000: Why photographer Yenny Stromgren started Everyday Light Warriors’ podcast and blog, what it is about and how it can add value into your life.
I remember the first day in February in 1999. I came to Cairns airport, took my only two suitcases that I owned and walked out and I almost fainted on the ground of the humidity.
In this week’s 000 show I, will talk a little bit about who I am, what and Everyday Light Warrior is why I call the show Every Day Light Warriors, why I started , what to expect from the show, and how by listening to the show, it can add value to your life.
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Get in contact with Yenny:
• Podcast website: www.everydaylightwarriors.com
• Photographer website: www.yennyphoto.com
• Scandinavian style creations:www.dirtbyearth.com
• Land paddling/core fitness blog: www.ilovestreetsup.com
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Transcript for Episode 000 - Yenny Stromgren
So, who am I?
I am an Swedish-Australian, as you can hear from my accent – who came to Australia about 16 years ago. I grew up in Sweden in the pine forest about 3 hours north of Stockholm in a little village called Roste; and where my dad was actually the teacher at the very tiny village school. I remember growing up there and I had a really good childhood and awesome parents. They were always very, very positive and always encouraged both me and my brother to do whatever we wanted to do. So, I was doing a lot of sports growing up and about when I was eight years old, I got a camera from my parents and that’s when my photography passion kind of started and my interest. So little bit later I got into theatre and in the end I ended up going back to photography again and got into a course on Stockholm called “The Photoline” and I did that for a year. That actually took me to Australia; while I was there (in Sweden) I applied to go to Australia and I ended up doing Bachelors of Photography with Honours. But that’s not really the point, it’s actually what gave me so much joy was actually coming over here to Australia and it kind of changed my life.
I remember the first day in February, this was about 1999, I came to Cairns, which is kind of the north of the east coast of Australia. I came out from the plane, almost died because it was so humid. I came to the airport, took my two only suitcases that I owned, and walked out, and I almost fainted on the ground. I remember the taxi driver there was laughing at me because probably has seen a lot of other people from other countries doing that. It was quite a shock that he made it to ease pretty full on up there, but I had a good couple of years. I also met my ex-husband up there and that led us - we went down to Melbourne and I opened a - I had a photography studio there and also I gave birth to my first boy Caspian there. When he was born, we decided to move up to Queensland again and we ended up in Noosa, and I started a design business called “Dirt By Earth” where I was making wooden ornaments and selling that with a Scandinavian twist. A couple of years later my first born boy got older, and then I got another boy as well. I got a really bad post-natal depression and I kind of lost myself for a while there; it was all about kids and I just felt like a “blob” pretty much. I got really, really down. Fast-forward a couple of years, before I did this journey with my podcast I decided one day to separate and that was the hardest decision I’ve ever made. Because he, my ex, is a really beautiful person and a really good dad, but I had to do that and walk in another direction. So, last year, I got really depressed and it was probably the separation, and also for that I was forty plus as well, I guess.
I was doing photography and I still loved that working as a photographer but one day I just thought, "I have to do something about this to boost my happiness." So I started to look around and I thought, "I have to interview the people that got that boost - a level up for me and got the natural happiness." So I started to look around and I thought, ‘"Okay, maybe as a photographer I can photograph them." So I went to two of my friends; one she’s called Jenny Thor. I started to interview her just on my phone, on my iPhone, and photograph her because I wanted to have an exhibition later on, which I will as well. And then another friend of mine called Ulrika Eriksson, she’s a journalist she is such a go-and-getter kind of person, and I thought, "This is really something!" I'm naturally being very curious about the people, and what they do, and how they get to where they are now. So I thought, "Maybe I should do a blog or a podcast." So I started to work on making a podcast out - just all of a sudden, you know when you think of something and all of a sudden it’s in front of you. So all of a sudden all these people started to pop into my life, people I wanted to interview that had that drive, and that were working on the self-care, and also had a story to tell as well. I think about nine episodes later I went to do a course with Eofire called the Podcasters Paradise course and here I am. I have launched and it’s just amazing. So my goal with this podcast, what you will see, I have interviewed people from all walks of life and they talk about self-care, gratitude, life purpose, about experience from the past, what they’ve done, and what they’re striving from. And I think it’s just amazing; you’ll meet people from all walks of life, spectacular people and they don’t think anything of themselves but I feel that they’ve got some value to add to you, listener to move on with your life. For them it’s just, they just move on and of course, they have struggled and all that. So, we focus on the past where they grew up, and now the present, and also what have they done to move on, what is the goal that they have in mind.
So, the people I interview, you’ll probably ask, "Who are they, why are they so special, and what do they do?" It’s people from all walks of life, as I said. And I just want to pin-point that my show is not about any spiritual, religious beliefs or any political views. I invite people that believe in whatever they believe in, and I’m not there to judge. For me, I’m here to actually be kind of a story whisper to share their stories to inspire you, to inspire the world. Also I just want to talk a little bit about why I call the show Every Day Light Warriors, and that is because I wanted to do this interviews in the beginning all about self-care and gratitude – so, I thought, "I'll call it ‘I am enough’ or something like that," because where I was at the point of life when I started it; but then I thought Warriors and Light Warriors you know, like the people I meet they’re light to warriors because they carry the light with them. They don’t dig into the energies that are from the past too much, they wanna move forward; they use the past to take 3 steps forward, sort of speak, and use that. They work on the self-care everyday or at least they try to. By doing that they create a new habit, and doing this every everyday they become stronger they look at more positive things in life and that also attracts people around them as well. So all the people that drag them down, they kind of move away, and they can’t be with other negative people. And so light warriors they look for other light warriors that can carry them forward, and give them strength, so they can also - and one day when they’re strong they can give strength to others as well. I know we talk a lot about self-care in this show, and self-care for me now is not being selfish it’s about caring about yourself to care about others.
So, the show I’m doing will be 30 to 50 minutes interviews that I do. I’m gonna try to do them as 30 minutes but sometimes they move on to 50 minutes as well. And I’ll post them every Monday and this is Brisbane time - Australia time. And I would do that in the morning, so you listener can listen to it when you go to work. And for example in Europe and America you’ll get it a little bit earlier, I think you’ll get it on a Sunday instead. At the end of each episode I’ll direct you to a link on the website where you can get all the show notes, all the links, all the information about the person I have interviewed just do this to get a value to you and if you’re more interested in this person you can just click there, and go, and have a look at what they’re doing. And in some cases, as well, I put in link to a book there, for example, that they’ve talked about or if there’s something I really, truly believe would be valuable to you as well. Also if you - because I’m gonna put some resources there, as well, for example, some episode we’re gonna talk about grief, cancer and anything else,like tragic and suicide as well, in some episode so I try to find links that might be helpful for the listener. But if you ever feel like, “Oh, here this could add value to the show,” for example, if there’s a website for help about certain things, homelessness or something like that, related topic to the show I just had - please do email me at email@example.com . Or if you just wanna give me feedback, what you think about the show, what you wanna hear more about, if you wanna be, maybe guest on the show as well. If you think you have something that add value or a story to share with me and also maybe you wanna hear the show more often. Let me know, I’m here for you. Of course, this started as a selfish journey for me to boost my happiness but now I’m here for you and interview people, to create some interest to boost your happiness.
And before I finish this episode I just wanna say something about me; as you can hear I got an accent, sometimes I don’t pronounce things right, I stutter sometimes. I’m not perfect, I’m not a journalist; I’m just a normal human being that started this with the passion and so if I do something - if the sound is weird or something like that please let me know. But I really, really try to perfect everything as I go. I believe in that and I get better and better I have to start somewhere, so I hope you understand that. Also, I’m a very spontaneous person, so you’ll hear me laugh, you’ll hear me cry, and sometimes I do interrupt people when I interview them or I say, ‘as well’ and ‘actually’. I’m really trying, that’s why I’m doing this as well; to learn, to push my boundaries a little bit more, and to be in more clear, and you know, just to learn something because life is a journey and you’re in it. So, hats off to you – the listener – you, for listening to my show. I got so many interesting people that I have lined up for my show every, every Monday. So, please come back and as I said, I would be much better to be clear eventually as well and the technical side as well. As I said before, if you would like you can email me and my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org . And if you would like to and you like my show you can subscribe on iTunes and never miss a show again, and while you’re there and if you’ve listened to a couple of shows I would be so grateful if you would review my show, that would mean a lot to me. And if you wanna know more about the person I’ve interviewed you can always go to my website which is www.everydaylightwarriors.com and thank you so much, and I’ll see you next time. Bye.