I learned in 2 days what I hadn’t after 12 years. Lagom.

As the Swedish proverb goes, ‘Lagom är bäst’ (The right amount is best).

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Lagom
Me with the author. Photo: Karin Weman

I went to Lola’s book mingle on Thursday, unwittingly with one of the contributors I connected to the author and met so many interesting people supporting the book launch. I got my hands on a hard copy of the book [I have the Kindle version too] and read it in two days.

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Dr Karin Weman, book contributor with author Lola Akinmade.

The book was a fascinating read in 2017 even after moving to Sweden in 2006. Lola’s dissection of lagom in every aspect of one’s life opened me up to a completely new understanding of lagom and how to apply it daily. I think I get what it means to live lagom more than my Swede 😉 Nice things happen to me in Sweden.

Get your copy of the quintessential Lagom book today. Already available in English and Spanish and soon to be 11 additional languages.

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Author and friend Lola A. Åkerström
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The Swedish Secret of Living Well

Lagom

Lagom
Me with the author. Photo: Karin Weman

Editor’s note: I went to Lola’s book mingle on Thursday, unwittingly with one of the contributors I connected to the author, and met so many interesting people supporting the book launch. I got my hands on a hardcopy of the book [I have the Kindle verson too] and read it in two days.

The book was a fascinating read in 2017 even after moving to Sweden in 2006. Lola’s dissection of lagon in every aspect of one’s life opened me up to a completely new understanding of lagom and how to apply it daily. I think I get what it means to live lagom more than my Swede 😉

As the Swedish proverb goes, ‘Lagom är bäst’ (The right amount is best). Lagom sums up the Swedish psyche and is the reason why Sweden is one of the happiest countries in the world with a healthy work-life balance and high standards of living.

Lagom is a way of living that promotes harmony. It celebrates fairness, moderation and being satisfied with what you’ve got. It’s not about having too little or too much but about fully inviting contentment into our lives.

Sweden-based Lola A. Åkerström is an award-winning writer and photographer who offers us a unique vantage point when it comes to adopting elements of a lagom lifestyle.

Full of insights and beautiful photographs, this authentic guide will help you make small, simple changes to your every day life – whether that’s your diet, lifestyle, money, work or your home – so you can have a happier, more balanced way of living.

Got your copy of the quintessential Lagom book today. Already available in English and Spanish and soon to be 11 additional languages.

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Author and friend Lola A. Åkerström

 


 

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Best July ever – at least of the last 4 years

So glad we are to be home in Sweden!

 

Now, after 4 years in England, I feel like Sweden is home. At least it is my home away from home. We arrived on the last day of June and July did not disappoint. Here are just a few of the highlights.

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This neighbor at the summer house turned me on to Alice Babs, Duke Ellington’s favorite Swedish singer.

 

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The bonus barn barn is 2 and you can’t turn your back on him for a moment. At least not without someone bringing up the rear.

 

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Uddevalla bridge in the rear view.

 

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The view from our favorite spot behind the summer house.

 

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A sample of my daily smoothies. Yum.

 

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Seen on the way to a Democrats Abroad Sweden meeting in Gothenburg.

 

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My dress matched the flowers. Wow!

 

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And it’s not July without shrimp. The crayfish feast comes in August.

 

Nice things happen to me in Sweden.

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Missing out on the protest action back home?

We’re taking #TheResistance global. Join us!

I invite you to join me and THOUSANDS of other Americans living outside of the USA and become a member of Democrats Abroad.

 

Senate Republicans are throwing everything they’ve got into ending healthcare as we know it for millions of Americans. We may be far from the fray, but by working together we can make our voices heard in Washington.

Don’t fret. Fight back. Join Democrats Abroad.

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It is the simple things in life. Like this rhubard simple syrup.

Rhubarb simple syrup. Now I know why they call it simple.

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The rhubarb is plentiful at my Swede’s summer house. We have it. Our immediate neighbors have it. And I bet if I wandered around just a bit I’d find tons more.

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Simmering rhubarb, water, and sugar.

So my mother in love cleaned and peeled the rhubarb and then said,

“you’re on your own”.

But she said it in Swedish. So I found an easy peasy recipe on line for simple syrup.

Stored in my Swede’s mother’s mother’s glass bottle. So nice!

It calls for 1 part sugar and 1 part water to 4 parts rhubarb. Chop the rhubarb and add them with sugar and water to a heavy bottom pan. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 20 minutes. Strain and pour into a bottle. It will last ages in the fridge.

I plan to mix with bubbly, bubbly water, and may pour over desserts. I saved the rhubarb mash to spread on toast.

Nice things happen to me in Sweden.


 

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