I was born in Helsinki and we moved to Sweden when I was 5. I went to school in Texas and I globetrotted myself from 14. I’ve been everywhere and nowhere. I raised my kids in Sweden while they were young, then we started globe -trotting as a whole family about 5 years ago. We sold everything and have been on a soul journey ever since, living to love the road, finding happiness in the little things and enjoying the moments and people around us.
I came to the Sahara for the first time almost three years ago, I had been called to come for a long time and been given all kinds of signs. After being in the desert for 5 days, I knew I had come home, I found my soil, but also my soul.
I then came back to the Sahara with the wisest person I knew at the time; my eleven-year-old son. We came back on a mission with two Nomads and decided to do a project for ‘good’ and to figure out ourselves what ‘good’ we would be doing. We decided on adding a solar panel and strengthening an existing well. We did this to learn how to work with the Nomads, the original people of the Sahara, and how to give something back. Since then the panel has been repaired and doubled its capacity so now we can feed the Sahara with 8000 litres of water automatically every hour. Water is life. This is the best thing I have ever done, it’s my pride and joy in life. My knowledge, persistence and happy attitude were part of the ingredients to make this happen but really, we did this with the wisdom of my son, with all his questions, his wonders, his reflections. We trekked for 8 days with camels to go back to the well the following year and I told him ‘even if you do nothing with the rest of your life, you have done good right here’.
The Sahara has asked me to do all the amazing things I do with the women and the children with the foundation. I am a woman who has followed her dreams, that is who I am. I’m a Capricorn, I’m a vibrant ambitious woman with 900 ideas. I go at a pace where the world normally tells me ‘slow down’, they don’t understand I just wake up with an energy level that’s high; my low is most people’s 90% I had to be in an environment where nobody is stopping me all the time. But the moment I walked into the Sahara, I was silenced. I was silenced by an inner peace that I have never experience before. The Sahara silenced me. I realised how much I needed the silence. When I put my hands on the sand I felt connected to everything that ever was me and everything that was humanity in the purest form. I felt connected and finally my head could lay down and just rest to charge my batteries.
Since then it’s been more than magical; as a mother, as a woman, as a humanitarian, on every level I can say ‘namaste’. I’m exactly where I need to be, and I wish that people could just hold my hands for ten seconds and feel the happiness that I carry within me now. And that’s amazing. I have found peace.
To learn more about Victorias work, please visit her website-https://www.vilostradafoundation.org