I spoke to my dad today and discussed "Stjarnorna pa slottet" which is a Swedish program where the Swedish stars come together and share their intimate stories with the rest of the cast. They start at their childhood until present times, which is so refreshing and interesting to watch and listen to. Most of the stars started out singing, acting, doing magic, or stand up comedy when they were very young, so there has been this thread of what is going to happen in their future, like destiny almost.
Looking back at my childhood, I was a nature freak, and I wanted to be outside all the time. My dad said my taste for nature was insatiable. So looking back at that and observing where I am today, I am where I belong. I live in paradise, I have a lake view with rainforest and the ocean surrounding Vancouver Island. I am blessed having a view of the lake that I can admire every day in every way, and I take my Frenchy Stella to the ocean as often as I can. Your past can speak to your future, and your history can give you hints and ideas on what will bring you joy.
Emotional intelligence and emotion management can increase your happiness level.
Think about it: if you release negative emotions on the world, you will not only waste a lot of time, but it will also lead to all sorts of negative consequences.
Too much negativity, too many tantrums, and you may lose them.
Did you know that negative emotions also affect time management? If you have too much negativity swirling around inside of you, then this will manifest as procrastination. Just think of any occasion when you have rehashed an old argument to yourself long after it is over. Your partner or colleagues could not care less! They have long forgotten it, but you are still wasting time mulling it over. If you control your emotional responses, you will have more time for what is important, and so end up happier in the end.
If you cannot let things go, start meditating and invite calmness. Choose calm and there there will not be room to rehash things as often. Repeat.
Calm is the name of my best sidekick :)
Since 2020 started I have felt emotionally exhausted. All the news, the negativity in the world, the poor animals and that our planet is burning up, the depression and anxiety people are having. I feel emotionally exhausted by it all. I can see and feel the pain people are dealing with and I feel weak that I am taking it on. Yeah, weak that I am not strong enough to deal with all the negativity surrounding me and everyone. I am even having a hard time expressing myself on my blog so I am doing everything I can to make myself clear. Which means I am currently sitting in it and feeling it and not sure what to do about it. I am sensing more bad news and I don't understand how so many people in power lack empathy. I should stop reading the news right now because it makes me cry. I have to unload this heavy burden in my chest so I am doing it on my blog and I am feeling much better already. Sometimes you don't know why you are feeling what you are feeling, sometimes you just have to go with it and do what is working for you. For me..painting is where I go for rejuvenation, art is amazing therapy for the soul.
RING, KLOCKA RING!
The Swedish version is a “free translation” of following from English author Tennyson
Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Ring out the grief that saps the mind
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.
Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.
Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes
But ring the fuller minstrel in.
Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.
Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.
Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.
This "Stress-related hormone cortisol lowers significantly after just 45 minutes of art creation: https://www.psypost.org/2016/06/skill-level-making-art-reduces-stress-hormone-cortisol-43362?fbclid=IwAR251buiTjf2s6ycB55mxstzEuxYG08jZ-xqpovFqSFR9buSbaJ28WbQ2sk
I have been reading all my life. My parents modeled reading at an early age and I just love the feeling when I can read with my loved ones. I have read so many books, completed a degree, researched endless amounts of topics, writing research papers and the list goes on. And now I am listening to endless amounts of podcasts lol. Always learning :P but at some point you have to implement and share some of the things you have studied with others (if you feel that you have something to say that will help others). I can be a huge procrastinator with my own stuff but a perfect student with my job tasks as an employee. I am often sitting in resistance when I want to share or create something that would be very useful for others. The resistance has to do with fear of success and rejections. Will I be able to play big and handle success when it shows up? Will I be able to handle the social media criticism when I launch my business? This is when I have to surround myself with supportive friends and family members who will be there for support even if they do not fully understand what I am doing or can't relate to my business. When I want to play big and launch my business there will be insecurities. This is the time where I also have to show up for myself and be my own hero. Staying tall and solid in my beliefs and not taking any 'crap' from anybody. I am living my life on my terms and my personal power is getting stronger every day in every way. I know many people can relate to this so keep on keeping on :).
Sometimes we take one step, and then two steps and a half step back. We are excited for a new move, for a business opportunity, for a new love. Hold on to that excitement and can it, put it in a magic box and open that box when you need it. Of course, all of the above can become a disappointment, but when you were living it, sitting in the magic, you can place that memory somewhere so you can use it when you are feeling down. I have an example: I was super excited when I found my new house, I knew it was the one and I was so excited to move in. A lot of difficult things happened before I could take ownership of it, but to this day, I remember how excited I was when I opened the door for the first time. It was a very magical and happy time. I go back to that memory often to pull the good feeling from it. It is so easy only to remember the negative aspects in life and it takes little more effort to recognize the juicy stuff. Gratitude is the gateway to joy.
Hello everyone! Happy holidays! My last day at work until January weeeehooooo!!!
I am so excited to start cooking great food and have people over for the holidays. Traditional Swedish food, glogg, eggnog and Princess cake for dessert. However, I have to get out there, in the cray traffic to buy groceries tomorrow and Sunday.
Moreover, tomorrow I will go and see a Christmas concert that will really increase the good feels of holidays. Magic, lights, music, dancing, warm drinks, company, smiles and so forth. This has been a tradition for years and the singers, dancers, musicians are amazing. Last year they sang Edith Piaf's songs and it got me a bit teary, so beautiful. Edith Piaf's life was pretty sad/beautiful and she was so resilient..Love this movie:
When I live in uncertainty I sometimes feel the most alive. Crazy eh? But not really, because eagerness to take on the unknown fuels creativity. Ambiguity can be good for you. Just look at how Google treat their workers: 20% of employees' time is invested in new ideas and projects at Google. It nurtures creativity and day to day work and taking risks lead to innovation which shows that the status quo is not important. But always living in uncertainty is not sustainable so be wise and use your common sense.
My name is Annica Johansson and I am a Career and Talent Coach. I am writing about personal development, daily musings, spirituality and depicting mother nature's amazing beauty.