Author: Vanja Thorson

For a brighter future, focus on numbers – Part 3 (3-min read)

In the Part 1 and Part 2 of this post, I explained why and how I choose to give myself a mental break from the daily Corona virus news, and work towards a better future by focusing on numbers (and refinancing our home).  During the refi process, I learned several helpful tidbits, which I am […]

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For a brighter future, focus on numbers – Part 2 (3-min read)

In my previous post, I explained why and how I decided that instead of worrying about the daily mayhem of COVID-19, my time was better spent positioning for the future by maximizing the opportunities that arise in the uncertain times.  Specifically, I took advantage of the falling interest rates and focused on refinancing our mortgage.  […]

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For a brighter future, focus on numbers – Part 1 (3-min read)

Are you watching the news these days? Worried about the Corona virus, declining stock markets, or various other calamities happening right now?  While understanding the seriousness of the COVID-19 outbreak and doing your part in terms of social distancing, disinfecting and not disrupting the supply chain by hoarding food and supplies, it is also ok […]

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Why I can hardly wait for the next Mother’s Day …

Ah, Mother’s Day – that second Sunday of each May.  I so love it.  It is not just because of the extra special attention from my family (although that is super awesome), but it is about those simple yet lasting memories that get created.  Here are my two favorite ones: May 2010 – morning picnic […]

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What’s In the Bottle and Why? (3-min read)

Dearest friends of Sage Abbey, Goodness Face Elixir™ is my labor of love.  I say that “a piece of my heart is in every bottle,” because the elixir features what I loved as a child, spending summers by the pristine blue Adriatic Sea or running in the meadows of awe-inspiring Dinaric Alps.  I fondly remember […]

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A Postcard from Switzerland (7-min read)

This winter I found myself in Switzerland, the land of wondrous nature, delicious food, and extraordinary precision.  My five full days there were spent in and around Zürich and Bern, including a day trip to the beautiful Swiss Alps, and a half day exploring gorgeous lakes Neuchâtel and Murten. First stop:  Jungfraujoch.  If you haven’t […]

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Random Act of Kindness (+ Two Tomato Slices = 5-min read)

“Practice random acts of kindness.”  You’ve likely seen this adage on a bumper sticker in front of you while stuck in traffic in or around your favorite city.  Even though you may find it corny, I am here to tell you that on March 15, 2019, one random act of kindness made a significant difference […]

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A Visit to the Franciscan Monastery of the Friars Minor, Dubrovnik, Croatia (7-min read)

When autumn arrives and it gets cold and rainy, I often practice an “instant vacation” routine in my mind by thinking about summer, warm weather and past vacation adventures.  It’s a quick and easy way to brighten up a gloomy day and it surely brings a smile to my face. The summer of 2018 is […]

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How I cleared my skin – a personal journey (5-min read)

The main reason why the Goodness Face Elixir exists today is a selfish one.  I made it for me, because no other product could clear and balance my skin.  The journey to create it was quite inspirational as well. For years, I’ve been battling adult acne.  Coupled with a thyroid condition, it seemed as if […]

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What’s In a Name? (Part 2 of 2)

Previously we explored the meaning of sage in Sage Abbey.  Now, let’s talk about the abbey.  So welcome, breathe in … exhale … and stay a while. In 1990 I spent my summer touring Croatia with my parents and my friend Mae, a foreign exchange student from the US.  When visiting Croatia, one of the […]

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