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.…
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.
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…
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) 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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0rPcpvTygw 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! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffaKvZnN-QU Evelyn from the internets Evelyn is just hilarious! I can watch her videos for hours. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQ0zXl0sSEw&t=2s Kicki Yang Zhang Kicki posts a wide variety of content but I have to admit it's…
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?
Image credits: Pexels - Rijksmuseum
Image credits: Pexels
Image credits: Pexels - The Met - Rijksmuseum
Image credits: Pexels - The MET
As a lover of patterns it's no surprise that I've developed an interest in taking abstract photographs. It's usually images of textures and patterns taken in spur of the moment with my phone before they end up on instagram. That's why I've come to associate the abstract photos with spontaneity, I can rarely plan a photoshoot in advance. Maybe that will change as I experiment more and take more images. These images were taken with my dslr but the process was spontaneous non the less. They were taken on an unusually sunny March morning when the sun was so strong it was creating really sharp shadows. I happened to have some glass items on the table and the morning free to experiment. I love how from some angles the images look like ink or charcoal drawings. Do you agree? Or what do you see? I have a lot of glass items at home (more on that in another post) and I really liked playing with shadows, so I think I'll explore this theme a little bit more. I'm also tempted to manipulate experiment with these images in photoshop. Stay tuned for part 2 of the Shadow Studies.
Image credits : The Met - Rijksmuseum I love making mood boards. So much so I've sometimes wondered if mood board maker could be a full time job. I would maybe get tired of it though. I usually prefer making my mood boards like my collages, by hand from old magazines. But lately I've been testing doing them in photoshop and I thought I'd share some of them with you. I still haven't settled for one layout, I want to try out different ones for a while. I hope you find them inspiring.