Josefin Vargö

Co-Founder and Entrepreneur Stockholm

Curator, Food and Experience Designer www.josefinvargo.com

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

To try new things, be it food or an experience, and exploring new places. To me ’Making a difference’ means to pass on knowledge and having a positive impact on people. No matter the scale.

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

Not very far back in the past (last weekend) I hiked up Kebnekaise! Which is Sweden’s highest mountain. It’s hard to explain in words, but it was such an empowering experience. The nature was incredibly beautiful, but it was amazing to realise and discover what I’m capable of. That you can always do more than you think you can.

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

Not too overthink things and to always trust your gut feeling. It’s a cliché, but it is a persons best guide in life. I would also tell myself how important it is to keep up with some kind of exercising routine. It really helps keeping your emotions balanced.

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?

Mornings are the best, especially breakfast. I always give myself plenty of time to sit down and eat. A morning egg everyday! It’s nice to have time to wake up slowly. Otherwise it’s quite easy to start with a feeling of being stressed if hurrying off to work, which can linger on the whole day.

I can strongly advise to bike or walk to work! It’s such a great way of keeping fit, it depends on the distance of course. 30 minutes one way is great. It’s given me so much more energy and I don’t feel guilty if I can’t make it to the gym, which takes away that negative pressure of going/not-going. Making it more fun when you manage to go!

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

The best feeling is when everything is going your way, everything just clicks. And that it really depends on my mood/hormones, since they are always changing during the month. So in order to find happiness I try to adjust my activities accordingly. I love being spontaneous and trying new things, but I also crave for quality time at home. Which is probably my happy place, where I feel the most relaxed. A happy feeling I can really crave for is going to a great exhibition or a similar event, getting new ideas and feeling that strong desire to produce new work. It’s a kick.

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

I mainly do yoga. I’m no master, but I’ve been practicing on and off for almost 20 years. And it never gets old! At the moment I’m loving Vinyasa yoga. Yoga is always challenging, it’s up to you, a great way to reconnect and find balance. It also really helps me to keep the core muscles intact and to feel strong. Which is important for me as I work quite a lot seated with my laptop or hustling around prepping for an event. When I’m in a good training routine I get so much more energy and it really helps keeping my stress level down.

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

Well, my partner and I got such a kick from climbing up Kebnekaise and Helagsfjället this summer, that we’ve set a challenge to hike up the highest peaks in the Nordic region. As it’s winter soon, we hoping to do finish before the end of 2019. It’s also been really inspiring to listen and read about Suki Choi’s research about the link between gut and brain health. So the plan is to do more fermenting at home, currently making some homemade Spirulina Ginger Beer!