Ana Raab

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In the summer of 2016, I traveled completely on my own for the very first time. Over the course of seven weeks, I wandered through Scandinavia exploring the Swedish heritage of my grandmother, made my way to Berlin by train, explored the stark beauty of Iceland and endeavored to discover a small piece of myself along the way (while doing my best to pronounce words like "Siglufjörður!").

Follow my past and future travels here.

Everyday School

The Everyday School is just what it sounds like: a school for everyday skills. Founded in the interest of providing a space for continued life learning beyond traditional school, classes/workshops focus on soft skills like communication, mind/body wellness, creativity and community building. Formed with the aim to pick up where formal education left off, in their own words Everyday School "offers a place where you can learn all the skills you need to transform life's biggest challenges into your greatest opportunities. We address unexamined aspects of the human experience, translate our findings into demanded skills, and convert them into classes where you make practice into your art. Joining our classes means discovering the joy of learning things together. You get to meet other peers engaged on the same journey."

I discovered Everyday School through the blackhole that is internet searching as I researched my visit to Stockholm, and thoroughly intrigued by the website, sent a cold email to one of the founders, Per, fully expecting to hear crickets in response. Instead Per replied with the kindest of notes and invited me to join a course while I was in town. The afternoon I spent at Everyday was such a wonderful experience! I walked in full of nervous energy and reservations (was this all just a bunch of mumbo jumbo woo woo??) but my initial hesitations were quickly replaced with trust in my fellow participants and the process of the day. The six of us students, led by three Everyday School staff, explored our own creativity, ideas around individual skills that might be refined and shared in a potential Everyday course format, and the progression of Open->Growth->Focus at the core of any creative process.

To be honest, the couple of hours spent there was one of the highlights of my time in Stockholm. I wanted to share in case you find yourself in Stockholm, be sure to seek out Everyday School! As long as you remain open to whatever unfolds, you will learn a lot about yourself in the process. Thank you Per for the wonderful experience! I'll leave you with the manifesto which really resonated with me...