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FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE: THREE WAYS I’VE CHANGED SINCE MOVING ABROAD

  After moving to Stockholm this past spring, I’ve tried my hardest to dive right into the Swedish lifestyle. I haven’t exactly bought myself a Volvo yet (the beauty of living in a city with public transport!!) but I’ve definitely become more “Swedish” than I had realized. As a dual citizen (thankful an American met a Swede in the 90s, and I now have two passports) I’ve lived in the US for 15+ years and visited Sweden annually, so I’d always seen myself as something of a mix between the two. While in the States for a few weeks in July, it struck me that my thoughts, opinions and actions on certain things have done a complete 180- simply by osmosis is in my newfound home. Some of them I’d say are pretty positive, while others show me how great aspects of American life can be. Here are ...

HOW TO OVERCOME THE FEAR OF JUDGEMENT

Every painting session for me is a life lesson. It’s my subconscious guiding me towards what it wants me to change in my world view. This particular watercolor sketch, created while sitting on a windowsill in Paris, amidst a heat wave, was a huge breakthrough. Perhaps it’s a realization, to which all almost 40-year-olds arrive. It’s quite amazing, however, to witness it manifest itself while painting. I guess I call it “letting go.” I tried so hard to measure out axis and relational positioning. I was mindful of perspective and the direction of all lines. Yet, there’s always room for human error. Your hand wants to keep going, not constantly stop for the math to catch up. Therefore, there were tons of mishaps, tons of re-dos and not having an eraser drove me insane. I gue...

FROM MAJORITY TO MINORITY

I remember being warned several times that culture shock was sure to occur when I set foot in India. I was a little nervous, a little skeptical, but very excited to say the least. I personally feel that I am open-minded and accepting of other cultures and beliefs even though they may be different than mine. It is our differences that make our world so interesting. If we were all the same, how boring would that be?  Back to culture shock. At our orientation in Des Moines, we even had a seminar about culture shock and what to do when it occurs because it can be quite debilitating to some.  Culture shock: a sense of confusion and uncertainty sometimes with feelings of anxiety that may affect people exposed to an alien culture or environment without adequate preparation.  However, I do not bel...

A POEM SERIES: TEN MINUTES, MY FATHER’S SON, MAUD

Ten Minutes In the next ten minutes I have to go, and you can’t let me just walk out of your life again.   Can’t let you! Can’t stop you, I said, and I won’t try, won’t try. How can I? What should I do? Follow you from place to place? Sit outside your house and chance being turned away, by someone? I don’t know where it is, in any case and I don’t want to know.   So what’s it to be? A thread? An occasional e-mail to keep in touch? I don’t think so! Our lives are so distant in every way, how to join them up?   The trick would be to store the memories and leave behind the sense of loss. Ditch the sadness. But we’ve tried before. And failed. And we’re running out of years. If we meet a next time, the chances are we’ll be too old to care.   We need to achieve a modus vivend...

AN ODE TO A GODDESS

Darling, You are more than the clothes you wear The way you paint your face Or style your hair You are strong With a brilliant mind And an enchanting soul Someone who can’t be contained Nor controlled A magnificent force Such a sight to see A wise woman, A Goddess, free   Author: V.M. Tori Email: medinavictoria14@gmail.com Link to social media or website: Instagram: v.m_tori  

DROP YOUR BUCKET

We were driving through Mbita, the village I’m in this summer, on a particularly rainy day. Through the rain, the traffic, and the chaos of the market on main street, I locked eyes with a little girl who was carrying what looked like a bucket of grain. She immediately smiled an, “I’m gonna get you,” smile, dropped her bucket, and broke into a full-on sprint, faster than what I ever would’ve assumed possible from such a small, barefoot child – in a dress I might add. Not wanting to attract attention, I quickly spun my head to face forward. The vehicle sped up, we were headed out of town. I smiled softly and thought maybe next time, kid. My mind moved onto other things as quickly as the vehicle did. I was thinking about my survey questions when out of my peripheral vision a small figure appe...

THAT TIME I MET GARY VAYNERCHUK

  Monday, July 17, 2017 was a special day. On this day, I woke up in New York City and met Gary Vaynerchuk. Gary is known for his business savvy and entrepreneurial spirit. I do not see myself as an entrepreneur, but I do believe in much of what he communicates. I utilize his strategies in my work at Aboriginal Head Start. I was also raised by a mom and dad who hustled their whole lives, and passed that down to their children. This meeting meant a lot for me, even though it was difficult at first to nail down what I was hoping to achieve from the meeting. BRENE BROWN, HELP A GIRL OUT! As I was getting ready for the meeting, the nerves started to settle in, and no amount of deep breathing was helping. Feeling doubt and the inner critic creep in, I turned to a source that has helped me ...

ALL THAT YOU ARE

Getting up early on a freezing cloudy morning for work is extremely challenging, and the snooze button looks like the most tempting thing that exists… And then we have Mr. Benjamin Franklin, who solemnly affirms: “The early morning has gold in its mouth.” Who would disagree, but imagine waking up early on a Sunday morning? It’s nothing short of an unintentional irony…is it not the case? 7 a.m. reflections: I cocooned myself under the warm quilt and screwed my eyes shut, adamant to grab another hour of sleep, but a little over five seconds and it had me gasping for air! You know the momentary drop of oxygen levels in enclosed dark spaces?! So, I had to toss the covers to the side… Sometimes sleep can be like happiness, you know…The more you chase it, the more it eludes you...

PROVE YOURSELF

“Prove yourself”: a very commonly heard phrase that maybe your friends would have told you; might be your mother; your teacher must’ve asked you to prove yourself by getting straight As; could be the society that must have told you to prove your worth to the sexist, patriarchal society. Most probably, you would have told that to yourself before going to bed with tearful eyes gleaming in the mirror– “I need to prove myself. I need to show them what I am made of!” with full determination. But what if I say today that you’ve been clueless all your life, that what actually is the ‘proof’ that everyone is asking you to show for proving yourself? Since I was a little girl I have constantly heard other people asking my parents twice if they do not have a son because girls cannot be their he...

BE A LOCAL EVERYWHERE

I recently spent two weeks house-sitting in New York City. Before I left, I gave myself an admittedly ambitious challenge: live, to the best of my ability, as though I were a local. I had been told that New Yorkers distrusted tourists, and I can’t exactly blame them. Hailing from the Niagara region of southern Ontario, I understand the frustration of your home being swarmed with tourists delighting in their oblivion and anonymity the minute the weather reaches an acceptable temperature. But we are all tourists outside of our homelands, and I was a tourist for those 14 days. I can’t deny that amidst the brownstones, ivy, thrift stores and leafy residential parks, most of the time I felt awed, inspired and, occasionally, even a little intimidated. In a massive cultural hub that has inspired ...

MURPHY’S LAW

Murphy’s Law states, “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” My life as of late has been a living example of Murphy’s Law. Ever feel like that? This article could be of use to you. I’ll start with saying that I’m lucky. I’m genuinely lucky because I’ve had grandparents and parents who have pushed me (although kicking and screaming at times) to get a college education. They pushed me to work when I turned 16 and pushed me to “never quit” and “stick the team out until the end of the season”. They even pushed me to shoot for my dreams of pursuing the production industry even though I know they winced at the thought of “freelance”. Aside from all that luck, education and pushing from loved ones, I’m still finding myself stuck in Murphy’s Law. I’m so stuck that I’ve been without a steady j...

#SUPERWOMAN WILD HEARTS | FOUNDERS LINDSEY & LAUREN TALK TO HARNESS

Lin & Lou discuss the difficulties of running a business, their inspiration and the meaning of “wild heart.” Meet the founders of Wild Hearts Co., – a self-proclaimed place for the dream chasers, magic makers and action takers – Lindsey Eryn Clark and Lauren Palomares (also known as Lin and Lou). Wild Hearts builds sisterhoods and supplies women with the tools to achieve their dreams. It provides “Wknds,” a weekend getaway for entrepreneurs, and “Conferences,” a two-day event including panelists, speakers and women from all over the world. The company began as Coast to Coast Central, a way for Lin and Lou to stay in touch, revamp their closets and post it on Instagram. #CoastToCoastChallenge spread globally – and the two women partnered with Go International and hoste...

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