Thoughts

Thoughts, Travel

A Sunday by the pool


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Could life get much better right now? Don’t think so. I don’t think I’ve been this happy or relaxed in my entire life – I barely dare to think or say it because of the fear that I’ll jinx it or something. I feel confident, secure and happy. The last ten years have been an off and on ongoing ‘battle’, and throughout the last 6 months its almost as if the pieces have started falling into place again. Weird, but exciting. Of course I still get anxious and worry about the dumbest of things, but its got nothing up against the genuine happiness bubble I’m currently in.

We’re kicking off this Sunday by the pool at Shoreditch House. It’s 26 degrees at 11am, I’ve just worked through a bunch of emails and 69 (!) unread WhatsApp messages on my phone. This is something that’s been a main source of stress for me lately by the way. WhatsApp. I can’t delete it, but I need to find a better way to mange it so that it doesn’t give me heart palpitations. Anyway – first world problems. I’m going to go back to enjoying my late morning black coffee and my fiancé the British sun. Ha ha.

Have a beautiful Sunday everyone!

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Career, Thoughts

It’s a girl!


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Look at me acting like Swedish news platform Aftonbladet with this headline. May as well play around to get some extra clicks and likes around engagement times?

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However – its not a baby (thankfully, right now) – but…it’s a laptop! A partner! A bestie, and a right hand!

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So sometime in the beginning of the year, around the time I decided that it was getting close to me putting in my papers at work, I decided that I needed a new laptop. I had been using my work laptop for everything for the last two and a half years, and as I was leaving my job, it was time to invest in one of my own. I worked double hours from December to April – my full-time job, along with a couple of new projects I was taking up, to see if entrepreneurship life was something I wanted to invest fully in – and sometime around March, I finally did it! It was one of those out with the old, in with the new kind of moments.

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It may not sound like a big deal to you guys – to get a new laptop – but to me it was huge. A symbolic moment of putting some old stuff behind, and moving onward, upward and forward. And first and foremost, after so many years of hustling and struggling, to be independent, to be able to afford all the expensive shit you need and want in life, to have a laptop that doesn’t belong to someone else or a company. It’s mine!

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This is how happy I looked on the day I took her home! My sister told me I looked like when I was seven and got my first bike on Christmas morning – H A P P Y. It was also very early in the morning when Saif took this photo of me, which is pretty obvious as well. Haha

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After taking it home, I kept it in the box for almost two months. Opened it a few times, petted it (literally), made sure it was doing alright, and put it back in the box. Not until I packed up for Sweden and left for a brief holiday and visa renewal for my new company did my laptop actually get to come out of the box…

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It’s been two and a half weeks of working together now, and I think we’re a good team – my laptop and I. Saif got her a nice, brown leather outfit to match my iPhone case, too. Trying to keep her clean, healthy, and giving her as much rest as she needs in between things. And yes, obviously, its a girl.

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P.S. Her name is Maud. We named her that after brainstorming some names, and came to the conclusion that the name Maud makes it feel like she’s older than me. Content, calm, confident, wise. Just what I need in life.

Lifestyle, Thoughts

To update you…


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AHH, where to start?

Here are some brief snapshots of what’s been going on in my life since I last updated you. I think the last time I updated you was from Goa, so my sincere apologies for that. What can I say? It’s been manic. No excuses though! And like I said, brief update…

First…

Got back to Bombay from a wonderful weekend in Goa celebrating a close friends 30th birthday, cleaned out my desk at work, handed over the apartment-key to my landlord, and officially called South Mumbai quits. I’m sorry all you South Mumbai’ers, but…YESSSSS! Frickin relieved. Hello Bandra!

 

Then…

…flew back home. Well, took a flight from Mumbai to Frankfurt, and from Frankfurt to Milan. Went from Milan by car, to Turino, for a quick meeting and a short and sweet lunch. From there, back to Milan, wrapped up a five hour wait at the airport over a couple of glasses of wine, and flew to Copenhagen, then train to Sweden from there that same night. HOME SWEET HOME.

…spent four wonderful days back at my moms house, before I hopped on the train to Stockholm that following Monday morning. The weather was (IS) frickin incredible, 30 degrees Celsius (?!) and I fell in love with the city all over again. Is it OK for me to say that Stockholm is by far my most favourite city in the world, or is that selfish? Considering I’m Swedish, I mean.

…had some great meetings with clients there – because hey, I’m an entrepreneur now!!! – and met up with some old friends while I was in town. My oldest friend, Elin, happened to be in LA this particular week (sad). I managed to squeeze in lunch with Therese and Philip, and stayed with Nina and her boyfriend for three days, before Saif showed up. We  took our their new speedboat, drank rose in Fjäderholmarna, and had a meeting with one of our favourite Swedish brands on Thursday, before we got back on a six hour train + bus ride back to the southern Swedish countryside.

…on Friday WE GOT ENGAGED. Do I need to say more? Yes, I know you want me to say more, but you’re going to have to hold your horses for my next post. I’ll make it a separate one. Let’s just say, Friday May 18th is forever going to be the best day of my life. We came back to my hometown, and Saif proposed to me in what he knows is my sacred, happy place, where I am calm and relaxed and surrounded by those I love and love me back. I can’t contain my excitement, and could go on and on, so going to cut myself off here before I do…

…after a brief yet special weekend together, Saif left Sweden on Sunday for one week’s work across France and Italy. I’m back home for a few more days, and in a way its been the best thing ever. I’ve had so much time to catch up with everyone who’s been calling and messaging. Time to work, plan for my company set up, and my return. Pinterest about weddings, and doing up a home. Yes – did I say we’re doing up a home and moving there by end of the year? Gosh.

 

So – 2018, so far so good! So good, I almost feel scared to embrace it all. Almost like I’m scared too much good will eventually get balanced out with something less good. Pessimist/anxious person at heart, I guess. Shutting that part of my brain down for a moment and enjoying life for what it is: so, so wonderful.

Lots of love to you guys. I promise – I’m back now!

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