Happy International Women’s Day!
It’s kind of funny the way the universe throws opportunities into your path when you are ready – and sometimes when you are not – to accept the challenge. I’ve been a bit absent from this blog because I’ve been writing for my living and enjoying some really nice jobs.
Here is one such one. I was honored to be asked to write for the Swedish Institute for International Women’s Day. Sweden.se is the official website of Sweden and I’m pleased to share with you Sweden’s Ten Superwomen. From Academy Award winning actresses to film producers to the fastest swimmer in the world, Sweden ladies are rocking the stage.
Hoping that you all take today to find your passions and look toward the future. The best is yet to come!
And while you are here, take a look around the gallery. A collection of photos from Sweden with the latest updates.
Writer/photographer Lisa Mikulski. Available for print or online publications and business in the Nordic region, Europe, and the U.S. Editorial, news, features.
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Happy Memorial Day weekend to all my friends who celebrate.
I’m feeling rather benevolent towards Sweden these days. I know! Crazy, right? I’m not sure why but perhaps it has something to do with the longer days. Perhaps also the sunshine, the flowers, the coming of Easter and its colorful and very unique celebration here in Sweden. It could also have something to do with the fact that my fella purchased for me a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 as a gift. I love it. I’m a sucker for presents … They make me happy.
But I digress, I’ve also recently witnessed several acts of random kindness on the streets of Gothenburg and this brings me a renewed sense of goodwill. Sunshine, it seems, brings out the best in people. So in the spirit of something more pastel, let’s take a look at this weekend’s up and coming holiday. Easter.Read More»
My Swedish Valentine. Tonight, my man and I will be celebrating Valentine’s Day or Alla Hjärtans Dag. We are a multicultural couple; him a Finn born in Sweden, and me born and raised in the U.S. We enjoy embracing the celebration of each others holidays. This makes for a lot of celebrating, but that is just fine by us.
There are already quite a number of holidays celebrated in Sweden, so you wouldn’t think they would need to adopt another one. But that is just what they did. Much like the adoption of Halloween here in Sweden, Valentine’s Day is a relatively new holiday, albeit not an official one.
Alla hjärtans dag began here sometime during the 1960s by florists hoping to promote sales, but it wasn’t until the 80s when the holiday began to be popular. The notion of florists hoping to increase sales is surprising to me because I see flower vendors and floral boutiques on every street corner in Gothenburg. Ladies and gentlemen, often carry bouquets to and from the city and it doesn’t seem to matter if a holiday is involved or not. The purchase of flowers appears to be a beloved cultural past-time in Göteborg. I fully support this!
There are those among us who reject Valentine’s Day believing that is it over commercialized and simply another excuse for holiday spending. Commercialization of the holiday is quite true in the U.S., in fact, you just can’t avoid it there. But here in Sweden the holiday takes on a sweeter and more romantic feel. A quiet evening spent together, flowers, a bit of champagne, or maybe even an evening out for dinner. We are not hit over the head with the holiday … Just a few reminders in store front windows and the occasional newspaper advertisement. But make no mistake, it is a popular holiday indeed.
Of course, every day should be a day of appreciation for those we love. I’m not here to argue the ethics of Valentine’s Day. For me, I adore it. I also appreciate the awareness which the holiday brings to those who might sometimes forget to let their loved ones know how much they are appreciated. But for today, without analysis or complaint, let’s just celebrate Love.
Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone! – Glad alla hjärtans dag allihopa!
And a special shout out to my beloved, Jag älskar dig.