I learned to see myself as an individual instead of an invalid.

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It wasn’t on the cards that I would be in the position I am in today. But here I am an accomplished author and inspirational speaker.

Born to a father with a mental illness, who self-medicated with several illegal substances, and a mother with a physical disability, my life was off to a bleak beginning.

It seemed life had more hardship in store for me.

  • At the age of two, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.
  • When I was eight, my mother, my sister, and I fled from my father, who had become increasingly abusive.
  • In my late twenties, I battled life-threatening AIDS outbreaks.
  • Over the years, I have been toppled over by stress, and depression more times than I care to remember. 

And yet here I am. 

  • In my late forties, with a loving Scottish husband and three wonderful children.
  • I have published twelve titles among which two are available in English.
  • I run a small business.
  • I deliver Danish and English speeches and workshops about motivation, empowerment, the joy of life, and the joy of work.

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Step-by-step for more joy

Step-by-step for more joy

My mission is to teach you motivation even on rainy days. So, you feel everlasting joy!

Meet Ken <3 Ken Honda is considered one of Japan’s most prominent and influential financial advisors. He is affectionately called the "Zen millionaire" in his home country. Ken has written a total of 58 books that have sold over 8 million copies and have been translated into a total of 15 different languages.Here he sits happily with my book "Dandelion Child in Flower".Ken is a regular contributor to various media such as Good Morning America, CNBC, ABC, Forbes Magazine, Evening Standard, WebMD and Psychology Today, to name a few.Honda has devoted most of his life to exploring the human relationship with money and how this relationship can be harnessed to create a life filled with prosperity, peace and joy. By the age of 29, he had already established several successful businesses and achieved financial independence. After this, he began observing and studying 12,000 self-made millionaires in Japan under the guidance of the late Wahei Takeda, also known as "The Warren Buffett of Japan".Ken’s own life experiences helped him discover the common thread that binds the world’s richest, happiest and most fulfilled people together.And at the beginning of August, for the first time in Denmark, he shared his wisdom with me and 400 other individuals. He also gave us tools to achieve a life filled with more wealth and abundance.Fluent in both Japanese and English, Ken Honda has lived and studied in Boston, but is now based in Tokyo.𝕂𝕖𝕟 – 𝕀 𝕨𝕚𝕤𝕙 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕒 𝕧𝕖𝕣𝕪 𝕙𝕒𝕡𝕡𝕪 𝟝𝟞𝕥𝕙 𝕓𝕚𝕣𝕥𝕙𝕕𝕒𝕪 🍩 𝕒𝕝𝕝 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕨𝕒𝕪 𝕥𝕠 𝕁𝕒𝕡𝕒𝕟! ❗ 🐲I’m grateful for meeting you and for you sending me this picture with nice word about my book. <3 I felt enriched – now I feel rich and full of abundance I have enough I can give enough Arigatou – ありがとう @kenhonda @happykenhonda#kenhonda, #happymoney, #moneyeq, #givefluencer, #arigato, #flow, #definitions, #inspirational, #gratitude, #thankful, #growthmidset See MoreSee Less
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Do you dream of job satisfaction and stability among your employees all year round – even during times of crisis?Then you have come to the right place!Here you get a workshop that will help you on the right path!I help you to prioritize CSR in your HR work, so that you can keep your good job and stable workplace. At the same time, I speak into and give you concrete tools to employ (more?) people from the edge of the labor market. They can become your magic piece for growth!Employee well-being and inclusion – yes, this is also CSRA lecture on CSR can inspire you in how you can work actively with social responsibility – and it might even open your eyes to the fact that you are already taking many good initiatives.By focusing on CSR, you will achieve:• Happier employees provide better well-being measurements• More innovation because you involve the employees better • Easier attracting investors and business partners • Resonate with employees and customers• Greater employee satisfaction• Stable workforce• Growth!Are you ready to grow your business with CSR? Book workshop here: www.youandx.com/speakers/-11!Unique angle: CSR, social responsibility, integration and dialogue but current or future employees in flexible jobsI use tools from my (UK) book The Joy of Working: campbell.dk/vare/the-joy-of-workingSome individual statements from previous workshops:"Tina was good at talking to all of us, so we felt listened to and recognized.""I could recognize myself in what Tina talked about and it was nice to hear it from someone who had experienced some of the same challenges. It gave me new energy and courage to work on my tasks out here.""That’s probably where our biggest enemy is. The fact that we are not good enough and we are bad at only hearing the negative. I will take that from here: Stop being negative and then think a little more positively. And use that shit button quite a lot.”"Really good facilitation, where I think I am included, seen and heard. Also at the slightly difficult exercises.""I feel I am useful when I am allowed to work and that was made clear to me during the workshop." See MoreSee Less
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The Joy of Working

This book guides the reader towards a sense of agency and a joy of working.

Personally, I benefited the most from exercises 1, 13 and 15.

Exercise 1: Change your identity and the view of your self: This exercise helps you to uncover and challenge any negative views you may have about your self. It will help you to see the whole you and to not define yourself by your health issues only.

Exercise 13 is, Maybe arrangements. This advice helps you to be honest and caring in your relationships. It helps you with your social life as it gives you a tool to communicate your sincerity and commitment. It also encourages mutual patience and accept.

Exercise 15 is, Activity, resting and planning. I found this very helpful because I am relatively new to ongoing pain. It confirms to me that there are straightforward ways of managing pain in our everyday life. We should not be afraid of pain. It is better to come to terms with the pain than trying to hide from it.

Kirsten Nielsen Welch – SEN teacher in Adult Education, Living with ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia

The Joy of Working

My book, The Joy of Working, takes you through the parameters which affect the joy of working. 

The 7 parameters defined by the Danish Knowledge Centre for the Joy of Working, are the basis for the theoretical part of the book.

But the majority of the book takes you on a journey to discover what will give you that illuminate joy derived from your work. 

How do you reach that point where you wake up Monday morning feeling excited to go to work? Or at least how do you reach the point of not already longing for Friday again, before you go to bed Sunday night? 

What gives someone the joy of work along with many other things in life is individual. The exercises in the book are created to help you determine what is important for your feeling of joy in life and at work. 

My road to this life, in which I have experienced both the joy of life, and work, is what I wrote about in my books

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Dandelion Child in Flower

My autobiography Dandelion Child in Flower tells the story about what I have gone through to get to where I am today. 

When I was at my lowest after the life-threatening AIDS outbreak, where I was literally given just a few weeks to live, that’s when I started writing a diary, basically writing my way out of that dark place. 

For years those diaries were kept in a drawer. Until a friend of mine convinced me to publish my story.

The result was a diary style autobiography, in which I am honest to the bone about the experiences that have shaped me into the woman I am today.

The dandelion became my symbol, not only because it is incredibly resilient, but also because Dandelion children is at term used in Denmark for children growing up in what we call “the vulnerable families”. Families for whom violence and abuse shape the everyday life. 

An uplifting and interesting book.

It is good to be reminded that everyone, regardless of his or her background, has hidden strengths, some more than others, and that these should not be ignored. Weaknesses and problems are often easier to spot, but they can also create a negative attitude towards people who, in one way or another, come in contact with the health system. It is uplifting to read Tina’s own ways of compensating for the lack of help that she and her family were given.

I hope that others in similar situations will be able to use Tina’s experiences to spot solutions or opportunities they might not even know existed. I would definitely recommend the book to professionals, to dandelion children and to their families.”

Emma Ehlers Nielsen – Psychologist, Dandelion Centre Nuuk, Greenland

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