Friday, December 17, 2010

New Partnership

I am the new Export Agent for Amelia Ursache! How did this happen?



I met Amelia at our Export event hosted by our class. She offered me an internship on the spot because she wanted someone to help her enter into the American market (no small feat let me assure you). Unfortunately, I had already found an exciting project to work with. I didn't want to miss out on the opportunity to work with my mentor on that project. But I took her business card. In the meantime, life went on. I had to study for my export exam, then we had cross cultural communications, then I took international business law and finally three months later..I was able to return to the surface and breathe.

I decided to offer my services part-time because I thought Amelia wanted some type of market research report but oh no she was looking for a business partner. Our meeting in Stureplan was wonderful and resulted in my being involved in a project that still seems unreal.

Am I nervous? I have worked really hard in the past for others and finally I get a chance to work for something more than experience, now I will start to reap the benefits of the effort I put in. Now I get to put into practice everything I have learned, mixed with my love for creative expression.

Merry Christmas Everyone!! Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I love living in Stockholm. Recently we were the victims for a terrorist attack in the city's center. The overall feeling is one of disbelief, that something like that could happen in Sweden. I share that feeling as well. As if the images on the news are taken from a scene from a movie and not real life.

I don't know if I find it less shocking because of my experience of September 11th in New York. Listening to the news reports on the radio and being bombarded with images of the Twin Towers collapse over and over again left me feeling a bit numb. Although I was not living in New York at the time, I felt a connection and a fear that I had never known.

I will not avoid going into the center of Stockholm, taking the subway or living my life. I will not suspect people of being terrorist because they look a certain way. I can't allow that to happen. It doesn't mean that the seeds of uncertainty have not been planted because they have but I will not be controlled by hate which is a manifestation of fear.



Enjoy this Video taken from Visit Sweden's channel on YouTube!

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Considerations

Since starting my new internship, I have been considering either writing a journal to get my thoughts about work and life out of my head so I can think clearly or starting a private blog. I really love the fact that I am regularly posting messages. I have been relatively consistent and I fear losing contact with my readers. This blog has become a way for me address my fears of self expression. I have wanted to feel like I belong to something so long that I almost lost those things that make me special. This blog has been a way for me to say what I want and realize that no one is going to make big deal about it. In fact, I realize that some people actually think that what I have to say is important or funny or interesting. I have been worried about the wrong things. I value my opinions!! Good night readers.. Early day tomorrow, we start 8.30
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