Hi Sandra and Laura! Tell us about the podcast. We want to know everything from idea to starting point.
– It basically started the very first time we met, which was less than three years ago, on a film set in Spain. We were shooting an international TV-series called The Head and needed to play two former best friends with a complicated and strained relationship behind them. Because we had to connect so quickly, we started to share our own life-changing stories and it got us talking about why we don’t dare to share vulnerably about our struggles and emotions with each other on a daily basis . As people, and especially as women, we are conditioned to present ourselves in a certain way to not stir too much shit up.
Laura: That kind of inauthentic communication definitely separates us more than it brings us together. When the pandemic hit, we felt how the separation and isolation hit us all with full force, and that’s when we came up with the idea for this podcast. We have created the space that we were craving ourselves; a podcast that mixes inspiring personal stories with vulnerable conversations and spiritual, as well as scientific, perspectives from global experts. It’s all about learning and exploring how we can connect the dots within ourselves and move forward with more peace and ease!
And who are you?
– Wow, ha ha, that’s a complex question that used to keep me up at night before I came to terms with the fact that I can actually just be all that I am. One way of describing myself is that I’m a passionate storyteller; I’m a former journalist turned actor and singer, who feel very fortunate to have lived and worked in many different countries, mostly in the US. I have been a resident of both New York and LA for many years. Stockholm is my home base at the moment, but together with my husband Tom and our six-year-old daughter Edith Rose, I still divide my time between the US and Sweden as much as possible. The other existential answer to your question is that I’m trying to be as curious and present about this life experience, which constantly keeps changing and expanding the concept of what I am and it is taking me on an immensely thrilling ride.
– I am- and have always been a curious soul. Curious about us humans. About why we are here, together on this planet. And what drives us, what tears us apart, what motivates us and what makes us feel alive and thrive.
Thats why I went into acting. And thats why I am a transformationel guide. That’s why I work as a mentor and why I, together with Sandra, the woman wonder, am doing this podcast, and aspires to distribute lots of inspiration and fun on our Coming Home platforms.
How would you describe each other?
– Laura is the dream partner and sister that I didn’t even know I could have. The fact that we became so close so quickly is astounding and very telling. As a person, Laura has that rare ability to tune in and be present with the essence of everyone she meets and that’s awesome. You always feel seen and heard in her presence. The fact that we can cry and laugh together at the drop of a hat signifies our friendship and the kind of lifeforce she is. We’re quite different but I dare say that we complement each other. Despite the different challenges in starting a new business, like we have been doing at a very difficult time in history, we have so much fun and all the work truly feels so easy with Laura.
– I call Sandra a powerhouse. Not that she has to do anything for me to see her that way. Allthough she is one of the hardest working women I have ever come across. She’s born with this very rare fire inside that I percieve to be a gamechanger in this world. When she walks into a room, you pay attention. She is here to stir things up, but she does it in such a kind, loving and empowering way. I dont have words of how proud I am to work with her.
What inspire you?
– Travelling and meeting new people have always inspired me so much. The feeling of connection makes me thrive and when I travel I always get reminded of how we all are more alike than we are different. Authentic little exchanges and conversations can make me soar for days and they are the purest kind of creative fuel for me in everything I do. I’m fascinated by how contradictory we as humans are, regardless of our age, gender, race or nationality. How we struggle and come together is beautiful and comical at the same time. I love us.
– Bravery inspires me. People that dare to be in their authenticity. Full on. And not hide behind a version of themselves to please others. People that are ridiculously afraid of something, but goes ahead and do it anyway because that is their truth. People that insist on loving themselves. And young people. Young people inspire me.
– I have so many! Being in nature often moves me to tears. Seriously, lately I have become more like a ninety-year-old grandma who cries from seeing the beauty in a single flower. It’s not entirely convenient and often takes me by surprise. I think it is because I used to hold back my emotions so much in the past that now they just overflow freely whether I want to or not.
In terms of a specific favorite place, I’d like to go with New Orleans. That city blew me away. There’s a magical energy there that I can’t really describe. All I can say is that it felt like I had been there before. The city made me want to become a priestess of white magic and move into almost every house I saw. I’m obsessed with front porches and porch swings in
combination with those balconies that stretch along the whole façade of the gorgeous buildings there.
– Mainly all places connected with nature. I’m a huge fan of the generosity that nature stills shows up with after all the crap we continue to put her through. For me nature is the place I go to when I need to reestablish the connection to myself.
– I dream of that we all can start to look at ourselves more from the inside out, than judging and measuring ourselves from the outside and in. That goes for myself as well. It’s an ongoing process but I strongly feel that it is the only path to experiencing personal freedom and change. I dream of telling stories that can help myself and others to see and do that. To be a part of telling stories, on the air and on all kinds of screens, that can change perspectives and bring about positive change and awareness. It may sound a wee bit pretentious but the potential of stories and their healing power is why I love my job.
–My dream is to see as many people as possible have their inner lights switched back on in their eyes. To see them remember who they really are and finding the balance in life. Not that the aim should be to get the perfect momentum of everything all the time, because I think for most of us that’s just not how life looks. But the selfloathing in the moments of chaos and distress, I believe we can emilinate to a large extend. We can learn to have patience with ourselves and life, and search for a peace within, more than hunting for a continues happeniess outside of us. That is my dream for myself, and for every being.