• Touchdown Skåne!

    Du kanske har noterat att jag har flyttat till Skåne. När jag fick ett tillfälle att ta mig själv och mitt företag “hem igen”, så tog jag det. Jag har älskat att bo i Stockholm, jag var OK i Farsta och jag var fortfarande i någon smekmånadfas i Skebobruk när allt det här kom, men det är här nere jag hör hemma. Det roliga är att jag inte känner mer än en handfull personer i mil lilla by (jag är egentligen från en annan del av Skåne), men ändå – att se omgivningarna, höra dialekten – allt det där gör att det känns helt rätt att vara tillbaka (jag TYCKER att Skånska är den finaste dialekten!)

    När vi flyttade från Polen back in the days (jag var 12-13), så landade vi i Vejbystrand, utanför Ängelholm. Sedan flyttade jag till Lund för att plugga och blev helt kär i staden. Snabbspola 15 år och du hittar mig utanför Trelleborg. Varför just här? Jag menar… spana in lägenheten!

    Dessutom ville jag vara nära flygplatsen.

    Jag har en del att göra här i Skåne, men det finns fortfarande lite tid för coaching och porträttfotografering (förresten, det naturliga ljuset i den här lägenheten är fantastisk!), så om du är här nere och vill jobba med mig live – maila magdalena@creativity.house

  • Touchdown Skåne!

    You may – or may not – have noticed that I relocated to Skåne. When an opportunity presented itself to move myself and my company “back home”, I took it. I have loved living in Stockholm, I was OK with Farsta and I had a crush on Skebobruk, but here is where I belong. The funny thing, I don’t know more than a handful people here (I am in a different part of Skåne than the one I grew up in), but still – seeing the surroundings, hearing the accent, all of it makes me feel like this is my place.

    When we left Poland back in the days (I was about 12-13), we landed in Vejbystrand, outside of Ängelholm. Then I moved to Lund to study and completely fell for this town. Fast forward 15 years and I am now outside of Trelleborg. Why here? Well… look at this place!

    Plus, I wanted to be near the airport.

    I do have a little time on my hands for coaching and portrait photography (btw, the natural light in this place is stunning!), so if you are based around here and want to work with me live – get in touch at magdalena@creativity.house

  • Tattoo finally finished – after 6 years!

    Do you like tattoos? Do you have any on your body? I have 3 tattoos (plus one cover up so, technically it’s 4). I love them and the saying: “once you get your first, you will want more” is totally valid. 6 years ago I wanted a cover up for my lower back – I had written “Magdalena” as in my own signature back in the 1900-something and it was old and grey. So I decided on a cover up by an item I really love: a cassette. Plus, in an impulse, I asked for a bicycle gear – I was just beginning my triathlon career (not knowing that my triathlon experience 6 months later would end after 20 meters in the water – very embarrassing and a totally different story).

    The tattoo never got finished that day. I fainted – out of pain or rather the tattoo artist touching some nerve – plus it hurt so much, so once the cassette was ready, I called it a day, and never came back. Last week I was coaching a student (well… to be honest, we were coaching each other, haha!), Susanne Becker who owns a beauty studio in Norrtälje, Body & Bling – and she told me that they had a tattoo artist in the house. The funny thing, I was hesitating for 6 years about what to do with this old thing, and in a few minutes time I had decided to finish it.

    I immediately trusted Mandy – without even meeting her – because my Susanne would never take in someone under her wing who was not world class. Plus (and this one is silly but worth thinking about if you are brainstorming on a new company name): Mandy’s shop is called: Studio Kapitel (follow here). Kapitel = Chapter. I am just about to start a new chapter in life – at the time of writing the big move is T-14 days!

    Yesterday, I finally finished something that has been bothering me for 6 years! And I need to tell you: it did not hurt (ok, it’s not enjoyable – everyone who says that is either extremely tolerant for pain or has very short memory!) and was nothing like the last experience – which was what kept me from finishing in the first place. The result is stunning, I think! Do you agree?

    Thank you Mandy for doing this, and thank you Susanne for recommending Mandy! Psst… we are not ENTIRELY done, I will be back for another tattoo next week…

    Someone once told me that tattoos are only for inmates. We’re not in contact anymore.

    (featured image: Envato elements)

  • A week to be damn proud of!

    I realize that I’m not very present here, but this past week needs acknowledging. Last time I was so productive was during making the Planner. This week was all about the launch of Start Smart.

    Let me start from the beginning. A few weeks ago, I made some very important validation calls – talks with my ideal clients about the courses at Creativity House and what to produce next. I think that I in the back of my head knew this, but my clients made me finally understand that something was missing. You see, we have the Idea Lab, which is a very nisched mini course and on the other side we have the Creative Business Thinking Masterclass (at the moment only in Swedish), which is a comprehensive advanced experience for a person who is already in business. It’s expensive and takes a lot of Know-Like-Trust to press the Buy button and if you don’t know of me or Creativity House, this is not the first thing you buy. What I was missing was a starter course, an entry level product. It took me a few days to do a course layout and all the presentation slides. When we entered last week, Smart Start was still mostly in my head. Another idea that was in my head was:

    We might as well do everything parallell in Swedish AND English!

    On Monday, I recorded 60 (!) good quality videos (which means about 75 videos). I started at 11 AM and by 11 PM I was done. That’s kind of insane! Although the video part is the easiest for me – I usually do one take and no script – 60 if them is still a big deal. On Tuesday and Wednesday I was teaching two full days of Entrepreneurship at Väddö and we actually found some time to play an hour of badminton! It was soooo long ago – and so much fun! (did you know that badminton was my first sport?)

    Thursday = humor show for our students at Humorprogrammet and two LIVE webinars, one in Swedish and one in English. Let me tell you a little secret: not everything was all done and ready for the webinars as I went LIVE. The sales page was poor and the slides got completed about 30 seconds before I started recording. THAT IS FINE! The difference between Entrepreneurs and Wantepreneurs is that Entrepreneurs keep going no matter what. Start before you’re ready, work in BETA mode and all that. I can confess to doing just about what was crucial to sell courses off the webinar and improving it later on.

    (This is what it looks like when you record on Ecamm and stream in Zoom webinar.)

    Friday was another webinar in Swedish. I really love doing them – especially if there is a lot of interaction, which there usually is. But something happened after that webinar. It’s like I… checked out. Not another minute of good quality work was made that day. Which is EXACTLY how it needed to be.

    If you only take one thing from this post, take this: listen to your body. Regardless of how much you love your work (which I do!), you need to hear the signals on when it’s time to rest, so that you won’t burn out. I spent my Friday night binge watching Swedish Masterchef. To be honest, I was snoozing on the couch at 7.30 PM with Zumo on me. Best evening ever.

    Saturday was practical stuff during the day (moving in less than three weeks means it’s about time to pack) and then work at night. I have discovered that I do my best from late afternoon until about 2 AM, so I try to fit that in. Content creation, learning stuff, catching up on all those launch things that were not yet ready… Plus, when I was being efficient, I made a Social Media content plan for the next 3 months.

    And today, Sunday, OMG! (it’s technically Monday, but in my world the next day starts when you wake up, do you know what I mean and can you relate?). I created two awesome landing pages for Smart Start (one in English and one in Swedish), updated the website for House of Comedy, added 7 (!!) webinar dates upon request (go to this link), packed some things and gave Zumo a perfect Sunday with a lot of play and time outside. To be honest, I don’t understand how I am still awake!

    Disclaimer: I didn’t find the time to record and release the podcast episode(s), but 60 videos makes up for this. The kitchen looks like a war zone, because when I work a lot, I eat a lot and mess up the house a lot. Nothing of that is important. One thing that never ever gets neglected, regardless of how much I work, is the doggy.

    Writing this I want to show you what’s possible. I am not special in any way, I think I just found exactly where I need to be. I want the same for you, so that you can be proud of your work. And when Monday morning comes, you will want to jump out of bed and keep building that dream life of yours.

    Go get yourself an awesome week!

    (featured image: Knut Koivisto)

  • Welcome to my home. Oh yeah, it’s for sale! (update: SOLD!)

    Two years ago we changed our lifestyle completely. We sold our suburb apartment in the south of Stockholm, packed the dog in the van and moved to the countryside. One of the best decisions I have ever made, and still…

    Our beautiful place is for sale. The logistics just doesn’t work for us and as our life looks right now, we need to have different living arrangements.

    Here is the ad (in Swedish) with all the info and pictures. At the time of writing, over 6500 people have seen the ad, but we are looking for the PERFECT buyer. So if I could ask you for one thing, it would be to please spread the word and share this ad. THANK YOU!