Stockholm Sparkles and Fall Fairy Dust

Here’s what happened in Stockholm, Sweden. I happily rode the sphinx in front of the Nobel Museum. It was a sparkling summer morning. We had just docked the cruise ship and walked over to the old city. The breakfast coffee was delicious and the cinnamon rolls melted in our mouths.

Here’s a Swedish troubadour statue with the Stockholm city hall in the background. The view was peace-inducing. We then walked over a few bridges to the city hall.

These summer memories warm up my heart. They continue to pump energy into my being. I’m grateful I can hop back for a moment. A quick splurge – and then I’m back in here and now.

This fall has been pretty amazing. My work schedule has filled up. I’m now a fully-booked entrepreneur. I take every student with utmost gratitude. I’m honored that they choose to share a moment of their journey with me. I generously share my knowledge of English, and encourage them to be the best version of themselves.

Cruising the Baltic Sea

This summer I took a cruise from Finland to Sweden with the two favorite boys in my life, my dad and husband. It was a memorable moment. We went onto the deck to admire the Finnish archipelago. The midnight sun was there. The air was warm but brought some much appreciated coolness after the scorching hot, endless summer days. After that we descended down to the restaurant and enjoyed a yummy dinner overlooking the sea.

Taking the cruise was a dream I had had. It was one of my summer vacation goals. I planned it, reserved it and lived every moment of it. This is comparable to many situations in life. First you need to define what you want. This can be amazingly tricky since there are many things that can be worthy of your time, yet you cannot do them all. Focusing carefully is the key. Once your goal is set, you have to find out how to get there. You make a plan. Break it into precise steps. Don’t underestimate the importance of detail. And then you go for it. It may take time and effort but in the end you will be contented.

What is the one goal you want to achieve this fall? What is “your cruise”?

Be a Sun Chaser

Summer is an excellent time for dreaming. We have space for taking it easy, wandering in parks, forests and waterfronts. What if you consciously focused on dreaming dreams that will give you the boost and motivation for the winter to come? You know, like stocking up on nuts and other goodies for the needy day, just like squirrels do.

What if you looked at your life and did a status report, an audit of where you are now and most importantly, where you still wish to go. Great heroes of history didn’t wait for things to fall upon them, they made things move with their own actions. You can be blessed and guided by God, I choose to believe you are, but you still need to do your part. You need to ensure that you are the best version of yourself.

So, let’s take some time to set our goals for the upcoming year. How do I wish my work-life to be? What about my English studying goals? How about my other goals such as fitness and mental wellbeing? Write a list down in a cute notebook, on your phone or anywhere that works for you. Make it simple. Make it clear. Then take a deep breath – and feel the motivation take you over, little by little, day by day. Practice, and you’ll shine.

Need to Chill

As the lesson year is drawing closer to its end, I’m reflecting on the importance of taking it easy. We labor hard all thru September to June. We get up early, brave the chilling winter temperatures, work for our buck (or Starbucks, ha ha) – giving our hearts and energy to our employer. We’re good people who want the best for our loved ones. So, we also deserve a break. We deserve to get up in the morning and have nothing of obligation to do. For once. For a brief moment.

As July ushers in, I challenge you to make time just for you. Celebrating the year gone by. All those moments when the going got tough, but you pulled it thru. You were tougher than you thought you could ever be. You made magic happen in your own, unique way. Pamper yourself with things, people and places you like. Smell the flowers. Sit under the tree. Most of all, grant yourself the permission to chill.

Dallas Big

Luckily we were able to visit Dallas yesterday because today both Sebastien and I are sick and confined into staying in bed at our Airbnb. Obviously, this is a tough moment on this trip.

Dallas is quite visitor friendly. A lot of the sites turn around the shooting of President Kennedy.

Here you see the landmark, the Dallas Tower.

Cute Christmas decorations were visible all thru the city. We strolled in the freezing city, after which we warmed up at a Starbucks at one of the classy tower buildings.

The Dealey Plaza close to where John F. Kennedy was shot at the end of his presidential parade. The spot is still marked with an X on the ground.

I found lots of books on Jackie Kennedy and other first ladies’ style in the Kennedy shooting The Sixth Floor Museum bookstore.  My cropped, fur lined gloves weren’t a bad idea in the freezing cold Dallas December weather.

The Giant Eyeball is an interesting sculpture in the heart of Dallas.

Now we are at our Airbnb hoping to get better really soon. It has been a fun trip yet shadowed by me being sick almost all the way. I have tried to be courageous about it. I have tried to accept things as they come. I have tried to learn a useful lesson on patience and trust. Now I can only trust the medicine to clear up my ears and sinuses enough to be allowed to fly back home on Saturday.

Time to Let Loose

I’m off as of this noon. I taught my last group lessons for a language center I had been working for six years, ever since my arrival to Canada. From now on I’ll be working full time for my company Susa English. I’ll be building on the foundation that I’ve laid these past years. I’ve created my own method and it’s been getting some encouraging responses.

This fall has been busy for me. So much so that at one point I ended up working beyond my limits. That’s when I had to come to terms with needing to change things up for the better. I love what I do – helping people learn how to communicate in English as their second language. My lessons are about the language, and then so much more! I get to accompany my students thru life’s many events. We build friendships. We find inspiration and new ways to look at things as we discuss topics that are important. In a way, I get to coach and guide – and be guided as well – in addition to sharing my knowledge of verb tenses and vocabulary.

Today I’m off. I was actually supposed to arrive in Dallas, Texas tonight. Our flight got delayed and delayed, and then finally canceled. We were sent back home. We will catch an early flight tomorrow. First to Toronto and then to Dallas. It feels good to be on vacation, regardless. I’ve worked hard and now it’s time to let loose for a while. It’s also time to gather up energy and inspiration to come back home refreshed to run my little business with enthousiasm.

These pictures are from the Quebec City Fine Arts Museum. Visiting there loads me up with energy. I love dressing up and making my way over there for a moment sweet art dust.