The Sunday Interview: On Parenthood, Countryside Dreams and Life as a Freelancer with Emma Sundh

Kicka här för hela inlägget på svenska: Söndagsintervjun: om föräldraskap, landsbygdsdrömmar och livet som frilans med Emma Sundh

We moved to Sweden in August 2017, and got to enjoy a pretty normal Swedish late summer before an unusually rainy fall took over. The coming spring, in 2018, didn’t see any rain at all, on the other hand. And it was warm. Summer-like way too early, many would say. And so it continued. The summer of 2018 was indeed nice from a swimming and sunbathing perspective, but it left many of us with a big lump in our stomachs. A big one, even. I remember that Mike, still a beginner Swede at the time, asked me sometime in May-June if forest fires ever were an issue in Sweden. “Nah”, I said. “I can only recall one, and that was the one in the Tyresta National Park many years ago”. The one that dad actually smelled even out here on Yxlan and made him go for a loop around the neighborhood in the middle of the night, to see if something was up.

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How to create a biologically diverse and pollinator-friendly garden

Kicka här för hela inlägget på svenska: En klimatsmart trädgård: biologisk mångfald, fest för bina och mindre städning

A while ago, we wrote on Instagram about how we want to live our lives, and how we tackle a world that, at times, feels rather grim. The answer to that (quite vast) question is this one: we want to be part of the solution, not the problem.

The most fundamental lesson of all these past few years of changing our life trajectories is that trying to be part of the solution has only made us happier, more grounded and more easily satisfied people. It has not made us feel poor. Or under-stimulated. Or as if we’re sacrificing a lot. Or as if we’re giving up ourselves in hopes of “changing the world”. No, none of that. It has just made everything better.

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The Sunday Interview: On Running, Life and the Love for Nature with Erika Borgström

Kicka här för hela inlägget på svenska: Söndagsintervjun: om löpning, livet och kärleken till naturen med Erika Borgström

Today, we have the great pleasure of finally getting to publish the first interview of what we hope will turn into a long series of inspiring, interesting conversations about everything under the sun. Our inaugural interview object is a person we’ve actually never met in real life, but someone we’ve followed on Instagram for many years. And while Erika Borgström is mostly known for her athletic achievements as a trail runner and ski mountaineer, we’d like to say she has captured our interest just as much through her carefully worded reflections on life through social media. A person you can’t help but to love, it feels like. Let’s get started.

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On Detours and Finding Your Way Home: An Interview with Sophia

Kicka här för hela inlägget på svenska: Om att gå vilse och sedan hitta hem: en intervju med Sophia

Today it’s time to ask some questions to the other half of our duo: Sophia. The interview with me, Mike, from last week can be found here: A Transplanted New Yorker in Sweden: An Interview with Michael. It’s been wonderful receiving your positive feedback ever since that one was posted, and we feel very inspired to get going with the “real” interview series this coming Sunday. Until then – here’s the interview with Sophia. Some of the questions have been submitted by you all through Instagram, and some are my (Mike’s) own.

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A Transplanted New Yorker in Sweden: An Interview with Michael

Kicka här för hela inlägget på svenska: En New Yorker i den svenska myllan: en intervju med Michael

For a while now, we’ve been daydreaming about putting together an interview series with people we find inspiring and interesting. One thing that defines us both is our curiosity, and that we can get excited about almost any topic if the story is compelling enough, or if the storyteller is a captivating character. Reading and listening to personal portraits and in-depth interviews is something we both love, and this is one of the primary ways we find inspiration and courage to test our wings, try new things and live our dream. There have been many times where the interview object or subject of, let’s say, a podcast hasn’t been an obvious point of interest, but where the outcome has managed to completely capture our attention. Now, we’re total beginners at interviewing people, and really have no clue as to how to put these enchanting stories together, but we’re too curious to not give it a try. We figured that if we just ask the questions we ourselves would love to hear the answers to, we can’t be too far off.

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Our First Patreon Perk

We announced that we have created a Patreon page for ourselves a little over a week ago, and would first like to say one big THANK YOU to everyone who has decided to become a supporter. It means the world to us – in much the same way it means the world to us when you take it upon yourself to leave a comment, recommend us to a friend or share our content with your network. For each interaction, we feel as if we move one step closer to our goal of making Live Slow Run Far our “real” job.

We wanted to come up with our first (surprise) Patreon perk, and the choice quickly fell on creating an ebook version of our Vegetable Growing for Beginners blog post. Given the season and the ever increasing interest in growing your own food (perhaps record-breaking this year, considering the recent events), it seemed fitting – and now it’s available to download! Mike deserves all the credit for the layout and design, and we sincerely hope it’ll become a tool you’ll return to often. It comes in both Swedish and English, and even includes a bonus sowing schedule to make your growing season even easier.

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Support us on Patreon

Even though it’s a little bit scary, we’re very excited to tell you that we’ve gone ahead and created our own Patreon page. The reason behind this is simple: we want to be able to spend more of our time creating content for Live Slow Run Far. Putting out recipes, blog posts and such makes us sincerely happy and gets our creative juices flowing for real, but it’s not terrific when it comes to paying our bills. As we believe in keeping things free and accessible – and don’t want to go the route of annoying ads popping up left, right and center – we feel like we should at least give this crowdfunding-ish type of system a fair chance. It will most likely bring its own set of challenges and present us with at least a few rounds of trial and error, but hey, that’s part of life! We’re realistic and don’t expect Patreon to yield a full time salary (or two, for that matter) in the blink of an eye, but it seems too intriguing of a concept to not give a try. It’ll take many supporters to get the machinery going for real, sure, but that’s also the whole idea of crowdfunding!

If you’re already familiar with the Patreon concept and would like to support us – or are just curious about what we’re offering – feel free to stop here, and just click the following link, which will bring you straight to our Patreon page.

What is Patreon?

For those of you who aren’t quite familiar with Patreon, on the other hand, we’ll happily talk you through the details right here. In essence, Patreon is a website and business idea that provides creators of different kinds (be it podcasters, bloggers, Youtubers etc.) with an easy way of crowdfunding themselves. The concept is simple: if you’re a big fan of the content someone is producing and want to show your support, you can sign up to help them with a small (sometimes even very small) monetary contribution on a monthly basis. Often, creators set up different tiers for their supporters – it can range from as little as $1 per month to $500 – and for each level, you’ll get certain perks. It can be member-only blog posts, behind-the-scenes material, e-books, livestreams etc., and the purpose of these is, naturally, for the creator to have something a little special to offer in return for someone’s support. Creators can also create so-called goals, which basically mean that once a certain number of supporters (or patrons, as they’re called) has been met, the creator will do or start a certain thing. We went ahead and created some for us/our page, and one of the goals is this one: when we reach 200 supporters, we’ll go ahead and launch a podcast!

Becoming a member is easy, once you’ve found your way to our page at Patreon.com. You can choose between three different tiers, depending on what feels like the right fit for you, and you’ll receive an email confirming your membership immediately. In the future, you’ll also receive email notifications each time we’ve posted members-only content. You can of course also end your contribution whenever you’d like. We can’t thank you enough for even considering joining our community, and will welcome you with the most open of arms if you do. Let’s do this together!

Kicka här för hela inlägget på svenska: Stötta oss genom Patreon

Vegetable Growing for Beginners

You see all these people around you growing tons and tons of food and you would love to give it a go as well – but where and how in the world do you start?

We’re not too far away from being beginners ourselves, as we’re just about to embark on our third growing season adventure, and maybe that’s why we felt such a strong desire to actually sit down to write this post. Because… we get it. We get the overwhelmed feeling when people around you discuss methods of composting, mineral composition of the soil, ways of pruning and home-brewed fertilizers. We get all the confusion and seemingly “stupid” questions that pop up in your head, and we get all the frustration when things go wrong. But we also know all the wonders of vegetable growing and the infinite joy and happiness it can bring, and would therefore like nothing more than getting others to discover the same magic that we have. Hence, this post has come about. Read it from start to finish or skip around as you please – and go ahead and share it with all the aspiring green thumbs around you, of course!

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Everything I Wish I Knew: My Stress Fracture Story

Kicka här för hela inlägget på svenska: En löpares bekännelser: min stressfraktur från start till mål

Maybe not the most fun topic of all at first glance, but hopefully one that can prove useful to some of you out there. When I first sustained my injury, I would have loved to read someone else’s description of their journey from diagnosis to return back to running, but couldn’t find much – so I figured I needed to write one myself!

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