augusti 2014

The first Sunday of the rest of my life

It’s been a long time since I woke up on a Sunday, feeling nothing but pure anticipation. That giddy feeling that only a new adventure or a heavy crush can bring (woot-woot!). I feel like a million bucks right now and I won’t analyze it any further – just enjoy it.

Another thing that makes me happy all over the place* is using this body of mine for what it’s meant to do – breaking a sweat while getting stronger. Something I tend to forget during busy times, even though it’s the perfect cure for all evil.

Well, today was unbusy and I opened my eyes and immediately thought of that old pair of inline skates that have been tucked away since last summer. Out of sight, out of mind apparently – it’s one of my favorite ways of working out, but somehow I just forgot all about it this summer.

Well, I rolled down the elevator (no stairs policy recommended when wearing wheels) and stumbled out on the street (there’s always a Bambi-vibe to the first skates of the season) with my two partners in sweat – Eric & Linnea. They biked, I skated and we were on a roll for about 10ks. Smashing!

I wrapped it up by doing tabatas in the playground while L got rid of excess energy (too).

Today came pretty close to Bucket Life awesomeness – a little less concrete, a little more countryside and we’re there…

katta-inlines

Balance is key!

Balance is key!

* Famous quote from the Swedish Prince Daniel

Fuck CancerFuck Cancer

On October 24th 1999, I sat by my mom’s side as she died. I was 21, she was 43 and it still makes no sense.

Her name was Anna-Klara and she loved hugs, warm weather and salty liquorice.

There’s not a lot in this world that I hate – in fact I love it to the most part. But there are certain things I just can’t seem to find any good in and cancer is right on the top of that list. I hate cancer and the fact that it just ate my mom from within, only to die with her. It’s so pointless it makes me weary just thinking about it.

This October marks 15 years since her passing and I want to do something for her. And I want my very first project here to be about that; about her and about fighting cancer.

This project involves me, my sister, photography, charity and action. And, if my plan works out, a whole bunch of people saving lives through a small donation.

My goal is to collect 15000 SEK before October 24th – 1000 kronor for each year she’s been gone. I have set up a fundraising page for mum –  at the Swedish Cancer Fund. All money raised go straight into their research fund (not through me to be clear).

There will also be more to this project – so stay tuned…

…oh, and while you wait – click to #fuckcancer!

mom-and-i
On October 24th 1999, I sat by my mom’s side as she died. I was 21, she was 43 and it still makes no sense.

Her name was Anna-Klara and she loved hugs, warm weather and salty liquorice.

There’s not a lot in this world that I hate – in fact I love it to the most part. But there are certain things I just can’t seem to find any good in and cancer is right on the top of that list. I hate cancer and the fact that it just ate my mom from within, only to die with her. It’s so pointless it makes me weary just thinking about it.

This October marks 15 years since her passing and I want to do something for her. And I want my very first project here to be about that; about her and about fighting cancer.

This project involves me, my sister, photography, charity and action. And, if my plan works out, a whole bunch of people saving lives through a small donation.

My goal is to collect 15000 SEK before October 24th – 1000 kronor for each year she’s been gone. I have set up a fundraising page for mum –  at the Swedish Cancer Fund. All money raised go straight into their research fund (not through me to be clear).

There will also be more to this project – so stay tuned…

…oh, and while you wait – click to #fuckcancer!

mom-and-i

Chapter one

My alarm clock went off at 6:45 this morning. I was insanely tired but with a tingling sensation inside. The last day at work comes with a weird combo – it feels like New Years Eve and breaking up with someone all at once.

I’ve had the best set of colleagues there is. I hate leaving them. On the other hand – I’m stepping out into the most thrilling adventure and it was just the right time.

So – after a successful final project delivery, me and my colleague – who also did her last day today – celebrated finish and start with some bubbly whilst finishing up our years of work at the office.

Then I stepped out for the last time, closing one chapter. And starting a new one.

lastday

Bye, bye – and hello!

 

Love food

Oh, how I love food that combines taste and aesthetics with being good for you.
It’s almost too god to be true, but this dish exists – I just had it!

Halloumi & Edamame Salad

1. Bring out your loveliest plate an fill it with your choice of green salad.
2. Fry halloumi cheese and chop it up into small chunks
3. Boil edamame pods in salted water and squeeze out the beans from the pod
4. Sprinkle, pour and put your fave salad ingredients on top of the green salad along with the halloumi, edamame beans and fine chopped fresh coriander
4. Make a coriander pesto

Serve and ENJOY!

halloumi-edamame-salad

Monday Funday

For many of us, monday means stepping into to the everyday spiral of duties, alarm clocks and time management. Time to work, time to perform. Little time to reflect.

On the ”Healthy me”-theme, I have decided to turn mondays into fundays.

Every monday I will do something out of pure lust – like going to the movies, learning something rather useless, seeing someone I haven’t seen for a while or maybe just take a day off and try something I have never tried before.

The only rule is to break the everyday rules.

The premiere #mondayfunday activity? Googling ”knitting tutorial” and wasting some decent yarn. A good start to a great concept.

What would you do to chase away a monday mood? 

mondayfunday_knit

 

Life design

Downshifting is a social behavior or trend in which individuals live simpler lives to escape from the rat race of obsessive materialism and to reduce the “stress, overtime, and psychological expense that may accompany it”. It emphasizes finding an improved balance between leisure and work and focusing life goals on personal fulfillment and relationship building instead of the all-consuming pursuit of economic success.

So I’ve been thinking lots about this concept I named ”Life design”. It might sound like a sleazy self help cliche, but I really think it describes how I want to approach the whole planning my life part. Instead of aiming for a vast set of separate goals, that are sort of done once I reach them, I want to design a good life, an everyday mix that tastes nice and is mostly healthy. One dash of this, two teaspoons of that. Some more yellow, and green, less blue. 

First on my list was changing my work situation. I really needed to make time for developing my interests and hobbies and just breathe after having spent years just chasing deadlines and deliverables. Quitting my busy, although super rewarding, consultant job was essential, since it never slowed down – rather the opposite.

For a long time I have had this vision of a future life, where I work less and to a bigger extent from where and with whom I want. I have also become more and more open for doing different things, not just have one job. I’m a person who likes variety and the thought of being able to start up ideas and projects for the fun of it – being able to play – puts butterflies in my stomach.

An idea formed over the past year – If only I could be the boss of my own time. I thought about what it would take to realise. I felt I needed some sort of safety before the jump and then a happy coincidence opened up an opportunity, just as I experienced a really tough situation at work, and I took it.

The big decisions in my life have always been ones of instant gut feeling – I just know I have to jump. In a matter of days I quit my job, then registered my company and came to a deal with my first client.

The set up for the coming months is part time work, part time developing ideas. Down shifting if you will. I will make some changes that give me more economic ease as well. Fewer expenses mean freedom!

Are you contemplating any changes in your life?
katta-life-design

The (unofficial) Bucket list

There are at least a thousand things on my bucket list – if a bucket list equals things left to learn, experience and discover, places to live and people to meet.

It makes me feel both thrilled and stressed that life’s awfully short when it comes to realising dreams though (sorry, don´t mean to make anyone panic!). It’s absolutely necessary to prioritize since we, on average, have somewhere between 50-70 capable, healthy years to fulfill all them wishes.

I don’t really have a bucket list in the regular sense: As you can read in the previous post, I am more for long lasting changes than ticking a box. However – I could make a bucket list out of those long term goals – and perhaps see it as a set of guidelines. Over the coming year, I have decided to focus my efforts towards three main goals.

So, here’s my compass rose the coming year. Lo and behold.

  • Self sufficiency. This applies to my work situation as well as my daily life. A long term vision of mine is a house on the countryside, with chickens, bees and nature all around. And full mandate over my days.
  • Healthy me. Years of stress and putting myself last on the list are over. Good mental and physical health is the very cornerstone for doing anything. This is an area where I have loads to share and learn, starting now!
  • Wild encounters. I want to push myself to meet people, learn stuff and finding myself in the midst of totally unexpected contexts.

Do you have a bucket list? Or not? Please share in comments section, I’m curious to find out about your dreams and tools to get there!

 

Fun ahead!

Fun ahead!

One giant leap

My name is Katta and I have just made the biggest change of my life (so far)!
I have lived with it for quite some time now. The thought of taking that giant leap, straight into the unknown.

It took me some time and one of the reasons for that is the same as my motivation to finally start Bucket life and stir things up. I’ve sort of been waiting for life to happen, preferrably they way I wanted it to. That doesn’t really happen too many people though.

Perhaps it’s something some of you are familiar with (the rest of you are probably thinking ”what the heck, just do it already!”). The day job, sock sorting, Instagram, grocery shopping: they all consume time and energy and there’s not much left for the self realisation process.

This maintenance mode also applied to my starting Bucket life. There was never time (and it was a little scary too…) in my busy consultant life, going back and forth between two cities.

So, about time… A wise friend of mine, who’s a brilliant blogger, broke it down in a recent episode of her equally brilliant podcast; ”if you want your blog to be your day job, then treat it like it’s your day job”. It’s all about priorities. So easy, right!?

I think that applies just as well if there’s something you really want to do or achieve (like learn spanish, do yoga or start your own business) – we need to prioritize our time and choices accordingly!

So. I finally kicked myself in the butt and quit my day job. Yes, I did! The domain was already registered back in April, and the ideas have been there way longer.

As of September 1st I’m on my own, running my own business. I’ll be doing consulting work half time and I plan to spend the rest of it taking small and big steps in the desired direction. And of course, share the highs and lows here.

Bucket life is not about ticking boxes on a bucket list however – I want it to be more lasting. It’s about getting uncomfortable, making myself and others happy and working in the direction towards who I want to be (and be with), how I want to live and a world I want to live in (tough one!).

So, it’s more of a step by step life assembly rather than mindblowing Everest missions (just to set the expectations on a reasonable level here…). But we all know the importance of a small step, right (if not, google ”Neil Armstrong quote”)?

Let’s do this – I’m ready to bring it on!

Are you with me?

katta-forest