What an accident can teach you about connection, humour and gratitude
It was a Thursday afternoon
Just 4 month after we moved to our beautiful little village. I decided to boil some eggs already for dinner. I put them on the fire, turned the fire low, than got distracted by kids, the dog, the laundry and at the end my alarm that told me to pick up my oldest from school. I tied all loose ends – at least I thought I did – and left the house in a hurry. Read More
How being in the here and now, can boost your productivity big time
I’m not going to give you a quick productivity hack. Quick-fixes are likely to boost you for a couple of days, just to leave you with where you’ve started out, or worse. Totally exhausted. They often offer you a high-low cycle that keeps you searching for a better tip.
What I’m going to tell you, will take time and effort. But the benefits that come if you stick with it long enough, will be much more than worth it. Read More
How assumptions rob you from new friendships and a deeper connection.
The catch of assuming
Some of our assumptions seem logical. “No one wants to be stuck with a needle”, except the millions of people who willingly get acupuncture treatments and benefit from it big time. “Jane doesn’t like olives, she would never eat your home-made pasta sauce”, except that the taste of the olives are just a shadow in it and who knows, she might love it if she tried. When we assume something, we lose the chance to communicate and we automatically shut down connection. We are left behind, in a way. Here’s an example: Read More
Do you measure progress at all? Or does it just creep up on you without any notice? Is there only stagnation, no progress? If you’re reading this, you’re probably already aware of the importance of continuous development in your life. Even though you and I know this, we are still vastly different when it comes to measuring progress. Some of us will track progress in apps with detailed analytics. Some of us will check in once a month, 6 months, a year. Some will journal regularly or irregularly. No matter which method you use, when you are becoming conscious about choices and start to make deliberate changes in your life, you will start tracking your progress. Even if it’s just in your head. Read More
This is a story that spreads over years. It didn’t happen overnight. And it’s still going on. Read More
One mom, waiting for her oldest to be out of school, said her youngest had a contagious disease. He wasn’t so sick that he couldn’t get out of bed, he didn’t look too ill, but he had the symptoms. She didn’t think he needed to stay home the next day, because “They don’t let you keep your kid at home, when they have this disease.” That’s when my blood started boiling. Read More
This article was also published on Thrive Global.
We all get angry
It’s inevitable at one point or the other in our lives. While some people get angry only occasionally, for others it’s a daily, maybe even a multiple-times-a-day thing. Read More
Getting a massage, having your hair done, buying a hand-crafted piece of chocolate. They are all considered to be examples of self-care. But what if I told you, that those are more of a reward, than actual self-care? Read More
This article has been featured on Thrive Global.
I’ve tried lots of different styles of meditation in the past year. I stuck with none of them longer than 2 months. While I love the idea of emptying my head of thoughts and worries, and I’d love to relax, it was just not doing it for me. Read More
“You’re gonna love this one!” my husband told me in the car, while he put on one of the songs from his new playlist. The title appeared: “Disturbed – The Sound of Silence”. Now I actually do love “The Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel. But looking at the dashboard of the car, I had my doubts about this version. My husband’s new playlist included songs that I tolerated, maybe even liked when I was a teenager (Rammstein, Nightwish, Korn… hell, I sometimes even listened to Children of Bodom… strange times.) but they give me the chills now. And not in a good way… Read More