Changes are afoot!

key nyckelI’m opening the door to something new. Soon, by January 1st I hope, all my new English blog posts will reside at a new website and blog. I have decided to separate it from now on, as I am not really happy with the mix of Swedish and English that this blog has become. The Swedish posts will be published here, for now.

I hope you will help me spread the word of the new site, once it’s up, and if you enjoy my English blog posts, please subscribe to the new blog. If you enjoy the Swedish posts, subscribing here is an option as well, of course!

I have not really decided upon a blog schedule yet, but am considering having a more fixed structure, with posts being published on specific weekdays. I will not even try to publish daily in both English and Swedish, that I know. But I plan to keep on blogging daily,  either here or at the new site, because daily blogging is one of my best tools for self-coaching, and I wouldn’t want to miss out on that!

For the first time ever I am self hosting a WordPress site, and that has proven to be a wee bit trickier and more time-consuming than I expected. So I succumbed to fiverr.com the other day, and as of right now, some fiverr WP-guru is working his magic om ny new site, or so I hope.

And you know what, I am quite happy with that. I would have figured it out eventually (not by January 1st though, and that’s been my shipping date for a few months now!), but honestly – why should I? There are things I truly love to do, and other things I don’t, such as configure a website. I love to write, so all the copy on the new site is written by me. I also love to take photographs, so all the photos are my creations as well.

It’s better that I do what I truly love doing, letting other people do what they truly love doing, isn’t it?

Duolingo

While on vacation in the UK, my brother who lives there, told us about the app/website Duolingo, which he’s using to refresh his French. Me and my daughter Alma downloaded the app, and I got started on German, and Alma on Spanish. We were hooked.

Then we came home, and my son was so eager to download the app onto the kids IPad that we barely got the luggage inside the front door before he had the IPad in hand, demanding help.

He started off with Italian, and man, it’s amazing to see. He asked me if I’d help him, and while I told him the truth that his Italian surely was way better than mine after a day with the language course, he crawled up beside me in the sofa. And while I couldn’t actually help him in any way, I could provide some moral support and also get totally amazed.

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Then today he decided he wanted to learn German instead (after telling me and his father that he want’s to go to Germany for the fall break! Last year we did India, this year he want’s Germany.), so he switched language in the app and set off to gather points in the morning. I could hear the German phrases coming from the vicinity of the kitchen table, but then all of a sudden there was some Spanish as well… turns out my husband also got curious enough to download the app and start a Spanish course.

Have to say thanks to my brother for setting us all off on a wild dash for improved language-skills!

Being a glorious day, we all went to the deep sea swimming-place and were away all day, with my sons best friend tagging along as well. But when we got home, guess what happened? My son and his best friend curled up on the sofa, and immediately started to practice their German. AND their English, which is an added bonus!

We’re Swedish but the app works with English as the base language so here were these two 10-year old boys discussing German and English verbs, nouns, spelling, grammar, scoring points as they went along.

Absolutely fascinating to witness – talk about there being a lot of joy in learning! Or rather, there sure can be a lot of joy in learning. And that’s the way it should be, in my view. Do you agree or disagree with that?

Hybrid

Tweeking my website a bit, and the realization that it’s a dreadful hybrid of Swedish and English hits me hard. The blog started out purely in Swedish, except for the name herothecoach, but now, I publish more and more posts in English. The mix bothers me though, because it doesn’t look good. And appearance and stringency matters. So I figured I’d ask you to help me out.

20131012-100120.jpgI’d like to ask you for feedback on what works, what doesn’t work and what’s missing. What steps would you take, if this was your blog? What do you think I should do?

Gandhi has a question for us

That’s what my US mentor Max told me the other day, over SKYPE. I had to laugh, as this was when I was preparing for my speech at Rotary, and I had witten down a quote by Mahatma Gandhi a few days earlier, thinking that I wanted to use it in my presentation of #skolvåren (aka school spring).

Be the change you want to see in the world. – Gandhi

What Max said was this:

How will you provoke a response from the most powerful leaders in the land? – Gandhi

And in connection with #skolvåren, that sure is a good question to ponder! We have already made good headway, but it’s a long way to go.

So when my husband later that week asked me whether I would like to watch the movie about Gandhi with him, even though we have both seen it many years past, I just had to face that fact that someone’s trying to give me a message, indeed. Third time’s the charm!

So yes, I am listening. I am recalling the insights that came to me while reading a good biography a year or so ago, and also there’s the book ”Mahatma!” by Zac O’Yeah on my bedside table, that is just waiting for me to pick it up and start reading.

20130819-151034.jpgI am picking up several messages. One has to do with going at it a person at a time. Gandhi managed to awaken 350 million Indians, and while it took some time, the goal of India, free from the English, was succeeded in the end. Patience, that’s what Gandhi is telling me. And I feel patient. The rolling stone is moving already, and there’s no stopping it.

I was given a message, and it came to me in many forms.
Have you experienced this? If yes – did you listen to it?