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This is the place where exceptional individuals inspire us with highlights of their amazing journey and SHARE HOW we all can REPLICATE the unique way they master their SKILLS to COPE with challenges, while CONTRIBUTING to society and living a life with PURPOSE.



"Storytelling is magical, powerful and life-changing. It invites you to explore insights

and synergies that opens the doors of knowledge to understand and awareness to evolve" 
Cristina Söderberg



A Story of Perseverance with Simone Löfstaf

Simone Löfstaf’s touching story starts as a child with many health issues.


  • One of my first memories is as a 5-year-old having constantly asthma, multiple alleries, bronchitis and nasal congestions, which gave me anxiety every time it was time to go to bed. I knew this would not let me sleep.

    By the age of 10, I started to have pain in the lumbar spine. A couple of years later, I was diagnosed with scoliosis. When I reached puberty, I also had severe hormonal issues and major problems with blood sugar regulation. Emotionally, I was often angry, irritated and sad.

Simone missed a large part of the school period and at times she had difficulty to play due to shortness of breath.

However, the happiest highlight of the week was on the weekends helping her father to fix his car or someone else's car which involved several hours of wet hands with diesel or petrol.

Unfortunately, this innocent and fun moment had a high price for Simone's health.

    • I met many doctors during my childhood. Everyone offered me different medicines and when I asked how long I would take these, no one could answer. These would not cure me but only dampen my health issues.

      As an adult, I learned to cope with my emotions as best I could, but pretending that everything was good in front of others was not healthy either.

    Through a healthy diet, Simone managed to get rid of asthma, nasal congestion and improved the hormonal, as well as the blood sugar problems.

    But it was not until her two children were born with some of her health issues that Simone realized that history was about to repeat even for them.

    That was the moment she decided to seek actively for answers. What were the reasons of those symptoms? What was needed to do so they become healthy?

    Simone's one of a kind perseverance and critical thinking guided her to a breakthrough.

    • I started reading courses of biochemistry and nutrition and ordered as many books of nutrition therapy, as well as alternative health, as I could afford each month.

    A curious book reading about Orthomolecular Therapy changed Simone's life.

    • I signed up for training myself in Orthomolecular Therapy, which is a therapeutic method that aims to restore the body's optimal environment by correcting imbalances or deficiencies using substances that are natural to the body.

      When I did my first hair mineral analysis, everything became clear.

      I found the lead, the mercury and the other heavy metals I was expose to as a child. There was also excess of copper that could be linked to my hormonal dysfunction and to scoliosis.

      My children's hair mineral analysis also clearly showed toxicity due to mercury, lead, aluminum and for one of them also copper.

      Finally, I found answers and could treat ourselves. For the first time in my life, I felt what it was like to be completely healthy and see my children feel good for real.

      I didn´t only get rid of the heavy metals that caused so many blockages in my system but also corrected all the dysfunction that these had created.

    What is your reflection about your life and the perseverance and critical thinking skills you have been using the whole journey to stand here where you are today?

    • Since I was a child, I had an intuition that nutrition was the key to health and I remember that I always tried to understand what caused my health problems through that. The voice inside me saying "keep looking for answers" never stopped talking. That voice continues to talk to me even today.

      The knowledge I have today helps others and it is the most rewarding assignment I have ever had. I think I already as a child wanted to work with health, probably because I had such poor health myself.

      From the moment I felt I needed to do more to be able to be healthy at some point in my life, lead to find my passion and true call: to help others to become or remain healthy through the right nutrition.

     

    If you could choose one mineral in our body that we should put most attention on, what would that be and why?

    • I have to say Magnesium! It is the fourth most common mineral in the body and is important for hundreds of enzyme reactions, for energy production, cell function, protein synthesis, blood sugar balance and affects everything from bones and muscles to nerves and brain cells.

      The body consumes large amounts of magnesium and often we do not get what we need through the diet. Stress leads to additional consumption of mainly magnesium, to deal with the increased secretion of adrenaline and cortisol caused by stressful situations. If you are stressed daily, the need for this mineral and many other nutrients is even higher.

      Magnesium also affects the production and use of neurotransmitters. GABA is one of these, that acts as a relaxant for brain activity. Studies have shown that magnesium reduces stress and anxiety by stimulating the brain's GABA receptors and thus preventing us from constantly being in a "connected" state.


      What are your best three tips to become better at perseverance and health?

      1. Don´t give up when you feel there is more that you can do. Take lead and look for knowledge. Explore!

      2. Develop your patience which is the key to being perseverance and remind yourself that everything is a process and takes time. Time is your best resource to get to the best outcome.

      3. Pay attention to your health, your mood, both physically and mentally. Take responsibility and go back to basics by checking your system from time to time.

        With a mediocre supply of nutrition also comes a mediocre health sooner or later.

        We can always make the concious and active choice to keep an eye on our health that will mean several qualitative and healthier years, for sure.

      What is your next step?


        • I will keep spreading knowledge within my area and will continue creating awareness about the fact that health is not only the absence of disease but also an experience of optimal function and well-being.

          Our body is a fantastic machine that can, knows how and wants to fix itself every day.

          If we give the body the natural nutrients it needs and remove what is bad and harmful, then we can preserve our health.


      You can follow Simone’s inspiring journey via:

      – LinkedIn länk
      – FB: https://www.facebook.com/plenahalsa.se

      – IG: @plenahalsa



      And you can also find out more on how you can improve your brain with nutrients here: https://plenahalsa.se

      Foto: Tomas Löfstaf

      Intervju: Cristina Söderberg

      A Story of Action Taking and Contribution with Mustafa Sherif

      Mustafa Sherif´s inspiring story starts in 1993, Bagdad, where he comes from.


      Mustafa was only 8 years old when a playful day outdoors and a car accident became a relevant highlight in his journey.


      - I recovered fast physically but psychologically it took a longer time. However, this episode affected me in another way. I was afraid going out, I stopped meeting other children. I just stayed home until I was around 13. I remember we lived in the high part of the building and from there, I used to watch daily, children playing, people interacting with each other. I was observing the city around me without being part of it.


      The war started short after and Mustafa had to leave home´s comfort zone together with his family to move to different cities during several years, until they started their new life in Sweden. He was 17 years old.


      • I remember I was the one who learned Swedish fastest, so I was the one who supported my family with daily interactions, paperwork. My family and I adapted to the new circumstances as a team.


      Soon was Mustafa studying in the university, architecture.


      • It was focus on one building. I couldn´t impact more than small details, the approach was too narrow. I got the opportunity to continue with scholarships but the love for the carrier was not there, I changed orientation. So, I applied to KTH.

        My passion for big scale, to put together many elements and the impact urban planning has in regards with concretizing a design plan, with the social aspect included, was the right approach for me, so I graduated at KTH as Urban Planner.

        The children’s approach I started incorporating in urban planning was not a really well-known topic in this field. I did it because safety for kids shouldn´t have barriers and this is close to my heart and my own story.


      Mustafa drives and cooperate in many projects where children and young people´s voices are heard, where creativity and big dreams have the power to touch and inspire many network platforms, with bold reflection. Additionally, he is also involved contributing to many other forums within communications as TEDx, innovation projects within urban planning, hackathons and placemaking activities.


      How would you describe your participation in this variety of forums?


      • The difference between forums is valuable. Like at school, we all collect knowledge from many subjects. For me the forums are as subjects. I can collect knowledge, put them together and find synergies that can help me to transform ideas into action.

      Mustafa is member of relevant forums and his action taking skill gave life to one of his most known and recognized creation, Urbanistica Podcast, a unique concept within podcasting among us since 2020, which already has more than
      35 000 unique listeners from 110 countries.


      Sometimes the first step to action taking can be challenging for many people, mostly due to limiting beliefs and Mustafa´s unselfish approach didn´t wait to be asked for tips to cope with this, as he shared immediately his routine with us.

      • Before action taking, I always first check the resources I have now and start with what I have. To put on action the idea theme I had for Urbanistica Podcast I checked the technical need to record, edit and publish. So, I started with the resource I had: my phone.

        If you want to contribute in a forum, your resource might be just a mail or a call away.

        Ideas are worthless if these are not transformed into action. Don´t overthink. We kill the magic if we do it.

        Not acting means 100% certainty nothing will happen but action taking give us already a 50-50 chance to succeed.

        We are responsible for putting the limits to our capacity, we just need to go to ourselves to reach our authority and tackle our limiting limits.

        Limiting beliefs close doors by taking away our chances. Think about the moments limiting beliefs took over. Learn from what has been missed and become aware of the doors this can close if we continue letting limiting beliefs take over again.

        It could also be seen in the other way around. How many new doors can we open?

       

      Sometimes external factors can impact action taking, where the friction of speed can challenge wellbeing leading into stressful situations. Mustafa has a very interesting approach and routine for it.


      • Love in what I am about to do has to be attached from the beginning, as the speed creator. Mistakes or challenges happen during the journey, but these can be fixed on the way and become the good practices for future activities.

        We all have our own speed and practice teach us when it is time to speed up things and when to slow down.

        When I find myself in a stressful moment, I slow down and reflect about the moment. I ask myself: Why is this happening? Is there something I am overthinking? How can I change this? When I am aware of what is going on, I re-prioritize things based on what brings happiness to my heart and then I take a fully committed decision.

      What would be your three best tips to become better at “action taking” in a sustainable and healthy way?


      • When you have an idea, look first for your resources and go from there to start your action plan. Whatever idea you want to put into action, you will become better every day.

       

      • When speed becomes stressful, pause and ask yourself where the friction is, why is this stressing you and find a concrete way to remove this immediately. Don´t wait.

      • Be open and take "subjects", try and see if you like them. You have nothing to lose. You win knowledge.

      What is your next step?


      • I will continue to contribute and synchronize among "subjects". I don´t want to be an observer, but an active contributor.

        The goal is to develop, impact people, raise sustainability awareness and evolve the planet, essentially what we all supposed to do in any or other way.


      You follow Mustafa and all the exciting projects he is involved via:
      – Instagram:  @mustafa_sherif__
      https://mustafasherif.com
      https://www.linkedin.com/in/mustafa-sherif/



      Foto: Mariam Sherif
      Interview: Cristina Söderberg


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