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when partnership becomes a value

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Yesterday I realized something within myself. i came to the realization that being a team, partnership, or whatever you want to call it is one of, if not the most important thing for me. That is something I appreciate, something I need just more than anything else I can think of right now.
And I wonder why that is?

Those times in my life I don’t have it is those times I can remember as the most difficult times. And the opposite, whenever I am in a period of my life or even in a moment where I strongly can feel I am in a strong and genuine team with the one I love, its like that’s it. That is how it suppose to be for me to feel whole. To feel complete.

I know I had this conversation with people before. What are some of the basic needs we must have as humans in order to feel good. And many times the answer will be ; food and shelter, a satisfying job. And that is all fine, I do completely agree on all those things. Of course I do. But I just cannot leave out how stupidly satisfying and grateful it has made me feel those times life has been completely shit. For whatever reason I have been mentally exhausted, and I come home I can see, and I can feel how just the knowing that I don’t go true any of it alone. That there is somebody who shares it all with me. To me that is knocks out all the rest.

Everybody is different. Our past has shaped and conditioned us to who we are today. What we value in life and what we don’t give a damn about.
This was just mine.

“Shared happiness is double happiness.
Shared sorrow is half a sorrow.

Lonesome happiness is half happiness.

Lonesome sorrow is double the sorrow”
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Public Holiday

Due to lack of anything else, lets finish off with the end of our fun public holiday weekend….

Strolling around this beautiful city. Here we were in Balmain, with the CBD in the background.

Playing with little puppy “Leggs”. He is THE most sleepy puppy on this planet. This is his position 90% of the time haha. Cutie!

The bright yellow house. Makes me think I am back in the Mediterraneans every time I pass this building.

Clearly I am into colorful backgrounds. Need to stop, seriously.

When we woke up on Sunday morning I walked down the stairs to find these guys half collapsed everywhere in the living room telling stories from the night before. The laugh fest was on again! After showering we decided to go buy some take away breakfast and eat in the park.

Breakfast was followed by strolling around. We found this cool Art Deco store that had some really great pieces. Found a deep blue velvet couch I would not mind to have.
We went back to their house, sat in the sun in their backyard and reminisced pieces of the night that some of us seemed to have forgotten haha.

There was plans of going to the beach, mini-golf etc etc but we decided to drive back to the coast. Half way we turned around. Both of us were in desperate need of some Ramen at Rio’s. Luckily the line was not that long when we arrived.

On the road again in our Golden beauty. Ambrose got me hooked on my latest craving now…. Sour-Apple Slurpee. Amazing and totally worth the brain-freeze.

Now that the public holiday is over I am back on my daily rituals. It is quite hard to do breath exercises and stuff in somebody else’s house filled with people that are hangover! So this morning I did my Priming and went to a BodyPump class. Yesterday was a total disaster in terms of how I want to be. I regret it but I cannot undo it so the best thing is to just leave it and do better.

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Kimberley & Nour’s Birthday Party’s

Here comes the stories on last night. And what a night it was! I honestly cannot remember laughing that much in a very very long time. It was fun from beginning to the end. We double booked and therefore had both Kimberley and Nour’s Birthday party’s going on last night. So we did what we had to, run between the 2 party’s and it clearly we made it work.

So we started here, at Jackson and Kimberley’s house. It was breakfast and cocktails at 10:30 am.  The cocktails were delicious (and strong!) After my 5th frozen strawberry, mint and lime daiquiri Kimberley brought out the champagne and mimosas and I knew I had to slow down a bit. Crazy Australians haha they sure know how to drink. I am still learning it feels like.
It was great meeting their friends who flew over from Brisbane. Such fun bunch of people, I had pain in my stomach from laughing so much with these people.

After a couple of hours of cocktails and laughter they went off to catch a boat and we went on to the next party, Nour’s birthday. We were a bit early so went to a couple of pubs with Kappa. Went back to his house for him to get changed. This took forever, here I am stuck drinking wine watching kappa ironing his shirt and Ambrose collapsing outside. I probobly mentioned this before but Ambrose needs like 18 hours of sleep and he probably only got 17,5 hours the night before. So he had to catch up some sleep… Zzzzzzzzzz

Finally we got to here – Cafe del Mar on the harbor in Sydney. Beautiful place with yes more delicious cocktails. Luckily we all ordered some finger-food.
I often remind myself how lucky I am that Ambrose’s friends are amazing. I really like ever single one of them. And all there partners. I am so lucky.

The clock turned 8:30 pm and like two Cinderellas it was time for us to join party number one again. Kimberley had made reservations at a restaurant called Meat District Co.
The guys were already on it as we walked in. After 5 hours celebration on a boat, and with us celebration with Nour at Cafe del Mar, it is safe to say that was one hectic dinner party hahaha. Actually surprised they did not kick us out.

After many hours we had way too much fun for any of us to want it to end so somehow we took ourselfs to a place called SlipIn, I was told this is the place Princess Mary met the prince of Denmark. Now after being at the SlipIn No idea how and why a prince was hanging out at this place?! We went in and the whole place was packed with Indians, without exaggeration, it was maybe 85 percent Indians. I blended in but my white friends looked like they were reporters from National Geographic lost in Mumbai hahaha.

So it was time to take some Ubers back to the house for whiskey, story telling and playing video games. The last thing I remember was laughing before falling asleep on Ambrose’s chest.

Thank you Kimberley and Nour for organizing such great night.

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Our Infinity pool

I don’t know what happened to weather but I was a bit cold last night and today its still a bit of a “Swedish Summer” weather going on here I think. Therefore I thought it would be a perfect moment to have a look down memory lane to the time we had our own infinity pool. Well it was not ONLY ours but whatever hahaha
So many great memories from this beautiful pool. Its actually strange that I newer think back and miss it. I am more ; it was a great time but I love whatever is in the Now. And I am happy about that. Think its such a better life strategy then to always look back.

Anyway, stared my day with a BodyPump class from hell. The teacher or is it called instructor? can you call them teachers? anyway, she was super good. My body sure will feel this tomorrow. Such a rewarding feeling don’t you guys agree? Its kind of addictive.
The only thing is that I made a gym date with Ambrose later this afternoon and right now I am not able to even walk…
Maybe I just try and look cool lifting weights or something because I really want to go with him tonight.

What more has been going on… well last night we came back to the house to find that the power was out in the entire block! Luckily I choose the man in my life to be a former burglar or something because I sure knew how to break in a house easily hahaha. Mi Amore!

But more on that later, I actually have pictures to prove us breaking in. Now I am gonna enjoy a cup of almond latte and email more distant jobs. Wish me luck, it looks good so far. xx

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Getting a new puppy?

How is everybody’s Tuesday going so far?
I am trying to rap up a very long day here at the office. Definitely time to go back to the house, my neck pain is just getting worst and worst….

All day I’ve been thinking that we should be getting a new puppy. I cant get it out of my head. Last sunday we got to play with Nick’s new puppy “Leggs” but he was not very “puppylike”. He kept colapsing and sleeping all the time! I guess thats a big part of what puppies do.
But, the other day I ran into one of the cutest puppy’s I have ever seen in my life. Just look at him! He looks like a cuddly bear. I loved his personality as well, he was completely arrogant, playing hard to get. But as soon as you stopped padding him he ran after you for more cuddles. hahah.

Its hard to see in this picture but he is really small but stocky. This puppy was just perfect!

Now: getting some late lunch to eat on the way to the train. I missed lunch and am starting to be really hungry. Unfortunately there is not much “healthy” options around here.

Rituals

One thing that is truly underestimated is to make time to lie in be and read a book. I have all this time and yet somehow I never seem to take the time to do something like that. After we came back from the airport it only took a couple of hours and Ambrose started to get sick, he got a fever and because we both were sleep deprived, we fell asleep for a couple of hours. I woke up and wanted him to continue resting so he would get better. I decided to read a book I wanted to read for a very long time. The Power of your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy.

For me its important to find a balance in reading/watching both relaxing things, stuff that don’t really give you much. I call those things “Trash TV” 😉 Its not trash, but you get my point. Mine are MasterChef Australia and Graham Norton Show.
Although mostly I find myself drawn to reading or watching something that teaches me how to get more out of myself that before. Its hard to explain but here is an example of something I read and started implementing in my life;

They say success, whatever that word means to you, don’t come from ONE big thing or event. It arrives from your daily Rituals. Your daily habits. In other words, those small things you do everyday its what defines you and the quality of your life.
I thought this statement was interesting so I started to write down some “rituals/habits” that I wanted to have on a daily basic, because I know these are good for me. Of course this will vary from person to person. But here are some of mine:

– Warm water with lemon
– Omega 3, Turmeric and Black Seed oil
– Exercise minimum 45min/day
– Priming
– 15 min meditation
– Begin & end my day with auto-suggestions to my Subconscious Mind
– Wake up before 6AM
– “Shake it off” mentality
– Water. Min 3 bottles/day
– Cut out sugar as much as possible
– Do at least One thing that brings be closer to my goal
– Learn at least One new thing/day

I write these down on a piece of paper and next to it I put the days of the week, similar to a schedule. And then I put an “X” on those days I have completed one particular ritual.

It may seam like alot but its really not. You have to remember that whatever you train yourself to do regularly will after some time become part of you. After some time you don’t have to even thing about it, its becomes your “natural state”. That’s what I’m after.

See if you can make one for yourself. What are the Rituals / Habits that you would like to incorporate into your life?
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Sleepless in Sydney

My day so far has been great. Except I could not manage to fall asleep, last time I looked at the clock it was almost 2 in the morning! And I wanted to get up at 6am to get my things done without any stress. Well that did not happen. I got up just before 8, did my Tony Robbins Priming (as I do every morning) then after breakfast I went outside and watched the car. Holy crap its tiring to wash a car 🙁
Then I cleaned up, changed the sheets and did 2 loads of wash.
After that I had a shower, which I needed, I was a mess haha.
Then I was off to Sydney. I got to borrow my friends apartment for the night so I don’t have to get up super early to drive to the airport tomorrow morning. Ambrose is FINALLY coming home. I have handled him being away pretty good but enough is enough. I want my love back now.

Tonight I met my friends Ninnie for a glass of wine, followed by dinner. She is from Sweden, we met while working together at my old job TMC in Barcelona. Now she is gonna live here for I think at least 4 years. Which is great because then I get to see her more often.
Now I’m lying here watching MasterChef Australia and I am actually crying….Who the hell cries over MasterChef!?!
I’m telling you, I need Ambrose back. My whole system is messed up since he’s been gone.

Just a few more hours!

Tomorrow is gonna be 32 degrees. Guess Ambrose brought the weather with him from Bali. We have Nic’s graduation part at midday at Leonard’s house. Hopefully little Xavier is gonna be there as well, that woul definitely make the day perfect. He is growing up way to fast.


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The coast

A couple of days ago it was sunny but cold. Me and Kimberley drove up the coast to have breakfast with Mia and her new gorgeous little girl Millie. I especially love her set of full hair. Looks like she is wearing a wig hahaa.
I really wanted to cuddle with her the entire breakfast but I think all the noise and new people bothered her a bit because she was crying when I was holding her. Stopped crying and fell asleep with mommy of course :)!

We never get to see Mia because they live in Brisbane so I was really happy when she texted me and said they were spending the weekend in Sydney. We planed a breakfast date straight away.
Took them to the Coast175. You can find more information HERE. Its a great cafe’ just one street away from the beach in Ettalong. They have great coffee and a really good menu. I’m sure I have written about this place before, we go here quite often.

After catching up with Mia we headed over to Terrigal. This place is one of, if not The best place around the coast. At least in my opinion. We wondered around the area a bit, I wanted to show Kimberley as much as I could since she never been. When we were done with the beach and looking at bikini’s we sat down for a drink and live music, right by the beach so of course this place was crowded.
Now that summer is coming I cant wait to go back for a whole day. We planed that when Ambrose and Jackson (her partner) are back, we will come here for a day snorkeling followed by dinner and drinks at this place.k to the house

Now I think I will head back to the house. I have been in Umina having breakfast and trying to learn more about the work I will do. I have a HIIT class I am going to at 4pm so need to get some lunch before. Yesterday I tried a class called BodyPump I think. Today I can hardly walk like a normal person so I think it was a good class.
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one real and one fake blond girl

 

I just had a shower and cant wait to start the day. Its sunny outside so I am excited for this Sunday to get started. Today’s plans are to drive up the coast with Kim and show her that part of Sydney. She is originally from Brisbane and so she has not been up there. Our fist stop, after a take away coffee of course is to meet up with my friend, who also lives in Brisbane, for breakfast.
Mia and Tim recently had their baby and I cannot wait to meet her in person!
Afterwards we will probably drive around the coastal area and stop and maybe Soldiers Beach but also Killcare. Two of my absolute favorites. Cannot wait to show Kim.

Here are some pictures of our day in Balmain yesterday. We picked up our coffee, well I did, Kim doesn’t  drink hot beverages. And she don’t like red wine, chocolate nor shellfish!? Crazy girl. Anyway, she drove me to this place just by the water and we went for a walk in the sun, taking in this beautiful view. The colorful houses made me feel like I was back in Europe. Doesn’t it remind you of Denmark or Holland?

After it was time for lunch. We walked up and down Darling Steet to try and find a place but it was so hard. Every damn place looked amazing! In fact that whole street was just amazing, cant wait to be bring Ambrose here.
Finally we picked Kafeine. We both salads, I think Kim had satay chicken with crispy noodles and I had pulled duck sallad. Both very very nice.
Now: Off to the coast. xx

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Balmain

Its Saturday morning, well actually soon its midday. I am staying at my friend Kimberly’s house for the weekend, right now she is busy adopting two of her rabbits to a family downstairs so I thought I take the time and write in here until she is done. I call her the crazy rabbit lady:)  She has a couple of them now, those cute little furry things.

Fridays lunch in Crows Nest. I decided to spend some time in Crows Nest instead of the city yesterday while waiting for Kimberly to pick me up after work. I don’t know why but I really like this area. Its not big but always vibrant, full of small stores and crazy many cafe’s and restaurants to choose from .Its just perfect. If you are ever in the area, Crows Nest is a must. I am currently cutting out gluten to see if I feel better so for lunch I had a chicken salad with cabbage,coriander, cabbage, mint and spicy sauce on the side.

This is Kimberly and her partner Jackson’s apartment in Balmain. Isn’t it lovely?!  I especially love this type of doors/windows. Last night we wanted to stay in so we filled the house with cheese, wine and dips, followed by takeaway Thai.

Kimberly and Jackson are airbnb hosts so they have all the skills. This is my bedroom for the weekend. Love having my own ensuite bedroom. Woke up feeling I was in a hotel haha. We just finished our eggs and bacon breakfast. I can hear that they are about to wrap it up downstairs so I better get going. And I can see that the sun is finally deciding to show her face so I think first stop of the day will be a big coffee at some nice cafe’. Maybe close to the harbor… hmm lets see what I can get Kimberly to agree on. See you guys later, have a lovely day.

Thinking specially today about John Glad who had a open heart surgery a couple of days ago. My cousin (his wife) sent us the pictures that the surgeons took during the operation.
All I can say is WOW! Very grateful that he is in recovery doing great after all that ♡♡♡
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Ashalee ♡ Stefano – Wedding day

Here we go. Lets go true the beautiful wedding day of Ashalee & Stefano. I think the wedding was amazing. Especially the ceremony which was held at Tarronga Zoo was spectacular. Ashalee looked stunning and I love how handsome Stefano and the groomsmen were standing down there, waiting for the magic to happen.

Oh and Good morning Europe. haha I always forget the difference.


This is one of my favorite photos from their wedding. The spot, the light, her dress. Everything about it.

Love this. The Australian Boy band. Unfortunately their not all Australian…otherwise I think they could make it haha

Thank you Ashalee and Stefano for letting us share this special day with you. xx
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the meaning of marriage

Last Saturday and it is wedding time again! I have to say, I love weddings – the ultimate love-fest – whats not to love?
I have been noticing at the last couple of weddings that Ambrose and most his friends are more “relaxed” during wedding ceremonies than I am. I asked him about it and we think it has to do with the fact that they all go to so many weddings! haha.
Think here in Australia, like in America or middle-eastern countries, weddings are, well common. Whereas, in Sweden, its not. In Sweden its more normal to be “sambo” (couples living together) or even “särbo” (couples living separate).
Often you have children and might later on, or never get married. The meaning of marriage is very different depending on countries.

Many consider marriage just a piece of paper. Perhaps not even understanding what will really be different before and after being married. To me its a celebration of our love for eachother. its a complete dedication and a conscious statement that this person is, and will forever be my number one, my best friend.

To me a wedding is a love-fest where all those you love are gathered together in one space, joined only for one single purpose; to celebrate and partake in two people’s love and devotion for one-another.

And why should it be celebrated? Because nowadays its so rare so when it happens, it must be a party!

We stayed in a Japanese style airbnb that weekend, you see our futons on the floor. We both liked the place, just our style – minimalist. It was in a perfect spot, right above a street full of shops and restaurants. Unfortunately that made the whole place smell like grease which was not nice at all.

I was a bit unsure of the colors and style of this dress. I noticed that Ambrose did not like it so much either so after the wedding, the dress had to go. haha But I loved my new shoes, got to buy more colorful shoes.

Now: back to the house for a quick lunch before heading to the gym. Think I will try their HIIT today.
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street girl

I slept like 10 hours last night. 10 hours! Not like me at all but well needed.
And to be fair, I was a street girl yesterday, at least I felt like I had been wandering the streets forever. Instead of driving back to the house after dropping Ambrose off at the airport, I made the mistake to think I should stay in the city. I drove to see my friend Manisha in Bondi, had a coffee and breakfast on the grass in Bondi Beach. And after all that it was only like 8 am. After I drove and returned a dress and did some shopping at Bondi Junction. Had some Japanese for lunch around 1:30 pm and then I started to be a bit bored. Luckily the sun was warming up so I drove to Bronte beach with some coconut water and my bikini and just fell asleep at the beach. Had SPF 50 so no burns yet 🙂

I had dinner plans with my friend Kali, went to her house around 5pm and had such a good time. I brought some dips, olives and vine with me so instead of going out we decided to stay in and watch trash TV. I never do this but last night a perfect night for it. Exactly what I needed. We know each-other true our partners. Her fiance Bart is one of Ambrose’s best friends. Last night me and Kali discussed their whole group (they are many) and their partners. Its funny to hear others perspective on everyone 🙂 For dinner we ordered a bunch of delivery food from Oporto’s. Sometimes you just cant be bothered to even go get food, even from across the street.

After a couple of hours of trash TV, rose’, spicy chicken and laughter, it was time for this “street girl” to head to bed. I was excused! As soon as I put my head on the pillow I fell straight to into sleep.

Today I am back, full of energy and working away at Sister2Sister. We have great plans ahead so very excited. xx

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days before Bali

Good morning!
Today we woke up super early to drive Ambrose to the airport. He is going away on a surf trip to Bali, I could not go with him because I cant leave the country on my Visa. I don’t even want to talk about it….
But because I have hardly slept anything and I am sleepy like a little child, I though I keep it simple and just go true the last couple of days, before Bali with you 🙂

Last Thursday was Ambrose’s last day at work. Apparently they had a big farewell for him, with presents, speeches and after-work drinks. When Ambrose came home we were lying in bed reading what all these nice colleagues had been writing to him. I could not stop laughing. Fist of all, Ambrose hates being the center of attention. So when they have a speech for him and 40 people stands around starring at him is like hell for him. He was traumatized when he came home and told me what happened to him. Then I was laughing at him as he was reading his farewell card, he did not know who 80% of them where haha.

We woke up after a good sleep in and went for our favorite breakfast. You will see the same pictures of my breakfast because I ALWAYS pick the same when we are at “Little Piggi’s”. Ambrose is normal and try new stuff.

We drove and did all our errands we needed done before the trip. Went to the beach shortly, I did try to get into the water but its still freezing in the water. Stopped over to see the view. Its such a cool neighborhood. Cant remember the name but its like an island, so all these lucky houses gets this view to die for.

Saturday was Ash & Stefan’s wedding. It was an pretty amazing wedding at Taronga Zoo. (More about that later) We stayed over in a really cool, Japanese style airbnb in the city after the wedding. And This is how we spent most of Sunday day/night. After packing and an intense wedding weekend that’s all I wanted.

Now I have to run to the car, stupid 2 h parking…..
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