You know how life kind of throw things at you when you least expect it? Sickness, loss, a tough break up - you name it! But sometimes life throws even the good stuff at us (yeah, can you believe it?), and when that happens, you´ve got to be ready. You´ve got to SEE it.
Here´s an example. I wrote my goals for 2018, and one of the goals was to go away during the winter for a workation. I feel the long, dark, winters in Sweden are kind of hard and would love to go away more during the winters. I clearly could see that happen next winter, with enough time to plan and save up some money. So when my friend Sandra, the air-hostess, called and asked if I wanted to come to Cape Verde for a week already next month, I immediately texted her back. "Sorry, I can´t. I have to work".
A couple of days later I thought about it again: "Hey, wait a minute, what if THIS is my workation/winter trip? It´s just coming a little earlier than I thought". Well, THAT surely had my energy going, and after some arrangements and rearrangements, I found myself with one of my best girlfriends, her three-year-old daughter, my laptop and my books on a plane towards Cape Verde.
You see, that´s how visions and goals work sometimes. They can come before you´re ready. And they´re so easy to miss if you´re not paying attention.
One thing I love about changing environment is getting new perspectives. Usually, I come home after a trip, and I see my life in another light. I think about how I appreciate most of the things of my everyday life (except that I always want to rearrange furniture when I come home) and see more clearly what I want to change. I see all the great things about Sweden, but also those things I don´t love just as much.
What struck me this time is that the feeling and vibe I have when I´m by the ocean and in warmer countries is the vibe I want to keep with me even when I work and when I´m productive. To be in a state of joy and playfulness, have less stress and not take things too seriously. Like the useful message of Cape Verde: "No Stress" reminded me of every day of the trip.
And I want to be more in my creativity, make room and space for it regularly.
So that´s what I´ve done a lot recently. I´ve started to make more space for songwriting again, and also the creativity of fixing in my home, which I always loved. I also enjoy the creativity in creating the courses and workshops for Mindful Mojo and writing blog posts.
In February we released a song with my band Little Boxes called Glitter, that I wrote during my burnout a few years ago. I felt it was almost like a prayer when I wrote it, like I so desperately wanted to be pain-free and have my energy back, and by writing it, it was as if my faith in healing got a little stronger. I hope it can work as comfort for those of you going through tough times. To not lose that faith in getting your glitter and mojo back.
To love the process can be a lot to ask, but maybe to trust it can make us rest in life a bit more?
Speaking of creativity, I would have loved to go out more to explore the Cape Verdean music and also visit the other islands (we were in Sal). Since we traveled with a little child, we thought we´ll do it next time (no stress!), but I managed to get a glimpse of some carnival rehearsals and live bands at least;-)
Thanks for reading!
Lots of love,
Anna, founder Mindful Mojo
Contact me: Anna@mindfulmojo.se