I read Lola’s book in 2 days! Lagom!


Me with the author. Photo: Karin Weman

Editor’s note: I went to Lola’s book mingle on Thursday, unwittingly with one of the contributors I connected to the author, and met so many interesting people supporting the book launch. I got my hands on a hardcopy of the book [I have the Kindle verson too] and read it in two days.

The book was a fascinating read in 2017 even after moving to Sweden in 2006. Lola’s dissection of lagom in every aspect of one’s life opened me up to a completely new understanding of lagom and how to apply it daily. I think I get what it means to live lagom more than my Swede 😉

As the Swedish proverb goes, ‘Lagom är bäst’ (The right amount is best).

Lagom sums up the Swedish psyche and is the reason why Sweden is one of the happiest countries in the world with a healthy work-life balance and high standards of living.

Lagom is a way of living that promotes harmony. It celebrates fairness, moderation and being satisfied with what you’ve got. It’s not about having too little or too much but about fully inviting contentment into our lives.

Sweden-based Lola A. Åkerström is an award-winning writer and photographer who offers us a unique vantage point when it comes to adopting elements of a lagom lifestyle.

Full of insights and beautiful photographs, this authentic guide will help you make small, simple changes to your everyday life – whether that’s your diet, lifestyle, money, work or your home – so you can have a happier, more balanced way of living.

Get your copy of the quintessential Lagom book today. Already available in English and Spanish and soon to be 11 additional languages.

Author and friend Lola A. Åkerström

Meet Lola Akinmade @ TBEX in Copenhagen

Venerable travel writer Lola Akinmade will be sharing her knowledge with travel bloggers at the 1st ever TBEX Europe in Copenhagen.

The Venue:

In true TBEX fashion, we have chosen a unique ,historic and inspiring location for our first ever conference in Europe.TBEX Europe will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark Nov. 4-6th, at the Wallman’s Cirkusbygninen, or as we like to call it, Cirkus. This isn’t your average conference venue, this location was chosen because of it’s beauty and intrigue. It’s simply a feast for the eyes, and hopefully your blogs. We wanted to take our TBEX Europe attendees to more than just a conference room; you won’t find beige walls and projectors here. You will find color splashed everywhere, a trampoline that doubles as a screen and a lunch time show that will take your experience to a whole new level. This beautiful building was commissioned in 1885 and designed by H.W. Brinkogff, situated just by Radhuspladsen. Several circuses have used the building as their performance place during the winter season. The building is also used for concerts, theater performances and sports events. The Cirkus presents itself today in its original form, with ornaments by sculptor Frederik Hammeleff. The Cirkus is conveniently located downtown, close to our top hotel recommendations at….
Jernbanegade 8
1608 Copenhagen, Denmark
3316 3700

GET REGISTERED! Travel bloggers attend both days for only $50. Believe me, I would attend if I didn’t have a prior commitment.

The Schedule:
Thursday Nov. 4th

09:00-16:00 Complimentary Themed Tours of Copenhagen for Attendees- Details for sign-ups will be emailed to registered attendees
16:30 Speakers’ Cocktail Reception at Georg Jensen
18:00 Speakers’ Dinner at The Dining Room, Radisson Blu Scandinavia Presented by Vail Resorts
20:00 TBEX Europe Opening Cocktail Reception – Location TBA Presented by Wonderful Copenhagen & Cherry Heering

Friday Nov. 5th

09:00 Doors Open: Badge Pick-up & Registration / Coffee & Croissants
10:00 Welcome & Opening Remarks – Kim Mance Galavanting.tv
10:30 Plenary Session: “So You Wannabe a Travel Blogger? -Keeping It Real” Karen Bryan Europe a la Carte
11:00 Workshops (registered attendees will receive an email to choose workshops)
Narrative Travel Writing – Andrew Evans National Geographic , Lola Akinmade Matador Network
— Non-Narrative Travel Writing – Jason Clampet Frommers, Paul Brady Condé Nast Traveler
— Travel Video Blogging – Timothy Anderson MyDenmarkTV.com, Robert Reid Lonely Planet, Kim Mance Galavanting.tv
–Branding & Blogging – Bart Van Poll, Sanne Van Poll Spotted by Locals
— Photography & Using Imagery – Heather Cowper Heather on Her Travels
12:15 Networking Lunch & Live Performance by Cirkus Artists Main auditorium
13:30 Plenary Session Panel: “Bloggers & PR Working Together”
Tomi Maaniemi Finnair, Anéh Christina Hajdu Wonderful Copenhagen, Angelika Hermann-Meier Angelika Hermann-Meier-PR, John E. DiScala JohnnyJet
14:30 Workshops
— SEO 101 – Maren Hogan Travel Blog Exchange
— Advanced SEO -John E. DiScala JohnnyJet
15:30 Afternoon Snack & Chat – In foyer & Buddha Lounge
16:30 Doors closed

Saturday Nov. 6th

09:00 Doors Open – Coffee & Croissants
10:00 Open and Welcome -Kim Mance
10:15 Plenary Session: “Is Your Blog a Business?” Martin Lumbye Momondo
11:00 Workshops
Narrative Travel Writing – Andrew Evans National Geographic, Lola Akinmade Matador Network
–Non-Narrative Travel Writing – Jason Clampet Frommers, Paul Brady Condé Nast Traveler
— Travel Video Blogging – Timothy Anderson MyDenmarkTV.com, Robert Reid Lonely Planet, Kim Mance Galavanting.tv
— Branding & Blogging – Bart Van Poll, Sanne Van Poll Spotted by Locals
–Photography & Using Imagery – Heather Cowper Heather on Her Travels
12:30 Networking Lunch Main auditorium
13:30 Plenary Session: “Being Digitally Published: How to Pitch Editors”
Lola Akinmade Matador Network

14:30 Workshops
— Storytelling 101 – Andrew Evans National Geographic
— Marketing Yourself – Karen Bryan Europe a la Carte
15:15 Closing Remarks – Kim Mance Galavanting.tv
15:45 Afternoon Snack & Networking – In foyer areas
16:30 Doors closed

Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series – Sweden 2 – Geotraveler’s Niche

Geotraveler’s Niche

Editor for Matador Goods, Nigerian-born Lola Akinmade’s photography and travel writing are characterized by vibrancy and hope. Obtaining a Masters (MSc) degree in Information Systems from the University of Maryland with a solid background in Geography, she specialized in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for 10+ years and her affinity for the geosciences and maps meant she was born to travel.

lHer work has appeared in Vogue, National Geographic Traveler, Travel Channel’s World Hum, Forbes Traveler, Sherman’s Travel, Fodors.com, ISLANDS Magazine, United’s Hemispheres, Guardian UK’s Been There, Smithsonian.com, CITY Magazine, Pology, GoNOMAD, The Away Network, Transitions Abroad, The Matador Network, amongst others.


She also worked as a field journalist on the web team during Eco-Challenge’s Expedition Race in Fiji and currently volunteers as a photojournalist with both World Hope International, documenting their projects in countries such as Nicaragua and Cambodia, and C.H.I.E.F – an NGO based in Nigeria that promotes grassroots health development, HIV/AIDS awareness, and the empowerment of women.

She is now based in Stockholm, Sweden.