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

October 1, 2019

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:)


20 responses to “What will this blog be about and what will YOU get out of reading it?”

Aitäh, et kirjutasid💕 Põnevus on mul endal ka hirmu kõrval domineerivaim emotsioon, seega tunded on vastastikused😊 loodan, et järgmist postitust liiga kaua ei tule oodata:)

Nii äge! Jälgin sind instas ja sa oled mega inspireeriv, nii et üli äge, et blogi avasid 🙂 Ei tunne sind isiklikult, aga tundud nii elurõõmus!

Johanna, nii tore, et sa kirjutasid😻🙈 Seda on tõesti ülimalt tore kuulda, et olen suutnud läbi ekraani ka veidi lisaenergiat sinuni toimetada. See annab mulle ka innustust juurde😊 kaunist sügist sulle ja järgmiste postitusteni😉

Täiega lahe! äge, et lõpuks oma blogi ära tegid. Näeb väga ilus välja ka! 😉

Hurrraa, aitäh Airis:) Seda “okei… äkki järgmine nädal… järgmine kuu?” oli tõesti omajagu, seega mul on ka hea meel, et hirmu ületamise osas esimene samm nüüd vähemalt astutud😊 Endal saab kindlasti põnev olema! Loodan, et teistel ka😁 Aitäh kaasaelamise eest!

So happy you decided to do this! Looking forward to all your good recipes for life and food to be passed on to us all 🙂

Mari, wow, those are big words♥️ No pressure.. right?!😁 I’ll do my best, that’s what I can promise😉

Amazing! Another inspiring THING FROM AMAZING You! So Great You are brining out and sharing all the Life with us! Thank You!

Ana, you truly are the best example of giving people the “words of affirmation.” I am honored to be on the receiving side of those:) Thank YOU!

Oi, armas, aitäh sulle♥️ Ega ise vist päris täpselt veel mõista millesse enda mässisin, aga eks samm-sammult hakkan avastama ja leiutama. Igatseme sind ja saadame sügisesest Tallinnast kõvad kallistused sulle🍁🍃

Armas Liisa,
Kuna mul on uskumatult hea nägude mälu ning sinu säravat nägu on vast võimatu ka unustada, siis pean mainima, et mina mäletan sind sellest ajast, kui olin väike kergejõustiku laagris ja sinu särav nägu astus bussile ning pisikese tüdrukuna jäid kuidagi helgelt meelde.
Ma tean, et inimeste mälestused muutuvad ja sellest, mil viimati sind nägin on oma good 15a möödas 😀 Aga mul nagu oleks mälestus, et sa kandsid rohelise läätsi silmas tol paeval? Kas võib tõsi olla..
Igaljuhul, kui ma kuskil poolaastat-aastake tagasi sinu insta lehele kogemata sattusin, siis viis see mu kohe lapsepõlve ja Kurgjärve spordibaasi(I believe seal ma sind kohtasingi) tagasi ning see oli imeline tunne

Tahtsin lihtsalt öelda, et kuigi ei tea ma sind siiski.. Siis on imeline näha, et sa oled ENDISELT peale kõiki neid aastaid sama särav ja kaunis inimene nagu back then 🙂 Ning lugedes rohkem su kohta, siis on rõõm teada, et mitte ainult väline ilu vaid ka sisemine 🙂

Oled väga keerulise ent ilusa teekonna juba läbinud and I can tell, et sinus on veel nii palju to give. Jätka oma imelist teekonda, ning ära mitte kunagi lõpeta naeramist 🙂 Ootan huviga, kuhu su blogi välja viib 🙂

Vau Raili….
Täiesti lõpp. Istun ja loen seda- kananahk tuleb peale ja suu venib kõrvuni. Nii, nii, nii lahe lihtsalt, et sa kirjutasid. Tõestiselt suur aitäh sulle. Vahel kõike seda jagades käib ikka mõtetest läbi, et “No, keda huvitab, Liisa??” Ja siis sellist kommentaari lugedes annab endale ülipalju innustust edasi minna. Olen väga tänulik sulle, et oma 15 aastast mälestust jagasid:)!
Sul on ka uskumatult hea mälu. Kurka laagrites sai noorena tõesti kõvasti käidud nii ujumise kui kergejõustikuga, seega täitsa võimalik, et seal kokku puutusime. Ma põhikoolis kandsin mingid kuud pruune läätsi. Tol hetkel oli üks mu eluunistus tumedaid silmi omada (oh neid noori mõistusi:D:D), aga roheliste läätsede kohta ma ei tea:D jumal teab…. võibolla olid tõesti:D

Igatahes mul on südamest hea meel, et mu kõkutav nägu sulle mõtetesse jäi ja kirjutasid. Selle 15 aastaga kindlasti omajagu juhtunud, aga eks vahepeal ongi hea meelde tuletada endale, et olla rohkem sellised nagu väiksena olime. Mina elan sulle ja su tegemistele kaasa ja loodan, et sul läheb kõik kenasti.

Ehk kohtume kuskil veel… Eesti nii väike, seega tõenäoliselt;) Päikest ja sära su päevadesse!

Very nice welcoming post! That picture from #4 Career is hopefully from that SW seminar in October 2016… I was in that audience and you were a great inspiration. Looking back at how much my life was inspired by your talk (e.g. you gave us the challenge of committing to one habit and following though. I chose running, 3 km every day, and that small habit grew into a full marathon last year), I am amazed at what the power of sharing once life & thoughts can do to some people. Keep up the great work!

Gosh, Caty, thank you SO much for writing. I greatly appreciate it. That is amazing to hear that you were in one of the SW seminars and remember that part. The picture in the blog is from a SW Fall Seminar in 2018, but I was there is 2016 too. Then we had just started with Southwestern Consulting in Europe and do I remember giving you guys the “Because I said I would…” challenge and asked to share with me how you stuck to it. Now that is exactly what you are doing and I respect you a lot for that. Success always starts with those small steps and seeing that you ran a full marathon… WOW, you should be super proud of yourself. Keep on crushing it! I am always cheering along:)

Generally I do not read post on blogs, but I would like to say that this write-up very forced me to try and do so! Your writing style has been amazed me. Thanks, very nice post.

Nii eriline inimene meie kodumaal toob väga palju uusi mõtteid juurde, see on tänuväärne! Mulle tundub, et see on südikuse-töökuse-õnneliku suhtumise ja USA touchi süü 😘
Sul on palju jagada ja et oskad seda siiralt ja tugeva positiivse energiaga suunata, muudab huvifaktori 12ks! 👐💥
Elu, mis on täielik raamatu materjal…ja see tuleks paks, või siis mitmeid. Rääkimata eneseabi ja couchingu omadest 📚😄

Hold the spirit & keep up the special work, sul on toetajaskond! 👏

Ohsa raks, Triin- nii palju nii ilusaid, innustavaid sõnu. Olen sulle siiralt tänulik!:)
Eks see USA mõju nii professionaalses kui personaalses elus on vist tõesti omajagu jälje jätnud:D

Mul raamatu kirjutamine visionboardil ja bucketlistis on, seega tõenäoliselt selle kunagi tõesti ette võtma peab:D Seniks harjutan sõnade ritta seadmist siin;)

Veelkord- kniks ja suurim tänu, et võtsid vaevaks jagada sooje mõtteid. Sulle ilusat alanud kevadet, positiivsust ja õnnestumisi:)

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