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My Productivity Conundrum

How many times have I given myself a hard time for letting a day slide by in an unproductive and (so-called) lazy manner? How many pseudo-science articles have I desperately consumed about increasing your productivity levels and living life on a higher plane? I feel like I’ve gotten the gist of it by now. You need a morning routine, never snoozing, good working, sleeping and eating habits, ruthless self-discipline, unfaltering self belief and a crystal clear vision of what you want to achieve. Now, these are all good things, for sure. They can do wonders for how your days go, and as they repeat they will turn beautifully into life itself. Incredibly, satisfyingly so. And throughout my life, I have embarked on all these journeys to become a more disciplined person. Through new exercise regimes, new eating habits, a renewed respect for my alarm clock. New working systems, filled with…

Adoring Autumn: Berry Picking In The Woods

I’m so in love with autumn. I think it’s the most wonderful, beautiful, colourful time of the year. I absolutely adore it. It’s just so bloody cosy. Lighting the fireplace and loads of candles, snuggling up with blankets, drinking endless cups of hot drinks, baking cinnamon buns, reading good books, going for walks in the crisp, cold air, feeling the chilly breeze on your face, wrapped up in coats and scarves. Wonderful. Yesterday my parents and I went for a wander in the gardens and the woods, and we picked raspberries and lingonberries and watched the river flowing by and the leaves changing colour almost before our eyes. Then we went home and made raspberry jam and I almost couldn’t bear the fact that we’re saving it for Christmas and I couldn’t eat it all right there. I can’t wait for the pumpkins to get to the shops, I’ve pinned loads of…

Getting Back Into A Good Place

A few weeks ago now, something happened. I won’t get into it too much, but let’s just say that something I had planned for and been terribly excited and happy about, went all wrong. Since then I’ve really struggled to keep my head up, I’ve fallen into a way of thinking and being which has been self-destructive and disheartening, culminating in a lot of Gilmore Girls and apathy and very little productivity in the areas of my life that I wanted to focus on. Right now, I really, really want to snap out of it. I want to get back to the good place I was in before this all happened. I want to feel happy and content, and like I am moving in the right direction. I want to be able to account for my thoughts and actions, to feel like there is a purpose to my days. I’ve…

London Book Haul

‘When life looks like it’s falling apart, it may just be falling in place.’ – Beverly Solomon So, I recently went to London, and I stopped by a Waterstones and also Oliver Bonas. I picked up some wonderful new books and a few other little knick knacks, and I’m very pleased with my purchases. Living in Norway, I can’t really find the books that I want to read in the bookshops here. I’m an international reader and there isn’t much of a market for my books where I live, which is a shame, but it only makes my trips to the UK even more worthwhile (also Amazon orders are my saviours).  More than anything, i just love the atmosphere at Waterstones. It’s as though the shop itself is just one big, old material declaration of love to literature. I love spending a good hour just browsing, picking up books…

Practicing Gratitude: A Journal

“Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue your goals. If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more.” – Roy T. Bennet, The Light in the Heart It seems like such an easy thing, practicing gratitude, just do a little ‘I’m-a-grateful-gal’ dance in your head and bim-bam-bosh, there you go, you’re grateful. But for me, it’s proved to be a little more challenging than that. For some reason, it just doesn’t come naturally to me. This saddens me, as my greatest wish is to be a content and grateful person who looks at life and says ‘hells yeah, this is some good stuff!’ But in order to be that person, I need to put in the work. I need to actively think ‘I’m grateful for this cup of coffee’, and ‘I’m grateful for that good hair day.’ What…

A Perfect Afternoon: Picnic in a Historic Farmyard

Oh what a lovely time I had the other day! My friend Maja and I went to a place called Husantunet, which is a historic farm dating back to the 17th century, and we had a picnic in the picturesque and charming garden there. I had the most wonderful time (although I felt a little sorry for Maja who was struggling with hayfever), and it was such a special place to spend an afternoon. We were very lucky and managed to get hold of the keys to the small houses (hello librarian contacts!) and it was amazing to see the interiors which were still in the good, old 17th century style. Pictures from the inside are at the bottom of the post! As great as the setting was though, what I enjoyed the most was Maja’s delightful company. I’m so glad we met here in teeny, tiny Alvdal, even though…

Things I’m Grateful For: June

Well, hello there! It’s July, and I can hardly believe how quickly the last month flew by! It’s been a wonderful few weeks. I’m still kind of settling into life in Alvdal, the small town I’ve moved to, and I’m really liking it here. I feel like things are progressing very quickly for me these days, and that feels pretty good, to be getting back into the swing of things after my year on sick leave. Anyway, here are the things I’m grateful for from this last month. The great start to my new job Hello, librarians! I’m pleased to join you. What a treat it is, to sit with books all day, chatting to other book lovers, seeing what’s being published (well, what was being published three months ago), engaging with kids who are participating in the summer reading programme – it’s all such a lift for the heart.…

Small Things That Make Me Happy

‘If you don’t love the sea, the sun, all the simple pleasures, what sort of life are you going to have?’ – Marty Rubin Yesterday my brother and I went for a bike ride. It was a warm, sunny day, with a fresh breeze blowing by, and we rolled down through the green hills until we reached a cute, old bridge which crossed the streaming river below. And I felt happy. It was a small thing, going for a bike ride, but it filled me up with warmth and contentedness. It’s so important to appreciate the simple pleasures in life, even if they may seem commonplace or dull. Slow living is becoming more and more important to me. It just feels right, to live life at this measured and relaxed pace, to watch the sun as it makes its way across the skies, to settle down with a good book without…

Starting A New Job: 5 Points To Consider

So this week I am yet again starting a new job. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been thrown into a new professional environment, but I’ve collected a few tips and tricks about the do’s and don’ts of getting the best out of your first few days on the job. Ask All The Questions My number one piece of advice is to make sure you ask all your questions. Ask the ones you think sound stupid (no, you don’t need to walk the office dog), ask the ones you might not want the answer to (yes, coffee runs are your responsibility), ask the ones you think you have the answers to (no, that’s not quite how the database works), and all the other ones you can think of. You usually just have the one or two weeks of time with your predecessor before they’re gone forever, and you might…

A New Start: 3 Ways I’m Starting Fresh

Hello, and welcome to my new blog! I’m very excited to be here in this fresh, new space which is my little corner of the web, and I hope you are too! Right now is actually a new start all round for me, and I will tell you why. A New Room This blog was created in my new bedroom, which I have just today moved into after decorating it for the last two weeks, painting, putting up new wallpaper, moving new furniture in and lastly moving all my belongings into it. Before we moved a few weeks ago, I really gave all my belongings some thorough thought, and I went through every single thing I owned, deciding whether it was worth keeping or not, and it feels so good because now everything I own is something that is either very useful to me, or else dearly beloved, and how…