Tiffany currently lives in Sweden, moving abroad for love. She is currently COO of CURATORZ promoting sustainable consumerism in fashion. She also is involved in Stockholm's tech community with SheTec and the founder of the "Americans in Sweden" Facebook group
Q + A with Tiffany
WHERE YOU ARE FROM IN THE USA? Hawaii is where I was born. Although my father stayed there, my mother and I moved to Florida when I was very young. Back to where her family had lived for generations. I think that is why coming to Sweden was so exotic. I traded the sand for snow!
WHERE YOU CURRENTLY ARE BASED? WHAT ARE YOU DOING THERE? The beautiful city of Stockholm, Sweden. Also, the capital of Scandinavia. The land of dark winters and sun filled summers. Shortly after moving to Sweden in 2012, I was given the opportunity to start a Facebook community called Americans in Sweden. It is a private community only for Americans living in Sweden. Now we are over 1,000 strong. Last year I founded, CURATORZ.com, a company working in sustainable consumerism. Meaning we all can consume better and smarter. It has been fun and challenging starting a business in a foreign country. I’m barely fluent in the language and it can be a barrier. However, in the end, I can now look back and feel satisfied on how much I’ve have grown. One of my biggest passions is being outdoors. My husband, Andreas, has a family farm in the south of Sweden where we grow trees. We have a “tiny house” (called a Stuga in Swedish) that we live in and it’s my favorite time of the year.
WHAT BROUGHT YOU OVERSEAS? Well sometimes what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas… I was working for a software company in Henderson, Nevada a small suburb just outside the Las Vegas strip. One night, 10 years ago, a friend was promoting a grand opening for a new night club and I arrived early and my friends had not yet arrived. So, I went to the bar to order a drink and started talking to the gentlemen sitting next to me. It really was love at first sight. Four years later we were married and the next year I was living in Sweden.
ANY WORDS OF WISDOM FOR FUTURE YOUNG AMERICANS? Don’t be afraid to explore whether it’s overseas or your own backyard. It’s not always the easiest path, however it can be the most rewarding. Where ever you are, you will always find something that reminds you of home and you will always be reminded of where you came from.