I write and speak about how to face adversity and conflict, by responding – and not reacting – to the challenges we face.

With a background in law, I have spent the past ten years as an explorer, speaker and writer inquiring into how we discover joy and peace no matter where we are and what we do and into how we most effectively face the challenges and conflicts that arise.

After receiving my Master of Laws from Aarhus University, Denmark, and Master of European Intellectual Property Law from Stockholm University I worked for seven years as a lawyer both for the Danish government and in the private sector. In 2006 I decided to quit my job as an associate with a law firm in Copenhagen, as while I had reached the goals I had set for myself, on the inside I felt unfulfilled. Instead I chose to pursue a childhood dream of riding a motorcycle and on the way find a path in life that was more true to me.

I travelled to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and took unpaid employment in a motorcycle repair shop to learn the art of motorcycle maintenance.

In Buenos Aires I bought my first motorcycle – a six years old BMW F 650 GS Dakar. After eight months in the repair shop I embarked on a 15 months solo motorcycle journey through the Americas.

While living my wildest dreams, far away from my everyday life in Denmark, it did not take long before I discovered that I was literally stuck – with myself. Despite having effectively removed myself from my usual surroundings, I found that I had the same type of problems and nagging sense of unfulfillment on my motorcycle journey as at home.

The journey I thought would “only” be a great achievement became a discovery of my inner strength and a new way of responding to challenges, adversity and conflicts. And I discovered that the joy and peace I had been looking for in the world around me was already present in every moment – no matter where I was or what I was doing.

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