Bye bye Växjö – Hello Los Angeles California

On 2016/09/25 by Patrik Appelquist

It´s strange. Sometimes i quit blogging because I think there´s nothing special going on in my life. Time goes by and then I realize I´ve got enough awesome things to tell to write a little book about it. I often hear things from friends like ”your doing so many cool things all the time” or ”you´re always involved in so many cool projects”. And yeah, I guess I do a lot of things but I just don´t think about it because it´s so related to who I am. It´s such a big natural part of me and somehow I tend to forget that all people are not the same. But sometimes it´s just nice to take a minute and reflect on what´s going on or what has been going on. It´s easy to think that one is not doing or accomplishing anything. And that my friend is a horrible feeling for an entrepreneur like me. I need to feel constant personal development, constant strive, constant progress, progress forward. I need change, I need uncertainty, I need problems to solve. The ones who knows me knows that I´m not a big fan of the safe and sound ”svenssonlivet”. I want something else.

What I don´t want 

I don´t want to have a 9-5 job that I just like (or don´t like), I don´t want to be working my ass off for 11 months just to be able to enjoy four weeks of vacation in Thailand every year. I don´t even want to work one single week just to be longing for the weekend to come! I don´t ever want to feel the Sunday anxiety. I don´t want to work for money. I don´t want early mornings or musts. I don´t want to be dependent on anyone, or anything. I don´t want to have a safe house all furnished with ”lantligt vitt” furniture and useless odds and ends all over the place. I don´t want to have kids, because I don´t want that kind of lifestyle that I think comes with it 99% of the time and I don´t think a kid would be suited the lifestyle I have. I don´t want to get married because I don´t believe in everlasting love, no crybaby about it. I just don´t think we´re programmed to stay together for a lifetime.

What I do want

I want to run my own business, because I love it and I never consider it to be ”work”.  Even if I take a job I would not be working for the money but because I love what I do. I want to be able to decide when to ”work” and not. I want to constantly travel the world and have many ”homes”, not necessary houses or apartments but places I love. I want to meet and get to know new people always. I want to learn new things every day. I want to develop myself and become a better person every day. I want to contribute to create a better world. I want to be free and independent. I want many loves in my life (not in the same time) because I think that´s how we´re supposed to live, especially in today´s society, especially people like me.

The most awesome things happens when you least expect it

Almost exactly one year ago I wrote a blogpost called ”The horrible vacuum feeling after graduating from the university”. I wrote about my plan moving to USA to a start-up community in Los Angeles. Then http://patrikappelquist.com/2016/04/09/life-is-good/ happened. Our plan was to share apartment one year. And that we have done. It´s been an amazing time and John has become one of my very best friends. I love you so much brother. You´re such a nice man! But now we´re moving out. An old chapter is reaching an end and a new chapter is taking by.

 

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I´m selling all my stuff

Many of you have seen how I begun to sell my stuff a couple of weeks ago. Yes, I´m getting rid of all my stuff, again! It´s such a liberating feeling to let things go. I´m taking it to a new level this time. Almost nothing stays. I´m keeping the most beloved things I got like my camera, computer, guitar and such. The rest goes. This week I sold both my motorcycle (Suzuki VX800) and my moped (Puch Maxi -79). So where am I moving?

Where I´m going

This trip is going to be a little different from the other trips I´ve done. This time I won´t go alone. At least the first 3 months. My friend and business partner Adam is joining me. We met during a meeting at Island Of Entrepreneurs and now we´re running a webbshop together and our plan is to go abroad together and focus 100% on our businesses. Yes we have our very own businesses as well. As you might remember; my goal is to build a business that can support my way of living – my lifestyle as a traveling entrepreneur. I want to be able to live the laptop life. To bring with me my business wherever I go. Because trust me, there are so many places I´d like to go and so many countries I´d like to live in. So many languages I´d like to learn. But first of all…

We´re going to Los Angeles California baby! We´ll be living in Yucca valley (east of LA) and we´ll stay with my lovely friend Mirelle =) Me and Mirelle have been talking about doing this for at least two years now but the timing was just never right. Now it is =) Our plan is to travel in to LA and Silicon Valley from time to time and use Couch Surfing and similar. We might stay there for a week or two at the time, depending on how many sofas we can find and how many nice people we meet on the way.

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So basically we´ll be there doing marketing and we´ll also be looking for a person in US to work with us on a franchise basis. We´ve found a super nice girl here in Sweden who will be receiving, packing and posting the orders we get. So now we´re three in the team. I´m looking so much forward to do this. We´re leaving on October 18th. Just a couple of weeks left now!! =)

Next week will be my last week working as a business developer at the business incubator Företagsfabriken here in Växjö. It´s so freaking sad to leave. It´s been an amazing experience and I can honestly say that I´ve loved my job there. So next week we´ll also be packing our stuff and cleaning the apartment. After four years in Växjö it´s now time to move on.

 

And after US?

After our 90 days in the US Adam is probably going back to Sweden to live with his girlfriend and I´m moving on down south to Latin America. This time I´ll be going to Dominic Republic, Brazil and of course my beloved country Nicaragua where I used to live 5 years ago. Same thing there. I won´t really be traveling. I rather be living in different countries 3 months at the time doing my thing. Me and John are also planning going to a tropical island surviving spearhunting fishes and trading the leftovers for rice and such. That would probably be a two week project or so. Just imagine how amazing it would be living close to the beach in a hammock, sleeping underneath the stars, making a fire every night and live on what you can find in the sea.

If I manage to survive on my online business after these 12 months abroad I´ll probably go to south east Asia and stay there for a year or so. I´m thinking about Philippines, Indonesia, India and Bali. That would be something! We´ll see what happens further down the road.

Let´s do this! =)

 

 

 

 

 

 

I bought a motorcycle the other day

On 2016/04/10 by Patrik Appelquist

For about five years I´ve been dreaming about having and riding a motorcycle. Two years ago I planned a trip through Europe by motorcycle. I tried to gather a few friends, the plan was to get the license and then go and be gone for about 6 weeks. I don´t necessary love the speed , I love the feeling of freedom when I´m on a bike. That´s why my little moped has served me well. The only problem is that I don´t get very far with it. I want to see the world. With my moped I can see a part of Växjö, tops.

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I thought about it the other day. I´ve got so many ideas and so much I want to do. And I tell people about all my dreams and ideas because I love to share and I love when people think of me and my dreams and help me realize them by getting me in contact with similar people or sending me links that I might find useful. If people don´t know what you want to do they won´t be able to help you. Tell people about your dreams!

I told people about my motorcycle dreams two years ago. The whole motorcycle thing turned out to be a little too early. The timing wasn´t perfect so I had to put it to wait for a while. Until today. I´m finally a motorcycle owner! Proud and happy as hell. I found a Suzuki VX 800. A woman used to drive it for 17 years until she got a stroke and decided to sell it, to me. It´s in a very good condition and I love it. It´s exactly what I was looking for.

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So today I´ve been out practicing driving very slow around cones. It´s a heavy bastard so it´s easier said than done. Good thing I´m used to driving mopeds because the gear and clutch technique is basically the same. My goal is to get the license before august this year. It´s very much doable. The only thing I need is to find more people with the drivers license so that I can practice driving on the streets and not only on the parking lot.

Another very cool thing about this whole motorcycle story is that I actually found a new friend on the way. I used Jodel (like twitter but your anonymous and it´s geographically limited) to find someone who could drive this beauty back home to me. I was so surprised when a guy called Joel actually offered himself to go with me and then drive it the 100 kilometers back home. Joel turned out to be a super friendly and cool guy and we actually got a lot in common. Jodel has never delivered anything like this before and I started to doubt it as a social media, now I don´t. Thanks Jodel and thanks Joel!

Mopeden är inköpt!

On 2013/11/16 by Patrik Appelquist

I flera år har jag velat skaffa mig en moped. Till och med när jag bodde i Nicaragua funderade jag på att införskaffa mig en. Men alla mina vänner där avrådde mig pga den tunga trafiken och de facto att folk kör som idioter, både nyktert och onyktert. Att åka moped är för mig den totala frihetskänslan. Det går tillräckligt sakta för att man ska kunna se sig omkring och för att man ska kunna tänka på annat än att hålla sig på vägen. Det är inte fysiskt ansträngande, den bara puttrar på så länge man vill. Mina bästa mopedminnen har jag dock från Nicaragua när jag vid två tillfällen besökte Ometepe, en vulkan-ö i Nicaraguasjön. Ön består av två enorma vulkaner varav en är aktiv. Det är en total Jurassic Park-upplevelse. Där glider du fram i sakta mak med vulkanerna till vänster om dig och ett stort blått vatten till höger, solen i zenit och tiden står still.

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Men nu har jag gjort slag i saken och alltså köpt mig en gammal moped, en Puch Maxi från sent 70-tal. Förra ägaren totalrenoverade den så den är jättefin i lacken och det mesta är bytt på den. Den är helt original så den går inte fort men den låter mycket, härlig kombo. Jag vill inte att den ska gå så mycket fortare än vad den gör men så småningom ska jag se om jag kan trimma den lite så att den bara blir starkare och kan ta backarna lite lättare. Igår tog jag mopeden ut på en fotopromenad å moppen blev slutligen själv objekt för fotograferingen…

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