We work on the core of our business focusing on staff, our product and economy. We have a quality concept and staff is key in our business – it's the Swimmix people who makes it all happen. Therefor we are heavy on staff both economically and resource wise. The toughest and most resource demanding on not just the business but on everybody is to much absence, training new and loosing old staff. Good values and clear goals doesn't keep it from happening but makes a significant difference for all of us.
The Swimmix swim program is developing into something more than just learning how to swim. It's also about human growth and development. It's very much about being and growing together. It's important and we need it in our world today and we feel that we in a small way can contribute to that. Thank you to our great team of swim teachers! I see your dedication, your interest and desire to learn more. I also see how you prepare, exchange experiences and care about our swim families and it all makes me feel so fortunate and really, really happy.
Our On-Deck team has become an important channel in how we work and we introduced giving a little 5 minute talk before classes – the new “Swimmix tip”. During 2013 it is new. Developing a new culture finding the form and context demands for a belief in and will to do it. Despite some challenges we got interesting experience and knowledge that meant that we together managed to find a form that now is developing into what we aimed for. Thank you for your dedication – that made all the difference!
Five years ago we extended the 10 level Swimmix program with Team Swimmix. That gives our young Swimmers an opportunity to continue swimming even after they've learnt to swim the four strokes. They are often too young and are too well skilled to fit into the program's most swimming clubs provide. That meaning they stop swimming which we think is a pity when they enjoyed it at first. The “Team Swimmix” team of coaches has taken a big leap in development and has worked on refining and developing the program. We also took the decision to invest in a team leader for this team. The joint results have lead to a higher outcome and satisfaction for our young swimmers and with a clear goal of joy and fun in the sport. Thank you to this team of coaches, past and present, for making swimming important, fun and enjoyable for our youngsters – you do an awesome job!
During spring 2013 we took pictures for my upcoming and new book on baby swimming. Thank you Tuala for your amazing abilities behind the camera! You captured so many great moments and the book will be easy on the eyes because of your pictures. Thank you to all the families attending the photo session and for being a wonderful contribution to the new book. Without the love and wonders you radiate the book would not be half of what it will be.
I've been writing and rewriting and now I am finally almost finished with the book. I am actually happy I didn't finish it last year as planned. I am much more pleased with how it developed after the last rewriting and I am looking forward to do the final touches. Then it's time for editing and translations into English and Swedish.
From October 2013 I had to give in and take a time-out from work. I had to recover from the many surgeries I had gone through. My body and mind was stressed and I needed to calm the system down. Rest, walks, therapy and training in mindfulness was the medicine. But most importantly a drive within myself that I wanted to be strong again.
Thank you to my team and Johan who made it possible. Thank you to the angels that walk this earth and I am lucky to have around me thank you for your energy and good thoughts, talks and scientific inputs. In January 2014 I was back at work again.
This ends my 20 years in 20 days...
A big warm thank you for reading, commenting, messages, e-mails, flowers and all the many, many kind words. It means more than I actually have words to express.
Thank you to my wonderful team in Farum – who you are and what you do and what we do together means the world to me.
Thank you to my lovely family and wonderful friends I couldn't live without you, I know I am not easy at all times but know that you are as important to me as the air I breathe.
In the beginning I quoted Aristotle who said ”Learning is not child's play; we cannot learn without pain.” I have felt pain, one do when you put your heart in what you do. I have also learned a lot but maybe most importantly that I, my self-criticism actually gives me the hardest blows.
Viewing forward I see many good opportunities.
Because of where we are right now and the people we have around us in Swimmix I am now again daring to dream about writing, lecturing, presenting and consulting in the areas I have experience and feel passionate about - creating environments for human growth within families and sports.
My upcoming book and my new blog being two important steps towards that dream.
It feels exciting but I also feel insecure – but it is OK! Bring on the next 20 years!