Friday, June 17, 2011

New Job New Life

Well, as usual I am forced to begin my blog post with an apology to my readers for not checking in for a few weeks. Things have been happening so fast ....I have officially graduated from my international sales and marketing program. I have been offered a job at MyNewsDesk as their new international web sales executive and I am the marketing manager for BrasilCine in Sweden.

I am thrilled!!

It has been a long journey. I have been so so close to giving up but I knew that I would be denying myself of the possibility of this moment and all the emotions what I am feeling right now. I haven't been this optimistic about the future since the birth of my daughter.

It continues to be difficult for me to fully express how excited I am about graduation and my job. It feels so unreal at times but of one thing I am certain ..I AM READY!

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!

    Saturday, April 30, 2011

    Valborg 2011 i Parkleken Ådalen - Traditionellt valborgsmässofirande och majbrasa med körsång, rockband och uppträdanden

    Valborg 2011 i Parkleken Ådalen - Traditionellt valborgsmässofirande och majbrasa med körsång, rockband och uppträdanden: "Ett av många gratis evenemang på"

    In Sweden, Valborgsmässofirande celebrates the return of Spring and pagans celebrate Beltane. Sweden has proudly held on to its pagan roots and this is the perfect example. Beltane is celebrated on April 30th and is a very important festival on the pagan calender. The simplest way to explain Beltane would be to describe it as the polar opposite of Samhain or Halloween. During Samhain the emphasis is placed on death or a time to remember those who have passed away. On the other hand, Beltane is about celebrating the end of winter and the return of Spring, a fertility festival. This brings to mind another celebration of rebirth and maybe images of bunnies and eggs.

    Anyway, this evening there will be a fire burning close to our home. There will be a concert and activities for the children as well and if you wondered,  that is where you will find me. I will be there celebrating life, love and keeping the memories of the harsh Swedish winter at bay by the warmth of the bale fire!

    Round and round
    Merrily we go,
    Singing hip-a-cherry,
    Dancing as we go.
    All the happy children
    Upon the village green,
    Sitting in the sunshine,
    Hurrah for the Queen.
    -A traditional English children's song



    Sunday, April 10, 2011

    Stockholm Smile

    Just a cool video clip of Stockholm!!!

    Görväln Nature Reserve

    If you ask me,  this was the first real Springtime weekend so our family hit the woods! This adventure takes place in Görväln  Nature Reserve which is located in the Järfälla Kommun. It was a beautiful day and the perfect backdrop for a family outting!

    Mälaren- the last traces of ice

    Mable loves being in the woods!


    The Loves of my LIFE

    Happy Kee Kee

    Mable loves the water no matter how cold it is!

    Can't get better than that!

    In Stockholm you are really close to nature at least if you live away from the city center. We spend our free time in nature, fresh air and no crowds...together.

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    Thursday, April 7, 2011

    The Nordic Gardening Show

    Nordiska Trädgårdar 24-26 Mars 2011

    I have to tell you dear readers that I had been looking forward to this event for the entire year. I love gardening and when I say that I love gardening its like a physical need to get out and get dirty and sweaty. The Nordiska Trädgårdar is a place to get inspiration for your garden after the long long long winter. Its almost impossible to imagine what Sweden is capable of in the middle of February but I tell you it can be heaven on earth. My allotment is my own private piece of heaven where I grow squash, collard greens, potatoes, onions, garlic and herbs. This year we will have stockros and sunflowers and maybe we will try to grow strawberries.

    Here are some photos from the mässan and of course a YouTube clip!

    Happy Kyana finally here!!
    Even Lil Elephant made it! Mable secretly enjoyed herself, she hung in there for 4 hours..I will make a little gardener out of her yet!

      Every expert on every type of plant, bush, grass, flower, or vegetable that can be grown so far up North was present and really open to question and super interested in finding out where I was from. The location was huge and they even had room for home interior gardening exhibits here are some of my favorites:
    I would love to have a room like this!!

    I love the colors!!If I had a cafe it would look and feel like this!
    I just thought this was really sweet. Mable wanted to buy one but if anything ever happened to that plant.......

    We had a blast and like I mentioned before we stayed for about 5 hours but I could have stayed much longer. We only got to listen to one really great lecture about growing vegetables and the coolest tip was for plants that need to have a well defined root system when they are ready to be replanted outside. Basically you place the seed in a container but in the middle you place the cardboard part of a toilet paper roll and put the seed in there. Once the roots start to form all you have to do is take the toilet paper root and replant the whole thing outside.....the cardboard part will huh? Maybe not for you but I am such a gardening nerd that I got chills.

    Friday, April 1, 2011

    Freaky Friday

    Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair Wide Stripe Dress 1495:-
    Oh....Today Stockholm was so gray and misty and just really dark and dreary but it wasn't freezing. I didn't have to wear gloves or anything..anyway this will be the summer of the dress and I want this one!