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Today, I’m sending you love.

Today, I am sending you love.

Kärlek is love in Swedish.

Love is all that is and all that we truly need.

Love is energy; it’s all around us.

Love is trust, caring and compassion.

Love is grief, and love is letting go.

Remember that love is a powerful emotion; it connects us through eternity and dimensions.

By Cath B Akesson

Graphic by Cath B

Today, I’m sending you courage.

Today, I am sending you courage.

I trust you will find the strength to overcome any difficulties you’re facing today.

Remember, you are more capable than you think.

With love,

Cath B

Art “Courage” by Mika Harmony www.mikaharmony.com

Don’t stay small to please others

Don’t stay small to please others.

You are much better than that.

You are capable and ready to rise and take charge of your life.

Words and image by Cath B

A chemical menopause

Sometimes all you need is to sit on a bench, in a park and watch the birds. Today, that was what my body and soul craved. Because I am 47-years-old, and my body is crashing into menopause.

I’m getting a GnRH injection every month (a type of drug which acts on the pituitary gland in the brain to suppress ovulation and production of ovarian hormones). It’s a strong drug, mainly used to treat prostate and breast cancer, but it has been a treatment for women with endometriosis for the last twenty years.

It’s been seven months, and my body is fighting against the triptorelin injection and its side effects. Sometimes I don’t notice them at all. Other days like today, they are making my life miserable.

My body is aching.
My legs are suffering from pins and needles.
My mood goes up and down.

Other side effects and symptoms I’m enduring are:

Insomnia.
Headache.
Anxiety.
Decreased libido.
Night sweats.
Fatigue.
Breast soreness.
Hot flushes.
Abdominal pain.
Nausea.
Dizzyness.
Leg pain.
Dry mouth.
Confusion.
Brain fog.

It’s not easy, but I rather experience side effects and menopause than life-changing surgery. Because that’s how severe my endometriosis is, and it has spread and attached itself to my organs. It would be too risky and complicated to have surgery.

I have noticed that it is still a taboo subject to talk about, which is a shame. As a woman, I feel that you should not be ashamed of your menopause. Talk about it and share what you are going through.

Because it’s nothing to be embarrassed about, what we as women are undergoing is a massive transformation, both emotionally, physically and spiritually.

Photo and words by Cath B

Focus on your process

A gentle reminder;

Focus on your process, and not what other people are doing.

I can guarantee that you will feel more relaxed, and at peace when you let go of the competition and the rat race.

Besides, it’s not worth your time and energy.

You’ve got better things to do.

With love,

Cath B

You are a phenomenal woman

A little reminder; you are a phenomenal woman, and you can do anything.

I didn’t always think that I could do anything, I had low self-esteem, was obese, and people kept on reminding me how worthless I was, and that I would never succeed.

-“You will never get a job.”
-“You will never find a man.”
-“You are weird.”
-“You are fat.”

It took me a long time to overcome those harsh words and to love myself.

I began to listen to influential people. Oprah Winfrey was one of them, and her inspiration helped me through many dark moments. I also used to read books by Lyanla Vanzant, Gary Zukov, Dr Phil, as well as James Van Praagh to name a few.

I realized that there was nothing wrong with me, and slowly I began to heal my old wounds. I started to build my self-confidence by looking after myself and my health, and I transformed my view on myself.

Today, I embrace and appreciate the woman that I am.

I am unique, fabulous, and one of a kind.

And so are you my, dear friend.

You can do anything.

Words by Cath B Akesson

The first cup of coffee in the morning is pure bliss

The morning is the time of the day when I slow down and listen within. I refuse to let the rest of the day overwhelm me and my thoughts. It isn’t easy sometimes, but we have to remind ourselves that it’s essential to look after ourselves and our well-being.

Remember to focus on what truly matters, do not be distracted by other people or their opinions. Set your intentions, follow your heart, and do what makes you happy.

Photo and words by Cath B Akesson

Endometriosis – “But You Don’t Look Sick”

-But you don’t look sick is a common phrase for women with an invisible illness.

What you don’t see underneath her smile is her pain, her sleepless nights, her hospital visits, operations and scars.

You don’t see her when she struggles to get out of bed or when she is so unwell that she has to call in sick at work.

You are not aware of the side effects of her treatment, her fatigue or her infertility.

Over the years she has lost friends, relationships and employment.

She has fought to be understood, and there are times when she felt so alone.

Always had to explain herself.

She was exhausted.

Suffering from her illness was one thing she could cope with, but fighting a battle with others who did not believe her was not worth it.

Eventually, she became aware that if someone could not accept her or believe her – there was no need for her to explain herself.

Today, she knows her truth, and as well as her worth.

Her illness will never define her.

On the contrary, it will only make her stronger.

By Cath B Akesson

Trust your intuitive calling

Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one – your soul journey will challenge you, scare you and test your limits.

Nevertheless, I can promise you that it will be worth it.

It took me almost six months to decide if I was going to take a leap into the unknown and move to the UK. It was not an easy decision because I had just been through lifesaving operations and lost my beloved mother as well.

I have to admit that I had days when I hesitated and thought to myself that perhaps it’s better to stay put in my comfort zone.

I asked myself:

-“What are you doing, Cath? You can’t just give up your life in Scandinavia. You have a good life here in Denmark. Your friends and family are just a short train ride across the Oresund bridge. You have a nice flat in Copenhagen. You can get a regular job here and earn good money.”

However, I couldn’t resist the intuitive calling. It was intense, and it didn’t leave me alone. I just knew that it was time to relocate and do something different.

Today, I am relieved that I trusted my gut feeling and took the leap.

I have learned so much about life and myself, and I am grateful for everything – yes, everything! The good, the bad, the challenging situations – the ups and downs as well as the extraordinary blessings.

Always trust your intuition my lovely – she will lead you home.

Written by Cath B

Graphic by Cath B

App: Adobe Spark

Image: Pixabay

Writing is good for the soul

Writing in my journal is one of my daily morning routines. It helps me to focus and to stay connected with my inner soul and spirit.

It’s a tremendous opportunity to be still and ask the Universe for support.

I feel that the Universe and Spirit always deliver – it’s always there. To listen and give us healing and guidance.

Sometimes, I have conversations with my inner self. I ask myself questions, and I let the words flow.

When I read it back to myself, it sometimes feels like it’s not my own words. Occasionally the words written are so deep and profound; almost like another force was present and guided me.

It’s a beautiful experience, and I trust that the words are for my highest good and my path forward.

I highly recommend it.

With love,

Cath B

Graphic & Photo by Cath B

App: Adobe Spark