FriYAY feeling

Bah, this week has been a challenge. Seriously, is anyone else dying when they get their period? #Girltalk. I´ve been in so much pain that I have not been able to sleep nor go to the gym. Basically just been working and lying in bed, watching Revenge, season after season, haha!

But today is a good day! I have my coffee, my green smoothie, my work AND the best Marie as company! We have a workday, even though we might talk more than we work, but hey; got to make sure to have some fun too, right?

We call this creative chaos 

Isn´t that smile just infectious!

Happiness is not out there, it´s in you

I have been working like crazy the last few days to get all invites to our upcoming events ready. We´re talking fitness event, baking workshop with tons of chocolate, stress management coaching and a boost of new energy workshop together with Inspirational Speaker Maria Swanström and Clarion. We have a little bit of everything and even more fun stuff coming up! Don´t forget to check out our events and see if you find something you like!

Now I am counting down the hours to pizza and a movie with Johan! Happy FriYAY

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

Food hangover from hell

When I woke up this morning I seriously just sighed and prayed to the God I don’t believe in to show me mercy. Not because it was Monday, but because yesterday’s diet simply took what little that was left of my energy. I was hungover, and since I turn into a non-stop eating machine when I am, I managed to spend a whole day in bed eating. We´re talking cheese, toast, ketchup, coke, chocolate and cookies. On top of that some Indian food in the evening. Haha, not the healthiest diet after a night of drinking.

But I had tons of fun, so no regrets (at the party, not the food fest in bed)! I don’t go out often, due to lots of work, so when I do, I make sure to not regret it, even though my body aces after. Hmm, feel inspired to write an article about this theme!

Nevertheless, I got up and got to work and now I am planning the upcoming week. Looks like I will be living at Starbucks, drinking bad coffee and work. Have booked in some meetings, planned my workouts, some social stuff and then on Saturday I have an event coming up. If you´re in Stockholm, go check it out: Hand to toe workout.

What is on your agenda this week?

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

My workout week #2

I came across this post on Joanna Swica´s blog and got inspired to do the same! I have decided (yes, typical new year resolution, bear with me) to try to get in four workouts a week. I want to move my body on a regular basis, but can easily get pretty bored. So, this year I want to try new things and get in various types of workout forms to keep my motivation up.

This week’s workouts
Monday: 45 minutes cycling (medium tempo and resistance)
Tuesday: 20 minutes’ cross-trainer + 30 minutes CX Work
Wednesday: 1 hour Power Box
Thursday: Rest day
Friday: Rest day
Saturday: 20 minutes’ butt & thigh workout (
Sunday: Hangover from hell so I cancelled my planned walk. Opsi!

This week’s workout buddy
I had two buddies this week. My friend Margit joined me on Tuesday at my gym, where she hopefully will sign up so we can work out together more (Margit if you read this; go for it)! Also met a wonderful girl called Sandra, through Joanna Swica and Louise Johannesson´s Facebook group, who joined me for Power Box on Wednesday. A fun way to get to know someone new!

This week’s best workout
I would have to say the boxing on Wednesday. I love those classes, it´s like therapy, the music is always so motivating and I laugh almost as hard as I work out.

This week’s best workout song
Show me how you Burlesque” – Burlesque movie soundtrack
Don’t judge! Just something with that song that makes me run faster, work out harder and even sing a bit – haha!

This week’s setback
I would say it was when I got home from the gym on Tuesday, took a shower and jumped into bed with a big bag of candy (leftovers from the cinema). Ended up with a stomach pain and no fuel for my poor body. Not sure what I was thinking, but I guess I can´t change all my bad habits in a day.

This week’s highlight
Without doubt when I managed to get up early Monday morning and work out before work. I have always been an early bird, but after a very stressfull and tough time last spring, I have had so much problems getting up early. I can sleep for 10 hours and still be tired, and therefore morning workouts became less frequent. Mornings are my favorite time of the day to work out, so I was very happy when I managed to get out of bed.

Photo cred: Jānis Šaulis / Studio: rebirth fitness 

This week’s reflection
January is the month of broken goals and promises. Like every year, the gym was packed the first week, then more than half were gone the week after. I have been thinking a lot to why I want this, and that by starting small and keep doing what I am doing, in my own pace, the strong body and good health I crave, will follow. I don’t believe in quick fixes, I believe in finding what feels good.

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

Time for change

Oh wow, my last post has really been put to test since I wrote it last Saturday. It´s a bit ironic: I write a post about managing a big workload and suddenly my workload doubles.

Last weekend I got some pretty sad news. My business partner in Best of You sadly, due to personal reasons, had to withdraw as co-owner from Best of You. I am very proud of her for taking a step back, taking care of herself, but at the same time I have been devastated to see her go. We had a very deep and honest conversation and I am so glad we trust each other enough to handle this the way we did. But there´s no hiding the fact that it was a pretty emotional weekend with lots of crying.

Then came Monday and it was time to get back to work, and I realised, not alone.

The last few days have been spent rearranging, getting organized, talking to my team and plan all the fun up ahead. I even managed to get in a few meetings over tons of coffee at Starbucks (who, sorry for saying, are not really good at making coffee). They do on the other hand have a nice work-space by the window!

Yesterday I had the joyful company of Marie, and even though we talk more than we work, it was nice to laugh until my belly hurt and supportively sit next to hear while she was climbing the chair to take a picture for her blog. I really wonder what people think when we do stuff like that, haha! The struggle for us bloggers is real people!

So, even though this new year started with a stumble, I am ready for 2018. And I am so grateful for my wonderful team, my supportive boyfriend, my family and lastly for my dear friend Mo, who has helped me build up such an amazing brand over the last year. I will be forever grateful.

Nothing gives me greater pleasure than being able to work on my dream, inspire, motivate and help others, and the people I meet along the way, who all inspire and motivate me, makes it all worth it. My journey is far from over.

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

Managing a big workload  

There are two days a week I always look really forward to. First off Mondays (yes haters, I love Mondays) and then the Saturdays. The day I can sleep without an alarm, slip into my bathrobe and go into the kitchen and make a cup of coffee, before sitting down for a few hours in silence, working on Best of You.

I have this routine of usually answering emails and do admin stuff during the week, write all my articles on Saturdays and plan my week on Sundays. A little system that works perfectly for me. Many tell me I should take the weekends off, but sitting here writing isn’t work for me, I enjoy it and it gives me great pleasure. And most importantly, it helps me in managing my workload, avoiding too much stress.

I can’t help but love the combo of a blank word document and a hot cup of coffee.

I think the best way to manage a big workload is to find a system and routine that works for you. That is of course way easier when you have your own company, because then you decide when and where, but still; finding a way to work through the pile of things that need to be done without stressing is important to be able to take care of yourself and your health. So, if working in silence on a Saturday morning makes me stress less, then I’ll gladly do it.

 We even had a little work session in Palma. Miss the pretty work space at our hotel.

What about you? Any tips or tricks to stress less and enjoy the work you do?

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

An honest check in

January is here and the gym is packed with people, me included. Not because I have a set of new year resolutions, I know very well I will stick to them for two or three weeks before giving up, but because I want to stick to my routine of regular workouts.

But seeing all the people at the gym, pushing their body to the limit simply as a punishment for all the Christmas food and candy (at least so it seems for many of them), I realised my intentions are not always so pure either.

The reason why people choose to work out are personal and everyone has a different perspective to why they should hit the gym. And in all honesty, I work out for various reasons: I sleep better, it gives me energy, which again lifts my mood, it feels good (after at least) and it keeps me healthy and well. But then I have the other side to me, that works out because I feel fat.

Many of us hate to work out because we have been taught to do it for the wrong reasons.

Luckily the first, and healthy reasons, usually trump the negative one. I however don’t want to suppress what is true. I have my history, in addition to be living in a society where we are pressured to fit into a stereotypical ideal of what is attractive, and I guess it leaves its marks.

Tights: (sponsored) / Bottle: Yuhme /Kettlebell: Abilica / Mat: Casall 

Nevertheless, when the reason behind my choice to go to the gym is unrealistic or negative, I try to approach it in a more positive way. Trying to think about all the other health benefits from working out, and that I might have gone to the gym for one reason, but I am benefitting from it on so many more levels than just my appearance.

I am beautiful and my body is beautiful. And like the picture on Best of You´s Instagram today says; The only “problem area” of my body is my brain, for assimilating the concept of “problem areas” and taking it seriously, when it is in fact a big pile of unadulterated bullshit.

Why do you work out? Honestly! Do you do it out of love or hate for your body? Do you stress and push it to the limit or are you being gentle and kind towards it? My check in with myself revealed that it is a little bit of both. But guess what, I am not perfect. And that is ok. But the very least I am honest.

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia

Productive first Monday of 2018

When we landed on Friday it was dark, cold and raining. I felt this tiredness coming over me, and spent most parts of the weekend at home, trying to sort stuff out. 2017 has been a tough year, challenging me and making me realize I wasn’t quite sure who I was. But it has also been an adventure, directing me to where I am today.

Sometimes, the best thing to do is retreat and just think. Organize your thoughts, prioritize and redirect your energy on what matters. So, after a few days of doing just that (and getting tons of love from my man) I am now ready to embrace January.

Todays is the first Monday of the first week of 2018 and being a sucker for Mondays (sorry, not sorry) I am pretty excited. Lucky me is not hungover (since I went to bed around 22:00, hihi) so I have had quite the productive day so far. I am finally back to working on Best of You, and started my morning writing an article about my New Year’s resolutions. You can read it here. Even though a break from work was much needed, I have been missing it. Can´t wait to jump into all the craziness that awaits the upcoming months.

Nothing better to fuel the soul than with some vacation

I have also been organizing my closet, cleaning up the apartment getting rid of stuff I don’t need and am now headed to the gym. All this and just one cup of coffee, hihi!

Happy New Year peeps

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia