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 an executive and career coach + serial non-profit board member. I've worked for large, publicly traded corporations as well as start-ups grasping to make payroll and the in between. My coaching expertise evolved from a consulting career where I led non-profit and corporate executives in strategic planning, change management and employee + client engagement efforts. Through that experience, I uncovered my unique strength, passion 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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