Telling the Truth No Matter What

October 14, 2016

Truth, honesty, transparency…those are not things I could say I was ever good at. Wait, no…these were not ways of life for me at all. Unfamiliar territory to be honest. It isn’t like I walked around telling lies consciously, but unconsciously I was a scared, weak liar both to myself and to others. We lie. Our entire society is built on illusions, falsities, untruths. When I started to look inside myself, the extent to how deep this ran in my…

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The Sacred Separation

June 7, 2016

I grew up, like the majority of humans today, with the subtle belief that there was something missing with who I was, with my life, my choices. No one told me that directly, but it was something I somehow inferred on a subconscious level. I think everyone around me felt the same way! It is in the very air that we breathe in our society…we are taught that we are “sinful” – it is a deep cultural identity. As an…

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Striving Isn’t ME! Breaking All The Masks

April 8, 2016
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There is this part of me, I call the “striver”…it is part CEO of a multinational corporation, part worried grandmother and part scared child. The striver is the voice of my ego, the false self that has the sole purpose of keeping me alive and loved, it thinks… It’s intention is good, rooted in my soul’s path for freedom, to come HOME to itself, but is misguided, misinformed and afraid. It’s job in essence is to hold up all of…

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You Are MORE

April 2, 2016

I have been writing these last weeks about my journey into freedom and exploring how it impacts my family, how we grow, what we experience and how it feels. Before I take the exploration any further, I wanted to really take a minute and explain what FREEDOM is and why it is so important to me and to our family and to our world. But before I talk about what freedom is, let’s look at why the sense of freedom,…

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The Joy of Being Nothing and the Journey Getting There

March 24, 2016

I do not write what I write here to teach you anything. I don’t write because I think I know more than you. I write because I am urged to write about my truth and the life experiences that are showing me this truth. This journey of living so outrageously authentic is radically changing my life and the life of my husband, Gunnar, and our children. It is my belief that it is because of just this work, just this…

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February 19, 2016

When I started my work with The Joyful Mother, it was inspired by a yearning within me to parent from joy. It was my strong instinct that my joy was my children’s birthright and that I was a stronger and better parent when parenting from love and joy. I knew that love was strength, insight, clarity, acceptance, patience and it empowered me to be the best version of myself as a parent. Parenting from love and joy did not turn me…

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Our Shocking Lack of Presence

December 18, 2014

When Danish dialogue facilitator and specialist in conflict mediation and reconciliation, Carl Plesner, was talking to a group of fifth graders about wellbeing and conflict mediation in school, he asked one of his routine question a bit differently than usual. The children’s responses shocked him. The session with the kids was based around a dialogue with a set of “need cards” as the basis for their talk. The cards depicted 60 “universal needs” that all humans regardless of culture, religion, gender,…

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You Are Already Perfect Mom…

November 19, 2014

We, moms today, seem to be in a constant state of polishing this thing called motherhood until it gleams. We are so busy and concerned about everything related to motherhood, our houses, ourselves, our partners, our activities and our children and their activities to LOOK a certain way in order to fulfill a certain need, desire, feeling in us. But wait…that sounds a bit selfish. I mean, none of us start out as a mom, looking to fulfill our own…

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“All I Want is My Children To Be Happy”

October 13, 2014

I implore you not to give up on your children's happiness just because it is hard, just because you don't know how to do this exactly! Giving up on actively influencing your children's happiness is, for all intensive purposes, giving up on doing the same for yourself. Happiness is a habit that can be learned!…

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My Top 5 Tips For a Joyful Family Dinner!

September 17, 2014

I came across an article today called “Study finds that home-cooking disproportionately burdens mothers“. I think this is for sure the case for most of us, would you not agree? But does it have to be? Analysis by the Institute for Public Policy Research think-tank (UK) shows that eight out of 10 married women do more household chores, while just one in 10 married men does an equal amount of cleaning and washing as his wife. So, not only do…

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