Fear & Fail Stockholm

Hey Lovelies!

I’ve recently joined an organization called Fear & Fail. I will be working with them to help them promote their events on social media, just like I did for TEDxIHEParis.

I would like to give them a little shout out and tell you about what they do. Fear & Fail exists in three different countries at the moment; Slovenia, Austria and Sweden. The purpose is to motivate and inspire people to face their fears and to not be scared to fail in the business world. Read more on the website here.

The 17th of August, Fear & Fail Stockholm will hold an event with focus on media. There will be two great speakers with inspiring stories on how they failed their way to success in the world of media.

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“Fatima Lagerås is the CEO/Founder of  SWIXER – a full production services company providing small to large scale production services to Swedish and international clients. Fatima has produced TV and film for the major Swedish broadcasters as well as done business overseas on behalf of clients such as: ESPN, Google, Microsoft, Bloomberg, National Geographic and Discovery Channel.”

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“Petter Lindblad is a film producer running the Swedish production company Snowcloud Films, focusing on projects for children and youth, with a special passion on animation and adventure films with CGI. Preferably technologically challenging, lean productions with high quality screen results. Petter has been a producer for over 10 years, working both in Denmark and in Sweden, with own projects as well as several international co-productions. He has produced 5 feature films. Additionally he consults and teaches animation production, and hosts a yearly animation day together with The Swedish Film Institute about animation since 2013.”

If you happen to be in Stockholm on the 17th of August, please come by Impact Hub at 6 PM for a free, inspiring event in English.

RSVP here.

Attend Facebook event here.

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One Week in July

Finally, I get some time to write about my week. It’s the last week of July and also the last week of my ‘vacation’. I’m not really on a vacation as I’m doing a little bit of work every day but from tomorrow I’ll work a lot more. July has been quite flexible and have been able to spend a lot of time with friends and my mom.

What I’ve decided to do is to be a full time freelancer for a few months before jumping on a new adventure. This will mean that I’ll work 8 hours a day, mostly from home. The positive thing is that I’ll have a lot of space to be on my own and work on my own personal development plus spend time with my family. The important thing is to schedule some activities every week. Seeing friends, have a family day out or just attend an event. I like to isolate myself sometimes but you also need to get out of the house to stay sane 😉

Ok, on to what I’ve been up to this week;

  • Monday and Tuesday were home days with work and planning for the rest of the week.
  • On Wednesday I first saw a friend I hadn’t seen in 9,5 months to catch up and have lunch at STHLM Brunch ClubIt was a very Instagramable place with an American touch and mason jars but honestly I thought it was a bit too pricey for the amount of food you got. When she had to leave, I did some work on the very popular cafe chain Espresso House. This used to be my go-to place! I sat there for almost 4 hours, working and drinking frapinos. Why I stayed for that long was because I was suppose to visit a friend close by and I had to wait for her to get home. Once there, we made a traditional tuna pasta and looked through old photos and videos from the high school years. I loved looking back at all the fun we’ve had! And how we have changed over the years.
  • Thursday was also a ‘stay home and work’-day. Plus some preparation for the next day.
  • On Friday we celebrated my mother’s birthday (it was earlier this week). I had organized some champagne and a pecan caramel pie at home before heading into town for dinner. We had dinner at TGIF, which we both love! New York strip with garlic fries… Yeez ❤ I gave her a card where she also found her birthday gift – a trip to any European city over New Years. When I asked if she had any idea of where she wanted to go, she said Paris. Looks like I’ll return to the City of Lights in December. That makes me excited! Afterwards we just hit some bars and the Friday night was so alive because of the Pride festival. Rainbows everywhere!
  • On the Saturday, I was quite tired but got up for lunch with one of my Swedish friends I met in Paris. We bought some take away, ate it on the stairs at Hötorget and watched the lovely Pride parade. It made us so happy to see. Equality for the win right!?
  • The rest of the weekend, including today, is for work, planning and visions. As I said, coming weeks will be more work per day. I’m excited though. I like working hehe 🙂

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I’ve had many realizations, ideas and other insights lately. I will tell you more about that next week. Until then, have a sweet Sunday!

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Be the Authentic You

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Are you up for a challenge? What would happen if you were true to yourself for an entire week? What if you dressed without thinking of others’ opinions, said no to events you don’t want to attend, chose pizza instead of a salad in front of your healthy friends, chose to work on your project on a Saturday night instead of partying?

I believe that when we try our best to be our authentic selfs and do what we truly want to do, we are happier individuals. When we care less about what’s cool and what’s not, we put less unnecessary pressure on ourselves.

How many times per week do you push away that voice inside of you? How many times per day? Take a moment to reflect.

It’s time to try to let go of all the pressure and commands the society puts on you. You are you. You are your soul. You have a body. You are alive. You are life. You are perfect just as you are. You can improve, but only in the way you want to.

Let go of these;

  • You have to have smart answers
  • You have to have a certain size of breasts and bottom
  • You have to have a certain length
  • You have to be interested in football if you’re a man
  • You have to love make-up if you’re a woman
  • You have to have perfect skin to be beautiful
  • You have to be like your friends
  • You have to get a real job
  • You have to live up to your parents’ expectations

Let go of these for a moment and do what you feel like doing. Who are you, authentically?

I, for instance, am a 20-year-old girl from Sweden. I think that according to the society I live in, I should be studying at university or be an employee at a company. Maybe even both. I should use Tinder and go on more or less serious dates and party almost every week. Make sure my hair is long and luscious, have minimalistic clothes and make up on fleek. I should try to get in to the most fancy and superficial clubs with my styled up friends. Make out with one or two handsome men on the dance floor. Maybe follow one of them home and then never see them again. Save up money to travel in Asia for months with my friends. I should be yoooung and freeee. Also, according to the world, I should be blond and blue-eyed with a hot body but a slightly cold heart.

This description above is of an average girl in my age from my city. And there is no wrong whatsoever. It actually sounds like a fun life. But it’s not my life.

I might be 20, but I feel more like 25. I would only want to study courses at university as I want to be build my own businesses at an early age and also learn from doing. I refuse to get Tinder as I know that it would only distract me from what truly matters to me – family, friends, personal development and career. I party only once or twice a month as the clubbing life can get too superficial for me. I prefer bars with a good ambiance. I almost never kiss a stranger unless I really really feel attracted to them. I think my friends have only seen me kiss someone who wasn’t my boyfriend once ,when we were out. Alcohol does a lot to you, and I have also been a victim of it. But still, I barely follow anyone home as it feels quite meaningless to me. I’m still young and free! I’m also far from blond and blue-eyed (as I’m half Swedish) but I still feel as Swedish as my blond friends. No one should try to take that away from me.

I choose my own path and I always have. Sometimes you feel lonely from doing that since you leave the crowd. But trust me, you’ll find your like-minded. I don’t care if people raise an eyebrow at my choices. If they think I’m too prude, emotional or romantic. It’s my responsibility to myself to follow my intuition and do what’s right for me.

In conclusion, you do you. Really do you. Don’t be afraid to show your real colors. Be proud and those who can’t handle it – let them go. You’ll find your people anyway.

Have a great Friday, beautiful!

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A Perfectly Productive Day

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My loved ones, how has your week started?

Ever since I got home, I haven’t been super productive. Maybe 50% of what I was in Paris. It’s partly because of summer since I, to a beginning, couldn’t sleep since it was so warm in the apartment. I’ve tried to flip my day back to sleeping at midnight and getting up at 8 am, but no success yet.

It made me think of how the perfect work day looks like for me. My circumstances are different now when I live with my family and I only work with my own projects. I think it would look something like this;

  • 8 AM
    • I start the day with a fresh glass of water. This helps me wake up properly and starts to remove toxins from the body.
    • Make a nutritious breakfast.
    • Review my quarterly goals and visualize them.
    • Review my weekly goals and write goals for the day.
    • Do whatever I need to do before starting work. Brushing teeth, skin care etc.
  • 9 AM
    • I quickly review what needs to be done in my 3 areas of work; Happy Careerista, my business and an event I’m involved in (more info soon!).
    • I do about 1,5 hours of Happy Careerista, 0,5 hours for the event and 5 hours of working with my clients in copy writing and social media management.
    • When I feel hungry, I have lunch and a break which is 1 hour in total
  • 5 PM
    • I am now done with work, so I make a snack and hang out with my mother for a bit.
    • The rest of the day is for other tasks I want to complete during the day. I might want to practice some French, research something for my own personal development, have a Skype call with a friend or just watch a movie with my mother.
    • During a few days of the week, I do a Pilates session of at least 3o minutes.
    • Dinner with the family.
  • 9 PM
    • During the very last hours before bed, I want to squeeze in some treatment for the body, mind and the soul without being too distracted by the internet and social media. I’d maybe like to have a quick mini-spa, read a book, write in my diary or meditate.
  • 12 PM
    • I review my daily and weekly goals again and tick off everything I have completed. I love how satisfied I feel when I’ve completed at least 80% of the to-do-list! We are all humans and we can’t predict the future. Some days we feel like crap and can’t do a thing. Some days something occurs that forces you to change up the schedule. And it’s ok! I don’t beat myself up for not achieving 100% everyday. 80% is still a super productive day!
    • I go to sleep with my phone a few meters away. I should just feel relaxed and comfortable. I should be thinking of things I’m grateful for and future events I’m excited for. Hopefully I’ll fall asleep within an hour.

Just imagine how wonderful it would be to have time for so many things in just 16 hours. That sounds like the perfect weekday. #ProductivityGoals

How would your perfectly productive day look like?

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♕ Stockholm Baby ♕

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How have my two first weeks been? Well thank you for asking! It’s been quite calm. My focus has not been to see every friend, to go out party and go wild. On the contrary. I’ve given myself some time to get used to everything again. Sweden and France are two very different countries. I’ve also allowed myself some peace from the calm surroundings of Lidingö, where I live. And then also to get back to my basic routines and plan the future ✨

Planning the future means new quarterly goals, refined long term goals, planning for the rest of this year and where to go next after Stockholm and Happy Careerista.

I have big plans for HC. I’ve always had. I’m now working on a more specific plan to make HC even better and reach out to more people. Once I’m done and happy with my plan, I’ll tell you more about what’s in the making!😍

Here’s a little list of things I’ve missed about my home country;

  • The soft bread
    • I know! France has amazing bread. I ate more baguettes than ever in my life during my time there. But when I had bought a nice bread and took several days to finish it by myself, it got so hard that I often had to throw the rest away to the birds. Eventually, I started to miss the Swedish soft loafs of bread and the flat bread from the Northern parts of the country. Mmm.
  • Speaking Swedish
    • As a linguist, I love speaking English and learning French. But after weeks of speaking English and French only, speaking Swedish can be so liberating. I can speak without making an effort to pronounce the words right or think about grammar before speaking. Sometimes, speaking your native language can be such a relief!
  • My family & friends
    • I of course missed my mother and my friends. These people know me so well, I can be myself and goofy around them and seeing some of them to catch up has been so interesting. So many of us have been out travelling and have grown as people.
  • The tap water
    • We take our tap water for granted. It’s such a simple thig. But it tastes so good here!
  • The smell and the sound of the subway
    • This is probably just me, but I love the smell and the whistling sound of the subway in Stockholm. Not to mention the space in the trains! There’s always somewhere to sit 😀
  • The Swedish summer
    • How can I explain this? It’s not tropical heat (well ok sometimes), no palm trees and sandy beaches. But there’s something about a good old Swedish summer. Cool breezes at rocky beaches, cool water, home baked cinnamon buns, strawberry juice, BBQ’s, fresh smell of nature, long sunny days… There’s a charm in sitting at the beach at 10 pm in the evening when it’s still sunny.

 

I also want to take this opportunity to say how heartbroken I am about the recent terror attacks and violence in France, Turkey and Germany. I hope with all my heart that kindness and love will one day prevail. That people of all races, religions and sexual orientations can live together in harmony. I know that a lot of people think that this has never worked and will never work. But it’s my dream.

“A soldier dies
A mother cries
The promised child shines in a baby’s eyes
All nations sing
Let’s harmonize all around the world”

– Michael Jackson

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Turn your Passion into a Business

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Do you have a passion that makes you lose track of time? Something you could spend your days doing for free because you love it so much? Well, today it’s hard to work for free since we often have rent to pay and food to put on the table. But what if I told you that it’s fully possible to turn you passion into a business which provides a sum of money to live on? It shouldn’t be a surprise to you. Just take a look at these;

Jamie Oliver – He loves cooking and turned it into his job.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – He loves playing football and turned it into his job.

Sophia Amoruso – She loves vintage clothes and turned it into her job.

Any singer – They loved music and turned it into their job!

Yes, these guys have worked hard to earn their reputation and fame, but you don’t have to become a public person to work with your passion all day. What you have to do though is to work hard. Any business takes time to build up and it takes time to build it big enough to provide you with a salary to live on.

That’s why it has to be your passion. When it’s your passion, you don’t give up as easily. You want it so bad. If you’re all fire and flames about fashion, it is more likely that you’ll keep fighting to make it your life.

Where do you start?

And it could be any passion. Drawing, sewing, gardening – anything! It’s actually easy to start. Pick a passion, learn the basics in running a business, create a business plan and have a lot of patience. But you also have to be ok with starting small unless you have access to a start capital. Starting small and letting your little project take its time is great as you’ll slowly but steady build your brand and also learn tons on the way.

A good way to start working with your passion without a lot of money is to be a freelancer. A freelancer is like an entrepreneur in many ways. You decide when you want to work and how much you want to work. It can be done on the side of your job or studies and work as an extra income. If you succeed to create a great reputation and get bigger and bigger projects, you might be able to quit your job and be a full time freelancer.

My journey as a freelancer (so far)

In February, I decided to make writing a part of my job and officially became a freelance writer, translator and social media manager. Since I truly enjoy writing, social media and languages (English, Swedish, German and French especially), I’ve been able to feel motivated even when I didn’t get many projects. Today, 5 months later, I’ve managed to get two on-going projects that I can focus on and do a good job in. I’ve also done many small projects along the way and learned a lot just during these 5 months.

Here are 3 of my top tips;

  1. Be passionate but realistic – Your service should be something you really like doing. For example, doing graphic design. It should also be something you are rather talented in doing. You might not have to be an expert in your field right away, but you have to be somewhat good. When you have something you like and good at you have to make sure it’s something people want. Once it’s a yes on all three – go for it!
  2. Don’t make promises you can’t keep – You should always under promise and over deliver rather than the other way around. Even if you believe in yourself, make sure you don’t say you can finish a job unrealistically fast or take on too many projects and make a half hearted job on them all.
  3. Be careful with payments – Unless you’re using a platform which handles your contracts, it’s super important that you are careful with trusting your clients without a contract. You might end up waiting for a payment for months or never receive it! Always have a contract and decide price and payment method in advance.

A great tool I’ve found is Invoice2Go where you can create invoices really quick and easy from wherever you are and send it once your work is done. It can even be done from your phone! They have good templates to help you great good looking invoices and also offer to create diagrams and reports for your business to keep you updated on how it’s going.

So if you absolutely love yoga and are quite talented – make it your job by becoming a freelance yoga instructor! It could be anything. Good luck with finding your passion and remember;

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