On moving somewhere new:
"My biggest struggle right now is work/life balance. I'm getting married this year, so there's a lot on my plate. I also just moved back to the Bay Area after being away for a while. I'm in Berkeley now, which is so fun, but I'm still trying to figure out where I'm going to make a living more permanently."
On her past, her present, and what she'd call her autobiography:
“What would my past self think about my present self? I think about that a lot. It's hard to answer that question. I grew up in foster care, so I think my past self would be pretty proud of my present self. I've gotten really good about not letting other people's opinions influence how I feel about myself. I've gotten really good at taking care of myself — whether that's through expressive arts or staying away from certain kinds of voices or opinions. It's hard. “I'd name my autobiography A Song That Came from Pain But a Song That is Not Pain.”
On her current food obsession:
"I'm currently really obsessed with natto – fermented soybeans. It's a Japanese food – it's amazing! A lot of people think I'm weird for it, but I love it – I can eat it a lot. I usually put it on rice, or I just eat it by itself. I tried it a few months ago when my boyfriend gave it to me, and it tastes great."
On practicing her Spanish:
“I'm fluent in Spanish, and I'm really passionate [about] and inspired by Mexican culture. Being up here, I work in the Mission, so I've been able to immerse myself in that a lot — but when it comes to practicing, I haven't been as active as I'd like to be. So yesterday, I actually looked up ‘best Spanish language films,’ and I think one of them I was really intrigued by is called El Orfanato — ‘The Orphanage.’ It's really critically-acclaimed and captioned... Spanish films are really interesting [to me] right now.”
On her comfort-transcending lifestyle:
“I would say that I'm stepping out of my comfort zone all the time in San Francisco, especially with all the events going on — like they had the How Weird festival just recently. I also work at Good Vibrations, which is like a sex and pleasure boutique, so I step out of my comfort zone every day working there. People ask me questions about sexuality and health. So, right now, I kind of don't have a comfort zone anymore.”
“Last year, I started this new job in marketing — and I've never done marketing before profession
“Last year, I started this new job in marketing — and I've never done marketing before professionally. I work for Mezzanine, a music venue, so I'm doing music marketing. It's piqued my interest in marketing in general and how to market events specifically. My main industry is the theater: I'm actually a theater artist, so that's made me more interested in how to market theater to attract younger and more diverse audiences.”
On learning to lose the ego and respect others:
"I took the past year off from work – my dad actually died last year – so I traveled and I spent a lot of time by myself and getting deeper into my own traumas growing up, and it became really uncomfortable to see my ego, and to see how I thought I was better than other people. I had help with it from a meditation teacher, but I had to make a choice to work on it. In dissolving my ego, it helped me to become more liberated and free, and it was painful to get through but once I came through the other end I found out that it was really rewarding. I'm still working on it, and it's a lifetime journey. But this was a big part – I realized that I am not superior to people in the way that I thought I was. Certain people that I didn't like. So it was interesting to discover that I did have love for those people, I just didn't like them and that was OK. It just comes down to respect for humanity."
On her work:
“I'm a geographer, and cognitive mapping is the way in which we each hold our own perceptions of the space that we navigate. I think mapping, for the longest time, has been used as a colonial tool, so I'm trying to reclaim that from the ground up — how we see space and really giving value to that. “I would envision it as interviewing people about the space that they live in and having them draw it for me. Just because I think like we all live in the same city, but we very much live in different spaces and, often times, they don't intersect. And sometimes, some are given more priority than others. So really, trying to prioritize all of them, and really going on this idea that multiple truths exist and there's not this one dominant narrative.”
On what her past self would think of her present self:
“I think my past self would think that my present self is wiser. I've come into my own a lot more as an artist, and I know what I want a lot more — I know a lot more ways of getting that now, instead of the few avenues that I knew when I was younger. I would have said that time is even more precious! I know you know it's precious, but it's even more precious, and you really gotta go for it! That's what I would tell myself.”
On missing Sweden:
“My biggest struggle right now is that I kind of want to move back to Sweden — my home country — and my husband doesn't want to. We've been here for about eight years. There are a lot of things I miss, but I mostly miss this time of year: the spring and early summer season. “Sweden is very dark in the winter, so everyone kind of hibernates a little bit, and then spring is just kind of an explosion. Everything is gray and then suddenly, there's life everywhere. I'm afraid that my kids might never get to experience that. We've gone there in the summer, but it's more difficult in spring because they're in school.”