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April 26, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Sally’s Bike

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Last week when it was Sally’s birthday she get a brand new pink bike which made her very happy. It’s perfect to have a spring-time bike at her age. My Sally is so much like me and filled with energy so I think it’ll be used a lot all summer. I realised what opportunities we’ll have when Gillis and Sally are a bit older and can have bike adventures on Lidingö.

It’s a lot of fun to watch her run around and play Pippi. I think Pippi is an incredible role-model so I’m proud to see that she looks up to her so much. Pippi does a lot of silly things but I think that’s liberating. When Sally wants to sleep with her feet on the pillow, have un-matching socks on or walk backwards to the car, it only makes me happy.

My darling girl! Your world is already so big and secure. Everything you want to do is possible. I’m going to try to be your best support in life and help you develop your inner strength and voice. It makes everything much easier.

Now you can find the bike at Babyshop with 30% off, perfekt for all your springtime adventures!

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Food & travel
April 26, 2018 at 4:53 pm

Madrid

We landed in Madrid at half past 6 last night, got picked up by the hotel and checked in at The Principal. A small luxury hotel I fell in love with immediately. It reminds me a bit of A Home mixed with Bvulgari-hotels. We changed clothes and took a walk to NH Collection’s roof top bar. On the way there I encountered my first ever pick-pockets! It was a pair who walked closed behind me and twice my bag was opened but I closed it quickly. I can feel it happening again and when I turned around I saw the woman pull her hand out of my bag and I screamed loudly, out of shock I think. There was a weird vibe between us and she said loudly ”fuck you”. I got a bit nervous then and dragged Sasha with me and ran away. I had my phone and my cards in my hand.

Dress Filippa K

When we arrived I was craving Cava! Matilde who works at GP Bullhound was waiting for us with chilled bottled. We talked about the event we’re going to in Marbella in a month’s time and then we had dinner at Platea. We ordered so much delicious food, it felt like I was rolling home around midnight. Out of everything I’ve seen so far, Madrid is an incredibly beautiful city. It’s huge, gorgeous buildings everywhere and a lot of green. I’d like to come back.

When we woke up this morning we had a meeting with Amazon. Everything went well and we’re likely to board in Spain as well as part of their Luxury Brands. We went live in the UK last week, in a few weeks we’re live in Germany and then USA. So exciting. I’m looking forward to when Amazon is in Sweden and we can use Prime. That means you can have everything delivered within an hour or so. How fun wouldn’t that be with campaigns like Bubbles and Beauty, you could order Guldkula and beauty-products before going out on a Friday-night! It won’t work in Sweden because of our laws on alcohol but in other markets, it will be a fun challenge.

Now I’m waiting for the flight home to the kids!

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Food & travel
April 26, 2018 at 8:19 am

Precious Memories

I have some routines when I fly. I go through my emails and give a lot of interviews to distributors. Content to everything from member-newspaper or different platforms. Everything I don’t have time for on the weekdays. Today I replied to a longer interview with Kicks where Löwengrip is going to be sold. Besides that I usually buy magazines. This trio’s book is “The Strength of Stillness” by Daniel Goldman. It talks about the science behind meditation.

Then I usually put on a good playlist and visualise. I love closing my eyes to go through three things. What I’ve done, what I’ll do next and dreams. The last thing I do is to look through pictures if I have time. It was a long time I did that because many of those memories hurt. My old life at Kungsholmen with ox-rolls and pick’n’mix candy is so close on a picture but so far away.

Memories that always make me happy are pictures of the kids. I look so young when I was 22 and pregnant. I’d like to have more kids in life but there’s no stress with it. The day I have my third child I will check out for a whole and go travelling. But I’m not there yet.

Precious memories. We’ve landed in Madrid! Now we’re going out for a drink and dinner.

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Business
April 25, 2018 at 2:28 pm

Beauty & Tech

Today I started the morning by participating at Breakits Beauty and Fashion Tech-day. Lots of fun. I talked about our Amazon collaboration outside Sweden’s borders and about my entreprenur mistakes. Richard Lyko, the founder of Lyko.se was talking before me, it was incredibly exciting to listen to. He’s a talented entreprenur I’ve been following for man years. Löwengrip is being sold for 50% right now.

I think I was a bit harsh at one point. I said I was tired of women always reaching to HR or project-management. I’d like to see women aim higher, dare to breakthrough into the tech-industry. Be brave enough to apply for more capital. Of course, it’s not everyone’s dream, you’re supposed to work towards what you’re passionate about.

Now we’re off to Madrid!

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Business
April 24, 2018 at 10:00 pm

Training

Today was a very long day. Work-out at 7AM and then training until half past 7. I was going to have dinner in between but got stuck at the office with Pingis, had a sandwich and then went to Löwengrip’s training at United Space with 100 people invited. Today we were visited by staff from all of Sweden’s pharmacy-chains,
Åhléns and Kicks. It’s such fun to talk about Löwengrip and our products, it’s my big passion in life and I’d love to work with it throughout life.

Blazer Stylein

When I was finished I hurried to the garage and went home. Made dinner and have just sat down by my laptop. Tomorrow I’m on stage with Breakit and then we’re flying to Madrid. It’s for a meeting with Spanish Amazon. Today we launched with Amazon UK, by the way! New products are always being uploaded. It’s huge.

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Life & thoughts
April 24, 2018 at 6:34 pm

Wonderful Johanna!

I’m always get so happy when Johanna and I get a chance to see each other. She moved to Skåne a while back but I get lucky to have her in Stockholm now and again so that’s when we make time. Last time we had tea-time at mine and today we had an hour’s speed-lunch. It feels like Johanna always looks into my soul and can tell how I’m feeling. She says so many wise things. “You have to keep working, that’s what gives you energy but a grieving process takes a lot space so you can’t block out so many things in the calendar.” That’s how it is.

After lunch I saw a new psychologist. It went so much better than last time. He was quite tough towards me and that was necessary. I’m starting to accept that I’m in the middle of a mini-crisis with myself. The emotional-well is overflowing, I feel grief and have heavy anxiety on my chest from time to time. It took a year after the divorce. My plan is to go and talk and give the mini-crisis space in my life. I’m welcoming those emotions and I’m ready to give it to go through everything and eventually come out of it a bit stronger.

I’m going to let you follow me on my journey so I might go on a bit at times and I want you to tell me if I do! Now I’m going to have a quick dinner and then train pharmacy staff on Löwengrip.

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Life & thoughts
April 24, 2018 at 11:40 am

A Question!

Hi! I like reading about your sunshine-life even though it’s completely different from my achievements and salary-work. I have toddlers, a lot alike, like reading, love my job. I have a question which I think give blogreaders a headache. Don’t you ever get scared you’re going to become speed-blinded the more successful your businesses become? I mean, do you ever stop to think about what you have achieved? I’m just wondering because you’re pretty careful and nowadays you talk a lot about having an inner-self. Sometimes you write that you have a lot to process. But surely, you’ve already taken the next step to a hopefully more stable relationship even if it’s delicate and you’re being careful? Let’s just say I’m playing with the idea that I’m your new relationship, I would be sad about ”everything” you express and that you have to process so much even though you’ve let go of the past and is dating someone new? It confuses me as a blog reader. Either you’re divorced and move on or you’re seeing a new person and process the old.

Answer: Yes, you’re correct, it’s easy to become speed-blinded when you’re running a company in a fast tempo. We’re aware of that and sometimes you make mistakes so we have to backtrack but that’s how we’ve chosen to work. The important thing is to surround yourself with people who dare questioning you. I think it’s really hard when I get quiestions that sting but I know that also means the person has a point in what they’re saying. I’ve learnt now that when something stings it’s not a strategy that’s 100% but an opportunity that can be made even better.

When almost the whole company could fit in Pingis’ summerhouse on Fårö

The thing about stopping to contemplate or enjoy is more difficult because the goal is so big. I want our companies to be worth billions and it’s a long way there. And why do I want that? Because goals are fun and it would be pretty awesome as a relatively young Swedish woman to succeed with that. To inspire other to dare to dream higher. Nevermind that dream about being an executive, create your own instead. Nevermind that dream about struggling to make a million, but try to achieve through your own million-dollar company. Nobody has succeed with that. It doesn’t have anything to do with happiness. It’s proven that a salary of 40,000 – 50,000 kronor per month doesn’t influence your happiness in life at all and I absolutely believe that (although I can’t find the source now)

New office, more employees and a couple of kids later…

However, you can have an opportunity to impact when you’re bigger. You can make a proper difference for other people. Everything from being able to create jobs, give more to the welfare, start projects for people in need. Most billionaires I’ve met are philanthropists, the thing that makes them happy is helping others.

Last question, about if the person I’m seeing gets upset over everything I need to process and is open with it? Not at all. And it’s like this, I’ve been married to someone I’ve had two kids with. Two times we’ve plus-ed together, carried children and gone into labour and meet the children for the first time. Separating from that person is tough and takes time. Some people crash immediately, process it and move on. In my case, I shut down and then it leaks out after a while when I feel strong again. Everyone is different. Right now I’m going through a massive inner journey and it’s something the person I’m seeing will have to accept. In our case, he’s a huge support in my journey and helps me reach into my personal-self.

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Life & thoughts
April 24, 2018 at 8:11 am

Go Me!

I’m proud of myself now! I managed 90 minutes of bikram-yoga. I’ve only been able to do one hour before and it’s been tough, you’re working out in 38-degree heat. But today I felt in each of my cells that this is what I needed.
I was ridiculously proud when the instructor suddenly said we were done with all the exercises. Afterwards I went to the garage (with a big smile), drove home and made a tuna salad. The kids are with their dad.  I was a bit scared that it would feel lonely tonight but it’s already gone half past 9 and I feel pretty calm and harmonious as you can be after exercise.

I like this yoga studio on Linnègatan, the staff are so sweet.  Now I’m going to do some evening work.  Hugs.

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Business
April 23, 2018 at 3:48 pm

My Monday

Today I had lunch with an entrepreneur called Tara who runs a company called Sniph. We were supposed to talk about their company but instead we started talking about life and getting to know yourself. It gave me energy! I have a very exciting week ahead. Today I have a lot of internal meetings, an interview with SvD and tonight bikram-yoga for 90 minutes. Tomorrow I’m holding a training session for the pharmacies about new Löwengrip, on Wednedsay I’m talking at Breakit’s Beauty Tech-day, then I’m flying to Madrid to meet Amazon on Thursday morning. On Friday I am filming for new content to our American distributor. Then I have the kids for the weekend (Thursday-Sunday), I love it when the days coincide like that.

Casual Monday. Shirt Wakakuu , jeans Polo Ralph Lauren and Flattered

My health-plan this week is: psychologist appointment booked as well as an appointment called Wabing. It’s a body-meditiation where you get neeurogenic shakes. I have done that once before and this is my second time. I will tell you more about it later. Then I have four work-outs booked. Bikram today, normal gym on the morning of Tuesday and Thursday and company work-out on Friday, this time at Body Week. This weekend is going to be exercise-free and I’m only hanging out with the kids. It makes you pretty active anyway. My working days are quite long so I’m trying to go to bed early and aim for 7 hours sleep. That’s my plan!

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Life & thoughts
April 23, 2018 at 3:32 pm

An Inner Journey

Last week someone asked me if I couldn’t write about who I am when I’m not achieving. I’ve had that thought in my head afterwards and it’s been tough to not reply immediately. Because I haven’t been entirely sure of the answer. This week, I’ve had my kids, my sister and my friends so that’s been important to me. With them, I have no demands to be a certain way. I also realise that as soon as things quiet down when I’m over the bridge to Lidingö I always feel cam but also more vulnerable because I have time to think and I know I have a lot to work on which I’ve started to accept. I’ve also been afraid of it, to lift the emotional-lid but now I’m ready.

I see my life like a large well that I fill with memory and have a lid on. Sometimes I’m brave enough to lift it a little and look down. But then I close it again. It’s lead to having a bit of a bad relationship to my feelings and sometimes I just shut things off. It’s a strength when it comes to my job, I can move mountains and make a rubik’s cube at the same time. It’s my strong doers side but a weakness privately because I have a difficulty deepning relationships as I’ve written about before. I don’t have enough good tools to work with my situation and now I’ve reached the staged where I’m aware of this and sought help. It’s a tough process that awaits me but it’s necessary. I’m noticing how my anxiety-levels has heightened and I think that’s because I don’t know how to handle everything that’s happening around me and it becomes a pressure on my chest. Anyway, I’m starting my inner journey now. It’s incredibly hard but it will get better.

Now I’m going to have the first meeting of the day. I’m not at my sharpest today but that’s how it is sometimes

 

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