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Whirl Open – My Way September 28, 2013

Intentional Art by Johanna Nilsson - Workshop by Donna Marchesano

I had the pleasure of being invited to do a 3 hour intentional art workshop with artist Donna Marchesano. Her program Wellness4Art launched this past Sunday with the opening of her art exhibition “Courage to Create”, September 22 – December 31, 2013 at Dolce Amore, 1477 Van Ness (and Pine), San Francisco.

Donna herself has a unique story to share, where daily intentional art for 6 years has been key to the cure of her severe Crohn’s Disease and through the journey of chemotherapy and healing from Cancer. Given her own experience, she is a strong believer in intentional art – whether you are wanting to cure from a disease, wanting to change or manifest something in your life. And me – I love her art, I find her story fascinating, I wish for more patients to find the path that she has taken, and I love to try the creative process – with intention. The fact that I also have been working for 8 years in a pharmaceutical company, for the majority of time dedicated to managing the finances for the development of a drug for Chron’s Disease, doesn’t make me less connected to her story.

I put together  a little video showing the process. (more…)

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Let it end September 23, 2013

Filed under: coaching,Entrepreneur,Inspiration — Johanna C. Nilsson @ 11:26 pm
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“Oh – so you feel upset. Read this.” – thanks Universe! It’s sometimes fascinating what messages come your (my) way and how timely they are.

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Give up anger toward others and yourself.

See that the force of any heated reaction is not strength.

Remember that for any and everyday action of force, there is an equal and opposite one.

This explains why the fighting never ends.

Let it end.

Let it end. Give it a laugh. Begin again. How would you do it this time? How would you interact or react, this time? What would make this the greatest way possible. What would you do? What small thing would make a difference?

Just checking. Now, go do it.

Johanna

 

Cinderella’s shoes weren’t as tiny as you thought September 21, 2013

Some things do give you a special smile.

Having had a friend stay with me for a few days and get the inspiration to a new Cinderella Story… is fantastic. This is what she posted to me at the time of the opening reception of the one-year anniversary shoe exhibition: Cinderella – The Right Shoes.

Cinderella’s shoes weren’t as tiny as you thought.

Having read it to the end, I am curious: who is the president in the beautiful shoes? I would be happy to see the current presidents wife, Michelle Obama, wear “my shoes”.

Because I know she could. And she would love them.

Thank you Abi Post for “let[ting] a story out in the wild”!  Including your lovely Brittish vocabulary.

I did enjoy. Hope you do too.
Johanna

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Sorry. September 18, 2013

Yesterday I booked my first direct flight with Norwegian Airlines from Oakland, CA to Stockholm, Arlanda next summer. Yes, it’s going to be birthday and midsummer celebration back home – and 4th of July. At the summer house. My uncle’s birthday. He is awesome – he always cracks a joke.

This morning when I woke up I had this feeling building up in me of upset. I should be very happy at this moment – I have so many reasons to be grateful – but there is one particular area, where I am not. Because it is violating my chore values of justice and integrity.

A poem came to my mind. I found it when I as a child was spending the summer at the summer house with my grand ma, my brother and my cousins. Our parents were there too during vacation. We had this book shelf of old books – all different kinds. I used to go through them and almost travel to a different time frame. One of them was my moms from graduation from high school, I think. All her friends had written in it, a greeting, some memories or poems, as best wishes for the future.

One poem read:

Det finns ett litet litet ord på vår jord.
Det stillar smärta. Det stillar gråt.
Det lilla ordet är förlåt.

There is a little tiny word on our earth.
It eases pain. It eases cry.
The little word is “sorry”.

Sorry. I am sorry. I am sorry for what this has caused you.  That, would make a big difference.

I can work, I can work hard and long. I can recreate. But don’t run me over, and expect more.

Another little note in my moms book read:

Jag önskar dig allt gott,
men inte ungarna som Knoll och Tott.

I wish you all the best,
but not the kids as the Katzenjammer kids.

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Don’t ask me why I remember that one. I guess I thought it was odd to write in a graduation memoir book. What I didn’t know then, that I know now, is that Knoll and Tott actually did exist. It wasn’t just a nonsense phrase. It may have been an internal joke – but it was based on the Katzenjammer kids, featuring “Hans and Fritz, twins who rebelled against authority, particularly in the form of their mother, Mama; der Captain, a shipwrecked sailor who acted as a surrogate father; and der Inspector, an official from the school system.”

The Katzenjammer Kids is an American comic strip created by the German immigrant Rudolph Dirks and drawn by Harold H. Knerr for 37 years (1912 to 1949).[1] It debuted December 12, 1897 in the American Humorist, the Sunday supplement of William Randolph Hearst‘s New York Journal. Dirks was the first cartoonist to express dialogue in comic characters through the use of speech balloons.[2] –
Per Wikipedia

Honestly – right now I feel like rebelling. Although, I know that a calm honest conversation is probably the best solution. I hope I can turn this moment into a comic script. With a successful never ending.

A Knoll or Tott to be – or wanna be,

Johanna

… a small dose of that is probably healthy. As long as I say “sorry”…

 

 

 

WILD September 11, 2013

Filed under: Entrepreneur — Johanna C. Nilsson @ 4:23 am
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September 11, 2013. Today, exact 12 years ago, I was one hour from a layover in New York in the air.

We returned to Ireland, as we were not allowed to enter the US air space.

A very special time to move to the US.

A commitment of 4 months – max 9 – at a non profit, became 12 years including 8 years in finance for a pharma company, and 4 years of running my own business Herringbone – marketing business expanding your footprint. Making voices heard for positive change.

And today, I find myself in New York. Having represented a Swedish eco-friendly designer Anna Oels-Lindell, GreenBlackDress and showcased an Italian shoe line for hard to find larger sizes LLXLLQ that I launched for a client during the last year, on two different runways, during New York Fashion Week.

Life is indeed fascinating if you allow it to take you places. And, if you make them happen.

New York, New York.
Johanna

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The Further I Get, The Further I Want To Go September 9, 2013

Filed under: coaching,Inspiration — Johanna C. Nilsson @ 10:43 pm
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New York by night. I glance down the street as I cross the way on the way home. Furthest up, is an ad on Broadway, that fully resonates with me and the moment: “The Further I Get, The Further I Want to Go.”

And I say like Jay Alexander: “it only gets better.”

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