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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?Β 

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A new garden plot

June 16, 2017 — 9 Comments

Like ten years ago, my mother used to have flower beds pretty much everywhere in our small garden, but she eventually just stopped tending to them and let nature take over. The stones around it broke down, the shrubbery grew as tall as our fence and it didn’t look good at all. So one day I told her that she couldn’t just let her garden grow out of control and I helped her getting rid of the weeds and other plants that had taken over. Since the stone edges she used were broken, I had to improvise and found some treated planks that I could use as a border instead. I went to a garden center place to purchase some new plants for her, some nutrient treated soil and compost and helped her put it all together.

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As one of my succulents had gotten too big to fit in a pot that could be in my window sill, I decided to donate it to the garden, letting it have a home in the corner. Hopefully the rain won’t drown it.. I’m really happy with the result though! That spot looked like a total mess and we spent around three hours picking weeds and digging up the dirt to make it good enough for a flower bed. All I have to do now is to make the plank border look a bit better, maybe nail together the corners and find a longer plank so it wont be separated like how it is now. Β It’s nice to see how different it can become with just a few hours of work though, I just wish I had taken a photo before so you could see just how bad it was.

I feel like an old woman whenever I talk about gardening, but I guess that’s just how it is, I’m from the countryside after all so it’s probably in my blood, or something like that. Do you enjoy gardening? I really want to get myself a small vegetable garden but I don’t think I could while still having my cats because they eat just about anything..

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