I’ve spent most of my adult life interviewing people who have found their true calling, from world-class musicians to artists to actors to science and literary geniuses. They tapped into their strengths and never let go, because doing anything but what they loved was not an option.
When we give our attention to what brings us joy, our hearts light up. It’s that feeling that you’ve come home – to yourself. It can be as grand as performing on a stage in front of 10,000 people or as simple as finding out you have a knack for baking pie. It can even be as easy as laying down in a field of grass, looking up at the sky and being aware of the present moment.
After more than a decade as an entertainment journalist at People magazine, I’m heading back to my native Sweden to live a simpler life. Sweden With Love merges my love for journalism and photography with my curiosity about home interiors, art and design. It’s a way for me to explore what makes my own heart light up as I rediscover my home country, and to share those discoveries with others who are also bent on getting a jolt of creative joy.
A nod goes to blogger extraordinaire Victoria Smith, who featured my first photography blog post on her awe-inspiring SFGirlByBay and gave it the title “From Sweden With Love”. When it was time to name my own blog, it was the first name that came to mind. Also, thank you to my lovely friend, photographer Elizabeth Messina, who took the above photograph as well as the photograph for my blog header. And thank you to talented graphic and web designer Jo Klima, who put it all together so beautifully.
Sweden With Love will kick off Monday, June 18 with a feature on Villa Solgardet, the artistic endeavor of my parents Solgerd Wihlborg and Lasse Hoglund. These kids made art turning a dilapidated 18th century Swedish country house into a small paradise. We’ll tour the beautiful property and the inside of their home (below). And there’s a lot more in store before we get on the plane for our move to Sweden on July 2nd, including a couple of giveaways!
Following your bliss doesn’t mean you stop giving attention to what’s real and difficult. But in this world of constant worry, I find it increasingly important to also focus on what’s beautiful, inspiring and fun about the life we’ve been given. It’s amazing how much impact a small shift can bring. Discovering a way to express what moves you will allow you to share your gifts with the world. And in some big or small way make it a better place, not just for yourself but for all of us. Thank you for joining me on this journey!
Photographs of Ulrica by Elizabeth Messina. Photograph of Villa Solgardet by Ulrica Wihlborg.