33 Things I have learned in 33 years

Lifestyle

By judging the headline of this post, you must think that “Oh, she truly has it all figured out huh?”. Well, let me be the first one to tell you that that’s not the case at all. I don’t think anyone has everything figured out in life, ever. That being said, I’m a 33 year old woman who has lived long enough to have learned a thing or two along the way, or maybe I have just figured out what’s truly important as I’ve gotten older. Either way, I just wanted to share these thoughts with you.. πŸ™‚

– You can do anything you want in life
– Don’t settle for less, you deserve better
– Volunteer and give back to your community, it’s so rewarding
– Find your voice and use it
– Take care of your body and mind
– Continue to invest in yourself and grow as a person
– Be kind to yourself and respect yourself
– Don’t care to much what others think of you
– Travel and explore the world
– Don’t sacrifice quality time with family and friends for work
– Take time to be grateful for the little things in life
– Be kind to other people
– Don’t waste time on people who don’t treat you well
– Spend more time outside in nature
– Always be yourself – there’s only one you
– Don’t put limitations on yourself
– Don’t sweat the small stuff, it doesn’t mean much in the long run
– Making changes throughout life is a must (because we evolve and grow)
– Finding your passion is important
– Every relationship matter (if not, drop it!)
– You don’t need everyone to like you
– Jealousy is a wasted and damaging emotion
– Change is growth
– Pretending to be perfect doesn’t make you perfect
– The past doesn’t equal the future
– Don’t be afraid of taking risks
– Where you actually live makes a difference (find your happy place!)
– Incorporate physical activity and yoga in your life
– Live in the moment
– Missed opportunities are the worst
– If you hate your job, quit
– Know your strengths and weaknesses
– Failure is not final, it’s a step towards success – it’s how you handle things that matters

These are just some thoughts that crossed my mind, all of whom makes sense to me now..
I guess we do get wiser as we get older after all! πŸ™‚

My top 5 favorite food Instagrammers

Food, Lifestyle, My Bucketlist, Travel

I love scrolling through Instagram for inspiration and probably spend more time doing that than I’d like to admit (I don’t want to know my total screen time for Instagram, hehe).. If you’re getting hungry and are looking for some new inspiration, look no further; here’s my top 5 favorite food Instagrammers – Enjoy! πŸ™‚

What’s Gabby Cooking

Julialtermuli

Hello Healthy Eating

Half-baked Harvest

Healthy Belly

My Fall Bucketlist πŸ

Food, Lifestyle, My Bucketlist, Travel

This is how I spent my morning today; the best ice coffee with a hint of caramel, crisp and cooler air, sunshine, fall flowers and the changing colors of the leaves.. It was a much needed moment of solitude before work today, something I highly recommend everyone to do every now and then. So calm, relaxing and definitely the best way to start the day.. πŸ’›

Endlessly exited for fall, here’s my Fall Bucketlist;

🍁 Have outdoor bonfire nights with good friends

🍁 Go apple picking and make homemade apple jam & the best apple cake

🍁 Invite friends over for friendsgiving

🍁 Go for many walk outside in fresh, crisp air

🍁 Update my fall wardrobe (I want a new coat, a fluffy scarf and some new jeans)

🍁 Read some new books in front of the fireplace

🍁 Spend some much needed quality time with good friends

🍁 Go on a cabin trip in the Norwegian mountains

🍁 Get busy in the kitchen and try out lot’s of new recipes

🍁 Paint and decorate our livingroom for fall

🍁 Enjoy delicious coffees outside in fresh air at my favorite coffee shops

🍁 Try out at least 3 new workout classes at my gym

🍁 Visit and discover some new cities in Norway

🍁 Visit Lofoten and check off another point on my Bucketlist!

A glimpse of life in pictures

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I think it’s safe to say that this summer is very different, but it doesn’t mean it’s bad.. Here’s a current glimpse of life in pictures; lot’s of delicious food & ice coffees, days at seas (we have a boat this summer!), quality time with loved ones, cat cuddles, reading, and lot’s of walks outside in fresh air and wonderful sunsets.. It’s not bad at all! πŸ™‚

How’s your summer so far? β˜€οΈπŸ˜Š

Interesting links from around the web #13

Food, Lifestyle, My Bucketlist

“Life inside” is a weekly series of first-person essays from people who live or work in the criminal justice system – it’s definitely worth a read!

I definitely want to make some of these summer cocktails

This Southampton home is true perfection – an absolute dream home!

The 25 best romantic comedies of all times

I love Aubrey’s before + after pictures of her colonial kitchen renovation

These melon + prosciutto + fresh basil + mozzarella skewers are the perfect summer snack

Netflix documentary Athlete A delves into the USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal

Joanna’s top picture of weekend citrus just make me really happy

How cool would it be to wake up in a tree-house?

The joy of being outside

Lifestyle

The outside world is an endless place and there are so many great places to discover. I have always been an outdoorsy person, but the corona times has definitely led to a much deeper appreciation of the nature and the outdoor areas close to my home. Lately I have been going for walks/runs in BΓΈkeskogen, also called “The Beech Tree Forest” – it’s the home to many amazing hiking trails, where many points offers a great panoramic view of the Farris Lake. It’s also an archeological area which is home to one of Norway’s largest burial mounds from the viking age. For the most part we’ve been blessed with nice and warm weather, which makes this a great place to spend time outside!

Do you spend a lot of time outdoors these days?
Have a great Sunday everyone! πŸ™‚

Coffee Heaven

Lifestyle

Aaaah, coffee – it’s so much more than just a drink. Whether you’re a casual coffee drinker or consider yourself a connoisseur, you know a good cup of coffee when you see it. With so many great coffee options at hand, you’re always guaranteed to find something you like! I spend a lot of money on coffee (even though I try my best to cut down!), but it’s simply just one of few things that brings me so much joy. It’s not just the coffee itself, but it’s a great way to be social.. I often meet friends over a cup of coffee or a lunch, sometimes both.. Coffee er great conversations starters and I actually met a couple of my best friends at a coffee shop! I love cold coffees and my go-to coffee has always been a iced latte with a shot of caramel, but that was until I was served this deliciousness of a coffee today – just look at this coffee!

It’s very similar to a Greek Frappe; it’s cold milk, sugar, and strong Nescafe coffee poured over large ice cubes. So easy and so good, so I’m definitely going to make this at home!
This is the perfect coffee drink to serve along with the nice and warm weather we’re having right now (even though I would drink it on any rainy day as well!). Cheers!

What about you; do you prefer cold or warm coffees?

A new way to entertain yourself!

Food, Lifestyle

I love using old things to make new things, so this was such a fun project!
Life these days are definitely weird. Besides those who are still fortunate to be able to work, I feel like everyone is doing the same things; cleaning and organizing their home & cars, trying out new recipes in the kitchen, having a Netflix marathon (possibily for the second time around!), cleaning out their closets, or going for walks outside in fresh air. And while it certainly feels good for a while, you get tired of that eventually and that’s when you need to find new ways to entertain yourself. I recently decided to clean out our home office and found a big pile of old Shape Up magazines laying around. All of them contained recipes I would love to try out, I therefore decided to make a “homemade diy-cookbook” using all the recipes in the magazines. This is a great way to clean up your space while taking advantage of the things you already have and want to use (in my case, the recipes). If you’re looking for a new way to entertain yourself these days, give this one a try!

Things you need;
A big pile of old magazines (preferably with content you can use for your project) – clean white paper sheets – a scissor – a glue stick – a folder.

So many delicious recipes including smoothie bowls, raw brownies, waffles, pancakes, delicious desserts, fruit platters, juices, and enchiladas.. I’ll definitely try them all! 😊

The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez

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“The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez leaves Netflix viewers in tears with graphic descriptions of modern day child abuse”

Gabriel Fernandenz was only 8 years old when he was brutally murdered by his evil mother Pearl and her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre in 2013. The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez is a heartbreaking documentary addressing how a child was consistently let down by a system when he most needed the help. Based on in-depth-reporting by L.A. Times journalist Garret Therolf, this documentary doesn’t shy away from detailing what this poor child went through during his short life; Gabriel was subjected to horrific torture, including repeatedly beatings, being shot in the face with a BB gun, forced to eat cat litter, locked up in a closet for hours, and pepper sprayed in the face. The cruel nightmare ultimately ended when his mother and boyfriend beat him to death. But even worse, the Department of Child and Family services and law enforcement were called to the scene multiple times before Gabriel’s death and no action was taken, eventually allowing his abusers to continue the torture until the horrific end.

This documentary does not only show torture inflicted on Fernandez by his mom and step-father and the failure of protective services, but also puts other shocking details on the agenda, included incompetent law enforcement, abuser’s homophobic motives for violence, horrifying evidence that was ignored by the system that could have potentially saved his life, Gabriel’s suicide note and pleas for his mothers love, how Gabriel’s murders where punished for the murder, but the social workers eventually were let off, and how Department of Child and Family Services also had failed in other similar cases. Unfortunately, the Gabriel Fernandez case is not unique. This is a heartbreaking documentary worth seeing, it can be found on Netflix.