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TRACK YOUR PROGRESS & REACH YOUR GOALS

It is said that people who write down their goals and dreams are more likely to achieve them. Today I want to talk about the power of tracking your progress and how it can help you reach your goals ✨🙌

If you have goals and dreams, the best thing you can do towards achieving them is writing them down and start to tracking your own progress towards them.

Tracking helps you figure out where you are currently at, which is the first step to get in place, in order to find out how to get to where you want to.

Tracking helps you to keep focus on your bigger goal through your minor action steps.

Tracking also helps to keep you motivated, and to stay on track with your progress.

Let’s take some examples:

If you have a goal that you want to run 5 kilometers, and you currently can’t run 1, then don’t see this as a downfall or failure. But see it as knowing where you’re starting at, and then you know how long you have up until your bigger goal.

Now you should’t just go out and try to run 5 km the next day. You should break down your goal into smaller steps – try to follow a beginner’s running plan. These are very simply (speaking from experience as I’m currently following one), where you run 3 x week, but very very easy manageable steps.

Your goal might be to run 5 km, but it doesn’t have to be tomorrow – think long-term, and think about the progress you can feel every time you go out for a run. It will be hard for sure, but you’ll start seeing improvements.

Slow, but steady progress – and staying consistent over a longer period of time is the key to success!

Another example could be if you are suffering from something – that could be migraines, digestive problems, acne. Start to write down when your migraines/digestives problems/acne appears – the first step to improving anything is to become aware your current state, and finding out of when and why it happens.

Does your migraine come right after you’ve been sitting at work all day starring into the computer? Does your stomach pain come after you’ve had dairy products?

Start to track your symptoms, and pay attention to what else is going on in your life whenever you feel the symptoms coming back.

When you have done this over a longer period of time, you’ll start to notice a pattern of when and why it happens, and then you can actively work on trying to do something about it.

Writing down your dreams and keeping track of your progress towards reaching those dreams can be a constant motivating factor – to keep having your dreams in focus ✨🙌


Read also: Minimise your To-Do List & Get more Things Done

Books Self-development

BOOK RECOMMENDATION – THE 15 INVALUABLE LAWS OF GROWTH

This book is filled with so many amazing life advices, or “laws” of life. I will highly recommend reading “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth” if you into self-development and if you have a growth mindset ✨

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth” is written by John C. Maxwell who is a bestselling author, coach and speaker. He is known as America’s #1 leadership authority and has trained millions of leaders from all over the world.

This book is filled with all the wisdom he has gained through his life, and the “laws of life” that he has come to explore.

The book is divided up into 15 chapters – where he writes about each “law” in each chapter.

There is so much gold in this book, and so much valuable knowledge and tips for life. I can highly recommend this book for everyone who is into personal development and growing as a person.

Find the book here: The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth
*Affiliate link. If you buy through this link, this means that I get a small percentage of the sale)

Quotes from the book

“Life goals are reached by setting annual goals. Annual goals are reached by reaching daily goals. Daily goals are reached by doing things which may be uncomfortable at first but eventually become habits. Habits are powerful things. Habits turn actions into attitudes, and attitudes into lifestyles”

“You can visualise tomorrow using it as motivation to grow, but if you want to actually grow, your focus needs to be on today”

“If you want to grow, don’t try to win big. Try to win small”

“As we think in our hearts, so we become”

“Growth doesn’t come from staying in your comfort zone”

If you haven’t already noticed, I could have written waaaay more quotes for you, but I’ll try to keep it short – but I pretty much highlighted the majority of the book, because I was just so inspired when reading it!

I would LOVE to know if you have read any good books lately? Comment here, or write to me on Instagram! 💕

Read also: The Magic of Thinking Big

Self-development

MINIMIZE YOUR TO-DO LIST & GET MORE THINGS DONE

This might sound very counterintuitive, but just hear me out and let me explain how minimising your to-do list can help you get more things done

I want to start out with sharing this quote with you:

“We tend to overestimate what we can do in a day and underestimate what we can do in a year” – unknown

We often tend to think that we want to do XY & Z within a day, and write down the longest to-do list and then get disappointed with ourselves when we don’t get half of it done. Which is highly unmotivating if you keep doing this to yourself.

But we often tend to forget, the compound effect of doing small things over a longer period of time.

So instead of overwhelming yourself within each day, try to just do 3 important things for each day – and then everything else the you do in addition to that is just an extra success!

Over time you won’t feel as overwhelmed each day, and the act of accomplishing what you’ve set yourself up for gives you even more drive and motivation.

And remember to have long-term perspective. I know the feeling of wanting to have it all done NOW, but think long-term and then think about the small steps you can take each day that will help get you closer towards your overall goal.

Exercise for you:
Write down a bigger goal that you have. Then think about all the small things you can do to help you reach that goal – and then start doing these things consistently.

Self-development

PLACEBO / NOCEBO – THE POWER OF BELIEFS

Today I want to talk about the Power of Beliefs in connection to the two terms ‘placebo’ and ‘nocebo’. Perhaps you’ve heard about the concept placebo before? Perhaps you haven’t, I hadn’t until a friend mentioned it a few years ago, and then when I started to dive further into it, I was amazed – once again – of the power of the mind! 🧠✨

Placebo is when people’s belief that they will get better can produce a cure. The concept of placebo is used in medical research to figure out whether a drug is working. Then one group of people get the actual drug, and another group of people believe the they get the drug, but they actually just get a ‘sugar pill’, something that doesn’t do anything- Many trials however have now showed that the people who didn’t get the drug, but believed that they did – actually got better, just because of their own belief in it.

This is highly fascinating, as it shows the power of believing in something. Perhaps you’ve seen this concept demonstrated in the Harry Potter movies – in one of the movies, Harry and Ron is going to play a Quiditch game and Ron is very nervous, so Harry pretends that he pours ‘liquid luck’ (a liquid meant to give luck to the one who drinks it) into Ron’s cup. Ron ‘accidentally’ finds out and thereby believes that he’s now got some extra luck and he does absolutely brilliant at the Quiditch game. Hermione gets mad at Harry for cheating, until she finds out that he didn’t put it into Ron’s drink – Ron only believed that he did – placebo (Ps, Sorry for the Harry Potter reference, but I just love those books/movies) – and although this might be a fiction movie, the concept of placebo is a very real one.

But there is also the opposite concept of placebo, which is called nocebo.

Nocebo is when people can make themselves sick through their beliefs. This concept is especially important for medical advisors to be aware of – because the way they deliver the diagnosis to patients and tell about their ‘future’ can really make a huge difference in whether the patients believe that they might be able to recover, or not.

The concepts of Placebo and Nocebo truly shows how powerful our thoughts – and more importantly – our beliefs are. So if we can learn to actively use this knowledge to our own advantage, we have an even bigger impact on our health than we might have first thought we did 🧠✨

Read also: Book Recommendation – Mind to Matter

Inspiration Self-development

THE PROBLEM ISN’T LACK OF INFORMATION, IT’S LACK OF ACTION

We all have so much information available to us today, so the problem isn’t lack of information, it’s lack of action 🌿✨

We all have so much information available to us today, and you can Google most things – but knowing doesn’t change your life. Taking action and really implementing the things you learn is what will change your life.

Knowing doesn’t change your life. Taking action and really implementing the things you learn is what will change your life

Most of us know what to do if we want to become healthier, or if we want to get better grades, or if we want to reach a certain fitness goal etc. And if we don’t know it, it’s so easy to gain that kind of information today just by googling, or searching for it on youtube and within few seconds you can get 10 articles or a 20-minute-full-length video explaining you all you need to do to reach XYZ.

Your problem isn’t lack of information – it’s lack of action.

This is a harsh truth to face, because ‘lack of information’ means that you do not have the knowledge to know what you need to do in order to change your current situation. Whereas ‘lack of action’ means that you have not stepped fully into taking ownership over your own situation and taken the necessary action-steps to change it.

But changing your everyday actions can be hard, because we are a very habitual species. What we do on a daily basis is what we’ve learned when we grew up and changing your small autopilot actions can be very difficult.

This is what I’m so passionate about! Finding ways to change and improve your life. Finding small habits you can implement and really make part of your everyday life that will change your life in the long-run.

This is why I’m studying to become a Holistic Health Coach, so that I can help YOU turn your life around by changing your existing habits and implementing new, more empowering ones. I’m now over halfway in my coaching practice and can start to work 1:1 with clients. Working with a coach can help give you simple, effective strategies, as well as give you support and keep you accountable to yourself.

I’ve just announced a competition on my Instagram, where I’ll pick 2 winners who will win a 6-month Holistic Health Transformation Program with me! So if you want the change to win this, then go to my Instagram and participate before May 8, 10.00 AM (CEST)! 🌿✨

Self-development

HOW TO ESTABLISH NEW HABITS SUCESSFULLY

Do you know the feeling of having lots of new habits that you want to implement into your life? But do you also know the feeling of not following through, and thereby you end up keep disappointing yourself and feeling more discouraged by not being able to establish these new habits? Then this blogpost is for you. Here we’re going to talk about how to establish new habits successfully 🙌✨

I bet you know the feeling of wanting to establish lots of new habits, but just not being able to follow through. I know I’ve done this so many times in the past. I’ve set lots of goals for myself, but hadn’t been able to follow through and thereby I kept disappointing myself more and more.

However, over the past 1,5 year I’ve really found the golden way to set goals and habits and being able to stick to them and fulfill them – which have not only made me much more happy, but also boosted my own self-confidence and trust in myself. And I want to share those tips with you, so that you can feel the same way!

  1. Identify Your Goal or New Habit
    First of all, you need to make it clear to yourself what it is you want to achieve, or what habit you want to incorporate into your life.
    Do you want to write a book? Do you want to make yoga a regular exercise practice in your life?

    Find out what it is that you want – and also, be very honest with yourself. Do YOU actually want it? Or is this goal or habit something society has conditioned you into thinking that you want. Tune into yourself and feel what it is that you really want.
  2. Now Take Your Goal and Break it Down
    Break your goal, or habit, into small bite-size pieces, so that it becomes very easy to take action on these pieces – rather than the whole pie.
    You might want to write a book, but if you have “write the book” written on your to-do list then you’ll too easily get paralysed over the big task that is, and you won’t really know where to start – which might lead to you not starting at all.

    Break down the big goal into smaller tasks, fx such as:
    Write a book (overall goal)
    Smaller tasks could be:
    – find out what it should be about
    – do research on the topic
    – divide it up into sections
    – write ideas for each chapter
    – start writing 1 chapter
    – then the next and so on
    – edit

    You see? In this way you have some very concrete action steps you can start on, and you know what each step entails which makes it much easier to begin!

  3. Take Small Steps
    We might want to establish many new habits; start running, make a smoothie every day, exercise x times a week, work on projects etc.
    This is all great – ambitions is wonderful! However, start small. Start with one habit, break it down and be consistent with it until it’s just part of your daily routine and it truly is a habit that you just do. Then once you’ve established one habit successfully, then you can start implementing another one.

    Don’t try to implement too many habits all at once. Rather start small and celebrate the small successes – in that way you’ll gain more and more confidence and self-trust that you’re able to accomplish what you set yourself to.

    For a process like this I can highly recommend finding a coach to help you set small, manageable goals and to help keep you accountable! Ps, keep an eye out, I’ll soon start opening up for working 1:1 with clients (feel free to send me a message on Instagram or comment below if you might be interested in it, or want to hear more about it).

So let me hear – which new habit do you want to establish in your life? Or do you have a big goal you want to achieve? ✨

Read also: Book Recommendation – Atomic Habits
*Ps, I can highly recommend this book for more tips on how to successfully establish new habits!


Self-development

CHANGE YOUR IDENTITY TO CHANGE YOUR BEHAVIOUR

Do you want to change your life, but you keep falling back into the same old behaviours all the time? Today I’ll talk about how you can change your identity to change your behaviour ✨

I’ve read and seen more and more people talking about how changing your ‘identity’ will help you to change your behaviour.

I read about it in Tony Robbins book “Awaken the Giant Within” and I also heard this brilliant TED talk about the subject (that I will highly recommend watching). And, it really does make perfect sense!

Let’s take an example, if you are a smoker trying to quit smoking and someone comes along and ask you if you want a cigarette you can either choose to say:
Sorry, but I’m trying to quit smoking” – hereby still identifying with the identity of being a smoker.


Or, you can choose to say:
No thanks, I’m not a smoker” – hereby not identifying with being a smoker.

Which attitude do you think are more likely to resist the temptation?

Surely, the attitude that doesn’t identify with being a smoker.

The same goes if you want to live more healthy – then you can change your identity to look upon yourself as someone who is healthy. You can make the switch right away! Just think that from now on you fill up your grocery basket with lots of veggies and fruits, and you fuel yourself up with all the vitamins and minerals.

Making an identity shift can be something you do right away, but the way you think and talk about yourself needs to be in alignment with your new identity if you’re going to stick to this ‘new you’.

So think about how you identify yourself. Who are you? Who do you want to be? What kind of life do you want to live? Make the changes and live as your new identity – take actions in alignment with what your ideal self would do 🙌✨

Read also: Implementing New Habits Takes Time

Books Self-development

BOOK RECOMMENDATION – BREAKING THE HABIT OF BEING YOURSELF

If you are into meditation and how to use your thoughts and frequencies to create a new reality for yourself, then you’re going to absolutely love this book! The book Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza

This book is all about how you can use meditation and going into your subconscious mind to recreate yourself. It’s so fascinating, and Joe Dispenza really dives deep into how we can use meditation on a whole other level.

What I really love about the book is how he describes it, with facts and figures and everything and explains wave lengths and frequencies of the brain. It’s really taking meditation and working with your subconscious mind to a whole other level, and it really is ‘mind-blowing’ so to say.

He highlights the fact that if you want to change your life, you can only do so by first becoming aware of what it is about your current life/reality that you do not like. You can become aware of this by meditation and be consciously paying attention to yourself and your own thoughts and behaviours. From here, you can then start to work on replacing your current reality with a new one.

It’s so fascinating, and it has already given me an even bigger boost to dive even more into my meditation routine. I’m currently following the 4-week program that is at the end of the book, and I’m so excited about diving further into my own subconscious mind.

Find the book here: Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself – Dr. Joe Dispenza
*Affiliate link. If you buy through this link, this means that I get a small percentage of the sale)

Quotes from the book:

“We have, within our reach, all we need to make significant changes in our lives”

“The true purpose of meditation is to get beyond the analytical mind and enter into the subconscious mind so you can make real and permanent changes”

“What you think and believe has a profound effect on your world”

“We communicate with the quantum field primarily through our thoughts and feelings”

“If your thoughts determine your reality, and you keep thinking the same thoughts (which are a product and reflection of the environment), then you will continue to produce the same reality day after day”

Have you read any interesting books lately? As always, I would love to hear about it! Or perhaps you’ve already read this book? Then let me know, what are your thoughts about it?

Read also: Book Recommendation – Atomic Habits

Self-development

26 THINGS I HAVE LEARNED IN 26 YEARS

Today is my Birthday and I’m turning 26. Therefore, I want to share with you 26 things I have learned in 26 years. I hope this can inspire and motivate you. Many of the things I’ve previously written about in more depth on my blog, so if you want to dive deeper into each area, feel free to explore it here on my blog 🙏✨

I’ve learned many things in my life – and the beauty about life is that I keep learning new things. And isn’t that beautiful? To know, that you can always learn new things. To know that you can always keep growing and evolving and experiencing new things. I find that so fascinating and magnificent, and I truly love this life and all the possibilities and opportunities we have at hand!

But let’s get into it – 26 things I have learned in 26 years:

  1. You Create Your Own Reality
  2. What You Focus on Grows
  3. Gratitude is the Best Attitude
  4. You Get what You Give
  5. Love is always the answer
  6. Food is Medicine
  7. You Can’t Pour from an Empty Cup – Take Care of Yourself
  8. Your Gut Health is Essential for Your Overall Health
  9. What You See in Others, Exists in You as Well – both Good & Bad
  10. Everything in Life is About Balance – Yin & Yang
  11. Without the Darkness, We Wouldn’t See the Light
  12. We Are Energy
  13. Crying is Healthy and Good for Your Soul
  14. Communication is Key to Everything
  15. Treat Yourself the Way You Want Others to Treat You
  16. Mental Health is as, if not more, important than your Physical Health
  17. Small, but Steady Changes is Key to Sustainable Transformation
  18. If you want to Grow, You Need to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
  19. Your Worst Enemy is Yourself & Your Own Limiting Beliefs 
  20. Forgiveness is Not for Others, It is for You 
  21. Creating Easy, Actionable Steps is key to Reaching Your Goals
  22. You Cannot Change Other People, The Only Person You Can Change is Yourself
  23. The Day You Plant the Seed is Not the Day You Eat the Fruit – but Be Consistent and You’ll Reap all the Rewards
  24. Progress Not Perfection. Done is Better than Perfect
  25. When you are You, you Attract the Right People 
  26. There is No Such Thing as Failure
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WHERE MY INTEREST FOR HOLISTIC HEALTH COMES FROM

I want to share with you, where my interest for Holistic Health comes from. This journey has involved all from digestive issues, to a weak immune system to skin issues. But it has all led me to where I am today 🌿✨

What I personally love about following people who shares about fx how to fix health problems, is to follow people who have been through it themselves. Because then you really know that they have been through the same struggles as you, and that they have really done the work and experimented themselves with what works and what doesn’t.

My Personal Health Story

Growing up I had lots of digestive problems and stomach aches during my childhood. And it was for sure something that was interrupting my life, as it was both painful, but also very frustrating that I never really knew when and why these stomach problems was happening.

Read also: 5 Ways to Improve your Gut Health

Read also: Tips for Stomach Issues

Weak Immune System

Fast forward into my teenage years, where my immune system was so weak. I kept getting sick throughout high school, and at every bigger event (study trip, dance competition etc. I ALWAYS got sick). At this point I still didn’t know what was wrong, and it was frustrating, because in your teenage years FOMO (fear of missing out) is so big, at least it was for me at that time, so laying sick in hotel rooms at study trips while my classmates was out having fun and exploring new cities was for sure something I could have lived without.

Around this time, I started to find out that my connection to my digestive problems was very much connected to whenever I had dairy of any kind. I started reading and learning more about this, and found out that many people are lactose intolerant. Hereafter I started experimenting myself, and started to cut out dairy products. This was a game changer. I started noticing how every time I was at a family birthday and had some dairy again that my stomach would react, and I got confirmed in that this food group was not a well-fit for me. I was feeling way better without eating dairy, and I started to search for alternatives.

At this point, my digestive problems had become so much better, but now my immune system was a wreck.
Couldn’t I just get to a point where I could feel healthy and thriving?

Funnily enough, today I can see the connection so clearly between my digestive issues and my weak immune system. Because I have later learned that around 2/3 of your immune system is located in your gut. By eating plenty of processed foods, sugar and keep eating and drinking dairy products as a child, this has certainly damaged my gut flora, and thereby also my digestive system later on.

Read also: 5 Natural Tips to Prevent Getting a Cold

Skin Issues

Like most other teenagers I also experienced skin problems, which does absolutely no good to an already insecure teenager. When my skin was breaking out there were days where I just wanted to stay at home and not go out. If you have had skin problems yourself, you can probably recognise this feeling.

Again, today I can completely see why my skin was breaking out at the time.

First of all, my gut flora was already so damaged, so there have been a bacterial overgrowth of the bad bacteria in my gut.
Second, my stress levels was quiet high in High School due to school assignments, exams and just normal high school pressure – and when you’re stressed this easily affects your skin. Because the ‘beauty’ of your skin really isn’t necessary for your overall survival, so when you’re stressed, your body takes nutrients from your skin cells to other, more important functions in your body. This is of course a good thing, but as a teenager, those breakouts was for sure not fun, and out of desperation I have probably tried all the harsh cleansers, creams etc. on the market (which of course didn’t work).

Out of complete desperation I decided to get on the vitamin A prescription through my doctor. This is such a harsh treatment, with very high dosages of vitamin A. It is actually so high, that you have to get blood test results every month while on the treatment. The treatment did work – for a while, but it also completely dried out my skin. And half a year later, the breakouts started happening again.

At this time, I had started to learn more and more about how the food we eat affect our health, and I was really into fuelling myself with healthy food. For many years, I saw the ‘solution’ to my problems as being: eating healthy food and moving my body.

Read also: Skincare is about Way more than just what you Put on Your Skin

Read also: 4 Tips for Dry Skin

Read also: 3 Herbal Teas for Clear Skin

Your Mindset

I have later learned the more holistic approach to health. Being healthy is not just about what you eat and how much you exercise. It’s just as much about how you’re feeling mentally.

Do you love yourself? Do you speak kindly to yourself? Do you have a job that you love? Do you take time to relax and do the things that makes you happy?

Emotions and your mental well-being affects your health so much, I’m positive that in the next few years we’ll learn even more about the powerful connection between our emotions and their effects on our health. I love how the whole body is connected, and I keep learning new things about different connection. I find this to be the most fascinating thing!

And this is why I’m so passionated about Holistic Health. It’s NOT just about what you eat (even though whole foods can do wonders for your health, for sure), but being healthy is just as much about your mindset and your well-being 🌿✨