Have you ever heard?!

Looking around I see people that are so stressed. I must admit that I don’t see them that often anymore and this is probably a combo of 1) I don’t read (or interact) that much with others and 2) I and friends are in a different stage in life, were we simply have less things…

New beginnings

This morning was epic. For our family. Or for my husband. After 22.5 years as an emergency response operator (20.5 at his current company) the Mr worked his last shift. A nightshift. During the kids whole life, they have been told to “keep it down” because dad’s sleeping. Had a mother who didn’t do much…

What’s a job really?

This week I have once again see that how people’s views on things can be really different. Which of course is ok. I guess what is important is that we all respect that our own view doesn’t fit all. Wether its age and wisdom or just something else that made me realize that a job…

Lessons learnt

Almost a week has past with not only without my husband but also my children! What have I learnt? I do enjoy my husband’s company, he is quite a lot of fun Without my children I have oceans of time (I new that already, but still) Without children I don’t need to eat different dishes…

Dislike

I dislike people who, late in the game, throws in information. Information that people who is on top of things already is aware of and maybe already used. And the only reason for throwing it in, is to show that he is “contributing” . The problem is that he is not. The only thing he…

Well, what do you say?

Woke up this morning remembering that I’d planned to sign in with my client during vacation, to do a check for a kick-off later in August. So I did. And guess what? It was fun. Working is fun (to a degree) too. Sometimes I forget that life is not black or white. It is not…

Simplicity

To get an extra day of home office is apparently all I need. To be able to take the dog for a proper walk after the sun rises. A cup of my own coffee at the desk. Simple things that makes life so much worth living. I really need to get my life back on track….

One time at band camp

I wasn’t a summer camp kid. As my mother was a stay-at-home-mom/working from home, I always stayed at home the full summer break. As Sam can’t have a real summer job until next year (the luck of having your birthday in December. Personally I started out quite early at 9 or 10  with simpler chores at…

Find those people

As a freelance and consultant I do not expect to get praise. I get paid ;). My raison d’etre is to be used where needed, because of my skills (and persona). But, since I started my own business I’ve received so much more positive feedback based on my deliverables. It could be so, that I perform better now,…

You only live once right?

Today I did something crazy, something out of the blue, probably won’t happen and in total contradiction to one of my latest posts. It is a little bit like, be careful for what you wish for, you might just get it!  Happy Midsummer all. 

The question

The most common question I get nowadays is if I like being “on my own” aka self-employed. And the answer to it is yes. Yes, and nothing but yes, at least for now. I have during my 1.5 years as self-employed noticed a change in behaviour when you move from role to a needed skill. When you…

Leap

For all of you who are thinking about it. You know, that thing you want to do that is different from what you do today. Do it! For God’s sake do it! Just do it. You might fail, probably not. You will have tough times, but you will have times of ridiculous joy. And no matter how…

Coming home

I went to a CSR meeting yesterday. CSR – Corporate Social Responsibility. It was like I found a word for what I, as a communicator always have been about. Transparency and balance. But what hasn’t been the focus of the corporate forces. For me it was like coming home.

The feeling of happiness

Do you know how your happiness feels like? I do. Today was one of those days when I knew I was at the right place doing the right thing. All bubbly inside. I hope for a prosperous future.

Win-win

It is Monday and I am happy. It is as simple as that. The resons for my happiness are multiple. I have received positive feedback (which you know that I am sucker for), gotten the possibility to write some more (pro bono of course) and getting to know new people. I also got a hug and…

Love ’em words

The other day a friend asked me “When were you truly happy in doing your job?” As the positive (here she goes again the self-righteousness woman) individual I am, find happiness any- and everywhere. I see stuff from the bright side, that is just who I am. No, all jobs or parts of work are not…

Get a life

Yes, that is what it feels like I need to do. You know those things you do when you don’t work. I do not have more to do. The kids are at practice as well as the Mr. So what should I do then? Any suggestions (except exercise)? My best suggestion was… clean up and take…

Celebrate good times

The best thing about being self-employed is the fact you (or I) celebrate new assignments. I can’t remember anytime I celebrared the fact I had a job to go to. Maybe I should’ve. Never mind. I do it now.

One of those days

I admit, I am not used to working 5 days a week. I am not. Good? Bad? I don’t really care, I just settle for the fact that I am not. Looking at an old photo that I took of Fabian and the Mr when Fabian was only a couple of months old, I felt,…

Post vacation / pre-work analysis

Hmm… four weeks. After four weeks of absolute nothing and everything, it is time to get up and get dressed before 10 o’clock in the morning. It is clear that I love to be around my children and husband doing “nothing”. That nothing meaning to do whatever we feel like (and this summer we also…

Half year report

In four days, I have for six months depended on my own skills, expertise, experience and persona in a slightly different way than the other 32 half years I have had a full time job. I have worked with three new companies that I had no prior experience with and signed a contract for a fourth. I…

The power of development

Change is often foreseen as scary. The usual assessment is: change brought by others are is more scary then the one you inflict by your self. But I wonder. How many times have we not ducked when a chance of change have knocked on the door and we have let it pass with a number of “well-thought” arguments. When you…

Today I feel…

… like this (for the big 4 0) is not totally off the charts. Happy week-end all.

WRONG!

Something is totally wrong here. Totally messed up. Week-end over?! WTF. It was so much better to be employed working part time – NOT! Let’s sing it!    

All over the place

A Swedish royal once said: “My feelings are all over place.” That’s is exactly what I feel right now. Exactly.

Every other

Nowadays the Mr’s and my lives are really overlapping. When I am at home, he is away and vice versa. When I fall a sleep on the couch he is awake and vice versa. The evil cause is soccer. And shift work. And starting your own business. I say it is temporarily. It better be….

Food for the soul

This morning I did something that is the essence for me having my own business. I played hooky. The best thing to have your own business is not the millions you make (yeah right). It is the possibility to decide for your self. Sure, many of us have (had) quite flexible jobs that allows us…

Children

Watching a film about child labour in the cocoa industry. I know that this is not the only corrup business, but there is something wrong. Terribly wrong. In the entire food business. We really need to demand to KNOW where our food comes from and under what terms they have been produced AND start paying…

Good

I feel good. Just saying, I feel good. And just by being me.

Good things

I am convinced that good things come to those who work their butt off. And are nice. Apparently a tricky combination at times.

Me, Louise

I am so happy that I, for the time being, have figured out who I am, where I want to go and started walking. It has required me to be honest and tough towards myself, a lot of work at least for my mind. It has also meant that I needed to let go of…

Changing focus

Today I had three extremely good conversations with wise (oh yes, you are) people. I am not saying that I wouldn’t have had three or maybe even five just as good conversations if I still was with IKEA. I am just saying that I for sure wouldn’t have had these fab conversations. Thank you life.

One life

As I wrote in my last post, I have taken the “brave” step to quit my employment and rely on my husband… until my own business is thriving. To celebrate this act let’s listen to a fab song from the even more fab tv-series “Never dry tears with-out gloves”. Celebrating life and the fact the…

Same same but different

It is crucial to share or anchore what you do. If not, people do not know what you have done and someone else might take cred for it. It took me 39 years, 6 weeks and one day to figure that out. Better late than never.

Proud as only a mother can be

Today my sons and a friend decided to have a flea market. Our village is not big so I didn’t expect much, but I though “as long they are having fun”. Said and done. They collected toys that they do not use anymore. Put them on a table and starting to sell. As said our…

Tired of

I am tired of people in leading positions who: Do not listen Do not care about people Do not see consequences, when it involves people, but apparently can see consequences when it involves money … hmm strange… Do not see it as their responsibility to motivate people, but are more than happy to ask you how…

7 days

Gee, seven days… Seven days is a long time in the blog world. I am more or less no longer existing… sorry. What has happened? My last post taught me that my children has integrity which I need to respect. So I will think twice before I post things of them. Which might be hard…

Attitude or simply put; stupid people

I say, once again, I am not surprised there are wars going on. Small people, with small self-worth needs to use bad attitudes towards other people… I am proud not not pick up the torch and add fuel to the discussion.  I just write an angry reply telling the recipient how completely stupid it is…

Re-run

I can’t believe the week-end is over, it has passed SOOOOO fast. The Mr has been working all week except Friday, but that was when I did my live here and now and when hardcore shopping with a friend of mine. Before that I started with a cup of coffee with combined with a loooooooooooooooong…

Long time no see, a short description of my current life

I can’t believe the week is over. It went so fast. There is a LOT going on at the moment, both professionally and personally. Schools is on its third week. Fabian who has been looking forward to starting first grade all summer, and bigger parts of the spring, suddenly got cold feet the day before…

Zzzzzzzz

So tired. A lot at work, good. A lot of other shit, not good.

So what do I do

So, what do I do when my diligent colleagues stay with the big company and work hard. I wake up a little later than usual (this is an exception as the kids haven’t started school yet), I drink my morning coffee without any stress (and today the Mr joined, which is a bonus). I edit…

Suckers

He he, the small  (?) devil inside me is laughing real hard. Thinking about them poor bastards who, at 9.30 pm on this very Sunday, are having a hard anxiety attack as they are off to work tomorrow, after a somewhat long and fabulous vacation. I started working a month ago and is well past…

What is important

Strange, huh, how life changes. Or how life changes you. And thank G*d for that. But still, how inefficient it is that we do not know what we know at 80 already at 20. Life would have been so much easier for that 20 year old. But it starts to hit me now, when touching…

Phuuuu

It is great. Great! To have a customer feedbacken that they love your work.

Happy birthday Sweden

Today was Sweden’s national day. Since Midsummer is “our” informal national day, and celebrated since the times of Thor, while 6 June has only been a bank holiday for seven years, we have much to learn on how to celebrate a nation’s birthday. I celebrated it with some work, slow breakfast, meeting up with a…

Time

It was Friday, tomorrow it is Monday… How did that happen? Guess my photgraphy took my time. But it is so fun. To get sneak peeks’ in other peoples lives. Here are some from today’s prom. Yesterday’s wedding you can see here: http://www.facebook.com/ogonblickavLouise

That ol’ saying

In Sweden we have this saying “One shall hear a lot, before the ears fall off.”, meaning that sometime you cannot believe what people are telling you. Today was one of those days. I will tell you as much that it has to do with what tricks people are willing to take just to secure their…

My darlings

The computer tells me it is time to get rid of some stuff from the hard drive, otherwise it will crash… I do not get rid of stuff, I save them somewhere else. This blog is a great place to save things, at least as long as the platform will live. Found these ones from…