Thursday, August 4, 2011

What Makes a Capital??

One week of vacation is better than none!

This year I had one week of vacation so we decided to take to the woods and just relax, be a family and enjoy being are the highlights!

Grilling, walks in the woods, fishing, swimming and peace of mind! That is what we got this summer!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Surprise Visit

It has been so long since I have written anything that I feel that I have lost practice...what is this blog all about anyway? Its about my life in Sweden...right!  Ok....let me show you what has been going on..

Andrea and Mable meet for the first time
One random afternoon I get a message on Facebook that my dear friend Andrea (crazy Italian man) would be coming into town on business and wanted my address. Totally out of blue I realize that Andrea will be meeting my little Mable for the first time. I start to think, "how is this possible"? How can I have a friendship that I cherish so much and not meet with this person for years. Although in this particular case I did see Andrea last year...but before that we hadn't met for like eight years or something and we immediately clicked right back into gear. I have never met his children either and this friendship is not the only one of its kind for how do friendships like these withstand the test of time?

First, they have to be real friendships. Obviously, we were really close but I have lost a few along the way and its sad but oh, I don't know..I think Facebook is the answer. I have been able to watch children grow up through pictures and have shared holidays and birthdays and arrivals of new siblings through Facebook and for the others not on Facebook then just good old fashion cards and email and the occasional the phone call.

So what's the point with this post? True friendships never die? Everyone knows that but this picture is like proof that its true. One random afternoon I get a message on Facebook that my dear long lost friend was coming into town on business and he wanted my address and he finally got to meet my Mable, after all these years.  And on that day I didn't feel so far away from home.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Midsummer Update

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to check in and tell everyone that we had a great time on Öland for Midsummer this year. I took lots of photos but I don't have the time this evening to upload them. This picture was taken this morning at work. I am sitting at my desk and behind me you see the eating area and the stairs that lead up to the roof terrace. It was so warm today that during our "speed dating" session I had to move to the shade because I was slowly melting like a little fudge pop! The "speed dating" was actually a part of our training day that is designated to finding people that we have not met and asking them questions about work, life, inspiration, whatever. I think that its a great way to break the ice and really start to build the team from early on.

Highlights of my job so far? Well, to be perfectly honest this is DAY 2 of my two week training so this is the honeymoon period. The hard sales work has not started but I am really looking forward to it. After working on my pitch I realize that there are parts of the sales process that I need to refresh myself on but honestly, my nerves got the best of me. Luckily, I didn't walk away from the exercise totally deflated. I heard tons of great feedback from my boss and also from my co-worker. I welcome open and honest feedback especially when I know that I can take what is being said and just become a better person or employee or whatever from it. So, do I still like it? Oh yes! I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is the right company for me. I know that this is the right field for me to be working in.
This evening I am getting to know my computer. I have switched from PC to Mac and quite frankly it is a bit more difficult than I had imagined. I have to admit, there is a certain logic to the way a Mac works but anyway...This computer will become like another appendage and very soon I will not be able to live without it.

I promise that it won't take me very long to upload the photos from Midsummer. I used Instagram on some of them because I love the cool filter effects. The Instagram filters make me seem like a much better photographer than I am. Fake it till ya make it!

Let me know how you spent your Midsummer and where....we might have been at the same place and didn't even know it.


Kyana in Sweden

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