Saturday and a slow start

Breakfast in bed

It’s a bit special for me nowadays to wake up and have breakfast at home. Usually, during work-days, I get ready quickly in the morning to be at work before 5.30 am. My breakfast is prepared the night before and I make my own coffee to bring in a thermo-cup to work.

I love my work hours, It’s no problem for me to get up in the morning and to get off by lunch is awesome – especially during winter so I can get some daylight in the afternoon.

At the gym in Colorado last summer

Saturdays and Sundays though are a nice break, and I love to start the day in another tempo, and without rush.

Often I think of going to the gym on Saturdays, but I get stuck with a book, coffee and relax by the breakfast table instead. Or prioritize going for a walk.

Poster on my niece and nephews’s school

Earlier in life, I was often picturing a more free life where I could spend my time however I wanted, without stress. And over the past years I have lived just like that a lot more.

Even now, when I work full time, I feel rather free most of the time, and I know it has a lot to do with my attitude towards priorities, “musts and shoulds”, how I think about time and also that I feel less stress over what others think of me and rather look to what I need and want.

As I write this, I see how far I’ve come on my personal journey, and how rewarding all the coaching sessions, reading, deep thinking and looking at my less charming thoughts and behaviours have payed off. For this I am grateful.

So, I’m ready to go out and meet  this day with curiosity and love and I hope you are too.

Love, Wivan 

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Memorables

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Cheering flowers on a Friday afternoon

You know those moments when you have a sensation of ease, joy, lightness, some kind of sunshine of the mind.
The times when you thank yourself for being you, when the feeling inside makes you want to hug anybody you meet or just sing a little song.

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Grandma on the ferry yesterday

Lately I’ve started collecting on those moments. And I haven’t realized I did until now!

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Friday afternoon on the train home

The times those feelings are inside, when the moments appear from nowhere, I have started to stand still or stop what I am doing to just let it sink in, to absorb it deep inside instead of just rushing by. I want to marinate myself in those moments.

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Morning at home

Maybe it’s the power of spring, or it’s just me, but it seems to be more often this happens now than earlier. Or maybe it’s just because I am more aware of all the little treasures.

Anyways,
Be still, be gentle and be love.

Wivan

There’s always something happening in a city

Cars driving, people talking, traffic lights.

Chinese New Year decoration

Chinese New Year decoration

A dog on the sidewalk, kids playing, the sound of a bouncing tennis ball.

Clear directions

Clear directions

Coffee takeaway, a bicycle passing, the smell of cooking food.

Great World City Mall

Great World City Mall

A door that opens, a huge shopping mall covering the entire sight, umbrellas in the hands of walking people.

Robertson Quay walking bridge

Robertson Quay walking bridge

High heels, sport shoes, balloons and music.

Shopping district

Shopping district

Jogging, the smell of fresh bread, grown ups riding kick boards.

Central Expressway

Central Expressway

A honking horn, concrete, falling rain.

People, people, people

People, people, people

Lush green leafs, water, boats.

Fullerton Road

Fullerton Road

Cellphones, buses, birds.

Rooftop installation

Rooftop installation

Commercial, toilets, plastic bags.

Clear directions

Clear directions

Smells, noises, views, sensations and tastes.

Backpacker in Kampong Glam

Backpacker in Kampong Glam

Big and small, high and low, loud and quiet. Dark and light, new and old.

Construction site

Construction site

Friends, family, love, fear, workdays, parties.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

Religion, morning walks, babies learning to talk.

Little India clean out

Little India clean out

Schools, maps, songs, tears, laughter, discussions, negotiations, movies, pictures, lyrics, paint, windows, walls, buildings, parks, streets, joy, depression, anger, holidays, practice and perfection.

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

There’s always something going on in a city.

When dreams come to life

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Morning reading before breakfast

Have had one of the best days of my life today. This far in life, that is.

After breakfast I got to get out horse back riding with one of the friends who host me this week. The sun was shining, I had a very nice horse, good company and the scenery was astonishing.
I love horses and have been riding for about 30 years. To ride in this part of France was a dream I didn’t realized I had before I was out there!

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Saddle and head piece

After riding I took a swim in the pool and then had lunch. All was calm and peaceful, just like my mind.

In the afternoon we did some work, and I have spent most of the day outside with sun bathing inbetween.

Why this day has been so good probably has more to do with my state of mind and being rather than the actual activities. Well, that’s really how it always is – we can do wonderful things and yet feel crappy. And we can do boring things and have a great experience.

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Afternoon coffee by the pool

Today the combination of activities, setting and state of mind made it a wonderful day for me that I will remember forever.

Until next time!

//Wivan

To do: Four easy steps

Got this list from yoga_girl , Rachel Brathen’s Instagram page a while ago, and enjoyed the thought of it a lot.

1. Make a list of things that make you really, truly, utterly happy.
2. Make a list of things you do every day.
3. Compare the lists.
4. Adjust accordingly.

yoga_girl, Rachel Brathen

yoga_girl, Rachel Brathen

Let’s just say we’re playing around with this list now when we’re travelling. Doing what we love, listening to our deepest desires and enjoying life more and more fully every day.

// Anders and Wivan

Gratitude list

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Sunshine is back!

* Sunshine
* Time together
* Loving friends and family
* Great technology
* Yoga mat
* Fresh air
* Wonderful food and local produce
* Ability to say ‘hi’ and ‘thank you’ in French
* High quality clothes and shoes
* Laughter
* Open minds and acceptance
* Good movies
* Music
* Interesting people and caring hosts

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Drying up after some rainy days

That’s the start of today’s list!