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Merry Christmas ♥

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I hope your Christmas was fun and relaxing and that you were able to spend some time with friends and family. I enjoyed my Christmas to the fullest, but is totally ready for it to be over, and to welcome 2016.

My Christmas presents were just what I wanted (a very beautiful red hat, money and books (Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman, Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso and Round The Christmas Fire – stories by Charles Dickens, Edith Wharton ect.)).

I just signed up for a photography course in January, which I am really looking forward to, because at the moment I am just taking photos as usual, and I think I need some professional guidance to make them really good. I have been searching for good advice on the internet though, and in between studying for an exam and spending time with friends,  taking photos might be a nice way to procrastinate ♥ 

 

 

 

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Big Christmas Magic ♥

Today is the 21th. of December, and I am over the moon ecstatic about the fact, that I finally have a long vacation, which means tons of books, long walks, writing, creative living, time with friends and family, movies, chocolate and carols 🙂

A couple of days ago I bought a camera as a (very expensive) Christmas present for myself, and yesterday I brought it with me when I went to meet a friend for lunch. We took it with us on our walk to the water and through the forest. I took some very nice photos and there seems to be plenty of fun creativity things to do with my new investment.

A while ago, I read Elizabeth Gilberts Big Magic – Creative Living Beyond Fear, which motivated me to do other creative stuff then just writing. Besides playing around with my camera, I am trying to learn how to play guitar, and have borrowed my mom’s guitar, which she bought in the 1970s (which is perfect since I am really into the 70s at the moment).

Big Magic is, in many ways, the book I have been missing and I think I will reread it in a short while, because I have this idea that it might have something more to teach me. Big Magic challenges me in a way, because it refuses to let me (the creative person) fall in to the trap so many creatives fall into; we take ourselves and our art way to seriously.  In many cases that means we end up doing less then we should or could, because we want all we create to be perfect and more important than it really is. So go do stuff! (Have you noticed that when people give advice, it is usually about themselves?) .

Elizabeth Gilbert is perhaps most famous for her book Eat Pray Love (which I loved!), but to me she is just as much known for her take on creativity as she is for her authorship, especially in regards to women and creativity. In connection with the publication of Big Magic (which was in September), she also started a series of podcasts called Magic Lessons, where she talks to a lot of different people (like Sheryl Strayed – the author of Wild) about creativity – you can find them here.

 

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Glitter, unicorns and butterflies ♥

I stumbled across this quote today:

“Ah freedom. How we hate having it threatened. Multipotentialites, in particular, tend to experience a particular type of fear related to our freedom: we worry that by choosing to pursue something, we are caging ourselves in and making it impossible to pursue any other interests. This fear can paralyze us, making it impossible to take any action at all”- Emilie Wapnick.

I can relate to this so much, because some times I feel that having multiple interests is more a burden then a blessing, even though a career coach I once went to a few times referred to me as a generalist, which supposedly is a good thing.  As for being paralyzed by fear, I am right in the middle of it, going from wanting financial stability to taking a chance even though it might mean hardly getting paid at all.

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Once again a big part of me wishes that I could be content just having any job and following the road frequently travelled. For what is wrong just going to work, and then coming home enjoying your sparetime, and just waiting for the weekend and the next holiday? Nothing I guess, and a lot people do not have any other option then to do that but I would really hate to live like that – oh but wait a moment. I am living like that… oh crap 🙂 I still don´t know where I am going or what I am going to do, but I do know that I want a life that consists of glitter, unicorns and butterflies and where I feel inspired and inspire others on a daily basis.

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Good news though, I recently started a new association called Zero Waste Danmark, and I was choosen as the cashier. It really was a tough election, between me and me 🙂 I am looking forward to learning more about how it is to be part of a board, and hope that we will be able to make a difference someday.

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Got any advice? I would love to hear them  

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What a week!

This week has consisted of all kinds of delightful things (and not so delightful ones – a fight with a friend. That’s the worse!). A date, a job interview followed by a second interview – still waiting for an answer (it´s not a job I really want though, but what can you do – a girl got to earn some money one way or another), coaching session with a professional coach specialized in helping people like me finding a job they really want!, buying books at the local library’s book sale, writing an application in regards to an internship at this lovely bookstore, reading a book or two, writing, and getting rid of tons of clothes!

This weekend is filled with family time, Sunday especially will be good. A day of christmas fun doing DIY, eating candy and listening to christmas carols.

A look into my new favorite bookstore (besides Shakespeare & Company and Waterstones of course ♥) – without buying anything!

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A potential reading experience?

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A book probably worth buying 

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Astrid Lindgren – a book well dicussed in Denmark right now.

Despite the before mentioned fight, my weekend is going to be okay.

Hope yours will be too 

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NaNoWriMo and feeling a bit guilty

I have not written anything since the first of november. I have been even more busy then I thought I would be. But not with writing though. I got off to a good start and wrote 9000 words pretty quickly. But then I started to get more and more busy with other things. I tried to make writing a priority but a lot of the time I was just too occupaid with other things. And I feel so guilty about that, because I promised to make writing my top priority this month and I failed. The thing is though that there is only a bit over a week left, and I will probably not be able to write the last 40.000 words that I need in order to win the NaNoWriMo.

I try to look at the positive in everything, and figure out what there is to learn from any experience. What I realise now is that I do not work well under pressure. I know that if I want to make a living out of my passion, I will probably have to work under deadlines, but at the moment it does not really work for me. I can´t write if I got a thousand other things occupaying my mind. It kind of kills the creative flow – for me at least. What also happened was that I ended up hating my storyline. It did not work for me at all, and I don´t think I can get anything more out of it. I´m afraid that if I continue the story, it will create some kind of tension everything I sit down and write, and I so do not want writing to be something that causes unnecessary annoyance or stress like this was starting to…

But today I actually got my urge to write back, and I started writing another story kind of inspired by the book “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell… It will probably not be a part of the NaNoWriMo, but you never know….

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DEWEY’S READ-A-THON

In about 4 hours the Dewey´s Read-A-Thon will start, and I am starting with Sommerbogen (the summer Book) by Tove Jansson which I got in september, and have been looking forward to reading ever since. As promised I will keep you updated here during the day, and on my instagram profile ♥ 

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Its 6pm and I am making dinner. I have not read as much as I wanted too at this point, but overall its going okay. I did not start reading at 2 as planned, because I meet some friends on the train and so my plan was delayed a bit. However, soon as they were gone I started reading “Sommerbogen” which I am really enjoying. I am currently on page 142 and hope to finish it soon. Hope you are all having fun and reading some amazing books 🙂

08.15pm. I finished the first book, and is currently on page 62 in “Stop what you´re doing and read this!”. A book about books is always a good idea. I have tried to choose books from different genres, so I would not get bored. I like both the books I have read/I´m reading so far, so that is not a problem at the moment. It might be in 3 hours though 🙂

09.21. I´m currently on page 120 in book number 2, and is still enjoying it very much. Not all the essays are equally amazing, but most of them are really good. The essays untill now revolves around different subjects, while still discussing the same object; the book. There are essays on libraries and how important they are, on “Read – a-loud- groups”  – reading groups where the leader reads out loud, and essays on reading books that we really don´t like though they are supposed to be great literature. I am fan I must say 🙂

 10.39: I finished my second book, and just started the third one; “This is a love story”. The book has the most beautiful cover ever, and though I have only read the first few pages it seems promising. However I am a bit to tired to read anymore tonight, so I will go to bed in a little while and then get up early tomorrow and read as much as possible before work.

 Hope you are all enjoying your evening/day no matter what you are doing and where you are♥ 

So the Read-a-thon is over and the next one will be in april. I only managed to read 390 pages, but I am still satisfied because I read them during a period of 6-7 hours reading overall. Sleeping sure does take up a lot of time 🙂

I had so much fun reading and following other readers on twitter, instagram and other blogs. Can not wait until next time!

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A week of reading

This week, I have four days of, and what better way to spend them then reading and drinking tea.

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On saturday I am attending the Dewey´s Readathon which is an event that will bring people from all over the world together in reading for 24 hours. All kinds of readers will update their progress on different social medias and I will do the same here on the blog and on instagram. In my part of the world it starts at 2pm, and though I will be sitting on a train going back to the museum at this time, because I´m working on sunday, I´m still planning to start reading at exactly 2pm.

I plan to read the following books, and then I have some others on hand if I finish these. I will probably not read all night, since I have to be at work the next day, but I still plan to read as much as possible. I am looking forward to reading the three first books for the first time, and to a reunion with Bridget Jones.

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Elsk dit hjem (Love your home) – a beautiful book about decorating your home in a way that makes you love it and feel good about being there. I spend part of yesterday reading it and looking at the beautiful photos. Read more about it here.

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Sunday is a good day for…

I spend a wonderful day yesterday with my family, and I am glad I went though I still have a very annoying cold. Today seems to be a rainy day, so I will spend the day indoors.

When I graduated last year I was feeling many different things. Happy, relieved, sad, scared and confused. It was scary to enter a whole new world where nothing was decided and everything could happy, but at the same time I was relieved that I had no more exams to attend, no more papers to write… But I must admit that sometimes I miss it, and consider going back to university to do another degree. However it is probably for the best that I don´t. I know that what I miss is the social aspect of it and the learning part of it. I love learning new things. I love write clever (well not always clever) thoughts in my notebooks, and I loved researching and preparing for the writing of another paper. But fortunately I can do that without going back to university. The other day I signed up for at course through coursera, called Modern & Contemporary American Poetry, and started yesterday. Though I never did read a lot of poetry, I am looking forward to learn more about a topic which is so unfamiliar to me, though not totally foreign. So that is how I will be spending my sunday, in between writing a couple of job applications and reading Terry Pratchett´s “The Wee Tree Men”.

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A pretty notebook is needed for studying poetry.