Ladies- check your pumpkins!

Starting this post off with a deep breath in and a long, calm one out. Okay… I got this!

Since October is the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I would not serve you guys well if I didn’t bring attention to this topic through sharing my story.

I have written about this before, but never the full version.

I am so fortunate and grateful that I can share my experience through a positive, encouraging perspective because I know how many with a similar path unfortunately can’t. It honestly brings instant tears in my eyes if I think about how many lives have been impacted because of this one disease. I live in the faith that if this post would help even one person take action on something involving their health they know they should do, but haven’t done yet, my heart is full.

Take care of your pumpkins

So here it is…

We lived in the US from September 2017- May 2018. We were hoping to get my green card process done with the plan to move permanently to America after our wedding in Estonia. Things didn’t quite go like that, but… that’s a different story already. At some point in the spring, I felt a lump in my left breast. I was a bit scared, but at a similar time I had a cyst develop on my forehead, that was quickly and easily removed, so I wasn’t too worried. I was surprised though because it wasn’t just a small bump, but a piece I could definitely feel. I didn’t quite understand how I hadn’t felt it before.

I told this to my at that time fiancé and he talked with his mom, who had been through breast cancer. I heard from her, that young women, who haven’t breastfed, often have tight breast tissue and might feel lumps. That took the pressure off and considering the US doctor visit costs and with more exciting things on my mind, I didn’t do anything about it.

Christmas fun during the time we lived in the US

We were planning our wedding, flew back to Estonia at the beginning of May and in the midst of organizing a big ceremony, reception and a family-moon to Mykonos for 25 people, the lump just faded from my mind.

More fun things, like getting my wedding dress….

…or having my best friends fly to the US and organise my surprise bachelorette/ birthday week in Miami…

…or my sister visiting us in Charlotte… were occupying my mind instead of doing anything with the bump in the breast

19th May, our wedding day was the most beautiful, emotional and amazing day of my life. Both of our worlds came together and united as one. We went on an epic vacation to Greece with friends and family, where we had a trip of a life-time. 

First days of being “a wife” and “a husband”
Friends and family in Mykonos

After all of these major life-events were behind us and in June when we were getting back to “real life,” the bump in the breast appeared in my thoughts again. I hadn’t told anyone other than my husband about it, but for some reason, it was still heavy on my heart.

I decided to have it checked. Just in case. You know…for my own sanity.

I wanted to call to book an appointment, but the first hurdle appeared- I had no idea where to call to. To a family physician? Gynecologist? Dermatologist? Looking back I realize how little education women in my age (twenties, thirties) have about this topic. There are screenings for women in forties, fifties, but not too much information is directed to the younger crowd.

Somehow googling I found myself talking to a breast cabinet in Magdaleena Hospital. First I got an appointment time two-three weeks out. After describing my situation I got a call back an hour later and was assigned a time two days later. That was the first time when I thought- “Eeemm…should I be worried??”

Showing up at the appointment I had no idea what I am walking into. Fortunately, the doctor was super nice and first just examined my breast. She confirmed like my husband’s mom, that young women often times just have tight breast tissue, so it probably isn’t anything bad. Just in case she said that it would be good to do a biopsy. 

They did the biopsy, took blood, did mammogram and ultrasound.

For some reason I have always been scared of blood and hospitals. So far in my happy, little, pink bubble I had lived in, there hadn’t been too many sicknesses, losses, so I felt very out of place in there.

The two weeks that passed waiting for the results I didn’t think about it too much. That’s what I seem to do- just try to focus on other things.

On Monday, the 18th of June I got a call from the doctor’s office and the secretary said: “Liisa, we have the test results, but unfortunately we can’t say these through the phone, can you come in on the 20th?”

My heart sank. It is the type of answer you are used to seeing in movies when something bad is about to go down. Why can’t they just tell me? What can’t they tell me??

The suspense of this was nauseating.

As the day came we were sitting in the doctor’s office with Nick and the doctor said- “I’ll cut to the chase. Liisa- you have cancer.”

What all came after that is a bit blurry to me. I remember a discussion about potential phases, risks, steps… I just didn’t want to believe it was me who was hearing all of that. That stuff happens somewhere else…. with someone else…. Not here.. not with me!

We left the appointment and I was just furiously crying. I was confused, shocked, scared..

I had a coaching call scheduled for an hour later and still in sort of an ignorance phase I wiped my tears and jumped on the call. At the end of it I remember doing a reality-check. Wait…was all that for real?

I recall Nick going to the store in the evening and bringing me cake and ice-cream to make my mood even a little bit better. I was constantly crying.

The hardest part for me was at that point not having answers. We didn’t know exactly how serious or how far it had all developed. Clearly- when the mind is given the chance to fill in the blanks itself, it does it with the worst possible scenario.

First MRT

The period that followed was not a fun one. I was in my own, little, dark bubble. Looking back I identify this time as one of the reasons why now I am so open to sharing everything. Why? Because it was a freaking heavy thing to carry alone. I wasn’t ready to accept it myself, let alone bring others to the equation.

After a week or so of this black hole I told my best friend, mom and dad. They were all just amazing. What a blessing it is to have supportive, “we’ll go through this together, don’t worry”- type of people around us.

I was scheduled to have a surgery to remove the lump and some lymph nodes. The “black-hole” phase was starting to turn into “me vs. cancer” fighting phase. I had accepted the situation, but had still resentment and anger in me. I was constantly asking- “Why???” Still, I had got my mental strength together, realising that burying my head under the sand is not going to do any good.

I decided to share the current situation of my life on social media. I debated it for so long. I didn’t want other’s pity, but felt hypocritical just putting on a smily face and carrying on with life like nothing had happened, but then crumbling emotionally behind closed doors.

I posted it online and truthfully- that was probably the best thing that I could have done for myself. I really started getting into a good headspace, where the “fighting phase” was slowly turning into “forgiving phase.” I really started working on my thoughts and also training people around me. I just needed encouragement and positivity from them.

Had an army of supporters next to me who I am eternally thankful for

In addition to raving support and a huge peak in my own confidence, a lot of knowledge came through sharing this. People suggested me books, podcasts, alternative medicine options… things that I might have found myself, but in way longer time. In moments like these, though, time is especially valuable.

Another “connecting the dots looking backwards” moment for me is that if I hadn’t done the personal development work before all of this happened, I would have never been able to start programming my mind and thus my actions the way I did. That is also another reason why I am so pro-developing and learning, growing and discovering, because you never quite know when that work that you put in might be life-changing. If we start it when things get really tough, it might be late already.

I also wrote out “My Story”- the most positive outcome of all of it I could imagine and repeated it over and over. I added some affirmations to keep my mind engaged with the right thoughts.

“My Story” written before the surgery

“My affirmations” written before the surgery

I started giving a kiss to my pony-tail every day and expressing gratitude, telling myself it’ll always be with me. It might sound silly, but I’ll take silliness every day over negativity.

I was also sent to a fertility doctor to explain all the possible options for future if the cancer is invasive and further steps need to be taken. I was told about freezing the eggs and different ways to cope with the hormonal therapy if necessary. Having a baby was something we had talked about with Nick and I called him after the meeting, balling my eyes out about the possibility that having one might be out of the questions for years and years. Although sad, I still believed the worst case scenarios are not going to be a part of my story.

Going to the hospital on the surgery day, I was somehow calm. I knew there were only a few things fully under my control, the main one being my attitude, and that’s where I put my focus.

Showing off some hospital-fashion

I had a book, I had a crystal, that one of my best friends had given me and I had hope. That’s sometimes more than enough.

It was so soon after our wedding, that my last name as you can see, was not even changed yet

When I woke up from the surgery I felt so light. It was probably because of all the medication, but I felt so much at peace waking up. Nick was there with flowers and everything seemed bright and airy.

I had one of the nurses later tell me when I left the hospital- “You were so different than most of the patients here. You smiled way too much.” Hey…. a smile can go a long way!

Promised to go through it with a smile on my face

I started my recovery and continued with my self-development journey in this new category life had thrown me into. I started going through a cancer coaching- program where I learnt about nutrition, environment, habits. Eating healthy had never been too much of a focus for me nor had I ever loved or known how to cook pretty much anything. Now I just felt I needed something I could control myself and take responsibility for throughout the process.

My girlfriends surprised me with a board of encouragement and positivity

Daily reminders

Sometimes I think…- ” What if this didn’t happen, would I still be buying ready made food from the grocery store and eating a pack of candies every day? Would I still be taking my health for granted and just putting my body through whatever my mind felt it wanted at the moment?”

I ordered a bunch of superfoods and started learning about nutrients

Got an idea from the cancer coaching program to start juicing and started putting it into practice right away

Started to slowly learn how to cook myself

My life might be very different right now if I hadn’t been in that situation and chosen to make some changes. When pain is not big enough, people often don’t change. For me the risk and pain of not changing far outweighed the pain of making changes, so there was no hesitation.

Wherever you are in your life, think through if there is something you have known you needed to change, but haven’t yet? If nothing changes and things keep on going like that, what might be the outcome? Does it scare you? Would it be actually easier to take a step for a change?

I am not saying that cancer developed in my body because of food and that was the only cure. It might have, but it might have not. The thing with cancer and many other diseases is that you might never be able to pinpoint what the exact cause was.

I also thought that maybe this was exactly why we didn’t get my green card process done before and had to change the course of our plans with being taken away the chance to live in the US at the time. If we’d gone back, things again might be differently right now. You can only connect the dots looking backwards.

Long story short- the lump and 5 lymph nodes were removed. Because we took action so early the cancer was only in the milk ducts and hadn’t invaded the lymphatic system or close-by cells. The genetic test came back negative and chemo or radiation were not needed.

That is literally the best version of breast cancer one could have. That was exactly what I had written in “My Story” and what I was training my mind and others around me to believe. I could not have been more grateful.

My main support crew (my doctor, my husband, my parents)

I wrote out all the things that cancer came to teach me and fully believe that it went the way it did for me to make necessary changes in my life and inspire others to do so.

My writing of what cancer came to teach me

Although I serve a lot of the things throughout this process from a positive perspective now, being in it, it could not have been further from positive at some parts. I had breakdowns, worries, fears, every emotion was elevated. I lost a lot of weight, was weak and tired. My body didn’t feel like my own. Although I am clear now this period had a lot of other effects on my body and health that I am battling to this day.

From one doctor to another

I know that I focus in this post more on how I felt and what actually went through in my head, not necessarily every single step that took place. I just believe that half of the battles in our lives are whether lost or won in between our ears.

What I hope you take away from this are a couple of things:

  1. It’s okay to share things that are hard with people who are able to help you go through them. It’s definitely important to choose the right people, because with the wrong ones the opposite can happen. But hard times are not meant to be gone through alone.
  2. It is vital to work with the stuff that goes on in your mind. Your thoughts can be your biggest allies or your worst enemies. Choose and train them wisely!
  3. It’s crucial to be proactive with your health. It’s so sad to hear and have witnessed situations where people have known that they should do something, but they haven’t. They have just waited… and then it has got worse. It doesn’t always have to be a major issue, but if in your heart you know something’s off, then just take a step to have it checked.
  4. Above and beyond I strongly suggest women to just check their breast regularly by self-examining them. An ounce of prevention prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.
Ladies- check your pumpkins!



Flavor Squad’s Latvian adventures

This following travel-suggestion is mostly for my Estonians. We had an awesome time this weekend in Latvia and I figured some of you might be looking for a nice, quick getaway too. This is a close, entertaining, beautiful option for that.

Me and Maarja (a fellow Southwestern Consulting coach and a great friend) had a team seminar on Friday in Riga. We decided to take our spouses with us and turn the work-trip into a work-and-fun trip. Maarja, just like myself, has an American husband. They met at the same time we met with Nick while me and Maarja were training in the US for opening up Estonia for SWC coaching.

So if you are thinking first… well what the heck is this Flavor Squad, then that’s us four. We started as the team “Sweet & Spicy.” Maarja loves everything hot and flaming and that’s how her personality is and I adore everything sweet. Then we added Nick, the Salty one and last, but not least- Allen, Mr. Smoky. Our cheesy, but fun Estonian-American quartet.

Anyway- after work in Riga we decided to explore Sigulda. It’s a small, charming town, an hour outside of Riga and it totally won our hearts with gorgeous fall vibes, vibrant buildings, and a welcoming atmosphere.

So here are a couple of cool things to do in Sigulda:

1.Walk around the parks

We found a Ferris wheel, butterfly exhibitions and a lot of nice parks.

2. Tour the streets

The town had an endearing look to it

Mrs. Clark in full bloom

Found the perfect chocolates From the left- Allen, Maarja and their dog Ellie) Nick and me

This little cafe had one of the biggest pastry-selections I’ve ever seen

3. Visit the Gutmanis Cave

4. Ride with a cable car and enjoy the nature around

The Cable Car ride over the River Valley

Gorgeous autumn

PS! We actually couldn’t go on the cable car, because we had only cards. So make sure you have cash on hand when you go there (12 euros per person two ways).

Additional things to do in Sigulda, that we didn’t get to yet:

  • Visit the Castles (Turaida and Sigulda Medieval Castle)
  • Go to the Tarzan’s Adventure Park
  • Hike in the River Valley
  • Do a bungee jump
  • Check out the Bobsleigh Track

On our way from Latvia, we also stopped at a place near Pärnu that holds a very special place in all of the Flavor Squad’s hearts, especially for the duo Spicy and Smoky. It’s a place called Pärnu Bay Golf Links and it’s where Allen and Maarja got married this summer. I and Nick were a part of their bridesmaids- groomsmen crew and it was an absolutely amazing day.

22 June 2019- Flavor Squad at Maarja and Allen’s wedding

Have to have some flavors in this life!

Allen even had “Smoky” written in the collar of his wedding-suit

The building has a good restaurant and beautiful views, so if you are near Pärnu it is a good place to check out.

In a nutshell…this was our weekend- great friends, lots of laughs, a ton of good food and bright-colored scenes. If I had to describe a perfect weekend, there isn’t a whole lot I’d add.

We definitely recommend to go in the next couple of weeks, when all the trees are still colorful, then it’s the prettiest sight. For Estonians, it’s quite a short and well worth drive.

Hope you all had as much fun!

When you get to Sigulda, send me some pictures too:)



Creating your vision and “Family Creed”

Some of you know my background and our unified story with Nick a bit better, some less, some not at all. So I figured I’d start off with sharing with you a bit about our vision, how we came up with it and hopefully inspire you to think through and craft out your bigger picture too.

Our vision board
Bare with me we’ll get to the creation of it at the end of the post

I have practiced and believed in the power of visualization, goal-setting and everything involving it since my first year of college when my personal development journey started. Everything revolving this topic seemed a bit fluffy to me at first, to be honest, but over the years I have understood the value that having a longer perspective brings. Now helping people develop and reach their vision is a topic near and dear to my heart.

The first self-development book I read was “The Secret.” I was probably 18-19 years old at the time and the idea of “Law of Attraction” seemed very fascinating. Since then I have created vision boards, bucket lists, goal books… you name it.

My goal books from 2011 to 2015
My bucket list made in 2013

I was taught that setting specific goals, actually writing them down and having a clear vision will make reaching those things so much more likely. Teachable, as I was, I figured it can’t hurt if I actually try to do this.

My vision boards made at the beginning of 2016

My previous vision boards were made in 2016 when I was switching jobs and going through a transitional phase in my life. I had dated Nick literally for a week or so and we had exactly three pictures together. I decided to put one of those (on the right board, up and middle) on my new dream board. I recall even telling him- “Hey, I decided- you are a part of my vision.“

I guess we have to be careful with what we wish for!:)

When I was putting together my last vision board I also answered a lot of questions. The goal was not for the board to be a collage of pretty pictures, but a collection of images that really meant something for me. I wrote out answers to questions like: “What would my ideal job and ideal day look like? What places in the world do I want to travel to? What do I believe in? What do I want to give back to the world? What are the characteristics of my perfect spouse? What excites me the most?” and so on.

When you will be putting together yours, I definitely recommend you do the same. Then your vision board will be so much more than shiny, pretty things.

Just having these vision boards though will not be the game-changer. Then you have to go out and put in the work. That’s when the magic happens!

When we met with Nick at the beginning of 2016 we both had our own goals in life. Throughout the 3,5 years we’ve been together we have had to learn how to unify our vision so it’ll serve us both.

Having a clear vision has been something that has helped us through a lot of bumps and curveballs that life has thrown at us during this short amount of time. Starting from the very beginning- living on different continents; having come from various countries, cultures, upbringings; having 10 years of age difference… all of that has made forming a common ground, a mutual vision sometimes pretty tough.
Going through immigration problems, health issues, sicknesses, losses, handling working in different time-zones have definitely added to the list of reasons why co-existing or furthermore building a life together could be hard.

The main thing, though, that has helped us to keep on going and staying as persistent as humanly possible in the midst of all of it, has been our vision.

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Connors x2

We still have our separate dreams and those are not going anywhere, but for the first time in our lives we came up with our mutual vision board.

So here, my friends, is how it all went down:

1. First, we did an exercise where we both went through a long list of values and separately chose 10 we felt are the most important. Then we discussed those and narrowed them down. Those became the core values of what we stand for.

2. Second, we talked about our vision and mission in the world and tried to put those into words.
From this value- discussion our own “Connor Family Creed” was born.
This is the base for our relationship. This is going to help us make decisions when we can’t agree on them ourselves.

Connor Family Creed

3. After we had formed The Creed we started looking for pictures to make our words visual. I had a goal of adding 5 pictures every day for about 20 days and then we felt everything we saw in our vision was in that document.

4. I printed them out, cut and glued for multiple days.

5. We also decided to add our wedding vows to always remember what we promised each other.

Our wedding vows

6. Lastly, I added a reminder for little things we wouldn’t forget to be grateful for.

7. We put it all together and framed it. Voila!

After months of work, our vision board came together

We divided it into different sections:

  • Dream traveling destinations
  • Professional aspirations
  • Cool experiences
  • Inspirational quotes
  • Family inspirations

Some of the things on this vision board scare the heck out of me and I know will challenge us and definitely require a lot of determination, effort, and commitment. Our vision board is in my office, in front of my eyes every single day, reminding me why we do what we do.

We have also tried to form a habit of reading the Creed out loud together once every month or so and that is so refreshing every time. I dream that one day when our kids will be older and someone asks about their upbringing, reading The Creed will be something they will always remember and value.

I know I have given you a lot of potential ideas and further possible exercises involving this vision-casting process. What’s important is that this doesn’t have to be an overnight task nor does it have to look anything like ours. It should be 100% YOURS.

Often times vision seems a soft topic, but truth be told- I don’t know one person, who has actually taken the steps, thought through their goals, written them out, put them in pictures and then regretted doing it. That just doesn’t happen!

Our everyday motivation is oftentimes very directly tied to the clarity of our vision, and hey- if something helps me to be more focused daily, I am all for it.

I will leave you with this…

I know this is all a bit of a dreamy topic, but what is the likelihood of us getting to a place where we want to be if we have no sight of that? I’d say the chances of that are smaller than when we actually knew where we are even headed to. Would you agree?

So, go ahead, dream a bit. I know you are busy and have a long list of to-do items. We all do. Just choose to spend time on this. I am giving you emotional permission for that.

Take the steps and let me know in the end how your vision board looks like. When it’s ready, send it to me, post it on your Instagram and add #mrsconnorblog #visionboardexercise #dreamitachieveit or share it in your story and tag me too. I’d be glad to see your dreams.

Alrighty, pals- time to dream!



What you can expect from me and vice versa?

Now that we have established what will be all the things we’ll discuss on this journey, there is just one more thing on the way.

I know, I know, you’re probably thinking- “Liisa, get to the point already,” but I want to make sure you and I are on the same page.

I believe that every relationship is built on mutual expectations. Setting and talking through expectations is something we do with our coaching clients, something we help leaders do with their people, something we’re constantly working on with Nick and something overall is an important thing to establish in life.

Have you ever been in a situation where you get frustrated because the other person didn’t act the way you had planned they’d do in your head? Have you got pissed off because someone didn’t meet the standards you had set for them, without actually ever telling them what those were? Familiar right?!

Unmet expectations are a big cause of disappointment, so here you’ll find out what you can count on me for and vice versa- what do I expect from you, so we can walk this road together. Cool? Cool!

Let’s make a deal…

What you can expect from me:

  1. To have a positive perspective. 

Have you ever heard anyone say: “I have too much positivity in my life”? Noup! You guys might have bullets flying towards you all day, all week sometimes. I know it’s easy to get discouraged. You can count on this being a place to fill your positivity-tank and leave with a bigger smile on your face than with the one you came with. Having a positive perspective does not mean always being hyper positive, it just means putting in the effort to choose to see the good rather than bad.

What is something in your life you already know you should change your attitude about?

2. To be raw, real and honest.

Have you ever heard anyone say: “I wish I lied more to myself and others- that would probably get me further in life”? Noup! You can count on me for sharing our life the way it is without sugarcoating or focusing only on the peaks. The way social media depicts lives might sometimes be misleading and even depressing because of showcasing all the highlights. I’ve definitely gone down that rabbit-hole myself and it’s not a beautiful place.

What is one area in your life where being vulnerable and honest with yourself or someone important in your life would make life a lot lighter?

3. To always show up.

Have you ever heard anyone say- “I wish I hadn’t gone to the gym / eaten that healthy dinner/worked on myself”? Noup! I believe that you don’t have to be the strongest, smartest or fastest to achieve your goals. Being persistent and consistent will most of the time get us where we want to be. I am definitely not the best chef, wife or coach nor is blogging my profession, but one thing you can count on me for is showing up.

What is one area in your life where merely showing up more persistently would be half of the win?

4. To always practice what I preach.

Have you ever heard someone say- “I wish I followed through with fewer things I’ve promised I would”? Noup! Being a practitioner is my number one goal professionally and personally. You can count on me for never sharing something with you that I am not willing to do, that I haven’t done previously or that goes against what I believe in.

What is something in your life, that you could speak less about and actually do more?

Positive, raw, real and honest- count on me for those things!

Do these things sound cool with you? Yes? Good. The first part of the deal done!

What I expect from you:

  1. To come to this page with an open mind and an open heart. 

I always remind myself to be so focused on my own improvement that I don’t have time to criticize others. That’s what I expect from you as well. This site has no room for negativity or pessimism, so if you want to look for the bad in things, then this probably is not a place for you. No drama, no trash-talk, no comparing or fighting- none of those limiting, small-minded activities over here.

2. To provide feedback from a place of love. 

This blog and I definitely have a lot of room for growth. So be proactive, engage, ask questions, share your thoughts, empower, encourage, compliment and provide feedback from a place of love so we can improve together.

3. To provide accountability.

Accountability is never a sexy and fun thing, but whatever area of our lives we put some accountability in place, things often times get better. We just operate better with added accountability and you probably know which area you need it the most for. I’ll gladly be your accountability-partner if you’ll be mine.

4. To be proactive.

Nothing good has ever just come from cruising along. Massive action brings massive results in every area, so whenever we discuss something, try not to just read, but decided one action item for yourself and really put it to practice.  Actually do the activities and challenges along with me and give a chance for changes to occur.

Let’s kick some butt together!

Are we on the same page now? Awesome. Done deal!

Last thing I’ll leave you with…

Who is someone in your life you should sit down and talk through some expectations? Your significant other… your boss… your family member…

Let’s start implementing what we just talked through above. Actually have this conversation!

After that get excited- the first real post coming up in two days!:)



What will this blog be about and what will YOU get out of reading it?

Here we go….

Starting this blog has been a goal of mine for a LONG time. To be honest I put it off mainly because of fear. Fear of what will others think, fear of failure, fear of the time-commitment, fear of being vulnerable, raw and real…None of those things have gone away, but I just choose to be bigger than them. So I welcome you with an open heart to join me on this journey. It’ll have ups and downs, pretty moments and not so pretty, but that’s life and that’s what I have decided to share with you.

Before we kick this thing off, I’ll tell you a bit what kind of wild-ride are you in for…

You might (or might not yet) have noticed that the MrsConnor logo is a hexagon, which refers to the 6 topics I will be writing about. During my 27 lived years I’ve had to face quite a bit adversity and I feel I have earned the right to share some of my thoughts about the following:

1. Health

On the 20th of June 2018, I heard the three hardest words of my life- “You have cancer.” The following journey has totally transformed my attitude, perspective, and habits. I have also had a miscarriage and gone through a bunch of other health issues. Although it has been a very tough road, it has also challenged me to learn and grow in ways I never imagined possible. These health-battles have challenged me to be a better version of myself- mentally, physically and emotionally. That is exactly what I hope to give you! You are going to find here motivation to be proactive and intentional about your health, take action on things that you might be scared of and ideas on how to come out of YOUR hardest periods stronger than ever.

Me and my husband after my breast-cancer operation

2. Food

I have never been unhealthy, but I’ve never also been very conscious of what I put in my mouth. Cancer (and other diseases I’ve dealt with) have taught me to respect my body and its needs. Literally overnight I gave up meat, dairy, gluten, refined sugar, alcohol… anything that didn’t serve me and started learning to cook healthier. Thus far I had been the worst cook there is. No joke! I went from knowing how to put together an omelet, make a sandwich and boil potatoes for the first time at the age of 26 (terribly embarrassing!!!!) to having daily family-dinners and healthy breakfasts in a very short time.  Now I’ve gone back from the extreme diet to a sustainable one and cooking has become one of my favorite hobbies. Bear in mind- I’ve cooked for a year! That’s it! So this will NOT be a “Michelin Star-type” of recipes, but easy tips to help you in your everyday cooking. You will find here my latest experiments; dinner, breakfast, and snack inspirations; ideas for a healthier diet and overall fun, simple recipes to help you think less and cook more:)

Healthy gummy bears with Bob The Bear

3. Relationships

I married the man of my dreams on the 19th of May 2018. He is American, I am Estonian. He is 37, I am 27. I am as white as one can be, he has some Irish, some African American, some Spanish in him. We come from VERY different worlds but have managed to come together as one. We did long-distance (veeeery long- 5000 miles) for a while, lived a bi-continental life, resided in the US for an extended amount of time and decided to build our life (at least for now) in my home country. During 3,5 years we’ve been through a lot and we are not perfect by any means nor do we strive to be, but we put our relationship as our number 1 priority. We work hard to be intentional in it so that we can grow individually AND together. Relationships can be tough and challenging at times, so my goal is to share with you ideas to get through hard times without falling apart, to keep on growing and communicating and just do epic things together.

Our wedding day

4. Career

I have never in my life worked a day at a job, that REQUIRED a 9 to 5 lifestyle. Me and my husband both work remotely, run our own businesses and help people achieve their goals in life through coaching. I’ve worked with the same company since I was 19. I cut my teeth in door-to-door sales, recruited and led teams, built organizations and now work one-on-one with salespeople, leaders, entrepreneurs. Having done this with hundreds of people I’ve seen what makes some more successful than others. As I am a practitioner of what I preach I’ll share based on my own AND other’s experience ways to be more efficient in time- and self-management; how to set goals, track and achieve them and how to hold yourself accountable for doing what you know you are capable of!

Helping people achieve their goals in life

5. Lifestyle

To me, lifestyle is all about creating good habits. Habits can be our greatest helpers or our heaviest burdens. At the end of the day, the combination of our habits is what makes our life. My goal is to always focus on activities that will strengthen my body and my mind, including consistent workouts, affirmations, journaling, listening to podcasts, reading books, etc. You will find here encouragement to train your body, mind, and spirit consistently; to form habits that serve you and ideas on how not to go crazy under the pressure in the pursuit of all of it.

Striving for healthy body, mind, and spirit

6. Traveling

During the last 2 years, me and my husband have traveled to 15 different countries and my goal is for the number of countries I’ve been to match my age (or surpass it). We believe that traveling and experiencing various cultures is one of the best investments in ourselves. We have visited some pretty cool places so far and plan to continue with that and I want to bring you along on those adventures. You will get the front row seat to these journeys with travel-recommendations; activity suggestions, and most of the time a good, hearty laugh along the way;)

Thailand 2019

Now that you know what you’ll get from there, the last thing I want you to know is why this blog name is MrsConnor. Other than it being my last name, it doesn’t really give any idea of the content itself. That actually is the goal. I don’t just want to be the “cancer-girl” or the “cooking-lady”, the “sales-coach” or any other specific label. I want to be me! I want to be Liisa-Maria Connor. And with that, you’ll get bits and pieces of all of it. If some topic is on my mind or heart from my own life and experience, I’ll share it, because the likelihood of you having the same thought or situation at some point is pretty high.

With all of this being said, I just want to say “Thank you.” Thank you for pushing me out of my comfort zone and keeping me learning. Thank you for being a trooper and marching alongside with me. Thank you for investing the time to better yourself! Thank you and welcome:)