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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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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Becoming Who I Want To Be – The Beginning

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I currently live in one of the most popular and charming cities – Paris. I have lived here for over seven months and, wow, what an experience it has been! Paris will always symbolize the first part of my real adult life. This is the city where I lived alone for the first time in my life. This is the city where I came all by myself to try the life abroad, learn a new language and get out of my comfort zone. This is the city where I learned so much about myself, life and love.

This is also the city where I struggled. A few months ago, I started to feel less and less home here. I started to miss my life in Stockholm. It made me sad. Paris is lovely. Paris doesn’t deserve this. And actually, is wasn’t Paris’ fault. It was up to me to get my life back on track. I had noticed how I wasn’t 100% happy anymore. And not long ago, I felt like I hit rock bottom. It sounds dramatic. But I hit it peacefully. And I knew that this means that life will take a turn. I might struggle back and forth, but I am evolving. I am becoming who I want and need to be.

I might only be 20 years old, but for a long time, I have known my biggest dreams. I have also known the ideal me. But there have been walls around me, parts of me that were locked and a lot of baggage to work through. I am finally on the path of destroying the unnecessary walls, unlocking myself and becoming the woman I want to be. Only then, I can use my full potential, be a truly good friend, daughter and partner.

I am slowly getting happier here in Paris. But it’s a long way. In five months, I have lived here for an entire year. I will be able to say – I did it! I survived in a country where I knew 2% of the language! I will also be ready to move on to the next chapter. The next destination. Where, when and what – you’ll have to wait and see. The thought of a life there motivates me so much. When I get there I want to have come far in the journey of becoming my ideal me. So I give this journey five months.

For five months I want to work on every part of myself and evolve into my ideal self. Every month I will update you. I’ve been working on this for a little while now, so day one was May 4th.

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Areas in life I want to improve especially;

  • Myself
  • My lifestyle
  • Career
  • Social life
  • Family

What I have done so far;

  • I have written down in detail who the ideal me is physically, mentally and spiritually
  • I have written down what habits the ideal me has
  • I have updated my short term and long term vision
  • I have weekly goals that involves working on myself
  • I have clear shedule for work, friends me-time every week
  • I have noted how I feel every day since May 9th

Next month I want to have;

  • Improved some of my habits, at least one should be consistent
  • See a change in myself, physically, mentally and spiritually
  • Improved in achieving my weekly goals
  • Improved my time management
  • Improved my social life
  • Gotten closer to my career goals
  • Feel happier than I did this month – wake up with happiness, gratitude and love in me

Why do I take five months? It’s a long time, right? Because sometimes you have to give yourself time. Let your transition take its time. Five months compared to the rest of my life is nothing. I don’t care if I don’t have the perfect body at the moment or the perfect diet – as long as I work myself there with baby steps. As long as I’m there one day. I want these habits to be deeply rooted in me and using the compound effect is a good method for that.

Why do I share this with you? Because I want to be a more open person. I want to share my story, both the good and the less good, the easy and the difficult. If you have a similar story or something to share, I would love to hear. In the mean time…

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Appreciate and Respect the Small Things

 

We often have high expectations on everything; ourselves, our job, our kids, our partners. Please, take a break and appreciate the small but meaningful things in your life. Let us take a look at two perspectives; love and work.

Love

Appreciation, respect and display of affection are some of the key things in a relationship to me. Maybe I’m not the best at this myself, but I strive to always appreciate, respect and show affection to my partner. This also meaning, appreciating the small but meaningful things they do for me. Does your partner often cook you dinner? Does he or she make sure you never go hungry? Do they randomly caress you during the day? Do they drive a long way to see you for a couple hours? Do they offer you help with every day chores? Do they send you a message to remind you that you’re in their thoughts? Appreciate that! What keeps you together will in the end this, and not expensive gifts and dinners out.

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Work

At work it’s more about respecting the small but meaningful things. I have myself taken these details for granted sometimes and that’s why I recommend you not to. An employer loves an employee who respects being on time, being prepared, looking proper, being polite, being willing to co-operate, double checking, giving constructive critique and simply  firing off a smile now and then. It doesn’t always help to be ultra talented but to always be late, coming to the office in your PJ’s and being rude.

Maybe you know this already, or maybe you needed this reminder. Why not tell someone today that you appreciate the small but meaningful things they do for you?

 

 

The Future of Happy Careerista

Good morning!

Welcome to a new week of love and light! Before launching into a new week with new posts, I would like to give you an update and quick review of last week;

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I’m starting to have a clearer vision of what Happy Careerista will develop into. I have many design improvements in my head and I would like to present them here in case you have some feedback. I would like to keep the blog quite clean, but still make it more alive. Here are a few things I would like to add;

  • Categories at the top menu so that the reader doesn’t have to scroll all the way down
  • Do previews of the posts with a “read more” option so it’s easier to read what you want to read.
  • I want to add a vibe to the blog that makes you feel an instant spiritual feeling but still keep it “businessy”. While I keep figuring out how to achieve this, please let me know if you have any suggestions!

For now, the content has to speak for itself, but I can’t wait until the blog feels more complete!

The blog is moving forward with more readers, likes and comments! If you are a reader that comes back regularly, please leave a comment on where you’re from and why you like reading my blog. It would be lovely to know more about you 🙂 My freelance business is also slowly moving forward with new potential clients and I hope to do a lot of work this week.

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While my work flow stays strong, my routines have been very off. For some reason I’ve had a hard time to get up early which have led to my work days to start much later in the day. And since I’ve woken up so late, I have skipped many parts of my morning routine to have time for all the other tasks I have to do. This has made me think of what food gives best energy. I can’t rely on coffee only! I will do some research, and if it works for me, I’ll let you know.

This week I’ve also realized many of my imperfections and how it might effect my own happiness. I’m also facing a few challenges but I know I’m strong enough to pull it off and I believe that whatever happens is meant to happen. I will share my lessons with you.

May your week be a joyful one ❤

 

 

How I Found My Niche

Saturday story time. For many years I’ve known what I wanted to be when I grew up; an entrepreneur. But the job ‘entrepreneur’ can mean a million things. It gets even better – I’m also interested in a million fields and areas. Now a days, we’re also told that the more niched you are, the better. That it’s easier to succeed if you pick an area, become an expert in this area and build your business on this expertise. But how the heck does a person with so many business dreams, find their niche?

It has taken years for me. I started sharing my passion for business through Instagram at the age of 17 (three years ago!) while I was still in school. I didn’t have plans on starting anything at that point, but the older I got the more serious I got about my own ideas. I started something, shared it on social media and changed my mind. I got a lot of comments about being fake, having fake businesses and so on. I guess I made the mistake to share too much about working on something and not revealing it which got peoples’ expectations up. But it’s also important to know that before you judge someone, keep in mind that they probably don’t portray their whole life on social media, that it’s ok to change one’s mind and that the entrepreneurial journey is not straight.

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It’s not until now that I’ve found my field to start my entrepreneurial career with. I used to have three to four projects that I wanted to work on besides my regular job. If you have ever started a business, I’m pretty sure that you agree that just ONE project requires a lot of your time. Finally I understand that I have to narrow down my projects to maximum two, to work persistently, consistently and to believe in my vision for them 100%. I have to really really love what I do and also adjust it to my current life situation. So I found out that I want to work with writing, something I’ve loved for as long as I can remember.

How did I come to this conclusion? Funny thing is, I found my niche, my deep belief and consistent work flow during my social media break. For almost a month now, I have solely focused on writing this blog and working. No pressure to post good pictures on Instagram that receives a good amount of likes, no reading unnecessary articles on Facebook about three traits in your partner that will doom your relationship, no major distractions. During this period I’ve improved my content, gotten crazy opportunities through focusing on the right things, started getting clients to my freelance business, found a better connection to my own soul and found what I have to improve in my personality. It’s been a very healthy month and I recommend the person who doesn’t know where to start to;

  • Take a month break from things that distracts you, like social media
  • Spend time alone to hear your thoughts and intuition clearly
  • When you know there’s something you love doing, dedicate yourself to this thing only
  • Work a little every day and appreciate every little success
  • A clear vision, belief in yourself and your idea and persistent hard work will get you there
  • Feed your mind with healthy things like educational articles and videos
  • Surround yourself with the right people
  • Keep doing these things and it will compound!

I’m still interested in a million things, but starting with writing is a perfect start. When I’ve reached the success I want with this, I might start something in a completely different field. Richard Branson started with a record label. Now, look at all the areas he’s covering with Virgin!

Good luck wish finding your niche. If you already have, please share one of your secret in the comments below. It might help someone find theirs! 🙂