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I Promise I Will No Longer Apologize for This…

Hello loves!

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I am feeling inspired and needed to share this!!

You see, I have been enjoying my summer. Like really enjoying it. Living it up. Loving it. Having fun. Playing in the sun. It’s been amazing.

AAAAANNNNDDDD I have been apologizing for it left and right. Making sure everyone knows that I know that it’s ridiculous and temporary, etc.

When I first thought of writing this post while walking my dog this morning, I wanted to make it about the importance of fun and play in our lives. (Couldn’t we all use a little bit more of that?) But I was going to write about how fun and play and rest are important because they FUEL PRODUCTIVITY.

I was planning on writing how it will lead to more creativity. I will have the energy to work harder, be more effective, yada yada yada.

Then my brain came to a screeching halt.

Why did I feel the need to justify my joy?

That old masculine paradigm sure dies hard, let me tell you.

In our culture, we have been taught that productivity is KING. Fun for its own sake is frivolous. We must earn our right to play, and even then, that’s not enough. The play has to have an end goal as well. Rest up on vacation so you can work even harder when you get back! I know this is all a load of BS; I talk and write about it all the time, and yet here it was sneaking up on me again with its nasty little messages of guilt.

In our country (and a few others, I am sure), BEING is in service to DOING. Who we are being is only important in so far that we use it as fuel for what we need to do (aka taking that two week vacation where we focus on being and remember that we are human, so that we can work and DO for the other 50 weeks of the year). Productivity and doing are primary.

And that’s backwards.

The DOING feels so much better when it is in in service to who you are BEING. When you are in a state of being in which you feel good, the doing comes as a natural side effect. What you do in that state then feeds back into your desired feeling/being state and makes it that much more powerful.

It’s a never-ending feedback loop, but it starts with BEING and it doesn’t work backwards.

So this is my pledge. I will live it to give it. I will continue to walk my talk. And I will no longer apologize for enjoying life fully. I will soak up every minute of it with tremendous gratitude, but no more guilt! And I invite you to do the same.

Sweden Visual Diary

Hello wild ones!

I hope that you are all having a beautiful summer! I have thoroughly been enjoying mine…spending time with family, plenty of time outdoors, and focusing on a big writing project that I have been working on for the past year.

For midsummer, I went on a pilgrimage to my homeland of Sweden. Before going I set an intention to reclaim my indigenous soul, and it truly was a magical journey. I will write more about it in the coming weeks. But for now, I would love to share some of the gorgeous pictures from my trip. Most of these were taken in Dalarna in central Sweden.

IMG_5581Bullar!! Aka cinnamon buns. So yummy!

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Lake Siljan in Solleron, Sweden.

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Peaceful sunset over Lake Siljan around 10:30pm.

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Playing in the setting sun with my oldest nephew.

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Beautiful fields and meadows where the only sounds to be heard are the buzzing of the bumblebees and the winds rustling the leaves on the birch trees.

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They have found several Viking graves in area by our summer cabin, which is what this sign says. There is a profound stillness here, especially when you realize that people have walked on these grounds for thousands of years. They lived here. Cooked food over open fires here. Raised their children here. Loved here. And mourned the deaths of their loved ones here.

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I was in awe of the sun setting over the water on a nightly basis.

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Baby cows!!

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Smultron are wild strawberries, and they grow on the sides of the road right by our cabin. They are sweet and taste a little bit like grape Skittles…but in a good way :)