Pulling up your roots and moving to another country is like bursting a bubble. Like you are tearing up this framework that you have built around yourself for so many years: saying this is right and that is wrong. Suddenly all your former beliefs are just like old post-its that doesn´t stick to the wall […]
When I think of a really bad Nordic summer I remember endless rain and a often hopeless chase for every glimpse of sun in the weather forecast. Summers where my bikini was the only thing that was constantly dry. Where desperation sat a spell on every economic logic of mine and made me buy one […]
I grew up in one of the most egalitarian countries in the world. I´m lucky, I know. At the same time I also know that equality is not constant. Just because we´ve reached equality once in one area don´t mean it will keep coming. Moving abroad has made me think a lot about this. We […]
There´s this thing about being new to a place. Bike down a street for the first time. Go for an early morning run and discover your neighborhood. Send your son to a new school, with a brand new backpack. It´s this feeling of anticipation and insecurity all at once. And in the haze of all […]
Dealing with myself and this move I start to understand why people often choose safety over adventure. Many of us loves the thought of traveling through life light and free – and yet in the same time we have a hard time letting go of old things and ideas on how life should be. How […]
Ever since we said goodbye to our backpacks last summer and settled into our daily lives in Sweden again this itchy feeling refused to leave our bodies. It´s almost been a year since we left our house and set off to the west with our little ones, now it´s time to set off again – […]
Being self employed for the first time in my life is like running up and down the stairs 50 times a day. I lose my breath, catch my breath and lose it again. Some times it feels like I am flying, other times I drag my feet after myself. Suddenly it´s clear how much I […]
Getting to know a country can be very romantic. At least in the beginning. You see all the beautiful sides and don´t pay attention to the flaws. Your eyes are wide open and you just want to learn everything about your new friend. This is me 10 years ago – and the object of my […]
We often talk about tolerance. Tolerance with each other, different cultures, other ways of thinking. But what about being tolerant with ourselves? This is one of the most important issues when it comes to our personal development and a key factor to success in our work life. Unfortunately I am still quite bad at this.
Going through change isn´t easy. But it is rewarding in the end. Ulrika Johnson from Sweden knows this. Her change took her from a small town in southern Sweden to the world city New York.