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11 Sep 2014

Rest in peace

No Comments Melbourne

Don’t think of her as gone away,
her journey’s just begun,
Life holds so many facets,
this earth is only one.

Just think of her as resting,
from the sorrows and the tears,
In a place of warmth and comfort,
where there are no days or years.

Think how she must be wishing,
that we could know today,
How nothing but our sadness,
can really pass away.

And think of her as living,
in the hearts of those she touched,
For nothing loved is ever lost,
and she was loved so much.

Vila i frid älskade mormor. ♥

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29 Aug 2014

Now hiring…again

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It never ends. I’m at it again, another recruitment process. At least this time it’s not because anyone resigned or because the person I recruited was a wrong fit. This time it’s because my team is growing again and we need another person. Nevertheless, recruitment processes are draining and it’s not like my job go on hold in the meantime.

I feel like I’ve done nothing but recruiting and training people over the last year. It all started going downhill in April/May last year when I had to make one of my team members redundant, then 4 months later another team member resigned leaving me in a very sticky position with only one person left in my team. My original team was only 3 people and myself. Since end of September last year I’ve been trying to find someone for my team. I tried  many different venues to find the right person for the role within the given budget (which changed a few times as well just to make things a bit more interesting) and after many interviews, hours of extra work and a bad recruitment later I found a new person for my team that started beginning of July. We are still very busy and I am still too involved in the everyday work and don’t really have time to do what I’m meant to be focusing on doing as a manager so I’ve now been given permission to recruit yet another person for my team.

Prior to this I’ve never recruited before so it’s been a steep learning curve for me. Since I didn’t do it in Sweden either I don’t really have much to compare with but it feels like there is a lot more responsibility on me as a manager to sort this out here, at least in our company. We have a HR department (which really only is one person working 3 days a week) and our HR Advisor have been helpful but perhaps not giving me enough. I’ve been writing position descriptions, reading applications, shortlisting people and together with HR held interviews with applicants. Time consuming, frustrating and draining describes the process. Especially when you’re one person short in the team as it is and you’re trying to keep up with the same workload with less people and at the same time have a life, plan a wedding, renovate your house and be a good fiancée ;). There has been no good work/life balance in my life this year.

I’m trying to focus on the light in the end of the tunnel. The day when I too can feel like I’m motivated and inspired to go to work again. When I can feel like I actually accomplish something bigger and get challenged at work being more than just a paper pusher. The day when I too can work only 8 hours/day and have a life outside work. The day when my team runs like a well oiled machine and can work without constant supervision and my involvement in the small details. I’ll stop but in all seriousness there has to be a change in the end of all this. If there isn’t, then I’m out.

27 Jul 2014

I said yes!

No Comments Melbourne

I know this is going to sound like really old news and it is but since the blog has been sleeping since last year there is quite a bit to update you on. I thought I would start with one of the happiest news I have to share with you - Simon and I are engaged!

Simon popped the question to me on December 7th last year. Out of the blue, in the garden of our new home, IN SWEDISH  (lots of brownie points there) with a stunning Scandinavian designed ring he chose himself without as much as a subtle hint from me. I cried, smiled and said YES (of course)!

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We had tickets to go to A Day on the Green at the Rochford Wines in Yarra Valley that they so we celebrated with some nice wine in the company of Alicia Keys and John Legend. A truly amazing and memorable day! The wedding date is set and we’re getting married in March next year, in Adelaide. I can’t wait!

26 Jul 2014

I’m claiming my life back!

No Comments Melbourne

I’ve made a decision. It’s time for a change. I need to re-find my work/life balance and focus more on me. Do things I enjoy and stress less about work. Focus on finding my happiness again because I have so many things to be happy and greatful for.

The last 8 months have been crazy. I’ve been spending way too much time at work trying to cope, prove myself being understaffed. And what do I get in return? Nothing! Nothing more than I would if I worked 8 hours a day like normal people. I’m over feeling like I bend over backwards and still never feel like I’m doing enough. I’m over not being appreciated or paid enough for the work I put in. I’m over not enjoying going to work. I’m over feeling like all I do is work, eat, sleep and complain about the fact that allI I do is just work, eat and sleep. There is so much more to life than that.

I have a wonderful fiancé that I’m marrying in March next year which means I have a wedding to plan. I have a beautiful family and friends I want to spend more time with (IRL and on Skype). We have a house which is in need of a lot of TLC and we have big reno plans. I want to get in touch with my creative side again and have time for my photography and DIY projects.

I realize things will probably not change overnight but I will try my best to make them. I want happy Anna back. Tired and grumpy Anna I can live without. Life is too short to be wasted.

I’m claiming my life back!

26 Sep 2013

Showbag mania

No Comments Melbourne, Typically Aussie

Every Australian is well familiar with what a showbag is. For me it was something new and unfamiliar, until the other day when Simon and I went to the Royal Melbourne Show that is. Speaking of unfamiliar just to clarify things, an Australian show is the same thing as a fair or a carnival. Yes, they do like to be different these Aussies. The Royal Melbourne Show for those of you who don’t now it is an agricultural show held at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds every September. The show has been running since 1848 and it has around half a million visitors each year and offers a mix of animals, livestock, rides and food experiences.

But back to the showbags. A showbag is commercial plastic bag filled with treats and fun. There was a Showbag Pavillion at the Royal Show here in Melbourne filled with heaps and heaps of showbags (387 to be exact), something for every age, taste and budget. The showbags are basically sample bags and was originally given out for free to promote brand awareness. They are not free any more of course but you can find bags for as little as $2 and at the Show here in Melbourne about 65% of the bags cost under $20.

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14 Sep 2013

Hello weekend!!

2 Comments Work

So happy the weekend is here after a rather shitty week. It started off on Monday morning with one of my team members handing in her resignation at work. I didn’t see that one coming and with only three weeks notice period it put me in a bit of a sticky position. I need a replacement person quickly and clearly there will be no time for her to train someone new before she’s gone.

Initially I was pretty upset since she was a person I decided to keep when we had the redundancy a few months back and I had to get rid off one person in my team. I kept her because I believed in her future in the company. I now have a bit more perspective on the situation and I’m trying to be positive about the change. Hopefully something good will come out of it in the end.

I’m having a crash course in management this year that’s for sure with my first redundancy and now my first recruitment process. A steep learning curve indeed.

11 Sep 2013

Finally!!

2 Comments Melbourne

It was announced last week that Swedish fashion giant H&M finally will open its first Australian store. Even better is that it won’t be in Sydney, it will be in Melbourne! After all we’re are the Australian fashion capital so it’s only fair. ;) 5,000 sqm of Swedish goodness over three levels will open in the former post office building, GPO, on Bourke St, probably mid next year.

H&M, also known as Hennes & Mauritz is known as the second largest global retailer. Similar to Zara and Top Shop is known for its fast fashion clothing for men, women, teenagers and children. The first store opened in Västerås in Sweden back in 1947 but since then it has gone global and now has approx. 2,900 stores in 51 markets around the world.

Exciting times ahead!!

18 Aug 2013

New maternity leave scheme

1 Comment Australia, Move to Sweden, Sverige vs Australia

The Australian election is coming up next month and today the opposition leader Tony Abbott revealed a new controversial maternity scheme. The Coalition’s scheme will provide mothers earning up to $150,000 with 26 weeks (6 months) of paid parental leave, at their actual wage or the national minimum wage (whichever is greater), plus superannuation (to a maximum of $75,000). Fathers will be eligible for two weeks out of the 26 weeks with the same conditions. In contrast, Labor’s parental leave scheme is paid at 18 weeks minimum wage (a maximum of $11,200). The new scheme will apply for each baby born after July 1, 2015 under an Abbott government.

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16 Aug 2013

Settlement complete

2 Comments Melbourne

After many phone calls (made by Simon so all credit goes to him) back and forth to our conveyancer and financial advisers it’s finally done, the home loan settlement is complete. It’s therefore official; we’re home-owners! Very exiting. Now we just have to wait for Irena (the previous owner) to get herself a little unit and move out so that we can move in. It sucks a bit not knowing when we get the keys but in the end I guess a month or two (or in worst case scenario three) doesn’t make that much of a difference.

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14 Aug 2013

Happy Anniversary to us!

2 Comments Melbourne

Simon and I celebrate 4 very eventful years together today. As every couple we’ve certainly have had our ups and downs but I’ve enjoyed our adventures and I’m very blessed and happy to have Simon in my life. During the 4 years we’ve had a long distance relationship with endless Skype sessions,  we’ve travelled together and we’ve lived in both  Sweden and in Australia. We’re ready to take on new adventures and embark on a new journey, as house owners. Exciting times ahead! Lap five of the roller coaster ride starts today so it’s time to buckle up and enjoy the ride! :)

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