National Day of Sweden

A short post in honor of the National Day of Sweden today, my country of birth. I’d like to  share one of my favorite versions of the Swedish National Anthem.



Ms Zen

Golden Hour At The Grand Canyon


I can still remember my first experience of standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon and looking into it. It was so awesome, it took a fair amount of restraint to prevent me from jumping into it, because I was certain I could fly.  – Mark Goulston


I was so overwhelmed the first time I experienced Grand Canyon that I started to cry. I don’t cry easily..

Look, Simba. Everything the light touches is our kingdom. – Mufasa



Have you experienced Grand Canyon up close? What was you reaction? If you haven’t yet, I can highly recommend to put it on your bucket list!

When your spirit cries for peace, come to a world of canyons deep in the old land.

-August Frog


Wash your spirit clean. – John Muir



In the Grand Canyon Arizona has a natural wonder which is in kind absolutely unparalleled throughout the rest of the world.

– Theodore Roosevelt

I agree. These photos is of the South Rim, of Grand Canyon (AZ.) Photos taken right before, and during sunset last Saturday.


I loved being able to share this experience with my daughter, and I asked a stranger to take a photo of us. She was very sweet, and happy to do so. And I am very happy that you let me share the experience with you! I hope your week is fabulous!


Ms Zen



My friend Trent have a Weekly Smile post every week, where he share positive experiences from the past week, and encourage others to do the same. Get the good energy flowing! There’s so many things to be grateful for, small and big things. I’m going to try to post a Weekly Smile in the beginning of every week. This is my second entry.

This week I have so much to be grateful for. I spent the weekend road tripping in Arizona with my daughter. The most important destination was our property in Northern Arizona. I hadn’t been there for several years, and my daughter had never been there. As a single mom I’m trying to incorporate my daughter in the plans I make for our future. I show her how I manage our finances, and plan for the future. How to set goals, make a budget, and keep it. It was very important for me that she liked the property I bought for us. Both because she’s going to live there, and because I do make sacrifices to put money away for the development of the property, which naturally affects her as well. (I don’t buy her all the stuff she asks for, but make it a priority to give her experiences that makes her life richer.)


I already wrote about the very successful visit to the property here. I’m smiling big just thinking about that! I’ve made the photo (above) that I envision as the view from the front porch, into the background of my MacBook. I see it every time I sit down with my computer, and I get reminded about why I work so hard.


After visiting our property on Saturday, I took my daughter to watch the sunset over the Grand Canyon (more photos in a different post, or two.) There’s no price tag on an experience like that. I just loved seeing her amazement. I did take her once when she was a few months old, but this time she could experience it in a different way. I feel that this road trip brought us closer together as a family. It was very special in many ways. I am so grateful, and even though I’m back at work now, the smile on my face is still HUGE!



We got stuck in a couple traffic jams during our road trip, one involving elks, and another one where I had to chase some cows away..slightly different traffic jams than the ones we have here in Las Vegas. I don’t really mind these kind of traffic jams.

What made you smile this past week? Join the Weekly Smile, and share some positivity !


Ms Zen