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Boldly Be June 3, 2013

Filed under: coaching — Johanna C. Nilsson @ 10:57 am
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A poem of inspiration…
Boldly Be

Whatever is in you to be,
whatever you love, is your fire.
Ignite it, trust it; it is a gift born of your spirit.

Be it in words, dance, colors, or a song…
have absolute faith in what you have been given;

chase it no matter how elusive;
be it… however challenging;
pursue it without pause;
seek to… boldly be
whatever is in your heart to be.

by Pam Reinke

Boldly be,

Johanna

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I passed the start line. October 14, 2012

Well… I passed the start line.
The first 6-7 miles the tempo wasn’t too shabby. Then the hills started…

Mile 8 I turn to my iPhone to turn on some trigger music.
The phone dies on me!
Mile 10 my knees start to really hurt. I’m speed walking – feels much better.

Mile 11 comes one cheer zone with Michael Jackson music Beat it! – and I suddenly run faster than after start line ?!?! until I can’t hear the music.
Finished strong.

My image of the San Francisco Fire Fighters was misleading. But they were classy in tuxedo.
The post finish line massage was nice!
Late lunch with runner friends and supporters super nice.

Ice bath was not as bad as I imagined it.
I hope it makes magic and that I can walk down the stairs tomorrow. Sorry knees – will prepare you better next time.

And even if it’s misty and foggy, I’ll wear sun screen next time.

And, dear iPhone – I may have taken an hour longer to run this race than 10 years ago – but I’ve got more juice than you’ve got! And seriously – we gotta change that, partner!

After all, 3.08hrs for 13.1 miles given circumstances, is quite ok.
Seeing those t-shirts with mom and dad on, in a race fundraising for Leukemia and Lymphoma Cancer, makes it real.
I hope it makes a difference.

A #NMW12 finisher.
J

 

Saddened. Grateful. Inspired. October 6, 2011

Filed under: coaching,Entrepreneur,Inspiration — Johanna C. Nilsson @ 3:49 am
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Saddened. We just lost a very special individual of our time. Steve Jobs. You will be missed and forever remembered.

Grateful. The best thing that came out of having a burglary in my home 3 years ago, was to replace my PC  with a MAC. Grateful for how Apple has enabled me to run my own business  and do what I do – getting voices heard. Grateful for the expanded vision for the Herringbone software and platform. Herringbone, being a standard application on MAC and capturing stories of change worldwide. with an iPhone… in US, Sweden or… Africa.

Inspired. To create something wonderful and have the courage to follow my heart and intuition.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.

If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.”

Read this article on Mashable and get a dose of Steve Jobs inspiration. Let us all be inspired and ‘put a ding in the Universe’. What really matters to you?

“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”

Johanna

Your time is limited.

 

Londoners: What are you listening to? July 10, 2011

Filed under: coaching,Inspiration — Johanna C. Nilsson @ 3:16 pm
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Coming back to Sweden and being able to listen to Spotify made me ask around for friends music favorites. I can’t say that I got a whole lot of input. Sometimes it is like that. If you are really curious, and if you really are looking for inspiration or an answer to something – keep looking, keep asking. Ask people you wouldn’t normally ask. You may be surprised. You may get an answer you absolutely did not expect. You may get a very different perspective. You may get to know a different side of the person you are asking.

Listen to the answers people gave in London – would you have expected?

I am just saying: Music rock, ABBA rock, you rock. Go find whatever answer you are looking for. The one who searches he shall find…

Enjoy the process 😉

Johanna

 

Londoners: What are you listening to?

Filed under: coaching,Inspiration — Johanna C. Nilsson @ 3:16 pm
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Coming back to Sweden and being able to listen to Spotify made me ask around for friends music favorites. I can’t say that I got a whole lot of input. Sometimes it is like that. If you are really curious, and if you really are looking for inspiration or an answer to something – keep looking, keep asking. Ask people you wouldn’t normally ask. You may be surprised. You may get an answer you absolutely did not expect. You may get a very different perspective. You may get to know a different side of the person you are asking.

Listen to the answers people gave in London – would you have expected?

I am just saying: Music rock, ABBA rock, you rock. Go find whatever answer you are looking for. The one who searches he shall find…

Enjoy the process 😉

Johanna

 

What’s holding you back? February 4, 2011

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DON'T GIVE UP!

Coming back from NYC this time I had one new thing to unpack: a package of magnets with the look of iPhone apps. Hm. As I put them up on my fridge, I was thinking – I guess it’s official: I am an apple nurd! Or fan, to choose a more flattering word.

My fridge has a number of photos of family and friends, and a few motivating cards and statements etc. The one card that draw my attention, that got surrounded by iPhone apps, had the message “DON’T GIVE UP!”. They had one thing in common. This very card I got when visiting a friend in London, the summer before starting my business studies at Stockholm School of Economics. I was spending a whole day in the city – shopping – and came home with one thing: this card. Summer of 1995. Since then I have moved more times than number of years that have passed, and it is still with me…

So now it sits on my fridge, surrounded by a reminder of my original business idea of Herringbone. The software – and app – that will support and inspire stories of change and positive impact. Maybe, if the idea still holds, I will get there one day. But there are many roads to Rome.

The main software I use today to get voices heard for positive change is another one. Objective Marketer, the social media marketing campaign manager. The core reason why I am doing what I do is still the same. It’s not about marketing. It’s creating a positive impact by using social media to reach out with your story or offering, making yourself accessible and provide others with something valuable for them to gain from, because they choose to listen. And at the same time reach those who express that they want what you have to offer, because social media can help you find them. Real time. Globally. Or locally. And create a social media community landscape of likeminded where demand and supply meet. I think that is a beautiful way to serve the world.

Now – what is your story? What is your dream to create? And is something holding you back?

A friend of mine shared the video in this link from Harvard Business Publishing on this topic: What is holding yourself back? with special focus on leaders and entrepreneurs. Maybe that will give a kick in the right direction.

Enjoy,

Johanna

 

 
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