Mormor Diary Entry #34

Hey y'all! Here's another snippet from my Grandmother's diary that she kept while in Sweden. I found this entry on a page titled "comparisons" "Comparison:In those days people feared thingslike lion's faces. We fear things inthe shape of mushroom clouds -- nuclearbombs." ~ June 1986 IIn this entry, she's referencing the Vasa ship. *Swedish warship…

My Travels in Sweden! Part 1

Traveling to Sweden was such a fantastic experience. I departed from Des Moines, IA, and traveled to Stockholm and Oskarshamn. I went with a group of classmates to study abroad at KTH and Stockholm University. ItineraryDay OneDeparted Des Moines Airport Day TwoArrived at Arlanda Airport in StockholmCheck in to Zinkensdamm hostel~1:00pm City Tour – Gamla…

Visiting Tallinn, Estonia in One Day

While I was studying abroad in Sweden, a group of us took a two-day cruise ship to Tallinn, Estonia. Estonia seemed like a hidden gem. I especially loved the medieval structures and the view of the sea. The cruise ship (Baltic Queen - Tallink) was clean, reasonably roomy, and had the most amazing mixed drinks!…

Inspirational Black Women – Unapologetic

Has anyone watched The Secret? If you haven't, it's a self-help type of documentary. Creating a vision or inspiration board was an easy takeaway. The purpose of an inspiration board is to keep you focused on your goals. The idea is that what you think about is what the universe responds to. I've recently found inspiration…

Mormor Diary Entry #36

Swedes are allowed to go anywhere, eat in grass at the palace lawn, see parks as they wish. The new law is that the Princess who is older than her brother will be queen. We Swedes are implementing equal rights for women! Vivian Olson ~ June 17th I had similar thoughts as my Grandma while…

Mormor Diary Entry #25

Peak morning, this sunny mile throughpeaceful wooden Sweden, sence *sense* ofa unity of my blood with all I see.I wish mom would have seen this. Itis so wonderful to think it is my heritage,this graceful serene land. Saw a deerback in the wood. ~  Vivian Olson - June 15th, 1986 When I picture being back…

Consent in the USA

I want to inspire Americans to care about reducing sexual assault, to help victims, and to change legislation with a focus on consent. I have chosen to focus on the actions of FATTA as an example of what can be done here in the USA.FATTA is a Swedish non-profit organization fighting against sexual violence and…

Resilience – Family Stories Passed Down

I have great respect for the past. If you don't know where you've come from, you don't know where you're going. Maya Angelou A couple of years ago, I was told stories by my mother and father around Christmas. I would like to share the stories told to me during this time that embody the…