I am grateful for 2015.

A new year is upon us and everyone who knows me knows that I have a little weird image of how new years eve is spend. I’ve always thought that the way I spend new years eve is how I’m gonna spend the upcoming year.

Well, then I’m gonna spend it with a lot of love and amazing people.

To be honest, I can be really ungrateful sometimes and I forget to thank all of you for all the amazing things you do for me.

The year of 2015 has been the year that I’ve experienced the most.
I moved to a new country on the opposite side of the planet.
I met a lot, a lot, of new friends.
My friendship to my old ones grew stronger.
I started studying something I find really fun and interesting.
I’ve had good days and I’ve had bad days.
I’ve learned that cook and cock are two completely different things.
I’ve learned that the moon is lying down in Australia instead of standing up. And this I learned six months later after I moved there when I thought there was a lunar eclipse that only I could see.
I’ve learned that Sidney is not the capital of Australia (sorry).

And I’ve learned that I can really count on people close to me.
But the most important thing – I’ve learned that I can always count on myself.

I’m not making any new years resolution. I’m setting goals:
– Not to put things on hold
– Do more stretching
– Not stress over money
– Breathe deeper
– Be more present

2016, I am now ready to be challenged.
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Embarrass yourself, it builds character

On Christmas eve I was sitting in Living room by Aryel as Mrs. Claus and I loved it!
There wasn’t a lot of people who dared to visit me inside but almost everyone smiled or laughed as they walked by. It made my day! I was sitting there dancing and singing and even one old man started dancing outside the window. He gave me so much happiness by just goofing around!
And I hope that’s what I give to people everyday!
While some people just gave me the nod, I mean – Nod to Mrs. Claus? So you DON’T want any presents this Christmas?

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This got me thinking – when do we learn that something is embarrassing?
I remember when I was a kid and I accidentally knocked something over in the food store and my dad, who was with me at the time, was all the suddenly on the other side of the store! Embarrassed to be seen with me, and I was embarrassed too!
But now a days I honestly don’t care that much if people think I’m weird or if I embarrass myself.
The other day I was laying on the beach with a friend and he just turned to me and said ”Don’t you ever change, promise me that!”. I’m gonna stay goofy and just be awesome!

And she said ”It’s the thought that counts.”

My sister called me last night and reminded me of a Christmas present I got from her a long time ago.

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One year when we were kids me and my sister decided to give each other presents for ten days up until Christmas, with things we had in our home already.
So this one day I gave her this really beautiful porcelain cat that I’ve gotten from my grandma a couple years earlier. And I really loved this cat.
You know what she gave me? A cucumber piece. NOTE: a cucumber piece, not even a whole cucumber. I snatched the cat out of her hands and ran into my room angry AF.

And yesterday we laughed about this and she told me that at her work the chefs in the kitchen have banned her to eat cucumber because she eats it all. ”So if you think about it, you should feel honored that I shared a cucumber with you.”

Well, it’s the thought that counts, isn’t it? 
Merry Christmas everyone! Spread the love. 

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Smile at strangers – see what happens.

– ”Don’t you have sun in Sweden any longer?”
– ”No, we sold it to Australia for bacon and knackebrod.”

My stepdad is an expert at these comments;
Yesterday he said to me ”You’ve won the World Cup in Jet lag”, and I can see why. As soon as I sit down in the couch I fall asleep, just like that!

I love making people smile.
People here in Sweden are pretty stiff (not all of you).  – ”You shall not go around smiling for yourself, you shall not stand out of the crowd.”
What’s wrong with saying hi to a complete stranger?
Back home we do that all the time. The best thing about morning walks – the ”hellos”, ”good mornings” and all the smiley faces.
Here, it feels like I’m challenging the people I walk by in the streets. If I stare at you long enough maybe you will say ”hi” first. But often I have to do that, otherwise it will turn out to an awkward staring contest and me making my creepy ”Penny-face”. But, they may just need that stare from that special someone (YOU!) to smile back and you’ve given them a little bit of sunshine.

I went to buy lemons at the market the other day and I asked the guy how he was, and he just gave me this weird look with a very quiet ”good….”.
Here I may come off a little bit weird, that’s why Australia suits me. Nothing weird about asking a complete stranger how their day is going.

But, I’m gonna keep doing this because it makes me happy.
And happy = health. This is health to me – making someone smile for just a second, or maybe laugh! And it’s okay if you laugh at me. I will just take it as a compliment.

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Living room by Aryel

My mum has always been an inspiration to me, and now she’s done something amazing again.

She works as an energy therapist and has her own company in a small town called Ystad in Sweden. Here she works with helping people finding the best energy, the positive energy, that they posses and use it to their greatest ability.

Last week she started a ”Living room” in the central part of Ystad where she has a display window where different companies can show the people walking by, what they do for a living.
These companies have one day each to be in this window to introduce themselves and their company.

”– We can have conversations in the window,  do yoga, give financial tips, energy treatment, information, do demonstration and presentation. Only your imagination is the limit.” // Aryel Walett

For instance, my stepdad runs his own security company where he educates security guards, and within the first hour when he was sitting in this window he got a new client that hired him to educate security guards.

On Friday I was in the window getting a massage, and it’s so much fun to see people’s reactions! I love sitting in the window and just wave. And this I’m gonna do on Christmas eve, cause I’m gonna be Mrs. Clause – in the window! So be there!

Aryel Walett driver sitt företag Woman Soul Business i lokalen bakom skyltfönstret. Foto: Pernilla Holmberg