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Getting hit by a monk in Osaka's mountains

I was sitting there in this zen meditation with the 3000 golden Buddha statues next to me on the tatami-mats and was moved to tears. Japan has touched my heart deeply since I’m a child but this felt like a next level connection to this beautiful...

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From secretly crying in the bathroom to feeling your feelings and letting them out

Do you know the feeling when you get up on the wrong side of bed, it’s freezing cold, you didn’t sleep a lot and, above all, a really busy day lies ahead of you and you already feel exhausted, 15 minutes into the new day?

All you want to...

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What if you had reacted differently to that one bad thing that has thrown you off in the morning and your whole day had turned out great?

But even when you resolve to respond differently next time, it just feels so easy to go on autopilot and respond the same way so that, again, that one bad moment turns into an entire bad day.

Thankfully there are many things that we can do on...

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Black out in our Airbnb in Barcelona

My bestie and I got home from our exciting dinner in the vibrant city of Barcelona and our airbnb looked like a wedding proposal would happen here tonight. Soft electric candle light in the whole little loft we've rented. A bottle of wine and two I ...

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How segments can change your whole life

Imagine you enter your apartment after a long day, a much deserved hot chai latte from your favorite coffee shop in your hand. You’re in a hurry to finally throw yourself on the sofa, and so you put the beverage on the small table at the...

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When we broke into the house…

You know Pippi Longstocking, right? She is so wonderfully famous on the whole planet. The writer of Pippi, Astrid Lindgren from Sweden wrote many more amazing stories for children. My all time favorite is: “Ronja the Robber's Daughter”. Of...

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Two old bicycles make one tandem. Selfmade!

The first time I got an invitation for a scout-leader-camp I was too scared to join. I was fourteen, had zero self-esteem and preferred staying in our own scout division. The “hiking and sleeping outdoors in selfbuilt tents” - camp I went...

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The only communication skill you need

Are you aware that you’re constantly talking to yourself? Not in a mad way, I mean that voice in your head that comments everything you do as in:

  • You’ve overslept and the inner voice says; 
    • You'll never get your life together like...
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Why do you have so many friends from different countries, Ronja?

I tell you why in my world, wonderful connections around the globe are the best thing AND a very “normal thing” to have:

The short version is, my parents had many international friendships, I spent time in the US as a kid, I went to Japan...

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The biggest shift I’ve made towards more joy and lightness in my life YOU can actually start making today!

Do you ever say “See, you are just too stupid to do this!” to yourself? Does it ever feel like the voice in your head is constantly bullying and belittling you?

Does it ever feel like the voice in your head is loud or quiet, mean,...

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Is the word "should" in charge of your life?

Let’s do a little thinking experiment. Think about a “should” in your life that you’ve heard over and over again, from somebody else or from yourself. Eg. You want to work part time because you prefer to have more time off than...

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Chasing sheep in the mountains

“There was a young married couple up on the mountain last week and they chased sheep with their dog!” That’s what my parents heard when they went up to our mountain cabin in summer 1993.

Have you had gossip turning a big round in...

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