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Have your pick and regain focus

Have you ever felt overwhelmed with choices? Doesn’t it seem like there is an endless list of things we could decide to concentrate our attention, time, money and life on? 

Where I come from, we are asked very young to decide what we will study, and basically become and work with for the rest of our lives. I was always really frustrated with that and grew up to be a Jack of all trades, master of none. Or so it feels. Jumping from one activity to another, falling in and out of love with piano, dancing, theatre, english lessons, rock music, historical biographies, tennis, sign language, swimming…and the list goes on. It was, still is, fun to want to try it all, but it also feels unsettling to never go into the depth of things.

Wanting to do it all also inevitably adds on to your stress level and let’s face it, it doesn’t matter if it says so on your resumé (like it does on mine), no one ever properly master multitasking! And so, at the old age of 31, I felt the need to finally pick.

I decided to start training my ability to focus.

Focus on a few key area for me to explore and grow in this year.

So I gave myself one exercise over the break: finding out what to focus on in 2018. What are the three or four areas I feel I need to improve, explore, discover, learn from.

I sat in front of an A3 sheet of paper for a good 30 minutes with a pen in hand, drawing a blank. I had nothing. Or too many things. I just could not pick. So I chose another angle. Instead I “drew” my year 2017. I pointed out the key events, key people, and next to it, I wrote down the feelings, causes and outcomes that went with them. And through that, I eventually was able to identify those 3 or 4 themes. It was exhilarating! Afterwards, it also reminded me of my friend Kenneth’s awesome article about finding your purpose.

Regardless of whether you will use the outcomes and put something into practice, I would definitely recommend anyone to take some time to reflect on what you really feel you want to work on as the new year starts instead of just listing ready-made and never-kept new year’s resolutions. “Go to the gym” is great, but how does “discovering what health truly means for me” sound instead?

That being said, better focus for me is a work in progress. As I am writing this, I have 19 windows open on my computer, my phone is buzzing next to me while I am listening to a TED talk. Bad habits die hard.

By: Mo Oléron

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How about a slow start?

In popular culture the term “slow” seems to have a pejorative connotation. Until Carl Honoré and the “slow life” movement started to create a following more than 10 years ago. So how about a slow start for 2018?

I’m a yoga teacher and for some reason people just assume I therefore do yoga every day, seven days a week. Last time I did yoga? December 17th 2017. Yeap, almost a month ago. Do I feel bad about it? Nope. Do I plan on changing this? Yes. But on my own terms. I’m taking it slow.

I am tired of the pressure of constantly delivering. I have stopped thinking that “fast and further” is the best and only way to go. I’m going slower and expanding my horizons instead.

The best tip I can give you is to actually take the time and watch Carl Honoré’s TED talk from 2005 (yes, it’s that old and more true than ever) because no one explains it better than he does. At first I didn’t even want to bother watching the whole thing. I mean, 19 minutes, I don’t have that kind of time! I’m a busy woman. Thankfully I was quick to realise the irony of the situation, so I sat there for 19 + minutes receiving my first life lesson of 2018.

Funny enough, just as he mentions, my vision of time has always been cyclic. I usually visualise the year as a wheel with my birthday always being at the bottom part (end of July) and New Year on top, on the opposite side. But lately, as I grew older, I came to see time more and more linear. A line that is going so fast ahead I can’t keep up with it. Almost like a have been forced on a very fast moving walkway when all I want to do is walk on the side of it.

During my Christmas break I spent five days in an old farm in the middle of no where, with no internet and no access to much more than my own thoughts. And I felt trapped. I felt like I was suffocating thinking of all the things I had to do, all that time I was wasting. Until I got to my sense and decided this was good for me. More than anything I needed to slow down. And with that, rethink my priorities. So bring it on 2018, I have a feeling you and I will have a great ride, but please, let’s take it slow.

By: Mo Oléron / Photo cred: Pinterest 

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Insider tips: Making 2018 your year

This month our four amazing coaches are giving you some pointers to make this year your best one, and first one up is Sandra Aggemo. 

Sandra is a certified Life Coach, Kids Yoga Teacher, Qi Gong and Meditation Instructor. She is passionate about exploring new things, building meaningful relationships and breathing wholeheartedly. Here are her five best tips for the new year:

Be vulnerable 
Tell someone how you actually feel, break down the walls and be brave in your relationships. Dare to go deeper into them. Dare to say: “Hey, I am not perfect, I lack self-esteem when it comes to networking”, or “I am afraid of talking in front of people”. Simply be more human and dare to say: “I am sorry”. Express yourself and be free.

Just breathe
When feeling upset or stressed: slow yourself down by listening to your breathing. Put one hand under your belly and feel your breath deep down. Just lie or sit, and appreciate your breathing and use the breath as a bridge over troubled water. Guiding yourself into calmness, one inhale and exhale at a time always being with you.

Try not to compare yourself to others
This is a big challenge for many of us! My mantra is therefore: choose love over fear. Fear is always chosen when you compare yourself to others and when you tell yourself you are not good enough. But remember that love is always available. What can I do to feed myself with compassion, not hate? Practice love, not fear.

Open your mind
Meet new people, see people, things, taste your food, take in the smell of fresh air, simply look around you. What new things can you experience today? People to talk to, old friends or new ones. Let yourself talk and listen. Let them teach you and you teach them. Be the teacher and the student, always. Experience the reality and learn about life.

Process feelings through your physical body, let them transform you into something bigger than your mind. Express yourself. Love what your body can do. Embody your feelings.

Feeling inspired by Sandra and would want to learn more about her services? Take a look here.

By: Mo Oléron and Sandra Aggemo /Photo cred: Pinterest 

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Stuck in the holiday spirit?

We’ve all needed to take a break or two, so there is no doubt the Christmas holiday was much needed. But what happens if you take an extended holiday and you have trouble getting back into the swing of things?

You take some time off, you feel relaxed, and suddenly you’re bombarded by life that happened while you were away. Making you feel unorganised, chaotic and flustered. Eventually, you’re stressed to your core and having trouble bouncing back.

I’m here to share some tips to help you getting back after taking some time off:

Go slowly
Go slowly at first. It takes time to build routines, so you better believe it will take time to ease back into them.

Give yourself grace
Have patience with yourself. Everyone has days, weeks, or months where things feel unorganized or maybe you’re struggling to keep up with your day-to-day. Just take a step back, make a list of everything you think you need to work through and how to tackle it.

Make a list
Make a list of low priority, medium priority, and high priority tasks you need to take care of. This is especially helpful when trying to reorganize your home, job duties, and side hustles. Making a list will be a good visual representation of tasks and will help you realize you don’t need to get everything done at once. Prioritising tasks will help them feel less daunting and help with time-management.

Ask for help
Ask for help from a friend, family member, loved one, or colleague if you need it. Others are usually more than willing to step in and help with a few things if you need help just catching up.

Lastly, celebrate your success once you’re caught up and back on track! Exercise with a friend, go to dinner with a family member, or reconnect with someone you haven’t talked to in a while.

I hope this helped you get some ideas for how to get back into routine after a break. Share with us what you like to do to get back into the swing of things when you’ve been away for a while.

By: Samantha Thayer / Photo cred: Pinterest 

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More love on the menu

Social media is flooded with New Year resolutions. Everyone is determined on making 2018 the best year ever, and it couldn’t be more perfect: It´s Monday, the start of a new week in a brand-new year. Time to reinvent yourself, get your life on track, fulfill all your goals and dreams. Or?

This time of year, inspires many of us to reflect upon our life and find ways to improve it, and resolutions come in many forms. Some make a promise to themselves to change a bad habit, like quit smoking or eating junk food. Others decide they want to develop a positive habit, such as starting to exercise, recycling more or save more money.

And while there is nothing wrong in setting goals, keep in mind that change doesn’t happen overnight. Research actually shows that about half of all adults make New Year resolutions, but less than 10 percent manage to keep them for more than a few months (I kind of figured that one out over the last few years). However, that doesn’t mean you should give up, maybe just adjust you approach a little.

I have therefore decided to change my perspective. Instead of looking at everything I should change in my life, thinking of this year as a “new year, new me”, I have decided to fill my year with more love instead. Kind of fill up my self-love tank. Because the fuller that gets, the more love I have to share and give away to others.

What’s done in love is done well.

And I am a true believer that love fixes everything. It might not give you abs or help you save money, but it makes life pretty good. And come to think about it, life is pretty awesome despite some bad habits here and there. There is no need to be perfect.

So, whether or not you believe in resolutions, do your thing. Do the changes that you feel need to be done to make you happy. But let’s do it with love, shall we?

By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Pinterest

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A new year is here and we find ourselves thinking about fresh starts and new goals. While setting goals comes easy for most of us, reaching them on the other hand is where it gets challenging.

Your New Year’s resolutions from last year may have gone unresolved, but worry not, you’re not alone. Whatever your goals are (new or old), we want to share five simple steps that can help you reach them and get you ready to start the new year with renewed enthusiasm.

Start small
Most of us wake up in January and want to change everything at once. We want to be healthier, be more active, get better grades or do better at work, earn more money etc. Hold your horses! One thing at a time. Rome wasn’t built in a day, the same goes for reaching your goals. So, pick on and start small.

Believing in yourself is key in all aspects of life, including reaching your goals. So, turn off that voice in your head saying you will never make it, it’s impossible or it’s just not meant to be! You can do whatever you want, it’s your life.

The power of now
“I will start tomorrow”, “as soon as” or “next Monday”… We have all used some of these excuses, if not all of them. Even though we like starting the new year with fresh goals, remember the power of now. You don’t need a Monday or a new year to do what you want to do. Ditch the excuses and go for it.

Stay strong
At some point you will want to give up, but if your truly committed then stay strong! Envision your goal and don’t let it out of sight. But remember, you’re pretty awesome with or without your goals, whatever they may be. While dreaming big and working hard is good, don’t get to focused on external future achievements. Remember to enjoy the present moment and be satisfied with where you are while working on getting somewhere else.

Feel free to share your thoughts on the new year in the comment field below.

By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred