Paradise isn't a place, it's a feeling

I am sitting in our candle-lit apartment, trying to fight off the darkness outside. I am covered by two blankets and layers of clothing trying to heat up my cold body. While sipping on my morning coffee my mind is drifting. Drifting back to our adventure in Thailand and all the memories we created in only 11 short days.

We came back yesterday, and as always when returning from sunny and warm days, back to darkness and the shivering cold I start questioning it all; Why do we live here? Are our routines swallowing us whole? Isn’t there more to life than running around, checking off one “important” thing after another from our long to-do lists? Isn’t life to short to be doing anything else than enjoying it?

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I sit here and just let the thoughts come and go, like always. Because in a day or two I am back to normal. Back to the routines I do love, the job i really enjoy and my friends and family I love having around. And like always I come to the realisation that paradise isn’t a place, it’s a feeling. Sometimes I just need a little break from reality to remind myself of that.

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

Vitamin SEA for the big win

Turns out the beach at our hotel is under renovation (thanks for the heads up Expedia), but the lovely staff at the hotel instead offers a free ride to three different beaches on the island each day, including pick up.

Yesterday we decided to spend the day at Chaweng Beach, on the east coast of Koh Samui. It is a 7km long beach with white sand and crystal clear water. I read on TripAdvisor that is it pretty dirty and over-crowded, but I didn’t agree. We loved it! But I guess it depends on where you go?

My Mr. Handsome running away from the camera

My Mr. Handsome running away from the camera

Celebrated 7 years as a couple <3

Celebrated 7 years as a couple <3

For lunch we went to The Page, the iconic restaurant of The Library. They offer both Thai and international fusion, but sadly there weren’t to many vegetarian dishes to choose from. But I ended up with a delicious greek salad so I was more than satisfied. And the service was superb and the view over the turquoise water beautiful!

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Afterwards we headed back the hotel, just in time for happy hour! Having been together for 7 years needed a little celebration, and nothing makes my man happier than a Tom Collins and Mai Thai apparently!

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Tomorrow we are exploring the island with each our scooter! Wish us good luck!

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

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Merry Christmas from Thailand

The last few weeks have been intensive, and vacation always felt so far away. But suddenly it was time time to leave work and head to Arlanda Airport with bikinis packed in my suitcase. Destination? Thailand!

After 3 flights and much irritation over other peoples behaviour (dear God I hate flying sometimes) we arrived to our beautiful hotel and a humidity I have never felt before. In three short days we have managed to explore two different beautiful beaches, caught a sunburn from hell and spent our days sleeping, swimming, eating and drinking and just taking relaxing to a whole new level!

Christmay Day has been spent a little like this:

Christmas for breakfast

Christmas for breakfast

Caught up in Keplers newest book

Caught up in Keplers newest book

What my happy place looks like

What my happy place looks like

With a little coffee to that

With a little coffee to that

Tonight we have booked a table at the hotels restaurant, and we have heard them sing carols all day, so I guess we are in for quit a show!

Merry Christmas everyone, wish you all the best!

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

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A little Christmas spirit

This year I have had no Christmas spirit what so ever! Maybe because we decided to skip the yearly mini-tree, have had no decorations in the apartment, not been wrapping any presents seeing as we are not giving any and it has been raining most part of December.

So when I met up Anna and Christine from my Best of You team earlier this week for a Christmas drink, I finally got a little holiday spirit!

Christine, Anna and me

Christine, Anna and me

We met at Brasserie Godot and toasted for the year that has been and our achievements, and talking about the year to come! I am such a lucky lady to have so many wonderful people being part of my team and it was such a lovely night that reminded me of exactly that. And who says no to a passion fruit martini after work, right?

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This week has been crazy hectic and the upcoming week will be to, trying to get everything ready before we leave for Thailand in five days! Can’t really believe that in less than a week I will feel sand between my toes and salt water on my skin! Would trade Christmas for that every year (sorry, not sorry)!

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

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I gave Bikram Yoga a try

Being ambassador for FitnessCollection I get access to a lot of different studios all over town. And since the whole point is to try new things, I jumped on the one thing I never thought I would try; Bikram Yoga at Bikram Yoga Östermalm.

Having heard different stories of people who leave with severe head aches and others who have fainted, I naturally was a bit sceptical. On the other hand, Bikram Yoga is said to have lots of health benefits; like increased flexibility, glowing skin, detoxicating your system etc.

Luckily Mo came with and we joined a slow, 60 minutes yin yoga class. For those of you who don´t know, yin yoga is is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time.

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Like always I was went from loving it, to hating it, and back to loving it again, but all in all a very good experience. I loved the heat, not as warm as I thought, and having made sure to drink lots of water both before and after, I felt very good. And the feeling of slowly stretching your body after all the bootcamp classes I have joined, hallelujah!

So, this Saturday I am giving Hot Express a try, adding more movement and sweat to the class. Lets see how it goes!

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

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Monday loving kinda vibe

Today I was back at the Embassy and had a great day. Lots to do after having been away for two weeks, but I really enjoy it, so the workload doesn’t really matter. Feels really good to have a place I enjoy going to every day, nice colleagues and tasks that both challenge me, and lets me be creative. Makes a rainy Monday a little less grey!

Totally beet after though, feeling a little tired after last week, so Chicago Med on Viaplay under the blanket it was. Nothing special but still good vibes only!

Monday loving kinda vibe at the office

Monday loving kinda vibe at the office

How was your Monday? Grey and gloomy or uplifting?

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

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Christmas cookies and strength training

This week has consisted of pretty much two things: work and the gym. Other than that, I have spent most nights flat out on the sofa with Johan, watching series and relaxing. And I have of course spent a ridiculous amount of time at TWPS. Said I was moving in, didn’t I?

This week’s mantra
On a bad day there is always lipstick”!
Have been helping out at my old job the last two weeks while they have been on vacation, and since I have been all alone I have been walking around in the same outfit and half dirty hair a little too long. So this weekend I decided it was time to freshen up a little and it´s funny how a little lipstick and a nice outfit can brighten your mood.

Workout done, lipstick on

Workout done, lipstick on

This week’s mood
It has been a pretty stressful week at work, very little daylight and lots of rain. Maybe not the best combination, but ok. I try not to let it affect me, but who am I kidding? The time I have spent with so many wonderful people at Beijers Bootcamp and now TWPS has really helped though.

Good company always does one good

Good company always does one good

This week’s yumminess
I am still overdosing on my favorite German Christmas cookies, that I to my big surprise found at Lidl in Stockholm. Other than that, the green smoothies I have been munching on this weekend! Haha, classic Henriette diet; greens and cookies!

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This week’s training
Had my last two classes at Beijers Workout Routine together with the group I have been working out with for the last five weeks, which was sad! But lucky me will meet them for breakfast already next week! Other than that I finally got myself to try bikram yoga through FitnessCollection, which I have been thinking about for so long, in addition to enjoying two wonderful classes at the brand new The Workout Plan Studio! So it has been A LOT of sweating this week, but fun!

Last class with team Charlotte Beijer

Last class with team Charlotte Beijer

Energy boost at TWPS early Friday morning

Energy boost at TWPS early Friday morning

A little dose of reality

A little dose of reality

This week’s surprise
I have started to become stronger! Can feel small changes at the gym, and when Marie said she has seen lots of improvement since we worked out before summer, I got super surprised and so HAPPY!

This week’s series
Watched this super exciting series on Viaplay called “Absentia” together with Johan. Seriously scary, and we watched the whole thing in about a week (don´t have a life, I know).

This week’s funniest moment
Been some fun moments over at TWPS (The Workout Plan Studio) and at home: But will not even try to start to explain, because that is NOT funny!

This week’s most liked picture
I am so tired of people talking sizes all the time and focusing on their looks. Let´s choose happy instead of a size people. Glad this was my most liked picture on Instagram this week.

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Tomorrow I am finally headed back to the Embassy after two weeks away, and I am so much looking forward to it!

How was your week?

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

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First time at The Workout Plan Studio

Wee, today I started the day with tons of power at the brand new 355kvm women´s only boutique gym, The Workout Plan Studio! Hello second home!

My dear friend Marie Emre and her husband have been working their asses off all fall to get it ready and it was simply a dream. I am so proud of them and their hard work! Shows that you truly can achieve whatever your set your mind too.

And today I finally got to train with her again! Last time was early spring, so the level of joy today was pretty damn high!

Boom!

Boom!

Brand and shiny new equipment

Brand and shiny new equipment

Good old gang going strong

Good old gang going strong

I jumped on a X-Mas Bootcamp Edition she is hosting this month, and best part is that some of the other ladies I used to train with at Marie´s classes were there too! Back to good old pop music and tons of motivation!

As someone whose fitness poison of choice has always been at the lighter end of the spectrum (yoga), I can confidently say I am finally getting comfortable with strength training!

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

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Embrace

For some people embracing life means to jump off cliffs and kiss strangers. For me it simply means slowly learning to love myself. Embracing the glorious mess that I am.

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A little reminder that I am imperfect. Permanently and inevitably flawed, but beautiful. And I want to embrace it all <3

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

PS; Will show a better picture when it has healed a little more, because some of the pictures above is from before the ink was put on. But I am still pretty red/sore. Stay tuned ;)

Welcoming December with bestie

I picked up this cutie face at the station on Friday and spent the weekend with her in Stockholm. We spent the days drinking lots of wine, gossiping, watching movies, eating candy, walking around town and even visited the Christmas Market in Gamla Stan (which probably would have been way better if it wasn’t raining cats and dogs).

Such a relaxing and fun weekend with my bestie, who I wish lived just a tiny bit closer!

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Sadly, the third part of our trio, Emilie, was supposed to be here too, but got sick. You were badly missed Ems!

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

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Time for a change

Yesterday morning I nervously walked into Björn Axén salon at Norrlandsgatan. I was so tired of my long, frizzy and lifeless hair, so together with the hairdresser we decided it was time for a (drastic) change.

Ready to cut

Ready to cut

Almost always having had long hair I was a bit unsure, but tried to remind myself that hair always grows out again, and mine pretty fast, so it was time to just jump into it. Funny how hair can feel so important, when it’s just hair.

Bye bye long and frizzy hair

Bye bye long and frizzy hair

And the result people!!!! Made me so damn happy, feel like a classy lady - haha! Seriously left there and felt like a completely different person (and a few kg lighter).

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Thank you so so so much for all the love on Instagram btw. Makes me so happy when you take the time to send me nice messages and share your love!

Now I am ready to embrace December like a grown up now - hihi!

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

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Here’s what’s cool

I spent the morning taking the subway to Kungsholmen to go get a new Swedish id card. And let’s just say I am beyond grateful I don’t need to deal with the subway during rush hour every single morning. My God people, why are you all so unfriendly?

Really amazes me sometimes, how unfriendly people can be, and how we let stress and other factors give us a reason to be selfish. Not only during rush hour, but in general! So here’s a little reminder of what’s cool people. Might be a good to refresh you memory during the hectic month of December;

Saying “thank you”

Showing up on time

Being nice to strangers

Listening without interrupting

Learning and using people’s names

Holding doors open for others

Smile to others

Apologizing when you’re wrong

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So, in other words not rocket science, but something easily forgotten! When was the last time you smiled at a strangers? Or listened without interrupting?

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

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