What happens if there’s one day where you don’t have anything to do? Do you get anxiety? I love those days and wouldn’t want your life
Answer: Yes, unplanned days do give me anxiety. It’s because I rarely have those days. I don’t know if it’s because of my ADHD (probably) but I’m the most calm when my days in the calendar are booked (even if one hour is exercise or reading a book at home). I’m comfortable with a schedule I follow religiously. From the moment I wake up until i fall asleep. I can achieve the most when I have a good schedule.
My weekends are mostly unplanned with the kids but then we have some routines and help with breakfast at home, lunch and dinner and in between those times the kids decide what we should do. I never have anything to fix at home so there’s a lot of time for play or to go away and do something fun together.
I’m extremely routine driven and get caught in patterns with how I want things. If something changes it can feel like the world is ending but I’m working on that. My team know me by now, our office coordinator Emilia has realised I have the same lunch place and the same meal I eat for three weeks and then I change to something else.
It’s like that with everything.
For a few weeks my lunch has been miso-salmon with black rice. Soured vegetables (probiotics), a shot of turmeric and a combucha drink. From Doktor Mat.
Are you always longing for something? Is one day never enough? Do you worry you’ll get to 40 and have done lots but never really been ”present”?
Answer: Yes, I’m always looking forward to things. That’s why I have a quick pace and juggle many things at once. BUT my big strength is mindfullness. Being here and now. I can do five meetings in one day, film something, be on stage and play on the swings with the kids. I enjoy being present in everything I do. Being able to jump between different activities every day all year around and feel everything is my biggest talent. Without it, I wouldn’t be able to manage and everything would be average. I never worrh about the past or about what will be. I aim high but take things one day at a time and make the most of it.
This evening’s book during bedtime. I’m going to pick a new book for myself, always an exciting feeling. I think I want to read more about Ayurveda…hmm
This day has been full on, so much fun. I started with a 75 minute vinyasa yoga session Altromondo (via Fitnesscollection). So incredibly nice to stretch out, breathe and start the morning.
I arrived at the office and went straight into a product meeting with Hannah while Emelie got me ready. We have a lot of launches coming up with Löwengrip next year. Each one is like a baby for me. By the way, Löwengrip have been launched on Beauty Bay in the UK, but they deliver worldwide.
Then Simon and I went to Carnegie to talk about how to build companies through social medias. Simon is fantastic on stage and I’m always happy when people ask both of us to participate.
When we got back I had lunch at the desk and 10 minutes later I was ready for the highlight of the day. We are developing a little sister for Löwengrip. Isn’t that fun! Löwengrip is a classic premium brand but this will be a little sister and I look forward to trying out scents like vanilla and coconut. More info to come but I am so excited and I can’t wait.
As usual there’s a lot of things happening around me. Not just in the companies but privately as well. It’s my birthday on Sunday (28!), and in a week and half I’m off to Dubai with the kids during Fall break and moving on the 9th. Why not add one more thing while we’re at it.
….My Halloween party will be celebrating 10 years and it’ll be a real party on Satuday the 27th October. I’ve rented all of Wenngarn Castle and will have 150 guests. Friends, colleagues and acquaintances. I have 8 bedrooms so a bunch of us will sleep overnight. Apparently it’s haunted.
We’ll arrange transport for guests from town, free bar, DJ, people might be hired to frighten the guests (who knows!), and transport back to the city for those who aren’t staying over.
It’s been a mixed Tuesday. Dead lifts, photoshoots, board meeting and trying out Halloween Clothes. A fun and calm day.
Today’s photo with a group of girls who were visiting Stockholm. I’ve had my photo taken basically every day with people for ten years and sometimes the kids don’t understand why. Sometimes one of Gillis nursery friends will say that they’ve seen me on TV/paper/on the subway/bus and I can see he gets a bit puzzled. I’ve shown him the blog and instagram and said that many people see my photos.
We’ve had a fun afternoon. Played in the park, played hide and seek and danced to ”Vi drar till fjällen”. It’s fun when an old song gets a new life with kids. They must have heard it with Odd. I loved Markoolio as a kid. If you haven’t listened to his Summer Talk on the radio you really must.
Hayley made Cauliflower Popcorn for the kids but I had some as well. So yummy. I think they are oven roasted with breadcrumbs. Afterwards, Hayley and I opened Skin City’s beauty calendar and shared the content. I’m given so many products all the time so I usually give them to colleagues and friends. Perfect.
The kids had evening sandwhich. They’ve stopped drinking gruel so we usually have supper before bedtime. They had some of our neighbour Ulla’s fantastic sourdough bread. She brought it over thus afternoon. Sally completely adores her. I think Sally thinks she reminds her of Aunt Berg in Lotta at Bråkmakargatan. I can’t wait for my new house but I’ll really miss my neighbours.
By the way, I’ve got two book suggestions for you. ”The Moms” by Alexandra Pascalidou (read it when I was at home yesterday) and a documentary about China on SVT. So compelling and interesting. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. The World According to X is its name.
I’ve been at Hotel Diplomat today for a photo shoot. We started with photographing several new items from Ideal of Sweden. Very lovely and perfect for all travels. I have a powerbank you can put the phone on top of and it’ll charge. There’s a big chance of my phone dying when there are long work days away from the office. I’ve also got a mobil cover and a passport case.
Här hittar ni passfodralet i skinn. Det finns flera färger att välja på om du vill matcha pass med mobilen och laddaren.
Here you can find the QI Charger. Very easy and perfect for carrying in your pocket or bag. You just put your phone on it, when the charger is in a socket.
Three weeks until we move. The kids will be with their dad and Ida would rather I’m not around so everything can be sorted by Sunday. So I’ve invited my best friend Sheila along for BFF-weekend.
It’ll be a new chapter for the kids and I. Gillis will remember the green house but Sally will remember the new one. They’ll be getting ready in the hallway for nursery and school. They’ll come home to having afternoon snacks in their chairs. There’ll be running around and slamming of doors, searching for christmas stockings and playing hide and seek (hello 9 rooms). I’ll be spending a few hours doing work but I don’t know where yet. Maybe the kitchen table and maybe my office /relaxing space (I want a cosy environment). Or in front of the fire or in the kids tv room.
I can’t wait until I get better at cooking. I can’t see myself going back to alcohol (after two months the benefits are so huge I can’t see myself enjoying wine). I’d rather spend that time learning to cook the food I love. I’m really into learning about food and anti-inflammatory foods and I’d like to continue that journey. Good food snd regular exercise since may and no alcohol makes me feel like superwoman. I feel calm and have more energy. I’d like to expand on that.
Anyway, I get to have a walk-in pantry which I look forward to filling with lots of delicious and healthy things.
How do continue my plans if I don’t have a starting capital?
Try to kickstart your idea with as small an investments as possible. I often start with 25000 kronor (Pingis takes the other half with 50 000 in capital). Try not to think that the only way you can start is with half a million,because that’s not true. It makes the idea shrink. For example, if you’re producing something in a factory don’t choose the one that forces you to order 500 samples instead of 50. Choose a simpler website and not a complicated one. Go for instagram instead. It’s easier to start small and try out your idea for real. The fall wont be so hard if it fails. That’s how you get further before you have enough capital.
If you need capital think like this: 1. Use savings. 2. Borrow from friends and family. 3. Go to your bank. Swap banks if they’re not helpful. 4 try crowdfunding. 5. Find investors.
Selling parts of your company should be the last resort.
What’sthe best way to get a contact network
First of all, get an idea of what network you need. Are there other moms running a business you can find support from? People within a certain branch. I joined young entrepreneurs of Sweden as a teenager where I met like minded people. We were all extremely different and had our companies as our passion. Maybe you just need to find similar people to have support from..
Find people who knows what you need to know in Linkedin, call them or go for a coffee
If I choose to present the idea how do I mininise the risk for someone else but but better the chances for myself
I get emails from people every day talking about ideas they want to share with me in person. I’ve never answered those emails. The chances of grabbing someone’s interest is basically zero. This is how it is: don’t be afraid to tell people about your idea.
If there’s anything I’ve learnt it’s that the idea itself isn’t what’s valuable but going through with it. Present it, you often meet people asking difficult questions which makes you think about the idea and ways to improve.
For example in Hermine Hold. Our hairband company being launched in February. I’ve been telling you about it since we had the idea. I’ve explained in the success pod why it’s a good idea (high margine easy to globalise and succceed on instagram. Anyone can do the same thing and order from a factory. In my eyes it’s safe from a competitor viewpoint because going through with the idea is A and O.
If you get a chance to pitch your idea for a person/company do it. Never keep it in. That’s just dumb. I think the same way way about money. They only grow when they’re in movement.
I arrived home at 1AM. When I was driving towards the house, Hampus met up with me. So lovely of him. It would of course have been easier to meet him in city centre at his place but I’ve missed my home. We slept until eleven (!). Despite being Monday today, I’ve taken a day off as compensation for working so many hours last week and then the board meeting this weekend. Without a good work-life balance you just don’t have enough energy.
When I went down to the kitchen I was greeted by a christmas calendar from English Look Fantastic, so much fun! I couldn’t wait so I opened everything at once. I found an exciting mud-wash for the face, a face-oil and other small things. The best calendar is from Skin city. I can’t wait until I get it!
I had an omelette for breakfast/lunch! I had turmeric in the mix, it’s delicious. Otherwise I just have a lot of mushrooms, spinach and fetacheese. I’m going to have a mini-spa session at home, go through my emails and pick up the kids. I’ve brought pralines from Switzerland they’ll get to try and then I’m going to reveal a surprise for them: Pingis and I decided that I’m not going to Australia (the Löwengrip launch has been postponed until Februari). But because it’ll be Fall-break and all their friends from Nursery are away I’ve booked a trip to Dubai instead. We’re going in two weeks, hooray! 🙂
we’ve had an amazing time with Adele. Resting, ate good food, cosy times in front of a movie, fallen asleep in the sun and then a two hour hike.
Lunch in the sun.
I fell asleep here for two hours.
Eaten a lot of cheese!
Dinner at La Marmotte.
Warm chestnuts and rösti
…And then a hike on 2600meter! I’m recovered now and feel peaceful inside. I needed that after a week where I pent 24 hour in the air. Launch in NYC and participation on Skavlan in London feels so far away. Now I’m off to Stockholm!
First of all, a big THANK YOU for all your sonderful messages aböut my participation on Skavlan. I read all the instagram messages and then fell asleep, feeling really humbled and touched. Thank you.
I’m currently in Verbier, Switzerland. We’re staying with our friend Adele and have a weekend mixed with work and recovery. We arrived late last night, ate a delicious soup, homemade bread and lots of cheese. A cozy Friday.
The view from chalet – fantastic!
It’s so warm here when the sun is out, peoplr were wearing shorts in the village.
Pingis and I spent the morning at a board meeting with Jonas who lives here permanently. 2,5 hours at Hotel W flew by. Jobas is fantastic to bounce ideas with.
The girls are off on a hike now but the walk was enough for me. I try to let myself be governed by my intuition and right now every single cell wants to stay in this chair in the sun. So that’s what I’m going to do. I have some sleep to catch up on. Hugs!
…the tiredness JUST hit me. I’ve been running on high energy through the USA, England and Finland but after sleeping for 8 hours at home in Sweden the tiredness caught up. I had a proper breakfast at home, blocked things off with Ida (we’re planning a Halloween party for October 27th with 150 people at a Castle outside Stockholm) and then I went to exercise before work. We skipped heavy lifting today and instead focused on movement and going through different parts of the body. Afterwards I stayed in the sauna for half an hour and used our hair mask <3
I was so happy to get to the office today. I miss all my colleagues when I’m away. The atmosphere was so nice and there’s a lot of things happening in the departments. New retailers globally for Löwengrip, product samples for Hermine Hold, exciting customers Löwengrip Invest. And if you read Industry Today or Breakit you would know that Flattered has taken in capital from from Spiltan. They’ve invested 15 million kronor and get 36% of the shares which means it’s valued at 40 ca million Not as big as Löwengrip but still awesome to see what a journey we’be done in five years without using capital.
I have a weekend in Verbier with Pingis to look forward to. It’s a mix of time-off and work. We’re going to stay with our friend Adele and have a quiet girl’s weekend and have a board meeting with Jonas, our board member in Löwengrip. I’ve actually taken the day off on Monday. If you keep going you have to make sure to recover.
Here’s a post that was supposed to come up yesterday but there was something wrong with the upload so it’s here now:
…the lecture in Helsinki went well. It’s always fun meeting students. I held the lecture at their Handelshögskola. I don’t need to be as strict and can let my guard down a bit. Simon met me and Sascha there, he gave me a big hug which made me happy. It’s always empty travelling without him.
We’re at Arlanda now, waiting for the luggage in one of their lovely rooms. It’s always nice coming here, the staff are always so sweet. They meet you at the gate and drive us to the VIP area so you never have to go through the terminal. I prefer driving myself so I will get my own car soon. I’m looking forward to sleeping at home. Tomorrow I have an exercise session with Pontus and some office hours before Pingis and I are off again. Sascha and I have already prepared a bag with everything I need during the weekend in Switzerland. I’m just moving over my toiletry bag. Very smooth!
I can’t wait to have a shower and try the beauty products I bought from Fresh at Heathrow. Lip-scrub, lib-balm and several face masks. It’s fantastically fun to try new things and get inspiration for Löwengrip. Right now, I’m looking for a consistency for a mask in our Advanced SKincare range and I found one that felt magical.
Sleep well! By the way, Skavlan is tomorrow alreeady. Fun 🙂
I was a guest on Skavlan yesterday. Fantastically fun! I didn’t know it was one of Europe’s biggest TV-shows and that it’s broadcast in all the Nordic countries. So impressive. We were in Sky Studios where it was being filmed in front of an audience, I was the first guest, then Norwegian Kevin Vågenes, Indian Arundhati Roy and French David Guetta. A fun gang and we a lot of fun together. I actually don’t know when it’ll be aired but I’ll tell you when I do.
It feels so safe to have your own team with you. Things happen as I want them to and travelling feels more safe.
This evening’s gang!
He’s always there and supporting me <3
After Skavlan, we had dinner at Italian Locanda Loccatelli with Hampus. Fresh pasta with truffle. SO divine. I still haven’t had any wine-cravings. 1,5 month has gone quickly, as it looks now I won’t be going back to alcohol. There’s a huge different in my energy levels. It was so nice to have a break in the middle of the work week and breathe a bit. I needed that. Hampus has a flexible job (day trader) and has the opportunity to fly and meet me.
Recipe for life: work hard, stop along the way and eat good desserts!
We stayed at Franklin Hotel this time. The pictures above are Sascha’s and Emelie’s room. We loved the hotel!
The girls came over at 6.30 this morning, I had my makeup done, we ordered breakfast for everyone (what a luxury with hotel breakfast all week) and then we went to Heathrow. We have a day in Helsinki now, I’m going up on stage to talk about my journey.
It’s so awesome to see how you develop, I don’t know if you remember but a few years ago (I can’t remember if was pregnant with Gillis or Sally) I was going to Helsinki to give a lecture in English. It was the first time I held a lecture in a different language and I remember how nervous I was. There and then, it was my biggest accomplishment. Lecturing in English in our neighbouring country. Today I don’t have any butterflies in my stomach and English isn’t so scary anymore.
After the lecture I’m flying home to Sweden, I have a PT session and office hours tomorrow before I’m flying to Switzerland in the afternoon.
These past 24 hours have been hectic. Sorry for fewer updates. It’s best to follow me on instastory right now. All interviews in NYC went well, I’m so happy over my PR-team – David and Melissa. So professional! When I give interviews in Sweden, journalists often react when I say we’re going to be a billion-dollar-company or a new Estée Lauder. Sometimes it makes headlines. Interviews with American journalists is something new. The goal about becoming a beauty empire wasn’t seen as strange but more ”that’s so much fun, congratulations on your success so far.” It was so liberating.
I had interviews from 10.30 to 6PM, then a quick dinner with our retailer before we went back to the airport. We removed our makeup in the lounge, bought a lovely salted caramel mocca latte from Starbucks and then boarded the overnight flight to London. Smooth.
Amazing David! So much fun to work together
Right now, we’re at a hotel called Sofitel in London. It’s close to Heathrow. Our usual room in London wasn’t ready until 3PM so we were booked into the suite for having lunch, showering and getting ready. The taxi is picking us up at half past three to the TV-studio. Unfortunately, I’m not allowed to tell you which one it is but it’ll be very exciting!
Our planning didn’t quite work out yesterday. One of us got stuck in security for an hour and then we got stuck in traffic for two hours on the way to Manhattan so our original plan to check in at Mandarin, shower and get ready wasn’t going to happen. We asked the taxi driver to stop so Emelie could get the makeup bag out and help me get ready on the way. I was so impressed by her, doing one evening’s makeup on a bumpy taxi journey when it’s dark outside isn’t easy but she pulled it off. Like I said before; best team ever.
We arrived hotel Omar at Vauclouse at 7.20PM. The guests were arriving 10 minutes later. We borrowed the toilets, Emelie used the hair straighteners, Sascha steamed the clothes and I changed. So stressful. Eight minutes later, I was ready to greet all the guests and spoke to everyone until 10PM. Phew! It was lovely and I was filled with joy. What a start for Löwengrip. Can you imagine that you can now buy Löwengrip at Amazon in USA.
I’m not a big fan of film or TV shows but after writing in my notebook and read about human beings for two hours I watched two movies. First Jackie, sad and a little too dark for me. Then I watched the Intern. I thought it would be an easy watch but I was wrong. The whole film reminded me of a light version of my life. I cried over a lot of things, I was reminded of a marriage that didn’t work out and that I’ve never really had a mentor. An older person to guide me and someone I can ask advice from and trust. It’s hard.
But then I became really grateful over Ida who has been working for me for 1,5 years. We’ve been working on and off for a few years and she knew we were getting divorced. From out of nowhere she offered to help me out full time to so my life is easier to manage.
In the middle of all the chaos she was my safe space. Everything from coordinating the house with all the people coming and going, she makes all the purchase, picks up things at the pharmacy and makes sure the kids have clothes for all seasons, books all the dentist appointments and makes sure the house is decorated for Christmas with all the presents under the tree i would never have the time otherwise
I remember how nervous I was last Christmas. The first one on my own. I wanted the kids to feel like it was alright. I’m not very crafty and my time was minimal. One Friday when the kids and I came home earlier, she’d decorated the whole house and there was even a gingerbread house on the table for the kids and I to decorate. It meant so much to me. She’s like a fairy godmother who makes my life work. She’s always one step ahead. Lenses ordered, passport at the ready. Gillis football for nursery so Odd has it for Sunday football practice. I only see a small percentage of what Ida does every day.
During the movie the Intern I got teary eyed by all the lovely people in my life who go above and beyond what they need to do. I’ve a whole team where everyone does more than I could ever wish for
I’ve just landed in NYC with two of those people and we’re off to the hotel before our launch dinner with Löwengrip. We have another superstar with us,Jeanette our vice president. She flew here last night. After 20 years with French Loreal she joined Löwengrip. We’re very proud of that.
It was a full circus Löwengrip at home this morning. Myself, two kids, my home-team, one makeup artist, a bodyguard and a boyfriend. The taxi driver must have wondered who on earth everyone was when we all came out the house at the same time as he picked up Hampus. The girls took the kids to nursery so I could drive to Arlanda Airport I’m so grateful for my gang.
Emelie and I were singing Lady Gaga’s Shallow in the car. I hope I’ll be able to watch it on the flight. It looks amazing.
Mega breakfast at Arlanda. I had an egg and an egg/kaviar sandwich and chia pudding. We’re flying to Frankfurt first and then NYC. I wanted everyone to fly business and we found better tickets with Lufthansa rather than SAS. I know your employees don’t need to fly business but our days are so intense that I want everyone to fly and live comfortably. Tonight, we’re staying at Mandarin Oriental in NYC. It’s just for one night and then we’re off to London to film the TV-show Tuesday night
Have a good Monday! It’ll be a long day for us,our launch dinner starts at 8 o’clock this evening, so 2AM Swedish time. But we get to rest a bit on the flight there.
لمدة اسابيع كانت تتم ملاحقتنا انا و اطفالي من قبل رجل لا يريد ان يعدنا و شأننا. كنت امل انه سيمل و لكنه استمر بازعاجنا في هذه العطلة. في الجمعة عندما سجلت خروجي من العمل, رأيته عندما وصلت الى البيت في حوالي الخامسة. كانت السيارة محملة بكل ما قد نرغب فيه لامسية الجمعة و اطفالي المتشوقون. كان الرجل يقف في الهارج, بانتضار وصولي. و فجأة غضبت و قررت ان اقود نحوه. بدأ حينها بالذهاب بعيدا عن بيتي, شعرت بالشجاعة و قدت خلفه. حينها بدأ هو يجري الى اسفل التل و اني اقود خلفه. قابلته في مفترق الطريق و جعلته يتوقف. في هذا الحين كان قلبي ينبض سريعا لان اولادي كانوا معي في السيارة و لكني قررت ان اتحدث معه في اي حال
كنت اصيح له لكنه يتظاهر بانه لم يسمع. فصحت بصوت اعلى. سألته مالذي يريده مني. و اخيرا حصلت عى جواب, تحدثنا بالانجليزية و انا اكرر كل شيء. كان جوابه ”لا اذكر, علي الذهاب”. هذا الشيئ الوحيد الذي قاله و قام كرر انه لا يذكر. اخر شيئ اخبره به هو انني اريده ان يتوقف عن ذلك لانه يخيف اطفالي. و من ثم جرى الرجل بعيدا و قررت الا اتبعه. فكرت بانه قد يتقوف بعد هذا لكنه كان هنا البارحة و اليوم
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It’s been a chaotic week. Privately and work-wise. Different battles in all companies at the same time. Pingis and I should have gone together to the US on Monday but we have to split up to manage everything. I’m completely exhausted and will be checking out from work and social medias this afternoon to recharge my batteries of the weekend. I’m just going to be with my kids without plans. I feel guilty for not being as present as I want to this week. Work has taken all my focus and it makes my heart ache.
It’s not often I notice that I’m a mom and an entrepreneur but this week I did. I’ve basically only been in phone meetings during dinners this week with the kids (thank goodness for Hayley) and when I’ve wanted to call back at a later time the answers have sometimes been ”We all have kids Isabella, it’s no excuse.” But different generation, different cultures. This week I’ve had as a goal in life to reach a level where nobody can say that anymore. That I’m in charge of when I want to take a meeting or a phone call.
Hampus brought me roses to the office today when I needed it the most. This shade of roses is what we had in our room at Crillon in Paris and he must have remembered that I said I loved them. So lovely.
So now I’m taking a break from everything. I’ll talk to you on Monday, which is going to be an exciting week in for countries with Löwengrip’s launch in New York, lots of interviews, TV show in London, lecture in Helsinki and three days in Verbier. Board meeting and fresh air.
Pingis and I have been stuck in our room all day until we noticed a lot of chatter outside the door. When we got out the whole office had gathered to celebrate cinnamon bun day.
Best colleagues ever. I mean it when I say it. It’s awesome to see how close we are and how fast were growing. You probably won’t recognise a majority of the faces on the photo because we always have new employees after summer. A lot of fun! We’ve never been so strong as an organisation as we are now.
I put out our Christmas edition Cinnamon bun dry shampoo.
Today’s outfit. Knitted Dagmar.
Sally was off to her dance lesson around half past four. Then we had dinner at Surfers. I was craving their ginger-tofu. I tucked the kids into bed at seven and then I’ve been working.
By the way; as you know I’ll be in New York and I’d love to meet some of my followers there. On Monday 8th of October at 7.30 PM I’ll be inviting American influencers for an intimate dinner to celebrate the launch of Löwengrip in the USA. I’d also like to meet those who use my products to hear your opinions. The dinner will be hosted at one of my favourite restaurants; Omars at Vaucluse. I have four spaces to offer. All you need to do is email my colleague email@example.com and tell why you should be the one to attend 🙂
You’ve probably noticed lately that I’ve become very interested in my health and diet lately. I thought I’d tell you how it started and what my goals are. It started in the summer when I met a DNA researcher I’ve mentioned before. We talked a lot about how to live a long life. There are many negative factors you can’t do anything about. Heritage for example, long flights, stressful city environment, traffic queues and so on. There’s a lot of things I can’t change unless I move or quit my job so I focus on my diet. The first natural step was to stop drinking alcohol. I feel the effects of that already. Especially with my exercise. It’s also an important part of this process I’ve chosen to spend time on. I want to build a strong body. Focus on the immune system and making it extra strong I eat a lot of anti oxidants and more carbs than before.
Another part I’m interested in is seeing the effect this will have on my daily life. For example having a cold. Working up a good immune system helps me when others get sick. There’s nothing I love more than a new hobby. Next goal is to cook more food at home.
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Jag började morgonen med att lyfta 80 kilo i marklyft och 40 kilo i bänkpress. Två nya rekord. Att få ta i ordentligt var precis det min kropp behövde efter all stress som varit med mig inombords i snart två dygn utan en paus. Och fler intensiva dagar väntar.
I started the morning by lifting 80 kilos of dealdlift and 40 kilos of bench press. Two new records. Really going for it was what my body needed after all the stress within me after almost two days without a break. And more intense days ahead.
I’ve become a bit of an expert in coping with stress during extreme work-situations. There’s a difference between coping with chosen stress and getting rid of stress. What I’m writing below isn’t my advice for a normal life but this is how I cope when I’m stressed to the max and will be for a few days:
Long-lasting intense stress is dangerous but for short periods it’s okay, as long as you have a recovery plan. When you have a company group worth 140 million, there’ll be times when things clash because there’s a lot happening at the same time so you’ll need to manage that and keep your own health intact and make sure your colleagues are feeling well too. I’m a phase right now we’re I know I’m going at max-speed which I can do for about a week. Usually my work-pace is almost like running a marathon (until Christmas) but now we’re in the middle of a ”give-it-everything” rush for various reasons. You need to be able to keep it going and it’ll probably sound extreme. But it’s an extreme life..
2. The most important thing is to keep your basic needs intact. Sleep, exercise food. Sleep is often the bit that’s the most difficult to control. I’ve had roughly 4 hours sleep per night for the past few days because I’ve woken up which isn’t good. The mind is spiralling. Usually, I would’ve had a glass of wine in the evening but I’ve quit alcohol (partly because of this). If I don’t get the sleep I need to night I’ll need to take a tablet to help with falling asleep until my sleeping pattern is back to normal. That might take a few days. I usually start slow with lerigan, a tablet that works for worry/itchiness within the body which I took during my pregnancies. It’s usually the only thing I need. I’ll need to get 7 hours of sleep per night to manage. Otherwise everything will crash. Sleep is the basic.
3. Regarding exercise I’m sticking to it and I’m refusing to let it go. I’ve had to PT sessions this weekend and one interval session. This weekend I’ll have a gym session but I’m going to spend a lot of time outdoors with the kids. It’s always more difficult with exercise when I’m travelling, like next week, but I usually make sure to get half an hour at the hotel gym before breakfast, it makes a big difference.
4. When it comes to food, I actually eat more when I’m the most stressed. I’m much more strict with having a proper breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack. It’s so important to eat food that gives you energy. I usually eat more carbs because it gives the body fuel. I’m also kind to myself. If it’s chocolate or vegan ice cream that makes me manage a telephone meeting at 10PM, that’s what it’ll have to be.
5. I clear my calendar of the things that aren’t core business or priorities. Even everything social. Social activities actually have a positive effect on job-stress but because my job is so social, I need to be by myself and with the kids. I’ve cleared the weekend’s schedule so that it’s completely empty. When you’re stressed it’s important to have totally empty days. It’s difficult but you’ll have to see it as an investment. The empty day is to have energy for the other days.
6. I always make sure to decrease the amount of decisions I have to make. My team is very good at that, when we’re in an intense period everyone becomes more independent and tries to make their own decisions without me. I always postpone all creative meetings, because there’s no point having them in this period.
Goal-photograph: cover of Forbes!
7. In the evenings, meditation is important but really difficult. I just want to shut off because meditate (the app headspace) is a struggle. I decrease the number of minutes (yesterday I only did three) and I try to stick to them. If it’s difficult to breathe for three minutes, I stick to one minutes. Routine is important.
8. Before I fall asleep, I always remember my gratefulness list. I wrote yesterday that I’m doing a lot right now that I had as goals a year or so ago. It’s important to enjoy.
9. I set my alarm to go off a little earlier to have a quiet morning. Even though it takes away some sleep. Because I have the kids it’s important to start the day off well. Long breakfast together without stress before nursery drop-off. If there’s a bad atmosphere it will leave a trace with me all day. I can’t afford that.
10. It’s important to teach the brain when you’re working and when you’re not working. To not get stuck in a grey-zone. For me, the grey zone is reading a book on my cellphone and sometimes check my email on my phone. It’s better to put away the phone and read a physical book. At work I wear heels, makeup and have energetic music in the car. At home, I have my hair in a bun, tights and classical music. During next week’s four countries in six days it’ll be more difficult to separate on/off days. I manage that by scheduling my own time. For example on Wednesday evening in London after filming the TV show.
Anyway, I’ve got a work-rush until next Sunday ahead of me. I’ve got a break between Friday and Sunday. If the posts feel a bit impersonal you understand why! A big hug to all of you who are always dealing with a busy work-week.
Long day. I just finished my ownership meeting with Nordic Tech House at home. The team got here around 7, the kids wanted to chit chat and say hi before bedtime. I went upstairs while the meeting started.
Picture from the afternoon. A hairdresser came over to cut the kid’s hair. Incredibly nice to have it done at home where it’s peace and quiet.
A lot of exciting things happening…
Sorry for a short post but I’m going to read and unwind now. I’ve prepared for intense days ahead so I’m trying to get through them and enjoy that there’s a lot of fun things happening. Goals I’ve visualised before are being reached. Monday-Tuesday next week I’m in NYC to launch Löwengrip. Tuesday night I’m flying direct to London for filming a TV show in the evening. Thursday I’m flying to Helsinki for a big speaker-mission and Friday I’m flying to Verbier for a board-meeting. I’m going to enjoy a quiet weekend with the kids. It will be needed.
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