Wednesday, April 29, 2015

#BilingualProblems

Anyone who speak two languages or more should recognize some or all of these "problems".
(note that these are my own words and perception of being bilingual - Swedish born and speaking English as my 2nd language)


1. You constantly get free grammar checks from natives.

2. You mess up and you automatically feel terrible/embarrassed.


3. You pronounce stuff wrong almost daily.

4. It can take several minutes to figure out a sentence because you've lost a word or two.

5. There's always someone pointing out your "cute accent".

6. Arguing with someone in another language can take several minutes: 'cus you stumble on words when you're upset.


7. You get easily confused.

8. Someone else will be confused when you speak.

9. Repeating words/sentences.

10. You wish you could put subtitles on some people when they talk, so you'll understand what they say.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Weekend Fun (18-19th April)



Hubby brought home some pretty seashells from work one day

Me and hubby went to Fort Myers Beach on Sunday

Got snailmail from Chineham, England and Copenhagen, Denmark ♥


Thursday, April 16, 2015

My First Flying!

So me and my husband are living with family friends, and we're fortunate enough to live in a smaller airpark with private owned airplanes and hangars in the backyard here in Fort Myers, Florida.

A few days back I was invited to both ride and actually fly the airplane - a so called "Cherokee"
I don't think I've ever had such bad hand sweat in my entire life haha!





Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Big Hairbows

Yesterday I got some hair-clips at the local store and managed to find (after some struggle) the hot glue gun and the glue that goes with it. 
I managed to make a total of 7 big hairclip bows, and I feel pretty proud of them.

I've noticed that it's a HUGE fashion here in USA for young girls to buy and wear hairbows. I personally own a few handcrafted myself by another creator named Winsome. 


They're the colors of: 
• Pink & White (x2)
• Brown & White (x3)
• Purple & White (x1)
• Gray & White (x1)

For orders, please contact:
inaahaggstrom@gmail.com















Friday, April 10, 2015

Re-opening of Orderbook + Prices


After a really unexpected and high Hospital-bill, I will have to re-open my order book for commissions. 
And I have to ask you all nicely if there's anyone who would wish for a Commission or order a Print? 
If you do - please send me an email to: inaahaggstrom@gmail.com

◘ I HAVE REDUCED THE PRICES A HUGE AMOUNT ◘



PRINTS* 
Instagram-prints (4x4 inches) - $2,50 (20 SEK)
A4 - $5 (40 SEK)
A3 - $8 (70 SEK)


COMMISSIONS* ** 
A5 - $10 (90 SEK)
A4 - $14 (120 SEK)
A3 - $23 (200 SEK)


*For every order - the customer pays the shipping.
The artist is NOT responsible for lost or damaged items once shipped off at the mail office.

**Note about commissions: 
Any special ordered commission; there will be a 40% deposit before I start drawing/painting said order.

   Size-chart:   
A3 - 11,42 x 16,53 inches
A4 - 8,27 x 11,42 inches 
A5 - 5,51 x 8,27 inches  

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Me & My Anxiety

I've chosen to talk about here, something that I've noticed people tend to frown upon when mentioned. It seems to make people's skin "crawl" and get uncomfortable with.
It's a form of psychological health - more accurate an unhealthy psyche.

Mental illness. Mental disorders. Whatever you wanna call it. Somehow this scare most people. 

I have a mental problem. My husband has another. I have Anxiety and slight Depression. My husband has Asperger's Syndrome
Two completely separate things, where the mind is in the spotlight. And people step back when it's brought up in discussions. 

In my earlier years when I look back in time I think my Anxiety have been with me since my mid-teens.
High school, senior year and I'm 15 and hysterically crying, feeling absolutely terrified for the finals as I'm sitting in my parents livingroom. Calling myself stupid and incapable of getting the grades I so desperately needed for graduation summer of 2008 so I later could start Swedish College (Gymnasiet).
The feeling I had resembled an Anxiety Attack, but I think my parents took it as a teenager's tantrum/breakdown for graduation finals.

Later I would start feeling the same feelings at 16, 17, 18, and onwards if there was a doubt in myself.
The thoughts: "What if I'm not good enough?" or "What if I fail?", would usually ignite the Depression and Anxiety.
Now in early adult years, at 22 going 23 years old I worry about other things that will ignite those feelings.

As an adult I am not worrying about finals or good grades.
It wasn't until summer 2014 when I started finding blood in my stool that I asked for help at my local doctor's. And after sincerely letting my feelings out - he diagnosed me with Anxiety and light Depression.
He offered me antidepressants, but having heard so many negative side effects from friends, I declined.
If I'm gonna battle this natural health problem then by God am I gonna battle it the natural way, I've told myself.

Nowadays I worry about my pension, the works I've had, the different neverending bills, hospital visits, grocery shopping, etc...
And for my own case, worrying about living in an international relationship. Sorting out how we're gonna move back to Sweden, contact the Swedish Migration Board, waiting for the verdict can take up to 11 months, and then pay for the fee that will come along with filing the documents.
Or simply other things that bothers me.


This has affected my body in more ways than one unfortunately. And even if it's hard to talk about it to others, I think IT NEEDS TO BE TALKED ABOUT.


My Anxiety has given me problems once or more with (not in any specific order):

  • Chest Pains
  • Heartache
  • Heartrace
  • Sleepless nights 
  • Hysteric crying
  • Hyperventilation
  • Dizziness
  • Paranoia
  • Feeling frightened

My Depression has usually been a result after my Anxiety, and I've had problems with:
  • Constant sadness
  • Feeling hopelessness
  • Random crying (at times I've  found myself crying to happy comedies or Disney-movies)
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Feeling down
  • Lost appetite/interest in food & drinks
  • Concentration's been gone, and found that simple tasks are extremely difficult
  • Had periods where all I've wanted is to sleep, and then (now) find myself unable to sleep
  • Been irrational, rude, short tempered, and "bitchy" to friends and family

How I battle and handle my mind is different every day.
But these are the most common:

  • Watch a TV-series
  • Taking outdoor walks (preferably like a forest or a exercise trail)
  • Spend time with loved ones
  • Make art (or something else you love)
  • Bake or cook

If you are depressed or have anxiety, please check out these links below for help, tests, and medication:

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