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Lena Maria Vendelius

2020

I am so happy! 500 people are now subscribing to my channel. My goal is 1000 people. Why you might wonder... Well, when you reach 1000 subscribers you can allow a few seconds of advertising on my channel and then I can also get a small amount per view and in the end get a small, small income on it. As a "cultural worker" I have no income from my singing for at least three months so I have to find new ways. It doesn't cost you anything to subscribe. You just press a red button below the movie that says Subscribe. (youtube.com/lenamariacom) If you haven't logged into YouTube before, they might ask you to create an account and it is completely free of charge. Thanks in advance for your help! 

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I want to wish you all a happy Easter with this small concert. Please share through e-mail, social media etc. If you haven’t already, sign up and follow my YouTube-channel - doesn’t cost you anything but helps me a lot!

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In the midst of these coronavirus times, I want to give a small mini-concert from my living room. Many people are having a hard time now and it is difficult to understand the size and consequences of this period that the whole world is suffering. All my performances in the spring and probably a bit into the summer, including a Japan concert tour have been canceled and as a self-employed I now have to live on "air and love" for a while. Many people have a much harder and worse time than I do. We must take care of each other and show concern and generosity. So here's a small musical gift that hopefully can bring some joy!
If you want to support me as a singer, please subscribe to my YouTube channel and share on social media!

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Tags: corona, concert

Al Gore, Bill Gates, Hans Rosling and I were some of the speakers at TED in Los Angeles in the spring of 2009. It was a tremendous experience and honor to be a part of this great event. In the program I would talk right after Meg Ryan who would give a 5-minute speech and read a poem she had written about the joy of becoming a mother but for various reasons it was cancelled. Right after my speech Herbie Hancock and his marvelous musicians played. And behind the stage I had a little chat with Jamie Cullum.
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment & Design - technology, entertainment & design. It is a conference with speakers who get 18 minutes each and you can watch these TED talks online for free. My speech is not published because they had technical problems. But later that same year, I was invited to a similar conference in Mexico: "La Cuidad de las Ideas" where I gave the same speech.
Now in these corona times, some of us have more time to read books, watch movies and YouTube features so you want to see my speech you can watch it here:

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What a strange world we are living in right now. Everything in my calendar two months ahead has been canceled or postponed until the fall. Then one can be depressed. But I hardly ever feel that way. Instead, my brain runs and I get a lot of new ideas what to do!

In fact, the webshop here in Sweden is the only thing that currently works normally. To make it global is hard these times except my Aloe Vera Products. You can order these in almost every country - from me. Just e-mail me and I'll help you!

I am a Forever Business Owner and sell Aloe Vera products. I highly recommend them now in these corona times.

Choose from various high-quality juices and vitamins filled with C-vitamins that boost our immune system and soaps and creams that keep us clean and fine!

I'm also thinking about doing a mini-live concert in my living room. Is anyone interested? Please let me know if there's a specific song from my reportuar you want to hear!
Here is a music video. Laughter in the rain A little like now - Happiness in the corona...

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To FEEL GOOD is probably something most of us want. I often get the question - How can you be so happy all the time? Firstly, I'm not happy all the time, but I'm happy most of time. For me, life is a great gift and I enjoy experiencing every day of it.

Being a woman and born with a disability may not be the best prerequisites for a happy life in today's society. There are so many ideals that we believe bring us joy and success.

When I'm out and doing my lectures, I talk a lot about how I think, what choices I have made and what I think gives me joy and inspiration in life based on my own life and my experiences.

Today is International Women's Day. And I want to bring it to light by telling you what the Fair Trade community does for women in the world. I have chosen to sell Fair Trade products in my shop to help those with the lowest standards in the world.

In countries with widespread poverty, it is undoubtedly the case that women are allowed to pull the heaviest load, and this is also why the international Fair Trade community has always placed great importance in counteracting this, since equality is an absolute prerequisite for developing and socially prosperous societies.

Did you know that the majority of Fair Trade companies have female leadership? This is a result of competent women all over the world who, with hard, innovative work, wills of steel and sisterhood, have organized themselves to challenge oppressive traditions and trade patterns.

But it’s also a result of YOUR choice to choose Fair Trade when you shop. You have the POWER to make a difference.

The theme FEEL GOOD I will develop in the future. Feel free to contact me if you want me to bring up something special.

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Well, it went pretty well! I went down in the pool, laid down on my back and and slowly started to swim. My knee hurt but I continued to swim. The advantage of back swimming is that if it hurts, you can just stop moving and float instead. But the swimming facilities here in town has terribly cold water so lay still isn’t really an option, therefor I continued to the other side at leisurely pace and then back. After 100 m it didn't hurt more anyway so I continued 100 m. After 500 m I didn't dare to swim anymore. First try.
 
You think a lot when you swim. A memory popped up in my mind, I stood there on the podium 20 year old and received the gold medals. I had achieved two world records as well; 25 m and 50 m butterfly. I'm not really a competing person, it just happened. In the spring that same year I swam in the Swedish Championship for the first time in my life. I had not realized that it was the SM I was going to compete in. I was just so excited to go to Stockholm, the capital! So great! But I took some medals and then the national team coaches saw me and suddenly I was in the national team. My whole life changed. I started to train five times a week instead of one, I had to quit all other activities and completely devote all my free time to swimming. It was fun in the beginning. We got to go to training camps and competitions here and there. During the summer I impatiently waited for the letter to reveal where in the world I would go to the World Championship. The letter finally arrived and told me that 1986 World Championship would be held in... Gothenburg!!! I thought I’d get the chance to go to the other side of the earth. But the 1,5 hour drive west still gave me an amazing experience! And the world records, they still remain today.

To sum it up, the knee gets better and better each day. It just takes a very long time, too long in my taste! But it is salutary to learn patience and to rest and take it easy. I have received fantastic help from my doctor, physiotherapist and occupational therapist.
I can stand on my leg and with a little help stretch it out but it hurts too much to dare to start walking. But I continue with my gymnastic exercises five times a day and on Thursday again I will swim again!

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Ring out, wild bells, Ring out the old, ring in the new...

A new year feels good, I think. Like an unwritten paper where everything in life is given another chance. A place where you can leave the old behind, take a new hold and move on and meet new people, experiences and challenges.

The year 2019 ended with an ambulance trip for me. At midnight between Sunday and Monday I had to go to the bathroom but as I got up from the bed a pain cut through my knee threwing me back into the bed. Then it was impossible to straighten the leg and even less try to stand on it. In the small hours, with great help from my husband, I was able to pull myself over to my work chair on wheels and be pushed to the bathroom and then slide down on the toilet seat and relieve the pressure. And then the same cumbersome procedure back to bed.
In the morning we called the medical advice and after a few different calls, the ambulance finally showed up here on the courtyard. When I finally managed to crawl up on the stretcher, they received a message over the radio about a cardiac arrest. They were closest, as quick as I could, I rolled down on the bed again and they made their way. A while later another ambulance arrived and I got a ride. It is usually a nightmare for most people to have to go by ambulance, something really serious has usually happened. But I had no major pain when I was just lying there so it was a fun experience and I met fantastic healthcare professionals everywhere.

The paramedic asked if I had been in an ambulance before and then I told him about my visit to the castle about 30 years ago. I had an audience with our Queen Silvia. An unforgettable meeting! We discovered, as we came out to the courtyard afterwards, that it had rained. I only took a few steps towards my car when I slipped and fell. The fact that I happen to fall I experience a little now and then and usually it goes well, but this time everything spun in my head as I tried to get up. The ambulance came and took me very fast to the hospital. Even though my foot hurt a lot, my leg prosthesis had slided halfwat off in the fall and twisted my little foot, it was an awesome experience to ride an ambulance through Stockholm. I asked if I could sit up and look ahead because they drove fast and it was so cool to see when all the cars in front of us left room for us on the narrow streets. The doctor found cracks in three places so not much to do more than endure the pain and allow time for it it to heal. The next day I jumped on my right healthy leg and with the help of a taxi I want to the aid center where I could borrow a wheelchair. When I got home twenty yellow tulips with a get well greeting from the Queen was hanging on my door. It's not every day you get flowers from the Queen herself! It felt like it was worth everything.

30 years ago it was the left leg but now it was the right leg instead. A smooth X-raywas made but they saw nothing. The amazing doctor I met pulled some joint fluid from my knee (not nice) to see that it was clear and then right before she pulled out the giant needle, she gave me anesthesia and then I had to wait a while. Then I started to stretch my leg and finally I could straighten it out. Hallelujah! When the doctor came back she was surprised but also happy and stated that I didn't have to end the year with a surgery. That feels good.

An experience of this kind makes me think and reflect. It would have been easy to find it unfair and I could easily have chosen to complain and feel sorry for myself. But why? Then it becomes even more difficult. This is not life threatening or constant pain. On the contrary, it made me slow down and lie on the couch and enjoy a time off. And I have a wonderful husband who looks after me and great personal assistants, a wonderful family and friends who write and call and care.

Before New Year a local newspaper wanted me to answer the question of what I want of 2020. I wish gratitude, contentment and humanity will permeate everything I do in the next decade! I replied.

Now I am going to get started with exercise and weight loss and listen to my body's needs. Slow down my tempo and enjoy more. To be followed... Happy New Year!

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