LIFE LES­SONS Find­ing my Lagom.

LOCKED OUT OF HER HOUSE, ELIS­A­BETH CARLSSON RE­ALISED SHE WAS LOCKED INTO A HEC­TIC LIFE­STYLE THAT SHE COULDN’T SUS­TAIN

In the Moment - - Contents -

My son was cry­ing on the oor out­side our locked front door and my daugh­ter was throw­ing a tantrum. I was hun­gry, ex­hausted and need­ing the toi­let, so it was not a good time to dis­cover that my bag, keys and phone were miss­ing. It had been a manic day at work,

I’d had to run for the train, I’d col­lected the kids at nurs­ery and then taken them swim­ming. Be­ing un­able to get into my house was the last straw.

It was right at that mo­ment that it hit me – as I was strug­gling to t ev­ery­thing in, life was pass­ing by. Ev­ery mo­ment passed was a mo­ment that I couldn’t get back. I had to get o that tread­mill. We all know about mind­ful­ness, but who ac­tu­ally has time, right? How­ever, I knew that un­less I changed my life and fo­cused on the things that re­ally mat­tered, I would just carry on re­gard­less. I also knew I needed more time to un­der­stand the di­rec­tion that my fam­ily and I wanted to take.

We need un­sched­uled and quiet mo­ments to nd fo­cus in our lives. Swedes like to say that: “First you work Lagom, then you take a break”. Lagom is a great Swedish word mean­ing ‘just right’ and can be ap­plied to our per­sonal lives, help­ing us to live in a more ful lled and happy way.

Be­ing pushed to the edge, I de­cided to leave my job and fo­cus on my stud­ies to be­come a nu­tri­tional ther­a­pist. I’ll ad­mit that it hasn’t al­ways been easy and there have been mo­ments when I’ve longed for my safe o ce job and a steady salary. How­ever, I just had to re­mind my­self of the time I was locked out and at the end of my tether, des­per­ate for a bet­ter work-life bal­ance, to know that it was all worth it.

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