Friday, March 8, 2013

OMG- It's a Girl!!



I am so excited about having another baby. I haven't been contributing very much to my blog but we do know that we are expecting another beautiful daughter. If I compared pregnancies so far, and yes, I am aware that you are not suppose to compare, but this second one is much more "fun" because we don't have the same financial stresses on us or the stress of the unknown about whether or not we will be good parents.


 Mable has grown to be a wonderful little girl- well on her way to either running a happy household, company or country....whatever she decides to do she knows that her Mommy and Daddy love her very much but now...our family has another baby on the way and sometimes I am so full of love that I think I will burst!

The baby's due date is set for early July but I don't know...Mable came two weeks early but who knows- this one might be relaxed and take things as they come. After getting to know Mable- who is very punctual, it does not surprise me that she is arrived early.

I am so curious about this new addition to the family- there will be a new personality in the household and everything will change....of course change is good ...change is wonderful and I am so excited!!

How will I make it until July??

Hope you have a great weekend!

Hugs,

KyanainSweden

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

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tis the Season

Every year our family either travels to Southern Sweden or the United States to celebrate Christmas with our family. So far, we have never celebrated a Christmas in our own home. The problem is lack of space. We have a large family here in Sweden and our sweet little city apartment is not suitable. Still, it would feel weird and almost isolationist to stay in Stockholm away from the family just to spend Christmas alone...plus, the child would be missing out on tons of presents which would have to be shipped to Stockholm and that is crazy. So basically, we travel around Sweden collecting all the presents for Mable and transport them back to Stockholm for her.

Butterfly Ornament purchased from Indiska 2010..I have a thing for butterflies!

Although we do leave I started to buy "special ornaments" like two per year because I still keep the tradition of putting up my Christmas tree immediately after Thanksgiving. In Sweden, people decorate the tree as late as Christmas Eve....The American tradition prevailed over that one...so we do have a few weeks of the holidays in the apartment although we are not here on Christmas Eve.
I kinda like owls in the tree..I have two of them but this one is my favorite. Purchased them from Ahlens in 2010. 

This year I wanted to share some of my favorite ornaments with you. We don't go crazy with holiday decorations. In fact, we are kinda low-key. I love the lights from the tree and the decorations that I have purchased over the years- mixed with ornaments that Mable has made in daycare.

We have a Mr. and Mrs. Claus set with real wool for hair, a little sheep that was sent to me in a care package from my dear friends in Miami, a Mariachi guitar player that I call my "Mexican Santa"- that was a gift from one of my best friends who was married in Mexico. I have a Nutcracker that my Granny gave me last year- because I had decided to collect Nutcrackers like five years ago but for some reason was not able to find one..the Nutcracker is on display year-round and so is the Snow globe "Douglas- The Berlin Bear" that I got from my sister from during the time she lived in Berlin and came to visit us here in Stockholm around New Year. My newest ornaments are also quite special,  one is a Chinese-thingy that we bought when we visited The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, here in Stockholm with Daniel's sister who recently passed away. The other is Pinocchio who I bought on our last day in Italy this summer, where we spent 4 wonderful days on Lake Garda with my oldest and dearest friends.


My family bought this ornament for Daniel when we lived in the States. He really likes it..its kinda cute!
I suppose that when I am old and retired I will have amassed enough ornaments to fill up our house. Hopefully, I will remember where and when I got each ornament and be able to remember/tell a funny story or remember a special person- the good times!

This ornament is one of my favorites. I got this one from William Sonoma when I worked there as a store manager. At that time I was totally obsessed with cooking and totally into the snowman chef ornaments.
So, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday this year...for many of us 2012 has been a "pain in the ass" but there is always the good to hold on to and that is what we need to do...hold on tight until our knuckles turn white, eat good food, give love and stay committed!

Here is Pinocchio that I bought from this amazing toy store in Sirmione on the last day of our trip to Italy.


Merry  Christmas and Happy New Year From Sweden!


Hugs,
KyanainSweden


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Finally, I can share!

So, I have progressed far enough in my pregnancy to actually feel like its ok to talk about it. I have my first meeting with my midwife tomorrow but if I go on the usual signals and signs that my body is giving me, everything is just fine. I feel a bit "delicate" lately..super sensitive and require simplicity. I need to slow down and save my energy for truly "important things". I need to be mindful, rested and drink lots of water. I remember becoming very spiritual during my last pregnancy- I feel tapped into the divine in a way that I don't have access to in my non-pregnant state. I know this is a miracle and it feels just fine.

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

Friday, August 31, 2012

A Commitment Revisited

Hi Guys and Gals!

Actually it would be interesting to know if there are any men that read my blog but I digress... This blog post is long overdue. About one year ago, I was recruited to do a workout video with a co-worker at my former job. I had just starting working there and it was not a huge surprise that an opportunity like this would present itself in an environment like that. I committed to helping out a friend and what that meant was I trained almost everyday for like two months straight. I had to learn the routine! As a result we created a workout video that I have included it for you all to watch, enjoy and hopefully feel motivated to work out. I lost 15lbs and felt rejuvenated but like so many others I lost my motivation and gained the weight back.
 


I have decided to revisit my commitment to live a healthy life. I am eating good food and exercising because its not about losing weight its about getting the most out of life, being responsible. I have started a pretty hardcore cleansing- flushing out the toxins from my body which has helped me to quit smoking and I feel great. You can call it a pre-midlife crisis...this year I turn 37 and I hope to live for a very long time but with the stress of everyday life, without a healthy lifestyle I won't make it and that is why I am getting back on track. So, this is a celebration and a commitment that I want to share with everyone! I hope you enjoy the video..I have also included some photos from the taping of the video as well. It was a huge challenge to get through the recording but I did it and so can you!

I can't remember which day or at what time this photo was taken but the fact that I was able to smile meant that it was early!
We had a physical trainer on the set to make sure that we performed the exercises properly
We had to film our workout from many different angles and the crew shot multiple takes!- It was crazy!
They did closeup shots of some the more grueling exercises...It was tough!
We did have some breaks and time to rest a bit but not for long!
I met some incredible people and it was reassuring that we had professional on location making sure that we were doing it right. 
Bosse and I striking a pose! Bosse was AWESOME!
Cool to watch them filming live and seeing it through the monitors.
Filming the final meditation sequence....that one was not a problem!
I saw this on a bag and was inspired...doing the video was scary but I did it!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Inspiration

The secret to my expat lifestyle is my positive thinking approach to life. Life is tough when you live thousands of miles away from home and you never really know when you might get back for a visit. It is extremely important to honor your individual strengths and special-ness everyday but when you are living in a different culture, its vital. I would not say that I am merely surviving my life here in Sweden. I am thriving, appreciating life and doing things that I want to do. Despite all this, on those dark cold rainy lonely days its good to know that I have a foundation of positive that I can rely on.
I seek inspiration in everything and everyone that I meet....it helps me and I hope this post inspires you as well. Hugs, KyanainSweden

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Book Recommendation

Battlefield Of The MindBattlefield Of The Mind by Joyce Meyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have read this book a couple of times and I usually read it once a year or so...helps keep me on the right positive track! The secret to keeping the demons at bay.

View all my reviews


If you are going through a tough time, I highly recommend adding this book to your "self-help" book collection. Mind you, I am a total "self-help" book junkie!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Waiting in vain?

I am not superstitious when it comes to sharing my feelings about wanting to have a baby. For a very long time I have not even allowed myself to consider the possibility of having another child because it never seemed to be the right time. I have been studying and working/interning for years and I just wanted to get some work experience under my belt first. Now, that I have started my own business- working in this capacity will give me the flexibility to balance my personal life with my professional life and the smallest little thought of another baby has grown into a deep desire. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO what does that mean? Well, its scary now that I am over 35...new risks are involved and new challenges as well. We shall see if this is going to happen for our family but I remain hopeful. I personally believe in miracles and I don't think it will take a miracle for us to have a baby. I have started to research and also collect photos on Pinterest. My board is called Born at the Right Time and there you will be able to see photos that I have collected that just exude Motherhoodness (I know that is not a word).

Here is a photo that is currently my favorite showing a mother with a little baby and her older child just caught in a really tender moment.
Source:  http://cheandfidel.blogspot.se/


You can probably expect posts about this now since I have "baby on the brain". Stay with me readers because this is what is happening to Kyana in Sweden!


Hugs

Monday, July 9, 2012

Never Gonna GIve You UP!

Davis Marketing Strategy HQ
I won't try to recap the last few months- it has been a real emotional rollercoaster. At the end of March, I gave up my position as International Business Manager at Mynewsdesk, to instead, start my own company because I wanted to work with those things that I feel passionate about but also have a bit more flexibility in my schedule. Starting a company in Sweden is relatively simple. There are numerous organizations that help people getting started. The real challenge is finding customers but if you communicate a passion for what you offer that too can go relatively easy as well.
I have a blog dedicated to my company at  http://davismarketingstrategy.wordpress.com 


Its summer now and we are in the South of Sweden working on our house. I have a blog that I have dedicated to just that project at http://kyanainsweden.tumblr.com/ -its called KyanainSweden- The Renovation Project. Renovating a house is fun and we have actually fallen in love with every plank and nail. Its our life project. We have actually had a chance to stay here for a few weeks in a row and the obsession just grows stronger. 

I decided to resuscitate this blog because there are things that I would like to share that don't really fit in the renovation blog or my company blog...just stuff from my life and personal journey.

I hope you have missed me because I have really missed writing in this blog. There are some other life changes on the way but its a bit too soon to make the big reveal. I just wanted to get started and let you know what's been going on and let you know that all is well with KyanainSweden. 

In August my family will be traveling to Italy to celebrate a dear friend's birthday...its going to be amazing to see my friends again and reconnect with them. 

So you see...its only getting better!

Hugs!

KyanainSweden

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Skåne- Southern Sweden Video

In the South of Sweden there is a region called Skåne...its a special place with its own unique history and dialect, just like most places. My favorite thing about Skåne is how close it is to Blekinge! I hope you enjoy the video! Hugs! Kyanainsweden

MND Kyana at Home


Hi Everyone!

Happy to report that the snow is melting here, deals are starting to close, still have my job after my air guitar solo to Purple Rain at the company party and I am working from home today. 

 I am super productive working from home. Even have time to sneak in a quick blog post!

Anyway, I just wanted to check in and give you a little glimpse of my "office space" at home just in case anyone out there was wondering. Anyone??

Time to send off some emails and do a bit of prospecting but I hope you all have a great day!!


Kyana in Mynewsdesk Mode
Oh yeah...that is a Magic 8 Ball on my desk...I ask.."Magic 8 Ball, will this prospect become a potential customer"? 

It always says YES!

Keep it positive, PEOPLE!!!

Hugs!

KyanainSweden

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A Great Start to 2012

Ok...so if you know anything about me then you understand how much I love my job. I work in sales and its been a bit of a slow start. What I love the most are the people that I come into contact with everyday and building relationships with my customers. I have almost weekly meetings with some of them and I feel like what I sell helps them achieve their goals!! I work towards US and Canada from Sweden and that is quite a challenge but things are starting to happen!

Yesterday, I landed two contracts within a few hours of each other and it was so Amazing...our company has an internal Facebook group that I shared my achievement and the response was astounding. Although the US Team officially consists of three people I had Congrats coming at me from all our offices and it was so inspiring.

So, today I am a Happy Camper....deals are being made and goals are being achieved and I am feeling all warm and fuzzy, despite the weather.

Just wanted to share some of my joy from this week.

Hugs!

Kyanainsweden

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Going Back to School- På Distans

Hi Everyone!

I promised myself that after the new year I would sign up for Swedish writing classes in order to continue to develop my professional skills. I am very happy with my job and the start of my career here in Sweden but it dawned on me that working towards an English speaking market can also limit my opportunities in a Swedish sales organization. Of course, Stockholm offers an international work environment but what if we move? What if my husband finds an opportunity outside of Stockholm, the reality is that we have to be flexible in order to survive and perfecting my Swedish writing skills gives me that flexibility.

So, I will sign up for an online course and start with my classes. I might even write some blog posts in Swedish but I promise to have both languages so I don't lose my english speaking readers....that would be my Mom! But seriously I think this is the right decision and considering the amount of work I have it will be challenge but in a few years who knows what life will offer me. Considering that we don't have any plans on leaving Sweden, I have to assume that the opportunities will only be better if I can write på svenska!

Curious about the class? Check out Folkuniversitetet Swedish writing classes!


Hugs!

KyanainSweden