People and Places Well-being Index

Look at this flower. Isn’t it exquisite, beautiful, gorgeous? Nature made this.

Let’s have a look at some more canvases painted by Mother Earth. A real passionate, warm and sensual show off signed our planet. A few shades of red.

Let’s reflect for a short moment on how fantastic it is that nature creates so many colours and so many diverse plants and flowers. Look at these lovely ones! A yellow-orange techno party!

Colours in nature can be more timide and less attention-seekers too. Look at these pastels.

At the Sofiero Castle in Helsingborg you can enjoy this ‘parc extraordinaire’. It happens to be on my running route and I often just take ten minutes to go in there and absorb all the beauty! Today I had to stay longer. I was reflecting on how underestimated parks and gardens are for our well-being. I got hooked on japonisme two years ago and the concept of shinrin yoku, forest bath, speaks to me in the same way. The outdoor greenery and flowers make us feel good and boost our immune system. We have thousands of generations of living closer to the nature than we do now. We came from the sea, maybe we are wired, in our dna to be attracted to the sea as healing powers too?

Today I discovered the Hälsoteket at Sofiero. A Health-o-teque. I love the play with words. It felt like coming home entering that little orangerie. Take a look, small installations to encourage us to live closer to nature, to cultivate the land and take care of earth better.

What if we would create a people and planet index, how well we take care of ourselves and our planet? That would be so valuable! Imagine schools measuring this in addition to math and language?

I really strongly and humanly believe in this idea. I will run a pilot in my class this year and develop it.

A people and planet index.

Yeah! Revamp gardens!

What does your desk look like?

/ SCHOOL START AUGUST 2021 /

Getting organized.

Being fully vaccinated this summer makes me so much more at ease about going back to onsite learning and teaching. Remember, we were not in lockdown here in Sweden and the primary years schools were open all the time. That caused a lot of stress for educators risking our own health every day for 1,5 year. In this context a colleague of mine, Nanna Spetz of Aha! Accelerating Education set up Aha! WellBeing and the program “An Athlete’s Mindset” for educators where we immersed into working on enhancing trusting teams through a self check- in tool, a focus on resilience and growth mindset + care.

This weekend I’m prepping a bit for a new school year and am excited about it!

Always starting the day with a clean desk:
It gives me peace of mind. What’s on my desk today?

🌿My computer

🌿My analogue calendar ( do you have one or are you completely digital?)

🌿A book I’m reading about Math for work, summerizing big ideas in Math beautifully. My favourite Math areas are symmetry and geometry, because symmetry is about balance and geometry is just the number language of art, and I’m crazy about art.

🌿My journal + Chakra Plan book ( love it! Gives direction for morning mindfulness )

🌿 My intention ( morning ) and gratitude ( evening ) book. I write down key words of what I intend for the day in the morning and what I was grateful for, in the evening.

🌿A book about Sprints ( development, development 😃).

🌿Post-its: can’t live without them ( design thinking brain )

🌿My EXPRESS’ISM book where I write down anything that has to do with words : poetry, quotes, sentences I like, lyrics to songs, anything that is beautiful / quirky/ funny / wise words.

🌿My life goals and dreams book.
What are YOU dreaming of and planing for?

🌿My travel book, where I write down ideas of places I want to experience. It’s very Europe oriented at the moment, reflecting a lot on how to reduce flying. Driving is fun!

🌿My IDEAS book: inspirations for a fun, loving, purposeful life!!!

🌿The pouch where I keep cables for on-the-go

🌿Coloured highlighters ( very visual human being here )

I love organizing 🎉 I thrive in beautiful surroundings.

What does your desk look like?

Balance is only found in Symmetry

The balance between
Desire and Survival

The balance between
Relax & Recharge
Disrupt & Evolve

The balance between
The Urgent and the Patient

The balance between
The Planning and the Now

The balance between Adventure and Harmony

Balance is only found in symmetry, in the language of Math

Hej!

Hej! I am so happy that you found my blog!

I am Yvette Larsson, an international Swede, who is passionate about learning innovation and helping people to find their passions and living a life on purpose, being as happy as possible, as often as possible, co-creating a better world together.

I use applied neuroscience, focusing on our human potential and the questions:

  • What does it mean to be human in a global age of technology?
  • What happens when we educate the heart?
  • What do we need to keep, develop and bin in order to serve 21st century learners?

Through this platform I share inspiration for you, so that you can, more easily, live with purpose and with a deeper awareness of what actually matters the most for you, decluttering the way for you and help you focus on the meaning of life, on how to be happy as often as possible, co-creating sustainable communities where everyone feels a sense of belonging. The world we live in is fast-paced. I will help you to navigate the ad-hocs of everyday life.

I support individuals, teams and organisations by accelerating change in learning eco-systems so that humans can thrive better.

Professionally I am an IB educator and a co-founder of the education innovation concept AHA! Accelerating Education. I am also a trained Coach, Personal Trainer, Media & Communication + Science Journalist professional. My work comprises of the enhancement of human development though engagement, motivation, learning, science, body+brain connection, fun & play.

I exist in learning eco-systems that challenge the status quo and disrupt old truths for the benefit of building sustainable eco-systems for humans to live in, with a great sense of belonging.

My personal story starts 100 kilometers above the Arctic Circle, where I grew up with a lot of freedom to roam the mountains and the forests of Swedish Lapland. I must admit that I was bored often. With hindsight I realise that I developed my sense of creativity from growing up in a UNESCO protected area with omnipresent nature as my playground. I also became an avid reader, I traveled in my imagination and explored ideas. I still do that. I am an introvert extrovert.

I became a vivid traveler early on, as my grand parents and my parents where explorers. I remember clearly, the first time when my grand mother came back from one of her travels with a whole bag full of seashells, that she picked for me at a faraway beach. That ignited my imagination to see the world and connect with people from other countries. I wanted to see the world! I got curious of the world we live in, the people, the different perspectives, languages, habits, architecture, art, design, literature, nature, food, what it means to be human, what unites us.

I speak Swedish, English, and French. I manage Norwegian and Danish. If I was left on an isolated island where people only spoke Spanish and Dutch I think I would manage to make myself understood. I have lived on The Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. I had a dream, as a teenager, to “live on a tropical island where they dance salsa”. On the Reunion Island they dance zega maloya. Good enough! I also lived in Provence, in southern France, another dream of mine. I love living my everyday life under the sun, and I hope I will be doing that again, one day. I spent 3 years in vibrant London, 3 years in cool Copenhagen and 6 years in breathtakingly beautiful Norway. Changing lives need courage and open-mindedness. It can be very challenging to change countries. I think I could actually write a book about it.

I like to challenge myself both physically and mindfully. I dream a lot, and set up goals for myself, my communities and the world. I am looking at what is possible. I am notoriously ( and for some, annoyingly) positive. If challenges occur, I am thinking of ways to solve things, to make things happen. Solutions run as a default in my system.

Speaking of running. I ran Copenhagen Marathon in 2011 and London half marathon in 2009. I spoke at TEDx twice. You can ask how that happened. I used to rebrand a country and I am an autodidact when it comes to digital story-telling. My talks were about destination branding and digital story telling.

I am lucky to have two amazing kids. They are teenagers now and not so keen on being public, so I leave it with that. I love them to bits and they are the two most important humans in my life.

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