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“What are you willing to give up? How teachable are you?” Hans, my instructor asked, before we even put pencil to paper. Last week I began my art course at SARA, The Stockholm Academy of Realistic Art, a preliminary course intended for artists who want to apply to their three-year intensive program. I’d determined I was ready to take my art to the next level, but I’d been afraid too. Making this… Read More

The idea is happiness. It’s not complicated. But for some reason it’s the proverbial needle in the haystack, or was for me, until I made a very small but significant change in my life: the decision to THINK positive self-reinforcing thoughts everyday. Five minutes. Sit in a comfortable chair and visualize how you want to feel: what you want to feel like when you wake up in the morning, how you want… Read More

Here at Spare Change I’ll be posting “Other Voices of Change,” the words and viewpoints of expats, moms, poets, writers (and amazing people in general). I hope you’ll find inspiration. I’m sure you’ll find encouragement. If all things go as planned, I’m trusting we’ll both discover more courage to make the changes that bring deeper self-awareness. In the words of Thich Nhat Hanh: If we are too busy, if we are carried… Read More

I started this blog to share my experience of living in Sweden with friends (OK, mostly my mother), and the handful of kind individuals that still pencil my address into their contact’s list (again and again). The idea was to share the local culture, post some photos, have fun…that was eighty-eight posts ago!! Well, I’m ready for a change. Frankly, I’m not used to staying in one place for too long, (makes… Read More