WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!!

I don’t talk a whole lot about my tattoos, and when I do it’s usually about how much I love them & my artists in general. But every now and then I’m prodded for more information, and however they’re worded all the questions can usually be boiled down to “what do they mean?”, and “do you regret any of them?”. So here’s the answer:

I regret none of them, and quite the contrary, I LOVE THEM ALL!! And they all “mean” something… Suuure! Even if the meaning of that one tattoo was that I was really drunk, picked something off the wall, pointed to my leg and said “put it there!”. On the other hand, if it was a “well thought out” sleeve that took years to create, what was behind all of that?? So so much, or perhaps so so little… Plenty of friend tats, spontaneous ink, & ink just for the sake of ink.

At the end of the day though, every drop of ink on my body tells a STORY, a story which some would call worthwhile & others worthless. Whichever is the case for you, I could still rattle your ears off for days about what’s going on on my body, but I shall spare you. I do however have one point to get across.

Life is too short for regrets! I believe if you wallow in regret, of the things you’ve done in your past, then you regret the person you are today. Because your collective past choices and life experiences have made what you are currently today! Think about that! I have, I do constantly, & I have no regrets! Don’t get me wrong, I have unlimited “learning experiences” under my belt, of things that I’ve done which I’m not proud of, but regretting them wouldn’t change the past, it would only poison my future. REGRET WON’T CHANGE THE PAST, IT WILL ONLY POISON YOUR PRESENT & FUTURE LIFE EXPERIENCE.

So whenever I go in for more ink, I’m never wondering if I may regret what I was about to get, in the future, even if I didn’t know what I was going to get yet! When you’re getting blasted, in that current moment, I would argue it’s exactly what you want. So enjoy that snapshot of who you were, for the rest of your life! There’s no productive use in regretting the beautiful permanent memories, & learning experiences that you give to yourself.

So let’s forget about that regret question- it’s not relevant. Let’s replace it with something productive like “did you learn anything from that experience?” And as for that skulls MEANING specifically, feel free to HMU if you wanna know!

With only Love, and no regret,

Swedish D

THE POWER OF GRATITUDE!!!

I’m very grateful, but I want so much more. I’m torn in 2, so what ‘should’ I do?

I talk a lot about the importance of being grateful, both for what’s in our lives, as well as for what’s happening in our lives. I talk about it a lot because I struggle with it myself, and quite often I might add!

Speaking in general terms, as I generally do, we want perfection, we want this or that goal to be attained now, we want more money, that new job or gig, we want to find “our person”, our people, our tribe, to not feel lonely, to thrive, to have confidence, to quit having to “fake it” because we’ve actually finally “made it”. And we WANT IT ALL NOW!

When we spiral down this thought pattern, and forget how important the journey is, despite the destination, is when remembering to be GRATEFUL helps to us to get back on track to a POSITIVE MINDSET.

Training ourselves & learning to automatically celebrate the little wins along the way, whilst of course being aware of the future, but PRESENT in our priceless moments, is pivotal to increased happiness and a sense of well-being.

So how do we do all of that? How do we stay positive & grateful when it feels like we’re being fucking torn in two?! Like, I’m super grateful for all the good in my life, but I’m super bent out of shape about all the shit I’m not cool with in my life!! So what’s the answer??

GRATITUDE is the answer!! And like every worthwhile character trait, it takes PRACTICE. PRACTICE makes permanent and it’s just a matter of staying CONSISTENT. Brainstorm tips and tricks of ways to remind yourself that there is always a positive way to look at even the most shitty of circumstances! And if you can’t, that’s OK. It’s OK to be sad, to feel those feelings, and to release them, but let’s not dwell on them! It’s not good for anyone, much less ourselves. Take the time you need to be bummed the fuck out and then pick yourself up! And try for sooner than later! You’re powerful af and YES YOU CAN!! AND GRATITUDE IS THE KEY, a key we each posses, to unlocking positivity and a whole new world of awesome and empowering possibilities. It’s just a matter of pulling that baby out and and sticking it where it counts!!

One final thought: THE GRASS IS GREENEST WHERE YOU WATER IT!!! Don’t ever forget that–> It’s one of the most EPIC LIFE HACKS!!!

If we practice consistent GRATITUDE, for where we are in our lives, & actually watered the ground we’re presently standing on, rather than continually searching for “something better”, can you even imagine the possibilities??!!! XD

Love ya’ll!

Swedish Dave

LEAD and FOLLOW!!

Here I am FOLLOWING the Leader on Island in the Sky – Snow Canyon State Park

There’s such a FOCUS ON being a leader these days. Look at the titles of all of those books. Listen to all of those podcasts. Watch all of those TED Talks. But come on now! If everyone was always doing the LEADING, AND nobody was following, then how the fuck would there even be any leaders??!! There wouldn’t be! And that’s because you can’t be a leader without a FOLLOWING. Period.

This is yet another perfect example of the DUALITY of the universe we live in. You can’t have something without having the potentiality of it’s opposite. So what’s my point, besides trying to shake things up and get people to think thoughts??!! I’d say it’s obvious: Accept the role of being a follower at times, and do it WITH A SMILE on your face! And when it’s your turn to be a leader then step into those fucking shoes! Just be present with yourself enough to know which role you would do the best to be practicing, at any & every given moment in time!

Lets all cease and desist all the shitting on being a follower. We have so much to LEARN from so many people on this BEAUTIFUL planet! Being a follower is AWESOME! Sure leading is dope too, but let’s take turns my friends. Besides, taking turns = teamwork, and together, as a team, we’ll all make it to the top, and way better off for it, because we’ll all be standing up there together!

TEAMWORK doesn’t seem work, and makes the DREAM work!! XD

P.s. I had the opportunity to lead the final pitch of the climb pictured above, and so after following 3 pitches, I accepted the role and owned that shit!

Happy New Weeks Day Y’all!!

With Love, Friendship, & the Best of Wishes,

Swedish

WHAT IS BEAUTY?!!

Jammin’ in the wild! Music + Nature = True Bliss!!

I’m a firm believer in the absolute BEAUTY, healing, growth nurturing, supportive, perspective building and loving power of MOTHER NATURE! I believe in its power to calm, its boundless energy, its wonder, its comfort, its perseverance, its ability to help each of us open up our minds eyes to such broad and all encompassing views on life in general, and in specific. I believe in Mother Natures LOVE the most; and I LOVE her back!

I also believe in the POWER of MUSIC! Its BEAUTIFUL, all of it! And it’s amazing the kind of experiences you can create for yourself when you’re present enough to stack the odds in your favor and build yourself a “sandwich” of self care. In this case the top piece of bread is my brain, the bottom piece my heart, the toppings inside: Mother Nature & Music, among other things, obviously, and the sandwich as a whole, so completely nourishing my SOUL! I highly recommend taking a bite or two. But you’ve got to make your self care sandwich first!

Music is so therapeutic, and coupled with being out in nature whilst enjoying and even creating the music you’re hearing and sharing = Exponentially beneficial self love and care!

Here’s a pic of me attempting to play harmonica and guitar, at the same time, whilst basking in the delightful & overwhelming glory of Mother Nature herself! But please, allow me to continue to ramble..

I was looking over some of my past posts on the Gram, and found a little blurb I found relevant to this topic. So please enjoy, and comment if you feel the urge to!

WHAT is BEAUTY? Is it in the eye of the beholder, or is that bullshit? I personally believe that beauty can be found anywhere & everywhere- to me it’s a mindset. Am I looking at the world through a conditioned perspective, with the media & brainwashed people telling me what is and isn’t pretty?? Or am I staying TRUE to MYSELF, focusing daily on finding even the smallest morsel of beauty, in the depths of all the classified ugly. Life after all is what we make of it. PERSPECTIVE.

Perspective is everything! Perspective, which we all have the opportunity to control, dictates our world view. Why not chose to see the beauty?! The grass may be greener on the other side, but you’re HERE NOW! Be here intentionally and focus on what’s good- it’s so easy to point out the “ugly”, but it’s the hard things in life that are the things most worth doing! Also, lets not forget, THE GRASS IS THE GREENEST WHERE YOU CHOOSE TO WATER IT CONSISTENTLY!!!

Love yall! Happy July!!

<3 Swedish

THE SPECIAL OCCASSION!!!

GET STOKED God Damn it! For all we know this only happens once!! (LIFE)

The most spectacular, amazing, and mindbogglingly AWESOME thing you get to experience is your actual LIFE! All of it! Your life is the most special of occasions, and It’s happening RIGHT NOW! In fact, it’s flying by right before your very eyes. What are you going to do before it’s over, who’s lives will you touch, and will you make the world a better place, because YOU LIVED, before you’re gone??!!

LIFE IS so SHORT y’all. It really is, which is why it’s such an epic tragedy when we find ourselves dwelling in a state of procrastination, stagnation, and lack of drive to seize and make the most of our absolutely priceless moments. Presently, science hasn’t provided us with the luxury of immortality, so the fact remains that we will all most likely die. It sounds depressing, but it’s really not. It’s BECAUSE of this very fact that LIFE IS SO VALUABLE! It is so valuable because it could end for any of us at any moment.

Last year 3 people close to me died. One from cancer. One from a surprise heart attack. One from suicide. They all passed away in different ways, but they all had some things in common. They were people that meant a lot to me, they were my friends, they were my family, I loved each of them, and they all reached out to me before their deaths. One reached out to hang out, one to talk and catch-up over the phone, and one to “grab a beer like them good ‘ol days”. But “I’m busy” I said, “I’m booked out”, “maybe next month we can figure something out”, I ASSUMED there was time. Two of the 3 beautiful people I’m talking about weren’t even sick. And the beautiful person that was, well she had time- The doctors even said so. So, I THOUGHT I had time, I thought I’d see them all again, and not just once, but many times before any of our lives ended, but I was wrong.

I didn’t get to see any of them before they died.

The sadness, depression, and absolute anguish I experienced because of these amazing humans tragic ends was made infinitely worse because of the guilt & shame I felt, for not making time for these people who meant so much to me. They each reached out to me and I was “too busy”. I’m not going to dwell on this- I’m sure you understand how I must have felt. So here is the positive spin on this, and there’s always a positive spin, with an optimistic mindset!

The positive spin is the title of this post. THE SPECIAL OCCASION is YOUR LIFE! The positive spin is this visceral reminder that time isn’t promised to any of us! We would all do well to keep this near to our hearts and at the forefront of our minds, to maximize our moments with our loved ones, to spend time with the people who uplift us and we them, and to always remember that prioritizing the truly important things in our lives is the way to live a life free from regret.

So next time you think a nice thing about someone you care about, give them a call- because who knows if you’ll ever have the chance to again. Life is too short to hold back, so get stoked and get out there and get others stoked too! For all we know we only have this one LIFE, so let’s MAKE THE MOST OF IT! Let’s make the most of it together, while we still can!!

Happy New Weeks Day!

GET LIVIN’!!!

<3 SD

MAKE or BREAK?!!

MAKE or b r e a k ? ! !

If you’re not actively MAKING yourself, you’re actively BREAKING yourself. Period. Lets go just a little deeper. Short and Sweet, here it is:

Every decision you make is either furthering your personal progression, on your path towards realizing your most EPIC SELF, or it’s actively destroying it. Sure this sounds “all or nothing”, but that’s because it is! It’s absolutely black and white, night and day, and there is no grey in this discussion. Argue as you may but if you zoom out far enough, that blurry grey area, that “in between” you thought was a decision which wouldn’t affect you either way, actually does. EVERY SINGLE DECISION you make in life is either laying a brick down for the absolute powerhouse of a human you can be, that person you WANT to be, that person you are building when you’re ON IT, or it’s taking one away. And at times, you’re taking away way more than one.

So as you go about your days my friends, make sure to be PRESENT with yourself enough. Be PRESENT with yourself in all of your priceless moments, PRESENTenough to ask yourself if what you’re doing is actually MAKING or BREAKING you.

HAPPY NEW WEEKS DAY Y’ALL!!

With Love,

Your Swedish <3

FRIEND CIRCLE or CAGE?!!

This guy, Devin Pearson, Co-Owner of REBEL HOUSE, is one inspiring cat!

Like attracts like. Say that out loud. LIKE ATTRACTS LIKE!! So look at who is in your life. Who are the people in your inner circle? Are they inspiring? Are they uplifting and supportive? Do they hold you to a higher standard than you even hold yourself? Do they help you to light the fire under your ass, to go after your goals like there’s no tomorrow??

If you’ve answered no to any of those questions then it’s not a circle your inside of, its a cage. And if you’ve found yourself in this situation, this is the perfect time to take a look at yourself. Why look at yourself when we’re talking about YOUR circle or cage? Because as stated earlier, LIKE ATTRACTS LIKE!! And you always GET WHAT YOU GIVE. Sooner or later, yes you will.

If you don’t want to be in a cage, if you want to be a part of an EPIC circle of awesome people in your life, then the best place to START is with yourself. Make the choice to be inspiring yourself! Be supportive and uplifting! Attack your goals with such fire and vengeance that no one can deny your drive! And don’t let any hick-ups or barriers get in your way! Fucking RAGE, and remember that this is the special occasion you’ve been waiting for to start realizing the ultimate you. It’s called your life and it’s happening right now. So choose to START maximizing your existence! START choosing to be inspiring! And do it now.

A final, however hard message is that part of building an absolutely awesome and life changing circle generally means letting some people go. It sounds brutal but if you think about it, it’s the truth. You can only be the most inspiring person in your life for so long, before you realize that the people you’re surrounding yourself with are actually holding you back from achieving your greatness. Replace them with people who don’t hold you down, but LIFT YOU UP instead! Now I’m not saying the absolute second someone is negative, uninspiring, or just going through a hard time, that you should cut them off. If that was the rule then the people in my circle would have cut me off long ago! But if it happens more than the opposite, it’s definitely something you have to consider. Thanks for reading! Now get to it!!!

HAPPY NEW WEEKS DAY!!!

Love ya!

<3 Swedish


SELF-SABOTAGE..

Sometimes life wrecks you, but other times you wreck your life singlehandedly.. Sometimes you have misunderstandings so intense that coming completely unraveled is what results, despite your greatest efforts to maintain composure. Ftr, alcohol & drugs don’t help any of this. They make it way worse.

Acknowledging the truth of the matter is super important though, and it’s the first step to bouncing back. What the bounce back will look like, and what it will be, is something completely different from what and where you were before, but it’s always better, with the right mindset. No regrets ever. Never ever.

What’s the “right” mindset?? It’s growth oriented, positive, grateful, OPTIMISTIC, kind, truly forgiving and self loving. Now I understand we can’t always be in that kind of headspace, and trust me- I would know. And thats “fine”, because it’s more than okay to feel shitty af, especially when you are the only one to blame for your life being in shambles. But we always have the opportunity to step back, or rise up, to gather perspective and understand that we can feel our shitty fucking feelings, and it’s okay to do so, but we can also have HOPE of something better to come. That’s the right mindset. And sure, it doesn’t come easy my friends, but guess what? Practice makes permanent. It’s all a part of the beautiful JOURNEY.

Happy New Weeks Day y’all!

<3 SD

QUICK MOTIVATION!

Here it is quick and simple:

Do you want something? I certainly hope so. Because if you don’t, chances are you’re dead. But YOU. ARE. ALIVE! So what do you want?! And how are you going to get it!? Is the thought of going for your dreams too heavy to handle? Have you been putting it off? When are you going to START to pursue your ultimate goals and highest self!?

Put a picture of what you want on your phone home screen. Put a poster up in your pad. Put up a ton of posters, framed or not! Make your work computer screen display an image of what you’re going for! Make all of your devices reek of what it is that you want! Fucking set yourself up for SUCCESS by reminding yourself CONSTANTLY!!!

I never had a visible six-pack of abs growing up. But I always wanted it god damn it! I put it off for years and years until finally I had had enough! I put photos of Brad Pitt, portraying Tyler Durdan, in Fight Club, all over the place, EVERYWHERE! I couldn’t be free of it. And guess what eventually happened?…

Now stop making excused and fucking GET TO IT!!!

K, love ya! HAPPY New Weeks Day!!

Yours truly, Swedish Dave

MOTIVATION LIFE HACK!!!

Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.

Make GOALS!

Choose Your FRIENDS!

BELIEVE in Yourself!

These three steps are the boiled down, absolute basic & fundamentally important things you need to do in order to change your current state of existence, no matter where you’re at in your life. These three steps used will absolutely maximize your fitness journey, as well as any journey you choose to apply them towards! In fact, these three steps are so powerful that they are a large part of the foundational & fundamental philosophy beneath how I choose to live my life!

Furthermore, this is how you CREATE your future! Some people say “Who know what the future holds” , but I call that a defeatists perspective. You absolutely can predict your future- All you have to do is CREATE it! Yes, that is a super optimistic perspective. But why not be a super optimist? Have an optimistic mindset, & have optimistic thoughts because “..your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your character, your character determines your Destiny..” It’s simple ass math! So let’s do this!!! Let’s go deeper into these three steps that will transform your existence. If you’re a living, eating, breathing human, then these steps are pivotal for seeing life changing results, to ELEVATE your existence, for progressing physically, mentally & spiritually, and all at record speeds! Let’s dive in:

1. Set GOALS!

This is how we START creating our future! But you have to write them down! Make them tangible! Make both long term, & short term goals. Meet with yourself regularly to check in & see how you’re doing.

Behavioral driven goals are short term, like “I will exercise 1 hour a day, 6 days a week” for example. They are the bricks that you CREATE your future with, and you can celebrate your successes on the daily, as you achieve these micro goals!

Results driven goals are long term, like “I want to get to 10% body fat” for example. It’s easy to get discouraged if we only set results driven goals, so use both behavioral and results driven goals together to maximize your chances for success! Stack the odds in your favor! Once you’ve attained a goal, celebrate for a moment, and then get back to it! Make more goals! Have fun with it! Sure it’s the journey, not the destination, but choosing the destination is absolutely pivotal for an intrinsic, authentic & amazing journey!

2. Choose Your FRIENDS!

This is the MOST IMPORTANT thing! Everything else will fall into place if you take this to the heart! My Mother used to tell me “Show me your friends & I’ll tell you who you are”, & I’ve heard others say “You are a summation of the 5 people you spend the most time with”. I couldn’t agree with this more. I mean just look around you. People are near enough exactly who they hang out with! So choose to spend your time with inspiring people, people who lift you up!  Surround yourself with positive humans & friends that hold you to an even higher standard than you hold yourself! Also, strive to be that inspiring person as well. Like attracts like. Remember that.

3. BELIEVE in Yourself!

Believe & you will achieve. If you have belief then you will try! The inspirational Greg Plitt said “the difference between winners & spectators is that winners have a belief that is so strong, it overrides the disbelief of the spectators”. When winners fail they don’t scurry off to the sidelines & join the spectators- they pick themselves up, learn from their mistakes, maintain belief in success & try again, even harder than before. This could happen several times, but winners belief stays strong! That’s why they’re winners! You never lose until you stop trying! It’s such a simple concept, what’s hard is implementing this mindset & philosophy. But you know how you can start. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!!!! CREATE A REALITY SO THICK THAT NO ONE CAN DENY IT!!! NO ONE! Not even the doubting side of yourself! You’ve got this! Whether you believe you can or you can’t, guess what?? YOU’RE RIGHT! So choose to BELIEVE!!

Happy New Weeks Day y’all!

<3 Swedish Dave XD