Midlife Women: 10 reasons to be grateful

A beautiful contribution to my Gratitude Challenge!

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Saturday again! One of my favourite ways of starting the weekend is by making a list of the things I am grateful for. I keep a gratitude diary (I don’t manage to write in it every single day, but I write in it at least five times a week. Sometimes it is a long list, sometimes just a single word or a picture that I know will spark a specific memory. I also keep a Gratitude Diary on Pinterest, purely because I enjoy pinning. I often choose a theme – it helps me think of different things to be thankful for.

With the launch of our Mindful Midlife Renewal Retreats last week, with our horses, here in the south of France, my mind is squarely fixated on midlife.

  1. I am very grateful, that here where I live, in deepest rural France, there are super-stylish older women that are fantastic role…

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MJP Gratitude Challenge

Every Saturday I host a gratitude challenge. I share something that I am grateful for, and encourage you to do the same!

For the past year I’ve been living, and spending most of my time in Nevada’s high desert. I really like Nevada’s open landscape, and wild nature. I’ve grown accustomed to the summer’s heat, and overall very dry climate. (Almost killed my Scandinavian hair. I’ve been forced to cut off a lot off it, and will probably lose some more dry ends before it’s over..lol.)

However, today I’m grateful for a break in the routine. I’ve been spending some time in California, and it’s been raining a lot. Everything is super lush, and green. California have been fighting a severe drought, and it’s like nature is waking up after a long sleep. I’m grateful to see this sudden outburst of life, after the long drought. It’s certainly a big difference!

Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life. – John Updike
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Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.          – John Ruskin

I would love it, if you would join my Gratitude Challenge! Write about something you are grateful for, tag your post MJP Gratitude Challenge, and share.

Have an amazing Saturday!



Weekly Photo Challenge: Vibrant

Vibrant is the weekly theme at The Daily Post.

This week, share a photo of something vibrant. Let’s wash the web with a rainbow of colors to keep the winter gloom at bay.

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Sunset over the beautiful coastal town Javea (Spain.)

What can be more vibrant than the sun?

Remember even though the outside world might be raining, if you keep on smiling the sun will soon show its face and smile back at you. – Anna Lee

For more VIBRANT entries visit The Daily Post.

Have a wonderful weekend!


PS. This photo is taken with an older Hasselblad camera.



Meet and Greet Weekend @ DBDO: 1/29/16

Sharing a meet and greet at DREAM BIG DREAM OFTEN, a very inspiring blog that I’ve been following for some time. I hope you’ll meet some new friends, and get inspired. See you there!

Dream Big, Dream Often

dream-big image credit: the love shop

It’s the Meet and Greet weekend at Dream Big!!  I hope everyone’s January has been productive!  Hard to believe it is almost February!

Ok so here are the rules:

  1. Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post.
  2. Reblog this post.  It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone!  The more people that see and participate in the MnG, the more potential new followers!  So, share, share share!
  3. Edit your reblog post and add tags.
  4. Feel free to leave your link multiple times each day!  It is okay to update your link for more exposure every day if you want.  It is up to you!

  5. Share this post on social media.  Many of my non-blogger friends love that I put the Meet n Greet on Facebook and Twitter because they find new blogs to follow.

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To welcome my new friends, that recently found there way here, I polished my about page a little more. I renamed it START HERE! You can see the result in this post, and find my brand new page in the top menu. I’m truly grateful for your friendship! Once again WELCOME!


Hi, my name is Maria. I’ve always been kind of stubborn. Some of my friends calls me the Stubborn Viking. I am no saint, and I have taken a wrong turn once, or twice. I do believe in kindness, and a humble attitude to life. I am extremely dedicated, and loyal. I could use some polishing of my communication skills (I’m working on it.) I wake up happy every morning. I hope that you’re here to share some happiness and adventure.

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.

– Jim Rohn

I have a BA in Natural Science, and Early Childhood Development. I used to work as a Preschool/Kindergarten Teacher. When I was blessed with a little baby girl, three years ago, I quit my job, and started to look for ways to be able to spend more time exploring the world with my daughter.  I like doing things 100%. I really wanted to spend as much time as possible with my daughter. There must be a way to do that, right? Since then I’ve tried several different projects, that allowed me to bring my daughter with me. I’m extremely happy with that choice.

I grew up in a small mountain village in Sweden, and have traveled extensively in Europe, and the US. I have been a passionate photographer since I was 5 years old, taking pictures of every day beauty, in my not so ordinary life! It would be my greatest joy if they could serve as a source of inspiration! My main reasons for bringing my camera with me every day, is that I love taking you to amazing places.


Be AWESOME, click on the subscribe button below, to make sure you don’t miss out! You can expect to find at least four empowering posts every week. I’m grateful that YOU found your way here, and I would love to get to know you. Your comments and ideas are always welcome!

If you want to get to know me better, here’s a couple more personal posts to get you started.



Contact me via email mariajanssonphotography@gmail.com, if you’re interested in prints of a photo you’ve seen here at the blog. (I accept Paypal/Credit Card, and deliver worldwide.) In your email mention the date the photo was published, and if there’s several photos in a blog post, mention which photo you’re interested in. (I would like to have a 40×60 canvas print, of photo number 3, from Nov 5, 2015 etc.)

Fine Art Photography Prints:

8×10 = $25

20×30 = $60

40×60 = $200

It’s possible to get your Fine Art Photography Prints framed, at additional cost. Contact me for different options.


20×30 = $200

40×60 = $500

Metal Prints:

20×30 = $200

40×60 = $500




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