What up! My name is Jessica and I am an American that has been living in Tromsø since 2010. If someone had told me when I was 15 that some day I would be living in the Arctic Circle and starting my own business, my mind would have been completely blown. I wasn't into risky business propositions, I wasn't into the cold, and I certainly didn't speak Norwegian.
My life has been such an incredible and unpredictable journey that has brought me to this point. When I was 26 I lost about 60 kgs, and that entirely changed the trajectory of my life. Shortly thereafter I met my (future) Norwegian husband online playing a text-based game set in the The Lord of the Rings universe (yeah I'm a nerd) and came to Tromsø to get my Master's Degree in Business Creation and Entrepreneurship. Now, 8 years later, we have a bilingual preschooler and our own sweet little apartment in the city center.
I have learned that once you have a child, you discover which hobbies really matter to you, and which ones don't. I can now tell you with the utmost certainty that I have 3 hobbies: I read (horror, thrillers, mystery, chick lit, science fiction, fantasy and romance - just about anything), I paint (oils on canvas), and I dance (West Coast Swing, Salsa, & Brazilian Zouk).
For more information on my background, you can read my CV here.