Andrea Norden

Graphic designer Stockholm

Hi! I’m Andrea Norden, 31 year and old born and raised in Stockholm. I am an artist soul and an optimist by nature. I work as a graphic designer and I run my own design studio. Making logotypes and design concepts is both my work and my hobby so I feel very blessed every day I go to work. In my free time I travel a lot. This year I’ve been to Hongkong, island hopping in the Phillipines, surfing in France and Portugal, partying in Ibiza, doing some toursting in Rome and Marbella and - my newly found hobby - skiing in Sierra Nevada and Verbier. To be able to travel and explore the world is really my number 1 reason to work hard at the office and to train hard at the gym.

What drives you? What does ‘making a difference’ mean to you?

To learn more about my purpose, about how I can live to feel my best and to be the best impact in this world I can. Making a difference for me is to work to see evolution and progress towards something better. Doing instead of just talking.

Tell us a story from your past that has really shaped you. What did you learn?

About 2 years ago I decided to become sober and stop drinking alcohol. I had hit a mental rock bottom in my life and all the “strategies” (eating disorder, training like a freak, alcohol addiction etc) I had been using so far wasn’t making me happier, only sadder. I decided to make a huge change and quit alcohol, and started to work daily on myself. I have learned so much from that period in my life, and I’m still learning every day. One of the best things I’ve learn is how to use meditation as a way to understand my feelings and a way to calm myself when my thoughts becomes too loud. I’ve also finally learned the meaning of the word “lagom” which means enough in Swedish. To not train too much, or too little – just “lagom. Today I’m training (and living) in a way that is nurturing and loving towards myself, giving my body what it needs by really listening to both body and mind.

If you could travel back in time… what piece of advice would to give to yourself ten years ago?

Stop trying to think yourself happier, more healthy, more calm, more secure etc. Nothing happens by just thinking, whether it's beginning something or quitting something – you have to DO something to get results.

What does your morning routine look like? How do you maintain balance in your life? What bio or life hack would you like to share with the world?

I start with a morning routine in my bathroom where I do 4 prayers on the floor and set my intentions for the day. Then breakfast (oatmeal & smoothie) and then when my boyfriend and my bonus kid are off to kinder garden and work I start my day with 15 minutes of meditation before I start my working day. I would recommend meditation to everyone, as a super easy and quick life insurance, that’s also for free! I think we can eliminate the majority of our problems by just being a little less stuck in our heads, and a bit more mindful and present. 

When are you most happy? Where is your happy place?

I’m most happy when I’m doing something active with my family, like surfing or running with my boyfriend, swimming and playing at the beach with my bonus kid. To come home after a long active day is my happy place.

What’s your favorite type of training? Why is training important for you and your career?

I love running and yoga. Running gets me pumped and ready to take on the world and yoga gives me a focus and more strength to endure tough obstacles.

What’s next? What are your ambitions for the future?

In the near future I will try to set my training routines better, really ground them into my DNA. Routines are the shit! When my routines are in place it feels like I can do anything I want - until I’m 100 years old. My next just-for-fun-goal is to run Stockholm Marathon in 2019, and to be able to do a handstand.