365 ways to energize – a daily companion to living with health, purpose, and joy

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Geneva is a great place to ‘leave.’

Day 147Less than 24-hour travel-dive – my new thing.

We jokingly say, “Geneva is such a great place to leave”. And it is true that, in addition to it being ranked this year as the city with the highest quality of living in the world, Geneva has another advantage, it is in the middle of Europe, which makes it so easy to – leave – and feasible to make quick trips to other places in Europe within an hour or two, either by car, train, or plane. Since Geneva is a quiet and small city, I find that leaving this little place from time to time and get a dose of some energy and pulse is very refreshing.

It is not always feasible, nor desirable, to be away for several days when traveling. Traveling often eats up a lot of time and it is easy to loose momentum with the projects one has going. That is why I decided to only do a 20-hour trip to visit a good old friend who has taken a sabbatical year in Paris from her hectic and busy life in Stockholm. She has lived in Paris with two of her children. This was a creative and courageous decision, and the year has offered her and her children tremendous value.

I spent 20 hours only in Paris, and I feel energized and inspired by this quick dive into my friend’s world in this mesmerizing city. I arrived yesterday in time to share a lovely lunch with her and another Parisian friend. We sat outside in a courtyard and had a glass of rosé and agreed, “this is life” – to have this opportunity to sip rosé on a Wednesday in lovely sunshine and eat a delicious French meal in Paris.

It might sound like too hectic to be away only 20 hours, but we truly spent quality time together (and I worked both on my way there and back, so I did not loose any time). One of the fun highlights was that we exercised with a fantastic personal trainer in a nearby park, which was filled with lots of people. It was great fun to be amongst all the local Parisians who were running and exercising or just lying around in the grass. We ate a delicious dinner outside in the courtyard/terrace at Costes, (we Scandinavians are very fan of eating outside when possible, for obvious reasons) a beautiful restaurant with super food, interesting people and an almost mystical ambiance, (rare to find in Geneva).

I had a good night sleep in my friend’s lovely apartment and even had time for a nice chat at breakfast before taking a 40 min flight back.

Short trips can quickly give you inspiration and energy, and can easily, and maybe even preferably, be done alone.

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.” St. Augustine

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Give it all – and have a ball, or change your job this fall…

Day 109Live with passion!

How wonderful it is to meet with people that are passionate about what they do!

Every time I meet someone, or have the chance to be a client of someone that that loves what they do, they truly stand out and make such an impact on me.

Passionate people that I have encountered through the years – train conductors, taxi drivers, nurses, doctors, carpenters, teachers, artists, chefs, hairdressers, singers, coaches, consultants etc, have left a mark with their professionalism and presence. Those that are passionate in what they do never seem to get tired, or even impatient, as they exude a pleasure to create and or to serve to a degree that makes a noticeable difference.

Passionate people exude 100% devotion and engagement in what they do and their whole being radiates a luminous light that is very attractive as well.

I spent the whole day today with an inspiring team of architects, interior designers and project leaders that exuded this type of passionate devotion. What an experience it was!

I wish we all will find that which we can truly feel passionate about in our daily engagement, as it makes all the difference to our sense of joy, energy and professionalism.

If you do not feel passionate about what you do, it is time to change. All research indicate we only got one life, and even if it turns out that we have two lives, why take the chance to waste one of our precious lives…

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The force that stops you from being yourself

Day 102Being self-conscious

If you were not self-conscious, how would you feel and what would you do differently?

Being conscious and self-aware is good, but being overly self-conscious, which means that we are not at ease with who we are, and what we do is limiting, inhibiting, and I would even say harmful.

We are meant to express ourselves and be who we are. However, most of us are holding back much of our energy and light.

Children are wonderful because they are naturally free to be. Before they develop their self-consciousness they express themselves and radiate pure joy. They are not embarrassed about being different and unique. They even seem to thrive on being different. Children are often strong and opinionated about what they want to do and want to wear. Some girls insist on dressing like a princess or wear pajamas to pre-school. Boys perhaps want to dress like Spiderman day and night for months and even years. Many know what they want to be when they grow up.

However, as children approach teenage years, they develop self-consciousness, which is suppose to help them function in groups, as they are getting ready to leave the nest and live on their own. Humans depend on belonging to a community – something greater than ourselves. Most often those that belong and function well in groups are stronger than the ones that have difficulties to assimilate.

By being tightly knit to a group however, has a price. We become more concerned about being liked, than about being our true self. After years of adapting, we end up not knowing our own preferences and that which makes us feel exited and alive. We lose ourselves.

The concern about being accepted and belonging seems to hold a grip on many of us until we arrive in middle age – late forties or fifties – when something again changes inside. Our soul wakes up and calls us forth – something inside us feels urgent. We can feel the clock ticking and many of us begin taking our lives and our own preferences more seriously. We long to claim our true being and to express ourselves again like we once did as a children.

“When you are your authentic self, you fulfill the dream that lives in your soul. “ Trudy Symeonakis Vesotsk