Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and whether you are in a committed relationship or just started dating, finding the right gift can be tricky. Although Valentine’s Day is not as big in Scandinavia as it is in other countries (and you may even think it’s stupid), it is here to stay, so you may as well look at it as the ideal opportunity to spoil your loved one rotten.
Swedish singer/voiceover artist, Mona Najib (33), went ahead and did the one thing many of us are so afraid to do; she followed her dream, and maybe even more importantly, her heart. At 26, she was accepted into the Los Angeles College of Music in Pasadena, California, and decided to just go for it.
Silje Landevåg (33), founder of and now business developer of online sports store, GetInspired.no, is an inspiring lady to say the least. In 2009, at the age of just 24, she literally started the company from her own living room couch. The skyrocketing growth and success of Get Inspired was not something the young
Sometimes, the prospect of dating can feel similar to the prospect of going to your work acquaintance’s birthday party – it seems like a great idea at first, but when the day arrives you’d rather chew your arm off than follow through. When I first started dating (London, 2009, pre Tinder), as in going on real dates (not watching movies with a guy from your class in high school), I found the concept terrifying; ‘What if he doesn’t like me? What if I say something stupid? What if we have nothing to talk about?’. When we don’t know what to expect from a situation, it’s easier to mentally prepare for the worst case scenario than the best. I overcame my dating anxiety a long time ago, and since I started dating in London, where dating is a big part of the culture, I was eased into it by people who grew up knowing how to date in the same way we grew up knowing how to cross country ski. I’m not saying British people are better than Scandinavians (heaven knows they have their flaws), I’m just saying we have a thing or two to learn from them when it comes to dating. The same goes for the Americans, they know that a date is just a date and simply see it as an opportunity to get to know someone new and have a fun time.
It is pretty much impossible to access any social media platform without having an açaí bowl slammed in your face these days, and the pressure to identify as “super healthy” is at an all time high. Although “being healthy” means completely different things to everyone, we’re kind of socially wired to believe that we need to fit into a certain box to be able to define ourselves as healthy. It’s definitely a positive thing that people are becoming more aware of their health, but it also puts a large amount of pressure on everyone who would list “Netflix and carbs” above “health and wellness” when asked about their personal interests. The truth is, not everyone loves getting soaking wet in a spinning class, not everyone loves lifting weights or going to crossfit, and not everyone loves kale, green juices and açaí bowls, and that is perfectly fine. We are all different, which means we all need to find our own personalized way of taking care of our bodies and our minds, and ultimately: our own way to be healthy.