My partnership with the amazing Adlibris continues today with a theme I love: health. As you know I@m totally obsessed with everything to do with health so it feels like a lot of fun to inspire you in a subject I enjoy and getting to suggest books. Which I also love! To me health has become a way of thinking all the time. That doesn’t just mean the hours at the gym but throughout my day. Sleep, food, exercise, reflection and meditation. It’s actually a fun project to learn about how you can affect every small part. At home we have a bookshelf in the kitchen with the books I’ve chosen from Adlibris and that I want to tell you about. It’s different parts of course but these are my favourites. I’ve read all of them!
Kimchi & Kombucha is about something really exciting like gut-bacteria and how much they impact our mood. A fun and interesting read. Another book I want to tell you about is Happy Food which is about how food and happiness go hand in hand. Another one is The New Green Protein which is about how to make sure you get everything the body needs even if you’re eating vegetarian food like I do. There’s a lot of prejudice about needing supplements as a vegetarian but that’s not true.
The books Yinyoga and Omstart are more about exercise and movement. I’m sold on the idea to combine exercise at the gym with yoga and meditation. Winding down in the evening or just take a 5 minute break between meetings at the office. It’s really important to make sure you have enough energy for long days. What theme should the books I suggest have in the future? Here are some more of my favourites in the health subject.
I woke up at 3AM this smorning at Soho House in Meatpaccking. I was super awake and decided to get out of bed. I took all phone calls with colleagues in Sweden and checked my emails. Even though it was very early I felt happiness in my whole body to be in NYC. The city has been calling me and I needed to get here. To be honest, we’ve just booked one week per month for me and they’re still unplanned but I trust my ability to fill the days. Sometimes you have to dare to throw yourself out there to create space for things so they succeed.
When I posted this picture on instagram (3AM here but early morning Sweden, perfect) I immediately got a comment saying I was wearing different shoes. Guess who flew out of bed, turned on the light and looked at them curiously. But it was just the lighting. The dress is fantastic and is from Viktoria Chan. I felt really pretty in the bar at Augustine yesterday. Perfect place for dinner. A cozy french bistro. It’s the perks of having a cousin who has lived here for years, she knows all the good places but she is in Sweden right now.
I got some Sex and the City vibes when I was waiting in the bar. Is this what my evenings will look like when all meetings are done? I can get used to that. Putting on a pair of heels (okay, change to different ones, who am I kidding I’m always sin heels) and wear lovely dresses is a lot of fun. My network in NYC is very small so far but I’m looking forward to expanding it.
I’m just about to have more coffee and then go to the gym, the hotel has its own circle exercise session at 7am (how fun!) but I’ll see if I have energy for it. It’s in two hours. Otherwise I’ll just go to the hotel next door which is open 24/7. During the morning I’m meeting a hair stylist who will help me get ready and then I’m taking over Allures instastory. Afterwards I have a full day with meetings for Löwengrip with our retailer. We get really lovely PR here in the USA starting next week. Pingis and I have a bit of a competition about what country will work best for us, USA or Australia! In australia we’ve been added to a big chain called MYER which is fantastic and in the USA we’re getting more recognition. Regardless it’s two awesome countries so you have to pinch yourselves.
…. What’s the best part about life right now?
That it’s a new year and time for new start. Even though there’s problems and turbulence from last year in January as well, I’m stronger and calmer. I came back strong after the break which felt nice. I’m mostly grateful for my wonderful team. I know I nag about it but I have the world’s best employees.
Hmm. Worst is probably what I mentioned briefly yesterday. Despite having the team so I can put all focus on the kids and works there’s a lot of sad things behind the scenes. I regularly have the poice at home. Today when I was out with the kids we had a security guard outside the cafe. It’s a surreal life and sometimes it becomes to much for me. But as I wrote above. I’m much stronger now than before Christmas. I tell myself that I get these trials for a reason. Something good that needs a stronger version of myself ahead. That’s how life has been until now.
… What are you looking forward to?
Going away to NYC tomorrow. To be a bit anonymous. I’m also looking forward to the kickoff with the company group in Åre. It’ll be exciting to travel to Australia and launch Löwengrip, it feels surreal to have ”press-days” there (pinch me!). Then We have sales meetings in Shanghai again before I leave that part of the world, we are also going to visit Hermine Hold’s factory. I’m of course looking forward to launching HH in February.
… What feels scary?
NYC feels a little scary. I’ve just thrown myself out there. I bounced the idea with Pingis in the Fall seaosn and said I’m going to live there regularly to make the establishing of Löwengrip easier. She is like me and said ”go for it if you feel like you have the energy to travel more than you already do.” There’s no textbooks to work with. But I love it when the gut flutters and the plan isn’t 100% yet.
… What do you prefer eating?
I’m crazy about healthy food. Lovisa who lives here probably thinks I’m a rabbit. I can eat cold cabbage form the fridge. It’s a bit of a luxury to have vegetable cravings and I’m convinced it’s the gut that wants it (you can hear the phase I’m in). But things I eat EVERY day is fresh berries. Wherever I am in the world I always have blueberries and raspberries in the morning with something else. Today I flicked through all green cook books on the shelf , took pictures and texted to Matilda the chef. I’m looking forward to my week with the kids when she’s back with us. I really feel like the skin gets a lovely shine when I drink lots of water and eat lots of fresh veg and get to sweat during exercise.
… Your guilty pleasure?
Magazines and gossip…I used to be embarrassed when I always bought all gossip magazines at Seven Eleven but today I ready everything through Readly so I can be sneaky again.
… Dream purchase?
Hmm, I’m spoiled with having Sascha preparing my outfits every day all year around. I don’t have time to worry about purchases that much. When it comes to beauty I’m looking for new body oils all the time. nd I don’t think you can have too many tights from Lululemon. They days when I’m not dressed up (like today) I live in their yoga tights and knitted jumpers.
… Do you have any OCD behaviour?
I’ve understood from old boyfriends (and ex husband) that i can exaggerate my cleanliness. Always a toothbrush, plackers and wipes (leftovers from nappy-times with the kids but hey they’re good for everything) and my bag and I also shower in the morning and evening. I love starting my day with a shower and use creams and oils. And in the evening I love being clean and use oils before crawling into bed. I don’t think it’s a problem though. The amount of times I wash my hands is probably a bit extreme according to others but then the kids and I are rarely sick.
… Best way to relax?
It varies but I love how calm the house makes me feel. Watching and hearing the fire place. And draw a bath and pour lots of oils in. I usually count 20 breaths when i take a micro pause, it’s more difficult than you think but makes a big difference.
…What goals do you have in your mind?
Lots. On average you have 60,000 thoughts per day and a lot of them are goals. It plays like a film. A film is an early summer in the house, exercising in the pool-house and then I can open it up and it’ll almost be like exercising outside. I can invite friends for lunch and let all kids play in the pool. Rent a house in St Trope for a month in the summer and also looking forward to having the kids there and having a single-summer (!). Winning the prize as EY Female Super Star of the Year with Pingis and lots of exciting meetings with people I want to meet. Networking with like minded individuals is what gives me the most energy.
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