Showing posts with label Expat Ranting and Raving. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Expat Ranting and Raving. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

HAPPY 2013- The Year of Miracles

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to give You some time in 2013 before I shared my good will for the new year. I have dubbed 2013 as the Year of Miracles as many of you know..I am going to have a baby. A much wanted and secretly wished for baby. A new addition to our little family and a dream come true for a daughter who has longed for a baby brother or sister. Really sweet!

Professionally, I have had a glimpse of the future and want to change directions and re-enter the academic world. I understand that world so much better than the world of business. In the academic world you are given tasks, material to study and your evaluations are based on your work- this is not necessarily so in the business world. I need to retreat back into that world and study a subject that is dear to my heart. This actually took me by surprise because in Fall 2012, I was involved in some pretty amazing projects. I met some really amazing people and I even got a bit of international travel in under my belt but the whole experience left me feeling unbalanced. I don't do unbalanced well.

I opened my mind and allowed myself to consider the possibility that what I was doing might not be enough.  I realized that while being great at what I do and loving what I do, there was something more that I wanted to develop inside of me. Trust me, I envy those people that know exactly what they are going to be and do from birth but I do believe that the world needs people to tap into something a bit deeper within themselves and figure things out.


So its back to the future for me for a while- I start my studies at Stockholm University next week!!!




I am still looking for some amazing projects to work on and in fact I have two set for Fall 2013- more information on that at a later date but I need the balance. BALANCE= school on one side of the scale and DMS on the other side- that is what I need, I know that now.

AND yes....in the backdrop a new baby.....happiness!

So Happy New Year and let the Year of Miracles commence!!

Hugs,

KyanainSweden








Friday, December 14, 2012

I am currently reading Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail...this quote resonates with me so much


"Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me. Insisting on this story was a form of mind control, but for the most part, it worked. Every time I heard a sound of unknown origin or felt something horrible cohering in my imagination, I pushed it away. I simply did not let myself become afraid. Fear begets fear. Power begets power. I willed myself to beget power. And it wasn’t long before I actually wasn’t afraid.

I was working too hard to be afraid."

Excerpt taken from Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Doing it!!

Hi Everyone,

Well, Autumn is officially here which means that its a bit darker in the mornings and there are more gray skies than blue skies to be expected. This however, does not phase me since this is my favorite time of year. Perfect uniform for this weather t-shirt, jeans and a cardigan...YIPPEE!   I am also very busy working as a web editor/blogger/content manager for a company called SIME. Next week we are off to London for our first ever SIME London Conference and I will be running around like a maniac trying to figure everything out.   Working as a web editor is really interesting because I am learning something new everyday. Its challenging and frustrating and a bit intimidating but I am up for the challenge.   My Granny and I had a long talk the other day and the subject of retirement and career flexibility came up. Its so important to remain open to new things and try to learn new skill sets because things are constantly changing and you never know when you might have to fit into another position or company or project. What we need to realize and accept is that learning is constant, which is why I apply for Spring 2013 classes at Stockholm University.   People talk about how they don't want to study but I don't see there being any options. How will you compete if you sell yourself based on what you already now..in the digital world what you knew yesterday is obsolete...you have to stay in the game through theory and practice.   I know, I sound really busy and I have cranked my life up a bit and ya know what has helped me???? WORKING OUT!   I am happy to report that I have stayed committed to myself and have continued on my journey to a healthier me. I have been doing weight training three times a week and doing Zumba classes. I am eating healthy food and really taking control of my life.   I hope this post finds you all in good spirits and in KICK ASS TAKE CHARGE MODE!   If not, I have attached my new favorite song for the treadmill..its in Swedish but just listen to it and get pumped up!  



 Hugs!

 KyanainSweden

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy Holidays!


In a few days I will return to the States to celebrate Christmas and New year with my family. I can't wait! The last time I was home was over a year ago which is not that bad really. I think the longest time that I have spent away from home was two years, that was painful.

I am looking forward to so many things but mostly its just listening to the wonderful sounds of my family, mostly women who are very close to laughter. There is so much life in my Grandmother's house and I will get a chance to soak it in and recharge for the coming year.

My daughter understands what I mean as well although its difficult for her to describe it. She just says that at Grandma's house everything is "buzzy" and then she twirls around.


There are so many things that I want to do but just the mundane things like going to the grocery store will be fun for me.

I miss the States constantly but never as much as I do, just a few days before I get to go back. You see, I understand that I live abroad now. I understand that I won't be able to visit with my Family as much as I would like. If I try to remain in two places at once I would very soon go crazy.

Sweden is a beautiful second home to me that has given me so much- its not a simple case of the US versus Sweden..its much more complex now.

I am happy to have both but I am really happy that I get to focus on the US just a bit more for a few weeks as least!

I hope you all have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Hugs

KyanainSweden