Meeting the Parents is a tough proposition. “All right, now look, Focker. I’m a patient man. That’s what 19 months in a Vietnamese prison camp will do to you. But I will be watching you, studying your every move. And if I find that you are trying to corrupt my first born child, I will […]
Escaping the 9-5
It took me 5 years to do it properly. I read tomes on the subject (the 4-hour work week holds a special place on my bookshelf). There is tons of advice I could give, but to put it bluntly, this advice is useless if your chosen path doesn’t involve your passion.
Because for me escaping the 9-5 isn’t just about putting your business online (and if that’s what you want I can suggest several mentors), it’s an idealogy to live life to the full, doing what only you can do best and doing only what makes you happy. If this is true for you too, then welcome on board. This sections contains a lot of lessons learnt from the mundane to the sublime.
Living Without Cars (and Shops!)
Many grass fields on our island are cut manually with scythes. We’re not Amish. It’s a question of cost-benefit. The fields simply aren’t profitable enough to necessitate the purchase of a combine harvester. Likewise, the haystacks are hand made. It’s a joy to see men and women in the fields making hay in a world […]
Three Entrepreneurial Lessons from an Ex-Piss Artist
Before I became a stay-at-home entrepreneur, I was a financial analyst. And before then I was a prodigious piss artist. That’s not the reason I chose to do my MBA in Ireland at the age of 27, home to the greatest drinkers on earth, but when I did finally choose Dublin’s fair city and a […]
Why the Recession is the Best Thing that Ever Happened to Us
Steve, the husband of a friend of mine has worked for 20 years laying concrete slabs. Between you and me, their marriage is on the rocks. His once vivacious brain has been dulled; a hollow shell that rattles as he walks, mainly due to his monotonous trade. We are children of an era which educated […]
Our Path to Geographical Freedom
This is the view from our living room veranda. And that’s my boyfriend (or a part of him at least). We live an idyllic life on an island in the Gothenburg Archipelago with our two children. And we think we’re very lucky. My daughter Freya is 2 years old and has recently started playing the […]
Skinny Dipping in Sweden
Every Monday here in Brännö, the women can – and do – go skinny dipping. It’s nice to start a blog with a sentence like that. Even if it’s not quite true. But it’s true enough for me to be able to get away with it, because this evening was Monday. And this evening I […]
What is a Mid-Life Crisis?
My friend is a drummer. He and his girlfriend have a gorgeous baby girl. My friend is full of joy. He smiles, laughs and exudes happiness. So much so that it has been known to actually annoy people. My friend says ‘I play in town. 30 minutes every day. The running costs of our apartment […]