Good things in Easter week
Enjoing beatutiful crocuses in the garden.
Getting up early to find sunrays streaming through the mountains and illuminating trees of catkins. Almost as if they were tiny christmas lights. (I wish I could have manage to take a nicer photo.)
Having the most quiet nights without waking up to either the tram outside or my own alarm set at 6.30. Vacation is such a joy!
Hello, long-awaited Friday
What a tough week this has been.
It is rarely, if ever, that I have encountered sexist behaviour from colleagues. And this week, my confidence bubble about how far we have come with women rights, even in Europe, got a solid burst.
I wanted to check in this Friday telling you how I did a little something glamourous before the weekend, but instead I felt like sharing something else: I hate it when people get away with demeaning, sexist behaviour just because it is part of “their culture”. It utterly pains me to think of that women around in the world are harassed, if even the most subtle ways, on a daily basis.
The guy that made a remark towards me was not Norwegian. I am pretty confident that if he was, there would have been consequences. And I am happy that a female colleague stepped in and spoke up - and also cheered me up with a nice comment in the end.
Just a little reminder to support each other!
On a happier note: it is Friday! And for those of you who are starting your easter vacation, have a really wonderful one. I am heading for my mother’s house on the countryside, taking almost the entire week off work and I am hoping to see tulips and daffodils in the garden. It will be a very good place to get away from this week’s craziness, and perhaps even meditate a bit and do art.
Happy weekend to you all!
My “Good things” journal
It feels a little surreal that I am soon to finish my third gratitude journal. Keeping them has been such a rewarding journey.
I started my first journal the summer of 2017. I was ready to put some serious effort into becoming and staying happy. I got myself an empty Moleskine, just to get a little fancy, and named it “Gode ting” in Norwegian - “Good Things”. Since then I sit down on my bed (almost) every evening, and try to write down at least three good experiences that have happened during the day. At first it felt almost as brainwashing myself, and every effort to find something good felt forced.
Within the next eight months my first Moleskin was packed. On most days I had at least 5-7 memorable experiences to note, everything from the smallest impression, to big milestones at work or personally. Now, being on my third journal, it is rewarding to flip through the earlier ones and remind myself of so many nice things. I think that keeping a gratitude journal must have been the best thing I have ever done for myself.
My “Good things” journal helped me searching positive experiences, but also helped me stay positive during difficult times. Practicing it on those days and overcoming difficult experiences matters immensely.
And isn’t it wonderful how sometimes the simplest things can put a smile on your face? Here are some spring highlights from my journal:
March 18th 2018
- I moved the last things from my old apartment with the help of Ingvild. What a relief it is to finally be completely done with the move. And what I relief it was to know I was never alone in this process.
- I followed my mom’s advice and made myself a nice hot chocolate. But a healthy version with almond milk and honey.
- The weather has shifted, and it feels like spring is really here.
April 13th 2018
- It is Friday again! Yay!!!
- My colleagues gave me really nice feedback on a presentation. It was improvised as I did not have time to prepare it and felt very nervous about it. Supposedly I managed to communicate clearly and made the topic sound interesting.
- I finally started learning French on Duolingo again. Why was I overthinking it so much before? It is so much fun!
April 28th 2018
- How nice it is to start a new project at work. It feels so fresh and motivating.
- I visited an old friend in the evening and we chatted about absolutely everything.
- I had the loveliest long walk back home. The sky was pink and blue, and the clouds were gorgeous, almost foggy formations.
If you want to know more about how to keep a gratitude journal, I can recommend this short article.
Have you ever tried to keep a gratitude journal? What experiences made you happy, that actually surprised you?
Last but not least:
What are the nicest things about today?
Spring in the botanical garden
What better way relax in the spring sun than to discover blooming treasures in the Botanical Garden? My little flat in Oslo is located right next to it, which makes anytime a good time for a brief visit. But warm April days are simply the best for it.
The park is about to be covered by fields of spring flowers.
The greenhouse has a jungle with exotic plants that bloom all year. It is nice to come here in February too. Just to get a little warm.
These tiny orchids are just adorable.
And the best thing: there is no entrance fee! Happy Sunday ^^
Things finally feel brighter. I have stumbled upon so many good things to be grateful for the last year.
Waking up one morning in late March, I thought to myself: “I am just where I am supposed to be”. As crazy as it may sound, it was a victory to let myself think this. Even if that means that not everyone that I care about is happy, even if things always can be more difficult – I trust in my ability to find things to make myself feel happy,
The sight of spring morning dew. Putting on red lipstick before going to work. The smell of Baptiste’s roasted potatoes with French herbs for Sunday brunch. Living in my tiny 12 square meter flat, which actually rooms all that I need and a lot, lot, lot more. Doing art again. Watching crocuses appear in my mom’s garden. My liberties. My financial situation. My friends supporting me on starting my own business and going freelance. (Oh, that last one I can’t overstate enough. I am so grateful for my friends.)
And the list goes on, and on, and on.
I would always feel that each season is reminiscent of that same one last year. But I hope that this spring holds a lasting change in the air.