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The end of the year is marking the closing of the series of articles about Polish women in Seattle. We have called it Project SiS meaning: Success, Satisfaction, and Fulfillment (pol. Spełnienie) - interpreted by each contributor in their own way. I’m glad I could create this small collection of personal stories with the amazing girls living in Seattle. I hope it brings a ray of sunshine in all of these difficult moments we face living abroad. Sharing...
Marta is one of the first Polish women I met in Seattle. We sat down in the famous Cafe Besalu in Ballard and talked about her photos. One thing led to another and we’ve decided to create something together. Marta is in the USA since 1997. She lives with her husband and two teenage boys in a house facing a beautiful forest. One of the rooms is made to be a small photo studio where she takes emotional photos of...
"Projekt SIS: Dagna Barrera and Silesia Guitars"
Seattle is a city of music, so I found a Polish woman whose life here is bound to guitars. During our first meeting, you could glimpse a weave of her electrifying energy in the air. Dagna Barrera literally and figuratively controls chaos: she's a mom, she leads her own business, plays in a metal band, and works at the lab. Fulfilling one of her greatest life- passions Dagna runs a guitar store in Shoreline. Today, she will tell you a bit...
"Project SIS: Sylwia Gulik"
We met for a morning coffee in downtown Seattle. The café was full of white- collar workers waiting for their morning cup of joe. The meeting was scheduled to fit our calendars: the place, the hour and the length of the meeting were precisely planned. Sylwia is really well organized and says that “scheduling is in her genes.” Sylwia Gulik arrived in Seattle thirteen years ago. She started her corporate career, alike many other foreigners, despite previous work experience...
"Project SIS: Magdalena Bragun and Summac Law PLLC"
Fighting for herself, asking the right questions, finding the best solutions, and working hard to reach her goals - all these describe Magdalena. After our first meeting, I once again knew that motivation is infectious - we can pass it on to one another. I hope that reading this interview will inspire you and make you see the world as Magdalena does: nothing is impossible! It has been some...
Photo: Marta Bras "Project SIS: Maria Magdalena Ma "
I came across Maria and Black Birch Textiles while browsing the net. When I read the short description on her website I immediately realized I need to meet her. For I thought a girl who weaves has something I’m still lacking in - patience. The moment I walked into her workshop time seemed to magically slow down and the reality seemed to be much calmer.   Maria started Black Birch Textiles in 2016, a few years after she first sat at a loom. I’m constantly amazed by her...
Photo: Marta Bras "Project SIS: Anna Cholewińska"
I came to like Anna Cholewińska almost immediately! Who knows?! Maybe because I believe that all Annas are action-oriented women who ooze amazing energy?! Or maybe because Anna Cholewińska truly inspires me as a person and as a devoted teacher! Among many other things that she does, Anna is the founder and the head of the Polish School in Bellevue. Thanks to her I still believe it’s important to do something good for others and give back to the community. Project SIS wouldn't be the same if Anna aka Ania...
Photo: Marta Bras "Project SIS: Mariola Kulawiec"
Her knowledge, spirit and practical approach towards life intimidated me at first, but during our first meeting, I realized that Mariola is an incredible, action-oriented woman! Mariola decided to make the best of her great passion - science. In 2013 Mariola established her company, Witty Scientists.Today she is educating hundreds of children proving to them that science can be fascinating. Mariola, you fulfilled your career and love what you do! What were your first steps in the...
Project SIS: Polish women in Seattle photo: Marta Bras
I was always inspired by women - those who went beyond the boundaries of comfortable existence, questioned norms, and set their own standards: queens, brave warriors, travelers. But also those who were never mentioned in the margins of history. At some point, I started wondering what are Polish women like in Seattle? Why did they come here and how do they find themselves in the Rain City?  Polish women living in Seattle When I...
Ania loves pierogi, coffee and cherry pies!

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