New York, and some everyday thoughts…

I love being in New York, a city that never sleeps indeed! Filled with energy and life. Just imagine living in a city where you get to see new places every day! Where you can do nothing at all, and still feel like you’ve been on an adventure. Already missing that big apple… <3

I’d love to live in New York… And according to my colleagues I say this every time I return from what we in Norway call a «big-city» (Norway’s biggest city is Oslo with it’s 650.000 residents. A «big-city» in my terms is like Copenhagen and bigger). But it’s different with New York. My pulse jumps once I land. It’s true! ;-)

I want to become one of those busy retired people. I hope my days are filled with happenings at the libraries, in the theatre, with art-exhibitions and galleries, museums and concerts. I’d have to live in a big-city, and I’m thinking New York will be perfect. Perhaps not for the whole year, but for 3-4 months every year? With lots of time to read in the park. Take the Staten Island ferry. Go to Coney Island, Williamsburg and the Jersey shores…. But most of all I want to L I V E, do people-watching, smile at new people every day, chat with neighbours in a cool neighbourhood, have a glass of wine on my frontdoor-steps while I smell the city and the energy. Yes! That’s a plan! ;-) And maybe it’ll become more than a dream some day, who knows…. ;-)

By the way, I’ve found my neighbourhood. I <3 Tribeca! We stayed at the Hilton Garden In Tribeca. Four girls together in one room. I love that, it reminds me of the slumber parties we used to do way back when…. We wanted to get an airbnb-place, but it’s so expensive in NY! So we ended up at this hotel where I’ve been before. I love it. It’s not at all luxurious. It’s a small, quiet, cosy hotel with a great location. And the people there are so nice! We didn’t eat there, although we tried the breakfast one morning, but it didn’t impress us, so we went out. One of the perks by staying in TriBeCa is the variety of cafes, diners, restaurants and of course the shops! ;-)

I really love New York, and I hope I’ll be back soon… <3

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On the Staten Island ferry – looking slightly crazy…. Sorry about that, but it was soo cold! ;-)

I suppose one of the best reasons for taking a trip like I did, is that it gets me out the bubble I constantly feel I’m living in. My sheltered existence here, way up north… With a commuting husband, only home half the week. Days filled with routines and to-do’s. Downsizing processes at work. Thousands of jobs disappearing from the Oil & Gas industry. Increasing unemployment rates. Increasing xenophobia due to the refugee situation… (OMG, do people say xenophobia in English? I tried the translator and that’s the word it came up with… But you know what I mean? Prejudices and racism is what I’m talking about here). That’s the worst! I have such a hard time coping with that. Politicians who create fear, in stead of searching for possibilities. It depresses me, and I get so sad on behalf of my country.

Of course I can feel the fear when I hear about young men ganging up on girls and young women, on buses and festivals. Harassing them in horrible ways. I fear traumatised people and the catastrophic things that can happen. This challenges our «unbearable lightness of being». Our comfort zone. But I don’t think the comfort zone is a good zone. There is no development. No innovation. A bubble….

So why should’t we rather be curious? Who are these new refugees? Why do they want to come to Norway? This far up north? Why don’t they want to stay in central or southern Europe where there are so much more people, opportunities and sunshine? Actually most of the refugees do prefer more southern countries, but for the few who travel all they way up here – what have made them do that? What are their dreams for themselves and their children? I would love to hear more of their stories….

We have so many problems to solve in Norway. We need to create other businesses than Oil & Gas. We must explore and innovate renewable energies, smart- and healthcare-technologies, more sustainable food and sharing knowledge and competence. Just mentioning a few….. We need disruption, new ideas and more questions. Innovation seldom starts from within. Right now we have loads of people who can help us ask the right questions. See old ways in new ways. Challenge our bubble…. And what are we to do with all this wealth, space and money if it just makes us more scared, isolated and stingy?

I believe in confronting our fear. That’s when we can seek solution and calm. Why fear when we’re actually just insecure? I believe in transparency, wondering and curiosity. Yeah, sure it’s risk taking, but I believe the risk is small compared to the gain we’ll have by welcoming, integrating, cooperating and rather have our new fellow citizens help us solve our tasks for the future.

I wish our politicians could stimulate new ideas on how our new citizens and our extremely competent unemployed, could work together with the rest of the society, creating new business opportunities for the future of our country. I’d really love that.

Have a great evening – or day – wherever you are!

Peace & love

My second PechaKucha coming up!

Okay, I’m so nervous again. Last time I did a PK (Pecha Kucha), my first time, and sickeningly nervous. I didn’t sleep well for weeks ahead. I would wake up at night thinking «OMG, I still don’t know my story, and what if my «theme» doesn’t capture anyone in the audience!» And thoughts like that, I’m sure you know what I mean….

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But, I did alright I think. At least I had the best audience, cheering me along, giving me self-confidence. ‘Cause you need self-confidence to do this. Or maybe not. Maybe it’s enough to tell yourself you’ve got what it takes, and make yourself believe it, at least for the crucial days – before, during and right after ;-)

Anyway. I am so flattered to be asked to do presentations. PK is a challenging way to present, but I love the concept and it’s so much more fun and entertaining than the traditional way. Especially if you’re not a professional presenter – I guess the good ones can do whatever they want, ’cause they’re good storytellers either way and no matter how they do it.

I want to start by focusing on the storytelling this time. For my first PK I spent so many hours contemplating on various subjects, pictures, storylines and trying to narrow everything down to fit the concept. Oh – I didn’t tell you about the concept! Basically it’s just this: 20×20 -> 20 images for 20 seconds each. You show an image for 20 seconds and talk for 20 seconds until the next one appears. When you start, the images advance automatically, and you talk along to the images. (If you’re interested in more details, check out PechaKucha 20×20). 20 seconds times 20 images totals 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Not a long story if the story is well told. (If it’s not, 6,40 minutes is a long time…..).

My storyline this time is Entrepreneurship.

I’m Kristine. 48 years. Married to a great guy whom I have three wonderful girls with. All three of of them amazing in their own way. I have worked in marketing for more than 20 years. I started out in the oil industry, had a brief year in real estate and have so far, ended up in banking. Recent years I have completed a masters degree in communication and leadership. In every way and in all aspects of my life, that investment in knowledge has been profound.

Working in marketing in DNB in this part of the country has been exciting. I started working with the DNB-brand around 5 years ago. Our marketing strategy had just been invigorated by new thoughts, new ideas and new discipline leaders. I saw it as a great opportunity for me. I wanted to turn around the image our brand in my area. Especially in Stavanger our main competitor was so good at everything they did. But so were we! We just hadn’t been good enough at showing it.

I wanted to show it! We had to let the market, the people and our potential customers get to know us. I new this would take a lot of effort and dedication. I knew it would be hard work. Together with my loyal, dedicated and very competent colleagues I knew we had so much to offer. I’ve always enjoyed hard work and challenges. As long as I have fun meanwhile ;-)

I’ve had S O  M U C H  F U N ! I’ve gotten to know so many amazing people – within and outside my own organisation. And I’ve learned so much. Just imagine the fun of working with organisations like Kongeparken and Oilers/DNB Arena. Both these two organisations are best at what they do in their respective fields. I get to work closely with our own marketing department, and with a complete lack of modesty, I truly think they are the best marketing department in Norway. I really do. When you get to work with the best, of course some of their magic rubs off on us ;-)

In 2013 we decided we wanted to become the preferred bank for entrepreneurs. I knew little about the entrepreneurs at the time, so I needed to get out of my office, find out where they were, spend some time with them and try to understand their world. Get to know them. Get to know their needs, what they wanted from their bank. I think this journey has been possibly the best professional journey I’ve ever experienced. Fascinating, engaging and I’ve widened my knowledge in so many ways. Let me share some of this with you.

Stavanger loves entrepreneurs.

We’ve reached a crossing in our region. We’ve been too dependant in the Oil & Gas industry, probably for too long. The Oil & Gas production will still continue for decades, but with less people and less need for local infrastructure. So we need new ideas, new companies, new places to work, new entrepreneurs.

We are so fortunate though. Having developed a wide range of advanced technology. A technology we know can be used in new areas. We have become a Smart City. We have a mayor who together with her organisation are working so hard, nudging and urging everyone to participate in creating 10.000 new jobs by 2020. We have many companies, us included, who want to help in any possible way to make entrepreneurs succeed with their companies and startups. Together with institutions such as Innovasjon Norge, Skape, Ipark, NAV, Stavanger Chamber we are the entrepreneurs’ fan club.

We have Stavanger Øst – East. We call it «østre bydel», (the eastern district). I just love that place! It’s Stavangers Silicon Valley. The new generation entrepreneurs work, live and party here. And grownups like myself want to spend as much time there as possible, thinking that some of their magic also will rub off on me ;-)

We have become a part of the community in and around the coworkingspaces in østre bydel. I hope the people at Mess & Order and Innovation Dock consider us a part of their environment. They need our competence, our guidance and our knowledge. And we need their enthusiasm, their startups, their energy and positivity. Their new ideas on how to work together, how to make each other better by sharing as much knowledge as possible and paying all good forward, all this makes a great impact on our own organisation. They definitely are disruptors in our settled way of organising stuff – it’s challenging, it’s fun and it’s so darned necessary! ;-)

Entrepreneurs are so creative. They’re so engaged and dedicated in what they do. I think they must be, to succeed. I think entrepreneurs live, breathe and sleep their idea for a long time. They must be «on» 24/7. So no doubt – if you want to succeed, you must be prepared to invest your whole life into your idea for probably years, possibly for ever….

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But – what I love about the idea of being an entrepreneur is that they enjoy working hard, as long as they have fun doing it! Imagine owning an idea other people want and depend on. That must be meaningful – and fun ;-)

So. If I’m gonna wrap this up. I would love to pay some of this forward:

  1. Please, use these challenging times in Stavanger as best as you can. Make this the times of opportunity! It’s never been better times for starting your own business. There are so many in your fan club already! So many of us, just waiting for you to give us an opportunity to help you succeed.
  2. Get out of your comfort zone! Mentally and physically. Disrupt your everyday life.
  3. Be creative! If you don’t think of yourself as a creative person, become one. Start by exploring new places – in your neighbourhood, on the internet, in your own mind. If it’s scary or hard, start by making small changes to your everyday life. Wear colourful socks. Try new food twice a week. Listen to new music. Read new stuff.
  4. Get out there and meet new people! It’s pretty impossible to succeed on your own. Don’t be scared to share your ideas. People want to help people! People will connect you to new people, and great things often happen.
  5. Engage and help others succeed. Pay it forward. Share your experience and knowledge.
  6. Be curious to everything and everyone. There are so many interesting stories out there.

…………………….

I think this story will take me about 6 minutes and 40 seconds to tell. Now I have to find the images to back me up. And I have to read the story over and over, and hopefully I know it by heart by Thursday evening. Wish me luck! I’m so not going to sleep that well this week. Yup, I’m nervous…..

But Saturday I’m leaving for New York. Now that’s an amazing thought! ;-)

Have a great week!

– Peace & love –

 

 

Reflections

Okay, I’m blogging in English again ;-) This time on a subject that might not be that interesting to everyone. But I find myself, increasingly often, being absorbed with thoughts and reflections around issues on gender balance and equality, and why the balance still doesn’t look that good in Norway (either)….

I participated in a Women’s Forum last fall, it turned out to possibly be a game changer in my professional life. We met so many amazing women and men in Washington DC and New York city. American «power women and men». We had so many interesting discussions on various subjects, the theme mainly focusing on «the female« objective. These women are so smart, and have worked so hard, building their careers in a mans world, no question we met some of the most talented women in the USA. Wether they were professionally close to Hillary Clinton or Obama, leading around 60.000 employees or strategically placed on the top level in large corporates – every single meeting gave me new and profound insights and perspectives. (Possibly marked for life ;-) I know now, 3 months later, that I can tag this trip as quite a game changer for me actually. Defining moments ;-)

I’ve always been engaged. In my professional life, as a mother, wife, friend, as a student or a volunteer. No matter what task, I need to be engaged, it has to be interesting, or I can’t be bothered… Every day though, I try to reflect – stop and think – before getting involved, ’cause I do tend to get involved in too much… I do NOT need to get involved in every interesting issue even if I do have an opinion….! I don’t need to be part of every discussion, whether its between my kids, my kids and my husband, between colleagues, between friends, on political matters and so on…. But I need to be engaged to have a full life, so must find the issues that are important to me, and I need to engage ;-)

So – back to the game changing. Genderbalancing issues are important to me. And the more I learn, the more insight I get – the more important it becomes. Of course this is probably in my genes. I’m brought up in a home where equality goes before everything, and the fights that were fought in Norway on behalf of women in the 60s, 70s and 80s were strongly welcomed and cheered in our home.

I realise I haven’t paid that much attention to this part of my upbringing, until now. I wonder. Why has it become such an important issue to me? And why now? Is it due to my (still pretty new) masters degree? I don’t know, I just know it’s important. I don’t think it’s just me focusing on the subject these days. I experience a wave of engagement across the world, and in Norway. The great and visionary leaders who set the agenda in today’s world are all addressing the imbalance in gender issues – the Dalai Lama, Obama, Richard Branson, Tom Peters, Meryl Streep, Sheryl Sandberg… Oh, I love the way she addressed the issue in Davos earlier this week – straight to the point there….

I’m not going to share my views and perspectives on these matter, I can do that on another blog update – I’m sure you can guess them anyway ;-) But I do want to share my reflections on the state of the modern feminism in Norway.

I’m not sure I like the word feminism. I wish we could find a new word. Feminism might be used too negatively in Norway? There were so many struggles, so many fights and «hard core views» back in the 70s. But – boy, did the women back then do a great piece of work for us and for future generations! But now, we need to get the men on board! It’s feminism all right, but the bottom line is gender balance. There are so many great, talented and capable men who know that gender balance and diversity is of utter importance, if we want a better world. Actually I think the young dads today want just as much as their wives to be soccer-parent, and I think they find it naturally and honestly easy to understand that their wives are just as passioned about their careers as themselves.

I think Norway is known in Europe and America for being a great country to live in for women. An article in Huffington Post 2014, showed that the countries in Scandinavia are way ahead of for instance USA, and I guess the picture is pretty much the same in 2016. But, I’m guessing these surveys are based on rights and the necessary framework that needs to be present, if women are to be given the same opportunities as men. I know we have the rights and «the framework» in Norway. I know so many women who aim for the leadership positions, urge at becoming board members and dream of starting their own business. So why don’t they?

ObstaclesIn the Norwegian book SHEconomy (I hope it’ll be translated to English soon!) steeplechase is introduced as an expression in stead of the glass ceiling. The expression perfectly explains what we all experience. Oh, how many obstacles! Because even when we have all the rights, the power, the urge and «the framework», even then there is still imbalance. Still so many obstacles. And lately there have been so many discussions on why. Is it the men? A Norwegian (male) humorist reflected on why he always strived after the positive feedback from his male colleagues, and didn’t really care about the feedback from the female humorists… So sad. There have been so many issues and examples illustrating «the state of the union». I’m pretty sure the «state» is not how our mother feminists pictured it would be in 2016. So what happened? I really don’t know, and I think there are so many answers to that question. But men need to pay attention to what really makes a good business, a strong economy and a better society. Gender balance. Not too many women or too many men. Balance and equality. And women need to take more opportunities. Possibly reflect less on wether we’re good enough? And we need to cheer each other! Talk, cheer, socialise with the women who have succeeded. Listen to their stories, learn and copy.

I know for sure I live in one of the countries in the world where we have the absolutely and definitely best chances of succeeding in gender balancing. And that makes me sooooooo happy! Lets focus on all the possibilities we have. Lets do it together, men and women, young and old, Norwegians and foreigners. We know this is the only way to make the world a better place! ;-)

And if you’re still not convinced, please start to pay attention on what’s happening around you ;-) If you want, you can start by reading this article – from World Economic Forum in Davos – I love that these are the issues that are being discussed when the worlds greatest leaders get together to discuss the most important issues today ;-)

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Have a great week, with a great amount of balance ;-)

Peace & love

 

So – I wanted to do one in English again…..

I catch myself wondering what women – or men for that matter – are preoccupied with outside Norway. I’ve had a couple of political updates on my facebook wall this past week, I haven’t received as much feedback on anything I’ve ever posted. I love engaging discussions ;-)

Both posts were concerning matters I find, what we in Norway call, «I-country-problems» – freely translated by me – hahaha. The «I» comes from industrialised countries – as opposed to undeveloped countries. I find it harder and harder to stay silenced, when I realise that we (Norwegians) really engage in totally stupid and hardly important matters. The latest discussion I find totally waste, is whether we should ban begging or not. And I’m like – seriously? Because we are perhaps the wealthiest country in the world, we don’t want to be bothered by people in need?

Okay – this is my personal opinion – this is not spoken on behalf of the Norwegian people. The matter is of course not as simple as that. There are so many people coming to Norway to beg, and probably too many are here due to illegal trafficking. Not good at all, but I so don’t think that will be solved by banning begging.

I live in Stavanger – likely to be the most prosperous city in Norway due to the oil-industry – at least that has been the story up until now. It all started in the early 70s, we had some amazing politicians who just decided to go for the title «Norwegian Oil-capitol» – and boy did they succeed! We should be so grateful to these people, but lately I’ve started to wonder if we’ve become more spoiled than grateful… Not that we’re not grateful, but I think we might be too absorbed with our «I-country-problems» ;-) (Isn’t that just the best English word….. hahaha ;-)

I do feel we live in the best country in the world. Really! We have so much to be grateful for, and so few reasons to complain, still, I wonder if we might have become addicted to complaining. We do it all the time! I think that’s the case in many Western countries, but there are better reasons in other countries, not very many good reasons in Norway. I keep on wondering how our nation might seem to foreigners. Are we as self-absorbed as we might seem? Are we selfish not wanting to be part of the European Union? Why are so many Norwegians opposed to that? Shouldn’t we share our wealth? Did you know that our country has saved money equivalent to around two hundred thousand USD per Norwegian? And we have so many vacancies that Norwegians don’t want, shouldn’t we welcome more people from abroad wanting to come and work here?

Anyway…. I read this humurous article in my favourite magazine – a Danish one called Eurowoman. They wrote about a Scandinavian survey where, I think thousands of, Scandinavians were asked about each other:

  1. 67% of the participants were under the impression that the Danes drink the most and that they are the most «life-loving» Scandis.
  2. Swedes – sorry, Swedes, but most Scandinavians think you are the most boring, authoritarian – but also the most productive people in Scandinavia.
  3. Norwegians? Well – I just loved this Danish word – lalleglade! Hah, I had to do google translator to check if I understood,  and in English it’s translated to silly, but I don’t think that’s right – at least you’ll have to ad naive silly…. So, most Scandinavians see us as naive-silly, nature-loving, but also healthiest :-) Not so bad I guess.… ;-)

Fun reading and interesting ;-)

I have decided that this year – I am not going to practice slow living, but – I will pay more attention to all the good reasons for living in this wonderful, great, amazing and healthy country – I will start working towards being more grateful, and not taking so much for granted.

I will wrap up this blog posting with a tribute to the greatness of Norway and our Norwegian heritage :-)

Norwaystuff From top left: Pulpit Rock (not very far from where I live!). Bryggen in Bergen. Our National Ballet and Opera house in Oslo. Norwegian icons. From Hardanger, a beautiful area in the western part of Norway. Edward Munch (self-portrait). Sweaters from Moods of Norway. Fridtjov Nansen, Roald Amundsen and Henrik Ibsen – Norwegian heroes :-)

Peace and love to you all – and hope I’ve made you want to visit Norway ;-)

Thanks for the memories….

I have so many great memories, I think I could create an entire blog devoted to that sole subject. I have so many friends and family-members to be grateful for and thankful to.

I catch my self thinking so often about my friends who live far away from me. I have one dear friend in Australia, a dear one in Holland and several friends and great families in the States. I love them all so much, and I wonder how they have come to make such a deep impact on me. How come they are such a profound part of me, even when I hardly ever see or speak to them physically? Why is that, and how can that be?

Of course it has to do with my history, and the history we have shared and experienced together.

My Aussie-friend had been to the States the same year as me, we happened to «land» in the same class, both of us being fairly competitive (who spoke best English, who ran faster and so on ;-) – she brought out the best in me, I think, and we just really hit it off. When her parents moved away for a few weeks (or was it months?) she moved in with me and my family, and we had the greatest time. We were 17, we did our share of partying, laughing, dancing – and, okay, maybe we should have done some more homework, but in those days we managed with less effort than my children need to put in today. (Or maybe it’s just me worrying more….?) Anyway, my 17th year was as good as a 17th year could be, and she played a huge part in it :-)

My Dutch friend and I met on vacation in Bulgaria, I was vacationing with my family. I went on my last vacation with my parents and my younger siblings. Oh, what to do.… And there she was, this beautiful creature! She looked so Scandinavian (more Scandinavian than me), very tall (much taller than me), very slender (yup, more slender than me), very blond and with the best complexion. She was on vacation with her mother. We two so hit it off! She loved what I loved – parties, laughs, dancing, fashion, smoking…. (sorry kids, this was way back in the early 80’s – cancer just didn’t exist… Anyway, being Duch, she smoked with her mother….). She was sixteen and I was seventeen. We were teenagers on holiday in a country where the sun always shines – with no parties, no discos (Bulgaria had a long history of communism…..), siblings and parents negotiating what to do…. Well, I loved being with my friend, laughing, shopping and basically having no worries at all. After that summer she has been to visit me several times, while I have still not been in Amsterdam…. Such a bummer of me really :-( Back in the days I couldn’t afford going, and now – well, there are always plans involving other places. But in spite of that, I truly, really miss seeing this beloved friend. We hardly ever talk, yet she has a very special place in my heart. We did make plans, that time in Bulgaria – Golden Sands ;-) To grow up, have children, husbands and loads of money – and the two of us would meet in various cities around the world, to go shopping together, sharing wine, music, memories and long talks. – Not exactly loads of money – but we must get around to at least one great city….. ;-)

Then there are the States. The USA. Oh, how I love that country, my friends and my family over there <3

I left my small island on the Western coast of Norway, at the age of 16, to go to Grand Rapids, Michigan, to stay for a senior year with my absolutely fantastic family! I had such a blast. I can’t even try to explain how wonderful that year was for me. Looking back it’s hard to imagine anyone else having had as good experience as me. Living la vida loca! Allthough, that’s not entirely true, it was not a crazy life, but it was crazy happy. Why? Well, everything I guess. – My family obviously, watching late night movies with my cousin who I feel so related to <3

FilmerGreat classics like The wizard of Oz, Sound of music, Grease, Carrie, Friday the 13th and so many more, while eating the best ice cream and wearing Lexington-like pajama under the duvets. My «mom» taking me shopping, to the theatre, introducing me to ballet and opera that I love so much. (Thank you, my dear A.!) Taking dance-classes the year Michael Jackson hit the billboards with Thriller and Beat it! Going to high school – oh, so great! To Prom, TWIRP and Homecoming ;-) And Americans are just the best native hosts! It was so easy to become friends and living as though you had been part of their lives since way back when. My fabulous friends – oh, joy! <3 (B., hope it’s all right I «stole» your photo!) Going to Kalamazoo, New York, Florida and vacationing in San Jose with more great family. I had the best year anyone could ever have, and I am still so grateful. It has formed my life, who I have become – no doubt.

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I so hope my daughters will have as many great memories as I do when they reach my age. I hope they’ll look back and embrace the great moments with friends and family. That they will think back and recognize some of those choices that have been of great impact to them. And I hope former good choices will enable them to make new, good ones. All in all I guess I hope they’ll be as fortunate as I’ve been – I’ll certainly do what I can for that to happen. That’s probably every parents wish :-)

Anyway – I got to dash ;-) Picking up a kid from practice and another one from a friends house ;-)

Wishing you all great days and a happy and memorable week – with loads of peace & love!

 

 

Trying out blogging in English…..

BlogI have so many dear ones not speaking Norwegian, so – just in case any of them are remotely interested – I am going to blog in English, occasionally anyway ;-) It’s also a great way for me to practice my English writing.

This blog started out as a project, actually it still is a project. Since I studied social media a few years ago, I have wanted to learn more about the various ways of social communicating. The only media I really wanted to know better, but didn’t know at all was blogging, and we were told during the course that the only way to learn was to actually get a blog and start blogging…. I thought that was kind of scary, so it took me some years before I built up enough courage to actually do it. I was also skeptical as to if I would have enough time to keep a blog, I had heard it was pretty time-consuming…..

Well, I decided to blog for a year, mainly for learning, but maybe what really drove me was the curiosity. I have learned some all right…..

  1. It does take a lot more time than I could ever have guessed!
  2. It is a lot more fun than I could imagine!
  3. I love getting the positive feedback ;-)
  4. I so enjoy reading other blogs
  5. I so enjoy realizing that what may seem very scary might not be scary at all…..
  6. I love the fact that I’m getting older and don’t really care if I make a fool of myself anymore ;-)
  7. I am content with the fact that a lot of people think this is so incredibly ridiculous ;-)
  8. I become more and more fond of social media as an instrument for keeping in touch, connecting, learning, planning, sharing (is caring ;-) and so much more!
  9. Time consuming or not – blogging is a great way of making a statement, sharing an opinion, be a voice – without having to put it in some newspaper ;-)
  10. As a proffesional communicator I love the fact that blogging is a great way to build character (or wreck it….)

So, my dearest friends – I will not be offended if you don’t have the energy or interest in reading my blog, but I do love it if you «stop by» occasionally ;-)

Until next time – lots of peace & love to you all!