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 js.com

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 js.com, 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?
Babies
Being offered to join the design team at js.com
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?
None

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?
Love
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?
Johan
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.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

6 interesting things about me - a game of tag

I just discovered that my friend Kylee tagged me today. I am asked to write six things that are interesting about me, and then I get to ask five friends to do the same on their blog.

To be completely honest, I am not a real big fan of tagging games. I am also a private person in the sense that I am hesitant to share personal things online. But for you, Kylee, I will do it today. ;)

Let's see, are there indeed six things about me that are interesting?
  1. I keep my three (!) closets organized after a strict and thoroughly thought through scheme; after, in descending order, type of clothing, colour, size. I go through them to straighten everything every week when I put in the fresh laundry.
  2. I claimed, with a passion, for 32 years that I hated beetroots (despite never having tasted one). Then my husband forced me to try baked beetroots with goat's cheese and I discovered that I loved it. Funny how things can be.
  3. I love red wine but cannot drink it since it gives me terrible migraines. And I have enough of them as it is.
  4. I used to be a terrible photographer who cut off people's heads and always produced a blurry photo. I never wanted to even hold a camera. The introduction of digital cameras changed my mind. What a fantastic change for me!
  5. If I was offered a job as an event planner I would take it in a heartbeat.
  6. I have the books in my bookshelf stacked according to colour and size rather than alphabetically. I just could not stand how cluttered it looked.

Ha! I bet there was something you wouldn't have guessed about me? No?

OK, so to the tagging business, I um, I'm going to be a saint and say:
Anyone who feels like it, please feel free to do so. If you do not, then you are officially off the hook. Good enough compromise? LOL.

Saturday, 12 January 2008

The meme business

Just a little break from the regular scheduled programmes as I was tagged for a meme by Susan and Dawn. I normally don't participate in memes but thought I would just this once.

The rules of the game:
• Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
• Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself on your blog; we all want to know them.
• Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
• Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Random facts about Linda:
I am allergic to red wine and garlic
My celebrity crushes are Robbie Williams, Clive Owen, and Hugh Jackman
I am a really bad cook
I have given myself the diagnosis of "borderline OCD"
I love chocolate, but only if it's plain, hate the filled kind
I don't drink coffee and only started drinking tea last year
My butt looks best in Levi's jeans

So there you have it. Seven completely random facts about me. Anything you did not expect?

Since I'm probably the last person in the world to take this meme I will bow out of tagging anyone else. Thanks to Dawn and Susan for tagging me! :D