Going With the Flow + Navigating New Culture
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 + part of European culture. 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.
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