Waste

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For years now we have been wasting away and I am not talking about the midriff.

I was literally sitting on the toilet the other day about to take some toilet paper and I thought to my self do I really need that many sheets? So I cut down.

My acting career started in London. When I moved there, I was on a very tight budget, when I say tight, I mean barely making it every month. Living in a studio where I could open the oven with my toes laying in bed, no joke! It has always been my highest priority to eat healthy, so I had to find a way to do so. That meant making loads of soups and stews choosing beans/ lentils over meat or maybe substituting half the meat.

I did not suffer. I made delicious food that way. My point is I found a way. Now I am not on a tight budget, but I still live that way. I am always mindful of food waste, waste in general and would never through food out unless it has mold on it and it still breaks my heart doing so.

We all have to tighten the belt during these times. Get creative. Get our of your comfort zone. Back then during tough times and we are talking a couple of years I got excited when I found a new way to improve my life style within my budget. I invite you to investigate “Where do I waste unnecessarily”? Not just limited to food waste. Waste in general. Clothes, plastic, etc.

Now is the time.

Budget or no budget don’t loose hope, surprise yourself, how you can eliminate waste and save money and create new and healthier habits for yourself and the next generation. You are at the same time also giving Mother Earth a well-deserved break from all the waste and over consumerism.

And just preaching to the choir. Stay home. Wash your hands.

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The New Normal…for now!

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Covid-19 who would have thought jumping into this new decade 2020 just months ago.

Well here we are and it is real. I wanted to share some thoughts. I specifically choose this photo. The new normal grocery shopping or running errands for necessities. It looks dramatic. The streets are empty. People are on edge. There is a deep collective fear happening. Being an Empath I feel the above intensely and must take measures not to take much on, but that is another story for another time. Now back to the “The New Normal”.

The reason for posting this photo is, when you look at it it can create fear. It looks scary. Thoughts of, is this how we are going live? Are we all going to get ill? Are we all going to die? Is the world coming to an end? The answer is no. This is a time for deep transformation to a setup that no longer works. But then why all this suffering? In my opinion and its just mine. We as a collective have been sleeping. We didn´t pay attention to the endless clues handed to us every day. To a system that does not work.

So how do we move forward? Now take a look behind the photo, the mask. Try to find a time everyday where you intentionally connect with the knowing, that you will be fine. Yes you will. Does that mean that, that comes without challenges. Probably not. But I do strongly believe that the more you discipline your self connecting with the knowing, that it will get better everyday you will come out on the other side stronger. Do you meditate? Maybe now is the time. Do you find something everyday big or small that you are grateful for? How can you use this time to grow mentally, emotionally and creatively?

I am sending my deepest thought to everybody who are effected we are all in this together and will get through this together. Now stay home and wash your hands.

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Shifting

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I  came across this quote today on Instagram posted by P. Diddy. For me it was such a wonderful reminder and it made me think. We are raised to believe and to take pride in that friendships are forever. There is absolutely beauty in long friendships. I have quite a few and I love them. The reason why we are still friends are because we have grown together.

What often happens, the same comes to relationships, jobs, where you live, how you dress, what you eat, your opinions on the world as you see it etc., is that sometimes you grow apart. And that is OK. The trick is to accept it and know that you will meet new people, new relationships, get a new job etc.,  where you will be on the same wave length and then the growth can continue.

It can be challenging and scary at times to let go and accept. But try it and know that the wonderful memories you have shared will always be there in your heart. Life is constantly evolving and changing.

Jump on the train of change with an open heart and my belief is, you will get closer and closer to who you are and you will find the confidence to stand strong in your version of what´s called life.

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Happy New Year!

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There is only half a day left of 2017. Most of Europe have already jumped into 2018. In Denmark we actually get up on chairs and sofas and jump into the New Year. A tradition I love and have done ever since moving away. There is something about physically jumping into the new year. Jumping into the new leaving the old behind. We can all talk about all the lessons learned in 2017 the good, the bad and the ugly. I am all for reflecting, accessing and making goals. But this year I have decided to just leave 2017 behind and step into the new year step by step one moment at the time. I know what I want and what my goals are. I am gonna walk towards them confidently whilst still being in the moment. I think sometimes we can miss out a lot by either being to much in the past of to much in the future. Take a breath enjoy the now and walk with your head high into your day. You are unique. There is only one of you.

On that note I just want to wish you a happy New Year. May it be surprising, magical, loving and prosperous.

Here´s to a magical 2018

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Forgiveness….

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December is always a very reflective time for me. We are coming to the end of the year and I always like to look back at my year and just reflect.

I think we can all agree on ( or maybe not) its been one hell of a crazy 2017.

Elections, Natural disasters, conflicts, harassment and the list goes on.

How do we make the world a better place? Yes that is a huge question, that I don’t have the answer to. Yesterday I was so lucky to be invited to a screening of Hostiles starring Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike (probably the best performances I have seen them do) and it’s written and directed beautifully by Scoot Cooper. It touches on forgiveness. Which of course started me thinking. I remember asking a person who had a really hard time forgiving someone, what does forgiveness mean to you? She said: “That is a good question I don’t know but, I can’t forgive this person” etc.

To me forgiveness is many things. It’s having the heart to forgive and let go. But to me a big part of the forgiveness process is actually setting yourself free . You go to your happiness and I go to mine. No matter how big or small. I have had both in my life and some have not been easy, but it is possible. Think about how it would make you feel if you didn’t have this person/situation in your life that you need to forgive or let go of. Doesn’t that feel great? So coming back to making the world a better place I think forgiveness could be a place to start.

As my mission is not to tell you what to do, but to inspire thought. Who do you need to forgive? Who or what do you want to leave in 2017 while you move forward with an open heart and free?

And PS go see this movie. It’s amazing on so many levels.

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Breathe!

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Yes breathe!

We were born to breathe. We can´t live without breathing. Yet I am amazed how often we forget to breathe probably. When was the last time you took a deep mindful breath? Think about it. Feeling the air filling your longs, your abdomen, lower back… your whole body. Probably not very often. Our lives today are getting more and more demanding and taking a moment to one self can almost bring on the guilt. So silly!

I always tell my friends to breathe when they are going through stuff. Now they send me picture of places they see it written which is kind of funny.

One of my hobbies is that I teach Barre Method, which is a fantastic workout not only for toning but also for centering your self. I am a broken record through out class telling my student to breathe. I can almost feel the room holding its breath. When breathing, not only are you feeding your body, energizing it so you are able to go deeper into your workout you are also touching base with your self and centering your self.

Maybe just sit down, close your eyes and breathe. Get familiar with that sensation of being fully in your body and you might be surprised how some of your daily stresses and anxiety will become less and less. Or maybe you just need it before a big meeting, interview etc.

So in doubt…….. BREATHE

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You can always count on a good Chili

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My passion for cooking started at a very young age.

I have such fond memories from my childhood. My mom was a Nurse and sometimes she had night shifts when me and my brother were very young. My dad would come home from work make a Martini and my  brother and I would take turns being named head chef or sous chef and my dad would supervise. We would then cook dinner and play TV kitchen like we were on television. I was probably 5 when that started and that´s when my passion for cooking started. I must say my brother is a very good cook as well.

To me cooking is not only a way to help me have a healthy life its almost like meditation and discovering new flavors and combinations is just thrilling to me. If cooking scares you. Just start with your favorite herbs and start from there experimenting.

Tis´the season for comfort food. I thought i´d share my recipe for my chili. It´s just delicious and so easy to make. You can make a big batch and then freeze half for later or make it for a dinner party and make your own guacamole, salsa and some rustic bread.

I make my chili with ground turkey but you can off course substitute with beef. I also add sun dried tomatoes for a more intense tomato flavor and I add some dark 85% dark chocolate to add some earthiness to the flavor as well. Click Here for recipe

Bon Appetit!

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How Tragedy turns into Success

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Recently I was so lucky to be invited to see the new Movie “Goodbye Christopher Robin” at the iconic Raleigh Studios is Hollywood. The studio uses old Hollywood and just being there is magical. There are film posters of films dating back to the 20´ties. Even with a woman behind the camera. Just thrilling.

In short the film is based on the true story about the creator of “Winnie The Pooh”        A.A. Milne. How he created the much loved cartoon and how it helped him recover from PTSD after returning from the 1st Wold War and connecting with his son, who was mainly taken care of by the nanny.

I was deeply touched by the story and it stayed with me.

I was so taken by the way his tragedy (with help from his little son) turned into his biggest success. How it became a world phenomenon and helped heal and slowly bring laughter back after the horror´s of the 1st world war.

His sons life then became a tragedy because of ”Winnie The Pooh” ( the son is the main character). The son then decided to enlist when the 2nd world war broke out to spite his parents. However his healing happend during the war, when he saw how the soldiers had brought the book with them and brought them comfort in these horrendous circumstances. He then understood his fathers work and why he did it. It goes way deeper than that. And its hard to understand the horrors these soldiers must have gone though and still are.

What I took from it, was how life comes full circle. That our life tragedies big or small can enlighten us if we choose so. It shapes us and makes up the ”DNA” we are today. Our ancestors have paved the way with their courage and spirit and are so inspirational. I don´t want in anyway to make war or the sacrifices the soldiers have made into a small thing or compare it to my life journey, because I can´t even fathom their horrendous experiences. But what we can do is learn and keep learning. Movies like this is why I act! Thank you Simon Curtis for bringing such a beautiful film to the screen.

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Soup, Stew and “Hygge” Season Hurrayyy

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This is one of my favorite times of year. The temperature starts to go down. In LA it’s a slow process. I know it’s a luxury problem around the world some places the snow boots, scarves and gloves are already out. I am just over the moon that I can finally put on some jeans and a jacket at night. Light candles at night. I am Danish after all and am all about “Hygge”.

Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word which can be described as a quality of cosiness. It is an old Danish concept that helps Danes get through the long, dark winter.

The New Yorker went to town on the concept: Click here

This is also what I call soup season (and stews) I just loooove soups and stews. There are no limits to what you can put in them. You can make a big batch and have for several days or freeze half for later. They are full of nutrition, comforting in the fall/winter months and so ymmii.

I made a Lemon Chicken Zucchini/Courgette ( for us Europeans) Stew with cannellini beans. If Vegetarian then only use beans and maybe add some lentils as well.

Click here for Recipe

Speaking of Beans. Many moons ago when I moved to London I had a tight budget. So, often when I cooked, I would half the meat and sub. the rest with beans or Lentils. Lentils and beans have protein in them, are super healthy and full of fiber, minerals and Vitamins. They don’t really taste of anything much, is a great filler and in stews and soups they can almost work as a thickener. Back then I didn’t know about the carbon footprint. And using half the meat and sub with beans and lentil is not only healthy but also good for the environment. I say that’s a win win.

I know tonight I will be having my stew, lighting candles and just “Hygge”

Conclusion: Who knew beans and lentils would get a better reputation. LOL

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Good old TV – 30 Day Detox

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How much TV are you watching? How many (useless) videos are you watching on your Ipad, smart phone or other devices a DAY?? Do you spend 30 min. to find something to watch and then settle for something you actually don’t care about because there was nothing else?

So I want to share with you my 30 day detox from TV that includes videos from you devices, because we all know there are a loot of them. Yes I know it sounds kind of crazy in general and especially me being an actress my work includes watching what’s out there. And don’t get me wrong I loooooooove a good series, documentary or talk-show. But let me tell you. Wowsers! What an amazing experience.

I was home in Denmark at my summerhouse this summer ( not watching a lot of TV…only getting through jet-lag) and while being there I thought about how little I read, besides scripts, Instagram and Facebook posts. I always say “But I am always so tired at night from all the things, I have been doing through out the day that zoning out to TV makes me relax”. Well when I came back to LA, I saw that old habit of watching way to much TV unfolding. I don’t need to watch 9 seasons of a show ….again…. to keep up with what´s happening in the world of acting.

I believe nothing is by chance. A couple of days later I came across a lecture where they challenged you to do 30 days with NO TV. And I started that day. The NO TV gave me the space to think. It gave me space to let ideas come to me. It’s almost like ideas were blocked by my TV habits ( read my post on Habits here).

I think if I am being honest it was also a bit of an escape. Life as an artist can be challenging at times. And TV was differently at times an escape and filling a gap. In my case a creative gap. I have never read so many books in 30 days. I got so inspired and let me just be clear oh boy did I almost fall of the wagon at times but my stubbornness made me stick to it.

Again I am not here to tell you what to do but to inspire thought. If you are inspired to try it out. Take the leap and see what happens.

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