Sometimes, life happens and then it’s time for a time-out. So what I had to do – was to take a time-out from certain things. Being online was one of them.
The purpose was and still is that I can get back on track with all the exiting things I do – with kick-ass gusto and renewed energy.
This digital detox also gave me the opportunity and head-space to think about why I do things, how I do things and what can be done different and better.
I had to cut out the noise, to be able to hear what in the essence of things for me, the purpose. And hear my own thoughts for a while.
I have re-evaluated what I’ve written, why I write and what the purpose of my blog is for me during this period.
It comes down to what I want to contribute towards in the world and what I put my energy and focus on, there are loads of things I love to do, writing is one of them. Writing is important to me; I write to remember, I write to learn, I write to understand and to process events, knowledge and feelings.
In the format of my blog I have a perspective to share, a vote in the form of a voice to add to what I think is important, to what I think should be heard louder in the world.
I want my voice to contribute towards another perspective, thoughts, a way of life, I want to share knowledge and to point out what I think is beautiful in this world.
I’ve taken a breather from the digital sphere.
So see you later,
Today Elegantly Vegan is finally available on AppStore. You can get your copy over here. Do it now (and don’t forget to rate it, 5 starts helps ;))
Its just so unbelievable and I cant really put words to everything I feel right now. Its a weird and wonderful combination of ecstatic, elated, exited, happy, grateful! Proud! all bundled up into one amazing feeling.
When I got the news today I instantly had to sit down with my iPad and iPhone and took a moment to just look at this in AppStore and just enjoy and savor this very moment. I will treasure this for the rest of my life.
Then I just went in to battle-maniac-mode-galore. Updating social media, sending campaigns, working with the website (which I managed to break or something in the process) scheduling tweets. You name it.
When you have worked on something for so long it kind of feels a bit surreal when its finally out there.
I did this because vegan food is so much more – it’s not only a wide assortment of beans – my mission is to change perceptions about vegans and vegan food – my goal is for Elegantly Vegan to do that.
Lets have a cheaty cheat. The last two weeks have been a bit hectic (and some days quite difficult) for me – so some things have had to go. So here is a round-up for the last two weeks. Savoring the positive like delicious bon-bons:
- My spare time is all a flurry of writing press releases, emails, researching and designing various marketing collateral.
- Meeting my publisher for lunch scheming about marketing making my tummy tingle.
- When I’m not creating I’m refining and polishing what I have done thus far.
- I’m making lists like a a crazy not to forget what to do and where.
- The book/app is finally submitted to AppStore for review, I cannot even convey in words how incredible this is!
I’m grateful for:
- My brother. I visited his university to view his work for his master degree in architecture. I’m so proud over him. He will be one to watch in the architectural world, believe me. I think it’s really cool the way he has thought from all these (for me advanced) angles and created a new solution for an old house. A suggestion that encompass environmental, sustainability, heating and at the same time manages to challenge one to think about how we live today, in terms of space.
- A great luncheon with my family at Clarion Hotel Post.
- Adding a few social hours here and there, champagne picnics, weekend brunches, spontaneous lunch meetings and time with my friends put something back into me.
My brother at the luncheon at Clarion Hotel Post
One of his interior sketches for the building he re-designed.
Me and Emira.
• Tying a knot on my brain in regards to marketing of the book. It’s fun – I see so many possibilities as well as I get so much positive feedback. I wish there was more hours in the day then only 24!
• Trying to get the word out there about my passion project.
• Creating bloggers kits, presentations, instructions and other fun things to hand out, trying to explain it all
• A fun photoshoot with friends.
I’m grateful for:
• Time spent with my family over the weekend in the middle of nowhere. They have internet at their house – yay!
• Nature, sunshine and being outdoors. The area I originally come from is so incredibly beautiful and un-touched by humans. It always humbles me and grounds me spending time there. It’s like the small hobbit town in the Lord of the Rings trilogy
• My moms big kitchen. I get to really go off the wall with my cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. This week I managed to salvage a cupcake batch gone wrong into a yummy vegan cream cake with fresh berries and create my first vegan smörgåstårta. Fancy that!
• I got some time to spend with my camera – trying to learn the new interface and where everything is and what happens when I change the settings around.
While finally having brief internet access, I was browsing some of my favourite blogs to see what they’ve been up to.
NubbyTwiglet linked up to an interesting article on FastCompany -8 Entrepreneurs Give Their Younger Selves Lessons They Wish They’d Known back then. Some of them really struck a chord with me:
“If I had one piece of advice to give my younger self it would be to stop doing what makes you unhappy and focus on what makes you truly happy. This philosophy, strongly advocated by the Dalai Lama, seems simplistic but its power lies in the fact that it forces you to reflect on what is really important to you and not be distracted by what other people think.”
- Philippe Courtot: CEO/ Chairman, Qualys
“Your happiness is at the intersection of your passions and learning from great people. Working at a big company sucks–avoid it. Smaller companies are 10 times better for learning. Be generous with your time and money–it has an amazingly fast payback. Be in the moment with everyone you love–and this frequently means tuning out work completely. And drive slow in parking lots.”
- Scott Weiss: Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
Source: 8 Successful Entrepreneurs Give Their Younger Selves Lessons They Wish They’d Known Then
A short one this week since I’m still waiting for my internet connection to get fixed by my provider. (I’m not that impressed to be honest…)
- Ironing out the last kinks on the iPad and iPhone version of my vegan cookbook. This is rad. Totally rad.
- Working like a madwoman to get the word out there. I’m planning and thinking about all the options and possibilities. Trying to make a solid plan. That’s half the work done! as well as writing copy for various releases.
I’m grateful for:
- The incredible birthday gift I got from my family. They all pitched together and gave me a Canon 60D. It’s amazing and I can’t wait to get time to spend a day in the kitchen, creating new recipes and working on my food photography. (and I’m incredible grateful for my family as well of course!)
- Progress and response in terms of the vegan cookbook project. I’m blown away by all the kind comments, reactions and responses! Wow!
- My friends. I’ve tried to work on the wellness factor of my life and incorporated a bit more social time time to my life. Since it makes me feel good to be with my friends. So I’m really happy that I have such fab friends. That understand when I emerge myself inside a cocoon of work and get all seduced by reaching goals that I don’t hang out with people for 6 months. I’m so lucky that they are still there for me.
Things that made me smile:
- Lunch-meeting with publisher. They are so much fun. And it’s such a rush to sort out the last details and polish the book/app to perfection.
- Time. I wish there where more hours in a day for everything that I want to do and achieve!
- Still no internet – trying to suffice on uploading stuff through my phone or by running to places with an actual internet connection to download stuff. Ridiculous!
- Final testing and proofing of the book for iPad!
- Artwork for a logo.
- Exiting scheming and planning meetings with my publisher, with an added bonus of sunshine. I’m so exited I could burst!
- A first glance of the version for iPhone. It’s rad I tell you!
- I’ve worked on my vegan newsletters and my photography skills
- I’m re-reading “the jelly effect” – to improve my communication skills
I’m grateful for:
- All the sleep I’ve gotten this weekend. I’m slowly starting to feel more like my bright, positive self again.
- My friends. Getting to reconnect with old ones, and see some of my lovelies this week. I’ve missed socializing and it’s a big building block in my life for increased balance and wellness.
- Vegan Future sharing my vegan recipe newsletter
- All the kind comments and all the positive feedback I’ve received from the selected few that have seen my vegan cookbook for iPad so far.
Things that made me smile:
- The large bouquet of flowers I received on Monday from my co-workers in the office at LBi Sweden and the jolly good singing. Who knew my colleagues could sing so well Everyone who knows me, knows that I looove flowers. (I’m really grateful, you guys are so sweet!)
- My internet provider at home. They keep f*cking up my connection, I’ve been without internet for days again. Trying my best to get emails send and stuff done through my phone (not ideal!). On the flipside, I guess my bill will be less for next month as well
I stayed at:
Luxor, enjoyed the pool area. Totally OK hotel.
Most memorable bar:
Chandelier at the Cosmopolitan. Loved it. You sit inside a 3 floor high glittery chandelier and sip cocktails in the most extravagant setting. I want my future house to look like that. Loved it!
Lovely, sparkly people <3
Marquee (great DJ’s) at Cosmopolitan.
Surrender at Encore (Danced to Bassnectar DJing! woop, woop!)
Jaleo – they have a separate vegan menu, great service and knowledgeable staff. Of all the places we ate at, this was the place with the best food and service.
Hussongs Cantina – also apparently the place in Mexico that invented the Margarita. They have a huge separate vegan menu and serves traditional mexican food with Daiya “cheese” and Gardein strips. Although I’m a bit hesitant about “mock meat”. I find it hard to eat due to the look and texture of it. I don’t like vegan food looking like meat.
Burger Bar - they have a burger named vegas vegan made of portabello mushrooms. I had that with guacamole and their sweet potato fries. It was yum!
Bartalotta – at the Wynn. I chose this for the setting. I’m so happy we got the table outside that I wanted. However my honest opinion – better cocktails and setting then vegan food.