The Goods #35 / Sept. 27, 2017

The letter L.

It spells this week’s stories.

Hallå!

That’s hello in Swedish. It’s pronounced (hello). Now ya know 👋

We hope your week is going swell ;)

This issue, we’re exploring the idea of a balanced life and we’re meeting someone who is working to end homelessness in Toronto.

Happy reading!

Our scandi life

As you can tell by now, we can’t seem to go a month without sharing all the sexy foreign words we’re adding to our vocab.

Not too long ago, we talked about how the Japanese do good and don’t tell anyone about it. And more recently, we explained how the Swedes chill out to have coffee.

Well, the latter are back at it again.

Juuuuuust right

Remember Goldilocks? She was the little girl who snuck into a house of bears.

She came across everything between cold cereal, uncomfy chairs and big beds. All along, she was on a quest to find what was just right for her.

Now take that metaphor and apply it to your life.

It’s what the peeps of Swedenland do on a regular basis. They even have a name for living a balanced life, it’s called lagom.

It’s the concept of having just the right amount of something: not too little, not too much.

Except for fun and popcorn. You can never have too much of those 😆🌽

We be livin’ it up

To apply lagom to your life is to adopt a more balanced and sensible approach to living in general.

Sounds nice, don’t it?

Add to this the fact that Sweden has a 37.5-hour work week and roughly 33 days of vacation per year, and we’re def getting excited about the idea of learning our “Svenska alfabetet” and moving to Södermalm.

The main principle behind lagom is to avoid extremes.

Don’t work overtime. Don’t skip breakfast. Don’t buy crap you don’t need. (Here’s a refresher on minimalism.)

Also, make sure you disconnect a little more often from your smartphones and television screens.

It’s for the better

Whether you realize it or not, these things add stress to your life. And, in the long run, stress kills us. (Now we don’t want that happening to amazing readers like you.)

Be sure to take breaks and relax. When you’re at home, you’re at home. For the most part, it won’t make a difference if that email is sent at 8pm tonight, or 8am tomorrow.

Instead, spend face time with your friends and family. Be happy with quality, not quantity.

The Swedes have found a way to be happy with “good enough.” Maybe you should to.

Your life is awesome as it is.

Embrace it, and you’ll be just right.

Meet Laura

She’s quite the young lady.

Over the last year she’s been making quite a name for herself in the city of Toronto (Canada).

She’s been a big part of a few marches for people’s rights and equality. She’s also raised money to help feed and clothe the needy in her community by selling cool merch.

Grassroots initiatives and popup protests is her way to help spread the good vibes.

Laura Hesp does all of this because she lost someone close to her.

Her father

After several tough years of bouncing around between shelters and the streets of Toronto, Laura’s father passed away in 2016.

He was all alone. No friends, no family.

He hadn’t told anyone that he was homeless.

It was a total shock to her. She feels that he was probably so ashamed of needing help, that he hid it from his entourage.

Since her father’s passing, Laura has dedicated herself to doing all that she can to remove the stigma associated to living without a home.

Her objective is to end the preconceived notion that “if you’re homeless, it’s because you’ve done something wrong.”

Those living on the streets are real human beings with real stories, and Laura wants us to remember that.

Including everyone

Laura started Inclusive Love as a movement to grab people’s attention on the serious need for all of us to include, love and accept everyone that might be marginalized by society.

For a lot of people on the streets, external and unfortunate circumstances are the reason for their tough lives. Nobody really chooses to be homeless.

Through her social media efforts and outspokenness, Laura has been helping amazing local social enterprises like Eva’s help put an end to youth homelessness in TO.

She’s also been appearing at various protests handing out “Toronto Loves Everybody” t-shirts (as opposed to the not-so-friendly, “Toronto vs Everybody.”) Her goal is to remind everyone that peaceful, positive protest is possible.

All this wonderful stuff has def made Laura a poster girl for what good looks like.

For all her hard hustling to end the long-lasting stigma associated with being homeless and of course for having cool tattoos, she is truly one heck of a girlboss badass.

Consider this story a great reminder not to judge others, and to be thankful for the friends and fam that surround you :)

Follow Laura and all the inclusive love on the socials.

Don’t hesitate to share your Swedish meat/vegan ball recipes with us and be sure to say “hi” to Laura Hesp next time you’re in the T dot.

Keep on spreading the good vibes friends!

Much love. All the love ❤️️️

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