Weekend Coffee Share – Quality Work And Intentional Living

Good morning! It is early Saturday morning in Sweden, and I am enjoying a cup of coffee. Can I tempt you with one? Or maybe you prefer some tea? How is your week?

I’m having a great week. It’s been productive. I’ve been working regular hours every day except Tuesday. Tuesday was dedicated to quality work at our school. We have a couple days every semester when we close the whole school and evaluate what the students at our school receive when it comes to every aspect of learning; environment, materials, in person meetings, care, facts, fiction, knowledge, guidance, meaningful outdoor activities, imagination, friendships – we evaluates if they get everything we set out to give them on a daily basis. Every team work as a group, and evaluate what kind of days the children have at their department. What are our strong sides? What do we need to improve? Does all of our students get what they need from us? If not, what do we need to change? As of today every department have one teacher, and three teacher’s aides that work together. We have three departments at my school. I’m the teacher at one of the departments. The teacher is leading this quality work at their department, and reports to our principal. We had some great discussions about our work, and how we want to proceed. I feel extremely good about what we do, and what we aim to do. Everyone is onboard, we are having fun, the children are thriving, and I believe the majority (if not all) of the parents are happy, and we meet and exceed all of the national standards. We are good at documenting our work, much better than we were this spring because I now understand more of the somewhat complicated (forever changing) system(s) the school uses. I need to make sure we analyse finished projects as a team every week, that is our weakness. It has been a busy start of the semester and we have not been able to sit down as a team to do this on a weekly basis. With Covid in town there have been a need to help other departments at times, and this work have been postponed. I need to somehow make sure we do this. Overall I am very satisfied and happy with the result of our dedicated work. These days solemnly dedicated to quality work are fantastic. I am very grateful for this extra time. It makes a huge difference in what we can give the children. 

Last night all the personell at my school had a team building activity. We baked pizzas together in the school kitchen. When we finished our most delicious pizzas we played a musical game. It was lots of fun, laughters and a great time. I didn’t stay super late, because my daughter was with a friend of ours, and I needed to get home to her. We work hard at my school, and there is a lot of requirements that we need to meet, there is always new things to learn for us teachers, I do feel that having fun together a couple times every semester to build up the team spirit is important. It does make a difference, and it is expected to participate when possible. 

We’ve been experiencing some challenges with the house we are renting, and combined with the location it doesn’t feel like the best fit anymore. I’ve been starting to look for other options. After living and working here (living outside town, and working at the other side of town) almost a year now I’ve came to the conclusion that we need to live in town when we work/go to school, but that it is very doable to get a small homestead in the countryside to enjoy in weekends/holidays/vacations, build it up while I still work, and retire there later. That is my game plan. I could still have a huge garden every year and be somewhat self-sufficient when it comes to food, but our days when we work/go to school would actually be a lot shorter than they are now, if we lived in town. We are talking about a small town with a lot of green areas, hiking trails, a well developed web of bicycle paths, and big forests at a walking distance. This would also give my daughter more opportunities to try different sports, and other classes/activities that she might want to try. My daughter and I have been talking about this a lot these past couple weeks. I love my job and I can see myself working there for many years. My daughter can still attend the school she goes to for a couple more years, if she wants, and as she grows older the good schools are right there within walking distance. If we want to go on a mini vacation, Stockholm our capital city, is a two hour train ride away. The train even stops at the international airport if we want to go somewhere further away. This is all in the planning stages at the moment. I believe making our days shorter would reduce some stress, and help us live a more mindful, intentional life, while still keeping the dream of a small homestead alive. Tell me about your week. Any fun plans for the weekend?



Published by Sagittarius Viking

It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. I entered the magic world of photography when I was five years old. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I believe that you are what you eat, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. Above everything else is my daughter. A Sagittarius loves to travel, have an open mind and, and a philosophical view. It motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. A lot of that perfectly describes me. The fact that my ancestors, on both parents sides, were vikings, doesn’t exactly lessen my desire to explore. Maybe a slightly more mindful exploring, compared to the average viking. My blog, and my art prints is a results of my (inner and outer) explorations. Love, Maria

37 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – Quality Work And Intentional Living

  1. Sorry the house is no longer working out, it sounds like a great place, but what you said does make sense. I think being in town is helpful for kids – they need to be around others their own age in a non-school setting. And the shorter day,e tc. As long as you can still get out into nature, which I know is must for you! Hope your weekend is going well. Have a wonderful week ahead 🙂

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    1. Thank you Trent! We have been enjoying this house and being so close to the lake. It is an old house and when maintenance isn’t done properly and on time it declines fast. It’s just not a good fit anymore. I’ve learned a lot about what to look out for if I would purchase an older house, and how I would prioritise renovations. I do think being closer to the library, culture house, and a swimming hall would be beneficial for my daughter. There is a world class sports center in town as well https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lugnet,_Falun.
      I hope you are having a great weekend Trent!

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  2. Sounds like a busy week for you. I’m glad you have such satisfying work, it makes such a difference! I think it makes sense to shorten your commute and find a space that clicks all the boxes for your needs, esp. a nice garden area! 😉
    We are heading towards peak foliage season this week – the colors have been glorious. We had a big wind, hail storm push through on Wed. afternoon that knocked out power for half our state, lines and trees down everywhere, making driving tricky with all the detours! It took two days to get our power back, but we weren’t too inconvenienced as we have a gas generator that powers half the house (the upstairs stays dark). But it is nice not to have to listen to that noisy generator all day – whew!
    Have a great week ahead!

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    1. It has been a good busy week. I’m happy to hear you were prepared for the power outage, and that you have the power back now. Enjoy all the amazing colours. We are expecting freezing night temps this coming week, late for the season. I’m ready! Have a fabulous Sunday and a great new week ❤

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  3. I love your picture of the coffee cup sitting on the fall leaves. I also love the idea of a pizza team building exercise. I think being closer to school and work will certainly make the week days smoother. Hope you have a nice weekend, thanks for the virtual cup.

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  4. Oh, Maria, it is so good to hear how well you are doing. Been praying for you. So glad that Sweden is working out so well for you and your girl. Hubby and I have a 2-5 yr plan to move back to our home state here. It’s only a 30 min drive north of where we live, but the river crossing is a real pain. Our biggest issues here are taxes (through the roof) and the rampant racism. Neither of us was raised to dislike people because of skin color, nationality, etc. Yet here, the atmosphere is so tinged with hatred that we can barely stand to be out of our townhome. We’ve even stopped attending church (even before the covid shutdowns) after I was confronted in a bathroom and accused of being a muslim because I attend service sometimes with a head covering (prayer Kapp). We almost moved in August, but the company that offered Hubby the job initially said $24 hr, then changed it to $17. Breach of offer, is what I think. Hubby told them no as 17 an hour won’t even get you a cheap studio apartment anywhere withing 50 miles of the place. So, we’re staying where we are for the time being and trusting the God will steer us where he wants us to go when he wants us to go there.

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  5. Hi Maria,
    We are all navigating life here and what you are talking about moving to a nice town setting sounds wonderful especially if it will help with your commuting. And the nature trails and bicycle trails all nearby, perfect. 😀 I’m learning that things need to be adjusted and plans sometimes need to be changed or redirected, your plans for the homestead sounds wonderful too. 😍

    I’m so happy as your job sounds WONDERFUL!! Team building is important and what fun to make pizza together, and connect with laughter and fun. I know all those children are so lucky to have you there teaching and sounds like a wonderful school. Thanks so much for sharing, so thankful for our weekend coffee shares! ❤️ ☕

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    1. Awe, thank you Diana! Yes, sometimes our paths take detours, but I think that is OK, as long as we don’t loose ourselves in the process. Best of luck with your plans, I hope they get clearer by the day. It wouldn’t;t be right of me to get another horse, or dog at the moment, since I am so busy, but I have been thinking about taking weekly riding lessons. I am looking into that. It might be fun. Maybe. I haven’t riden English in ten years or so. I mostly enjoy trail riding in the forest. We’ll see. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      1. Oh that would be so fun to take riding lessons!! Just to keep in touch with them I know would make me happy if for some reason I couldn’t own a horse. I know when you get to the barn the smells and then the touch will be so awesome for you!! Detours are okay, I agree!! You help me stay centered, you’re right I don’t want to lose myself in the process! ❤️🤗😘


  6. Hi Maria,
    I love how portable you’ve become and it reminds me of when I was both young and portable. Over the years, I lost that somehow and now we’re beginning to reverse the trends that took us here. Someday, I’d love to visit Sweden. Your descriptions and photos make it sound wonderful.

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  7. It does take time to settle doesn’t it when you move to get a feel for what your needs are & what works best. Its so great that you have a job that you are happy in, I hope it all goes smoothly for you wherever your wonderful life takes you. This Saturday for us was a celebration of my Mums 74th birthday & today (sun) will be hanging her new swing hammock chair for her to swing & sway with the birds in the yard. Have a wonderful week ahead.

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    1. It does take some time to get a feel for things. At first I didn’t know that I was going to appreciate this town so much, I only knew I liked the general area, but it is actually a great town.
      I hope your mom had a wonderful birthday. I just LOVE hammocks! Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and have a great new week.

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  8. I’m very happy to hear your school year is going well. Watching children learn and grow is an excellent way to spend a day, isn’t it? I can quite understand wanting to be closer to town, work and your daughter’s school. When we moved to our current town 15 years ago it was partly to be closer to my husband’s work, which is the next town, and to be in a school district where my children could walk to school. It certainly makes the mornings so much more relaxing when you know you commute is short. Enjoy your week!

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    1. Thank you Nancy, yes I believe I might lean more towards convenient solutions compared to earlier in life. I do believe in stress free mornings and reasonably long days, leaving energy for more than just the commute. I want my daughter to experience the good stuff Sweden have to offer, having her first year being very restricted by the pandemic made it a little tougher than it could have been. Have a wonderful new week ahead.

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  9. Sounds like there are some very positive things in your life. I think that a move to a different location could also be good. You have plans and that is always good. I have had an excellent week. Yesterday we went to see our daughter and son in law. Our grandson has turned 6.We took him for a take away lunch and to a play ground. He is such an entertaining little fellow and our daughter tells us he is getting great reports from school. Seems he is a math wizard. I laughed and told my daughter that he does not get that from our side of the family. Ha Ha! Have a wonderful week Maria.

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    1. Thank you Anne, yes, your are right 🙂 I enjoy having pans and constantly make improvements, but at the same time I am happy in the moment as well.
      How wonderful to celebrate your grandsons birthday! Sounds lovely, and that he is doing great in school, that is so important. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and the new week ahead!

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  10. Thank you, Maria, for your coffee share. Glad to hear you’re enjoying your work and pizza making is a fun team building activity. I’m all for plans that reduce commuting time and better access to what suits your and your daughter’s current age and lifestyle. Have a wonderful week!

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  11. Wow – has it beens year already? Time went fast

    And best wishes looking for a new place – it sounds like The decision is a sound and grounded one!
    Our weekend has been rainy both days – Blah -but did one walk and saw some colors

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  12. I do admire your ability to evaluate,make those needed changes, and move forward. It’s a good quality to have and hone. Thanks for the coffee. Have a great week.

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  13. I like Gary’s word – portable! I’ve so enjoyed watching your journey and it sounds like another twist is around the corner. I pray your next move brings even more happiness to your lives.. Thank you for the coffee!

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