Foto: Caroline Odden Giske
A few days ago I took my very first steps and published a song I made together with my sisters husband! It was published on a Norwegian music website for undiscovered artists. We recorded the song this summer in Ocean Sound Recordings here in the islands. I guess I just didn’t have the balls to publish it until now.
Instead of making the same post I made on FB, I figured I’d write about it here and share the link so that my English speaking friends also can understand what this is about 🙂
It all started with the insane birthday gift I got one and a half year ago: ONE day in studio with a technician for 8 hours. And here’s the result – at least one of the songs. The second and third will be published later on. Anyway, I hope you can take five minutes of your time and have a look. That would make me super happy!
Traditions prevail. And its already been months since my last enter here on my blog. It’s been a long time since this was among my first priorities and something tells me I’ll keep it that way. I’m just too occupied with other activities. But this week I finally got a collection of good pictures I thought would be worth sharing.
On Monday we went hiking with a group of friends. We drove to Trollstigen and started the climb towards Mannen, a mountain stretching 1294 meters above sea level. We started the hike at around 746 meters, the climb itself isn’t that steep, but the slope stretched for a total of 7,29 km each way. And in those 14,6 km we walked through wind, rain, fog and sun. Absolutely beautiful! And it is so nice being out in fresh air, enjoying nature at its best. The view from the top was both terrifying and divine at the same time.
A small hike to Sukkertoppen (“The Sugar Top”) today resulted in these photos. I can defend the pictures of the view with simply one word: Extraordinary. As for the pictures of random weird stuff I guess they’re mostly for myself and my love for small things. Details that we usually just stroll by without noticing that I find just as important as the bigger picture, because they represent the beginning of something.
A few weeks back I was taking a trip down memory lane with two of my best friends from Vilnius, Gor and Greta. Oh what a happy penguin I was that weekend. After two years apart they finally came to see me in my hometown. God knows I owe them a visit in Vilnius too. Anyway, we had a blast, as we always do. It was so great to hear about everything they’ve managed to get done since I left Vilnius in 2015. Not gonna share all the details here. But I figured, since we did all that hiking in the mountains and about, that I’ll share a drop of photos of the nature I saw along the way.
Last year my sister showed me a Norwegian blogger that posts healthy recipes online. Since this year is not only about decluttering my home and computer, but about replacing “Bad” food with better food, I’ve decided I should try out some of the stuff from this blog. With deadlines in UNI, L I F E, handball, training, families, friends and two houses to look after, its not everyday I find myself with no plan at all. Like today, when all of a sudden I found myself with a blank page, no obligations and simple freedom to do whatever I wanted. I spent it in the kitchen, and it was awesome. I made breakfast buns, marzipan and my homemade breakfast cereal. The breakfast buns and marzipan I found on this blog: http://www.lindastuhaug.no/ <– Recommend everyone to check it out to find delicious recipes for healthy food!
I’m no master in the kitchen but the result wasn’t too shabby I think… And either way, it was all delicious.
This weekend I arranged a swap-night at my house, I invited all my friends over to drink wine and trade whatever we could find in our home we don’t have use for anymore. Everything from interior, jewlery, clothes and shoes were up for grabs and we had a blast together going through all the stuff we brought. So much in fact that I’m going to plan a new one about a month from now. Trading things in this way should be mandatory for everyone, and here is why:
You have to clean out your wardrobe and liberate yourself from some of your clothes.
You have to go through your home, checking for unnecessary items or interior and really think about how useful or not it is for you.
After cleaning you’ve opened up space for yourself. Your closets, shelves, drawers are no longer stuffed with bullshit you don’t really need.
It is liberating.
The stuff you don’t need might be very useful to some of your friends which makes them happy and thankful (or in my case ecstatic).
You get new stuff – free of charge without harming the environment.
Its a win-win situation for everyone
You get a great evening filled with laughter and friends.
8 being the most important of all points here. I can’t even begin to explain how much fun I had saturday evening. I sent the invitation out a tad late, so only two of my friends were actually able to make it this time. But my God, It’s been a long time since I’ve laughed this much and this hard! We had such a great time, with wine in our glasses, music in the background, talking for hours and hours about every mistake or success we’ve ever had. It was, without doubt, a perfect evening with friends.
To top it all off I was able to give away some of my stuff to two of my best friends, and even find several new things for myself as well. Thought I’d share some pictures of what I got, and maybe that’ll inspire someone else to throw a swap-night with their friends.
#1 A new camerabag for my camera and lenses
And thats just half of what I got! I promised my friends I’d have another evening like this soon. and actually, I can’t wait, already excited for the next one.
Going into 2017 I decided it was going to be a year of decluttering. Everything from documents and albums on my computer to sorting out every shelf, drawer and tiny spaces for storage in our house. I had other goals too which took my prime focus for a while, but reading my friends blog: www.hjertejubel.com I rediscovered my motivation to start in small steps towards a better life. She makes some really good points about decluttering your home and making space not to suffocate simply by being too materialistic. I love her blog and would recommend every person I know to read it. (She writes both in Norwegian and English) And she writes better than I can ever dream of doing. She has a way of putting words on paper that makes a greater sense than anything else you can find in any book, blog or online forum. It’s a blog with heart and soul that points out important issues in everyday life and society at the same time as its original, funny and full of hope. Its also a photo-blog for her company “Hjertejubel Foto” which is a new inspiring business she started last year. She’s not only good with words you’ll see, she captures frames upon frames of beautiful photoes. Needless to say, this girl is on fire.
ANYway – Back to the decluttering part, while cleansing my computer for out of focus photos, I sometimes find wonderful pictures from my everyday life. Some of which I think deserve a place in here. The first album I found worth sharing is from a fishing trip we had with our boat. We had a week off in UNI in October 2016 and I spent it with my boyfriend and his friend at our farmhouse in Fjørtofta. Its of a sunset, no surprise there, but I love them at least.