Introduce yourself! Who are you? I’m a restless and adventurous soul from Norway, living in Los Angeles. I’ve been working as a journalist for 12 years, mainly with entertainment news, but I also do freelance work.
Since I was born and grew up in the cold, but beautiful north, I’m always on the look for a new exotic place where the sun shines bright, the palm trees stand tall and the sunsets never disappoint. I feel free when I don’t own a lot of stuff, because that means I can quit whatever I’m doing and travel the world when routine life hits me too hard in the face. As it does!
I’ve lived in Australia for two years, in Los Angeles for eight years and I’ve traveled through all of Central America, a lot of South America and some of Asia, South Africa, and Europe.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Don’t do what everyone else is doing (just because it feels safe and you want to fit in) and dare to say no! I’m definitely a yes-person, but the older I get, the better I’ve gotten at saying no to things I really don’t have the time to do or even just don’t feel like doing. Time is precious. Use it wisely and spend it with people that mean something to you.
What would you say to 16-year-old you? Explore as much as you can. Both the world and spiritually – inward yourself! Travel, be curious, open your heart, don’t be afraid to love and always trust your gut feeling.
What is your greatest fear? Losing people close to me.
Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel? I have lived an unconventional lifestyle for many years and some people have probably been thinking that it’s just a phase I need to get out of my system and then I will come back home, get a “normal” job, buy an apartment and start a family. But I’m very lucky to have amazing family and friends that have always been supportive about what I’ve been doing and even encouraged me to continue because they see it makes me happy. So the biggest doubter has probably been myself. A lot of times I’ve been wondering what I’m doing with my life, but then I remind myself, I’m doing what I’m supposed to: Living it! Life is too short to play safe.
What message do you think every woman should hear? That you are good enough, smart enough and can achieve whatever you set as a goal! Believe in yourself!
What is your favorite thing about where you live? I live in Los Angeles and one of the main reasons for moving here was the beautiful weather. I’ve always been chasing, and still do, sun and summer. I love being outdoor and I’m basically just happier and feel more home in a sunny environment surrounded by palm trees and beaches. Norway is a totally beautiful country though, that I highly recommend to visit (during the summer. Haha!). But it’s just too many months with darkness and cold weather for my taste. I also love how friendly and opened minded people are here because in Norway a lot of people are very judgmental. I feel very free living in LA and even though I’ve tried to move away a few times, because I’m so far away from family and friends, I always end up missing this city so much that I move back again.
What do you love most about yourself? I love that I’ve followed my dreams and traveled the world. It’s made me more independent, fearless and confident in myself, and I often feel like my life is quite an adventure. And that’s my goal. To grow personally, evolve spiritually, experience life and feel alive. Not just exist!
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward? I work out and eat pretty healthy. But most importantly to me, I practice mindfulness and read or listen to audio books (perfect while hiking or working out) by i.e Joe Dispenza, Louise Hay, Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra and Thich Nhat Hanh.
If you weren’t doing the job you have now, what would you be doing? Traveling around as a digital nomad so I can be home with my family and friends in Norway whenever I want, be in California with my LA-family when that’s what my heart needs, and go wherever I want to whenever I want to, to explore this beautiful earth we’re living on.
Where do you find inspiration? Pretty much everywhere; people, nature, travels, conversations, books and social media.
Henriette is a Journalist, traveler and content creator living in Los Angeles. She is always on the look for new exotic places where the sun shines bright.