Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Graduation Day!
   Hello Readers!! I am happy to report that the business plan that I have been working on for so long has been approved by my professor and graduation is official! I have been on a long journey with my studies. There have been so many times when I did not know if I would continue on or not. The administration at my school has on more than one occasion encouraged me to face my challenges head on and I am eternally grateful to them for that. Graduation will be on June 10th and I will get my diploma and the official title of International Sales Representative and Marketer.

The only downside to graduation is that I will miss the graduation ceremony for my 6 year old who will be starting first grade next year. I will be able to make it for the first 30 minutes but then I will have to bolt to the door in order to make it to my own ceremony. It will be a big day for the both of us! I told her that I wouldn't be able to stay for her entire ceremony and she told me that she knows that I am proud of her. I consider that to be quite an achievement as well.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

a ps..from my previous post

I forgot to mention this funny little story. During my most recent visit to NyföretagarCentrum I met with an adviser to get marketing tips about my company. Anyway, I was excited and started talking really fast and I guess my American accent came out. All of sudden he started laughing and asked me to repeat what I had just said. I asked, what's wrong? He said, "oh nothing you just sound like that little sheep from the commercials".this is Frank, that little sheep from the commercials.

Happy Saturday!



Catching up!

Hi Everyone!

It feels like it has been forever since I have posted anything. There has been so much going on lately and now that I have a moment I can share some of the highlights. As most of you know I am writing my business plan for my company, which I have been stressing out about for the last month or so. I decided to use my final internship period to start a company because I wanted to utilize my time in school and learn about what it means to write a business plan, including financial forecasting, networking and planning. I have learned a tremendous amount and I have grown from the experience. I have benefited from this time learning at my own pace what it takes to start a company in Sweden. I have also made some really interesting connections which I will write more about later on but there are big plans for the summer and next Fall so I will keep you posted on the developments.
  • Business plan/Thesis will be complete and turned in next Wednesday. 
  • Have officially gone into partnership with IGP Publications based in Berlin
  • Its official I will be graduating on June 4th!!!
  • I have started working on another project at Opticom, it would appear that there will be more work for me in the future as well.
  • The Farm is ready for planting....I have already set out squash and rhubarb and my pepper plants are on overdrive!! I have collard greens sprouting in my window.
  • Mable has lost her two front teeth and looks completely adorable.
Baby Squash with a random sunflower in the middle

Will we see onions this year?

Lavender that survived the winter

Mable and Daddy

Monkey Face Chili that grows in my kitchen window..its hot y'all

Olandstok plant that survived the winter...I love the small yellow flowers they have...Will they return?

Pierre planting rhubarb

Monkey Face chili that is ripe!

I promise to write more soon!



    Sunday, May 1, 2011

    Scenes from Valborg in Råcksta

    The blue sky promises perfect weather for the big bonfire!

    Ådalen, the festivities are about to begin!

    The wood is prepared!

    We even had live music!!

    Almost time to light the fire!

    The fire has started!

    The fire started to burn and blow ashes everywhere but it was spectacular

    The Spring choir

    A roaring bonfire

    Mable is mesmerized!

    We had to take this picture quickly..I was worried that I might set my dreads on fire!
    On a whole we had a great time last night! A memory for our family and the start of a great tradition. Råcksta is a great place to live!