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Forever a dreamer

Goal setting seems to be a huge trend today. Whether it’s losing x number of kilos, get that certain promotion at work, get more active or get rich. Whatever the goal is, it’s in fact a dream with a deadline, and why add that type of stress to your life?

I have always been a dreamer. For as long as I can remember, I would have these visions of doing and achieving tons of different things in life. I still do. And turns out there are enormous benefits to dreaming often and dreaming big. It for example provides us with a platform for growth and success.

The same goes for goals. Except they come with that deadline.

Just taste the word: DEADline. The word itself is negatively charged. And with a deadline comes pressure, and with pressure the possibility of failure. And we all fail, at some point. And then we get upset, punish ourselves and get demotivated. When we in fact should try to accept it, and ask ourselves what we learned from it. Move on, continue our journey.

 Goals may give focus, but dreams give power

I am not saying goals are bad, but why not embrace dreams instead? Because they come without pressure, timelines and rules. Dreams are all about kindness. Maybe try to get yourself a dream diary, put your dreams down on paper. Visualize and embrace creativity, but without the time pressure.

If you on the other hand love goals and have tons of them; That’s great too! Just remember to be kind to yourself. Because the kinder you are, the more efficient you will be and the better you will feel. Skip the rules of what you MUST and SHOULD accomplish and simply trust your journey. Let what is supposed to happen, happen. Preferably without a deadline.

By: Henriette Danielsen

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From couch potato to a more energized self

We have all heard it a hundred times; moving more equals better health. You get more productive at work, you sleep better and you feel more energized and happy. But then there is the hard truth that getting up from the couch is easier said than done. And the gym frightens many of us.  

The good news is that the benefits of physical activity are not restricted to exercise performed only in the gym. There are other steps you can take to increase physical activity that don’t involve hours lifting weights or running on a treadmill.

Simply be on the lookout for little ways to move more.

The small things that can increase your everyday exercise. And you just wait and see; it will do wonders to your overall health!

Use your legs
Get up and start walking. It is as simple as that. Walk to the store, suggest a walking meeting at work if possible, take a Sunday walk with a friend instead of meeting over lunch, get off the bus one stop before home, choose the stairs instead of the elevator. Nothing you probably haven’t heard before, but try it. It really works.

House chores
Cleaning your house or apartment can definitely get your pulse up. Vacuuming, mopping floors, scrubbing the shower, wipe dust, all of it requires movement. And why not add some music and dance around a little while doing it? Makes a boring chore more fun in an instant.

Make time
This is key people. Try to move at least 30 minutes every single day. Might sound a lot, but try to shift the focus of it being something you must do, to something you want to do. Maybe event write it in your day planner, make an appointment with yourself or with others.

Stay motivated
How, you might wonder? Try different things. We have a tendency to stick to what we know and what we are good at, but why not try out new things. Why not give dance class a try, or choose a new route for your Sunday walk? Or why not join your friend for a new activity?  Variation being the key word. And never underestimate the value of the small stuff. As long as you move, your body will thank you for it.

Bring others in on it
Have a family, why not play around in the snow or dance around the house? Have a partner? Why not motivate each other for a little sit up competition? Have co-workers? Why not suggest walking up and down the stairs together, twice a day during your workday? Live alone? Why not call a friend and suggest trying a new activity rather than a movie night?

Don´t limit yourself. Be open for new things and you will see how you will feel better and get more motivated to keep it up. But most importantly; don´t end up punishing yourself if the couch wins over your willpower. Just get up the next day and try again. And remember; start small.

By: Henriette Danielsen

Baking Recipes

Cookie time

It´s Friday and what better than do a batch of cookies to enjoy during the weekend?

We turned to our dearest food blog Happy Health Blog for some inspiration! These cookies are easily made, and even more easily enjoyed!

Ingredients (approximately 12 cookies)
5 fresh dates mashed or blended into a paste
3 tbsp. almond butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 cups oats
1/4 cup oat milk
1/2 cup raisins
3 tbsp. coconut sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1,5 tsp cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 150°C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add all the the ingredients (except the raisins) to a bowl and mix until well combined. Then add the raisins and scoop dough into balls on the baking sheet, flatten the balls slightly with the palm of your hand. Bake for about 15-18 minutes. They should be light brown on the bottom. Let them cool before munching! Enjoy!

By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo and recipe cred: Happy Health Blog 

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Is social media messing with our health?

Daily we mindlessly scroll through our social media feeds, being subconsciously fed with a portrait of the perfect life. We start comparing ours with others, getting caught in the delusion that life is flawless. Which is fair to say is a tad unhealthy.

Sometimes it can be just a little sting of jealousy over someone’s vacation photos. Or from someone’s amazing party, event or girl’s night. Or it can be the beautiful clothes, the perfect boyfriend or the fun job. Other times it can be the pressure to post the right picture in order to get enough likes. Everything must be perfect, because while in reality perfection doesn’t exist, in the virtual world it can be achieved simply with the right filter.

We carefully select and portray pieces of our lives which are simply a fraction of what our days actually look like. We choose the best outfits and the best selfies, rarely tapping into the more common moments like sitting on the sofa in sweatpants. Or burring our face in chocolate, or skipping yet another gym class. And we sit on the other side of those screens, swallowing every image, every word.

All of this is not to say that there are no benefits to social media. On the contrary. It keeps us connected across great distances, helps us stay in touch, inspires us, let’s us unfold our creativity and be part of a community. There are so many reasons to why we love it! We just want to give you a friendly reminder that in those moments when you find yourself envying someone, or feel like a failure due to a status or image update, keep in mind that those moments show only a fraction of reality and are usually staged, photoshoped, filtered and styled.

So, consume with caution, and when an account or person makes you feel low, it´s time to defriend or unfollow. Life is too short to be comparing yourself to others and social media should bring you joy and inspiration, not anxiety and depression. Remember; you being you is your superpower!

By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred:

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City Spa Yoga-Premiere Morning

On Tuesday morning, the 6th of March, we had the premiere of our new concept: City Spa Yoga. A morning filled with lots of self-care and self-love.

We started off with a 45 minutes’ yoga class, led by our yoga teachers Ann Solberg and Mo Oléron. A warm and gentle practice, awakening our bodies and welcoming the day. All to the wonderful view over the city from the 8th floor or Clarion Hotel Sign.  Afterwards we enjoyed some tea, a colourful fruit plate and some smoothies, before jumping into the heated rooftop pool and enjoying the spa facilities. It was a morning that soothed our souls and lifted our spirits.

A big thank you to Selma City Spa for teaming up with us, Yogish Collective for brightening up the room with their colourful mats and our sponsors; Spurtee, YogiTea, Burts Bees, DrinkNOA, mymuesli and Weleda for helping us create some wonderful goodie bags filled with love. And lastly, everyone who joined us for a little getaway in the heart of Stockholm.

We will continue to offer City Spa Yoga every Tuesday morning. Why not join us next time? Read more and book your tickets here.


Head over to Facebook to see more pictures from our event and to keep track on what’s up next.

By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Linda Florin

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Time to embrace those darn feelings

Do you ever wake up and just feel “blah”? Don’t feel like doing anything else then watch meaningless TV shows and even that feels unsatisfying? Our emotions vary and our mood swings, but it is how we deal with them that determines the result of our wellbeing.

We can experience a range of emotions; happiness, sadness, anger, confusion, anxiety, you name it. And there are many things that can affect our mood. Hormones, expectations, our inner critic, lack of Vitamin D or simply the fact that some brains are more sensitive to the effects of stress then others and can end up giving you the blues. Life is like an eternal rollercoaster. Some days you wake up all bubbly and happy, the next you might feel sad or angry. And when we feel out of sorts we often avoid our negative emotions. Hide them, stuff them away in the back of our emotional closet, hoping they will go away.

But as it turns out; negative emotions don’t harm you. It’s your resistance that does.

Not sure you know what I am talking about? Well, let me ask you this: have you ever been afraid of being unhappy, sad or depressed? Have you ever tried to stop yourself from feeling insecure or anxious? Ever resisted grief, shame or guilt?

The more you allow your feelings to be, the easier it is to let them go.

Resisting “bad” feelings actually intensifies them. The best way to heal your emotions is to embrace them. But how the heck do we do that?

When a negative emotion rises to the surface, try to observe. You don’t need to act on it, just acknowledge it and most importantly, feel it.

It is what it is. Love it or hate it, but at least embrace it. You can´t (and shouldn’t) change it. A negative emotion will not last forever and most certainly not define you, so worry not. Try to accept that it is what it is.

Feel like crying or screaming, do so. Want to hit something, do it (something, not someone though). Want to talk about it, turn to a friend. Want to work through it, write it down. Whatever releasing it means to you.

Negative emotions are a natural part of who you are and with that awareness you will more likely respond to whatever is aroused in your behaviour. Accept that life is not perfect and you will feel so much better.

By: Henriette Danielsen

Drinks Recipes

A cup of powerful spices   

After hearing all about the magical benefits of Golden Milk, we of course had to give it a try. And it turned out to be delicious!

The famous golden milk is filled with antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. In plain English, it means it is healthy. Turns out it is not as hard to make this fancy cup of magic at home as we thought. So, time to load your cup with powerful spices!

1 cup almond milk
1 tsp. turmeric
Piece of peeled, fresh ginger
A dash of cinnamon
A dash of black pepper
½ tbsp. honey

Heat the almond milk and stir in the turmeric, cinnamon and ginger. Bring to a low simmer. Then strain everything through a fine-mesh sieve into your favorite mug and add the last ingredients. Serve instantly. Enjoy!

By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred:

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Finding peace within chaos

On Saturday 24th of February, we invited our readers to come join us for a stress management workshop, where Stress Management & Relaxation Therapist Rebecca O’Brien helped us stay centred in the midst of the everyday chaos.

With long to-do lists, duties and a high stress level, life can sometimes feel overwhelming. We wanted to change that! During the workshop we looked at the different ways stress effects our body and how to mange it, by helping you understand you own cognitive behaviour. Rebecca guided us through some deep relaxation exercises, helping us relieve the pressures and overwhelming thoughts and refocus our mind on joy, peace and well-being.

It was a much needed workshop, with tools to bring home an implement when stress hits again. Afterwards we all took the time to simply be, drinking tea, eating some snacks and enjoy each others company without rushing off, back to every day life.

Thank you to everyone who sat aside some time in their busy calendars to come and regain focus. Also a big thank you to Yos Yoga and our sponsors; NOA, Weleda and YogiTea.

Want to keep track on what’s up next? Take a look here!

By: Henriette Danielsen 
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One bad day doesn’t make a bad life

Sometimes when the rain is pouring, it´s important to remember that there is sunshine hiding behind those clouds. And it’s going to shine again.

We all have those days. The ones when nothing goes your way and staying in bed under the blanket might be the best thing to do. Sometimes it’s easier to deal with and other times it can be a real nightmare. But, no matter how bad things may be, it is always important to remember that it’s just a phase, and like anything else in life, it too shall pass.

From stress, to hormones, and things not working out as you hoped, there are many factors that can turn your mood sour. A bad meeting, not getting the job you wanted, traffic jam, family drama, heartbreak – the list can go on and on. Some days it may be none of it. Maybe you are just in your PMS or the Mercury is retrograde and you are not feeling it.

When the bad mood sets in, be extra kind to yourself

When the bad mood comes, with or without a specific cause, it is crucial to be extra kind to yourself. Instead of being harsh, try to be your own best friend. Play your favourite song, treat yourself to some ice-cream, light some candles, get a glass of wine or do whatever it is that gets you to relax.

Cry it out if that helps, or call your best friend and confidant that you know will listen to you and try to cheer you up. Sometimes just talking it out can do wonders. Be extra attentive to yourself and give it some time.

Even when the bad day stretches into two or three, just know that it all must end and better days are awaiting just around the corner.

By: Ivona Josipovic

Breakfast Recipes

Our go-to brekkie

Busy days gives us less time in the kitchen. Nevertheless, brekkie needs to be eaten and preferably it should be both delicious and nutritious! 

Our go-to brekkie and all-time favorite is inspired by non-other than food blogger Deliciously Ella! This overnight oats-recipe will give you more time in the morning and keep you full until lunch! Delicious to eat at home or on the run.

1 cup oats
1 1/2 cups of almond milk
2 tablespoons of peanut butter
2 tablespoons of maple or agave syrup
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
Handful of raisins

Chopped nuts
Peanut butter
½ banana

Place all the ingredients in a big bowl or a jar and stir well. Place in the fridge overnight. Top with some chopped nuts, a dash of yoghurt and some extra peanut butter if you can´t get enough! A little tip is to add some banana too, really gives it that extra yummy taste! Enjoy

By: Henriette Danielsen / Recipe inspiration and photo cred: Deliciously Ella