Svava, London

Svava is an Icelandic Viking. She founded the Viking Method

What makes you happy?

So many things. Loving relationship with my family and friends. Connecting with like minded people. Making other people feel good. Playing the piano. Doing the BBC History magazine crossword puzzle. Dancing. Music. When I smash a goal that I set for myself. Reading. Becoming a better person than I was yesterday. Seeing my daughter grow up in to such an amazing woman. Exercising. Smiling to a stranger. Keeping my morals and values no matter what. Other people´s kindness. My own kindness. When I inspire someone and when someone inspires me.

Is there something that you spent a long time believing you couldn’t do…. only to try it and realise that you can actually could do it? What made you try it?

There were three words that my mum always said to me and made me say; I can, I dare, I will. She always made me believe that with hard work you can be and do anything. So there never was anything that I thought I couldn’t do. I would just have to give it everything and then anything was achievable.

If you were taking yourself on a date, what would you arrange for yourself?

I love playing. Any physical activity I love. So I would plan that. Badminton, football, basketball, paintball, anything! Then a pint(s) of beer at a traditional English pub.

What’s one thing you do regularly in order to look after yourself?

Exercise. No matter what. Not because it is my job or because I feel like I have to but because I love it.

Share one thing that used to make you really anxious, that you no longer worry about.

Confrontation. I used to shy away from it. Even take a bit too much from people in order to keep things good. Confrontation used to make me anxious. Not anymore. It doesn’t mean that I like arguing or get easily upset, it just means when needed, I can speak my truth gently but firmly.

Time is precious. What do you dedicate yours to?

Now I split my time between my work and my daughter. Social life in England is none existing. I also love learning. And if I have a little time off, I would rather do that then ever go to a club. And that’s how I have chosen it to be. I am growing my business and have certain goals that I want to smash, therefore I am focused on that. And I love my job. Then, during the 3 holidays; Easter, Summer, Christmas, I go to Iceland and re-charge around my loved ones.

Give your 18 year old self a piece of advice.

To be selective of who you are close to. Pick the people in your life well. The company you keep matters so much. It can lift you up or bring you down. Also never be apologetic. Do take up space. Go after the things you want. And never do things halfway; if that means that you might make a fool of yourself, so be it. You went for it and that is all that matters. Don’t take yourself too seriously.

Will you grow old gracefully or disgracefully?

Gracefully. I do not invest my sense of being in a certain age that I need to cling on to. So many things I want to do and look forward doing as I get older. And there are so many things that I am doing today health wise and mentally that will make that possible. I will end up as a history professor and I will love it!

What do you hope people say about you when you leave this mortal coil?

That it was better having me in their lives than not. That I enriched their lives. That I added to it. Never took away from it.

How did answering these questions make you feel?

It made feel good. And made me think. Made me feel grateful and reminded me of personal things that I want to achieve within myself. Loved it!

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