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Let´s practice the following!

Thank you everybody new who has been reading this blog these past few days!

It´s Monday and as we could all use a pick-me-up at this part of the week, I thought we´d kick it off with this quote by the fabulous Eleanor Roosevelt:

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Famous Favorites: Kate Beckett

When studying in the U.S. I would (when my schedule allowed for it) spend a few hours on Saturdays and Sundays catching up on TV series. I cannot handle shows where there is not at least one strong and cool female character/lack of intelligence, and hence I am very picky with what I am watching (Bechdel test anyone?). I am not sure that this show that I am about to recommend passes the Bechdel test, but Kate Becket sure does.

Not to spoil anything, but the show Castle is about NYPD detective Kate Beckett and author Rick Castle. Watch it. Kate Beckett is amazing, portrayed by Stana Katic.

Here´s some clips from the first 100 episodes:


Why do I love this? Because it show just her, her expressions, many different, no words. Even if you have not seen the show, I think you would appreciate this.

Also, this is great:


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Happy Friday!

The most powerful women in the 20th century

Hearing about women that succeed in their work against all odds, pushing through, makes me inspired and happy in my soul. Knowing that others have paved way for me and others around me makes me feel gratitude to them. They stepped forward even though it may not always have felt like an easy thing to do.

I sometimes cut out pictures of women (and men) that inspire me, and put them somewhere I can see them and be reminded of their work and that it is possible for me to succeed as well. I found this list of the most powerful women in the 20th century, and I think you should take a look and be inspired!

I hope you´re having a great Thursday!
Hanna

I am funny! (On the inside…)

Woowoowoow, it´s already Thursday???!!! Geezz, where did the time go? I don´t know.

That´s not true, I know where it went. It´s just that because I now have somewhere to live and a job to go to (I start Monday), my brain went blank and I have not done anything else in the past few days than meeting up with friends and frequented second hand stores for furniture. Something I think you all should do! Mother Earth will love you.

Anyhow, if there´s something I would really love to be it is this: funny. I want to be the sharp, wise-cracker making sly comments that are seriously funny all the time. What´s my problem? I´m very self-aware. I´m aware of how I look, walk, sit, talk, and by thinking about all of these things all the time I am for some reason blocking my sharp brain and mouth from making life more fun.

Are you really funny may you ask me? You know what? For your information, my brother told my mom that he thinks I´m funnier than Soran Ismail (Swedish comedian, whom I also know from my time as a student council coolio). That my friends is a compliment. Ok, he´s in my family, but whatevs.

Apparantly becoming funny takes a lot of practice. And since it is not my plan to become a stand-up comedian anytime soon I will lay low on this one. What I will work on will be just talking whenever I feel like I have a joke. It may not be perfect, but since I warned you I expect you to politely laugh. Is it more ok for men than women to be funny? I think so. I´m not going to get into the horribleness of the Oscars (I didn´t watch, just saw the bits and pieces that were horrible the day after), but I was so impressed by the coolness of Jennifer Lawrence. I was also sad to hear the STUPID questions they asked her, but hey, that´s what journalists do, right?

Photo cred: justjared.com

Photo cred: justjared.com

Anyhow, JenLaw is cool because she´s funny, rocking a dress, falling on stairs, never losing her cool, and has some real bite in her responses. Watch and get inspired:

More music to take your Sunday blues away!

After a few days lacking inspiration and struggling with technology (my compu is sad and  blogging from the phone is not an option) I am now back!

I went running for the first time in a while today and almost immediately was inspired for (at least) two new blog posts. So keep a look out during the day!

First this, some more songs for you to get inspired and uplifted during this crappy thing that´s called Sunday. But it doesn´t have to be crappy! Let´s make something out of it!

Loreen – Euphoria. Loreen won the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 with this great song and a wonderful performance. As if that wasn´t enough, she showed that artists matter in the struggle for human rights as she met with and talked to human rights organizations in Azerbijan during her time there.

Icona Pop – We Got The World

Lilla Namo – Höj Volymen (Turn up the volume) Swedish hip hop at its best.

Much love from me to you,
Hanna

Wise words

“With being a boss comes being alone. With being a woman and being a boss comes being even more alone. And the higher up you get, the more obvious it becomes.”
– Ciss Elwin Frenkel, publisher for the Swedish worker´s union Ledarna (the Leaders)´s magazine chef (boss), writes an editorial about her experiences and the vulnerable reality for women bosses.
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Funny women

I like being fun. Ney, I LOVE being fun, having fun and being funny. Having the ability to be funny is part practice, part skill and part daring I believe. I don´t particularly think I am funny, but I really wish I was. Who doesn´t love a funny, laid-back woman who takes on life like a piece of cake? Actually, not too many of these women are actually portrayed out there. Women in comedy often get to play some side role as mom, wife, gf or something along those lines. Or some sexy side-kick. Blargh.

But hey, there´s some funny women out there, allowed to be fun for who they are and kicking serious ass doing so. Here are a few examples:
– Zooey Deschanel, singer/songwriter/actress/musician. Quirky, odd, smart and FUN in “New Girl.” Plus makes music with “She and Him.”
– Rebel Wilson, actress, writer, stand-up comedian. Brynn in “Bridesmaids.” You know, gets that “Mexican Drinking Worm” tattooed on her back?
– Wanda Sykes!, writer, comedian, artist, voice artist. This is one of my favorite clips with her.

Funny, yet intelligent and sharp.

– Ellen DeGeneres, TV host, own show, HELLO???
– Kristen Wiig, actress, comedian, writer. Annie from “Bridesmaids,” SNL, etc. etc.
– Mayah Rudolph, actress, comedian, singer. Lillian from “Bridesmaids.”

What Swedish words do you need to learn?

Hit me with it! I’ll teach you this weekend!

Fabulous, sassy, great Adele

Ok, this woman inspires me so much. Reasons:
– Her singing – no apologies – just soul, energy, feeling, strength.
– Her laughter, just pure and true!
– She´s sassy. Take some inspiration from her wits and have fun today!
– Fashion lives in her. She is a normal person looking so great in every way.

Sunday Inspirational Quote

Photo cred: afrimind.org

Photo cred: afrimind.org

“Don’t wait for a Gandhi, don’t wait for a King, don’t wait for Mandela. You are your own Mandela, you are your own Gandhi, you are your own King.”

– Leymah Gbowee

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