Care to Fika with Me?

I love learning, especially when it’s a cultural norm somewhere else that I can adopt into my own world.

My latest: fika. It is a Swedish tradition that ๐™ข๐™š๐™–๐™ฃ๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™– ๐™ข๐™ค๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™จ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™™๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ฃ, ๐™ค๐™›๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™– ๐™›๐™ง๐™ž๐™š๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ค๐™ง ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ก๐™ก๐™š๐™–๐™œ๐™ช๐™š, ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™Ÿ๐™ค๐™ฎ ๐™– ๐™˜๐™ช๐™ฅ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™˜๐™ค๐™›๐™›๐™š๐™š (๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™–) ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™– ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ก๐™š ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ข๐™š๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ.

Pronounced fee-ka, it can be both a noun (๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ตโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ข) and a verb (๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ตโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ข ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธโ€ฆ). No rules – just a good cup of coffee or tea, a bite of something delicious, and some time to enjoy the moment.

Fika is about genuinely slowing down, getting back in touch with your body and the people around you, and recharging on a deeper level. It is something to look forward to, a short time where everything else stops and you savor the moment. Quantity isn’t the key here either, nor is it to “trick” the body into carrying on and working harder (like an afternoon caffeine jolt here in the U.S. often is).

For Swedes, fika is nothing revolutionary; itโ€™s simply part of everyday life.

If you are interested, let’s fika together!

Published by Empower-Lead

Hello! My name is Karen and I am leadership coach. I offer both 1:1 + group leadership coaching. One of my specialties is helping leaders strengthen their virtual leadership. My coaching evolved from a consulting career where I led non-profit and corporate executives in strategic planning, change management, board development and employee + client engagement efforts. Through that experience, I uncovered my unique strengths and desire to build deep connection with people and empower others to explore and create their most fulfilling life by showing up โ€œon purposeโ€ in every aspect, especially professionally.

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