It has been awhile, I know!
I have officially started my maternity leave so no more worrying about work and projects. I feel like its time to turn inward and prepare for the arrival of my sweet little baby. I'm not sure if I posted the news but we are having another little girl. At first I was convinced that I was carrying a little boy but the ultrasound revealed another truth.
We are completely prepared, all the little outfits that were not ruined I decided to keep in storage for that day that we decided to have another baby. Now those clothes are washed, pressed and folded- and just like the rest of our little family waiting for the baby to arrive.
My first daughter came two weeks early so I am praying for an early arrival for this baby as well. Nothing would make me happier than to have that baby in my arms in two weeks. Everyone is super excited.
We are also seriously considering leaving Stockholm. I love it here but now it feels like its time for a change. My husband's family live in Southern Sweden, our summer cottage is there and I have started a new internet based venture with my sister so won't matter if I live permanently in Stockholm or not.
We also have greater opportunity to buy a larger home which is just not something that we want to do in Stockholm. As long as I have access to a large body of water I will be fine. Growing up in Florida it is required that anyplace I live has to have water that I can see on a daily basis. Göteborg, Uppsala, Stockholm and our new possible home all have this....so I am happy.
You might ask yourself what about finding a job? I don't feel that I belong to that group of people that only has opportunities in the capital. I know that the competition is fierce here and remember I am fluent in Swedish and have years of Swedish work experience but besides that, I have this new idea that I will be starting with my sister in the States so since I am already in the business of creating opportunities for myself I don't feel tied down to one area. My biggest commitment is to my family and moving provides immediate opportunities for the family.
Studying at Stockholm University has been an amazing experience! I have taken classes in Cultural Anthropology which I would describe as a study in politics. It has awakened a new passion in me and I will start volunteering with the Swedish Red Cross and continue working with that for the rest of my life. I know it sounds grand but you have to take risks and commit to helping others. Its the only way to survive in the world...GET OUT OF YOUR OWN HEAD!
So, on that note- I will end this post by saying that the past 8 months has been an amazing journey that has set me up for wonderful opportunities in the future.
I wish you all the best!