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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♕ 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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À Bientôt, Paris! ♡

 

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The end of a chapter and the beginning of another.

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My last week in Paris has come to an end. Tomorrow is the day I fly home after nine whole months here. Three quarters of a year. Even if it’s not that long, it feels like I’ve done, seen and experienced so much.

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When I came here, I instantly felt home. Maybe it was because I had spent 10 months planning and visualizing it. But really, I felt completely comfortable here. I tried to eat more Nutella in the morning á la France, drink more wine á la France, say “putain!” á la France. I didn’t feel homesick. Maybe because I kept some Swedishness in my life as well.

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Paris will always mean so much to me. It will be a special symbol for me. Not only a symbol of love, light and fashion. But a symbol of my first big adventure. The start of my adulthood. I will one day think back to the curious and passionate 19-year-old I once was and how I used to walk these streets. Or should I say “rues”?

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Even if I have to leave Paris now, it’s not goodbye forever. I’m very open to come back one day soon. I need to be in Stockholm for the rest of the year. Then I need a new city. But Paris, will always be one of my homes.

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Standing here packing everything, I realize how tough I actually am. I feel myself cheering for me. Once upon a time I worked almost 6 days a week, skipped having a free summer, packed almost everything I own and came here. I lived, I loved and went through hardships. I got closer to myself and made the right decision for my own sake. And now I am packing to get ready to take a flight home. I know what I have to do. Going home is not taking a step back. But a gigantic step forward. Why – I will tell you one day.

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I want to take this opportunity to thank all the people I’ve met here. French, Swedes, Australians, Brits, Irish, Tunisians, Russians, Austrians, Americans, Polish and so many more interesting nationalities. Thank you for teaching me so much about your home countries and cultures, especially you French. Thank you to the people who took care of me with pep talk, food and company when I needed it the most. I’ve made so many new friends and tied bonds between not only Sweden and France but between Sweden and everywhere! You know who you are. Let’s keep follow each other’s unique journeys and see each other again soon.

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This experience has made me even more excited about moving to other countries. This is just the beginning of an endless love story with life.


Gypsy Life ♡

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I am a lover of my home country, Sweden. I love my city, Stockholm. This will always be my true home. But I’m also an exploring soul. I want to not only travel, but to move around a lot in my twenties. When I was 19 and was planning my little adventure Paris, I also thought of other places I wanted to live in. I thought; “why not spend the next few years moving around to countries I want to try the life in?”. I still agree on that idea. My life in Paris is coming to an end and I’ll move home to Stockholm. But only for a few months. Then I want to continue to the UK. And then…

Los Angeles, New York, Australia, Germany, The Netherlands and maybe even Japan and Singapore. Without chronological order.

I identify so much with Lady Gaga’s song “Gypsy”. I want to move around, explore cultures and traditions, learn languages, connect with people all over the world. I’ve always been a curious person and a sucker for experiences. Right now I’m free. Right now I’m alone. I don’t want to be alone forever, but I can be right now. I can travel around by myself until I find someone who wants to come along. I want to move around until I choose to settle down somewhere in the world to build a family.

I’ve always felt like my path was unlike many others’. I don’t want to be locked in a university for 3-5 years. I want life to be my university. Does anyone feel me?

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Get To Know Me – Part 1

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Dear readers, who’s behind these posts can sometimes be unclear. I don’t take many selfies and I don’t share too much personal information. I got the idea of answering get to know me-questions and found a list of a 100 questions (!). I’ll split it up into 4 parts. After a hundred questions you should have a pretty idea of what I’m like 😉

Who is your hero?

I have a few, but let’s stick to my mother who brought me up to a good girl, all by herself.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

I want to live in Germany, the UK, the US and Australia. But if I had to pick one place for the rest of my life, I would say Sweden or France for now.

What is your biggest fear?

To lose someone I love.

What is your favorite family vacation?

London!

What would you change about yourself if you could?

I would like to say I like the way I am. But I know I’m not perfect. I would like to be able to open up more easily, at least to the people who deserve it.

What really makes you angry?

False people, infidelity and injustice.

What motivates you to work hard?

My childhood, my critics and my partner.

What is your favorite thing about your career?

That it’s moving closer and closer towards my dream of being a full time entrepreneur!

What is your biggest complaint about your job?

That some of it I have to do mostly because I have to and not because I want to. (Living alone in Paris is expensive!)

What is your proudest accomplishment?

That I saved up and moved to France all by myself at the age of 19.

What is your child’s proudest accomplishment?

Don’t have any children and won’t have until a few years! 😉

What is your favorite book to read?

I don’t usually re-read books, but the first two to pop up in my head is ‘Drömliv’ in Swedish and ‘The Compound Effect’.

What makes you laugh the most?

My weird friends and my very special partner. And sometimes viral videos.

What was the last movie you went to? What did you think?

I saw The Grimsby Brothers and it was of course hilarious. I mean, it’s Sasha Cohen Baron!

What did you want to be when you were small?

I’ve had so many dream jobs. Up until now; artist, hair dresser, pop star, fashion designer, popstar again, marketing manager and finally from the age of 16 until now, entrepreneur.

What does your child want to be when he/she grows up?

Still don’t have children. But whatever they want to do, they can! (Unless it’s illegal)

If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be?

Hm… Maybe take the train to London and enjoy the English spring?

What is your favorite game or sport to watch and play?

Anything that involves dancing. That’s the only “sport” I want to do!

Would you rather ride a bike, ride a horse, or drive a car?

I’m sorry, but drive a car. I love them all, but I especially love cars and the speed they come up in.

What would you sing at Karaoke night?

ABBA together with some fellow Swedes and be totally embarrassing!

What two radio stations do you listen to in the car the most?

I don’t ride in a car much and I don’t listen to the radio either, but when I do, currently it’s FUN/FG in France or RIX fm/Mix Megapol in Sweden.

Which would you rather do: wash dishes, mow the lawn, clean the bathroom, or vacuum the house?

Vacuum the house, quick and easy!

If you could hire someone to help you, would it be with cleaning, cooking, or yard work?

Cleaning. The rest is pretty fun.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Another hard one.. Something Italian like pasta bolognese or Lasagna.

Who is your favorite author?

I don’t have one, but I used to love Meg Cabot, Jacqueline Wilson and Katarina Von Bredow. I used to looove romantic teenage novels.

To be continued in Part 2!

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