Linda Löfling

Inspiration

(YET ANOTHER) DAY OF LOVE

Valentines day, a day where Scandinavians buy roses for over 10EUR a piece, cultivated in Africa, shipped to the very North pole and sold for a fortune, in one of the coldest month of the year – speaking of awareness and seasonal shopping 😉

The day of love should not only be a day where you set focus out of yourself, but rather a day to spend time on focusing on one of the persons you should love the most in life : yourself.

Have you set off a little time today to celebrate you and just you? Take a long bath, listen to good music, take a power walk – or a power nap, hug your loved ones, cuddle with a pet, listen to a child laughing, read a good book, watch your favourite serie or movie, eat a big amount of quality chocolate, exercise, sit on the sun for a minute, listen to a podcast you like, work on a personal project you dream of finalizing, paint, sing, or just lay down on your bed and look at the roof and feel alive for a while?

Take that time today, to do something you really appreciate. Not something useful, something productive, something you just enjoy doing or feeling.

 

As for me, I have started a journey towards a minimalistic life, so shopping or getting presents is not on my wish list at all today. I just want to go for a sledge ride with my Mini, and spend time with my family that I love so much. Being back here in Sweden, I feel so grateful for the smart, warm and simply fantastic family I have, it is really everything isn’t it?  <3

 

Happy Valentines beautiful people, hope you get to spend it well! <3

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Expat Life Food & Travel

HELLO LULEÅ!

Yesterday afternoon, we finally arrived at our end destination Luleå, in the very North of Sweden, a travel of around 12 hours ( which feels like 24 when traveling with a wild six year old ). Coming from spring feelings and a never ending shiny sun, to drifts of snow, minus degrees and cars driving over the frozen sea. It is slightly (very) different, but oh so nice to be among my own language and people for once.

Look how far up in the North we are! My dear home country Sweden <3

I don’t know if other expats can relate, but I am rarely using my mother tongue in my daily life, so it takes me some time to adapt to speak good Swedish again, after being away from my country for months. I often fill in my sentences with foreign words, as my brain can’t catch up the Swedish word immediately as I speak. How weird, it is the language I’ve been using for my whole life and yet dissapearing when not used, that is why it is so important to keep up the usage of any foreign language you learn, or you may easily forget it.

No time for a long post today, I have a lot of work to do and a lot of snow to enjoy and maybe, if we are lucky, some Northern lights to admire! Hope your wednesday is as great as you! Thanks as always for reading! <3

 

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Inspiration

MONDAY MOTIVATION : PRACTISING KINDNESS

It is once again monday and I have had a bloody hard one this week, gah! It is like all bad things are gathering up at once, isn’t it always that way?

Due to this week’s bad start, I decided that today should be the perfect day to practise some kindness to myself. As a pleasing, easily codependent, and a little bit insecure person with very low self esteem, I am an expert in squeezing and twisting myself inside out in order to make other people feel good and happy around me. Turning this towards myself is, on the other hand, a complete different story. My therapist keeps telling me that I need to be much more kind to myself, do things that I like to do, turn my back on negativity and towards what warms my heart as well as my soul. So easy to hear, so difficult to do.

Today the Spanish sun is once again shining, I will be travelling to the very North of Sweden tomorrow and most probably won’t see much sun there, so I give myself a little present in forms of taking a long walk/run and soak up some vitamin D, the phone left at home, no time pressure, only me, myself and I.

If you need some inspiration about how to give yourself somoe love, my five best ways to practise kindness to myself are:

 

Taking a walk outside

Eat really dark chocolate

Take a nap or a long sleepy morning

Wear sport clothes (as that’s what I feel most comfortable in)

Say no to things

Strech my body out, on a carpet, on a bench, on the floor, just doing some regular stretching exercises and get the good flow in the body again

Take a long shower with some good music on

Take time to put on some badass makeup and look a million dollar

Hug my son

 

How is your monday? Are you good at loving yourself today? <3

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Motherhood

WHAT TO SAY TO KIDS INSTEAD OF “CAREFUL”

I am myself very guilty of yelling “careful” to my son every five minutes. He is a very active boy and he takes every chance to do smth risky that makes your heart stop.

I haven’t thought about it, but surely there are many ways of telling a child to watch out, than the trite, old “careful”. I believe strongly that how we talk to and treat our children has a great impact ot how they will turn out to be as adults. It is just that among everything else in the daily life, I honestly tend to forget seeking alternative methods to regular disputes that may appear at home. Instead it seems easier to just fall back into old habits and handling challenges on auto pilot, despite the fact that the methods used may be very contraproductive at times. The good side of my parenthood is that I know I make mistakes and I want to be better, I try, as often as I have the chance (and the memory for it) to seek for information about how to think differently and do things differently in order to be the best possible parent for my boy.

One of my latest Google searchs for “tips to stop nagging your kids” resulted in the discover of these alternatives to “careful” (@thebackwoodsmama) and I thought these were great tips for parents who wants to foster awareness:

 

  • Notice how…these rocks are slippery, that branch is strong.
  • Do you see…the poison ivy, your friends nearby.
  • Try moving…your feet carefully, quickly, strongly.
  • Try using your…arms, hans, feet, legs.
  • Can you hear…the rushing water, the singing birds, the wind?
  • Do you feel…stable on that rock, the heat from the fire?
  • Are you feeling…scared, excited, tired, safe?

 

 

 

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Food & Travel Inspiration

TODAY ONE YEAR AGO

…I was here, in Normandy, France. The place is called les Falaises d’Etretat and is as you can see, a very dramatic and beautiful place. In February, there are very cold winds blowing in from the sea here and the rain can feel like nails on your skin as it whips you in the face. Luckily, Normandy is famous for their magnificent crêpes, and there are many places serving you mulled wine and French specialties when you had enough of this splendid view and the wild nature outside.

At this time in my life, I was in the middle of a very big project. I was still working, studying, struggling with the renovation of my house, raising a child solo, having LOADS of private issues and commuting to Spain almost weekly, it was a nightmare now when I think about it. Life has been very rough against me at times. But looking at those pictures, I know that I also lived some beautiful moments. Actually, many of them, I must try to forget about the ugly parts of 2018 and remember views and moments like these. Standing in front of the storming sea, with the wind blowing in my hair, a croissant or two in my stomach and many dreams and inspirational thoughts about the future exploding like fireworks in my head. Beautiful moments, moments to bring you energy in darker times.

I have been lucky enough to explore many beautiful destinations around the world, but the country where I have found most treasures, is definitely France. Even the smallest little village, can be hiding something magical. Buildings looking like masterpieces, amazingly tasty food, the most authentic and rare personalities. I have not yet discovered the whole Spain, there is still much to see here and I have heard a lot about many magical destinations in this country so my expectations are very high, but so far, my dear Scandinavia as well as France are my favourite places in the world. <3

 

Wish you a fantastic friday and hey, we are almost there – THE WEEKEND!

 

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