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Advent Calendar – December 21, 2019

Advent Calendar – December 21, 2019

December 21, 2019
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The magic of this place!
Kenya. Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge, inside Tsavo West National Park.
At sunset, with the view of the lit water hole.
As we stood there, birds came to drink, varying kinds of antelope, big and small animals of all kinds… and then, all of a sudden, an elephant.

It seemed so surreal.
Sure, I’d seen elephants earlier in the day, and yet.
Here, right in front of our noses, an elephant coming to have an evening drink, as we were doing the same, getting ready for dinner.

I FaceTimed my children back home in Sweden but they had a fairly lackadaisical attitude to it all. Desperate to share this with someone back home, I called my wives of sorts (yes, that’s what we call ourselves! There’s four of us and we’ve been a tightknit band ever since the days of the Twitter-born movement #skolvåren – which translates into school-spring – in 2013). And, as always, I knew I could trust them to match my wondrous state of mind, at witnessing this grandeur.

What a journey this trip turned out to be.
A journey of insights and new knowledge.
Greater understanding as well as gratitude towards life.
Friendships and new bonds formed with my fellow travel companions as well as our gracious hosts.
Laughter and singing and the occasional tear.
Erosion-stricken semi-arid lands, wildlife in the national park, a few hours of absolute relaxation at the splendid beaches of Malindi.
The plantations. The partner farmers.
The schools and microfinance banks.

A journey that is the result of a number of decisions made, starting with me buying my first trees in November of 2015.
Becoming an ambassador a year later.
Not really doing anything until yet another year had passed.
And then, slowly, getting more and more into it, simply because there’s so much about this that attracts me.

The path I’ve taken doesn’t have to be the path for everyone though. You can easily put aside a bit of your savings to buy trees – as a one-time-gig or monthly – and not think more of it than you do with your other forms of savings. But sitting here, getting to revisit Kenya again, thanks to this advent calendar, I am very happy that I did take on a more active engagement because this is not a trip that will ever be forgotten!


Advent Calendar for 2019: sharing pictures and stories/reflections from my trip to Kenya in June. I went to visit “my trees” and get a hands-on experience of the social entrepreneurship of the Kenyan forestry company that I buy trees through.

Full disclosure: I am proud to say I am both a customer and an ambassador for the company. If you are curious to find out more, let me know and I’ll gladly get in touch with you! Here’s my sponsored link: https://betterglobe.com/27216 

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Advent Calendar – December 2, 2019

December 2, 2019
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A beautiful sunset view of part of the Kiambere plantation, Kenya, taken by a drone. June, 2019.

This is the main reason why I went to Kenya. I started to save money through buying trees in November of 2015, and have continued doing so on a monthly basis ever since. When I found out I could place my savings in trees, I finally found what I’d been looking for, ever since moving away from home in the early 90s: An ethical, sustainable and longterm way to save my money.

Did you know that our shared savings have a greater impact on our climate and the environment than all the car driving in the world? I only found out in 2018, and it shocked me. But then I started to think more about it and realized that it makes a lot of sense. In many ways, the way my savings support various companies (either directly through owning stocks and funds, or though my savings account at the bank, which they, in turn, lend to companies) is quite neutral. Or anonymous perhaps is a better way to describe it? I mean, I am not an active shareholder, and even though I’ve tried to invest in “ethical funds” I am far from certain my money does good.

Until now that is. The money I use to buy trees for me, my company, my children and bonus-grandchildren, do good. Without a doubt. It comes at a risk, of course, but then again the possible return is higher than normal as well. And, on November 28th of 2019 I got my first payback from the trees purchased in 2015, so there’s no doubt in my mind that this is a savings scheme that works the way it promises.


Advent Calendar for 2019: sharing pictures and stories/reflections from my trip to Kenya in June. I went to visit “my trees” and get a hands-on experience of the social entrepreneurship of the Kenyan forestry company that I buy trees through.

Full disclosure: I am proud to say I am both a customer and an ambassador for the company. If you are curious to find out more, let me know and I’ll gladly get in touch with you! Here’s my sponsored link: https://betterglobe.com/27216 

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