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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

LLXLLQ Shoe Exhibition

 

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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Can you do me a favor, lady? August 30, 2013

A conversation at the bus stop.

A conversation at the bus stop.

6.15am. On my way to volunteer at GLIDE and serve breakfast to those who need.
I buy a coffee to get change for the bus and overhear a conversation: “After 38 years together they finally got married.”
Inspired of the beauty of it I turn around and say “did I hear 38 …”
“Yes. Two ladies”, the two men say and nod their heads.
“Oh, I’m happy for them” I say, and start walking out.
“And can you do me a favor, lady?” one man expresses. “No, please…” the other man says.
“Yes, what?” I ask.
“Can you get a little heel? Just a little heel?”
“I have heels. I have them in my bag here. I work with shoes” – and hand him my card.
“All ladies should wear heels. All tall ladies should have high heels. And a pin in their back. You know why? To keep their back straight, because they have low self esteem.”
That is exactly my finding with most women who have big feet.
Last comment by the man: “I used to wear 5 inch heels myself – and I used the run the beat out of them all”, holding my card in his hand.

 

LLXLLQ – beautiful larger size shoes – including heels – for women. And of course, those men who enjoy the occasional heel. If the shoe fits.

 

Johanna

 

Sex+Design… in the City. August 8, 2013

Last night I stopped by the SF Launch of BRAVE NEW WORLD – the latest edition of the coffee table magazine Sex+Design, that is issued quarterly.

“Sex+Design Magazine is a pull-no-punches publication exploring the counter-culture of urban life. Sex+Design highlights the balance between sophisticated living and downtown debauchery. Writers from the New York Times, Paris Review and Juxtapoz are featured along with art, design and photography from a number of cutting edge worldwide artists.”

As I was walking around I was thinking of a possible feature of shoes… and on my way out I couldn’t resist testing the footprint. See – it fit right in!
Every where else, these red LLXLLQ shoes stand out. I get so many complements. I even got advised by a guerrilla publicity specialist to do a campaign ‘Where are the red shoes”. Well… I think they have found a home.

Although – what’s the point if you don’t make a mark. You want to be seen – no? I guess the setting would be different… a different setting that makes the LLXLLQ shoes stand out. That they do at Dolce Amore, 1477 Van Ness and Pine in San Francisco. Come on by – Shoe Exhibition “Cinderella – The Right Shoes”. Opening reception tomorrow at 5-7pm. RSVP Here.  Exhibition open until August 31st. Man or woman, size 10-12 in shoes or not – you will enjoy. The food is delicious too.

I bet – a shoe closet like what you will witness there, was never seen in Sex in the City.

Stand tall in style,
Johanna

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I Love Vistaprint August 6, 2013


I find life amusing. Recently I have ordered killer deal printing jobs from Vistaprint. Of course they up-sale in the end of the purchasing process, and you end up buying more. Maybe. This time they offered me the car magnets that I have had the intention of getting for a very long while. I just didn’t get to getting the right help I thought I needed for the design. Well, this offer at the end of the purchase was so in-expensive, so I just used the same image for the car magnet as for the front of the business card, and hoped that the  file quality was good enough.

The print job was mailed sooner than expected, and I was very pleased with the result. It was with great enthusiasm that I displayed the “LLXLLQ – Size 10-12 Handmade Italian Shoes” on my golden Subaru. One of the first stops outside a friends house, someone past by and after reading on my car stated that “That is a very specialized niche”. That is true. Only for women with larger sizes shoes.

To my great disappointment I lost one of the car magnets on my first drive on the high-way. I think it was a bad sample, because I noticed that it felt like it came off very easily. Now, that doesn’t matter, because Vistaprint replaced it with no comments more than providing a guide sheet.

Vistaprint replaces keywords for large size shoes

That’s the background info. Yesterday I was walking around with the “I love Vistaprint” thought in my mind. I should take a photo and tweet them, sharing my love and appreciation. Thinking – I wonder if they would retweet – would that lead to more cross marketing.

Early this morning I was submitting a press release for distribution. Using the free version, there was an add in the beginning of the press release, that happened to be Vistaprint. Interesting.

Later today when I was looking at the press release report – this is what I find:

“Search Phrases – this report lists top 5 phrases that visitors used in search engines to find your release on PrLog.
1. vistaprint”

Mind you – this was a search engine optimized press release with keywords – for large size shoes. Isn’t that wonderful – I didn’t even tweet my love to vistaprint – and they have already sent me traffic. Hm. The power of thought… or the power of unconditional love. Vistaprint – the company that keeps giving.

Vistaprint – Thank you!
Johanna

Below is a preview shot by StephenGregoryPhotography.com, of the LLXLLQ shoe, named after the founder Lucia. The shoe is one of many that is installed for the Shoe Exhibition August 9-31, with opening reception 5-7pm Friday August 9. join us at that event – more info and RSVP: www.therightshoes.eventbrite.com

And yes – below is also the bespoken car magnet of LLXLLQ from Vistaprint. The car is on brand.

LLXLLQ Shoe Exhibition at Dolce Amore - Thank you Vistaprint

 

A Taste of Swedish Summer – Limited Edition July 17, 2013

Filed under: Swedish-American — Johanna C. Nilsson @ 2:04 pm
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Marabou Black Swedish Summer

I may not go to Sweden and experience all what it has to offer summertime this year, but I did receive a package in the mail with my favorite chocolate from last year. Only available as a limited edition, during the summer.

Marabou milk chocolate with saltish licorish… to die for.  For those who are curious, or those who are longing for another bite – the Swedish Food Shop for People with Home Longing has it! It also works to call mom. 😉

If you buy enough quantity, you can start elaborating with some of all the recipes that now are available with Marabou Black as ingredient. Chocolate cake with salt licorish…?

Enjoy,

Johanna

Marabou Black / Tommy Nilsson – Avslöjandet from Lucky Punk on Vimeo.

 

Don’t Let Me Down! July 10, 2013

Filed under: Inspiration — Johanna C. Nilsson @ 5:02 pm
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A little bit of sharing, and many more faces broken out into smiles.
This is the reason for my current smile.

And yes, Beatles is on the coming repertoire… I didn’t have this particular song on the list – but may change that. It’s a hit!

Enjoy,
Johanna

 

 
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