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On a personal note I spent the last couple of weeks in Stockholm and in between meetings, deliverables and the occasional blog post I met up with some people who I really consider to be my friends. From quite a few of them I got a some reactions I really didn’t expect…

Some of them were actually worried about my health, which of course was a bit alarming. I’m really okey; I eat my vitamins and I workout at least once or twice a week, I very rarely drink alcohol and I’m a very happy camper overall. I could use some more sleep, a hobby and some down-time every once in a while, but I think that goes for must of us. I’m just glad to have friends who care.

But they also told me I looked somewhat worn-out. And that’s not good, not good at all. Playing a senior role in a fast-growing digital agency in a competitive environment, managing clients in very different time zones and constantly traveling between New York and Stockholm maybe takes it’s toll? Making two homes and a long-distance relationship work, keeping up an quite extensive online persona and staying ahead of trends and blogs sure is no walk in the park either.

It’s a classic honeytrap, of course. Your passions leads you astray without you knowing what’s really going on. And maybe I do look a bit worn-out when I face myself in the bathroom mirror? In any case, I think all consultants out there know what I’m talking about—we all end up in front of that mirror reflection several times during a career. So, since I consider listening to be a virtue, I will be somewhat less active here on the blog now for a couple of months.

“A little less conversation” is of course not the entire regimen. I will also workout more and sleep more and also try to get myself some sort of hobby; one that is not related to PR in any way. I honestly have no idea what that might be, but I would be very grateful for any suggestions on normal-people-hobbies—whatever that may entail.

Since you’re my kind of people, dear readers, what do you do when you’re not into the basic stuff like love and work? Are you a bunch of golfers and yogis or what? Please share.

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Reading fiction. Try sci-fi or something else out of the ordinary

Skrymta
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You give me no reason to leave. I recall the Springtime time. I’ll make an effort to squeeze you into my agenda anytime.

Music is also a great distraction, used to play the saxophone in bands. Don’t have the time anymore though and I know what you mean by things that require alot of practice. This is such a thing and you have to practice daily (the lip muscles have a 24 hour memory only). The annoying thing is that you remember doing things that you no longer can do. You can hear it in your head but when you play it, it just won’t sound right.

About the mountainbiking, or any biking, I’m serious. It’s such a great individualistic sport. Also it’s a sport for the nerds and the intellectuals since there are so many aspects of the man/machine combination. You don’t actually have to spend that much riding since you can discuss biking/bikers/bikes, tweak gears or buy things instead.

Skrymta
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Skrymta

You have been warned. See http://www.happymtb.org to get inspired or scared off.

Skrymta
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Skrymta

You have been warned. See http://www.happymtb.org to get inspired or scared off.

Lars L
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Lars L

I bought a camera and a few lenses and use it as an excuse get outdoors. I set up small projects that keep myself focus on details. För me it is good way to shift focus.

Karl Oskar Mattsson
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Interact with nature. Bake sourdough-bread, grow something or just hang outdoors. To me it’s very relaxing to comply with mother natures pace and endurance. It gives some great perspectives to a passionate but stressful life.

Amber-Lee Dibble
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Amber-Lee Dibble

Come visit us in Alaska! That would surely give you a hobby! You aren’t afraid of horses or bears, are you? No, I am kidding. (Not that you wouldn’t be welcomed!) I don’t want to loose your input, especially since I only recently found you! (but you do have to step away, I guess. Be healthy, be happy)
The post I was inspired to write today isn’t the one I planned to have post on Friday, but seriously, it touches this exact same thing! (In a very different way, I suppose!)
I haven’t heard anyone speak of the “Honeytrap” in that manner since I was a child, my Granddad used that very same term, in the same way. (Second time my Gramps came into focus again today as well!) When things start weighing me down or holding me back or just plain running in circles (or the total black hole syndrome) I saddle up. A couple hours every 5-8 days keeps me from killing any so-called innocent bystanders and reminds me why I want to share it with you and everyone else (not yet!). Take Care of yourself, Doktor, you will be back, yes?
~Alaska Chick!

Johan W
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Johan W

I’d also recommend opera, especially since the Met at Lincoln Center is the best in the world. Plus, why don’t you give Zazen meditation a go.

Mikko Viitala
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Mikko Viitala

Korpen- fotboll och lite gym funkar för mig. Takes the edge off.

Skrymta
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Skrymta

Mountainbiking. Building things.

Skrymta
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Skrymta

Mountainbiking. Building things.

Ann Gulbrandsen
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Ann Gulbrandsen

Opera especially live so I can get completely absorbed without any distractions.