The pool project is proceeding quickly but we also learn that opening will be delayed. Patience is tough. Teacher training begins for our first staff in Farum.
After a creative process to find a new name that works in both countries two words stand out: SWIM and MIX. When merged it becomes SWIMMIX that's our new name and we develop a new design profile.
The owner of a facility just outside Malmö is looking for a new partner. I call. We meet. A month later we have a contract – after some improvements our next new facility will open september 1st 2001.
The 7th of May 2001 we open SWIMMIX in Farum - a big, happy and exciting day.
Johan comes home!! We are a happy and united family again. And he surprises me - during his lonely hours he has developed a database system for our clients. This system gets implemented and I save heaps of time – He is a clever man!
We also get the absolute privilege to be tought and inspired by Judy Watts and Dave DuBois at a workshop in Helsingborg and afterwards also an exclusive session for our staff. Subsequently we invited Dave annually for several years to do in-house training with us. We couldn't get enough of this man – he could educate and inspire in a very entertaining way.
Then the world as we viewed it changed on 9/11- I think we all remember what we did that day when news hit. A black day in history.
Roosevelt once said:
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
A good quote to ponder when feelings of fear take over and limits choices and opportunities.
In October Johan joins me and we fly to Argentina to attend the biannual WABC conference. One of the Speakers from Denmark had to cancel so I am asked to speak. I accepted. Young and insecure I chose to talk about something I thought the audience would think would be very serious and important. Today I'm still nervous when speaking in public. But I know what I do know and also what I do not know therefor I have learnt to enjoy public speaking! You live and you learn!
What a year 2001 was!
Thank you to both teams in Denmark and Sweden – with you we did a great start. Thank you to everyone who came and made our big day in both Denmark and later Sweden really happy days.
Thank you Johan, your IT and computer skills have made work life easy, secure and efficient, thank you so so much because that gives us time to focus on the things that matter more in life.
Thank you Judy Watts for coming and sharing your experience with us. I've always enjoyed seeing, meeting and talking to you when our ways cross.
Thank you Dave DuBois you are one of a kind. Intelligent, attentive, skilled in so many ways, kind, entertaining, present in the present, fun and when “on” always professional. You've inspired me tremendously in my work and also in life. I always enjoy our talks and I am so happy and honored to have you as my friend.
Thank you to Gyllenforsen who believed in us and “gave” us our little oasis in Limhamn.
Thank you Knut for the trust and for suggesting me as a speaker in Argentina.
Thank you Dr. Patricia Cirigliano and team for a wonderful and learning conference in Buenos Aires. Thank you to everyone who was there – what a great time we had!