Eco-villages : Tuggelite & Mjölnartorpet
We arrived in Karlstad which has two eco-villages in its agglomeration, it is the opportunity for us to continue to discover these places, all very different from each other.
We head first to the north at Tuggelite. The contact made it easy and we were quickly greeted for the night. They are very friendly. Linia and her baby Eric give us a tour of the village. The idea here is not necessarily to push the ecological concept, the inhabitants do not consider themselves to live in an eco-village, but more in a suburb whose values are sharing and living together. There are still some "passive" houses, some of which are equipped since a long time with solar panels, rather a village ahead of its time 35 years ago... We will also have the pleasure of sharing a breakfast with Tobias and his family, the opportunity to talk about what passionate and gathered each other, especially since he was an engineer in the solar panels sector 😊
The next day we head east in the eco-village of Mjölnartorpet. Idem, contact and welcoming are easy. Gunnar, the architect of the place, takes his time and gives us a thorough visit. Thanks to the trip and our previous meetings, we are starting to have some perspectives on the eco-village subject... Our opinion is that it is very well optimized in terms of common organization, efficiency energy, equipment and infrastructure operation. Energy is provided by solar panels and pellet stove to ensure coverage of needs all year round. The water is pumped into a well and is distributed to different houses. The wastewater treatment is provided naturally (several settling lakes) before being released into the wild. Everything is very well thought out. There is also a greenhouse with very nice tomatoes for those who wish to take part in the gardening life. As in Tuggelite, amenities such as washing machines, gardening tools and the reception room are common. In the end, it's much more efficient and wise to share these equipments than to own them separately!
Thank you to you for these beautiful encounters and these informative exchanges that continue to inspire us for our future way of life 🙏🤲🏡
So when I was in treatment I realized how desperately I needed to hear a very simple sentiment: “You’re doing a good job”. It hit me like a ton of bricks the first time and every time someone said it. I have to think about that every now and then- that there have been times when the thought that someone on this earth could possibly recognize value in me (or that I wasn’t fucking up this life thing all together) was reality shattering. I had a pretty profound #spiritualexperience about it sitting in bed and journaling one night. I was looking at my reluctance to growing up, my fears of the future, my attachments to the idea of perpetual wild eyed youth (reads: Peter Pan syndrome)- but the deep knowing that change absolutely HAD to take place. As if a wind had come through the room, my book (which I had since 19 and got my first tattoo from- a whole different story) (Comfortable with Uncertainty by anipemachodron ) flew open to the chapter listing and my head turned and my eyes stared straight at a chapter called “Growing Up” and a voice came on the loud speaker of my every internal cell, BOOMING through my entire inner being, telling me: “You’re on the right track. You’re doing a good job.” For someone sick and broken like I was, that was only enough to crack me open. Thankfully, #recovery supplied me with the #fellowship I needed to fill in the cracks. #Spiritual validation wasn’t enough. I would walk around my recovery home yelling “VALIDATE ME” at the top of my lungs. And for years to come, when I couldn’t find it spiritually or at home, like any good addict, I’d find my fix somewhere else. Today, though? Today I feel so much more in my weird beautiful goofy connected skin. I don’t have to learn to trust that I’m on the right path- I trust now, and that IS the right path for me. Oh sure- I still seek a little external validation here and there (duh, hi Instagramming my life and other sources who definitely know who they are) but to tell you the darn truth- I ACTUALLY BELIEVE MYSELF when I say Hey kid. You’re on the right path. You’re doing a good job. You’re growing up. And ya know what- it looks good on you. #sober #sobergirlsociety #sherecovers #odat #jft
Hey there friends and followers...just a heads up, this post has nothing to do with making. I want to let you know that back in May I received my Holy Fire Reiki III ART/master certification. Some of you have already experienced this beautiful energy work with me in my home (thank🙏 you). I'm excited to now be offering appointments at Yoga Public South in their beautiful treatment room. In the coming weeks you'll be able to book with me directly through their website...for now just shoot me a DM. Incase you have no idea what the heck Reiki is, here's the short, easy answer...it's a technique that promotes relaxation and ease in the body, mind and spirit through gentle touch, allowing healing to take place. I have found so much joy in this work and I look forward to serving you on your healing journey 🙌 💓 #holyfirereiki #energywork #melaniewesleystudio
Four years ago today! Happy aniversay love of my life, my best friend and my favourite human on earth 💓
Four years ago we decided that this day should belong to us and us alone. No guests, no planings, no party. Within just a couple of days we organised cool outfits and got a pair of beautiful rings. As in Luxembourg the hairdressers don't work on Mondays I did the make-up and hair by myself. Straight after the ceremony we head to Paris. Yes, it sounds like a cliché but hey, there is a reason why Paris is called the city of love, isn't it :)
We swore "in good times and in bad times" and the first year happened to be the best time of my life. We literally lived in the clouds. I never thought that after such a year of happiness I would face the darkest period of my life. After a routine examination I was diagnosed with an agressive breast cancer. What followed was a year of surgeries, chemo therapies, radiations, blood checks, emergency rooms, tears, fear and many side effects that came with that kind of treatment!! Here you prooved that the promise we gave each other at our wedding day wasn’t just a phrase to you when things get ugly. No matter what I went through you were by my side every single minute. You stayed with me at the hospital over night, held my hand during all treatments (you were the first men in history of the hospital who was with his wife during the mamography :)), gave me injections at home when I got thrombosis and accompanied me on every single infusion I had! You made it easy for me when I started to loose my hair. You shaved my head and told me every day how beautiful I am. You made me laugh when I cried and held me tight when I was weak.
And now, after everything we’ve been through and after we’ve succesfully fought my illness you are still with me, patiently supporting every of my crazy ideas, believing in me and putting a smile on my face every day.
Therefore I would like to let you know that I am grateful for your true love and for every moment we are spending together 🙌🏽 I am your greatest fan and will always be 💞
Happy 4th aniversary baby!! #happyanniversarymylove
Look Good Feel Better is EVERYthing they say they are. In June 2004, my mom, Martina, returned from her usual chemotherapy session but on this day she came through the door of our house a much more brighter and happier person than on the morning when she left, having to go through her breast cancer diagnosis and the treatment that followed.
She went on to explain that she had attended a Look Good Feel Better workshop in the hospital recommended to her by her nurses and had no idea what to expect. She entered the room that day as an apprehensive stranger but left a friend to many ladies going through the same experience as herself. She was excited and the sparkle in her eyes that had being dulled over the previous few months was ignited again as she explained to us about her morning filled with beauty tips and advice she had picked up as she went through her goody bag that each attendee received as their own on the day.
Seeing my mom that day and the transformation in her that had occurred from something so small, it was on this day that I decided that I was going to give something back to Look Good Feel Better in the future. In the few years the followed I have become a volunteer at these workshops - the one my mom spoke so highly of for giving her that lift and boost that she needed at the time when it was very much needed.
Recently, it was a no brainer when “Donate to our local charity competition” came up at work and I buried my head in it and was determined that Look Good Feel Better were going to be the winners of €750 donated by Penneys, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. I briefed the staff on the work of Look Good Feel Better, as many has not heard of this charity before and they too agreed that they were the worthy cause winners. The voting had to take place and the votes told the happy ending I had aspired to. I contacted Look Good Feel Better to let them know the good news and they were absolutely delighted with the news. I will be shouting for Look Good Feel Better from the rooftops in the future and wish Look Good Feel Better all the continued success in the future with their amazing charity. #lookgoodfeelbetterireland #morethanmakeup #primark