Uncertain Times, Sweden Is Still Waiting Us

January 5, 2012 Katja Presnal

Did you notice..? I took a little unannounced blogging break. I think you took a little break too and spent some time with family.

Truth to be told, this entire beginning of the winter has been sort of crazy, ever since we found out we are moving to Sweden, and I have been trying to do even more things at the same time as usual. I have been been busy getting rid of everything we own, packing and rethinking my work life as I know it. Some of it has been easy, some of it not so much. The worst part is probably the things that are still open – we don’t have a moving date yet, and it makes it very difficult to plan and do things.

One good thing is already certain – I can keep working virtually in the US while living in Sweden. Go figure, USA is one of the only countries in the world that will tax its citizens even if they live outside the country, and they can keep working even if they don’t reside in the country anymore. This information was a huge relief for me – my work will not be as affected as I thought it would be, and I am ready for all virtual opportunities 2012 may bring.


(Picture taken in Stockholm when I visited there last time in 2010).

Sweden, we are ready for you, I hope Sweden will be ready for us soon too.

All of our children will have Finnish citizenship, so it hopefully will make our life in Europe easier. It has taken numerous hours of work and many hundred dollar bills to make all of the paperwork happen, and we are still waiting for one renewed passport to arrive and one more citizenship to be confirmed and we are all set. You never remember how much paperwork is needed when you move out of the country, and what all things should be considered. Also, it doesn’t make it easier that we are now dealing with both American and Finnish officials – and we have barely started our paperwork with the Swedish yet – that will come after we move in the country.

So pardon me – the Skimbaco journey has been and probably will continue to be on and off as our family of five is trying to make this move from New York to Stockholm. But this is what Skimbaco Lifestyle is all about – living in the moment, and exploring world, one place at the time.

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Katja Presnal

Katja Presnal shows how to live Nordic inspired life to the fullest and plan your dream life. Katja owns Presnal5 strategic marketing intelligence agency and wants to help marketing professionals to combine a dream career and dream life via freelance work.Katja is an award-winning marketing strategist, and a well-known speaker. Katja has lived in five different countries, and seven states in the USA. Her three children were all born in different countries within three years. When not working or jet-setting the world, Katja is at home cooking big family dinners.She has been featured in NY Times, Glamour, Redbook, Fodor's, Forbes and Woman's Day magazines among many other national and international publications and written for MTV3 and Lifetime TV networks.

Comments (8)

  1. Life is full of wonderful adventures. There are people who sit home and watch other peoples adventures on television, while there are those like you who leap knowing that as long as you’re together it will be fun.

    I’m excited for you and can’t wait to read more about this new chapter in your life and I’m relieved for you to know that you won’t have to give up your work.

  2. Anna

    With your great attitude the move, when it happens, will be a breeze and the Swedes are lucky to get you!! Best of luck with everything!

  3. I can’t imagine how amazing, exciting, nervous, stressful, blessed this whole journey is. I remember when I went to China/Tibet in 1999 how crazy it was to get the Visa and Passport but to get them for an entire family that will be living there – I am totally impressed with how collected you are. Then again your family is no stranger to travel and I am absolutely loving going through this journey with you even if it’s just words and photos on a screen I totally have that suitcase stowaway feeling :)

  4. I just love watching you Katja and being around you and your energy. Everything you do, you do with passion, and you are a living example of your blog tag line! Take time, post when you can, we are all here when you are ready cheering you on.

  5. Take as much time as you need to make your dreams come true. It’s such a blessing owning a virtual business… you can pick up and move as you please! Love you and I’m so excited for you and your family!

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