The Thrive Questionnaire with Catharina Hedberg

The wellness expert shares her opinion on failure and the importance of staying positive.

When you have the opportunity to ask some of the most interesting people in the world about their lives, sometimes the most fascinating answers come from the simplest questions. The Thrive Questionnaire is an ongoing series that gives an intimate look inside the lives of some of the world’s most successful people.

Thrive Global: What’s the first thing you do when you get out of bed
Catharina Hedberg: I say YES to life!!! I take a quiet moment for introspection surrounding myself and others close to me with an energy of blessings and love for this new day. Then I make a delicious cup of coffee!!!

TG: What gives you energy?
CH: I love to travel. Love to meet and interact with people all over the world. It is almost like a ministry to be out there trying to spread some positive energy wherever I can. Most of all I love to laugh!!!

TG: What’s a daily habit or practice that helps you thrive?
CH: I believe in a positive attitude and an affirmation that “I can do this!!”. I love nature so a hike up the mountain is for me a moving meditation and will make me soar. The importance of good clean organic food is another ingredient and there we have it, my simple personal formula for thriving.

TG: Name a book that changed your life
CH: I love to read Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren to my young granddaughter. I grew up with this book in Sweden and already as a young girl I liked what Pippi represented. Kindness, strength, independence and a total flexible mind enjoying what comes her way in the moment. I think I am a lot like Pippi in many ways so somewhere in early childhood this was a book that made an impression that has influenced me

TG: Tell us about your relationship with your phone. Does it sleep with you?
CH: No, we do not share a room. It sleeps in a different room together with all other electronics, but during the day it is a close friend.

TG: How do you deal with email?
CH: I am fortunate enough to get a very balanced amount of emails that I can handle on my phone without too much stress. Texts are a whole different story!! It takes a lot of thoughts on handling what is important first. I like the idea (and discipline) of turning every gadget off when you are at a dinner table so you can have time for a real conversation without constant interruption.

TG: You unexpectedly find 15 minutes in your day, what do you do with it?
CH: I go outside, sit down somewhere in nature and turn my face towards to sun and breathe deeply.

TG: When was the last time you felt burned out and why?
CH: Thankfully I have not gotten to a point of burn out. When life comes close to maybe going that way I have managed to see the signs ahead of time and know how to stop the clock and take time out. What puts me back in balance is Nature in all forms. If we find anything in life that puts us back into a place of peace we should use it whatever it might be.

TG: When was the last time you felt you failed and how did you overcome it?
CH: I really do not see anything as a failure, I see it more as an experience to grow from. Moving forward with this new knowledge and looking at it as something positive instead of judging oneself is the understanding I come from.

TG: Share a quote that you love and that gives you strength or peace.
CH: “LEAP, AND THE NET WILL APPEAR”.

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