I love working in the nature. Spreading a sheet on the ground on a medow, among the grass and the flowers. In the shade of a spring apple tree.
Only a handful of equipment with me, just enough to work for a day. A small table light enough to carry, my camera, laptop and a battery pack, food to have picknick whenever an appetite calls.
The ultimate freedom of working on what I love in a place that feels like a piece of paradise.
The nature welcoming me in its dance inspires me to work from my truth, from my core. Perhaps I’m writing, perhaps doing design work. Or working with someone on setting up their business. Whatever it is that I do, the nature helps me do it from a deeper place within me.
The word Blissness takes on its full meaning here for me.
Sometimes I just sit and take in the beauty. Listening to the sound of the grass and the tress. Admiring the birds that sing their songs ever so enthusiastically. They inspire me to sing mine, too. Sometimes I focus for a long while, sometimes I get up and greet the life around me, sharing in the energy.
These are among my most productive days. Like full immersions in creativity.
Cross two flowers with long stems in x-shape, the upper one pointing to the right.
Cross the upper stem beneath the crossing point and over on top, in between the two flower heads.
Join the two stems again.
Take a third flower and place further down, crossing the two earlier stems in x-shape.
Repeat until the flower crown is long enough.
Tie the endings together with a strong blade of grass or metal wire.
Spring days calling for lockdown activities, we got out Nina’s teepee and went for an adventure. Bugs and spiders aside she loved it, and I did too.
In her I see life. Possibility. Windows of opportunity. Everything is open for her, and she is carving her path. I try my very best to be part of it, while letting her do her thing.
For picknick we packed only what Nina wanted. Her taste suits mine! Organic fruit, home-made popcorn and local apple juice. Watermelon is her all-time favorite, so the winter having passed she finally got her treat again.
The books are truly vintage from my childhood. Reading them to my girl brings up many emotions, as the images are carved in my memory. I studied every detail of my favorite pages so carefully with my little eyes back then, I now realise. The books that sparked up my imagination with colours and stories imagined by someone who dared to dream.
Now it’s Nina dreaming those dreams. Cinderella’s dresses, Mickey Mouse’s explorations, Snow White’s rosy red lips – princesses and adventures are her favorites. Perhaps the stories do to her what they do to me – mirror to us qualities and capabilities of ourselves that are truer than we adults often think. My deepest wish for her is to stay true to herself with all of those qualities and with everything she truly is.
It’s been a long while that I’ve been wanting to honour simple daily life by capturing and sharing some of its sweet little moments.
I’ve made 30Sec of Happiness videos for a few years, but time hasn’t been ripe for keeping a blog. I’ve got so much footage on multiple hard drives! For instance, one day a couple of years ago we had a blast with Nina during lunch time… all is often truly well in her world, and the beauty that I admired in her made me take and want to share these photos.
I’m taking on the challenge now. Simple everyday sweetness, shared. Beautiful experiences that I can see, hear, smell, taste, and/or feel in and around me. Moments of the delicious Now.
Last Sunday 10 beautiful souls gathered together at the Nowlicious studio for a workshop on blissness creation. A practical guide to self-realisation, the Creativity Model for Blissness shows the path for finding and staying true to our signature soul superpowers, and helps us create a truly fulfilling blissful business in 4 straightforward steps.
Then in groups of 3, each participant enjoyed 10 minutes of focused help, support or feedback relating to their business creation.
During a shared brunch Alba Pregja, founder of Womade Brussels, offered us an open social media Q&A.
Stay tuned for the next editions.
Nina picking wild raspberries at great grandpa’s & grandma’s cottage in Anttola, Finland.
My girl is such a happy bee. Even though she had some temperature this weekend, she was still up for playing and creating things. Amazing energy, always.
There is a particularly cosy atmosphere in the kitchen of Hugo Mega. His light-filled apartment under the roofs of Sablon, the antiques and arts area of Brussels centre, seems to be filled with kindness. As Hugo speaks about his lifestyle and the philosophy behind it, it becomes apparent that kindness is indeed very ingrained in everything he does. “If I’m non-harmful to people, then I want to be so also for the nature”, he says.
When Hugo is not teaching yoga or performing for circus and dance spectacles, he may well be trying out different organic ingredients for making his own household and self-care products. He also aspires to contribute to a cleaner environment by creating zero waste.
Hugo tells me that it was during his yoga teacher training in Bali that he learned about how negatively plastic and chemical products affect us, including contributing to imbalances in our hormonal and lymphatic systems. Inspiration came to him also from an American blogger who was studying ecology but realised how un-ecological she was herself. Then as New Year 2016 rolled around, Hugo made a resolution. Since then he has reduced his use of chemicals and plastic to a minimum, adopted a vegan diet, and pays attention to the durability of the products that he uses. For him this lifestyle is part of his quest to be conscious about who he is and what he leaves behind.
And indeed, in Hugo’s cupboards almost everything is stored in jars or paper bags. His way to skip packaging waste is to shop in bulk at Le Marché Bio, Les Ateliers des Tanneurs.
It is through experimenting with different ingredients that Hugo has found great organic mixes to replace chemical household products. White vinegar forms the disinfecting base for nearly every mix, combined with substances such as natural soaps, baking soda and essential oils.
In addition to household products, Hugo also prepares his own self-care products. Regarding scent, he wonders why we move so much away from our natural one. Each of us has our own signature scent. If he ‘fakes’ the scent, he uses essential oils.
Hugo notes that we tend to value home-made things more because they are made by a real individual and their care. “If you put love into your products, they will give you love back. It’s about putting your spiritual energy into what you use”, he says.
DIY WASHING POWDER
Mix equal parts baking soda and vegetable soap (Savon de Marseille without extra scent or other – Hugo uses Paillettes de Savon from La Droguerie Ecologique)
Rose essential oil (Geranio Bourbon)
Dr Bronner’s Magic Soaps
Essential oils (lavender, tea-tree and peppermint are great disinfecting ones)
Hugo loves cooking and giving time and care to the food he prepares. Respect is important to him, and his motto is to be more considerate of the environment, more considerate of our own health and wellbeing.
HUGO’S VEGAN LUNCH
home-made curry powder
Cook in coconut oil, add water and let simmer.