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A day of self reflection

November 23, 2017 — 5 Comments

This was an interesting day. We woke up to a lot of snow here in little old Norway, as you can see in the picture below. It made me dread going out for the day because no matter how prepared the snowplow people seem to be, they can never stay on top of keeping the roads driveable. Today was no different.

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I really wanted to just stay at home and not deal with the snow but I had to go do some Self management coursework. The course is in ten parts, each focusing on different things you can improve in your work place. This includes things like time management, finding your strengths and weaknesses, figuring out what gives you the best “flow” at work (through challenging yourself and making sure you do things at your required level of difficulty) and other things that can be relevant for you. I think it’s really interesting to put things in perspective, figure out just what it is that I do and figuring how to do it better. The course is all about finding your strengths and making them better instead of focusing on what you’re not good at.

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Half way through I was treated to lunch by my work consultant and I opted for a vegan meal. I just put together an easy salad at the salad bar, and the chefs had made focaccia bread and it was so juicy and good. I definitely won’t mind having that next time I have to attend more coursework stuff.

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I feel like I learned a lot, although I’m only halfway through the course, but I’m also looking forward to doing the rest and learning more skills I can put to use in a future work situation. It is of course helpful during my work experience program too since I am in an actual workplace, I’m just paid by the state while I’m there instead of the actual employer. Either way, any chance of self reflection is a good one, don’t you think?

Have you learned anything new lately? 

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A very (n)ice cream.

November 8, 2017 — 12 Comments

Nice cream? What?

One of my favorite discoveries this year is Nice cream. Nice cream is basically the vegan version of ice cream and it can be made with as little as just one ingredient. All you need is some frozen banana and that’s pretty much it! You can add in any kind of extra ingredients that you want. Some popular varieties include peanut butter, pineapple or chocolate chips.

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I prefer to eat mine plain, simply because I love the taste of bananas, or now and then I add in some peanuts. Something to remember though is that you should use very ripe bananas to make the mashing process easier, and cutting it up in smaller pieces before freezing them. I use a hand mixer to make it but using a blender or a nutribullet kind of thing could work well too. Just blend it into your preferred consistency and transfer it to portion sized boxes or whatever kind of container you want to keep them in. You can put it in the freezer for about an hour after making it for a better consistency or just leave it in there and thaw it later on when you want to eat it.

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I love Nice cream because it has so many options for customization, its totally dairy free and pretty much anyone could eat it, unless you’re allergic to bananas of course. It’s also very easy to make, and it takes just a few minutes to use the hand mixer or blender. The most time consuming part is waiting for the bananas to become frozen. Have you tried Nice cream before? What did you think of it? 

On being motivated 

November 3, 2017 — 16 Comments

Today I attended one, or well, technically two lectures about motivation. I’m in a work experience program to find a job suitable for the leg injury I have. My work consultant keeps signing me up for different jobs and lectures and I’m experiencing so much compared to what I used to. My anxiety has also gotten a lot better because I make myself attend everything and socialize with people.

Today was two different lectures by two different lecturers, one being a somewhat elderly Swedish man called Mats Peterson. He’s experienced with nutrition and working with athletes and helping people better their life through food, sleep and exercise. He was a very engaging lecturer, bringing his personal experience to the table in a humorous way, using sarcasm to get us to understand and I thought it was really good. It left me feeling motivated for eating the right things, for doing gentle exercises just to stay mobile and to make sure I get enough sleep every night. He also talked about hormones, about serotonin, melatonin and the other hormones that affect you on a daily basis. If you ever get the chance to listen to his lectures (either in Norway or Sweden), I would definitely recommend it. He’s not a guy who shuns everything that isn’t good but he emphasizes just how well things can be.

The other lecture was by a guy named Kjetil Kristoffersen. He mostly spoke about his experiences and how no one is entitled to tell you that you cannot achieve what you want in life. He spoke about how life had went against him and how he was always scared to take a risk and never got rewarded. Then eventually he thought like “fuck it, i’ll just do it” and he eventually succeeded. It was really good motivation and it also encouraged you to not just settle for what you have but try to achieve more if it is possible.

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He reminded me a lot of Shia Labeouf when he spoke, really energetic and trying to get us all to be as engaged as he was. He didn’t use humor as much as the other guy, but it honestly wouldn’t be as good if he did, it needed a more serious tone.

I feel like I have a more positive mindset now, at least for a little while. But anything is better than nothing, right? Do you have anything you do to try to motivate yourself?

I’m not sure if I would have enough to write if I just chose one holiday, so I will do more than one! Let’s start out with the one coming up first.

Halloween

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  • Dressing up! This is obviously the favorite thing for most people. I love being able to dress up as pretty much whatever I want, it’s nice to take a break from my regular appearance.
  • The social aspect. People come together, drink, go trick or treating, eat candy and generally have a good time.
  • The spookiness. I don’t really enjoy being scared, but I do like an eerie vibe. I guess I like creepy things more than downright scary things.

Christmas

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  • Buying presents. I loooove buying presents for people. I love watching people open presents. The looks on their faces just fills me with so much joy.
  • Baking. I love to bake, and making your own Christmas yummies feels extra special. I especially enjoy baking gingerbread cookies.
  • Decorating. Decorating trees, decorating my home, anything that can be decorated will be. It just makes my home so cozy.
  • Cooking. Christmas food is the best food. It’s so savory and you feel full for ages afterwards. I always get so sleepy after Christmas dinner because I’m so full and my body just shuts down in the best kind of way.
  • Decorating the Christmas tree.
  • Seeing family that you probably don’t see as often. Christmas really is a time for family to come together.
  • Opening presents. I’m sure everyone loves doing that! I hate receiving them, but I love opening them, it’s really weird.

New years

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  • Fireworks. They’re just so beautiful to look at. Could definitely be less noisy, my cats are always freaking out but, yeah, pretty.
  • Spending time with loved ones while counting down until midnight. It’s funny that we do, because nothing feels different once the clock strikes twelve.
  • The new years dinner. People always plan these extravagant dinner parties and I love it so much.

Easter

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  • Decorating Easter eggs. Painting, dyeing, gluing stuff onto them. Anything is really fun, especially if you have someone younger to do it with. Nothing wrong with painting them by yourself though!
  • Setting up and planning Easter egg hunts for the younger ones! There’s no kids left in my family, they all grew up so can’t do that much anymore, I really miss it!
  • Watching old cartoons on the tv. During most holidays they send old special episodes, or create shows just for that holiday. It’s nice to have something to wake up to every day.

 

There, that’s some of my favorite things about the holidays. Someone is probably going to say that I missed Thanksgiving and other holidays, but they are not really a thing here in Norway.  What is your favorite things about the holidays? 

Ending the challenge.

October 20, 2017 — 3 Comments

I guess we can’t always succeed at everything! Posting every day for a month was a big goal, very time consuming and I am just too busy to be able to keep up with it! I’m surprised I even made it to day 20, to be honest! Keeping a strict schedule is difficult, and I find it easier to just write a post when I have time, and publish it then instead of having to mass produce so many at a time. The quality goes down, my stress levels go up and it’s generally a bad time overall. It’s time to just embrace autumn, calm down, enjoy the melancholy it brings and bring back my will to blog.

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I hope you guys are having a great day and that autumn is treating you well. (Alternatively, spring, if you’re in the southern hemisphere.)