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Pray for Stockholm

Pray for Stockholm

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It’s been a while since I last posted, but there’s been so much going on with my move to Stockholm, attending press week and settling down in my beloved city. This post was going to be about all the good things that have happened during the week I’ve been back home and how happy I am. However, on Friday everything took an, unfortunately not, unexpected turn. On Friday April 7th terrorists attacked the thing I love the most in this world. Stockholm. My city. My home.

When I say it wasn’t unexpected, it most certainly was not. What makes Sweden different from for example France, Great Britain and America however is the fact that we are not actively taking part of any ongoing war. We have a small troop stationed in Northern Iraq, but the reasons for this attack were not related to that. The reasons behind this attack were purely based on hatred. A hatred hard to comprehend, but so tangible when it happens in your own backyard.
For someone who loves life, people and this city in particular, it is hard comprehend what can make someone drive a van into a large gathering of people. Thankfully this attack “only” resulted in 4 casualties so far. The numbers are irrelevant. That is 4 people too many. I’ve seen this so many times before. I remember the attacks in Madrid and in the London Underground, not to mention 9/11. I’ve been glued to the TV so many times along the years and my heart has been aching every time. What I haven’t seen is this happening in my beloved Stockholm. Now I’ve witnessed tens of thousands of people walking home from an attacked city. I also have never felt so much love and unity in my city. Stockholm responded to the hatred by coming together, helping each other and by showing love to thy neighbor. Today a huge manifestation took place which gathered the largest amount of Swedes to this date. A manifestation of love.
How do you fight hatred? With love! There is no way of getting rid of all the hatred in the world, but as humans we can fight back. We can fight homophobia in Russia with love, we can fight religious fundamentalists with love. They want to scare us. WE ARE NOT SCARED. The only thing that this has resulted in is that we are even stronger than before. We don’t know what happens tomorrow. All we know is we are alive. Right now. Let’s use that time to love and be loved. Best part of it all, love is free and love has no gender, religion nor ethnicity.

Love also comes from higher powers. If you cannot define what your higher power is, you can begin by believing you are your higher power. It’s no secret my higher power is God. He has got me through more hardships than I can count. Whatever or whoever your higher power is, find it and listen to it.

Jacket: Esprit EDC 
Jeans: Pull & Bear
Sneakers: H&M 

Photographer: Joanna Bladh, Photostory

As I was walking to the grocery store, this sign was left outside a flower shop. Translated it says “On your way to Drottninggatan (the site of the terrorist attack)? Take a flower and lay it down to honor the memory of the dead. Take care of each other!” When our Crown Princess Victoria visited the site earlier she got the question how we will get through this. With tears in her eyes she answered: “Together!” We are one. Stockholm survives and thrives. Nothing can break this modern, vibrant and tolerant city and the people who live in it and visit it. We are not not blinded by primitive hate, instead we embrace the world and welcome everyone to this sanctuary of hope. We love.

50 Comments

  1. Aleksandra Ladygin
    Sunday April 9th, 2017 at 06:13 PM
    Reply

    It is really sad. And what happens in Russia as well… But i agree…. love is free and love has no gender, religion nor ethnicity.
    Take care!

  2. Yasmin
    Sunday April 9th, 2017 at 06:25 PM
    Reply

    I totally agree! Humanity is resilient and I believe that hatred can always be overcome with love. So sorry to hear about the attack on your home. It’s interesting to hear that Sweden was a target when their involvement in overseas wars is minimal. But it’s just really hard to comprehend why anyone would intentionally harm innocent civilians for any reason.

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

  3. Mariann yip
    Sunday April 9th, 2017 at 06:40 PM
    Reply

    I am sorry to hear about the attacks but unfortunately there are things in the world that we cannot control. As you mentioned it’s all about fighting back with love so I’m glad you have this mindset. I know Sweden is beautiful and I will visit one day!

  4. Claudia
    Sunday April 9th, 2017 at 07:26 PM
    Reply

    Sweden in my thoughts and prayers. It always amazes me to think that we all live in the same world and some people are just full of hatred. As long as we stand together, love is a powerful force that can overcome any amount of hatred. You can NEVER go wrong coming from a place of love. Great photos, love the minimal style, your military jacket is very appropriate with your post, as if saying, ‘we are fighting back with love!!’. xx C.

  5. Jennifer Quattrucci
    Sunday April 9th, 2017 at 07:27 PM
    Reply

    I can’t begin to express my extreme emotion upon hearing that you were in the midst of this on Friday. I was casually skimming over messages while teaching k/ blogging / eating lunch … and so on when I heard . Thank the Lord you are ok . Those poor families involved. Truly and utterly heartbreaking.
    It’s true what you said . Only Love can stop this . We all have to constantly move forward and not lose this. We must never lose this notion of love conquering all…
    Thank you so much for being that hope , that change , that positive force the world needs.
    Love Always,
    Your Jenny
    You look extremely fabulous in the camo jacket and I hope I win the bracelet.

  6. Stephanie
    Sunday April 9th, 2017 at 08:31 PM
    Reply

    I’m heartbroken to hear that this happened in your hometown, let alone in general. I’m so sorry your city has had to go through such tragedy, but I’m so encouraged to know that you’re all banding together in love and unity. It’s so important to have that in these horrible times. Praying for you and for Stockholm!

    Stephanie // SheSawStyle.com

  7. Anthony @oh_anthonio
    Sunday April 9th, 2017 at 08:36 PM
    Reply

    Sending lots of love to you and everyone is Stockholm! When I first heard the news of this I couldn’t believe it! Having JUST visited only a few days earlier I was shocked and heartbroken. Spencer and I went shopping along that street and our hotel was nearby. So crazy! I can’t imagine what it must have been like that day. Stay strong and stay positive! <3

  8. Karina
    Sunday April 9th, 2017 at 09:58 PM
    Reply

    Hey Thomas,
    I am so Sad and Sorry Thomas what Happened, when I heard I was so shocked and I am still:(
    I am happy that you are okay, and I know so much going with you now, You moved and this Tragedy happened:( Stay Strong and Sending you a Lot Love.
    Praying for You and for Stockholm.
    Love Kisses
    Open Kloset By Karina

  9. Kate Tik
    Sunday April 9th, 2017 at 10:12 PM
    Reply

    I’ve been so mega busy and have had limited internet connection that I didn’t even know about the terrorist attack! I am so sorry to hear that as I know that when our hometown gets attacked, we mourn for the lost. Love always wins and I am so happy to see your positive outlook on life even in the midst of such a hard situation. <3

    katetik.com

  10. Gracie
    Monday April 10th, 2017 at 12:32 AM
    Reply

    My heart goes out to you and everyone who has been affected by terrorist acts. Thoughts and prayers are with everyone and your hometown, Stockholm.

    Xxgracie

    snappedbygracie.com

  11. Jennifer SavvyGreyStyles
    Monday April 10th, 2017 at 12:32 AM
    Reply

    I heard about what happened and I am so sorry. It must be so hard since it is so close to home. I am sending lots of love to Stockholm. Your courage and unity inspires us all.

  12. Jo
    Monday April 10th, 2017 at 01:54 AM
    Reply

    My heart ached so back when I learned about this tragic attack to one of my favorite cities last Friday and is still aching. I am terribly sorry for what happened to beautiful Stockholm! Unfortunately today’s world is filled with hatred and you are right about all we can do is to use love and kindness to conquer the fear and hatred! It is also so touching to learn that the unity and love Swedes have shown each other today – what a beautiful nation Sweden is. God bless Stockholm!

    Love,
    Jo

  13. Candace
    Monday April 10th, 2017 at 01:55 AM
    Reply

    I am so saddened by what happened in your city. It really hurts watching the news; there’s rarely anything good on there. It’s terrible how much hate exists in the world. I can’t imagine hurting a cold-hearted person, much less plowing a car into people I don’t know. Though I am sad that a few people got killed, I am thankful you are okay and I will continue praying for your country and this world. I agree, listening to our higher power will definitely get us through life’s toughest situations and God has brought me through more than I ever thought possible. It’s so nice reading others’ positive energy like yours. Makes me feel better about a future of more love than we have today. On another note, I’m loving this look! You know camouflage jackets are my fave <3

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

  14. Samjah
    Monday April 10th, 2017 at 03:35 AM
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    I’m so sorry to hear about the attacks in your home town. This is so sad. I will never understand why people think hatred is the answer to anything. Love conquers all. Let’s keep spreading love through our blogs. Positive energy is contagious!

  15. Jen
    Monday April 10th, 2017 at 05:14 AM
    Reply

    We just need to love each other more with the love God has shown us. It’s such a terrible, fallen world, but if one person can show kindness, compassion and love, hopefully it can spread. It only takes one to make the difference and I know that you are always spreading love wherever you go. I pray for your country and for peace and providence to those who 4 people and their families who were directly affected by the terror attack.

  16. Charissa
    Monday April 10th, 2017 at 05:32 AM
    Reply

    It’s so awful what’s happening in the world. People being scared to go out, always in your mind that there might happen something. Looking around you, trying to see if there’s someone odd who might drop a bomb. It’s ridiculous, but it’s happening. Awfull that it also happened to your city…
    XO Charissa || http://www.ladygoldapple.com ||

  17. frank lin
    Monday April 10th, 2017 at 08:02 AM
    Reply

    Oh Thomas – I was so shocked when I heard it in the news.
    I don’t know whats happening in the world right now but you are right:
    All we can do now is to share love.

  18. Thai Lam
    Monday April 10th, 2017 at 09:10 AM
    Reply

    I still cannot believe that this happened. My heart goes out to you. Its so sad – but we cannot control those things but I will never understand what is going on their minds…

  19. Josie
    Monday April 10th, 2017 at 01:33 PM
    Reply

    This terrorist attack was yet again so sad and heartbreaking. I have given up on trying to make sense of all that. I just pray everyday that God will heal and strengthen the people who need it the most. LOVE truly conquers all. I love how people are reacting in your country, no fear just love.

    Bisous, Josie
    http://www.petiteandbold.com

  20. Samantha Mariko
    Monday April 10th, 2017 at 03:39 PM
    Reply

    I still can’t believe something so terrible could happen to a beautiful place like Stockholm… I’m so sorry from the bottom of my heart. There are just way too many of these happening in the world and it breaks my heart. You’re right, we all need to show more love to each other. Keep your head up! I’m praying that things will get better<3
    http://www.samanthamariko.com

  21. Claudia Di Capua
    Monday April 10th, 2017 at 03:42 PM
    Reply

    So sad and tragic. Thanks for writing about it. It definitely helps to educate other on what is going on!

    ~Claudia Di Capua
    http://www.claudiadicapua.com

  22. Miki
    Monday April 10th, 2017 at 04:58 PM
    Reply

    So sorry to hear about what’s happened in Stocklholm. That attack is so horrible and cowardly. If only that kind of energy could always be used for good, this world would be a much better place. Glad you’re safe, and hopefully there is a greater positive change.

    Xo,
    Miki
    http://mikialamode.com

  23. Coco
    Monday April 10th, 2017 at 06:35 PM
    Reply

    Dear Thomas, I have no words to express my sorrow for what happened. I couldn’t believe when I heard that peaceful civilised Stockholm was prey of terrorists. I’m praying for you and your country. Much love, Valeria

  24. Aimara
    Tuesday April 11th, 2017 at 02:55 AM
    Reply

    I’m so sorry about what happened Thomas. I can’t even imagine what that must feel like. Good thing people are staying together and showing love for one another. My country needs a lot of that right now.

    I totally agree with you, love is love and it comes from God. I just wish everyone could see it! So many unfair things going on with the world right now, but it makes me happy that you guys are fighting this battle with LOVE!
    Thanks for sharing!
    XO
    Aimara
    http://www.waysofstyle.com

  25. Iliana
    Tuesday April 11th, 2017 at 03:22 AM
    Reply

    I’m really sorry Thomas! Keeping all of you in my prayers.
    As for your look, my favorite is the camouflage jacket. It pairs perfect with the jeans and sneakers!

    Xx
    Iliana | http://www.sophisticatedfashionista.com

  26. Eva
    Tuesday April 11th, 2017 at 07:19 AM
    Reply

    Hello Thomas !
    I’m so sorry dear friend, it’s really unexpected at Stockholm;( I’m afraid too because I live near Milano and I have 2 children’s . I really think about their future. Anyway I’m glad you’re ok 😘😘
    “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”
    Jimi Hendrix

    Xx
    Eva
    http://www.themermaidfashion.com

  27. MimaMochi
    Tuesday April 11th, 2017 at 02:07 PM
    Reply

    I am so sorry about the attacks that happened in your City. The world is becoming a really sad place, it seems like some awful tragedy is always happening somewhere or another!

    If all governments had the same attitude as you, then the world would be a much more peaceful place.

    Adrianna | http://mimamochi.com/

  28. Sharon Wu
    Tuesday April 11th, 2017 at 04:00 PM
    Reply

    Omg when I saw this on the news I was worried about you! Then when I saw that you marked yourself safe on FB I was super relieved. It truly is heartbreaking that these attacks take place in our world 🙁 if only everyone had warm and kind hearts like you, Thomas, this wouldn’t be happening. Sending you good vibes and lots of love from Palm Springs! Stay safe xoxo, sharon

    http://www.stylelullaby.com/lifestyle/making-everyday-smoothie-nutribullet-select/
    @stylelullaby

  29. Kusum
    Tuesday April 11th, 2017 at 05:59 PM
    Reply

    It is both disheartening and disturbing to constantly read about such attacks and crimes all across the world! Why do people not understand that they cannot achieve anything by war and such heinous acts, why kill innocent people for their selfish motives. So sorry to hear that this happened in your hometown, Thomas! Hope things get better, sending you and your town lots of positive vibes and good thoughts.

    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

  30. Gina Diaz
    Tuesday April 11th, 2017 at 10:11 PM
    Reply

    Hi, Thomas! so sorry about everything that happened in your city, I am glad to read you are ok. Thank God!! this post is so heart touching and you are so right about that love is the only cure to hatred. Sending a big hug and much love your way!!! te quiero! xx. Gina

  31. Jenelle
    Wednesday April 12th, 2017 at 03:22 AM
    Reply

    I never thought that I would have to read about a city like Stockholm being under an attack. It is so so wrong, that it does break my heart. You have worded this so beautifully, I am so sorry to you and your community but obviously very happy to hear of how they have come together as a community to share that love and peace. Little gestures, the flowers and I am sure there are many others like it, make such a significant difference. Sending the love right back to you and your city Thomas.
    xx Jenelle

  32. Eric K
    Wednesday April 12th, 2017 at 04:33 AM
    Reply

    Such an unfortunate event and at the end innoscent ppl suffer. This is definetely one yhianwe humans can do . We can love and today’s world needs so much love so that hatred will never be the case.
    Thank you for sharing this story buddy . Hope all is well and out prayers are with Sweden

  33. LAFOTKA
    Wednesday April 12th, 2017 at 08:19 AM
    Reply

    You certainly can’t expect things like that to happen. Certainly not. I was in Spain when it all happened so it was a real shock. I follow a lot of bloggers from Stockholm and they were all shaken too. I’m sorry to hear and I hope you and all your friends are ok. All my love

    Tatyana x
    LAFOTKA

  34. Bryanna
    Wednesday April 12th, 2017 at 02:29 PM
    Reply

    I’m sorry to hear this! Hatred is a gross expression, and I don’t understand it. I’m glad to hear that your town is banding together to fight back with love. What a week for you. I’m so glad you are back at home to have loved ones by your side. Sending prayers.

    xoxo Bryanna | Coming in Clutch

  35. Leila D.
    Thursday April 13th, 2017 at 05:16 AM
    Reply

    I am so sorry that it happened in your city, just horrible how many bad things are happening around the world but as you say we can’t be scared. We can never fight hatred with hatred because we would be no different from those people then. Sending you lots of love .I really hope to visit your wonderful country one day! xoxo

  36. Rachel Vogt
    Thursday April 13th, 2017 at 05:32 AM
    Reply

    I heard the news last week and i was so sad, we also have friends in Stockholm. And thanks to god both our friends and you’re safe.

  37. Bernice
    Thursday April 13th, 2017 at 06:19 AM
    Reply

    I cannot even begin the fathom the emotions that you, and the people of your city must still be feeling after this ordeal. I hope that something as tragic as this never occurs again and that the world stops the atrocities that continue this cycle.

    https://www.bunnybernice.com

  38. Luke Ross
    Thursday April 13th, 2017 at 09:32 AM
    Reply

    Thomas, I’m so sorry to hear about the recent attack in your home city, it is such a terrible shame that some people chose to use violence, murder and hate to get their message across, all we can hope for it that more people like you spread love to conquer it. Glad you are safe. x

  39. Jordan Chapman
    Thursday April 13th, 2017 at 06:19 PM
    Reply

    I was devastated to hear what happened in Stockholm, but you’re right, you can’t be afraid of this and we are all stronger together! Just as London and New York have come back, Stockholm will as well.
    Jordan xx
    http://www.thehatlogic.com

  40. Gabriela Vera
    Friday April 14th, 2017 at 06:10 AM
    Reply

    I’m so sorry this happen in your own town, I wish the hatred would stop in the world. It makes me sad that innocent lives are lost whether is four, five, it doesn’t matter. That is someone mom, brother, coworker. I hope this would can come to peace one day. I hope things get better for you.

    Xo,
    Gabriela Vera
    http://www.gverastyle.blogspot.com

  41. Jenn Hanft
    Friday April 14th, 2017 at 05:18 PM
    Reply

    My heart goes out to the people of Stockholm, the loved ones of those four casualties, and anyone else affected by such a horrible tragedy. It makes me so sad and disheartened that terrorist attacks, or any attack in general is formulated through hatred. I really hope that everyone can just love more. The sign that you ran into seriously has such a strong message that I hope will push people to be more active in standing together, caring for each other, and ultimately spreading love. I hope that things only get better from here on out.

    With love, Jenn
    https://www.jubilantdose.com/

  42. Meg
    Saturday April 15th, 2017 at 12:29 AM
    Reply

    This is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and words with us. I know what it is like to go through such an awful tragedy, and it is so difficult. But your mindset is exactly right – fight hatred with love. It’s the only way!

    meg
    http://www.meghanlaurie.com

  43. Jo
    Saturday April 15th, 2017 at 07:29 PM
    Reply

    It was so sad to hear what had happened in Stockholm. It’s also sad that we are living in a day and age where terrorist attacks are no longer unexpected nor a surprise when these terrible incidences seem to happen one after the other. Your message of love to fight hate is such an important one to express now more than ever. My sympathies and prayers go out to the people of Stockholm.

    xoxo, Jo
    http://www.cutandchic.com

  44. Lauren
    Monday April 17th, 2017 at 03:43 AM
    Reply

    So sorry for these awful attacks! I’m praying for you and everyone who is there.

    Lauren // http://www.mylifeaslaurr.com

  45. Sheree
    Tuesday April 18th, 2017 at 07:47 AM
    Reply

    Thomas, my most sincere thoughts and prayers for Stockholm and those who have been injured or hurt by the unfortunate attack of hate. Your post is so well written, it shows your compassion for your beloved city and also for human lives, I complete agree with you that to fight hate we must use love! Stay positive and not show disparaging signs even at this dark times!

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom
    Instagram

  46. Kirsten Wendlandt
    Tuesday April 18th, 2017 at 04:39 PM
    Reply

    Thomas, it made me so sad to hear about what happened in Stockholm.. you are so right when you say that is 4 people too many and I’m so sorry to hear that something like this happened to your home city. I feel like every day something new and atrocious is happening in the world and it scares me. I wish more people could think the way you do, we should be fighting hate with love. Wishing you all the best <3

  47. Kate Tik
    Tuesday April 18th, 2017 at 11:57 PM
    Reply

    Thomas, my heart goes out to your home country. One of my dear friends is from there and I cannot believe stuff like this still goes on it our world. You are right though, all we can do is love and love always wins. Prayers!

    katetik.com

  48. Kristen
    Wednesday April 19th, 2017 at 04:25 AM
    Reply

    I’m so sorry this happened in your hometown! I couldn’t believe the news when I heard it but I’m glad your okay. Hearing how your town came together to fight hatred with love is what we all should be doing! Praying for you and your city! I love your jacket too!

  49. Dom
    Wednesday April 19th, 2017 at 04:37 AM
    Reply

    Dear Tommy, First of all I wanted to send my love and prayers to you, Stockholm, and everyone affected by this. I was sad when my news alert came up with this on my phone. I am so glad you are okay. My heart hurts for everyone that was affected though. It’s sad to think this is the new normal that we have to live in. Violence and hate is everywhere, but love will always find a way to win.
    Praying for y’all.
    All my love, Dom

  50. marcy
    Friday April 21st, 2017 at 06:00 PM
    Reply

    I remember seeing the news and I felt so devastated for what happen in Stockholm and people affected.
    Im grateful that you are okay and all my prayers are with your hometown. I also agreed that to fight hate we should use love.

    All my love to you and Stockholm
    Marcy

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