Yes… another Friday!!! Roald Dahl…

Isn’t life amazing. And frightening?! And so many more things that I could just continue describing life here for a very long time. No matter what you’ve experienced since last Friday… the days change, the weeks change, seasons change… I think you get what I’m trying to say. Life is amazing! Yes, very hard at times; sad, unfair, challenging and so on. But if you try and start your day with just that tiny incline of a smile on your lips, you will feel better! Trust me. I’ve not been this happy, can do, positive person for that long at all. I’m still not like that all of the time. Some days, all I want to do is to just scream really loud, chuck a computer out a window (yes IT frustrations), tell someone some real truths and go and hide under my duvet and just stay there. But… then I tell myself… you… can… do… this… and think positive thoughts. I have so many things and people in my life to be grateful for. I get to experience so many incredible things. I change the lenses by which I see my life- they can be black/ grey… or a lighter shade of pink/ purple. I chose a happier shade of lenses to view my world through! That is something I think that we all can be a master of. Right?! I really recommend that you try this. Even just to put a little smile on your face right now- and say this amazing quote by Roald Dahl out loud:

Surely this makes you feel a little bit better?!

Have the most amazing of Fridays and go reach for the stars!!!

Life is a rollercoaster!

I’m sure I’ve already used this as a headline! But it’s so very true. Up and down, fast, slow, exhilarating, scary, funny, making you laugh and scream at the same time. Never forget though that YOU are in control of your life. No one else… you decide how much time to spend on certain things, who to listen to, to exercise (or not), what to eat, what to do during the day. You also chose to be happy, sad or down. Yes of course I realise that we all have different lives, circumstances and life situations depending on sometimes more complicated situations that I will bring up here. What I’m trying to say though is that you can influence you… your thoughts and your attitude. And tricky times and challenging situations can become somewhat easier and more manageable if you have a positive mindset. I truly, truly, truly recommend!!!

2019 what are your plans?

2018 has been quite the eventful year for me: moving country, changing job, commuting at first to my family, new challenges, career coach (amazing!!!), new friends, new school for my daughter, new home, culture, city, food, doctor and many, many more things. Yes of course this was made easier by being Swedish moving to a Nordic country and having done country moves before. I know from experience that it takes at least 12 months before settling in and for life to get some sort of routine again.

Have you started thinking about 2019 yet? Are you wrapping up your year? Do you have any 2019 promises yet? As I’ve mentioned prior my life is a race car or sometimes Daisy Duck pace. Right now, it’s even at a faster pace than a race car! But one thing that I will focus more on in 2019 is Health. Not in a negative or stressful way. But in a more balanced approach. To make time for me and my family, to take time to exercise, to eat slightly better (never any restrictions!!!) and to visit doctors, dentists etc… things that I know I could and should do better! To do my gratitude list, yoga and meditation. To read more books and use my iPhone less. And to stop worrying about future “what if” events and what other people think.

Overall 2018 has been an amazing year! Easy- definitely not! Exciting- most definitely!!!

I can’t wait to start 2019 but first ensure that I wrap up 2018 in an amazing way!!! I truly recommend.

Black Friday any good? Save some money!

Did you manage to find anything that you’ve been looking for? I actually bought a dining table lamp at 25% discount. And it was actually a proper discount- not really 25% though. It’s quite interesting how you really need to keep checking and monitor. It’s almost like a competition and a sport?! Is the product truly on sale? I followed this particular lamp for some time and lo and behold, it was actually on sale the week before (15%), then it went back to its original price last Monday. Then on Thursday last week it was actually advertised at 25% less. Now it’s actually the time to buy summer clothes and shoes! I love Birkenstock and I’ve found a pair that’s currently at 50% sale. That’s how I like to shop more and more. Think seasons ahead and what you truly need (if that’s truly “need” is debatable but I think you know what I mean). And really… I guess you should plan Christmas gifts all year round and buy when there is a sale on. That’s why I love these “wishlists” and baskets that you can create on different sites. If I was clever enough I’d actually build an App where all of this could be stored including websites, prices and changes so that you could easily track and ideally it would send you an email or notify you when it’s at a price that you agree to. A bit like buying and selling shares! Perhaps there already is an App such as this out there. Do you know? I need to do some research here I think! Imagine to be so organised and structured and save some £€$ on top of it all. A win-win! I really recommend!

Sunday already?! This week’s challenge…

The days go faster right now. Or, is that even possible? Is time a constant? What do you think? Why is it that sometimes a day can feel extremely long but other times there are just not enough hours in a day. Strange questions perhaps but I like to entertain my thoughts at times! I know I’m not checking in as much as I’d like right now- I almost want to apologise but to do that feels a bit odd. I haven’t forgotten about this blog nor about you readers who pop in and leave your marks. Not at all. Life at times is just like being a race driver and sometimes more like Daisy Duck. Another strange analogy perhaps.

I’d like for this week’s challenge to be determination. I do think that we all have certain goals in life, things that we want to achieve and accomplish. This week I want you to be so focused and determined that nothing will get you out of balance or out of sync. Think success, accomplishments and feel this all the way from your gut! You can do whatever you set your mind to. Have that difficult conversation, make that public speech, sign up to that run, join the gym, try that difficult class, cook that complicated dish. Don’t let anyone or anything stop. Ignore any negative internal thoughts or external comments. If something tough and unfair happens to you this week, really try and see the positive in it instead. I know this will be challenging but I believe that you can overcome a lot by really focusing and be so determined that nothing truly can stop you. Just go for it- reach for the stars and be determined! I truly recommend.

Happy Thursday! Blogging and Black Friday check in

Days are truly flying past this week. I actually started this post saying happy Wednesday…

How is the “support your bloggers” going? I read and come across so many it’s quite incredible. I recall my first real communication on my blog with D Wallace Peach she really opened my eyes to the socialising aspect when you blog. To comment and to take the time to invest in this. I find that this blogging really is that. The community and the socialising. What a journey. I’ve actually bought one of her books that I intend to read over the festive periods here: Soul Swallowers. I’m very much looking forward to reading it!

Have anyone of you prepared any lists in preparation for Black Friday? Quite interesting to follow price developments and price settings. All I can say is that they fluctuate so do your research properly!

Have the most amazing of Thursdays! Enjoy… I truly recommend!!!