1: Designer Jenny Thor talks about how it was growing up with bad eczema, asthma and allergies and hula hoops and, Ulrika Eriksson about the challenges leaving a long term relationship and moving to a new country.
Jenny Thor - Designer & hula hoop fan
I was ashamed of my hands because I've got a lot of scarring on my hands.
In this episode I’ll talk to Jenny Thor, a Swede who lives in Australia. I first met Jenny at a Swedish Christmas market in Brisbane, Australia where I used to sell my Scandinavian inspired wooden Christmas decorations. Jenny had her table next to me selling her origami and crochet creation. From the word hello we were friends and couldn’t stop laughing.
I remember from the first meeting that I thought that there is no one more happier and positive person than Jenny. She was also the first person I interviewed for this podcast.
Here Jenny shares with me how growing up with eczema, asthma and very bad allergies, so bad she went to to hospital many times in anaphylactic chock. She was pretty much allergic to everything and very dependent of the help from her parents even when she got older until one day she decided to move to London.
In this episode we talk about:
• Growing up with bad eczema, asthma and allergies
• Feeling ashamed of scaring Jenny had and how she dealt with it
• Moving away from her home to another country to take control of her life and allergies that effected her heavily
• Hula hoop making and hula hooping
• Crochet making
Get in contact with Jenny:
• Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jemthorsan_thorogami/
• Facebook: www.facebook.com/thorogamibythor
I cried a lot in the beginning but for every day there were less tears. - Ulrika Eriksson
Ulrika Eriksson - Journalist
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In this episode we’ll meet Ulrika Eriksson, a Swedish journalist living and working in Australia. As a photographer I have worked with Ulrika on different assignments for Scandinavian magazines. These jobs have enabled us to travel and cover editorial stories all over Australia, from Canberra, Sydney to Queensland and the tip of Tiwi Island in the Northern Territory.
This interview is all about what happens when you one day decide to leave your partner and the challenges you can face moving to another country where you know no one. How do you get to know new people? What if your place is so small you get claustrophobic? What do you do if you feel lonely and all you do is crying every night? Does it get better?
In this episode we talk about:
• Walking away from a long relationship
• Moving to a new country alone
• Finding new friends
• Moving on
Related resources recommended by Yenny:
Ulrikas’ story reminds me a lot about my life and moving to Australia in 1999. It is tough sometimes to move to a new place and even a new country, especially if you are by yourself. But when you have decided to go ahead regardless of the challenges, if you stick to it, you slowly start to get to know new people, the culture and some of those people become your family.
Here is a link to a book I read which relates to this topic but is in reverse, kind of. It is about an Australian woman who meets a French man and decides to move to Paris. I like it because you really get to know the author and her encounters with this new culture, manners (how you dress, eat etc) and it is very descriptive so you can feel, see and travel through Paris and the French culture through her eyes. I highly recommend this book to anyone who are thinking of moving to a new country, or just want to read a great and real life love story.
• Book: Almost French: Love and a new life in Paris.
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A big THANKS to: jenny Thor and Ulrika Erikson for joining me this week.
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