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.
“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.”
“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.
Attend Facebook event here.
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 Club. It 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 🙂
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!
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