Life is as good as life should be. One of my best friends received a four thousand dollar scolarship this morning, to fund the making of a really simple program that could potentially alter the way we look at learning. Another friend opened up a t-shirt company called Florange! I got support and encouragement for different “business” ideas from both friends and Swedish entrepeneurs Isabella “Blondinbella” Löwengrip and Pingis Hadenius. I have two ideas for web-TV or regular ol’ TV that I’ve started e-mailing some partners about. Things are exciting and heading the right way.
The biggest lesson this week has been “You can’t wait to feel like it, because you might be waiting forever”. And if you wait long enough, you’ll be unprepared when that golden holy scheisse moment comes and you can’t do anything with it. Work hard on your goals and surround yourself with people who really support you. I can’t believe how many amazing go-getter friends I’ve had all along! And so many things are brewing in this city… Stockholm is really turning out to be the new capital of the world…
We had our final dinner for the intro weeks of Stockholm School of Business, as I told you before… I was in a secret group of 22 new students doing cool things, so here are pics from that! Now… back to studying microeconomics and accounting.
Picture credit: Cecilia Eyem and Föreningen Ekonomerna – Stockholms Universitet
Lipstick from Kanebo! Anthurium is the favourite <3
Pic from big in Japan
Yey! I got three free lipsticks from Kanebo! Which is awesome because they cost $30 a stick. I’m not that much of a make-up user because I think lenses, lashes, moisturizer and a big smile does the trick for my face… I’m actually pretty bad at putting on make-up, but I don’t realize that until I see the party pics the day after… “I don’t always use lipstick, but when I do it goes something like this“:
The first issue of our epic newspaper is out! Stockholm Banco – the student magazine for us economy students. I’ve done shots with Leo Razzak and Patricia Kempff for Swedbank. Excitement!
Via instagram @yanjaa
The party boat leaves at seven in the morning and it’s eleven now and I’ve done 2/6 of the questions for the microeconomy class.
Picture from the Swedish School in Kenya
When I don’t understand things I start googling them and when I can’t find what I’m looking for (90% of the time) I end up on tumblr.
When it’s close to midnight on a Saturday and I have four more problems to solve
When I see that the next question is split up into three parts
When I don’t even know where to begin
My finance skills at around midnight (I seriously almost wrote something along these lines)
When I read what I’ve written so far
I eat most of my meals with people I enjoy because it heightens the experience of the food. I also try to eat in when it’s grey and cloudy but I go out for food whenever there’s some sunshine (like having sushi in the yard), so those are my tips for a good meal. As for breakfast I just try to eat as much as possible because I sometimes forget to eat something for lunch and then I just end up eating whatever is in the fridge for dinner (a cheese last week for example. I think you read “some cheese”, I mean a whole cheese, like one of these babies). Now I’m going to a Power Yoga class, to balance out my weird eating habits… 😉
“I don’t love studying. I hate studying. I like learning. Learning is beautiful” – Natalie Portman
I love it when I’m learning new things and putting them into my long-term memory. I hate it when it feels like I’m memorizing a bunch of facts that will never be remembered after the exam (I’m looking at you, Mintzbergs super-detailed organizational lingo!). I’m staying at home today so I can focus on learning about accounting in Sweden – something I really love doing because it is easy and I need that knowledge it in real life. I can’t stop myself from using what I’m learning in the moment, writing down my own thoughts and ideas about ideal salary cost for myself in my AB (Swedish term for corporation or Ltd) and what my “liquidity budget” would look like for my first financial report. Yes, I’m geeking out over here.
And here are some pictures I love that I found during my study breaks ♥♥♥.
To all the teachers who told me “you’re simply a language (and/or emotional) person, you can’t be good at [whatever subject] as well”. My goal is to have so much resources that I can make the research, regulations and education I find vital for societal growth happen (endorsing alternatives to chopping of the rainforest and lose our biodiversity where we’ll probably find most cures in the future, better healthcare for animals, research on the prevention of cancer, make malaria medicine available to all, harder demands on the education of our politicians who often make decisions in areas they have only read rapports about, endorsing more social recreational sports activities, engender women to base their value on their actions, not looks nor material possessions, fund neuroscience and make the perfect chocolate bar and other important things). It is absolutely disgusting that we spend more money on curing male baldness than curing malaria. Dudes, you’ve lost your hair, just shave it off. And to the 200 million who have malaria, I’m sorry we as a global society don’t prioritize the economic growth of your area and let you children lose your cognitive function and get neurological disabilities. As if your situation wasn’t hard enough.
Aaron Swartz – a hero who spoke the truth of our generation – information and knowledge should be available for all. It should neither be patented nor restricted when it causes such immense welfare losses for humanity. The people who persecuted him causing his suicide will be seen as equally horrible as the people who burned Joan of Arc for speaking the truth and those who spread knowledge for free are all honoring his memory.