HOW TO BE CREATIVE

It’s nothing more rewarding than watching how an idea comes to life and into production. The real reward lies in the idea, to come up with something yourself, that you have dared come up with through your own creativity. The idea is the seed from which the rest grows.

It starts in your imagination. Imagine how you would like it to be, follow your thought of something you wish, whether it is a new piece of clothing you desire or a whole new life and business elsewhere. This imagining process when written down is called a vision and is what all real longlasting businesses have and use to set goals. It is within the vision, the purpose becomes known. A vision is simply a desired outcome for the future.

Think of a problem or something you often use that you wish were better or cheaper or nicer looking. Are there any other people feeling like you? Then it becomes an opportunity to be inventive either for them to buy your product or service instead, or to work together with. How do you want it to look and be?

What do you then need to make this happen? There is where your strategy and goals are formed.

At Telluselle Living Center you’ll have the chance to meet others who likes to create new green solutions for a better society. How does a better society look like without sounding like Utopia? Let’s create a vision of that too for the community you live in.

Dare to imagine!

A GREEN HEALTH MALL

Imagine stepping into a mall, but instead of just stores offering merchandise, you’ll find a variety of alternative and holistic practices and therapies, alongside creativity seminars and coaching for you to find the right remedy and personal development tools.

This is how my business idea first came to me as a visualisation in 1999 and became developed into its first plan, called “Lusthuset” (ie a house for lust of life and a pavillion in a park).

During the years to come and after working with writing and developing the fitness club Forum’s magazine for its members, together with a corporate presentation for natural supplements I had made prior, and my own qigong practising, interest and assessment exercises, I set out to learn more and develop this into an actual business plan, that was suggested at first here.

The idea took the shape into a coaching, dance and yoga studio, paired with therapies, organic hairdressser and bio cafe and was ready to become built in 2008 in Stockholm, I hoped.

It was however not until 2010, I met with an architect in Honolulu and in 2014, I started getting to know the dance form of Isadora Duncan.

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Late last night, I was sitting and talking to a man from Argentina here in Frankfurt. He said: “Healing and art comes from the same place.” Totally agree. The artist Carlos, recommended me to go have a look at the Schiller passage.

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And today, I soon found myself passing by the very same and saw this available space! Could it not say “Balansfokus” above the door? Or to sell bamboo products? Or simply become in charge for the whole mall…?! What an amazing opportunity to practice my marketing expertise with organizational development consultancy here!

Opportunities abound. But will envious people get in the way again?

CARE ABOUT YOURSELF, OTHERS AND EARTH

It is by fostering a true relationship to yourself and meeting your actual needs with respect, that enables you to practice self-care. In a way, it’s like becoming a parent to yourself with compassion rather than judgement.

We build on the belief that when you have been able to tend to your needs and feel free to be yourself, you will be naturally able to extend your care (compassion and kindness) to serve others.

This in turn both enables and requires you to foster a relationship to Mother Earth, as the ultimate source that feeds you with your own participation. Both by cultivating and praising Her beauty, and by not littering or abusing Her resources.

How can we do all this? By meeting at Telluselle Living Center and find inspiration, share experiences and support, we can!

THE JOURNEY

When we dance Hula, the sidestep is called Kaholo, which means to travel. Hips moving sideways with the flow of life force, creativity. And just like with dancing, we can travel through an inner journey as well as an outer. All to be used where you are living in your daily life. So, how would you like to live and why are you not?

The tools to be offered at Telluselle Living Center are designed to take you home, the same way I did, whether you want and need all or just would like to keep up with a practice or delve into something new. It’s about finding and living in a flexible balance, like a tree stands firmly rooted, changes with the seasons and still moves softly with the wind.

Here you can find your center through meditation and strengthen your flow and clarity of mind with qigong.

Here you can explore your values, needs, desires, obstacles and strengths together with a coach to enable you to reach your goals.

Here you can meet with others to discuss and define how to best live and work together in society while discovering new ideas and learn more about making green improvements.

Here you will be able to release, build, express and celebrate your own joyful expression with dance, whether through improvising with the 5 rhythms or through special choreographies and styles revolving around a spiritual connection with nature.

You will find the best care for your body, hair and face that also are just as good for Mother Earth, making you become one with, while you receive and breathe through the practice as needed with Lomilomi and forgiveness. And here you can eat something organic that fills you up with good energy.

Become your best self, whole and ready to share with the world, in harmony with nature.

This is Telluselle Living.

THE SECRET TO REACHING YOUR GOALS

Ready for 2019? If you’re like most, you’re probably pretty tired of cheerful resolutions and declarations of promises for a better life with a pretty photo of a yogapose. But, you might still have that wish to reach that specific goal of yours. How do you do that then?

There is a secret behind all setting and striving – it is the actual desire that makes us feel better and thus enable us to perform better. But, there is also a way to increase your motivation by opening yourself up for more ways of reaching your goal than what you first thought. Here is an example:

You want to loose weight and possibly to a certain number or size. Then there are a couple of things to have in mind. Answer this:

1. Why do you want to loose weight?

2. Who is this goal coming from? Yourself, your spouse, your boss, your doctor or society in general?

3. What will you feel once you have lost weight do you think?

4. Use that statement and ask yourself what you can do to feel like that – is there other things you can or even must do?

5. What are you going to do with your new improved self?

It’s not only about rewarding yourself but setting a goal of being able to do something you wouldn’t be able to or dare otherwise. Then THAT is the actual goal for which you need to loose weight. And it is the reason why you want to, that becomes your motivation!

Example: You and your doctor want you to loose weight and you hope to feel lighter and more energetic once you do. What you can do more is carrying a less heavy tote and take a nap every day. Once you’ve lost weight you want to be able to straddle your boyfriend and be on top, then that is the actual goal for why you need to loose weight…

Blossom and dare to be the best you!

To define and work through your steps and obstacles, make an appointment with your favorite coach!

COLLECTING INSPIRATION

Being here in Germany has enabled me to see and collect inspiration to build Telluselle Living Center as planned and developed through the years, with a design of my own for the actual house for studios that makes it to its own.

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Everywhere I go, I see good reminders, like the shape of the foot of this fountain, and how I can use a huge circle mat to my coaching conversation circles room (in brown and white too!) together with comfy chairs instead of the half-circle formed couches I saw in Honolulu. It’s always a good confirmation to see alternatives that still match our desires!

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It will all come together real nicely…

A NEW FLAVOR TO LIFE

It is said that creativity can be defined in two ways:

  1. As something completely new, such as an invention.
  2. As something in a new combination of known opinions or things.

Either way bears a promise of breaking out of your comfort zone by beckoning you to try the new.
IMG_4725Start small, try a new flavor of tea. Here is mixed one I tasted, that was good and typical German.

Do you have any creative ideas, you would like to try to make into a living? At Telluselle Living Center, we will have room for groups to share their green health inventions and find people to work with.

PRACTICING YOGA

How do I practice yoga?
IMG_4761I find rest in each asana, breathing in more life and release physical tension. I choose how I approach the mat, with which emotion I hit the floor – with energy and gusto to become more strong and flexible to warm up, soft and slow to wind down and care for myself, or relaxing to rejuvenate and refresh my body through the stretching.
IMG_4762Breathing out when I push into and extend the motion, breathing in for strengthening, letting my whole body breathe when I dare to. All with presence. How do you do yours?
IMG_4763I have practiced yoga since the beginning of the 2000’s and aim to have one instructor offer a couple of classes at Telluselle Living Center as part of the whole curriculum.

(A good tip for those of you who might not be used to winters, wear your leggings underneath your jeans or other pants, I do!)

 

A BUDDHA FOR EACH OCCASION

In the name of equality, one could advocate that we all can become enlightened and thus reach the status of a Buddha. For many years I have seen statues of Buddhas and mostly recognized that some seems to be from India and others from China.

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Meanwhile I have also encountered Tibetan style and Japanese style of chanting, so what is then the Chinese type? I passed by the Fo Guang Shan temple the other day and was invited in to have a look around. They have the Medicine Buddha in the middle, flanked by the heir and the one for Enlightenment.

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Here in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, they are going to start a meditation class in January together with learning more about Zen, while one can pray and enjoy reading a sutra already now on Sundays. I love the way they have put the seats alongside the walls for stability and comfort – something to remember for Telluselle Living Center too! And here I am standing next to the Buddha for Paradise. (I also noticed Kuan Yin and a picture of the Great Buddha).

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Can one use Buddhism if one is Christian? It is a philosophy for having a better life, especially when born again. As with all things, it is a matter of being free to believe and to learn how to practice our virtues, starting by calming down our mind with meditation. Have you tried it?

VINTAGE OR NOT?

For many years I have bought and liked both vintage furniture and clothes. It is often cost-efficient with good quality which therefore lessens consumerism and improves sustainability. However, there are three levels to have in mind:

1. Antiques – often art, or pieces of design items, carpets and furniture that are older than 100 years.

2. Vintage – better quality clothes and furniture, often from the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s.

3. Used – sometimes even new things that are left over from sales or by people who regrets their buy or don’t like a gift they received, are smart finds.

However, old energies and simply that of others’ is never good to bring into our home. Not to mention, we shouldn’t have to resort to wearing used of financial reasons (My mother had to growing up, while my grandparents were really immersed into buying antiques.). Therefore, I’m happy to share that I have stopped using any used or vintage, to feel a difference since the last three years. And I have even found a new pair offwhite corderoy pants for a little as 1 euro here in Frankfurt (at an outlet store)!

Where do you draw the line?

Photos of recent curbside finds.

FIND YOUR PASSION!

What is it that lights up your eyes and makes you feel inspired to get going? Is it a cause your care about or something you like doing? What exhilirates you?

IMG_4513Passion is the fuel for our life energy, it is feeling to expand and extend beyond our boundaries to propel us forward. Even though passion might exist within relationships, it is not what we refer to when it comes to Lifecoaching. In fact, relying on your partner only to always supply you with energy, will most likely end the relationship.

How do you then best find out and can you have several passions? Find two, one thing you love doing, which may or may not be creative and/or physical, such as a craft or a sport. It can also be an intellectual pursuit such as writing or artistic such as sawing. And one cause you feel passionate about. What makes you upset that you want to change? What do you think is important in your life, in the life of your closest circles and in society? How can you contribute and with what to the improvement of something?

Start by answering yourself these questions and try it directly. You can also recall what you used to do, whether when you were a child and dreaming of becoming something special or loved playing, or simply when you were single, younger or the like. Or have you developed a new taste for something? Remember, your passion and its reasons, is uniquely yours to pursue, whether you practice alone or together with others.

SOILING THE EARTH

In a world of growing awareness of organic practices and fostering an eco-friendly approach to life, even a simple thing as choosing the right soil for our plants can make a difference.

Labeling something as “bio” or “organic” is built on certain variables and factors that are controlled. However, a practice can be naturally eco-friendly or non-harmful with great sustainability without aspiring to be so.

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Here comes the tricky question – what do we then choose? Quality and durability or organic but not durable? Which is then more energy-efficient for what price?

Naturally, I took a personal interest in soil early in life since I like repotting our plants back home and making things grow. I loved raking our garden, just as I enjoy the sound of gravel under my feet and sifting sand through my fingers.

As I might have shared before, while I was an intern at TetraPak in Lund at their information department in the early 90’s, I got to learn more about one of their founders’ pet project – making soil with beds of peat, mulling for years – to a special quality brand called Simontorp. It’s still my favorite in Sweden since all my plants grow well and remain healthy with it. I would think their process is very organic.
IMG_4491Today, I saw these two kinds of soil, one organic and the other with added lava/volcanic rocks it seems. If anything the latter must be hindering growth one can think. Adding minerals can only benefit if we have something to add it to. And do Hibiscus plants grow on lava? No, they don’t. So why then? To create something new, to sell something coming from Paradise. And perhaps because volcanic water is beneficial for our health (at least mine). Separating the use of the natural elements here, however, is crucial since they all need each other to work together. Which soil is best used for much watering for example? Blending, morphing and separating into strength and flexibility, one leading a season into another. And to become the very ground we live on.
IMG_4492Put yourself in the same pot as another, or rather, let each plant be its best own beauty!

When do you choose organic and why? Is it the same as being sustainable? Discuss it with us at Telluselle Living Center or in the comments below!

 

SOOTHING ALOE VERA

It was through living in Hawaii, I first encountered the use of Aloe Vera. In the beginning of my fascination for this plant, it was primarily for topical use to soothe sunburn and lessen itching skin or calm down blemishes. It worked like a charm!

Soon, I tried drinking some juice but mostly found myself running to the bathroom more often, so instead I was recommended pulp. Ah, what a relief!

For about a year (or was it two?), I drank a shot of pure organic Aloe gel in the morning to lessen my stomach problems, which also lessened my skin problems from within (together with using biological products only with plantbased ingedients). Nowadays, I just gulp down the ready made bottle of mixed drink with pulp in it, when ever I feel the need for some refreshment.

It’s a healthy little plant, that also is easy to grow on your own.

Have you ever tried it or do you have any other favorite remedy? Share below in the comments if you want!

COMPETITORS

Starting a business naturally includes a bit of research about competitors. While all activities can be considered a competition for time and money, it is what is similar to our own, that we need look up and into. We do this to differentiate and position ourselves on the marketplace both in terms of communication and marketing, and the actual offers, while also see what we can use and learn from, whether it is choosinh physical location and space, or design and name, a price model for customer care or opening hours.

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Today, I passed by the “Meridian Spa” in Frankfurt. They focus on fitness, wellness and bodycare. Our membership idea is from gyms like this, but at Telluselle Living Center the activities will be different and yet focused on the same fitness, wellness and bodycare together with mind and spirit for the soul.

With every word we use to describe our business, we must fill it with the meaning and emotional charge we want. Is dancing fitness and where do we find our customers?

Coaching at TLC for example, isn’t about personal trainers at all, but rather a speaking partner to use for your own decision making and development, but not therapy.IMG_4363

When all this is thought out and described in a business plan that is constantly being updated, we can build a foundation to grow from that is both steady and flexible. This way, our business also becomes a specialized brand. Together we form the culture that will permeate the organization. This implies ensuring that we live like we teach. Do you think of yourself as someone who lives organically based on forming your own relationship to nature with a touch of flair? Do you practice meditation and qigong and use biological care products? Then we can make a fit. Let’s try and find out!

HOLISTIC MEDICINE

Most of you might already know how much I enjoy herbs, especially in teas, but do I exclude traditional medicine? No, I don’t. It depends on how I feel and how the medicine works.

As so often when the weather changes, come early fall, catching a cold is easy. It was also one of the reasons why I started looking into herbal remedies many years ago. I had tried some Chinese Medicin but feel more comfortable with plants and names I recognize, like this Echinacea.

Another thing I have realized, is that western traditional medicine, chemically produced, often creates a similar side-effect to what the medicine is for in the first place, such as getting a headache (but a different type) from an ibuprofen or even getting a stuffy nose from nosedrops. Instead I use a saline spray. This might mean it doesn’t alleviate the symptoms as good as a regular would, but it takes less days to feel better. After all, when we don’t feel well, we’re not supposed to cover it up more than necessary, but rather take it as an inspiration to get more rest.

How do you deal with your cold?

TASTING THE WATERS

Are you fooling yourself? Your mind might be aware, but your body not.

There seems to be a broad and popular demand for bottled water with added taste. But if you drink something that tastes pineapple for example, don’t you think your body wonders why it is not receiving the actual yummy fruit?

In Germany they add a little juice to spring water making it into a sparkly drink. You can also opt for the actual juice instead or have a real fruit. Or if you can make sure you have enough of water for the day with the added flavor.

What really matter is what your body wants. This all depends on climate, hormones and task of the day. What tastes good yesterday may be too much today, or maybe you want more of the same?

Feel it within and follow this feeling by doing, so you can fulfill this particular need. Maybe your goal is a need, then just imagine how much relief, peace and satisfaction you will feel when you meet it. When it is, it will propel you forward with positive action.

A sprinkle of real lime makes me drink up. Do you?

BIO FOOD

For those of you who might not know about the secret treasures of German cuisine beyond sauerkraut, I’d thought I’d enlighten you a little. In the health food, special food, and natural food supplement business, Germany is the pioneer. It is here you first could find glutenfree quality products as well as herbal teas and even Bach’s natural remedies (drops made of flower essence we ingest to assist our mood). They seem to lack lactose-free products though unless people just take extra enzymes, which I am also going to try.

Many brands are German’s own and while most ingredients only can be read in German and/or French, the label “Bio-food” indicates its organic origin.

Now that I found my gluten free cereal, pasta, puffed quinoa, tofu and quorn, I naturally feel more at ease. One could simply calling it acquiring an improved ecological taste.

Which are your must have’s?

LOOKING TO LEARN

The best way to learn for most of us, is by looking at someone else who has done it before or simply knows the routine better. After paying for the class, the student learns from the teacher until she can do it on her own. This is especially true for dancers. And thanks to Barbara Kane from England who instructed the class, and Francoise from France who showed the steps, I learned some more Isadora Duncan dance in Germany this past weekend.
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Then I match each step with a place in the music and let the music lead me into one.

COACHING METHOD

IMG_3912Here at Telluselle Living Center, we coach people with the Socratic method which means that you are in focus and your own goal with the coaching leads the sessions, although the conversations that take place are led by the coach. It is the conversations in themselves that is the coaching! Everything is adapted to you in the moment but following a couple of steps, or simply have a variety of focus-areas to talk about and cover to enable personal growth and empowerment, letting you explore and work towards your own goals including living with a good health. It’s all about the dialogue, questions that open up for more creativity and new perspectives enabling to deepen your understanding, feel more compassion and find stronger motivation from within.

Many are the how to-programs and self-help books and videos out on the market that promises you that you will earn more money, become more successful and be happy if you just listen carefully and preferably sell the very same video you are watching. But here there is no agenda to make you into a teacher of a subject you have never studied yourself, just to sell that idea to someone else. Here the focus is you, alone with the coach or in small groups with others who have similar goals or share a common background or situation that is a call for positive change. When there are obstacles to overcome, including fears, we will define these and perhaps set a new goal to start a therapy or use a special method to overcome those, but it is not the within the scope of our coaching to offer any therapeutic methods, rather we continue when the therapy is done.

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Since most people want to both earn a decent living and have fun meanwhile, it is the foundation for our coaching: how to work, with what, where, why and when and with whom.  The things we cover are:

  • Introduction – What is coaching and how does a session work?
  • Purpose – What do you want the coaching to help you with? Define a problem.
  • Inventory – Which are your best skills and which would you like to develop?
  • Possibilities – What can you work with and where?
  • Passion – What is your motivation that makes it worthwhile?
  • Learning – How and what can you learn? Which insights have you done?
  • Time Management – What do you prioritize and is that what you want?
  • Health and Habits – Which conditions do you live under and how do you feel?
  • Goals – Dream and make it into an attainable goal
  • Action steps – Make a plan to make it happen and start doing it with continuous feedback and follow up support

Welcome to try and know that it will most likely take about six weeks (three sessions every two weeks) to see and feel initial progress. A complete overhaul requires about 3-6 months to get going. We work with ethical standards and require a professional education and experience by those we employ or assign as coaches and circle conversation leaders.

BUILDING A BUSINESS

IMG_3778This blog is about building Telluselle Living Center, how I start it up and together with whom. It has been my intention for many years but as with all competitive markets one has to be prepared not only for setbacks and regular competition but also for nasty sabotages, takeovers and intellectual property violations, alongside any changes of regulations and international ups and downs. Either we face this underway (the preferred way) or first by removing the obstacles that make us stalled and hindered.

In my case it also has to do with location, that I want to feel at home in the city where it will be built first which is a growth process in dynamic with the environment, and the society with its local and national culture. This has to be set before I can passionately get investors onboard from my own physical platform. Therefor you still have to wait a little longer until I can move back to where its original place is supposed to be… I hope!

Time to plan. Follow my journey here on the blog!