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2015

Then I'm home again from yet another concert tour in Japan. During this two-week tour, I sang in concert halls, churches, schools, homes for the elderly, and the second week came my wonderful musicians from Sweden too, and we attended the "Celebration of Love". A major conference organized by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Franklin Graham was the main preacher and the event was held at the Nihon Bodukan. The stadium holds 10,000 people so it was really cool to sing there.

The season of Advent

Now more and more customers enters my store and it's so fun! To offer gifts with fine quality and care about our Swedish traditions and craftsmanship feels good. To also sell all fine Fairtrade goods; Christmas Stars, jewellery, scarves, bags, etc. is a delight!

DECEMBER
The product of the month: R3FACTOR


Just because the season is a bit dull and boring, your face doesn't have to be. Help your skin to stay healthy and fresh throughout the winter with a peeling. R3Factor brings out your most beautiful self.

The winter can be a challenging time of the year for your skin. The face feels dry and chapped, yet it can suddenly appear pimples and blackheads. Recognize this? It is probably because you got surface dry skin. Then it is peeling you need. Our own R3Factor is ideally suited to provide winter tired skin new spark. Includes AHA acids and collagen, as well as the nourishing aloe vera of course.

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The other day I received in my mailbox a very interesting leaflet with information about "Lifeline". An organisation that exists to help women who are considering abortion or who have had an abortion. I was so happy to read about their work.

I have been travelling in southern part of Sweden and had 5 evenings in different Pentecostal churches with a pastor namned Tommy Dahlman. Joakim Holgersson, my pianist, was also with me and accompanied. Tommy interviewed me these evenings about dignity, quality of life and human rights. These are important issues in the community and in the world we live in.

I was born in 1968, in my own opinion just in the right time, because I could reap what many disabled people had fought and worked for many years in terms of rights and obligations and integration. Thanks to it I could go to a regular school, study at the university, get a driving license, get an apartment whereever I want, start my own company and earn my own living just like everyone else. Some may think that this is obvious in the society we live in today, but much of the world does not look like Sweden.

If I had been born in Japan for example, I had probably lived in an institution and disconnected from society. In no way miserably but without any of the things mentioned above. Japan is a country with a hierarchy where one is treated for what one can do and who you are. Shinto and Buddhism have in many ways shaped the society after that the life you've been given is what you deserve. So I must have lived a bad life in my past life since I was born with such a severe disability.

In Thailand, I had probably been abandoned by my mother in the hospital or at a bus or sidewalk. Hinduism teaches that when you have a child with a handicap, however small it may be, it means that you have bad karma. If you choose to care for your child it places the whole family at the bottom of the social scale. It is e.g. difficult for siblings to marry, for no one wants to marry into a family with bad karma. I support through my 'Lena Maria & Friends Foundation' an orphanage in Bangkok with about 500 children. The abandoned disabled children who are lucky enough to be found in time grow up here.

A few years ago I was in Tanzania, together with Mr. Göran Skytte, one of Sweden's most experienced journalists. We visited the university SEKUCo up in the mountains that is educating special teachers, and made a film where I also had a conversation with the principal Ms. Anneth Munga. She told me that if I had been born in Tanzania, I had probably been living among the cattle and been tied there. I had been a big shame for the family.

The examples above are not a hundred years ago, but now! Therefore, I'm so happy and grateful that I get to be born in Sweden - a Christian country. Here we have a law that is based on the Christian fundamental values that all people have the same value and therefore should have the same rights and obligations. Of course, there is much that needs to get better, but in comparison I live in a fantastic country.

I am also born before prenatal diagnostics time. Had they been able to see that I had no arms and only had one and a half legs when I was a fetus they had most likely recommended abortion, I think. For a person with no arms and only one leg can not have a life of greater value - or can one? Or how do we look at other types of disability? Down's syndrome, for example, Many think we should "clear away" those tiny life. But who can stand in judgment over whose life is worth sufficiently much?

Personally, I think that when the little sperm wins the race to the egg and fertilize it - life starts. Looking at it that way, we are all winners from the start. No matter how we look or how much we can do or not do in this world. Nature is so smart itself that it sorts out the life that is too weak. Often to the great sorrow of the pregnant woman who miscarries.

Therefore I was so happy when I saw the September paper "liv&rätt" (life&right) and the work that Lifeline does for both men and women who are considering abortion and need someone to talk to. Even those women who had an abortion and the need to converse can consult.

The abortion issue is great and really not easy. When talking about such things we must have great respect for each individual. Everyone has their story to tell and there are no easy answers. At the same time I feel that I want to be a voice for the unborn child. I think we should talk more about how we can shape a society that can accommodate children where the mother or father can't, don't want or are able to take care of their child themselves. So many couples who long for their own children but can not get in a natur way. A society which also advocates that the child is born and where abortion is the last resort.

Every life that arise, I think, is unique and irreplaceable. Every person has something to give to their environment. If we allow everyone to take part, I believe that our society becomes stronger, richer and full of colors.

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Now, the temperature drops and the air is fresh and clear. A wonderful time of the year I think. The school has started for all students and with it comes the autumn colds. Not nice. Even I have been hit, but I hope it disappears until Tuesday when my band and I have a concert in Malmö, at the southern part of Sweden.
Probably it was last weekend I got infected. Several cleared their throat and cough was around when I on Sunday sang along with the very talented and lovely choir Occapella and was featured as one of the soloists at this year's fundraising gala for the benefit of Rotary's Voi project. A nearly three-hour-long concert in a nearly packed gymnasium.
Really fun to be able to contribute to such a good fundraising.

In September, a lot of fun happens. I have a concert with my band and I'll tour with a Swedish preacher; Tommy Dahlman, who will do interview evenings with me. I will also have my pianist Joakim Holgersson with me who will accompany the songs that I sing. Tommy visited me in my shop this week and did an interview for the Swedish Christian television channel Kanal10.

At the end of the month, I have the great pleasure of a unique visit by Kazuri Scandinavia in my shop. It feels enormously meaningful to sell beautiful things that the customer enjoys and which at the same time you know supports workers who will work where equitable and sustainable development are at the heart of trade structures and practices so that everyone, through their work, can maintain a decent and dignified livelihood and develop their full human potential.

Therefore, it will be very interesting to listen to Gro Strømnæss that will tell the story of the company in Nairobi, which started in 1975 and currently supplies 380 women and their families. Besides bringing the whole exclusive Kazuri collection where guests may find a piece of jewelry that suits them, she vill also present other FAIRTRADE products like hand woven baskets, made of rural women and jewelry pouches of paper from a project in one of Kenya largest slum, where young people get a good work.

So finally, I want to mention the product of the month:

FOREVER MARINE MASK

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Amazing how much talk it is is about the weather this summer. Many people complain about how windy and cold it is. But those who like to pick blueberries, mushrooms, etc. enjoy great harvests! A lot of rhubarb, currants, strawberries has grown in my garden plots this year. Wild strawberry is my favorite! But the 20 liters of rhubarb juice mother and I did are also very tasty!
It's probably best just to realize that when you live in Sweden some summers are like this and some other much sunnier. You simply just have to like it. I can at least say that I've got more done indoor this summer than what I'd done if the sun and heat have been here.

But now it seems like it may come, the heat and the sun I mean. Lovely! And then it fits well to introduce August month's offer in my store.

Aloe First
- now 229 SEK (regular price 254 SEK)
You can read more about it here...

The spray is ideal for dry skin, it relieves mosquito bites and sunburn that has taken too hard. A lifesaver you might say!
 

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Concert in Eksjö Church Concert in Eksjö Church

I've been on a little holiday trip with my camper. To meet good friends is life's nicest moments so it was a cozy and pleasant journey. But I still have to admit; Away is good but home is best! I hope not everyone experiences it as I do, that you are more tired when coming home than before the vacation.

During the summer I have some concerts as you can see on my tour schedule. Most recently we were, my musicians and I in the beautiful Hälleviksstand's Church. Next week we will visit the Cathedral in Mariestad.

During the summer, I will also have my shop open. It's so nice to meet all holidaymakers.

Would you like to help people get clean water through UNISEF? Then I'd like to take the opportunity to tell you about this month's offer in my store and webshop. It's a wonderful Avocado soap. For every soap you buy SEK 5 is donated to UNISEF's work. The soap is reduced in price and costs only SEK 55. You can read more about it here!

Have you by the way sunscreen and body lotion for the summer's all wonderful days of sunshine that we believe will come? Otherwise, I have both Sunscreen and Sunscreen Spray that you can order in my webshop.

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June - this months offer:
Forever Bright Toothgel
NOW 89 KR
(regular price 98 SEK)
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A dazzling smile is not just a beauty issue; it is about health too. Poor oral hygiene can, in addition to problems with teeth and gums, lead to diseases in other parts of the body. An extra reason to be careful with the teath brushing. With Forever Bright Toothgel you will get a head start to a healthier and fresher mouth.

Selfiestick
 

With Forever Bright Toothgel you give your teeth really good conditions. Cleans and cares, and as a bonus you get a healthy and fresh breath. The first 8 who buys Bright Toothgel in June get a selfiestick for free.

The offer is valid while stocks last.

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New month, and thus a new product with reduced price! This month it's about cleaning and get your home sparkling clean!
 

Forever MPD 2X Ultra


Every week we use multiple detergents for cleaning. Wouldn’t it be nice to buy just one multi-purpose product for the laundry, dishes, floor, and even the bathroom? Forever Living Products has introduced such a product – a liquid detergent that is highly effective and very economical to use.

Forever Aloe MPD® is a multi-purpose, liquid concentrated detergent created by FLP - and we’ve just made it better than ever! Our 2X Ultra formula is even more concentrated to take your cleaning that much further. A versatile cleaning product that is ideal for laundry (all types of clothes), it is also a household cleaner for floors, bathrooms, tile and carpet cleaning, and for hand-washing dishes. This safe, concentrated, liquid detergent is great for lifting grime, cutting through grease and removing stains without scratching or marking any surfaces. It is versatile enough to do the job of many similar products on the market, with a major cost savings for the user.
 

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This months offer: Specially designed spray bottle

If you buy MPD 2x Ultra during May, you get a smart spray bottle to boot. The bottle is specially designed with the same look as the cleaning bottle with a transparent stripe on the side so you easily can see how much detergents you have left.

The offer is valid while stocks last.

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Two eventful weeks at home has just been finished. Yes, a little bit how it actually feels even if it's been great fun in many ways. After several rehearsals and relatively much preparations I’ve had the pleasure of doing concerts with singers and musicians locally and the common denominator in all the concerts is Mr. Per-Ake Wennerberg who made all the arrangement of the songs.

Last Saturday, I sang along with Habo Church Choir and St. Olof’s Brass Quintet in the old beautiful wooden church; Habo Church built in1680 with its fabulous paintings that adorn the walls and ceiling. I feel proud to have my roots in this region that contains so much interesting history.

On Sunday St. Olaf Brass Quintet and I continued to Nassjo Covenant Church where we had a concert for the Rotary and the Rotarian Doctors behalf. Each year Rotary in Nässjö arrange a big concert and collect money and over the years many celebrities has been their guests. A few years ago we had another concert and then we beat both audience and collection records. This time was a bit different but it was a very enjoyable evening.

Tonight I had another concert with a spring theme. This time in Brahe Hall at my old senior high school; Per Brahegymnasiet in Jönköping together with The Jönköping Choir and the Music School Swingin' New Big Band. Lots of people came and it was a lovely evening where spring sunbeams were looking in through the windows this beautiful spring day.

In the midst of all these concerts, I also celebrated my one-year anniversary.

A year ago I opened the door to my ‘Shop Lena Maria’. I had a soft start, you could say. Since I only have it open Wednesdays and Saturdays I started to advertise primarily on social media and through my newsletters. But now the local newsletter gave a portrait article of me with a large picture on the front and the local radio channel also gave an interview.

This coming week I have two concerts with my band coming up. And then I have two weeks off then I'll enjoy the spring, filling the pool with water and just rest and enjoy and paint!

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Today it's the International Women's Day and later this afternoon I will sing and speak at the Vänern Museum in Lidköping here in Sweden.
There are many women I admire and this day I want to highlight a young and very admirable woman. I have just finished listening to the book "Malala" written by an amazing woman who, despite threats and great resistance, stood up for all childrens, particularly girls, right to study and go to school.
"One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world" says Malala Yousafzai. A very strong life story that inspired me tremendously.

Read it if you have the opportunity, it is good to read about courage, tenacity and determination. We all have tremendous potential to influence our world to become a better place to live.

A few days ago I was in Ljungby and lectured high school students. They were great and lovely! Listened attentively and had good questions. So I said that Ljungby must ne a nice city to live in but was met by a noooo from the students. Very strange, I thought, so I finished clarifying precisely what I think is so important. You and I are the ones who shape the environment we live in. Everyone have the right to take part, have the same rights and obligations. We all have the same value, all are entitled to be respected regardless of whether we are male or female, old or young, physically or mentally challanged or not (who aren't?). Kindness, encouragement, and love is what we all need most. If we get it, we become confident, well-being and flourishing as people!
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