Blogger profile: Julie Lindahl
Lydia Parafianowicz · 18 Mar 2010, 15:52
Published: 18 Mar 2010 15:52 GMT+01:00
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Though her island memoir is set for release later this year, for the moment Lindahl is concentrating on attracting readers to Letters from the Island, a collection of newspaper columns written over a period of three years.
"I derived inspiration for my book of letters from Alistair Cooke, who wrote from New York to the world for 58 years," says Lindahl, whose transatlantic correspondence is moving in the opposite direction.
"It's really a personal take on the meeting between cultures," she says.
Lindahl's philosophical approach to life has informed her blog on The Local for the past year.
“Since I am a wellness expert, I strive to create the things we lack most in modern life, space and time for people, at least in their minds of readers,” says Lindahl. “I would say that it’s a very personal blog of stories about my life on two different islands in Sweden.”
How Lindahl arrived at her current life position is difficult to say. With American, British and German ancestry, she grew up living between 10 different countries. As an adult, she travelled the world working as a management consultant, often to developing nations. It wasn’t until she met and married a Swedish man that she finally settled in one country.
“Sweden has been a really special place, because it’s where I’ve put down my roots for the first time ever,” says Lindahl. “For me, what’s special is its juxtaposition of being an ultra modern society that retains strong connections to nature, in every way.”
She now works as a speaker, teacher, and author – her first book was published in 2005. Lindahl also runs an e-magazine, www.nordicwellbeing.com, based on her concept of a system of wellness found in Nordic culture and traditions.
“I’m not passing out medical information,” she says. “I think what I’m trying to do is give people thoughts about what it really means to live well, and how you can do that in the most simple ways.” She says this doesn’t require drastic measures like flying to Thailand for a retreat, but simply a shift in thinking.
“Even though we have more opportunities than ever to live a good life that’s comfortable and good quality, I think that many feel they live that less and less, because they lack space and time,” explains Lindahl. “People lack daily inspiration sources that they find interesting enough to help them along the way. I hope to inspire readers to better living.”