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SMALL WINS BUILDS MORE SELF-CONFIDENCE

Do you know the feeling of setting big goals and dreams, but keep letting yourself down because you can’t stick to them? The key here is that small wins builds more self-confidence! 💕✨

“If you want to be responsible, keep your promises to others. If you want to be successful, keep your promises to yourself” – Marie Forleo

If you are like me, you are extremely good at keeping all your promises to others. You don’t like to disappoint people, so you always keep your promises to others – also if sometimes means not keeping the promises you’ve made to yourself.

Does that sound familiar?

But I have something important to tell you, of course we should stick to things we promise others – but it is just as important to stick to the things you promise yourself!

If you keep saying to yourself that “from now on I’m gonna do….” or “every day I’ll do …” – and then you keep NOT doing it, then guess what? You’re going to disappoint yourself more and more. You’ll keep letting yourself down. This will tear down your belief and trust in yourself, and your love for yourself.

And I know it can be the hardest thing sometimes to stick to the promises you’ve made with yourself, because then life comes around and you have too many things going on and then it’s easier to just stick to the obligations you have made to others, and then “skip” those you’ve made with yourself.

But the BEST thing you can do for yourself is to keep those promises you make to yourself! This will build your own trust and belief in yourself, it will boost your self-confidence and your self-love!

How do you do that successfully?

You start small. Like, really small. And I know this is so hard, because you’re probably really ambitious and have big dreams (I feel you, I’m the exact same – and I’m ALL about dreaming big and going after the big things). But if you fx want to implement a new habit, then instead of going from fx never practicing yoga, to saying “I want to practice yoga every day for 30 minutes!”, the goal is beautiful – but be realistic and start small and build yourself more and more up.

Start with saying that you want to fx practice yoga every morning for 5 minutes, or once a week for 30 minutes. Stick to this smaller habit for a while, and make it a successful experience for yourself

In that way you’ll feel empowered every time you accomplish that “smaller win”, and perhaps you’ll even start doing a longer practice now that you’re already at it – that’s just a win-win!

But my best advice would be to start small, and then build it up – and feel the self-love and your self-confidence boost along the way as you keep your promises to yourself! 💕✨

Self-development

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 ✨🙌


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INTERVIEW MED SIMONE ROYOGA

Simone er yogalærer og hovedet bag online-yoga studiet RoYoga. Til daglig bor hun sammen med sin mand i et skønt hus ude på landet omgivet af smuk natur. På Instagram deler Simone masser af dine yogatips, hverdagsrefleksioner og lækre veganske opskrifter. Du kan lære Simone meget bedre at kende i dette interview, tag godt imod hende.

Kære Simone, vil du fortælle os lidt om dig selv? Hvem du er og hvad du laver til daglig?


Meget gerne! Jeg er 28 år, og inderhaver af royoga.dk. For lidt over 3 år siden opgav jeg storbyslivet i København og flyttede på landet med min mand Simon, og senere flyttede vores hund Skipper også ind. Nærmere bestemt flyttede vi ca. 15 km vest for Silkeborg, for enden af grusvej, langt til naboer og omgivet af den skønneste natur. Det har naturligvis været hårdt at undvære venner og familie, men den ekstra energi og ro, som det giver at flytte ud af storbysjunglen og til fredlige omgivelser og frisk luft, er helt uundværlig! 

Til dagligt arbejder jeg med min helt store passion, nemlig yoga. Jeg har, i tæt samarbejde med min mand, lavet mit helt eget online-yogastudie, som jeg kalder for Ro Yoga. Det er kort fortalt et univers, hvor man som medlem har ubegrænset adgang til en samling af yoga- og meditationsvideoer, som man kan streame hjemme i sin stue. Sideløbende med det har jeg enkelte hold og workshops i mit fysiske yogastudie, som ligger i forlængelse af vores hjem. Jeg har også en blog, hvor jeg skriver om yoga, hverdagslivet som selvstændig og deler veganske opskrifter.

Kan du fortælle os lidt om din rejse, og hvordan du er endt op med at lave det du gør i dag?

Min vej mod livet som selvstændig yogalærer har ikke været helt ligetil! Der skulle tages et par omveje, prøves forskellige idéer osv. af, før jeg landede, hvor jeg er i dag. Så gør jer klar til en lille fortælling!

Som så mange andre unge mennesker fik jeg tidligt fortalt, at det rigtige var at tage en gymnasial uddannelse og derefter starte på universitet. Det var sådan jeg sikrede mig en god fremtid med stabil indkomst – Så det gjorde jeg!

Gennemførte gymnasiet med et fint snit, men anede ikke hvad jeg ville. Jeg fik et råd om at vælge studie efter min interesse, og det fag der havde optaget mig allermest gennem min gymnasietid, var filosofi. Så det valgte jeg at starte på i august 2012. Men ca. 1/2 år inde i studiet, blev jeg ramt af en modløshed. En stemme inde i mig begyndte at hviske højere og højere: “nej, det er ikke det rigtige”.

Først ignorerede jeg stemmen, for jeg var ikke “sådan en” der droppede ud. Jeg fuldførte det, jeg satte mig for. Men efter et par måneder måtte jeg alligevel se i øjnene, at stemmen havde ret.

Men hvad så nu?

På det tidspunkt var jeg begyndt at dykke dybere ned i yogaens vidunderlige verden, men det var stadig kun på hobbyplan. Det slog mig slet ikke, at jeg kunne gøre det til min levevej. Jeg skulle jo have succes! Tjene penge! Bruge min intelligens! Så valget endte på en CBS-uddannelse i erhvervsøkonomi og projektledelse. Ærlig talt ikke en uddannelse jeg nød, for at sige det mildt. Men eftersom jeg ikke havde nogen andre uddannelser eller karriereveje i tankerne på det tidspunkt, kæmpede jeg mig igennem og fik min bachelor. Det var jo det kloge at gøre, fortalte jeg mig selv, alt i mens min indre stemme skreg højere og højere “nej, det er heller ikke det rigtige”.

Så snart bacheloren var overstået kunne jeg godt mærke, at NU havde jeg brug for at gøre noget godt for mig. Og eftersom yoga var en af de ting, der virkelig havde båret mig igennem de sidste måneders opgavetrummerum, valgte jeg at melde mig til en yogalæreruddannelse. På Bali. Hvorfor, aner jeg virkelig ikke. Jeg åbnede computeren, googlede “yoga teacher training” og fandt lynhurtigt Zuna Yoga. Jeg er ikke typen der dvæler så meget ved mine beslutninger, så selvom det var mange penge at bruge på noget som (på det tidspunkt) bare var for sjovt, så meldte jeg mig til. 

På det tidspunkt var jeg også blevet optaget på en kandidat på CBS, som jeg startede på. Men denne gang, der kunne jeg ikke tvinge mere igennem. Jeg var så træt af at gøre ting, jeg ikke havde lyst til. Så jeg droppede ud. Uden en back up plan, hvilket var særdeles skræmmende!

Men jeg havde (og har!) en meget opbakkende mand, som gav mig al den tid, plads og støtte der skulle til, før jeg kunne finde min vej. Han tog også det meste af den økonomiske byrde, så jeg ikke skulle stresse over det. 

I tiden mellem jeg droppede ud af min kandidat og inden jeg skulle afsted til Bali i en måned på yogalæreruddannelsen, flyttede Simon og jeg på landet, som jeg beskrev ovenfor, i et alt for stort hus til to mennesker. Det trængte til en kærlig hånd, men vi så muligheder.

Allerede der tror jeg faktisk, at jeg havde en spirende tanke om at forvandle en del af det til et yogastudie, men jeg slog det hen. Tiden var ikke inde endnu.

Under mit ophold på Bali i marts 2017 (som selvfølgelig var helt fantastisk) dukkede den lille stemme op igen. Denne gang med lidt mere positive nyheder: “ja, du er på rette vej”.

Så da jeg kom hjem igen til lille Danmark, gik der ikke mere end et par måneder, før vi igangsatte renoveringen af en del af huset til yogalokale og jeg startede Ro Yoga. I første omgang var det meget småt, med plads til 6 elever, og jeg tjente ikke meget, men det var fuldstændig ligegyldigt for endelig, endelig havde jeg fundet min plads!

Sidenhen byggede vi et nyt, større lokale til Ro Yoga og jeg lancerede i maj 2019 mit onlineyogaunivers. Så ja, en masse omveje, men jeg ville bestemt ikke have været nogle af dem foruden! Jeg tror fuldt og fast på, at jeg skulle igennem det hele, for at lande hvor jeg er i dag.

“Jeg tror fuldt og fast på, at jeg skulle igennem det hele, for at lande hvor jeg er i dag”

Hvad er dine 3 yndlings yogastillinger?

  1. Bakasana: fordi det tog mig sååååå lang tid, så mange tårer og “fucks” før jeg endelig knækkede koden. Så nu nyder jeg den ekstra meget, og det er for mig et lille bevis og reminder på, at hvis jeg virkelig vil noget, så skal jeg nok lære det
  2. Savasana: fordi det er så utrolig vigtigt, at tage sig tid til at slappe af. 
  3. Wheel pose: jeg elsker bagoverbøjninger, fordi de giver os masser af energi og holder ryggen sund og mobil. Nu til dags sidder vi meget foroverbøjet ind over computeren og mobilen, så det er vigtigt at bevæge sig den anden vej også.



Dit Univers hedder jo “RoYoga”, hvad er dine egne bedste tips til at få mere “ro” ind i hverdagen? 

Uden tvivl meditation. Det er efter min mening det mest oversete og misforståede redskab, vi har. Mange mennesker tror, at de ikke har tålmodigheden eller den indre ro til det, men det er netop tålmodighed, ro og ikke mindst forståelse for én selv, der kommer af at meditere. 



Hvad er dine 3 bedste sundhedstips?

  1. Igen: meditation! Start i dag med bare 5 minutter og i morgen måske 7. Sæt dig ned, luk øjenene og forsøg at fokusere på din vejrtrækning. Hver gang du opdager, at tankerne vandrer væk, så forsøg at bringe opmærksomheden tilbage til vejrtrækningen igen. Brug det som en måde at observere dig selv og dine vaner på. Bliver du rastløs? Utålmodig? Træt? Det er der intet galt i. Men når vi evner at sætte ord på de reaktioner vi har, så bliver det også nemmere at navigere i dem, og det øger vores medfølelse for os selv. Både på og uden for yogamåtten. 
  2. Naturen: som jeg allerede har nævnt, så har det virkelig været en game changer for Simon og jeg at flytte på landet i den friske luft og smukke natur. Det har bragt langt mere ro ind i vores liv, vi sover bedre, og vi er også blevet mere ydmyge og taknemmelige overfor vores smukke planet.
  3. Spis vegansk: det er både godt for dig og planeten



Har du nogle daglige ritualer, som du praktiserer hver evig eneste dag?

Hver morgen starter med, at jeg skriver i min drømmedagbog, går en lille tur med Skipper, tager ca. 30 min. på yogamåtten og 10 minutters meditation. Derefter noterer jeg 3 ting jeg gerne vil opnå arbejdsmæssigt i dag, og 3 ting jeg gerne vil gøre for mig selv. Det er en god måde for mig at sætte tonen for dagen. 

Om eftermiddagen hopper jeg igen på måtten – nogle dage bare lidt udstrækning, andre dage mere noget mere intenst – og så mediterer jeg igen i ca. 10 minutter. 

Om aftenen skriver jeg dagbog, som det sidste inden jeg går i seng og noterer 3 ting, jeg er taknemmelig for. 

Hvilke bøger har ændret dit liv? 

Big magic” af Elizabeth Gilbert, “Everything is figureoutable” af Marie Forleo og “Alkymisten” af Paulo Coelho



Hvad føler du, at verden har brug for mere af?

Mere ydmyghed og taknemmelighed overfor Moder Jord. Jeg føler, at vi mennesker har mistet kontakten med naturen, og at vi derfor er blevet egoistiske. Vi tror, at Jorden er til for os, og at det er vores job at regulere den og tilpasse den til vores behov. Men vi glemmer, at menneskeheden kun har eksisteret i en forsvindende lille del af jordens lange historie.



Hvilke 3 mennesker har inspireret dig mest i dit liv?

  1. Jane Goodall: en kvinde der har dedikeret hele sit liv til at studere chimpanser og gøre en forskel for en anden art end menneskeheden. Det er dælme sejt!
  2. Simone de Beauvoir: jeg er eftersigende opkaldt efter hende, hvilket jeg er rimelig stolt af! En fransk, badass feminist og forfatter, som har været en kæmpe stemme i kampen for kvinders rettigheder. 
  3. Cornelia fra @frenchfeelings: fordi hun har formået at vende sit liv fuldstændig og udleve drømmen om at leve i Frankrig (en drøm som jeg også deler!)



Hvis dem der læser med gerne vil lære mere om dig, eller støtte dig på nogen måde, hvor og hvordan kan de så gøre dette? 

Det ville være fantastisk hvis du vil kigge med på min Instagram @simone_royoga, og hvis du vil lære mere om mit yogaunivers, så hop ind på www.royoga.dk

Tusinde tak for al den inspiration du deler ud af på Instagram, og mange tak fordi at du ville tage dig tid til at besvare disse spørgsmål!

Det er mig en ære at være med på din fine blog, søde Camilla!


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)! 🌿✨

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INTERVIEW WITH LINA SKUKAUSKÉ

Lina and I connected on Instagram as we turned out to have the exact same passions. Lina is a Certified Mindset Coach and EFT practitioner, and she helps people ditch their fears and shine their light. Lina is from Lithuania, but I was lucky enough to meet up with her when she visited Denmark a couple of months ago, and I’m so inspired by her, and I’m sure you’ll find lots of inspiration from her as well in this interview. Please welcome, Lina.

Dear Lina, will you tell us a little bit about yourself? Who you are and what you do? 

Of course! I’m Lina Skukauskė, a mindset coach and EFT practitioner helping women live more conscious and authentic lives. I’m really passionate about how our beliefs and emotions affect our reality and through deep inner work, I help my clients to ditch their fears and shine their light.

Though I work with people in a few different formats- online 1:1 sessions, Women’s Circles, and workshops my goal is always to create a safe space for connection, healing and deep exploration of how we can live the most joyous and fulfilling lives. Lives where we listen not to the outside norms, but first of all to our heart and soul. 

In personal life, I’m a woman who can’t live without creativity, whether that’s drawing mandalas, mixing up healthy plant-based meals, writing or taking photos (I worked as a professional photographer for 7 years and still really love photography). Spontaneous intuitive dance sessions, time with friends discussing all kinds of mind-opening topics (or simply laughing and goofing around) and being in nature make me really happy.

Can you tell what EFT is?

I sometimes jokingly say it’s magic! EFT (which stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a combination of Western psychology and stimulation of certain acupressure points from Chinese medicine and it’s used to shift negative thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. This technique can be used in a few different ways.

On the most basic level, it’s a quick and effective self-help tool to release negative emotions and stress. Though what fascinates me as a practitioner is a deeper level of EFT which allows you to do deep inner work to heal past traumas. And I don’t necessarily mean big traumas (though EFT is great and scientifically researched for serious issues like, for example, PTSD). With my clients I love working on smaller traumas- we all have negative experiences that affected how we perceive ourselves and during which we made certain subconscious beliefs about ourselves and the world around us. Negative childhood experiences, break-ups, being fired from a job, etc. – all of these leave negative consequences and diminish our confidence, inner peace, and self-love.

Our subconscious beliefs are thoughts that we often consciously know are not logical but we feel them to be true, things like “I’m unloveable”, “I’m stupid”. Through using EFT and rewriting our subconscious programming- the real cause of our “blocks” in life- we can change how we think, feel and act.

“Our subconscious beliefs are thoughts that we often consciously know are not logical, but we feel them to be true, things like “I’m unloveable”, “I’m stupid”

When did you first learn about EFT yourself?

Hm, I think the first time was in 2013. I saw Marie Forleo’s ‘Marie TV’ episode about EFT and thought that it’s interesting but I didn’t try it practically then.

The same year I was in one spiritual retreat where one of the things we explored for a bit was EFT. The lady who led the retreat asked for volunteers and I suggested myself. I experienced something that is not the norm but sometimes happens in EFT- “one-minute wonder”. I did some basic EFT about a phobia I had for about 10 minutes and never experienced it again. This, as I said, is not the normal thing in EFT but it does happen sometimes and it obviously got me thinking- how I could I feel one way for my whole life and suddenly feel like the problem doesn’t exist anymore?

I still didn’t get into a habit of using EFT, but then when I had it for the second time it really helped me- I used it to minimize my fear in a speleology trip (I’m not an extreme sports person, it’s a long story how I got into this trip!). It basically saved my trip and allowed me to experience awesome things I otherwise would have been too afraid to even try and since then I started using it on many other issues and later on went to study and got certified in it.

Which experiences in your life have had a big impact on your own self-development?

There were many- I think the starting point for me was when I became a vegetarian- it then started many other changes in my life- I quit using alcohol, changed my lifestyle and this led to a more conscious living where I started to explore how to create what I desire instead of feeling a victim of life’s circumstances. That eventually led to yoga and other practices and exploring spirituality and manifestation.

Some key things that definitely had a big impact on my own personal-development were traveling and living abroad- being immersed in other cultures allows you to see the world and yourself very differently, it’s both challenging and very rewarding.

Starting my own business- first unsuccessful, then two successful ones- definitely huge, too! I’d say starting a business is a massive learning curve and a constant personal growth journey that kind of never ends.

Trusting my intuition and diving deep to follow my passion and study personal development was really life-changing, too and I’m still on this journey, just the subjects that I’m studying are changing. After studying to become an EFT practitioner and a life coach I spent a year during which I was really focused on doing deep inner work to grow and transform myself, working with other EFT practitioners and coaches. I still remember this year as one of the best years in my life- definitely had its challenging moments but also so many joyful and freeing experiences!

And I wouldn’t be completely honest if I wouldn’t mention my divorce – last year was kind of a test of who I am and whether my practices really work… 
It’s easy to be positive and do the “right things” when you’re feeling well, but when you’re going through a difficult time it gives you a chance to meet yourself in a completely different way- who are you then?

I’m glad that after that experience I came out stronger, happier, and still kind instead of resentful. And definitely believing in my “toolkit” much more because I used all of the practices I know to get through that rough time 🙂 And since the divorce, I dove deep into studying everything about relationships and masculine and feminine energies and this, plus now being in a new relationship, is another wonderful chapter of personal development 🙂


Which books have changed your life?

I love reading and there are many books that were impactful! But there are few that I went back to again and again: “Women who run with the wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, “Awaken the giant within” by Tony Robbins, “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron, “Light is the new black” by Rebecca Campbell. And Abraham-Hicks books!

What do you feel the world needs more of?

Understanding that they’re not only this physical body. Self-awareness. Kindness- to the planet, animals, and each other. 

Do you have some daily rituals that you do every single day? 

Each day (with very rare exceptions) I start my day with something I call morning rituals. What I do each day during those early hours is different and depends on my mood and where I am in my feminine cycle.

Some things that I choose from are: gratitude, doing readings with oracle cards to connect with Higher guidance, prayer, intuitive dance, journaling, reading through my big vision that I want to manifest, yoga or running, meditating, breathwork, EFT, or sometimes creativity- I LOVE how much inspiration is in those early hours when most people are still sleeping so sometimes I use this time to paint, draw or write.

I’m a huge believer in life-long learning so I also try to incorporate at least a bit of learning into my day- whether that’s studying material from some of the online courses I’m doing, reading or listening to a podcast or an audiobook.

Which 3 people have inspired you most in your life? 

Such a hard question! Probably Marie Forleo, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Rebecca Campbell, though there are so many inspiring people!

If people want to learn more about you or support you in any kind of way, where can they do this? 

I post regularly on IG and I’m on stories daily so you could check www.instagram.com/linaskukauske

My website is currently being re-designed but you can normally find me at www.linaskukauske.com.

I’m on Facebook, too, but I use my personal account more than my page, so you could just find me there as Lina Skukauskė 🙂

Thank you so much dear for answering my questions, and for being such a beautiful human being and thank you for all that you share!

Thank you for this opportunity dear! I love your vibe and what you’re sharing with the world, too and I’m looking forward to another cozy meeting in Copenhagen 🙂

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INTERVIEW MED KAREN ZIEFELDT

Karen er holistisk helse-og skønhedsvejleder, og er igang med at uddanne sig til holistisk naturlæge. Jeg fandt Karen på Instagram hvor hun deler ud omkring helse- og skønhedstips, spirituelle sider og sin hverdag, og det er så hyggeligt at følge med. Du kan lære Karen meget bedre at kende i dette interview. Tag godt imod hende.

Kære Karen, vil du fortælle os lidt om dig selv? Hvem du er og hvad du laver til daglig?

I ved jo, jeg hedder Karen, og måske også at jeg (næsten lige) er fyldt 28. Jeg bor sammen med min søde kæreste (og soulmate 😍☺️), Martin, og så er jeg lige nu gravid med vores lille (første) søn, som gerne skulle komme start juni (d. 2. Juni). 

Jeg arbejder som selvstændig og har egentlig gang en i del forskellige projekter, når jeg sådan tænker over det. 🙉 Jeg arbejder som holistisk helse- og skønhedsvejleder og er lige ved at være færdiguddannet som Heilpraktiker. Til de af jer, der ikke er helt med på, hvad en Heilpraktiker er (I get it, navnet ér lidt specielt :D), kan det på dansk kort fortalt oversættes til holistisk naturlæge. Det kan I læse mere om på min hjemmeside www.karenziefeldt.com, hvis I er interesseret. Mit speciale så at sige er hudproblemer, hormonubalancer og kostvejledning – men andre er selvfølgelig også velkomne. ☺️  

Sideløbende har jeg har min egen blog, kindofinsprd, der også ligger på min hjemmeside. Her skriver jeg primært om holistisk sundhed og skønhed og alt, hvad det indebærer; lige fra kost og ernæring, vitaminer og mineraler, til naturlige skønhedsprodukter og beauty-rutiner, der både er gode for vores hud/krop og ikke mindst miljøet. Graviditet og baby er naturligt også blevet en del af mine hovedemner på det seneste. 👶🏼  

Jeg underviser også i yoga, primært for virksomheder eller enkeltpersoner men er på det seneste begyndt at køre nogle timer via instagram, som I også er meget velkomne til at joine – det ville jeg elske faktisk.  

Samtidig arbejder som konsulent, hvor jeg hjælper holistiske brands med markedsføring af deres produkter, og nå ja, så laver jeg også lidt modelarbejde og har nogle timer i en helsekost på Østerbro engang i mellem. Pyhhh, det var en del, kan jeg godt høre, når jeg selv læser det, men jeg har altid bedst kunne lide at have gang i nogle forskellige ting ad gangen – der er selvfølgelig et limit her for at man kan fokusere ordentligt, og der er mit vist liiige nået. 😉   

Kan du fortælle os lidt om din rejse, og hvordan du er endt op med at lave det du gør i dag?

Godt spørgsmål – jeg har nemlig haft lidt af en længere rejse, for ikke at sige detour 😅, men det har bestemt været godt til mig, og jeg er så taknemmelig for, hvor det har ført mig hen i mit liv. 

For lige at starte med noget ikke-så-opmuntrende, så mistede jeg desværre min lillebror, da jeg var 18 – faktisk døde han på min 18-års fødselsdag – og blev kun ni år. 😢 Det er uden tvivl det mest frygtelige, jeg nogensinde har oplevet, men faktisk gik der mange år (hele seks) før, det egentlig gik op for mig, hvad der var sket. Ikke at jeg ikke forstod, at min bror ikke var her mere, men jeg begreb det nok ikke, hvis det giver mening… 

Helt ubevidst tror jeg, at jeg prøvede at fortrænge, hvad der var sket. I alle de år lavede jeg simpelthen SÅ mange forskellige ting; jeg var med i Danmarks Næste Topmodel, gjorde min internationale gymnasie-uddannelse (IB) færdig, flyttede til København lige efter, og kort tid efter til Argentina, hvor jeg tog spansk, underviste i engelsk og arbejdede som model. Det gjorde jeg et lille års tid indtil, jeg kom tilbage til Danmark og startede min International Business-bachelor på CBS. Her kom jeg – nok meget naturligt eftersom CBS jo ér en business shool – mere og mere ind i finance og forretningsverdenen og synes da også, det var meget sjovt til at starte med. Dog havde jeg ikke på noget tidspunkt set mig selv arbejder indenfor den verden, hvilket jeg tydeligt mærkede efter, jeg var færdig i 2015, hvor jeg mildest talt gik helt ned med både stress og angst. En virkelig hård og ubehagelig periode i mit liv, som selvfølgelig – kan jeg se nu – havde en masse at gøre med, at jeg slet ikke havde fået bearbejdet min brors død men bare kørt på med arbejder, rejser osv., det samtidig med at jeg var havnet på en helt forket hylde, hvor jeg på ingen måde kunne se mig selv, tvang mig ligesom til at stoppe op og finde ud af, hvad det var/er jeg egentlig ville bruge mit liv på. Det tog nogle måneder, hvor alt jeg basically lavede var at passe godt på mig selv og sørge for at jeg ikke faldt helt fra hinanden. Jeg skulle egentlig have startet på en kandidat, også på CBS, men der fandt jeg for alvor ud af, at det ikke var den vej jeg skulle gå. 

I den periode startede jeg også til psykolog, for første gang i mit liv, og det var virkelig godt til mig. Derudover gik jeg også hos flere forskellige komplementære behandlere, som jeg var/er SÅ taknemmelig for at have i mit netværk. 

Jeg startede samtidig til yoga og med at meditere, og de to ting har virkelig været life-changing for mig på flere måder. Begge er blevet en stor og fast del af mit hverdag, i og med at jeg nu også selv underviser i yoga, men det var faktisk også her, altså til yoga, at jeg mødte Martin, min dejlige kæreste og soulmate. Jeg har den vildeste følelse af, at vi har kendt hinanden før, og at det kun var et spørgsmål om tid, før vi mødtes i det her liv. Det lyder måske lidt far-fetched, I know, men ikke desto mindre sådan jeg har det. Måske har du også oplevet noget lignende?  

Nå, da jeg så var klar til at komme lidt på benene igen, startede jeg i en helsekost (Helsam) på Østerbro, og den dag i dag er jeg er helt sikker på, at det var så meget meningen, at jeg skulle starte lige præcis dér; jeg har simpelthen mødt de mest fantastiske mennesker her, som jeg er blevet rigtig tæt med, og som har været en kæmpe støtte i mit liv. Det jeg nok prøver at sige her er, at jeg aldrig havde set mig selv arbejde i butik, men nogle gange er man simplethen bare nødt til at gå den vej, livet fører én; det er typisk her, de mest fantastiske (og meant-to-things ☺️) sker. Jeg arbejdede i Helsam i godt et år, inden jeg begyndte så småt at starte mit eget, og siden er det langsomt vokset. Jeg har i den process fundet ud af, hvor fedt – men også mega-hårdt – det er at være selvstændig. Jeg har personligt endnu stadig mange drømme og målsætninger ifht. min virksomhed, men jeg har også lært at – udover selvfølgelig selv at arbejde for at få tingene til at ske – at ting typisk sker, når “tiden er inde til det”, hvis det giver mening. Det er i hvert fald noget, jeg bruger meget selv – især de dage, hvor jeg er vildt frustreret og lidt har mistet modet, fordi noget ikke lige er sket, som jeg gerne ville have det. 😅 

“Nogle gange er man simpelthen bare nødt til at gå den vej, livet fører én”

Når man følger dig på Instagram, kan man se at du har en stor interesse både for sundhed, men også for det spirituelle, hvornår og hvordan begyndte din spirituelle rejse?

Faktisk er jeg vokset op med en mor, der er ret spirituel og har arbejdet indenfor alternativ – eller komplementær som jeg bedre kan lide at kalde det – behandling, så længe jeg husker. Hele den verden har derfor været ret naturlig for mig hele min opvækst. Min egen spirituelle rejse startede dog først, da jeg ligesom selv havde min svære periode med stress, angst osv., hvor jeg ligesom “blev tvunget” til at lægge mit liv om på flere måder. Det føltes SÅ uoverskueligt på det tidspunkt, men i dag er jeg helt sikker på, at det var det, der skulle til for at jeg kunne “komme videre i livet”. Det spirituelle hjalp mig i den grad i den periode, og det er kun blevet en større del af mit liv siden. Ikke fordi, jeg ikke tror, man kan og skal påvirke sit liv selv – det skal man uden tvivl – men der er også bare visse ting, der sker, når de skal og for en grund. Det er hvert fald min personlige overbevisning og noget, der har hjulpet mig helt enormt.     

Du har jo den smukkeste hud, må vi høre hvad dine bedste hudpleje tips er? 

Ih tusinde tak – det er jeg glad for, du siger (jeg gør nemlig også meget for den, så lidt skulle helst kunne ses :D). Mit allerbedste hudplejetip, hvis man kan kalde det dét er, at smuk hud starter indefra, og at et sundt indre altid vil skinne igennem på det ydre. Men generelt er mine guidelines, når det kommer til huden følgende: 

  • Spis masse af gode olier; omega-3 fra fiskeolie, omega-6 fra kæmpenatlysolie og andre gode vegetabilske og ikke mindst kokosolie, som til trods for det er en mættet olie, er fantastisk både inden i og udenpå
  • Undgå mælkeprodukter, for meget raffineret sukker (og mad i det hele taget), gluten og alkohol
  • Spis varieret med MASSER af grøntsager og frugt 
  • Spis gode kosttilskud til huden; her især A-, B- og C-vitamin, mineralerne zink og selen samt antioxidanter  
  • Brug BHA (acetylsalicylsyre), da det er fantastisk til at rense huden porer i dybden 

Hvad er dine 3 bedste sundhedstips til generel sundhed og velvære?

De er nok i virkeligheden beskrevet ovenfor bortset fra det med at være positiv, så vidt muligt i hvert fald, og kunne se tingene fra et andet perspektiv. MIn mor har altid sagt til mig, at “det ikke handler så meget om, hvordan man har det, men hvordan man tager det”. Og det synes jeg bare er så fint og rigtig sagt.   

Har du nogle daglige ritualer som du praktiserer hver evig eneste dag?

Hver morgen, når jeg står op, er det første jeg gør at minde mig selv om 5 ting, jeg er taknemmelig for. Derefter sætter jeg mig en (eller flere) intention(er) for, hvordan jeg godt kunne tænke mig, at dagen bliver; det kan være ting, jeg gerne vil opnå, har haft svært ved, ønsker at blive bedre osv. Det er virkelig dejligt at gøre, for så ved jeg, at jeg i løbet af dagen har noget, jeg kan “holde fast i” og vende tilbage til, hvis/når det hele bliver lidt uoverskueligt. 

Derudover forsøger jeg at meditere hver dag – ikke super længe, nogle gange bare 5-7 minutter – men for mig fungerer meditation lidt som at “reset” dagen så at sige, starte på en frisk. Det samme med yoga, og derfor prøver jeg også at lave yoga så meget som muligt. Den del er liidt sværere nu med den her store mave, jeg render rundt med.  

Hvilke bøger har ændret dit liv? 

Helt klart “Nuets Kraft” af Echkart Tolle. Den er fantastisk. 

Hvad føler du at verden har brug for mere af?

At vi er sødere ved hinanden, alle sammen, og ikke kun tænker på selv at komme fremad men hjælper og støtter hinanden; der er nemlig både plads og nok af det hele til os alle sammen. Det er meget Aquarius-agtigt sagt, I know – altså den her lidt “utopia-like” tankegang om, hvorfor kan vi da ikke bare alle sammen have det godt, hele tiden, det er meget vandbærer-agtigt – men jeg har trods alt også fire planeter i vandbærerens tegn. ♒️😉 Det er nok lige mit korte svar til dét spørgsmål. 

Hvilke 3 mennesker har inspireret dig mest i dit liv?

Martin, min dejlige kæreste, har virkelig lært – og lærer mig nok stadig – at det er ok at slappe af og nyde; at man ikke hele tiden behøver være i gang med et eller andet, eller på vej et sted hen. Det er jeg så taknemmelig for. Så er der en kvinde, Marianne, jeg har kendt stort set hele mit liv; hun er healer og er simpelthen et helt fantastisk menneske. Hun kan noget helt specielt, og man føler omgående ro, når man er omkring hende. Den sidste kan jeg simpelthen ikke beslutte, da der faktisk er flere, som “deler” pladsen, så det tænker jeg, bliver en anden god gang. 

Hvis dem der læser med gerne vil lære mere om dig, eller støtte dig på nogen måde, hvor og hvordan kan de så gøre dette? 

Primært på instagram @karenziefeldt og så selvfølglig min hjemmeside www.karenziefeldt.com, hvor både min blog, helsevejledning og yogaunivers ligger.   

Tusinde tak for al den inspiration du dagligt deler på Instagram, og mange tak fordi at du ville tage dig tid til at besvare disse spørgsmål!

Tak fordi jeg måtte – så skønt at du ville have mig med.

Inspiration

15 THINGS TO DO AT HOME

While we’re in these strange times of isolation and quarantine, many of us might find ourselves getting bored or feeling restless. But there are plenty of things you can do, and therefore I want to share 15 things to do at home. Just for pure inspiration if you need some ✨

15 Things To Do at Home

Tidy up & Organise your Home
Spring is here, and there’s really no better time than now to do a proper Spring Cleaning! So why not Marie-Kondo your entire home, and get rid of the things that no longer brings you joy, clean your space and rearrange your furniture’s? I’ve already started and I’m already feeling better and better for every room I get cleaned and organised.

Paint
You could paint a picture, or you can paint a wall! I just ordered some painting in a beautiful nude colour the other day and this coming week I’ll be painting one of the walls in my living room to spice up the interior a bit. I’m also thinking about painting some pictures for the wall as well.

Go for Walks (if allowed)
Depending on where you live in the world, I know that the may or may not be a possibility at the moment. For those of you who live in countries where this is still fully allowed – get out and get some fresh air, move your body and be extremely grateful for the ‘simple’ thing we used to take for granted such as going for walks outside, because this simple thing has been limited for people around the globe. I know that I’ll never take this simple act for granted ever again



Try out a new Recipe
Why not try out some delicious new recipes? It could be a lovely desert, snack or a delicious dinner recipe that you’ve been wanting to try forever but never really found the time to try out – now is the perfect time!

Read Books
Of course this has to be on the list, one of my absolute favourite activities – reading! If you need some book inspiration, then just search for ‘book’ at my blog and you’ll find tons of recommendations.



Make a Home Spa Day
We have more time at home, why not make a Home Spa day (or days?). Make a footbath, put on a facemask, dry brush your body, use your gua sha and give yourself a face massage. Make your own body butter, or put on a hair mask. Take time for yourself and take good care of yourself during these times

Write down your Dreams & Goals
If you haven’t already started to write down your dreams and goals, why not use this time to get clear with yourself – what do I really want in life? What do I dream of? Dream big, as Noell says it “The Sky Isn’t your Limit, Your Mind is!” (I absolutely love this). For this practice you can also go and download my free printable PDF files where you can write down your Year & Quarterly Goals



Write Letters to Your Friends and Family
I got a letter the other day, an actual letter from one of my best friends and it was the best thing ever! I mean, how often do we get actual letters these days? Not that often anymore. Let those around you know that you love them and think about them by writing them a letter

Tea & FaceTime
Netflix & Chill might still be a thing, but the newest trend is “Tea & FaceTime”. Make yourself a cup of tea and make a FaceTime date with your best friends, or your family members, and just sit and talk and connect and have a good time. I’ve said it so many times during this lockdown that how fortunate are we to live in a time where we need to ‘social distance’ ourselves, but we have the technology to be able to connect all the time if we want to

Start an At-Home-Workout Routine
Again, thank you technology! When we can’t go to the gym, yoga study or wherever we usually go to, we’re so lucky that there are thousands of workout videos to find on Youtube or Instagram. You can find long Yoga session videos, or 20 minutes hard-core ab workout routines. So why not get into a good routine of moving your body!

Make a Visionboard
Use this time at home to dream and make yourself a vision board! You can either make a physical one, or you can create a vision board on Pinterest. Just find pictures of how you want to feel and be, and what you want to do! Seeing your dreams in visuals is one of the best things ever, and can really life your mood!



Journal about Your Thoughts – or Talk to a Friend
I know these times can be very anxious, and I’ve for sure felt that as well. You think about the state of the world, the economy, your job situation, you and your family’s health. There’s so much to think about and it’s easy to get caught up in worry and anxiety in these times. Know that there’s absolutely nothing wrong in feeling this way, and you should allow your emotions to be there and feel them – but a good suggestion is to get your fears and worries out of your head. Write them down in a journal, or call a friend and talk about things. Often times, all the things we build up in our heads aren’t as bad, when we just get them out of there

Watch Good Movies
Relax and rest, and put on a good movie. I mean Disney or Harry Potter marathon is completely allowed, so go for it! Make yourself a cup of tea, cuddle up under your duvet and just relax and enjoy it.

Make a Puzzle
Whether you’re an adult or have kids, making puzzles is the perfect activity! It’s such a relaxing and cozy activity to spend time on

Play Games
Right alongside with playing a puzzle, if you have some games at home, then why not play those. Yatzy, Bagammon, Ludo, Uno etc.

What have you been doing during this quarantine? What has been your favourite way to spend your time? And what have you learned to appreciate even more because of this current situation? ✨

Holistic & Spiritual living

LAW OF ATTRACTION

The Law of Attraction states that what you focus on is what you’re going to get more of. Learn this, and use this to create your best life! ✨

I first came across the concept of ‘The Law of Attraction’ back in 2012 when I first read “The Secret”.

It changed my life.

I know that is such a cliché thing to say about that book. But it’s very true. Up until that point I never thought I had much control over my life.

But after reading that book, I realised how much power we have over our own lives. But it also meant that I had to get brutally honest with myself, and recognising that I, up until that point, had created and attracted everything – both good and bad in my life – all by myself. That was a hard thing to swallow.

But knowing that from then on I could choose what to focus on and what I wanted in life, was just so powerful and magical.



The Law of Attraction states that what you focus on is what you’re going to get more of.

If you constantly focus on your problems and worries, then they will come true and you’ll get more of these.

Whereas, if you instead focus on all the things you’re grateful for and what you want more of in your life – then THAT is what you’re going to attract into your life.

I have lived by this concept for the past 8 years – and of course, with ups and downs in both my belief in this concept, as well as me falling back into old limiting beliefs systems from time to time. But overall I have lived by this over the past 8 years, and I have attracted so many wonderful things into my life.

What you send out comes back to you. What you focus on grows.

How you can actively use this in your life to create more of what you want

Challenge for you: Try this 30 Day Gratitude Challenge and watch how your perspective of life starts to change! ✨

Read also: Books that Changed my Life

Self-development

STEP OUTSIDE OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

The only way to grow as a human being, is to step outside of your comfort zone 🙌✨

Every time you try something new, you learn and broaden your perspective – you grow as a human.

Getting outside of your comfort zone means doing things that frightens us. The act of doing something that we are not completely comfortable with almost always turns out not to be so bad once we’ve actually done it, often times it’s just our own mind that build things up to be hard, difficult, scary. And it’s when we try and learn new things that we expand our worlds, and grow.

One of the things that I personally feel very uncomfortable with and which is definitely outside of my comfort zone, is to make videos. So this year I want to challenge myself even more and get outside of my comfort zone.

I’ve committed myself to make 1 IGTV video pr. month. I have already uploaded my first one, about this exact topic, which was very nerve-wracking at first, but it was so well-received by all the lovely people who follow me. If you aren’t following me on Instagram, then I’ve shared an IGTV video about this exact topic, which was so in line with creating a video for me, because that for sure is stepping outside of my comfort zone!

But as my goal is to make 1 pr. month, I would really appreciate it, if you comment or message me about things you would like to hear about in video form.

I also want to encourage you to find something that’s outside of your comfort zone, and then try it out. It can be a small thing, or a bigger thing, but every time you get outside your comfort zone you’ll expand and broaden your world 🙌✨

Inspiration Self-development

YOU CANNOT CHANGE OTHER PEOPLE, THE ONLY PERSON YOU CAN CHANGE IS YOURSELF

We cannot change other people. The only person you can change is yourself. But by showing others that you can change, you show them the opportunities they have at hand as well 🌱✨

It can often feel frustrating when you see your dear ones doing things that doesn’t do them any good, and you want to help them change their habits so they can feel better. It could be a parent smoking, seeing someone in deep debt, or seeing someone eating lots of junk and not taking care of their health. Often we want to help our dear ones to make them feel better, but know this – you cannot help a person who does not want to be helped. So we cannot change other people, as frustrating as that is. But what we can do, is showing others the possibilities they have at hand, by doing the work ourselves.

And funnily enough, very often, the things we see in others, are mirrors of things we have in ourselves. So do the work. Focus on yourself. Once people see you have done something, this will inspire them way more, than you telling them to try this and that or stop doing something.

Be patient. You might not change someones life from one day to the next, just by showing them what’s possible. But never underestimate the power of planting a seed 🌱✨

“If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make a change” – Michael Jackson