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Here you can read about all the different things I am part of. Some tips and advertising. And sometimes something humerous!

Founder & Executive Director Wasan and his wife Chariya are doing a sponsored 70 km cycle ride from Ayudthaya to Rainbow House in Bangkok on Sunday 28th January 2018. This is a grueling ride in the intense heat, and it will be a very difficult challenge for them!
They are doing this to raise money for the orphanage CCD that I support through my Lena Maria & Friends Foundation. Please dig deep and sponsor them to make it worth the pain! All donations help - big or small!

Go to the sponsorship page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wasanchariya
Thank you so much!

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This is the year when my peers turn 50 years old! Really fun actually, because then I'll hopefully be invited to a lot of parties. And today was such a day when we celebrated Lillemor who had a party in Hillestorp.
In our country we have an almost unwritten opinion that says it's better to be young than old. Some people sometimes take drastic measures to keep looking young. But do we think it's bad to get old? No, I do not think so either, but maybe we think life goes too fast and the years pass too quickly?
I have been spared the teenage crisis, 20-years life crisis, 30-years life crisis, 40-years life crisis and I have no problem turning fifty years old even if it is not until the autumn. I like to celebrate my birthday and I'm thankful for every year I'm given to live, hopefully, I'll be a little wiser and a bit more clever and think about everything I'll experience. And then for every year that pass, I'm one year closer to heaven. But everybody may not think like me... Life is filled with so much of both joyful moments and hardship and discomfort and perhaps what we fear the most is that our health is failing. To suffer from illnesses, sickness and pain is difficult to bear for both the one affected and for the people who live closest.
Lillemor, Maria and I that you see the picture went to the same class in Senior High School. We went on trips to London and the Faroe Islands and we set up a musical at the local theatre and had amazing years together. During the year that just passed we had a reunion and many from the class showed up. We had a wonderful day of fellowship, singing and reminders of great and hilarious anecdotes. Especially great was that Lillemor could join who've had a really tough year with radiation treatments for a malignant cancer. Even the day today was an extraordinarily great day with an extra special celebration! Congratulations Lillemor on your 50th birthday! We are many who pray for you and we are many that wish to celebrate many more years and anniversaries with you!

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It was really fun to have a shop for over 3.5 years. But at the same time it feels like a relief to close. Last Saturday, the day before Christmas Eve, I welcomed the last customers before I went home and celebrated a peaceful Christmas with my family.
But then we have moved the entire office and store, invented and cleaned. Last night we locked the door to the shop for the last time and went home to all the moving boxes and furnitures that now fills our garage and basement.
Today I sat down in my new office in the basement and I can barely tear myself. This feels so good! Now I'll have time for painting and songwriting in a different way. It feels like a whole new chapter begins. What it will contain, I wait with bated breath!
I also would like to wish you who read this little blog a good end of this year and a nice and great 2018!

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Linnen towels for bathroom or kitchen are especially popular. Linnen towels for bathroom or kitchen are especially popular.

I’m still busy with my ’Shop Lena Maria’, already on my fourth year. My idea was to build a business here in my hometown to make it possible to reduce my travelling and touring. But now since I’ve met my husband everything has taken a new turn. Patrik enjoys very much to come with me to my different performances and concerts, so it has become much more fun and easy for me to travel again. I also think and experienced that the turnover for the shop and the customer base haven’t grow as much as I expected and I'm also bound by the opening hours of the shop. Therefore I have resigned my place by the end of the year.

My dream is to have space enough to accommodate an entire busload of senior citizens and groups of all kinds - something that has become very popular over the years in the city. For a small cost per person you get an hour's performace of me with songs and stories from my life, coffee and homemade bread and cockies and a 10% discount on the shopping in my shop. So far, it has been crowded even with a small group. My idea is to open ‘Shop Lena Maria’ somewhere on the countryside near my home where I can welcome more people and be more flexible.

Until then I'm continuing with my webshop lenamaria.com/store. It's actually the webshop that has been the most popular. I’ve sold more goods through my webshop - all over the world – then through my shop in Jönköping!

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It was a very nice concert tour we experienced in Japan this fall. Above all, it was really nice to visit several junior and senior high school and meet thousands of students. The schools in Japan are most often filled with a lot of students! One school we visited was like a Harry Potter school, really old buildings and a strict feeling. I was joking about it and the students who had been very serious from the start, relaxed and laughed. I sang and told them about my life, how every person is unique, important and valuable and that it's ok to be different. And just like Harry Potter choose the good in all walks of life.
The pressure on the students is so big, both from parents and teachers, and some students have a very difficult time and ”give up”. Then it feels very meaningful to talk about that the riches of life don’t depend on grades or top jobs but have other important values. Many of my songs and what I talk about are therefore about love, to love the people around yourself but also to love yourself and that when we love each other and also receive love, we become strong. And then it does not matter how we look, how smart we are or how much money we earn.

This tour I had Mrs Rutsuko Bedow as an interpreter for all my performances. She is my best friend in Japan and with over twenty years of friendship she knows me well. I am so grateful when she is by my side, it is so easy to speak and express myself on stage. She almost knows what I’m going to say before I say it!

In my previous blog, I told you about my manager Mitsuno who died just a few days before we came to Japan. During the time he arranged my concert tours in Japan he had two secretaries who also interpreted all correspondence because Mitsuno did not speak English. Both came and visited different places I sang at. Ms Yukari Hata we got a quick photo with in the taxi before she was dropped off at the train station and Ms Yumiko Soga met us in a backstage room in one of the churches I sang in.

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