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New Year – Empty Spaces

 

New Year – Empty spaces

I’m reflecting on this past  year before the door to 2017 closes.
My guess is that I’m not the only one.

I just realized that it would be good to do this more regularly. Stop, and listen inward, reflect on where I am.

Am I where I want to be in the now? If not, can I accept the now? Can I change anything moving forward?

What do I want to fill my life with? Meaningful moments, activities, stillness and treasured meetings with family and friends. Then my heart is full and I can shine my love for you, for life – into the world.

How will I chose to act and live in 2018? What doesn’t serve me any longer? Who should be in my life? What can I do to surround myself with the right kind of people (for me) and live a life that breaths to the rhythm of my heart? So I can stand tall and be my true self.

Everything is blank in front of me when I step into 2018. It’s a good thing.

I will fill the blank canvas with meaningful colorful warm strokes as I go…. and fill the blank pages with heartfelt words that will bring me to you.

I want to choose to fill my empty spaces in my way and in my time. Then the empty spaces will be the truest, most colorful me. And my moments will be filled with love together with you.

I’m ready to turn my back to 2o17, which was not a good year for me.  Of course it had its good moments and they will stay in my heart.  I know that this past year have been difficult for many people for various reasons.  I’m WITH you to step into 2018 and not knowing what 2018 will entail.

I want to approach 2018 moment by moment and fill each moment with my heart’s desire and meaning.

How will you leave 2017 behind and greet 2018?

I do have one wish for all of us during 2018 though … let’s be kind to one another … let’s meet heart to heart.

I will not close the door to 2017 gently this year, as I normally do when one year is to end and another year is to begin.

I will slam the door to 2017 shut, hard.

I’m not afraid to meet the unknown in the empty spaces in front of me.

2018 is for you and I to meet our truest selves and to bring meaning to the empty spaces.  My way, your way, together with our hearts open.

I don’t know what 2018 will bring, and that is okay.

2018 – bring it on!

 

 

Valentines Day – Forever

Today is Valentines Day, a day associated with romantic love.

Today is so much more.

If you are gentle with your inner voice and let that voice tell you that you are loved, you can show compassion towards yourself.  Only then it is when you truly love yourself and have the capacity to love others.  If you can open your heart to love yourself first, you have come a long way.

It is so easy to have our inner voice judge ourselves and tell us that we are not good enough, smart enough, not good looking and not worthy of love.  That powerful and destructive voice is so wrong.  We are all worthy to be loved.

If you really can see and feel the beauty that shines within you, you will be able to see it in others as well.

If we can feel love, we shall spread love.  If we can show our love to one person, that person will be able to take the love in and also pass it forward. Just like when you throw a rock into the ocean and it makes rings, the rings will multiply. We can touch another’s heart with our own loving heart.  The importance is that the only love there is, is a non-judgemental love.

It will and can be a ripple effect of love. So today is about starting to share the love within you with others.

Today will never just be a commercial day for me.  That we need to buy flowers, chocolate etc.  All those things are nice though.  But today is so much more than that.

Today it is exactly three years since my beloved Mormor’s (Grandmother’s) funeral. It is not a reminder of my loss, as I miss her every day.

Today is a reminder that she was buried on the most perfect day, as she represented everything that I call love.  She was a true gift to me and so many others.

Her selfless way of always being there for others and helping those in need was never a sacrifice on her part. It was her way of living.  She did not know any other way than to be there for other people.  That is not romantic love.  It is universal love.  That we care for one another and if we can help someone, we help.  That is true love.

I just read a little bit about the history behind Valentines Day and I will not write a piece of history here.  It was just all very interesting to read. I do want to share one thing that I found though.

What does it mean to be someone’s Valentine?

“Being my Valentine means that you are that special and the only person I will be spoiling the day of.”

“It does not mean that we are in a relationship.  It just means for that day, I express to you in words, gifts and actions what you or your friendship means to me in a more intimate manner.”

Something to think about perhaps …

For me, my thoughts return to my loving Mormor (Grandmother) and what I take away from the statement above is that she was my Valentine.  She was that special to me.  Not only  on this day, but all days.  I also know that she was that special to many people.

She was a pure Valentine who gave her love away unconditionally, and she also saw and experienced a Valentine in other people in return. So love goes around. You give love away, and you will receive tenfolds back.

The greatest gift you can give someone is telling them that you love them, that they matter to you. Or show it to them with your caring actions before it is too late.

My Mormor (Grandmother) was and still is the most giving person I have ever known.  A true giver of love.

Let us all pass love onward.  Today and all days.  We can all be Valentines every day and let our love touch other people. Let our lives be love.

Happy New Year – With No Expectations

I used to write in my diary: “New Year – New Expectations.”

How did that work out? Not always in my favor.

If you go somewhere without expectations and a calculated road-map of how it all will pan out, you will for certain meet the unexpected.  It can turn out to be boring or it can possibly be mind-blowing.  Either way, you are open for what life has to give you.  Not what you already decided how it should turn out to be like.

Life can then take unexpected turns.  Be ready.  Go with it.  Do not resist what life is giving you, even if you were not expecting it or prepared for it.  Embrace it and make the best of it.

To move through life without expectations is not the same as not aiming for your goals or working hard to achieve something important.  The importance is to have the intention of not expecting the outcome this or that way.  You will be surprised of what is waiting around the corner if you stop expecting things or people to be a certain way.  One of the most beautiful gifts I have ever received from a very close friend is a ring with an inscription.  It says: “The journey is the reward.”  It is my best reminder to take in each moment at a time, without deciding how I want the outcome to be.  I am in it for the ride.

The New Year is not a new page, a new chapter – it is a whole new book, and the best is that it is unwritten.

Start writing your story in your heart.  The story that only you know, that only you own.

Some great new stories can be written, some not so good, and some never-ending.

Let your own story guide you to an unexpected life.

I promise you, without expectations and embracing life as it comes, you will live life to the fullest in 2017!

With love in My heart to Your heart for an unexpected year 2017!

International Peace Day – Every Day

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Yesterday was International Peace Day 💙
That should be EVERY day …
Peace starts with love ❤️ It starts with you and I …
Do we love ourselves?
We need to give peace to our own hearts first. Then we have a gift … and with every gift you give it away …

Or in this case, you pass your inner peaceful love forward and keep the love and peace still beating to the rhythm of your own heartbeat❣️
Your inner love and peace will circle around and touch others.
Keep loving yourself, keep loving each other …

LOVE is the only way towards PEACE ❤️☮️❤️☮️

Super Moon and Solar Eclipse

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The sky is powerful tonight, as there will be a Super Moon and Solar eclipse in enchanting, ethereal Pisces.

This will bring a flood of compassionate and healing energy to our planet Earth, while also exposing what’s been hidden.

Be prepared to welcome the new and unexpected, as eclipses can bring sudden changes and reinventions.  Look back to journals, memories, and life changes from March 20, 2015, for clues to what may resurface or move into its next phase of development on March 8.

Pisces is ruled by Neptune, planet of the subconscious and illusions.  We may just have to stop fighting and go with the flow.

Magic is possible today, so suspend all beliefs.  As an example; Albert Einstein, whose theory of relativity turned our concept of reality on its head, was a Pisces.

The Pisces new moon prods us to consider that maybe what we think we know isn’t the only possibility …

Pisces is the sign of surrender and release.  Under the spell of the intuition sign, we’d all do well to hand over the metaphorical reins to the universe – which might have a better plan than whatever our mortal minds can concoct.  Be lead by your curiosity and not your anxiety.  You are being guided, so pay attention.

Daydreamer Pisces encourages you to ride a divinely inspired wave.  Pisces new moon encourages you to follow your muse.

I am following mine, which means that I am listening to my heart and do not question the messages I receive with every heartbeat.  Dare to walk to your own beat, step out to the unknown and find a new world that only you can see and feel.

That is how you best harvest this Super Moon and Solar Eclipse, and I wish you all a fruitful harvest – in mind, body and soul.

You have probably already guessed it; yes I am a Pisces.  So what I wrote above is my truth.  What is yours?

Interview at The Book Convention 2014

My first live interview as a writer went like this …

Please click on “Read more”, and you can see/hear the whole interview.

It is in Swedish so I apologize to all my English readers.  Hopefully there will be an interview in English soon, as a translation of my book is in the works.

For this interview, it wasn’t really any time to prepare. I received the questions a few minutes before taping, and I glanced at them before putting them away.  I felt that there was no right or wrong answer, and I decided that it was better to just go with my gut instinct on how to answer.  I didn’t want it to be rehearsed.  All I wanted was to somehow convey that my writing comes from my heart. Every word is always felt, before I think it.  Like Hemingway said: “Write your first draft with your heart, and the second one with your mind”.  That is how I tried to do this interview, except I only went with my heart and never had a chance to change any answers with my mind.

I cannot regret how I answered, as the answers were true to me at that very moment.  I am pretty sure that I could use a class in media training, but for now you get what you see. You get to listen to me with nerves and all.  But mostly you get to hear the real me and what writing this book meant to me.  The book is a celebration of my love for my Grandmother.  That is something you don’t rehears for.  It is just there, with or without cameras. Always.

Book Event – SWEA Los Angeles

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Tomorrow evening I will be discussing my book, “Två själar – samma tanke”, hosted by SWEA (Swedish Women Educational Association) – Los Angeles.  I will talk about how the book came about, read two chapters, answer questions, and sign books.  It will be a cozy intimate evening where I think we will share our stories, as I think my story is also yours.

The evening will be held in Swedish, and I cannot wait to share the English version with all of you English-speaking friends and followers.  It is in the making …

I am excited for tomorrow evening with a grateful heart, and cannot wait to share stories with you!

A warm welcome!

Book Harvest

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The days at the Book Convention in Gothenburg, Sweden, was filled with experiences that I am still taking in.  It was four days of working hard to promote my own book, meeting other writers, going to seminars, and talking with publishers.  All along being surrounded by supportive family and friends.  I could not have made these days as successful and fun, if it wasn’t for my amazing support team!  I bow in gratitude for you!

Most days didn’t end at the Convention Center, they ended hours later somewhere where the networking continued.  So the only thing lacking during these days were sleep.  That was a small prize to pay for all that I received!

My heart is filled with memories of inspiring meetings, interesting people, and also a lot of fun moments!

I could of course not be at the Book Convention without buying books, that was truly impossible.  I found my favorite publisher, among with some of my favorite authors.  I had to buy another suitcase to bring back all these wonderful books.  Instead of harvesting pumpkins as the season is called for, I will dive into my Harvest of Books.  One book at a time, with a heart filled with gratitude.  Printed literature is still alive!

My love affair with books continues …

 

Dream Big

We received our bracelets just in time for the Book Convention, and I wear mine 24/7!   It says “Dream Big” (Våga Stort) in Swedish, and it’s a beautiful reminder to always dare to dream big.  Thank you to the amazing Jeweler, @atom_47, for making these special bracelets for me and the best support team around!

It was a dream come true for me to participate at the Book Convention with my book, and to be able to share the experience with people who always believed in me.

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Continue to fight for your dreams, and never give up!  Surround yourself with supportive and loving people.  I promise you, that it makes all the difference.

This one dream came true for me, and it was literary through fear, sweat and tears.  It didn’t stop me, it made me even more determined.  Now I’ll continue working towards other dreams, and so can you.

Dream Big!

With all your heart!

Media coverage

My first live interview was taped yesterday during the Book Convention here in Gothenburg, Sweden.  My nerves were present under my skin, and I had to remember a great quote; “The day you are not nervous in front of an audience, is the day that you don’t care anymore”.  I do care, I care a lot of reaching other people and to move their hearts.  I wanted to represent myself and my writing in the best possible way.

So yes, I was nervous.  But I was also excited, happy and grateful.  Grateful to all the people who has supported me along the way, and still do.  You all have me deepest thankfulness for a lifetime.  I was, and still am incredible grateful for the opportunity to share my writing and connect with other people.  That is what life is all about.  Connecting with others, heart to heart.  With nerves and all …

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