North Modern trade show – a vision manifested

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I had a vision: Go to a Business trade show aimed at selling to other businesses. Above you can see that vision come true. Looks easy, right?

Realization:

I knew going to a trade show was a step up for me. I knew that presenting my business professionally to other businesses was a big leap. And I knew it would be hard work. But, as many of the things I have done that has caused growth, I had no Idea just how big a leap this was. How much hard work.

(Building up the booth – together with Rune + a very decorating-skilled friend, also called Lise :-)

I also didn´t know that it is considered normal that this big financial investment doesn´t come back as income straight away. Wow! That takes a lot of vision power and a long view.

After the 3 days at the trade show – talking to customers, waiting for customers, trying to remember not to be pushy or needy but just be in service, I was so, so done. I felt like a baby needing to be fed and pampered and napping. And over again. And again. And again.

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(In less than 2 weeks I managed to create some marketing material, including this pull up banner and the big 4 x 2,5 meter wall print. With great and prompt help from a handful skilled people I trust. Busy times!)

No spark, inspiration or success feeling was left in me. Just done, used up. Worn. I knew it was temporary. I also knew that I had to deal with it.

So that is what I did. For almost 2 whole days I did nothing except taking care of myself. Sleeping. Going for walks. Reading and taking long baths. Letting my family know I would be back but needed some recovery space.

And slowly my well being returned. And with that my inspiration. And guess what? One of my first inspired thoughts was: What if I could manage to go to that other trade show next month, now that I have all the gear prepared? The one I heard would most likely be a much better match for me and my products, hmmm…..

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Well, I haven´t decided on that yet. But I am so thankful that I can feel my inspiration again and that visions are landing in my nest. We all need that to feel hope and possibility about our life. But we simply can´t attract any of those things if we are too stressed out. There is nothing wrong with us. None of us. But we all need a basis of pampering on a daily basis. And when we go off balance, our bodies will let us know.

That´s when we need to pay attention. Big time. Because we are so much more fragile than we often imagine, and when we own that fragility, we are so, so strong.

Thank you for hearing this little tale.

Wishing you lots of well being side by side with whatever work you have undertaken. Big or small, I truly believe it all counts in ways we can´t always understand.

And cheers! Not only on the successes you can count. But cheers for trying, and for every time you dare invite inspiration and vision into you life.
And for courage to try again.

Lise.

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New painting with spring-feelings!

Bloom freely

“Bloom freely/ Blomstre frit” – 31,5 x 47,2 in/ 80 x 120 cm, acrylic and paper on deep edge canvas. Price: 925 $/ 6.700 kr.

First painting in 2016 was begun before new year and is called: “Bloom freely”.

I got a feeling 2016 is going to be a juicy, interesting, prospering, deep gazing and wildly dancing year for me. With more doing than thinking. Daring to open more, give more, blooming freely.

That is my intention, because frankly, everything flows a lot better for me when I just get out of my inner thoughtfulness and act! Then things start to happen, coming my way too. And I get the energy and inspiration needed for the next steps.

In other news: Vision board workshop coming up – veeery soon now!

In exactly 12 days we will spend a saturday with letting the visions bubble and sit down by the lake of dreams trying to catch them and make visual boards to inspire us throughout 2016.

If you live nearby you are most WELCOME TO JOIN – last signup is coming friday, read more HERE.

Wishing you ligth + joy filled steps in the coming time, spring is not here yet, but the light is returning!

Lise.

 

 

Angel notebooks and new years workshop!

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Dear friends,

just a quick note to say:

  1. The shop is filled to the brim and there are many new things to be inspired by. Check out the new angel notebooks, the mini card packs on recycled paper or the bigger A3 signed prints or browse all the new images now available on print, like this one with a visual message of love.
  2. The first workshop of 2016 – NEW YEARS WORKSHOP WITH VISION BOARD -is now open for registration. All info is in Danish as it takes place here in DK. It´s all about listening deep and manifesting your innermost dreams in 2016. Read all about it HERE or head straight to SIGNUP.
  3. So much is happening in the big world and also in my small world. I this is what it feels like to be growing from a smaller wannabe business to a well, real one who can actually walk by it´s own. I am not completely there but I enjoy the journey fully and at the same time I am not always sure how long my limbs are and how to use them. One sign: I don´t get around to create blogposts at the moment. Another sign: this happened and filled me with joy! So, if you miss hearing what´s happening, I invite you to sign up for my newsletter HERE. Also, when you sign up you receive a 20 % coupon code for the webshop to use until the end of the year – enjoy! Or, connect on Facebook or Instagram if you also like to find and share inspiration there!

Wishing you a december with moments to be as still as nature invites us to right now,

love from Lise.

 

Clashing wills & quiet hearts

"Healing hearts/ Helende hjerter" Acrylic and paper on canvas, 24 x 30 cm 1600 kr.

“Healing hearts/ Helende hjerter” Acrylic and paper on canvas, 24 x 30 cm 1600 kr. For sale.

Text in the painting reads:

“IN THE QUIET SPACES LIVES JOY – CREATIVITY – CONNECTION + CARE.

HEALING OF OUR HEARTS.”

When we want something with our will and act on it, we create a direction, a movement. Directions and movements are powerful; they can move mountains and people. They can create the wildest new things and tear the old and dusty down to pieces. They can leave their mark and shape the world.

Directions can also clash. When two wills headed in opposite directions collide, conflicts can arise. And it is often worst when the two wills thought they were going to the same place. And bang, they collide, abruptly stopped. And get angry with each other, for no one likes being stopped in their progress.

And out there in the land of wills and actions, where everything is directions and creating power, it is often difficult to resolve this conflict.

It actually CAN´T be resolved from that place; the two wills are already moving in two different directions. Each of them of in their full right to do so. It takes strength to move mountains, all power needed. So the only focus there is room for in the country of wills and directions are often: That mountain has to be moved! And so, the two wills collide like two angry bulls ready for battle. And I have yet to meet anyone who has successfully coached two angry bulls into happily grazing side by side.

To resolve the conflict, we must sidestep and be silent. Completely quiet. So quiet that we can listen above and below and right into the middle of the very core of life. So quiet that we can hear the earth below us, with all the layers of primeval history. So we catch the universal melody of the past and future and endless possibilities in one. So quiet that we just ARE, without needing to move anywhere, because everything is right here and always have been. So quiet that we ARE love.

In love, it is not just possible, but completely natural that there is room for several directions at once. In love, coexistence is a wonderful opportunity to honor our differences while we create and contribute with each our bit to the world. Even when it’s hard and it looks like what we want are opposites, each of us can continue to live and act without being stopped by someone who want something seemingly different. Deeply rooted in love.

Do we need to enter a meditation room or a monastery to be quiet for hours or days every time there is a conflict? For God´s sake, NO, certainly not! The silence of love is timeless. For some it works to practice in a monastery or a meditation room. Personally I love to practice this healing quietness when I paint and create things. It is a state that works through us, and it doesn´t take more than a tiny moment to create a healing difference in a conflict. As lont as that moment springs from the love in a quiet heart.

Is it easy? NO! (permission granted to shout from your lungs full volume!)

Is it possible? Yes it is. (said with quiet wonder, like when you are unsure whether it is a lark you can see in the sky, and just have come to agree with yourself that “yes, it is”.)

With big love, from a sometimes frowning bullhead with an also soft and quiet heart.

Lise.

Being gentle is a powerful gift you give yourself

Be gentle - available as signed print!

Be gentle – available as signed print, just click the picture…..

BE GENTLE WITH YOURSELF

The gentleness you give yourself carefully nourishes your inner willingness to open yourself to life. When you treat yourself gently, your zest for life is allowed to come bubbling like a liberated source from within your own core.

Carefully you are being listened to by the most important person in your life – yourself – and slowly you become open to the dance of life, of sheer pleasure simply because you can and want to. And in that dance lies a great strength.

Willingness to the dance of life can not be stamped out of the ground or planned to the surface (though both stamping and plans have their place in life). The desire to be part of the dance of life must be nurtured from within, with gentleness, good things and much listening – from yourself to yourself.

It is a powerful gift to be gentle with yourself.

Love from Lise.

PS: The image “Be gentle with yourself” is available as A4 signed print HERE. Perhaps you or someone you know would love a this sweet reminder for the wall? As always, I ship worldwide and package with care & creativity so it will indeed feel like a gift when you or your loved ones receive the items at the doorstep.

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A hug, anyone?

"A hug in a mug/ Et knus i et krus" - 16 x 21 cm, acrylic and paper on canvas: SOLD

“A hug in a mug/ Et knus i et krus” – available as A4 print & double sized A3 print!

Anyone needs a hug today? Here´s a serving for you!

It is so much easier to relax and be ourselves when we feel loved just as we are in the middle of our ordinary everyday life. And more YOU being yourself = more of your brilliance for the world, and oh does the world need it!

Not the big X factorly brilliance we often call success, even though that can be enticing and sometimes even deep and brilliant in it´s own way.

But the more quiet brilliance. The brilliance of being just like you are, shining with that, sharing that with the people you have daily encounters with. Sharing what you truly love, with love. Seing with love. Seing really, deeply. Love moves away so many obstacles, effortlessly like the sun melts the snow. And a hug is a wonderful transporter of love. And the quiet everyday messages of love to yourself. Perhaps it´s time to make a wonderful cup of tea and recall your appreciation for YOU. Your struggles. Your willingness to keep trying. Your brave heart that refuses to grow hard and continues to search for understanding and love even when it is tough or takes time.

You are SO brave for trying!

Love & hugs from Lise.

PS: The photo: “A hug in a mug” is available as A4 print HERE and also in double size (A3) HERE – along with many other prints, posters & cards. You can browse the richly filled shop RIGHT HERE

PPS: when searching for a video on forgiveness yesterday, I came across THIS HEARTMOVING TALE, in case you need it. xX

ABOUT COFFEE BREWING AND LIFE PASSION

Slow down

This morning I asked my morning pages:

“What could I tell to explain how Vision boards and life visions work? What do people need to hear to know if it’s something they want to pursue?”

And then I went to make a cup of coffee. And as I stood there in my own thoughts, watching the espresso brewer (one of those Italian owns you put on a hotplate until the heat makes the water into steam which is forced up through the coffee) turn water and coffee beans to a wonderfully fragrant brew, this answer came to me:

“Tell them what you see here, in front of your eyes. Explain that it is possible to do the same with our lives. That just as it takes heat to make the water and beans into coffee, in the same way it takes passion, to make a person´s abilities and talents flourish in the world.

For you humans forget so easily that inspiration and passion are possible when you don´t have it, and you begin to think of life is an obstacle or a competition. And you continue until you become stressed or ill. So tell them, and yourself, that there is another way – so you will remember. ”

And that is true, and that is what I will do, I do know the other way. And I must regularly remind myself of it – and practice. For so much in this world makes me forget it.

ALL of us (yes, also YOU – I swear) has a unique combination of skills and talents. But to brew a wonderful life we need a sustained and steady amount of passion. Passion is like fire that burns and, like heat, it needs a good energy source.

And that energy source consists of several things, but a really important one is that we have visions. Clear, passionate, playful, thinking-out-of-the-box-and-the-lid-off-visions!

And then, it needs us to create actions from our visions, immediately! So the steam don´t go out. But not all at once – oh, no, just with small doable steps, so we don´t burn out.

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Our life requires – much like coffee – a good amount of heat & passion to become a wonderful brew.

If you live in Denmark, I have a course just about that, all info HERE – last signup this friday!

And if you live abroad, here are some links you may enjoy, about how to keep that daily passion burning.

Love to you + your day from Lise.

PS: If you want to know more about morning pages, you may enjoy to read THIS

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