Blogger profile: Julie Lindahl

With a new book just published and another on the way, The Local's blogger Julie Lindahl is keeping productivity high and stress levels low.

Blogger profile: Julie Lindahl

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,, 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.”

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Swedish actor behind viral blog beats cancer

Swedish actor Fabian Bolin, 28, who has appeared in several UK television shows and US movies, has announced to the world that he is cancer-free, just over a month after he was diagnosed.

Swedish actor behind viral blog beats cancer
Swedish actor Fabian Bolin. Photo: Instagram with permission of Fabian Bolin

The actor and model started the blog on July 1st, just days after being diagnosed with leukaemia – a blood cancer which develops in bone marrow.

“There is a risk that I will not survive,” he posted in both English and Swedish.

But after weeks of gruelling chemo therapy doctors at the Karolinska Institute near Stockholm have revealed that Bolin is expected to return to complete health, the actor told his fans.

“We have just found out from the doctors at Karolinska the following: my entire blood system, and my spinal chord system, is now free from blood cancer. Just to be 100 percent clear to all of you, my beautiful angels: I have survived and killed my cancer,” he wrote in this latest blog entry.

However, the actor is not yet at the end of the road to full recovery. He is set to undergo chemo therapy until February 2016 to ensure the cancer stays out of his system.

“Imagine the feeling in your heart when you've run up a long hill. Have you ever tried that? Or if you've ever been at a gym, if you've done a really hard cardio session. Now, think about how hard the heart beats. If you want to know how I feel, then add about five times to that heart feeling,” wrote the 28-year-old in the blog post published late on Tuesday.

Bolin's heartfelt blog quickly went viral in July after being picked up by several Swedish and international media, including The Local.

“I feel so utterly sad and confused right now. I feel like it's unfair that I should have to go through this hell of a treatment, after fighting so hard to reach this stage in life and be on the cusp of fulfilling my acting dreams. But, I will not give up,” read one of his earliest entries.

The star is best known for his role as Philipp in Swedish film Snabba Cash in 2010 (released internationally as Easy Money) and Snabba Cash II (2012), his first major parts after quitting a previous career in banking.

He has spent the past few years living in London where he's played small roles in British reality TV show Made in Chelsea and the recently released UK web sci-fi show Kosmos.

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Reacting to the huge social media stir surrounding his blog, he told The Local last month: “the response is the best and most powerful experience ever”.

“I’m in shock but in a good way. It wouldn’t have been possible for all these people to come together without social media. It’s amazing to see how many wonderful people there are out there.” 

Thanks to his contacts in the film and television industry, Bolin said at the time he had already been approached by production companies who are keen on turning his story into a documentary and added that he had received support from many fellow actors, including other Swedes he worked with on Snabba Cash. 

“I decided to let people follow me on my journey from beginning to end and this enormous response makes me feel so empowered,” he said.

Update: In 2019, Fabian Bolin founded the app WarOnCancer together with Sebastian Hermelin to improve mental health for everyone affected by cancer.