Hard work, intention, allowing uncertainty and trusting the guidance of the universe.

In two weeks time I am leaving my permenant job, which means working less as a Speech and language pathologist/therapist and creating more space and time for yoga, energy medicine and Pilates. And also for things yet unkown.. ?

My fiancee Maria and I are working on ideas of creating a network to spread more joy, abundance, awareness and fun stuff to share with the world. Let’s see how it goes!

But for now I sit in gratitude. With the intentions I place in my mind together with a willingness to let go and let the universe guide me. Simply move in the direction of my gutfeeling. A big change is coming. Slowly but surely. ???

I wish you all a Pawsome, peaceful weekend ❤ Lots of love ~ Märta

The fear of getting married…

Am I nervous about getting married – YES. ABSOLUTELY.

At first, I just felt this unreal distress about our wedding. I couldn’t pin point what the anxiety came from or what it meant, and it made me very confused. Don’t get me wrong – I love being engaged to Märta and I love the fact that she asked ME and that she is so cool about all this wedding planning. And I love HER. ❤

After we went to look at the church where we are planning on having the ceremony I knew what has freaked me out. Feelings.

Sofia church, Södermalm in Stockholm

 

I saw myself standing in front of family and friends bursting into tears and showing my feelings for everyone to see. I’m not an emotional person, or at least I haven’t been before, but everything changes. And I need to get used to it. I know that I will not be able to go through the wedding ceremony without crying and it scares the shit out of me. On so many levels.

Märta is more relaxed about our wedding plans… 🙂

 

I also feel uncomfortable being in the center of attention for a whole day. You might not think so, but it’s true. Maybe it’s appropriate to say God help me now that I’m getting married in a church ? something I never thought I would do.

Always imagined I was getting married in a skyscraper or at the beach in some warm place like Hawaii.

Where did you get married or want to get married? Comment below. ?

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Wedding plans – The start

The sun is up and we have been out to catch the light of day. Like all Sweds, we go out whenever there is a chanse to get some sun. One of the best feelings in the world, especially after a long dark winter, is when you can feel the warmth from the sun on your face again.

Since the proposal we have sporadically started to plan the wedding – like for example I am all over the internet to find cool and beautiful weddingdresses (or outfits ? ).

We have now come to the conclusion that we wish to share this special day with all of our friends and family – we wish to have a huge party – basically – share the love!
That means we are looking for a venue to host a big party. And we have been on a few showings so far…

Not sure though that we have found the spot yet.

One thing is for sure. If it is going to be in Sweden, it will be in Stockholm. Our home, and our beautiful capital.

Lots of love from a sunny Stockholm! ❤?

❤ The Proposal ❤

Who proposed to who? Where did it happen? and how? A big surprise? We will let you know in this blog. ? We hope you like it! Lots of love ~ Märta & Maria ❤❤❤❤❤❤

Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?

Am I being true to myself? Am I living the life I’m meant to live – a life that most honors the real me, celebrates my deepest values and respects my highest dreams? This is questions that I struggle with every day now a days. Not only if I have the courage but more importantly – what is my gift? What is it that is going to be my legacy in the world?

I think that my future is going to look (and is already looking) very different from how it would have turned out if I hadn’t undergone my journey – the burnout – over the last couple of years.

My self-esteem was built only on what I managed to achieve at work. First as an authorized accounting consultant and then later as a CFO. I always prioritized work over friends, lovers, vacation, my health and hobbies, over anything to be honest. Now when I have been on sick leave for a very long time and have had the time to discover what I enjoy doing, I have realized that I really enjoy being creative, using my imagination, read books and to travel the world with my future wife Märta. Here a thought emerges. Is this something I can make a living of in the future? It’s a thrilling (and scary) thought.

Then my realistic self emerges and tells me that I need to make a living and that I should go back to economics now that I’m feeling better and is soon to start working again. And yes, this is what is about to happen. At least for a while. The difference now is that I have discovered a whole bunch of things that I enjoy doing, that a had forgotten about when I was working all the time. And today I made a promise to myself that I am going to set aside time to really do these things, and just not dream about them anymore.

Maybe I’ll write a Scandinavian crime fiction book. Maybe I’ll try swimming or paddle. Maybe I’ll start a book club with some new friends. Maybe Märta and I’ll go to a (scary) dance class together.

Its time for me to start living a more authentic life! I think that if you begin to do things that you are frightened of it might make life less scary in the long run. Will you join me?        

Vibrant colours and our Ubud favourite hang out place

After spending some time at the coast, we headed back to Ubud. Perfect place for some relaxation and online work. We had our own little Balinesian house with a private pool – our little oasis.

We just had to share it with some geckos, frogs, warms and a crab. Yes a big crab came out from behind the toilet one night when Maria was doing her business there. You can imagine the reaction! ??

In that part of Ubud outskirts we had yet another lovely restaurant, just a couple of rice fields away (400 meters or so).

It was such a cosy, cool place!

The owner was an australian artist doing some amazing colourwork paintings that decorated the walls of this place. All in the spirit of Bali with motives from everyday island life.

The Mesari restaurant quickly became our favourite place to dine and hang out.

And we can really recomend the coconut latte. Right Maria? ??

Lots of coconut love to you all! ❤

Resting Budda

I start my morning with some “me-time”. I could say alone-time, but I am not lonely. Those moments in the morning is usually when I feel the most connected. Connected to nature, to silence and to what I observe around me. 

Today I got extra aware of the present moment – thanks to my Bali belly. ?? The bad always comes with something good. ?

But there are days when I feel disconnected, all up in my head and sometimes stressed out. All because of loss of contact with the present moment. 

But then there is an easy way to get anchored back in the Now- Meditation. So therefore my mornings are important to me (and I love that I usually wake up an hour or so before Maria) so I get this time of stillness and “me-time” ?? 

And today when feeling like a resting Buda, I gave my stomach some help to restart again, hoping to turn it around asap. Being in the out skirts of Ubud, it is easy to find great probiotic to help my Bali belly back in shape. This one is called cocobiotics and is a mixture of coconut water and great biotics. 

Lots of Bali love to you all! ❤

Bali belly

“How are you today?” Putu the fabulous masseur and lovely yoga teacher asked me. “Good, thank you” I replied “but with a bit of a bad stomach” I added. He smiled and looked friendly at me “Ohhh Bali belly. You’ve got Bali belly”. 

What a cute name for a not so cute reality. ??? 

But life goes up and down and it is still a small price to pay in order to be spending time in Eden – as my mother called Bali in a text message the other day. A small price to pay in order to keep going towards our dream life of freedom, that is. 

So that’s why we have been quiet the last couple of days (plus sporadically, super slow wifi due to heavy rain or the volcano). And why no new yoga video has come. Yet. ???

Lots of love from a poopy paradise! ? ❤

 ~ Märta 

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Photo explosion from Bali

I’m so grateful for the time we are able to spend together here in Indonesia. It almost feels unreal. One whole month of exploring, eating healthy, doing yoga, working on our projects, reading Scandinavian crime fiction and spiritual books, going for long walks under the palm trees, enjoying the sun (and the heavy rains, it rains a lot).

And also – planning our wedding! Something I didn’t thought we were going to do on this vacation!! I love you Märta! So glad you poped the question! It all happened on Christmas Eve, the proposal. I wasn’t at all prepared for it. I thought Märta needed one or two more years, at least, before she was ready. And now here we are, with rings on our fingers looking at wedding dresses. I promise to tell you all about the proposal another day. Subscribe down below so you don’t miss any details. 😉

The idea was to show you a lot more photos, but we’re having some problems with Wi-Fi at the moment. 

~~Love from Maria~~ (who is in a café reading Elisabeth Gilberts book ‘Big Magic – Creative living beyond fear’ while Märta is having a massage) 

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Wedding dresses! 

Morning  time again and I am in my quiet zone. The inspiration is flowing and I just started to look into wedding dresses online… Wooah one can get stuck for hours! 

I love design in so many ways – just beacause of the playfullness of forms and colours, the creative process! 
Finding the balance of alignments to enhance features is an art. Almost like a dance! In dance we strive to find the perfect alignment to creat beautiful shapes and forms – different constallations – and the skill is not far from creating designs (shapes and forms) in other fields. It is all a dance – a creative expression of life! And when done skillfully – a fantastic creation you can’t take your eyes from. Pure joy, if you ask me. 

So sittning here, in the cosy Hotel bed with my bride to be sleeping her beauty sleep next to me, feeling joyfull about planning the wedding and looking at dresses. Who would have thouth, some years ago… ??
  

 

But I realized I’m going to need some help!! So please comment down below if you have any ideas for where to turn to for a beautiful wedding dress! 

I like a modern touch, Scandinavian simplicity, with a bit of a romantic touch. That said- it wouldn’t surprise me if the dress I’ll wear at the end will look quite different. ? Things never turn out the way we think, so it is best to aim at something and then just go with the flow. 

…..(She woke up ?❤)….. 
I wish you lots of love and creativity! And please send me ideas for dresses/designs/website! ? ?????

❤❤❤ ~ Märta 

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