Big Magic

Date : 29/03/2018
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Big Magic

As someone who usually describes herself as a slow reader, I’m really glad I’ve picked up a reading habit again. I’ve decided to stop beating myself down for being the person who never knows who’s written the latest it thriller and can only list Jane Austen, when asked about my favourite author (so far the only author that I’ve read more than one book). I’ve discovered that I like reading about people figuring stuff out with a lot of honesty and humour. I really loved Shonda Rhimes’ book Year of Yes and I’ve just finished another great one, Big Magic – Creative living beyond fear by Elizabeth Gilbert.

This book gave me a lot to think about and I think I need to buy it (I usually borrow my books from the city library) so I can go back to certain chapters when that crippling self doubt starts bubbling up. Writing book reports was never something I excelled at  but here are a few things that I thought were great about this book. Firstly I love the way it’s written, it feels like you’re talking to a really good friend and she’s sharing stories and lessons learned over the years. I love the way Gilbert describes inspiration as this magical otherworldly thing but reminds you that in order for that to lead to anything, you need to work work work! There’s something about the encouraging but pragmatic advice that really spoke to me.

The other great thing the author encourages us to so, is to let go of perfection, it often stops you from finishing your work or even worse from ever starting in the first place. I’ve often not published or shown what I was working on because on some level I was afraid of what people might think but also that the work wasn’t good enough. So I’m really going to adopt the done is better than good motto. Because by finishing projects you can move on to the next one and the next one. That’s how you evolve and improve.

One thing Gilbert excellently does in this book is to debunk the whole idea that in order to create something great you have to suffer. I think creating can be a great help when you’re suffering but that pain and suffering should be vital to great work is a myth we need to discuss and tear apart.

Have any of you read this book? I’d like to hear your thoughts.


I should change my mind more often

Category : Style
Date : 22/03/2018
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I should change my mind more often

Up until last winter I only wore skirts and dresses during the summer. I used to joke that my pants are not going anywhere until it’s at least 20 degrees celsius. It probably stems from all those new year’s celebrations in my youth where i was often freezing my ass off. Even though I now live in Southern Finland where it’s not as cold as in Ostrobothnia and the winters in general seem to be getting warmer (ehum, climate change!), that no skirts in winter rule stayed with me. That is until I was confronted with the fact that I was down to three decent pairs of pants I could wear to work and two of them were on the worn and kind of torn side. I didn’t have any money to invest in proper pair of jeans (you know, the well-fitting-thick-denim-fairly-produced kind of jeans) and I rarely find pants second hand, no matter how many pairs I try on. So I was left with the option to forget my “rule” and give winter skirts a go! I bought a purple knitted one and then a blue pencil skirt, two skirt types I had sworn to stay away from because I found them unflattering for my figure. Once I started using these skirts on a regular basis however, I wondered why I hadn’t done it earlier. I even wore a skirt when it was -10 degrees celsius and I didn’t freeze! Ok, a thick pair of tights and a very long winter coat were crucial in this case. So yeah, I’m glad I changed my mind on this self imposed rule!

I found this red skirt a few months back at a second hand store and it’s really become a favourite. I love the big pleats and the deep red colour. It’s a length I probably would have avoided in the past but once you start letting go of ideas of what suits your figure your mind opens up to all kinds of possibilities. Do you have any rules when it comes to clothing? Have you thought about reexamining some of them?

 


Hello Munich

Category : Travel
Date : 16/03/2018
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Hello Munich

In January I visited Munich for a few days. Despite getting a migraine the day before the trip and having to get up at 3AM it was nice to take a break from the hectic school life and get to wander around a new city. I was mainly there for the Ispo fair but I have to admit it was all the Bavarian castles that got me to book the trip in the first place. The fair was really overwhelming so I spent most of my time wandering around the city and in historical buildings. I even made to the most visited castle in Europe (probably in the world) but more on that later.

If you’ve been here before you know I have a thing for museums, even when they’re considered to be  huge tourist traps. I really enjoyed walking through the Munich Residence, talking a gazillion pictures of all the chandeliers ( I think I’ve always liked them but the Hermitage took it to a new level) and silly mirror selfies (when you’re travelling alone and don’t have a selfie stick). Another favourite was the Nymphenburg Palace. Even though it was grey and chilly, it was nice to walk around around the garden, observe the locals and hang out with the swans.

Remember not long ago when I had difficulty eating at restaurants by myself while traveling? On this trip I managed just fine, progress people, progress!

 



Knitted updates

Category : Works
Date : 06/03/2018
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Knitted updates

I’m trying to post more often than I have in the past few months. That means also updating my WORKS page. The reason for the scarce posts recently is simply school, school, school! The amount of school work hasn’t decreased, I just decided that I need to squeeze in some time for my little space here on the interwebs in my hectic schedule.
These are some of the samples from a knitting course I took before the holidays. It was a short and very hectic course but I learned a lot.

 


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