Therese Bohlén Kinn
Intervju with Therése, 2019:
PSIM meets Therése a day in november at the local coffee shop Da Matteo, Gothenburg. This day we gather in a conversation about development within her working career and how she, with a sprinter background takes advantage of her athlete point of view, when creating results throughout a creative process.
-People know me as the one who never give up. I am always the one to say “this
can be better” or, “how do we go through with this”. I’m trying to put in
values that challenge us to continue, but that always having me feel boring.To
joke around and talk about other things breaks my focus – and I am not so good
with that, says Therese
In 2013 she choosed to put her physical performance and development on side. The
choice was made through a combination of injuries and shattered focus on her
sports during her education. Although, she continued to create and her mindset
still shapes, inside and out.
-I had no sense in the creative world, but there was something that made me
curious about it. There is a similarity between sports and to create concept,
even if they are two different worlds. I have naturally, very easy to see the creative process. I am clear with where we begin and where we are going, and It’s easy for me to create a plan and stick to it, Therése reflects.
Some aspects in life are those you’ll need to be reminded of, over again. Your priorities, your boundaries and
relationships are some of them. A couple years in to her working career Therése experienced too much focus on performance and therefore she felt stressed in her priorities. She turned to Margareta for guidance to change her perspective.
How can you shape your work with and from an athlete point of view? How can you, inside and out, create space to think, feel and grow – in a result oriented
creative process and world?
-Together, we stepped back and looked at my whole life. How do I frame my life? How many relationship do I have and how many can I handle? And, what demands do I make on myself in my relationship?
-I had many activities in my life, because a lot has been fun. I want to have
contact with my friends every week, but If I have fifteen of them – that is not possible? I also need to train, but why do I want that? Was there still an anxiety over my identity as an athlete through the way I look today and my need to perform and confirm my self? Or do I just, think, that running is fun and makes me feel healthy?
To exercise is in either way, an important piece of her life puzzle, although it today are more about recovery than development and performance. She speaks about meditation and yoga during morning hours to get in a good mode for her
day – but also the important part clear her thoughts and feeling with running,
walking or swimming after work. Today, she is well aware that the movement is
most important, not to judge or perform.
-When I begin my day I reflect over what is important. Where shall I put my energy?
In five different projects, or in one? Do all of them must be perfect? If so, non will be, says Therese
For her, to create the space and energy she needs in her life – she values structure and priorities on all levels. Her creativity and strategic approach benefits from her athletic perspective and mindset, through which she knows, that the creativity she brings to work – comes from the space in her mind, she creates from movement and recovery.
-There is, a special kind of creator that is rewarded in this bransch. You should be soft, cool and mucky. But that approach doesn’t benefit me. My creative tools is actually to take a run back home, because it is in the in between moments, and in the movement – I create, and that is also what I want from my training, today, Therése ends.
Interview and text:
Sara Ulrika Holmgren
Elite Runner | Writer & Communications strategist