Mia Mattsson Mercer

Children and Animal Warrior

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Grieving in Different Kind of Shapes

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Grieving in different kind of shapes. (part 1)

Many of us carry around some kind of grief from different experiences in life. Maybe from childhood, loosing a friend, family-member, or a pet. Grieving can also give us a feeling of not being seen or heard, a deep inner sadness. At school or working-places being bullied, verbally or physically. But it can also be in a sport-club were you are supposed to be included as a team-player but are not being accepten.

Grieving can damage our confidence.

Grieving is ‘normal’ and it’s good to feel the emotion, however, it is important to recognise it, identify and slowly work it through. The importance is to find your inner sparkle again. Maybe your lost motivation.

Working with Animals for the last 25 years has shown me an amazing results of helping humans out of their sadness. Dogs and Cats have during a long time been fantastic companions–many of us knows that. We talk to them, they make us go out (also up from bed) and when we hug and pet them, our body reacts with love.

Horses has been an amazing journey to work together with. They do not judge us, or say things that can make us feel worse. (no eye-rolling there!)

Julia is one of our rescue horses. She can be extremely calm, and got a great amount of patience (if food is not near by) She herself recovered from a depression two years ago.

A ‘Mother’ was going through a bitter divorce, not only with emotionally battles, but also with financially difficulties. The only thing ‘Mother’ wanted to do after a long time of abuse was to have a quiet ‘normal’ life. But she was surprise to find out she was carrying around with a lot of grief, under all the layers of other emotions. Grief was one of the emotions she never thought she would feel–in her mind she should feel happy to be “free” not sad. When we looked a little closer inside of her mind, we found out she didn’t grieve the marriage, she was grieving the lost of her ‘dream’ from having a family. When she mentioned this to some of her friends, they looked at her saying, “Thats not normal! “

But it is ‘normal’ to grieve a dream which you invested hard work in, love and maybe children. When ‘Mother’ heard that, she wrote her grief down in a Journal to put words on what she felt. She had heard about Julia, therapy horse via her psychologist (and contacted me). ‘Mother’ couldn’t afford her own horse, and her daughter was madly in love with horses.

Thanks to sponsors can we give others a ‘stress relive emotional day’ together with the horses. The first thing ‘Mother’ said when she arrived, “I noticed I am breathing slower right now!” ‘Mother’ and her Daughter got Julias cleaning box and started to brush her. Small giggles could be heard from them while brushing her. They took a walk through the forrest in silence, only accepting the moment they had together. Nothing else could be done right then.

Twice a week, on their special days, are ‘Mother’ and ‘Daughter’ coming to the stable to have a couple of hours together with Julia. ‘Mother’ feels more relaxed and have accepted that her former dream she actually can re-change into a new dream.A new beginning for both her and her daughter.

I call it, mentally detoxing.

This happened a couple of months ago, and ‘Mother’ is slowly getting her emotions under ‘control and acceptance’. With different contacts were we able to get a horse for free for them–there are many ‘older’ horses out there that needs/wants a new home. And they are all for free.

They are not sick–many times are they former professional horses that goes into retirement. We call it– ‘Thank You for Your Service Retirement Stable’

That’s Amore!

The Weight on a Child’s Shoulder

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A child’s shoulder were not built to bear the weight of their parents choices.

You cannot change what you don’t know, however, when you do know, you have a choice. It’s painful, maybe shameful, frightening, feeling alone and scared.

But you can do it! Get professional help, and do not be afraid of trying different ways. As long as your intuition, and feeling empowered grows, you will grow towards healing.

It will take time.

“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” — John C. Maxwell–

That’s Amore!

Bella Napoli Chaos

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Flying into Bell a Napoli wasn’t easy to start with today. Snow chaos big time!

Someone at the airport told me they hadn’t had snow in Napoli since 1950 something.

We got delayed in Stuttgart for several hours. It was kind of ok since I could sit and work. Looking at all the people thinking, ” you got all your story to tell!”

Finally late afternoon I landed and the sun was shining and all snow gone! Like it never happened. Strange!

My view from my balcony, stunning! I forgot Napoli how much I love you!

That’s Amore!

Bring Italy to you!

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To be a mother and working a lot from home, having many animals around you, There is nothing more fantastic then to stay at a hotel and have other s take care of you.Look at the breakfast! The best room ever for my son. The manager at V8 was (is) amazing arranging a fantastic room for him. This hotel got everything for everyone!

Amazing car museum, and totally awesome Italian restaurant. The whole crew “Tony’s” were top five stars. Food tasting like homemade from the best Italian Mom!

You hardworking moms, should do this to yourself ones in a while. With or without your children, it’s totally up to you. You do your glamour thing for your heart and mind, however, it’s nice to share it with someone else too.

I love to eat together with my son (Olivia was at a school dance) He enjoys food and to have conversations together with him, is fun and inspiring.

Afterwards, we picked Olivia up outside the school dance, and went back to the hotel. We then visit the bar connected to the restaurant drinking cola and eating divine dolce.

This is a five star bar, no drunks or smokers– there is a cigar room– if you wanted to enjoy a tasteful cigar.

Amazing Glamour Time for Mom and her Kids!

That’s Amore!

Hästens SkyddsÄngel visade mig vägen

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Foto Per Johansson.

Krönika Tidningen Nära 

”Vem är det som är ansvarig för den gula hästen som står på baksidan?”, ropade jag till människorna som stod ute på stallplanet. Barnen och jag befann oss åter igen nere i södra Italien för att arbeta med de hemlösa hundarna.

Vi hälsade på ridskolan som vi känt till sedan vi bodde där nere 2008. Plötsligt strömmande en slags stöt av sorg emot mig. Det kändes som att någon drog mig till där känslan befann sig. Jag gick runt stallbyggnaden och såg att det fanns flera hästboxar där. Ett svagt vibrerande ljus lyste vid en liten öppning. ”Hallå, är du ok?”, viskade jag. Den stora gula hästen vände sig om. Han grät! En stark trötthet strålade mot mig.
”Jag lovar att hjälpa dig!”

Genast var det som om jag stod utanför mig själv och såg på medan ljuset agerade. Ut ur min mun flög orden; ”Jag köper hästen!”

Mina barn tjoade glatt, men jag insåg att jag inte kunde få in hästen i bilens baksäte. Vad hade jag gjort? Och barnens pappa hade sagt åt mig innan vi lämnade hemmet att jag inte fick komma hem med flera hundar; ”Vi har redan tio stycken!”. Jag drog upp min telefon och ringde till vänner. Transportfirman, sponsorer och stallplats blev ordnat på tio minuter. Det var magiskt.

Mias dotter Olivia tillsammans med Oregon precis innan avfärd. Foto: Privat

Oregon är en 26 år gammal ridskolehäst som både barn och vuxna älskade att rida runt på för han var så snäll. Marina som tar hand om ridskolan han bodde på blev först lite tveksam. Inte över att Oregon fick komma till mig, utan för den långa resan vi stod inför och kylan som var uppe i Tyskland. Jag förstod att det var svårt för Oregon att säga adjö till en själ som befunnit sig där i flera år. Jag berättade för honom om hur hans nya liv skulle se ut, med gräs, utomhushagar, skogsområde och veterinärteamet som väntade på att ge honom den bästa behandling med värdighet.

Under hela resan upp till Tyskland kommunicerade jag med Oregon. Om hur hans kropp kändes, vad ville han? Varje gång pulserade ett sken runt omkring honom.

Många av mina vänner blev engagerade i Oregon. Den amerikanska kyrkan bad för honom i sin församling. Han blev en kärlekssymbol.

Nu befinner han sig i södra Tyskland på vårt nyöppnade seniorhem för hästar. Han lyssnar till namnet Miracle och gnäggar svagt god morgon när jag kommer. Fortfarande pulserar det ett ljus omkring honom men nu utan tårar. En dag kände jag hur det vibrerade i min jacka. Jag tog upp telefonen.
“Mia, vi har två seniorhästar till om du vill?” hörde jag Marina säga.
”Gör dem klara, vi kommer igen!”

De själsliga blåmärkena är större på insidan än utsidan, men ingen ser märkena på insidan. Djur bär ofta på dubbel smärta då de både får hårda tillrättaviselser och smärtsamma ord. Det skadar dem emotionellt. De har samma själ som er och är lika stora verktyg till denna planet som ni befinner er på. Men glädjen att se hur ni vågar stå upp för djuren och säga nej får vibrationerna på jorden att vibrera till en högre kärlek och sinnesro. Det pulserande ljuset varar då för evigt.

 

Tips på hur du själv kan göra i en likande situation:
1. Lita alltid på din magkänsla och agera snabbt innan tvivlet tar över din känsla.

2. Agera! Din målmedvetenhet smittar av sig. Det finns många som vill hjälpa men vet inte hur och var de ska börja.

3. Ta kontakt med olika människor för råd och hjälp.

4. Vänlighet och respekt. Alla älskar vi på olika sätt och med att visa andra människor en annorlunda vänlighet kan vi inspirera varandra. Fördöm inte någon, även om du tycker eller känner annorlunda. En aggressivitet kan förstöra för andra djur.

5. Kanske vill några personer försätta tvivel inom dig. Ta deras tvivel och skriv ned dem och svara. Bli inte irriterad. Du behöver inte försvara din passion men av andras tvivel kan du bli bättre i ditt arbete.

6. Se de som tvivlar som ”dina elever”. De finns för att att inspirera dig, inte tillrättavisa. Försök inte att förändra dem med ord utan med ditt agerande.

That’s Amore!
Mia Mattsson-Mercer
http://www.animalswithoutlimitscom.wordpress.com (tillfällig adress)

 

Mission Together

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Since my children were born they have together with me gone on different missions.
When Olivia was only 3 months old, she and I went to a children hospital with 30 teddy bears!
When Max was 4 months old he went together with me and Olivia to an Italian Orphan home with donations.

Last Wednesday, we went on a new mission, I don't know how many hundreds missions we have been on already. I find it very important to involve my children, not only is it wonderful to be a rescue team. But it's also very nourishing for our souls.

To meet other people, children and animals that need some kind of help. Meeting others that are working with any kind of rescuing. And to see different environments, to understand that we all live differently.

I am incredibly proud over both my children, Max and Olivia!

They are in charge of two puppies traveling from Italy up to our home in Germany. And this Thursday are their new family from Sweden driving down to pick up the puppies for adoption!

That's Amore!

Ps. After a mission we always make something fun together. Like taking a wonderful dip in the pool.

Amazing Passionate People Got the Best Teaching Skills

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Relationships of Inspirations  

Our new friend Sue brought us to Bowling Green State University to meet other passionate students. We got to see the Marine Biology Lab and meet spoiled Princess in the picture below.

In the Reptile rooms we learned a lot about these fantastic charming reptiles. We never wanted to leave.

Charming coming up to say hello

The are amazing beautiful. Glad I couldnt bring them with me to Germany. Would take them all. Every one has its own personality.

His son, only one day old. Amazing.

Student William, taught me more about reptiles. He is such a humble person and showed us plenty of patient when we all asked him question (and mostly at the same time)

I know I say that about every one I meet. However, this little guy was (is) my favorite. Petting him was like strocking velvet. He jumped right up to my scarfs to check out who the biggest lizard was.

Big fear, I admit and I dont like it. But I admired her from distans. My daughter though petted and fell completly in love with Odot! She was found in a plastic box on the highway. Kind people brought her to the Herpetarium.

Lovely Samantha kind and gentle with every reptile, including us.

Bearded Dragons

A fabulous day together with passionate students at the Reptile Herpetarium/Marine Biology. We learned so much from you all. Thank you!

Traveling in Different Time Zones 

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Flying from Germany yesterday, into Detroit, Michigan went well. Kids and me made it easy to travel with only one hand luggage. We are only staying for a couple of days. I am not the most patient person to stay and wait for my luggage. I like to get off the plane and leave directly! The jet leg kicked in and I woke up 02.30 this morning. At 04.09 I went to the gym. No people, how strange !

At 05.30 thank Above Starbucks opened. I was their first customer!

They beauty is though, that I could sit in the quietness and write, while listening to the children’s deep sleeping. It was meditating wonderful start.

However, not at 09.00 when everybody wakes up, I am ready to go back to bed 🙂

That’s Amore!

Prayers

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prayers

I have been praying since I was a little girl.

I believe we all pray. Some more often than others.

Growing up in a “non-religion” home I taught myself how to speak to God, or Universe (or the same) When I was in third grade, I went with my school friend and her family to a Katholic Church in Sweden. It was so beautiful. I wanted to become a Katholic.

When my family went skiing in Austria, I had as an tradition that every last ski day I went to the Katholic church instead of skiing (as much as possible the last day.) My father went “crazy” and thought that was nonsens, and waste of money. But, for me, it was magic, lightning a candle, sitting in the wooden bench and look at all the fantastic Angels, Jesus and gold ornaments. I prayed.

Still today, when visiting different European cities (towns) the church is a must for me, and my young children enjoys it too.

I love feeling connected via prayers and meditations.

I read somewhere and it goes something like this;

When you pray you speak to God,

and when you meditate, God speaks to you.

That’s Amore!

 

Food to the Shelter 

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Food were being delivered to our friends down in  Italy yesterday.

We have known Rossella, and all the hard work she has done since 2009 (when we first met) Rossella has been working day and night to help animals in need for over 30 years.

Cannot wait to go down and see her again and all fury friends.

 

Please contiune helping us helping all the beautfiul souls that doesn’t have a home jet.

Make a donation to our PayPal
Donations@animalswithoutlimits.com
or ask after our Navy Federal Bank account number.
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That’s Amore!