Hottest summer in over 280 years

Summer is so beautiful in Europe right now. I wish I had planned to spend more time there this year, but between my new business and the upcoming wedding, I’m saving my long term vacation plans to next year. I’m so happy though, for all the sun deprived Europeans who are getting each and every rainy and grey summer made up for this year. It may not be understandable or make sense for someone who’s not lived to experience it, but when you’re permanently put up in a country with an average of 120 days a year of a temperature below zero degrees Celsius. My heart smiles for you – you deserve every bit of it.

That being said, there are also so many fires in my home country right now. I’m from the south, which has less forests and more open landscapes, but most areas north of Skåne is on fire – a combined result of pyromaniacs who have literally set dry forest grounds on fire for the sake of causing destruction, as well as other things like lightening, or perhaps a cigarette bud or someone having an outdoor BBQ. It’s so scary, how these small seemingly insignificant events can have such a devastating impact.

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Our homes are also not equipped for such heat in Sweden – my mom was telling me the other day. Our buildings are constructed to keep the cold out and heat in, considering we have more winter than summer months throughout the year. In this heat, homes become saunas! I also feel terrible for all the animals who aren’t equipped for this type of climate change. Apparently the hedgehogs are dying, and wild animals are suffering from heat stroke and lack of water. These are species which are made for moist, and mainly cold, environments.

I hope the weather goes back to its usual grey skies and rainy days soon.


Overthinking it

You know when you think about doing something for so long that it becomes a bigger deal than it actually is, and then when you finally do it you realise it wasn’t a big deal at all and you wonder why you didn’t do it sooner?

WELL, that’s how I feel about my blog. The last couple of weeks after traveling we threw ourselves back into our daily lives here, and its safe to say this is the busiest yet happiest time of my life. I can’t wait for our wedding, and every day I get more and more excited thinking about it. I cry whenever I imagine us there – surrounded by all the people we love from all over the world. I mean I always knew I was emotional but…I literally can’t even hear a love song on Apple Music without tearing up. I’m really going to have to hold my tears back throughout our wedding.

I recently ran a poll on my Instagram handle, where a whooping 94% of followers would like to get more wedding coverage on my account. So I guess the blog is a good place for it. We have ALMOST locked in on the venues for the wedding now, with some final negotiations to take place before we can start sending out Save The Dates. I’m such a control freak and prefer to get things done in a very chop chop chop manner. This process is therefore painful…I hate waiting, especially when I’m waiting to start planning the details of the most special week of our lives.

I’m sending out a small gift to all my bridesmaids this week though. There are 10 of them, spread across the globe. Can’t wait to show you what I’ve sent them! Have a feeling a couple of them may read this…so I’m holding off on the details until they’ve all been received.

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Working off my gäddhäng…

I’ve had five great meetings today, accompanied by the loveliest, pouring rain since I opened my eyes. In fact, it was so dark outside today, I overslept until 8.30am because the sunlight usually wakes me up before the alarm does. Not today, not today… And I’m serious about loving the rains. I prefer flooded streets and cloudy days over extreme heat and humidity any day of the year…

I did weight training after a long time, and was surprisingly strong considering I’ve not worked out properly in ages. Now I’m back to my daily routines, and I intend to keep it that way. Need to get my arms toned for my big day! In Swedish we call it “gäddhäng”, which basically means fishfat. Well, gädda is a kind of fish. And the armfat is apparently very similar to the fat that hangs below the belly of a trout or a pike fish. I know because I just googled it.

Gonna get back to writing some recommendations for Paris. A friend has just arrived today and its been on my agenda to share some restaurant recos since the weekend.

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“Gäddhäng? No way, these are my angel wings in resting position!”