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What’s the weather like in Dubai, anyway?

When I told people that I was moving to Dubai, the reactions were diverse. Some reacted with great interest, curious at this new culture and place. Others reacted with fear, fear of the unknown. Luckily I have never been the type of person who let other peoples fears get in the way of my grand plan. Besides, today, with the availability of internet, we are all but a click away from real and raw information about how other people live, pretty much all over the world. There are no excuses for ignorance, nowadays!

I have always followed my instincts, taken the chances I have been given and it has always brought me forward in life. From Sweden to Africa, from Africa to the UK, and then from UK to Middle East.

Dubai is a special city. It’s not perfect, nor is any other place on this planet, but it has elements of beauty and creativity. Not to mention the fact that it’s a super diverse society, and it functions (yes, there are places like that, believe it or not!). Here, we celebrate public holidays from multiple cultures, one is not celebrated at the expense of another. In the elevator on the way up to the office you can hear a local Emirati wishing a fellow executive from India Happy Diwali in the end of October. I greet my Jordanian friends with Ramadan Kareem, when the holy month is around the corner. When Christmas comes, the malls are kitted out with the classic Christmas seasonal decorations and Santa can be found in every toy store in the city. There is always space for celebration, if only the will is there and the hearts of the people are open.

Dubai is beautiful. It’s beauty lies in a vast and impressive desert landscape, a gorgeous sunrise and set, the turquoise sea we can all enjoy from the windows of our offices and the overwhelming landscape of newly built towers. Yes, it can be somewhat of a cement jungle, but the creativity and vision behind this place, has to be admired. Imagine that you are an architect, hired to build the tallest building in the world. Someone will put a pen and paper in your hand, and say: “There are no restrictions, no limits. What can you create?“. What is the extent of your imagination? A place like this, brings that out of people, the very best, and I find that fascinating.

A few examples are as follows:

Burj Khalifa – An insanely high tower that looks a bit like a perfectly melted ice tap turned upside down. It’s an amazing structure, both architecturally and engineering wise. When you stand at the foot of the tower, it’s truly overwhelming.

Dubai Mall – Maybe not an amazing structure per say, but inside it has a few cool places to visit, like the giant Dubai Aquarium, a waterfall with lots of men diving down into it (jeez, that one was difficult to explain!) oh and about one million shops. More importantly, it has the country’s first Cheesecake Factory, oh yes, it’s a sinful place 🙂 (must admit I am somewhat of a regular…. 😦 )

Burj Al Arab – the only 7 star Hotel in the world (which is not the most interesting factor of this property), built to look like a sail, accompanied by the nearby wave-looking Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Not 100% my taste in terms of interiors, but impressive nevertheless.

The Palm Jumeirah Island and The World Islands – Both man-made structures created by piling up sand in the water (heavily simplified description of course) to create a Palm Tree which can be seen from space, and then a world-map in the middle of the water.

There are of course other interesting projects like Saadiyat Island (that has a Guggenheim and a Louvre), Sheikh Zayed Mosque and Masdar City, all in the capital Abu Dhabi.

Now, all of our nature lovers out there reading this, probably twisting and turning in your chairs with frustration over my one-sided description of this city, I already mentioned (much like a disclaimer) that this city is not perfect, nor is any other place. Of course, piling up sand in the middle of the sea will create disruption in the Eco system and have consequences which I wouldn’t know the first thing about (I know, I should google it). So, no angry comments below please 🙂

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What I really like about my children spending time here in Dubai, is that they are given a grand view of everything. I hope they will leave from here with the state of mind that nothing is impossible. That word should in fact not exist for them. When they create something in life, whatever it may be, I want them to always aim for the best. Always work and re-work, and re-think until the final result is excellence. The best they are capable of producing, their own vision. I want them to actively seek inspiration and best practices, if at all you should compare yourself to anyone (which I don’t normally encourage) it should be with the best, that is the only way you can challenge yourself to achieve further. Happiness is not the materialistic consequence of your success, but rather the journey itself.

My 5 year old son had a school project, it was called “Space” (go figure!) – “What would you like to do for this space project, T?” I said. He looked at me with crystal clear eyes and said with a serious voice – “I want to build a space rocket, Mum, big like Burj Khalifa!” – “Ok, I chuckled, let’s get crackin!” 🙂

L_O_V_E

A

 

 

Who taught us that makeup is the norm?

Someone said to me when I was a child:

a face without freckles is like heaven with no stars“.

Woke up and looked at myself in the mirror after  quite a good night sleep and thought wow I have come a long way. Before I had children I couldn’t look at myself without makeup and feel comfortable. A lot of freckles, specially in the summer,pale skin, light eyebrows and eyelashes to the point were my classmates teased me and called me albino in 3rd grade. I think all of that sticks to you in life and it takes forever to brush it off. It’s a fact that as soon as you differ from the norm you will be teased or picked on and all of that just stems from being afraid of the unknown. Everything and everyone that’s different from what you are used to, especially as a child you will distance yourself from or teas because you just don’t know better. That’s why it’s so important to educate our children at an early stage about the differences in this world both culturally and physically. Then we will not be afraid anymore.

Ever since I had children they have made me not having the time to put on makeup everyday so I finally got used to stepping out of the house with no makeup for example when we go to the store or wherever it may be. I have learned that it is beautiful to have flaws and it’s beautiful to be different and raw and when you just don’t have the time then you realize what was all those years about before? So much time and energy wasted that could have been put on other things. Off course I still enjoy putting on makeup sometimes because it does enhance what you have but I am so comfortable without it too. And all women should be strong enough and say : yes I am different and beautiful just the way I am! I know it’s hard when you are younger especially in your teenage years but it will bring you so much more time and energy to excel in other areas in your life that will lead to happiness!

Power to all flaws!

/Belle

Introduction Mum number 2

Hi everyone and thank you for stopping by and having a look at our new awesome blog!

We are very excited to be sharing our lives with all of you because we feel that if our journey can help anyone out there to get inspired and get that little extra push then it´s  worth having this blog.

My name is Isabelle and I am a mother of 2 wonderful boys just like my blog friend Anna. One is 3 years old and the other one is 20 months old. While I am home all day with the kids there is complete chaos and there is no rest until both boys are sleeping at night. Besides taking care of the kids i am studying fulltime online at the University for a bachelor degree in digital design. When the kids are sleeping I’m spending 1,5 hours exercising in any kind of way that i can. It is just hard to be strict with the food so ever since we have been in the US i have gained weight again.

We have been here for 3 months now and in 2 weeks we are going back to Sweden where we live permanently at the moment.

I have decided that this time I will share my journey while reaching my goals. I will do it through video blogs that i will put up here every week. And i will start a program with the help of a personal trainer that will help me along the way. So it’s basically a big test for me and for the program to be successful and if it works then you are right there with me and can get rid of some unwanted love handles or whatever it may be as well because we will share everything with you. Food, recipes, workouts, stretches everything i am doing you will be able to do as well.

Sometimes you really need someone to inspire you to get going and I hope that someone will be me.

Talk to you soon

Love yourself and your body and remember if I can do it so can all of you awesome moms out there in cyberspace!

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Hello beautiful Mumz

It is so exciting to be writing the first post ever here on Awesome Mumz blog, and I can’t help but to feel that this might be the beginning of something amazing!

I am a mother of 2 beautiful little boys. They are the most funny and charming little characters I have ever known. I also have a hubby, one that I love and who supports me in all my endeavors.

I have a fulltime job, I study, I work out, I do sooo many things.

The answer to your question is: No, I am not a super hero, and yes, I get overwhelmed pretty much all the time. Being a mother, working and having goals for myself, is challenging, but not impossible.

Me and my blogger friend Isabel, will share our journeys towards creating the best versions of us that we can be, in mind, body and soul. In that, we hope to inspire you awesome mumz out there to get up and commit to make the necessary changes in your lives for the better, and for good.

Remember, we gave birth, we put a person into this world… there is NOTHING we can’t do!

L>O>V>E

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