July 4, 2018
Today is a high-energy day and I am glad for that. I have had a few in a row that were more challenging as I merge myself into a new culture. I am being well-guided and am finding just the right people to get me to my next opportunities! I will be hiking the Sörmslandsleden trail for a few days, then will be housesitting for 3 weeks. That will give me even more opportunity to immerse myself into one area and be present with the people and the culture. I have learned/remembered these few things over the last few days.
1. Every interaction with another human is important because opportunity is everywhere. For example, saying hello to a person in the shared kitchen led me to an potential business opportunity as well as reviving my will to learn Swedish. Borrowing a pencil from a woman led me to a conversation in which I learned the best place to start my upcoming hike.
2. There are people in every city looking for a deeper connection. I think we all want to connect deeply as humans. It is part of our drive to feel loved, accepted, and part of community (no matter what community means to you or what aspect of community.) I know from experience personally and through helping others that when we feel strong in ourselves, we can feel stronger in our relationships. As we let go of fear or insecurity and gain self-confidence, relationships of all kinds become easier and more fulfilling. By loving ourselves, we accept others as well as feel love they are returning to us.
3. Doing my own self-care in the morning is doing something. I got into this space where I felt I was
“wasting time” every morning by stretching, working out, and studying Swedish. I would think “OMG-the day is half over and I haven’t done anything!!” It is a good reminder that even though I hadn’t checked “things” off my list, self-care should be on my list. At the top. Every day. It’s part of the beauty of having a flexible schedule. That also means when I am feeling discombobulated, I do some tapping work for myself. I really love this Emotional Freedom Techniques process. It’s so powerful. Because I am still working on my certification, I am also still offering sessions for $62.50 for an hour. I encourage you to schedule your self-care as well! You can book here, or contact me if you need a different time.
Enjoy the pictures of the spaces I have been working in Stockholm.
June 15, 2018
I just finished about an 18 mile hike on the ice age trail, which runs from Taylors Falls, MN/St. Croix Falls WI to Michigan. The purpose of this hike was to test out all of my gear that I’m bringing to Sweden with me for camping, make sure I’m okay carrying 30+ pounds on my back over rough terrain for a long distance, and to try to settle my mind.
I picked up the trail at Highway 8 and 35 in Wisconsin, hiked 8 miles into a camp near Lions Park, and spent the night there. It turns out all my gear works wonderfully, and I have enough strength and stamina to handle excursions such as this. On the way back I took a detour on the Trail of Myths. This was a 2 mile up-and-down hike through some lovely old values with ferns, rivers, and lots and lots of up-and-down hill stretches.
One reason I wanted to post about this as well as posting pictures is the similarity of landscape between here and Sweden. As I’ve mentioned to many of you, there’s a reason why our Swedish ancestors my Swedish ancestors settled here. I included couple pictures of my previous hike in Sweden, as well as my current hike here in St. Croix Falls. It’s lovely to feel so connected to both places at once and realize that the similarities if I get homesick, all I have to do is run out into the woods and pretend I am back in Minnesota.
Unless it’s snowing. Then I can just look at the snow and pretend I’m in Minnesota. I’m on the countdown and have 8 days until I fly out. It’s been hard to leave my massage clients and close my offices. I’ve started saying my final goodbyes to many of my friends and am facing the final goodbye to my family and those closest to me soon. However, I am confident this transition will go smooth. I’m excited to share with you everything that I’ve learned and am learning about as I explore culture differences in aspects including health, healing, and relationships. It’s become very clear to me that one of my specialties is to help people emotionally reengage in their personal, professional, and societal relationships.
I’ve started studying how we view touch as an American culture and am curious to remind myself and to get a deeper understanding of how touch is viewed in other countries. Touch is so important for physical, mental, and emotional growth. I am clear that I will have to do my own healing work around what happens when I am suddenly no longer able to receive the same level of touch that I am accustomed to (hugs from family, friends, massages, and so on). I know it’s a challenge for many people when they break up with significant others, have a death in the family, move away to college, and so on, but this will be my first real experience in many years dealing with a sudden shift in close relationships.
Until I am there, I can only guess at what I will experience, how the meaning and feel of home will shift for me, and how much I’m going to have to use my EFT (tapping) tool to help process. It
makes me happy to share my experiences with you as I travel, and look forward to the continued journey together.