Off to London for a new big event. This time a global phone launch for our big client. Super super exciting and I promise more to come... Oh and not to forget super super stressful and super super terrifying!! Part of me are wondering if anyone would notice I if I sneak off to Denmark instead and hide on Arø, the tiny little island my grandmother lives on... The bright side is that AFTER the event this is where I'll go. And I'll meet with my lovely family and I won't even have to hide (:
But first a successful event execution. A global launch with over 1000 participants, mostly important media from all over the world and a live broadcast of everything. Huge responsibility on our shoulders and hundreds of details.
It's a super exciting and super stressful environment I find myself in. I both love it and hate it. Mostly I try to work with myself and try to be better at coping with all the feelings - the insecurity: what if I'm not capable of delivering? The stress: too much to do, too little time. The frustrations: client, us, suppliers, partners, VIP, Media! So many parts to work with and so many parts to satisfy.
In the end I know that it's an event - it's people coming together and as our company slogan says: When people come together, magic happens. So I'll do my best, do a little bit more, stay focused and let the magic happen!
Finding Inner Peace & Sunshine
When I travel one of the absolute most important things for me to bring is my Nike Free shoes. They are so comfy and give me so much freedom to explore a new place on foot as well as find peace of mind in new surroundings through Walking Meditation.
I've always liked walking and I once read that there's no better medicine than taking a walk. For me that's especially true when I'm dealing with smaller "mental issues" like moodiness, anxiousness or restless-ness. I've only recently become aware of that this is because I've naturally become addicted to Walking Meditation. It's not just walking. It's walking alone, putting my mobile on silence, not wearing any heavy bags, wearing comfortable shoes and most importantly: watching my own breath while walking.
I don't force it, I just breathe and observe my own breath. According to the experts this should be done in sessions of minimum 5 minutes. If any thoughts intrude, gently push them away and focus your attention to your breath again. After 5 minutes take a break, look at the world around you and just enjoy the moment wherever you are and feel whatever you feel. Then do another round of 5-minutes breath watching. Normally we breathe around 16 times in a minute so in 5 minutes you will breathe and observe nearly 80 breaths which is more calming than you can imagine.
Don't give up if it's challenging or almost "frustrating" in the beginning. Our brains and minds can be like monkeys on coke these days so it takes time to "quiet down".
I'm still trying to get into real meditation but I find it very difficult to sit still, even for 5 minutes (unless it's in my yoga class). I have the feeling that I'm too busy, too much to do or that I want to have done. But walking meditation I find is super easy, super calming and super super healthy!
Perfect way to explore new as well as well-known part of this city which was once my home for a year! Spring has arrived in London this week and despite my worries I'm super happy to be here, I absolutely love this place!