My name is Tone Smaasund – a Norwegian based in Aberdeen, Scotland.
My professional background and personal interest is Communication:
I studied languages, Nordic Archaeology, Computing/ IT and media studies at university in Norway. Add to this keywords Marketing, multi media, web design, copy writing, interaction design, service design, direct selling, customer service, arts, crafts, design and TEFL teacher..
2003-2005 Technical Support Advisor (IBM/ Lenovo laptops)
2005-2009 Norwegian Localiser at the e-business department for Hilton Hotels in Glasgow.
2009- Customer Support Advisor in the procurement sector here in Aberdeen.
I also had my own part-time jewellery business to keep me busy in my spare time, but moving to Aberdeen and life I guess, made me take the decision to take the pressure off trying to find the time it takes to grow a business as well as venues after long days at work to pay the bills…
Being a seeker and an artist with a mind constantly buzzing of ideas life also showed me the importance of Stepping Back from the world and recharge my batteries. Daily I use meditation and techniques I have learned from alternative / complementary therapies, but I also love Arts and Crafts. So it was my love of Textiles that made me follow that voice of inspiration when my creative life seemed to be but gloom – and I discovered Saori weaving.
So after journeying inwards I decided to go to out in the world and I staying last year low budget at a hostel for a week in Reykjavik and then my highlight in June / July when I went to Japan learning more about Saori weaving – staying for 2 weeks at Saori no Mori outside Osaka.
And my love for languages and meeting new people that made my world feel bigger is part of why I am now a certified TEFL/TESOL teacher going for the advanced course in Business English. So.. that’s my journey so far.
My blog is about what makes my inner Zen sing!
From the Heart- Always