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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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Insider tips: courage to start a new chapter

This month our four amazing coaches are giving you some pointers to make this year your best one, and third one up is Christine Nord. 

Christine is a Career Coach with a background in HR & recruitment. Her mission is to inspire and challenge people to find what a truly meaningful career is to them. Whether it’s about how to find meaning in your current job or find the courage to start a new chapter in your life. Here are her five steps to find more meaningful work in 2018:

Are you feeling stuck at work? Or maybe you feel like there should be something more meaningful for you out there? Don’t worry, you are not alone! A lot of people get frustrated from being unhappy at work and there is absolutely no reason to stay put in a job that doesn’t fulfill you.

Accept your feelings
First of all, try to accept your feelings – it’s quite normal and you’re not alone in feeling confused career wise! Most people do it sometime or several times during a lifetime and it’s rather healthy to stop and reflect on your current situation at work. So instead of trying to push these feelings away, welcome them and listen to what they have to say.

Identify your frustration
Has it gone so far that you feel frustrated and maybe even angry or bitter about your current job situation? Believe it or not, that’s great! It might not feel great, but this is what will help you do something about your situation. Make a list of all the things that is frustrating about your current job. Identify the aspects of your current career that does not feel aligned with, who you are and what you are ready to leave behind.

I encourage you to see your frustration as a gift.

Find out where your values ​​and strengths meet
Take some time to reflect on what values are important to you in your life and career. Maybe it’s not status and money that will give you a sense of meaning? Instead, start exploring what values ​​that do matter to you and what strengths you have. What skills and talents have you accumulated during your career so far? Even if you absolutely do not want to work with this anymore, you can safely pick up several of these experiences into a new profession. To do this you can start by asking friends or colleagues about how they perceive you, take online assessments or personality tests or you can start working with a mentor, coach or therapist to start discovering more about who you are and what is important to you.

Take action!
Don’t wait until you have the whole vision ready before you take the first step. A career change can take several months so it’s better to start right away than to wait until you know exactly what you want. Think about what could be your first step to take? For example, you can register for a course and learn something new, contact a friend who inspires you and invite them for lunch or maybe just read an inspiring article. Simply, what practical actions can you do today to get started? Expect to start a snowball effect just starting somewhere.

See your career as a lifelong experiment
In today’s society, we rarely choose one career and then stick to it until it’s time for retirement. You have the possibility to make a new career choice whenever you want! It’s also very common to find multiple and parallel careers, for example you can be both an accountant and a jewelry designer at the same time.

It’s really difficult to try to figure out what kind of career that suits you just by thinking about it, you have to go out and try it! Perhaps you don’t have to switch jobs right away but can find some way to test a new career while still at your current job. If you try to guide yourself by trying to feel as good as possible and find joy in what you do instead of trying to fit in or meet someone else’s expectations, you will have a much bigger chance at finding what a meaningful career means to you. So, go out there and try to look at your career in a more playful and experimental way than many of us do today!

By: Christine Nord 

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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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Social traveling taken to a new level

When we came across Triple, a marketplace that connects curious travellers with passionate local hosts, it immediately sparked our interest. We sat down with one of the founders, Joakim Grönvall, to talk about the idea behind the company, good work culture and how wellbeing plays an important role in the way they run their business.  
By: Henriette Danielsen Photo: Private

How was the idea of Triple born?
The idea behind Triple came from the problem that most people face today; feeling like a tourist when traveling. My co-founders and I are passionate travellers, and one thing we have in common and connect on, is that we all have had the best and most memorable travel experiences when we’ve been meeting locals and learning about their culture, been introduced to their favorite places etc.

How does it work?
Triple is a marketplace where passionate and outgoing individuals can organise their own activities, and earn money by acting as hosts in their hometowns; showcasing their personal and unique experiences ‘off the beaten path’. Hosts share their knowledge or craft, by connecting through the platform with travellers to give them a taste of the city they live in through the eyes of a local. Triple enables tourists to feel like locals when they travel, discover activities in various cities, rate hosts, and experience hassle free payments when booking, all through the platform. Triple is available in Stockholm, Barcelona, Paris and London.

Tell us about your team and your company’s core values!
We have an ambitious and talented team here at Triple HQ, and all of them embody our company core values, some of which include being authentically yourself and thinking big. The atmosphere we have, and aim to continue to foster, is openness and communication, and a strong team spirit.

Trust, empowerment and flexibility amongst colleagues is important!

What is a healthy work environment for you?
I think trust, empowerment and flexibility amongst colleagues is important for a healthy workplace, this way everyone is able to feel that they are putting their best effort into the work that they do, and there’s a good energy amongst the team that really helps us to grow together, rather than tearing us apart.

The Triple Team

How much do you value wellness and well-being at work?
Wellness and wellbeing is a big part of people’s personal life, and it should be just as relevant in the workplace. Wellbeing to me isn’t just about being healthy physically, but mentally, and it’s important that both are supported and encouraged.

How do you encourage that as CEO?
The work environment is very important to me as people spend most of their days at the workplace. In Russia, where I was CEO at a company before moving back to Stockholm, we gave all our employees motorized desks so that they could alternate sitting and standing. Something that in Russia was such a good and interesting perk we even ended up on television showcasing our office. If someone needs to work from home one day to be with their sick child, or if one of the team wants to take a break due to a personal matter, we support, keep a good line of communication, and allow that type of flexibility. We also like for everyone working with us to visit the activities on our platform, so they can really engage first-hand with the product we work with. I often find that this leads to a happier and more committed employee who works even harder to achieve their work goals.

If you could implement something new to encourage a new routine to promote life balance and wellbeing within your team, what would it be?
My intention is that as we grow we will have the opportunity to help our team to stay healthy by giving them perks to help improve the work/life balance. Such initiatives could include e.g. paid for gym or yoga memberships or even paid for healthy food in the office. Giving people the options to become more effective is also something that I have close to heart. Working from home is such an initiative. This opportunity is something that has been shown in many case studies to improve the work/life balance, as well as employee loyalty and effectiveness.

What are the future plans for Triple?
We’re looking to expand into more cities in the next year, and hope to grow our activity offering, with the aim of really allowing more travellers to engage in the most memorable and unique local experiences when they travel.

Name: Joakim Grönvall
Age: 33
Lives in: Stockholm, Sweden
Favorite Triple activity: Cheese making together with a true Parisian in their family owned cheese shop.

Interested in finding out more about Triple? Take a look at their website. 

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Q&A with Elin Härkönen

Meet Elin, the positive and energetic girl behind BREAK IT and you will MAKE IT. A girl who has overcome more obstacles than many other her age, showing that giving up is not the answer. And that has become her motto.
By: Henriette Danielsen Photo: Private

Elin is a former athlete in gymnastic, having won several championship titles. But four years ago, she broke her neck after being kicked off a horse during practice. Against all odds, she fought her way back and just recently became the European Champion in OCR (Obstacle Course Racing). But then another accident occurred. Just a few weeks ago Elin was in Canada to compete when she was kicked in the chest by a horse, hospitalised with severe heart injuries.

But Elin is back, and she is so much more than just the girl behind the accidents. We got to meet her in Stockholm for a little Q&A about health, wellness and happiness.

What does health mean to you?
Health for me is about balance, and I truly believe finding a balance that works for you, your personality, goals and ambitions is the key to life. Because balance and health goes hand in hand. If we get too much or too little of something, our health will be affected negatively.

What inspires you?
People who follow their dreams. People who dare to be different and do what they believe in. People who never judge, who are curious and want to live their lives to the fullest. Cause that’s exactly what I am trying to inspire more people to do.

What is your favorite workout? 
Gymnastics on horses. I still miss the feeling of doing handstands on a running horse. But since I must choose something else I would say…. No I can’t choose..A little bit of everything; boxing, gymnastics, running, yoga.

Best part about your job?
I get to help people change their lives to the better. I get to help people overcome fears, do things they never thought they would be able to do.

What are your goals?
My goals and dreams are to make a difference. I want to help people improve their lives to the better. I want to share my knowledge, experiences, mindset and positive personality. Training and health are my passion, so continuing sharing my philosophy through my company BREAK IT MAKE IT. 

What motivates you?
My job, my clients, my friends, my family and of course all the challenges life is full of. I want to become the best version of myself, and that’s a life-long journey. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. ”

Elin Härkönen
Age: 23
Lives: Uppsala, Sweden
Works: as a Personal Trainer and Exercise Specialist in Stockholm

Follow Elin on her blog and Instagram for more inspiration.

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Happiness is the highest form of health

Best of You is relaunching today and we are proud to present our improved website and our brand new concept.

Best of You is an inspirational lifestyle and wellness platform where we want to encourage and inspire our readers to embrace a happy and healthy lifestyle. It´s run by two passionate spirits; Henriette and Mo and their wonderful team of freelancers.

What we offer is

We believe health is a combination of what we choose to fuel our body and mind with. Health is not just what you eat or how you choose to exercise, but also how you see, talk and perceive yourself. Our goal is to provide you with the inspiration and tools to live your life to the best of your ability and love every part of yourself.

We truly hope you like our evolved concept as the joy of sharing and creating a community around Best of You is what drives us every day. In the end, all we want is to be happy, and find the balance to live a long and fulfilled life. As Dalai Lama once said: “Happiness is the highest form of health”, and we couldn’t agree more.

So, take a look around, meet the team and be inspired.

Lots of love from Henriette and Mo


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Mindful morning session in Chicago

Visiting Chicago for a week, our very own yoga teacher, Mo, decided to team up with Del from Del’s Cooking Twist for a yoga & breakfast event.  

After interviewing Del last week about her life as a food blogger they concluded that by combining their two passions they could offer the perfect morning treat: 45 minutes hatha yoga followed by an all vegan breakfast, all in an intimate and cozy space with an amazing view over Chicago.

Del had prepared all vegan treats including: beetroot pesto toast with avocado, tahini toasts with sun-dried tomatoes, berry smoothies, granola cups and peanut butter cups with cashew and lime spread, raw energy balls, freshly squeezed orange juice and green detox tea from David’s Tea. It was absolutely delicious! You can find all the recipes and more inspiration on her blog and download her free e-book. 

It was a real pleasure to work with Del and welcome everyone, including fellow yoga teacher Stephanie. A great way to spend a sunny and bright morning in snowy Chicago.


Guest Posts

Chase a feeling, not a job

When I ask you to put an official title to your dream job, does it immediately spring to mind? If so, you’re a rarity. Contrary to the backdrop of rockstar entrepreneurs and endless supermums (or dads!) who can do it all, it seems to me that we can’t all pinpoint what it is we’re searching for – just that we want something more.

And that’s ok. I’m going to tell you why, but first, a little of my background to set the scene.

As 2016 began and I entered the first year of my late-twenties and started to grow a life in my tummy, the realization hit me that I have no clue what job I want anymore. Before I moved to Norway from England in 2012, I had just graduated with a sparkling Bachelor in Journalism and an equally dazzling level of ambition. I would have it all: long work days at a gritty newspaper, a loving family for whom I would provide time, money and homemade bread and all the while wearing a killer office dress. Then I moved to Norway for love and reality took an unwelcome home in me.

In a country whose language I didn’t speak and where a Master degree was the norm, my experience with journalism didn’t mean a darn thing. My ambition sank along with my heart and I served coffee for three years. Seeing a dismal future where I never escaped the serving industry, I signed up to business school. Big mistake. I’m a communicator and a creator, not a financial analyst.

So, here we are in 2016. I’ve dropped out of business school, I’m five months pregnant and am married to my best friend. I have no idea what next year looks like for me and I couldn’t be happier.

I recently read Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Map and her main message really hit home for me: “Don’t chase a goal, chase a feeling”. What’s the one thing all goals have in a common? A desired feeling that’s behind them. To get a promotion so you can feel financially secure or valued. Have a child by age 30 so you can feel nurturing or accomplished. Buy that rug so you can feel a sense of really being home.

In today’s world where overachievement is valued and we are told we can be a parent, have a high-flying career, meditate and look good all at the same time, it’s no wonder that we feel we should be aiming higher all the time.

Yet it’s also in today’s world that people change their career five to seven times. We live in a world where we are meant to constantly update our skills and network, network, network. It’s harder to know what job title we want because careers of today no longer have the same shape for a lifetime. Some careers are so fluid that they don’t even have a title. Take, for example, Lydia Winters of Mojang (the creators of Minecraft) whose job title when she first began was ‘Director of fun’.

And that’s why, friends, I want you to feel ok if you don’t know what your dream job is or how to get there. And I go so far as to say you shouldn’t spend energy thinking about it. Instead, think about how you want to feel. How do you want to feel when you leave for work, when you’re collaborating with your colleagues, when you think about what you’ve done for the day? Shape your feelings first and maybe a clearer picture of your dream job will follow. It’s much easier to find ways to achieve a feeling than to tick off all the things on a five-year plan. And the best part of practicing this train of thought is that you can apply it to all areas of your life. Every time you decide you want something, ask yourself why.

This isn’t about lowering your standards; it’s about shifting your perspective. Goals are healthy, but knowing why you want them is healthier – both for yourself and those around you. The little life I’m brewing isn’t going to be impacted most by an impressive job title. How I feel about what I do is going to leave the biggest impression.

I still don’t know what ‘work’ will look like for me after maternity leave, but instead of trawling LinkedIn over the next year, I’m going to be regularly checking in on how I want to feel and find smaller, everyday ways to fulfill that. Maybe those things will result in paid work, maybe not.

So don’t ask yourself “How can I get to the next level in my career?” but instead, “How do I want to feel?”.

: Tiffany Hildre
Age: 26
Occupation: Press & Communications assistant at BI Norwegian Business School
Lives: Fagerstrand, Nesodden / Norway

For more inspiration follow Tiffany’s blog and YouTube channel.