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The superheroes of our time August 23, 2020

Super heroes Healthcare 2020 Pippi Långstrump, Bamse

The original version of this picture somehow said it all. The superheroes of our time: the health care staff that deserves the honor, praise and appreciation at a level unheard of.

The depth of appreciation I personally feel to this group of individuals for doing their best, and saving the lives of my family members and close friends among all others, during this unprecedented time of pandemic is immense.

Something fundamental was missing in this picture though, and I couldn’t resist creating this Swedish version with Bamse and Pippi Longstocking – the kindest and strongest bear and the unconventional and superhumanly strong gal in the world. (I hope the original creators don’t mind).

Let us all be fed with their superpowers in time of need and lets make this bumpy period a little smoother. It is possible. I have seen it. You are invited.

 

What if? March 31, 2020

Filed under: Health,Inspiration — Johanna C. Nilsson @ 5:33 am
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I got the question on linkedin from a friend: “0 to 10…..0 is not serious and 10 is extremely serious…what do you rate what the world is going through?”

My take is this: “Nothing we can’t handle or survive – but serious enough for a wakeup call to do things differently in the future. Hopefully it will bring along great outcomes as well – for the planet and humans. 5? You?”

And I get this reading below back – you may already have read it – I have to share it. First post here in over 5 years.

A blog (some call it a poem) by Gurpreet Gill.

What If?​

There is so much fear, and perhaps rightfully so, about COVID-19.​

And, what if…​

If we subscribe to the philosophy that life is always working out for us, that there is an intelligence far greater than humans at work…​

That all is interconnected.​

What if…​

the virus is here to help us?​

To reset.
To remember.​

What is truly important.​

Reconnecting with family and community.​

Reducing travel so that the environment, the skies, the air, our lungs all get a break.​

Parts of China are seeing blue sky and clouds for the first time in forever with the factories being shut down.​

Working from home rather than commuting to work (less pollution, more personal time).​

Reconnecting with family as there is more time at home.​

An invitation to turn inwards — a deep meditation — rather than the usual extroverted going out to self-soothe.​

To reconnect with self — what is really important to me?​

A reset economically.​

The working poor. The lack of healthcare access for over 30 million in the US. The need for paid sick leave.​

How hard does one need to work to be able to live, to have a life outside of work?​

To face our mortality — check back into “living” life rather than simply working, working, working.​

To reconnect with our elders, who are so susceptible to this virus.​

And, washing our hands — how did that become a “new” thing that we needed to remember. But, yes, we did.​

The presence of Grace for all.​

There is a shift underway in our society — what if it is one that is favorable for us?​

What if this virus is an ally in our evolution?​

In our remembrance of what it means to be connected, humane, living a simpler life, to be less impactful/ more kind to our environment.​

An offering from my heart this morning. Offered as another perspective. Another way of relating to this virus, this unfolding, this evolution.​

It was time for a change, we all knew that.​

And, change has arrived.​

What if…​

 

 

Runic Love Quote October 3, 2014

Filed under: Inspiration — Johanna C. Nilsson @ 9:51 am
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Looked for a Viking poem for a wedding and found this Runic love quote. Simple and sincere, short and sweet.

B465, before 1198
mun:þumik:man:(ek)þik:un:þu:mer:an:ekþ(er)

Mun þú mik,
man ek þik.
Unn þú mér,
ann ek þér.

‘Remember me,
I remember you.
Love me,
I love you’.

b465

 

Simple life lessons September 26, 2014

Filed under: coaching — Johanna C. Nilsson @ 3:27 pm
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1+1=2

Mistakes are great – learn from them.

Once = no time

Twice = two times too much

And don’t forget the sunscreen.

 

 

 

World Domination February 6, 2014

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World Domination Loving Life

What ever it is – keep the dream alive.

“Envision the future, embrace the presence and achieve more than imagined.”

Johanna C. Nilsson (if I may quote myself)

There just gotta be some action in the embracing part… 😉

What is your next step? 

Johanna

Photo credit: I fucking love science.

 

When Ellen met Elias. “OMG” January 26, 2014

Filed under: Inspiration,Loving Life — Johanna C. Nilsson @ 7:23 pm
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A TV guest that won’t be forgotten – and a video snippet you would not want to miss. When Ellen met Elias.

I encourage all of us to “do an Elias” per day. Just blurb your excitement out! And if we can identify what we are awesome at, just like Elias – that would be amazing.

Be yourself. Be different, and cool. Be inspired.

Johanna

 

Racing is Life January 23, 2014

Filed under: Inspiration — Johanna C. Nilsson @ 5:59 pm
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I just stumbled over the artist Catrine Näsmark‘s flicker account. I just love her art. Or as her husband says, “It is not paintings she does – it is story telling”. It is. And maybe that is why I appreciate it so much.

The story, the humor, the playfulness, the small details, and the largeness in the big size canvases.

Visit the Flickr account and see for yourselves. Enjoy the ride.

And, is Racing life?

Johanna

Watch this movie with optional english captions.

 

100HappyDays – Starting Now January 15, 2014

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You are what you think… And I truly believe in the power of the process of doing something daily.

Short, sweet and simple. Yet powerful. Share during 100 days in a row what made you happy.

Join in the 100happydays experience. http://100happydays.com/ – Starting today!

Enjoy,

Johanna

100happydays JohannaCNilsson

 

Fall Harmonies – Friday Fall Harmonies November 20, 2013

Fall Life  Yesterday we, Keeva A Cappella, had the last rehearsal before our concert this upcoming Friday. Friday Fall Harmonies with local guest artist and poet Beryl Baker to warm up the mic. Or is it unplugged? It is unplugged. At least that was the instructions to one of the new songs. And maybe for a reason…

The new song I have in mind is “The Cave” with Mumford & Sons. A newly written a cappella version for our group by one of our new members. Imagine an acoustic, unplugged, in a wine bar version of that song (see/hear below). Although – this time it is at Dolores Park Cafe.

Yesterday I said “What would my last 7 years in San Francisco have been without Keeva?” It’s not to say that it wouldn’t have been great – but this group is a solid contribution to making it more than that. It’s really an awesome group of people, and… maybe come judge for yourself, see how a little bit of this groups music live impact you?!

We won’t give you this version of The Cave – but if you want to be this version of audience – feel free! 😉

Johanna

Friday Fall Harmonies with Beryl Baker and Keeva A Cappella

Come in out of the cold and warm up to the sweet sound of love songs and globally-inspired harmonies.
Local musician and poet, Beryl Baker will serenade you on ukulele and guitar with her acoustic folk, indie-rock and blues-inspired tunes. 
And Keeva A Cappella will treat you to soulful vocal music from around the world.
Come early for Dolores Park Cafe’s delicious food, and to grab a beer and a seat! 
A $5-10 suggested donation is appreciated and will go to Philippines typhoon relief efforts.

Dolores Park Cafe. Friday night September 22. at 7.30pm. 501 Dolores St, San Francisco, California 94110  

 

Be Creative. Make a Difference. November 19, 2013

Filed under: Inspiration — Johanna C. Nilsson @ 12:19 pm
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BeCreativeBeDifferent

A picture says more than thousand words.
A bouquet of flowers speaks (above the) millions as well.

 

 
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