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The Secret To Effortless Exercise
Full disclosure: I’m writing this post as I eat my third zucchini cookie of the day – and experiencing zero guilt.

To be fair, for someone who’s job statistically labels her as “sedentary” - and completely backing up that fact – I have a moderate to good relationship with fitness and health. But let’s face it: Blogging, designing and running a creative business from home sets up the perfect atmosphere for a sedentary lifestyle, especially when squeezing in an extra hour of work is sometimes a bigger priority in our lives.

I believe that the place where we put *ourselves* on our mental priority list directly dictates how good of a relationship we have with exercise and spirituality (or at least that has been true in my own life). Awareness plays a lead role in making us believe we deserve something and in understanding that one hour dedicated to ourselves is an hour gained, not an hour lost – or that eating healthy is not a temporary quick fix but a life habit.

Being aware of ourselves first when it comes to a healthier lifestyle is (surprisingly) not just about vanity and shedding the pounds, although it’s a nifty side effect, don’t you think? Being aware of ourselves makes us uncomfortable enough with our sedentarism to provoke us to action.

The secret to effortless exercise is learning to redefine the way we see effort itself, not as something that sucks the life out of us. It changes from, "There’s no time for it" to, "I’ll make time for it". That’s where the rubber hit the road and makes us more prone to creating a realistic system for ourselves that fits into our lives and that we can maintain.

You exercise and live healthy effortlessly when you:

1. Ease into it – Most people fail at creating healthy habits because they don’t ease into it. You need to start from the beginning when it comes to building a healthier lifestyle, no exception. Start with something that your mind recognizes as effortless. For example, move at a slow pace for 15 minutes today rather than signing up for a military style boot camp... or switch out white bread for wholewheat bread. Simple is always smart.

2. Redefine your limiting beliefs – Our beliefs are shaped by past experiences, logic and emotion. Once a belief is formed we reject the thought that something can be any other way: If you believe that you can’t do something, you speak and act like someone who can’t, so you actually can’t. Reshaping a belief is about changing the way we speak about things and ourselves. I love the way Tony Horton puts it: Instead of saying, “I can’t” say, “I presently struggle with...” - then act on that new belief.

3. Be present – Creating healthy habits is a day-by-day process. It’s about what you’re doing today that’s good for you... not about what you will be able to do, feel or look like a year from now. Practicing mindfulness inherently allows you to find the process itself satisfying not only the outcomes.

4. Align it with your personality – If your actions and habits don’t align with your personality you will soon lose your interest... and you know how that goes. First despondency... and then you'll jump ship. It’s key to recognize how beautifully different we are and how that triggers what we fall in love with. I love yoga and practice it once a week for 1.5 hours - but doing that every single day just doesn’t align with my personality. Things that have me jumping, moving and rolling on the floor are more *me*. Like Plyometrics. So that's the highlight of my week. The same can be applied to healthy eating. If you’re not someone who loves smoothies, why drink them? Eat the way you like and make smart healthy choices.

5. Condition yourself for it – A lot of us have all these good intentions but when it comes time to put them into practice, we find something better to do or to eat because we don’t condition ourselves and our lives for action. For example, you are much more likely to exercise if you intentionally focus on simply putting on your gym clothes and shoes. Just the way you're more likely to eat better by planning your meals in advance. Conditioning is setting yourself up for success which in the end is winning.

Keep in mind that this is not all about getting shredded abs... it’s about creating new habits and new beliefs so that exercise is always effortless no matter it’s shape, form or level of intensity. No fitness Guru in the world is going to talk you into making the shift to living a healthier life style if you don’t set yourself up for success.

Do you have any limiting mindsets when it comes to exercise and healthy living?

Please, let me know if you want the recipes for these cookies. I tell you, they’re scrumptious.

Photography: Adidas Originals

The Secret To Effortless Exercise

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Minimal Offices via Finnish Design Shop
The ever so brilliant Finnish Design Shop has released a beautifully curated collection of minimal home office pieces. I have to fully agree with their belief that a well-planned storage system, comfortable chair and desk are essential for your productivity. The list includes favorites like Norman Copenhagen, Muuto, Marimekko, Iitala and Hay among other greats.

Photography and Styling: Riikka Kantinkoski

Minimal Offices via Finnish Design Shop



Fall Pants
Need Supply Co. has launched a brilliant Fall collection, filled with unique pieces that give us a new take on colors, shapes and materials. Like this Roslyn Pant in *gold* by Stelen. An in-house line from Need Supply Co. Stelen offers statement silhouettes that draw lead inspiration from the finest Scandinavian style. – Blending the spirit of Swedish whimsy with Danish rationality and a focus on materiality, Stelen does wearable yet forward pieces that transcend seasonality. How would you wear those Roslyn pants?

Prothography via Need Supply Co.

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The
Essential Principles of
Decluttering
Living one's life intentionally is easier said than done. People have started to throw out Minimalism quotes like bible verses from Sunday's mass... and though they're empowering, there's a massive gap between the believing and the doing. Jumping in with both feet is scary for anyone, unless, like myself, life has not given you an option. It's safe to say that your journey to becoming more mindful about material things will be a tad uncomfortable to say the least.

Introducing change into our lives, no matter how adventurous our brains are, will always generate a little discomfort. Human beings are bound to resist change because in changing there's a lot of uncertainty (and living on the safe side is always more appealing) - so the immediate answer to something new and challenging is most often NO.

Decluttering is not about tossing things away that are broken or rummaging through your drawers trying to find things that you haven't seen since 1982 - It's about bringing more meaning into your life, it's about enjoying every single thing you have. It's not as much about letting go as it is about keeping things that add to your life.

Human beings can only truly cherish a limited number of things at one time... that is why I want to cherish properly the things I love, and that is why I have insisted on tidying so much of my life. – Marie Kondo
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What if we all saw decluttering as life-giving instead of life-depriving? That micro mind shift alone can be so powerful that resistance will stop taking the drivers seat in your life. That internal talk has sharpened my desire for simplicity and taught me the value of the principles I'm about to talk about.

01. Start Easy The best way to get started decluttering is by simply cleaning up, getting rid of the no-brainer types of things. If you start with the hard things first (like things that right now have emotional value to you), you will be challenging your ability to make progress yourself.

02. Keep Memories Not Things There are many ways to honor the love that you receive from others. There's no need to keep every single letter, gift or souvenir. Your memories are louder and more meaningful than things that are put away in drawers.

03. No Space For Junk If you dedicate a special shrine in your home for junk... chances are junk will always be a part of your life. Clear all junk-rooms, junk-drawers, junk-basements and re-purpose their use. Everything that you own takes your time to maintain. Are you wasting your time on junk?

04. Stop The Incoming Flow Taking (old) things out will be a waste of your precious time if you keep bringing (new) things in. Making new habits is important to allow you to buy what you need, not what you think you will need "if". Learn to put off buying things rather than splashing out with impulse buys.

05. Don't Spend: Invest This practice will forever change your life. Learning to invest rather than spend will have the greatest of impact - simply because you automatically give more value to the things you decide to bring into your life. Learning to invest in things that have purpose and function is life altering. Make smart decisions when it comes to function, purpose and durability.

Mindfulness cannot be achieved unless is exercised - so if you're having trouble in this area of your life make small trigger goals that can help push you through: For example - if you are having issues getting rid of something, try using it a few days in a row. Chances are you'll see how invaluable it really is to your life and end up getting rid of it. Gather a tribe and start hanging out with people doing the same thing you're doing. Accountability and shared experience are an enormous source of inspiration.

Focus on outcomes - not activities - and the "doing" part of it all will become something automatic in your life.

Which of these principles do you find the hardest to apply in your life? For me it was Investing rather than Spending.

I'd love to know.

Photography: Sara Medina Lind with Thanks

The Essential Principles of Decluttering



Poached Egg Over Millet Cakes
My current breakfast routine is nothing to write home about. I usually just go for the easiest bet which in my book is oatmeal, while my head indulges in graphic breakfast images like this Poached Egg Over Millet stunner. I decided to give this recipe a go on Sunday (night) and even though I already knew it wouldn't disappoint - Because, as you know What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today is one of my favorite food blogs and Martha Greber my imaginary kick-ass food Guru. As usual, I was more than pleased with the results, millet happens to be one of my favorite things to eat, to a point in which one of the themes from my previous blog layouts collection was affectionately named after that holy grain. Go to Martha's blog for the full recipe and let me know if you give it a try.

Photography via: What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today

Poached Egg Over Millet Cakes



Københavns Møbelsnedkeri
Københavns Møbelsnedkeri is a brilliant handmade furniture workshop and online shop based in Copenhagen. Since the company was founded in 2006 they have designed a collection of new classics and left a strong fingerprint on private homes, shops, offices and restaurants around the world. Their amazingly talented staff has given a new meaning to the craft as they continue to create a new wave of fine designed home furniture. My visualization board now includes them because, who wouldn't want these pieces in their home?

Photography by: Line Klein

Københavns Møbelsnedkeri

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