My virtual world.
Hi, my name is Nina Widell. In 1990 I founded a small day spa in the center of Helsinki. I must’ve done something right, because in a few years, we grew an amazing clientele. Everything from working Moms to Idols winners (Finnish Idols). From University students to Parliament members. We were loved, that’s for sure.
….. and then I gave it up.
In 2016 I left Helsinki and moved to the US. Going from someone who worked with diplomats and ballerinas to an extraterrestrial nobody from planet Finland, isn’t something a sensible person would do. To tell you the truth, sensible didn’t seem like a great option anymore. I was very very tired, I had run this ship for 16 years. It was time! I packed two suitcases and moved to Texas to see how my long-distance relationship of 5 years would work out with us living under the same roof. I told myself that if everything else bums, at least it’ll be sunny.
There’s a lot of space in Texas. Maybe that’s what made me look at life differently. I started to think new thoughts, changed my opinions on a few things. I figured that I don’t need a lot of the things that I thought made me, how should I put it… important.
This site is a collection of some of those thoughts and endeavors. A compulsion to create and organize. Maybe it’ll be useful to someone somewhere. Or not. I’m good either way.
how i got here
The story behind the story
In my twenties I co-founed a graphic design business. That was my unofficial business school.
My thirties and forties was a whirlwind of Cosmetology School, training for a Shiatsu Therapist Certification, raising children, working with clients, traveling the globe, and running a high-end service business.
Most of us tell stories to ourselves. I’ve spent a portion of my life decoding mine. When your story changes, your life changes. When you understand your emotions, you stop living someone else’s script.
Becoming a certified life coach was a natural succession to everything I’ve learned and experienced.
so Little time
So much life to live
My curious nature has gotten me in trouble and taken me places. I’ve bicycled through Europe, lived on a barge in France, and had 5 o’clock tea with a Bhutanese Princess.
Yeah, I know that’s interesting and all, but how’s it translating into being a great life coach?
I think the word is trouble. I’ve gotten myself into all kinds of difficulties. I’ve found a way to deal and mend those situations. Often with the help of great teachers and mentors. Sometimes on my own.
I don’t know everything, but I’ve figured out something.
How i deal with difficult emotions
Nobody likes being depressed or anxious. But once you start treating your feelings as messages you’ll get through the low states much quicker.
What I eat
I pay attention how food affects me. I don’t care how healthy it supposedly is. If it makes me drowsy or achy it’s not a match. Corn in any form is the worst. I let myself get hungry before I eat. The Mediterranean diet is my favorite. I supplement daily with Magnesium Glycinate and Black Seed oil.
My body is my vehicle. I need it to work well, take me places, and stay on track.
I wake up early to greet the sun. I move, bend, sweat. It’s like most things; use it or lose it. Functionality equals beauty.
I take long walks and look at things; you know, like trees.
Buddhist methods and philosophy.
Jungian Shadow Work.
Nine Star ki aka Feng Shui Astrology.
cOMFORT VS Creativity
There’s always the battle between comfort and creation. For instance; I love making websites, but at the same time I dread the hassle of it. If I succumb to full on chill, it won’t take long for me to start feeling that my life is drab. There really isn’t any reward without pain.