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.



Green and Peculiar

Category : Inspiration
Date : 20/02/2018
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Green and Peculiar

I was going to call this post green goblin and then I remembered that he’s a villain and that stopped in my tracks. Interesting how there’s many “green” superheroes though. Green Lantern, Green Arrow and not to forget The Hulk!

Enough about superheroes and my weird ideas for blog titles. I found this odd green coat a while back at second hand store when I was actually looking for skirts. I call it odd because the fabric is basically as thin as a shirt fabric yet it has a hood, buttons and pockets like any other coat. It was again one of those garments that was somehow just a bit off that I just had to try it on. Since it’s a garment that was made in Finland the original price was around 35€ but I think I got it for 10€. Now, who doesn’t love a bargain?

Weeks later I found the turquoise fabric I got at a clothing swap at school and got the idea for this almost tone on tone photoshoot. The only problem? It was constantly dark outside and fabric was not really big enough to cover the background. I kept postponing the shoot until one Saturday morning I just decided to do it. It was one of those “done is better that perfect” moments. Now, should I have ironed the background fabric and the coat? Yes! But on this particular Saturday I just couldn’t be bothered. I was more focused on taking the pictures in a different way than I’ve done before. And I have to say I’m quite happy with them, despite the bad light and textile wrinkles. I can’t wait for the warm weather when I can wear this coat outside!


Lichen me like

Date : 20/02/2018
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Lichen me like

In the past few years, my new year’s resolution has simply been “get shit done!”. I’ve said it to myself as a reminder to not wait around for things to happen but to actively go after and do the things I want whether life altering big or everyday small.

One thing I need to get “done” more this year is get outdoors more often. In the past I would have said it’s in my nature to be a homebody but now I wonder if it’s more of a habit than a trait. Either way I need to be outdoors more because it’s simply good for me. I always feel better after a long walk or a trip to park or forest.

These pictures were taken last November when I accompanied a classmate on a lichen gathering trip in Nuuksio National Park. She was working on a really interesting textile project about plant based dyeing. The weather was horrible but it really didn’t matter.

It was calming to be outdoors and yet another reminder of marvellous mother nature and the endless magnificent things you can find in the forest, like a variety of lichen and other growing things.

 

 


2018 – The year of Gratitude

I was at first thinking about doing a regular recap of the past year and maybe even mention my new year’s resolutions but I felt I wanted to do things a bit different this time. I need to embrace more change in my life so why not start with my blog posts? Instead I want to say what I’ll be focusing on in 2018, gratitude. I know it might sound a little bit cheesy but I’ve noticed how much my perspective on things changes when I remind myself of all the things I’m grateful for. Looking at things differently is key to changing one’s mindset.

2017 was an exciting and scary year full of changes. I maybe didn’t get to travel as much as I would have wanted and some periods of the year were very stressful but looking back I’m reminded how incredibly fortunate I am.

Cultivating gratitude is not always easy. There are so many injustices in the world that just make me so angry! I easily get lost in bad thought cycles when I’m stressed and fall deep in the rabbit hole of self doubt. But I think it’s exactly in those moments I need to remember to be grateful . I think that might be where to find the strength and energy to fight for change in the world and on a personal level.

So happy new year wonderful people!

 


YouTube faves right now

Category : Inspiration
Date : 06/11/2017
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YouTube faves right now

Up until recently YouTube was the place where I watched music videos, stand up clips and movies trailers. I thought all the YouTube stars I was hearing about were teenagers creating entertaining content for other teenagers. Then one by one I started finding (mostly by accident or probably sophisticated algorithms) finding these awesome channels with great content. I found myself spending Saturday mornings watching several videos by one person. So I thought I’d share a few channels I’ve found really inspiring, entertaining or both.

Lavendaire

Sometimes when people are giving life advice they can come across as smug and just annoying but when Aileen says the same things it sounds much friendlier and actually doable. I have yet to figure out what her secret is. She’s the one who inspired me to start writing a gratitude journal.

 

Yagazie Emezi

This woman is my hero! I love how she’s fiercely pursuing her passion and how honest and open she is about her journey. She’s also really really funny!

 

Evelyn from the internets

Evelyn is just hilarious! I can watch her videos for hours.

 

Kicki Yang Zhang

Kicki posts a wide variety of content but I have to admit it’s her food related videos that I’ve watched the most. Who had any idea that watching someone chopping vegetables could be so mesmerising?

 

Hopeful Honey

There’s a lot of crochet tutorials out there but I like them short and clear like Olivia’s tutorials.

 


Breathtaking Blooms

Category : Inspiration, Travel
Date : 23/08/2017
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Breathtaking Blooms

If you’ve been on this site before, you know I have a thing for flowers. I’ve sometimes gone as far as to call it an obsession.
When I was at the botanical garden in Lund, I took a lot of pictures of pretty flowers but there was one that was so striking I thought it deserved special attention. The flower in question is the oriental poppy (Papaver Orientale) and I think this is the one called Turkish delight. What is it about this particular flower you might wonder? The colours! Especially the combination of the salmon pink of the petals and the dark plum of the inside. There was something about the light and crimped petals that also spoke to me. Maybe I was a florist in a previous life?




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