Sunday, 2 January 2011

I usually don't share all to much of my own life here on this blog. I kind of set out from the beginning for it to be about my creative life. But every year for the past ten or so I've been doing a review at the end of the year. I've been writing it in past blogs and online journals. But I've let them go as of late and I still wanted to do the review.

So here it is. In all its starkness and candidness. It contains some heavy stuff that I haven't shared here before - like the fact that my first year as a designer has been not only fantastic and exciting, but also hard for me on a personal level. I started a new demanding job as well this year and the two of them together managed to rock my boat. My way of tackling that was to work more and design more which of course only meant less time for other tings and more anxiety on my part. But with the new year I am taking on a new attitude and am hoping for a brigther and better year. So, with that, here is my review of 2010.

1. What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before?
Started designing digi scrap products for profit and selling with

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I never make them but I had planned to exercise which I failed.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My friend Anneli had Linnea on June 20th
My sister in law Jenny had Elias on June 27th
My sister Frida had Wilmer on November 17th

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Thankfully not this year

5. What countries did you visit?
Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and a lot of Sweden

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
Balance – I struggled a lot with combining the workload of my day job and designing with a normal social life. I feel I failed at being a good wife, daughter, sister, friend.

7. What date from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
The birthdays of “our” kids
May 22nd when we saw Michael Bublé in concert and Inter won Champions league
November 7th when MFF became Swedish champions
November 19th when I saw Lady Gaga in concert

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Becoming a digital designer at, kicking ass at work.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not being able to find balance in my life.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Apart from two stellar colds I was healthy and had the best year in many with regards to migraines.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
For me – new computer, but mostly I am more pleased with gifts we got others.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Johan, he puts up with me and my mini meltdowns. Liv Esteban, for talking me out of giving up designing.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Some peoplein my workplace.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Mortgage, summer holiday, food, computer.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Being offered to join the design team at
Michael Bublé
Lady Gaga
Holiday in Italy

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
Från och med du – Oskar Linnros
Rude Boy – Rihanna
Fuck You – Cee Lo Green

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier
ii. thinner or fatter? About the same
iii. richer or poorer? About the same

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Spent time with family and friends.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Worry and agonize about things.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
With my family at our place, eating, snuggling, laughing. It was awesome.

22. Did you fall in love in 2010?
With “our” kids, new and old, and with Johan.

23. How many one-night stands?

24. What was your favorite TV program?
True Blood
Criminal Minds
Biggest Loser

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No, hate is such a strong word. There are a few I strongly dislike though.

26. What was the best book you read?
I think I only read two … biographies by Nikki Sixx and Slash. The latter was better.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Oskar Linnros and thanks to Johan I rediscovered Guns n Roses.

28. What did you want and get?
A new computer
A lovely holiday trip

29. What did you want and not get?
A winning lottery ticket.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
I am having a hard time remembering what films we’ve seen this year. I thought Iron Man 2 was a disappointment … as well as Toy Story 3. I did like Daybreakers …

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 36 and spent the day with Johan in gorgeous Cinque Terre. It was a fantastic day with lots of wonderful sights, food, wine, and laughs. Best birthday ever.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Being able to do everything I wanted and and spend time with everyone I care for.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
Casual chic? Meh, some days jeans and a top, some days rock n roll sexy, and some days classic. I’m a fashion eclectic.

34. What kept you sane?
Liv Esteban
Microsoft Outlook

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Michael Bublé
Robbie Williams
Jamie Oliver
nothing new, lol.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Swedish election. Just ugh.

37. Who did you miss?
Friends and family that I didn’t get to see due to working too much.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
My new boss. Such a classy lady. She gave me a lot of support and made me feel like maybe I wasn’t half bad after all.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010:
You can’t do it all.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
“You make sense of madness when my sanity hangs by a thread”

And there it is, people. A year of great highs and huge lows. I guess there is a lesson in there somewhere ... see number 39.


  1. You rock, GF! Hope we add the US to #5 in 2011 (tho I'd love to see Sweden one day!) I am with you on #6 - balance is so hard! Liv & Jes may be two of the best peeps on the planet. Your designs RAWK - so very glad you didn't quit & can't wait to see more digi goodness from you very soon! Love that we have similar TV & music tastes. Hugs to you, GF!

  2. I will forever be indebted to Liv for talking you out of quitting design. You are so talented and I hope the balance you seek between this and your job will allow you to feel more fulfilled in it so that thoughts of quitting never enter your mind again!
    I'm honored to count you among my friends! Happy 2011.

  3. I am relieved to hear that there was another soul in the world that felt balance was difficult to find, because I too really struggled with that for several years. I always felt like I let everyone down - I detest that feeling. One of the best things this process brings about is that we sit down and consider what is really worth striving for and what isn't. Sounds like you have that totally figured out and will knock it out of the ballpark this year

    Cheering you on, my friend!

    And if you quit designing, the world would be shrouded in darkness. Just keep on, soldier. ;)

  4. I liked Daybreakers too! I do miss you posting at your other journal, but I am better about remembering to check in over here. ;) I, too, am glad you were talked out of quitting designing! I've bought so much of your stuff & really love it.