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Renée Zellweger

Renée Zellweger has been quite the subject lately. Having undergone plastic surgery she has become a subject of ridicule by some, and gotten the respect to decide for herself from others. I have always been a big fan of Renee Zellweger and I have always found her to be a very beautiful woman, more natural then so many others, and I was sad to see her change her look so drastically. However, I know how much pressure there is on women to look good all the time, and even more so for women who are in the spotlight a lot of the time, and I have no other then the fullest respect for her decision.

I must say though that I am again plastic surgery overall, I just think that everyone should be allowed to make their own decisions in life, and figure out what is best for them. This goes for all aspects of life; I myself have been forced to explain many of my decisions in regards to not wanting to have children, becoming a vegetarian and why I am a feminist. It is clearly by no means the same thing as Renée Zellweger is going through, but the gist is the same; Having to defend and explain yourselves and your decisions because other people think they are allowed to demand answers.

 

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It is tough being different or making choices that are unusual but staying true to yourself will earn you respect from the people who are worth it ♥ 

Posted in Inspiration, Journalism, Lifestyle

A lot of rambling thoughts!

I have been kind of freaked out about turning 30, and not being anywhere near where I expected to be when I turned 30. I kind of thought I would be having the job of my dreams, would be on my way to publish a book or at least writing articles for some magazine. And then there is the thing about being 30 and single (I am pretty sure my family has given up on me). So a lot of rambling thoughts have been running through my head and I know that I have introduced you to some of them!

Today I read an article about a woman who turned 38 last year and who just recently figured out what she wanted to do and where she wanted to go in life. She has got the relationship part down, though she doesn’t want to get married or have children (like me- how cool is that!). Seriously I felt so much better when I read this article. It was so inspiring and just a big help! Instead of wasting time worrying about not having the life I thought I would have by now, I realized that I still have all the time in the world and that I am actually on my way!

By the way you can read the article here (Pay attention to website – it’s an online magazine you will be hearing more about)♥

Posted in Books, Inspiration, Journalism

Arkbooks – a new English bookstore in Copenhagen♥

I first heard about Arkbooks last fall, and ever since I have been determined to visit their store once it open. When I got the idea to interview the people behind Arkbooks, I wasn’t sure whether or not they would agree to do it. But of course they did, and we decided to do the interview through e-mail, because I wasn’t sure when I would be able to go to Copenhagen again in the nearest future. Arkbooks will be opening on april 1st, and will only be selling English books. When I got their answers I was not disappointed. The project sounded amazing right from the beginning, and now it sounds kind of like a dream come true and I can almost see them sitting at the table drinking wine while discussing the idea of opening a bookstore.

You can read more about Arkbooks on their website

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How do you know each other?

“From all over; aarhus, copenhagen, LiteraturHaus and university”.

Who and how did you come up with the idea to open an English bookstore in Copenhagen?

“Three years ago, half of ark books sat at a kitchen table drinking wine. The idea of opening a bookshop came up, and we were so infatuated with it that we ended up being six hours late for the party we were going to. However, being busy students with no money to invest, the thought was parked in the big idea bank – until about a year ago, where the location, the team and the opportunity suddenly came together. We had to take this chance and live out a lifetime dream”

 What made you decide to raise the money instead of getting a loan in a bank?

“If you know anyone in the banking world who would like to lend four girls a lot of money to open a non-profit bookshop, please send them our way. Jokes aside, we didn’t really have an alternative – but we are really happy with the way it has turned out. Raising money this way means that we have been backed by our entire community from day one. It also gave us an opportunity to test the idea and realize that there are actually a lot of people in Copenhagen and the rest of the world who thinks that ark books is a great idea. That makes the project feel even more worthwhile”

 The bookstore will be run by volunteers – how is that going to work?

“We all have a volunteering background and have seen for ourselves just how many talented and enthutiastic people there are out there, people who believe that the cause is greater than the paycheck, people who would be willing to put a lot of work into a project”.

 Is it your plan to make it your fulltime job at some point?

“No. We have no plans of paying ourselves – we would rather keep the books cheap, so our customers can read more great books”

Raising money for something like this is not that common in Denmark, and might put other people off from trying to do the same thing. Do you have any advice or ideas for others who might consider trying to raise money for something similar?

“You’ll be surprised how supportive your community will be if you ask them for help. The fact that we don’t have a tradition of crowdfunding in Denmark might even be an advantage. Don’t give up halfway, most campaigns don’t reach their goal until the very last minute. Just a little tip for whoever who wants to crowdfund their project; research, research, research”.

You open in April – how is that going to go off?

“We are going to have a four day long opening reception – stop by and have a drink on us and have a look in the shop”

On your website it says “ark books will read all the books and choose the best ones for our shop for you to read” – what were you initial thoughts behind only allowing books you have already read in your bookstore?

“The main idea is to be able to make the perfect match between reader and book. We would love to be able to read all books in the world to pick the very finest, but that isn’t possible in four lifetimes. However, we read as much of our stock as humanly possible, and the rest is meticulously researched or recommended from well-read people we trust. The idea is to be able to match reader and book”.

 Can you recommend a book or two that you will be selling in your bookstore?

“We can recommend hundreds. One of the books we just send out as a perk in the crowdfunding campaign is “Tomorrow Pamplona” by Jan Van Mersbergen. We send this recommendation along with it: the thought of running away have occurred to most of us at some point. what if you actually ran only to find out, that the only way you could keep on running was to stand completely still? “a boxer does not run away, a boxer listens to the count”. a broken man travels across europe wondering if he will ever be whole – if he ever was. TOMORROW PAMPLONA is a knockout story, which tells what needs to be told and not a word more – a story about a bell that just won’t stop ringing”.

 Sounds great right? Perhaps I will see you there on April 1st?♥

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Page One: Inside the New York Times

With all the possibilities the internet provides us with, it is not surprising that a lot of newspapers have been forced to close down. The movie Page One: Inside the New York Times tells the story about how the newspaper industry has changed, and what the internet has meant for it.

One of the things that the movie talks about, is that the publishing industry (And here I am talking books, magazines and newspaper) used to monopolize the publishing area, whereas now everyone with access to the internet can publish whatever they want – just look at the numerous blogs you can find about everything. It is an amazing way to get a creative outlet, tell people about a specific topic or just give them an insight into your world.

A couple of years ago, everyone was talking about how books and newspaper would no longer be in print, but would mainly be read on an e-book reader or online. I thought that they might be right, but not anymore. It seems that even though it is wonderful to have an e-book reader, (I have a kindle for instance) and be able to read your news online, I think a lot of people prefer the print version – especially when it comes to books.

I have been reading a lot about the use of social media as a way to promote my writing, so I found it interesting that this movie mentions Twitter as a tool for journalist as a way to keep up with the demand for a quick information flow. I recently read something similar here and here.

We get tons of information every day, and I think Twitter is a good way to at least get an overview on what is going on. I don´t have a TV, and I rarely buy newspapers unless there is something specific I want to read in them, so I understand why people prefer to read their news online. At the same time I also understand why some newspapers want you to pay for reading their articles online. It makes sense – it is a way for the newspaper industry to implement the changes happening in their industry in a good way.

What is your view on the way the newspaper industry is changing, and which media do you prefer as a way of getting information/news?