So, this is me...

louise stigell

My name is Louise.

Let’s get the formalities out of the way:

  • I’m 33 years old.
  • I live in the town of Gävle, Sweden with my fiancé.
  • I’m a freelance copywriter, web designer and online strategist.
  • I have founded 2 start-ups and run 4 blogs.
  • I sing, play the piano, draw, paint, act, and occasionally write really weird poetry.
  • I write code, build websites, have a BA in game development and am a huge nerd.
  • I love birds, vegan ice cream, taking long baths and binge watching great tv shows.
  • I am a highly sensitive, introverted, multi-passionate and slightly rebellious INFJ.


I'm also a very happy person. Sure, I have shitty days, but most of the time I look kinda like in the picture above.

But damn, have I been lost. And insecure, and confused and unhappy and freaked out about life.

Let me tell you a story...

 

Quitter, scatterbrain, loner, weirdo

As a kid, I was diplomatically called “intensive” and “challenging”.

I had an active imagination. I drew a purple rabbit when everyone else was drawing brown ones. I played, I created, I had opinions. I wanted to be a singer and a hairdresser and a marine biologist and an actress and a writer, preferably all at once.

Then something happened when I hit my teenage years.

I started caring, about all the wrong stuff. Like how I should behave in order for my classmates to want to be friends with me. How I should look. How I should fit in.

I went to music school, and later went on to study acting, writing, game development and programming. I struggled with Academia. I forced myself to parties and felt totally misplaced. 

I took a bunch of different jobs, that I felt miserable in. I cried in public bathrooms. 

I started businesses and blogs and projects, and abandoned them. I panicked in crowded subways and buses.

I was torn in a million directions and had no clue what I was supposed to be doing. Everything felt interesting, nothing felt truly right.

I felt like a quitter, a scatterbrain, a loner and a weirdo.

Then I read this piece by Barbara Sher, about scanners and being a multi-talented, multi-passionate person.

And then this book by Susan Cain, about introverts.

And then I took this test by Elaine Aron, and found out I’m a HSP - a highly sensitive person.

And it all started to make sense. I started making sense.

So I snapped out of it: The angst over how I don’t fit in, can’t make up my mind and can't play by the rules. The preconceptions about what I should do with my life.

And I started doing what I truly love and care about. Which is this blog. (And its Swedish precursor, which I started back in 2008.)


Lifestyle design for highly sensitive introverts

I remember the first time I heard the expression "lifestyle design". It felt kind of like if you'd been putting on clothes backwards your entire life and then suddenly: "Heyyy, this other way makes so much more sense..."

Since I have such difficulties fitting into society and the traditional notion of a career, why not do it the other way around? Why not design my lifestyle in accordance with my nature, and not vice versa. 

So that's what I started doing a few years ago.

I became a freelancer. I took control over how I work and spend my time. I started companies and creative projects. I learned from my mistakes. I took my blogging and online business seriously. I dared to believe that I could in fact make this work. I determined never to take another job, ever again.

My dream is to make a living off of my ideas, words and creativity. And I'm arriving at my destination. I'm living the life of my dreams, and I cherish every moment of it. I am free. And I want to help free other desperate, unhappy underdogs like myself.

I would like for the world to become more “sensitive introvert-friendly”. And I would like for more of us multi-passionate creatives to claim our place in it.

And here you are, my dear friend. I’m so happy you found me, and I hope this blog can inspire, entertain and guide you.

My number one mission is to help you make a life doing what you love, in a way that you love. I want to help you feel less lost, trapped and worthless, and instead inspire you to self-confidence, passion and bliss.


Onwards, friend


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