Monthly Archives: February 2014

10 Things Every Female Should Know by Natalie Patterson

Listen to her poetry and her wise words! We need to stop bringing each other down and start to lift each other up instead!

I most certainly am enough! And so are you!

Enjoy!

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Shots of Awe – We are Addicted to the New

As it is nighttime here in Norway when I’m posting this I feel like it’s okay to introduce it as a midnight snack!
Another amazing video from Shots of Awe! Goosebumps every time.. Every time 🙂
Enjoy!

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Shane Hawley – To My Neighbors

I actually giggled out loud on the subway when I watched this the first time! Absolutely love it!

Enjoy and Good Night 🙂

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Never Mind The Whisky

My good friend Björn shared this movie with me a couple of days ago and told me that it was going to make me smile and tear up. He was right! The important thing here is not by far the Whisky, but how they tell a beautiful heartwarming story in only two minutes!

Enjoy!

And a HUGE thank you to Björn for sharing this! You’re awesome!

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In The Spirit of Valentine’s Day

Meet Savannah Brown! She’s only seventeen years old and such a cutie! She writes good poetry and has a lot of inspiring videos on her YouTube channel. As I saw this video yesterday I knew I had to share it with you guys. It just made me smile, and I hope it does the same for you 🙂

Enjoy!

 

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His Tears Transformed Into Words

‘Mom?’

His tears are running down his face like the purest little rivers. The ones that breaks a mothers heart in an instant.

‘What is it sweetie?’

‘I don’t think anybody likes me…’

He runs into my arms, crying, and while I stroke his back I ask him if anyone has told him that they don’t like him. He shakes his head and gives me an answer I never saw coming.

‘How can they like me when I look so weird?’

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This really happened tonight! My six years old son was so scared of people not liking him because of his appearance. SIX!! He sat there in my arms while I told him the importance of real friends. Had him count the friends he loves and I could tell him that his number of best friends was no less than my number.

I told him that in life he will meet people that might not like him, but that he must never let that bring him down. That he has to remember that it is not important to be liked by everyone, but to try to be nice to everyone.

We hugged each other and I followed him back to bed, tucked him in and kissed him goodnight. The tears were gone and he smiled. A few minutes later he was sound asleep.

My mind has been running a marathon for almost an hour now. How screwed up have we become? These beauty ideals that are being flaunted at us from every direction is so out of place, so wrong and so meaningless. It makes me sad and angry to know that they reach kids at age SIX and makes them question and worry about their looks. Things like that should be the last worry on their minds!

We as adults (not just parents alone) have to really think about what kind of ideals we want to leave to the next generation. They pick up on how we talk and act. Listening to us looking at pictures and commenting about the look of famous people can be disturbing enough!

‘Wow! She’s certainly put on some weight!’

‘What’s up with that outfit?!’

‘She’s dating THAT guy?’

‘He looks so old!’

And not just celebrities either. I hear these comments everywhere and we tend to forget that tiny ears hear them too.

It doesn’t matter if you’re “just picking on someone who can’t hear it” because those tiny ears won’t know the difference of telling it to their faces or talking behind their backs. What they get out of it is how much we focus on appearances. Of how important it is to look good.

Think about the appearance pressure that a lot of us adults feel and then try to imagine how tough that pressure must be on an innocent child!

All that negativity that we put out into the world is being picked up by the next generation.

Think about that for a moment!

Now, think about how great it would be if we could change that. By teaching each other to see things differently. To talk about others in another way.

If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all!

That is what we try to teach our kids, right? Maybe it’s about time we teach it to ourselves as well.

Spread joy and smiles, not worries and tears!

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Let us teach those tiny ears to love themselves and not to pass judgment on others. This world needs more sunshine and more love! Let us shift our focus!

Are you with me?

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Shots of Awe – Technologies of Ecstasy

Here is another one for you boys and girls!

I get just as childishly excited every time a new video appears in my YouTube feed from Shots of Awe and I love sharing it with you guys!

Enjoy!

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The Things We Tend To Forget

There are these crimes that plenty of us are guilty of from time to time. We tend to forget a lot of things. We get distracted by the negative and stressful events in life and that makes it difficult for us to see all the beauty, fun and sunshine that is really surrounding us.

So today I’m writing to remind you of a few things that I often remind myself and take great joy in.

1. Look Up!

As we walk around through our everyday life we tend to look down a lot. Even when we’re walking the paths that we know like the inside of our pockets we still walk with our faces down, looking for traps and puddles and twigs.

The first time I lived in Oslo I thought it was an ugly city. I thought it cold and heartless, but the truth was that I was in a place in my life where my mind and heart wasn’t looking out for the beauty around me. Many years have passed since then and now I see Oslo in a whole different light. When my eyes were lifted upwards I started seeing things that I never noticed earlier. The architecture, all the different faces and voices, the street musicians, the cozy cafés and the art. I learned to love the city that I once didn’t care for.

The city never really changed, it was I. All I needed to do was to look up!

2. Be Childish!

Remember that Disney movie you loved as a child? Or the book that you read a hundred times growing up? Did you dance in the rain? Have snowball fights? Slumber parties?

Remember how much fun it was? Well I’m going to let you in on a little secret! Most of those things are just as (and sometimes even more) fun doing as adults. You will see the movies and the books in a different light, and notice new details. The slumber party conversations might not be as innocent as they were back then, but the amount of giggles will be just as many. Have fun! Forget all the worries and all the every day doings for a little while and just live! You won’t regret it!

3. Turn it OFF!

The computer, the television, your phone. Take a break from all the gadgets and all the noise! Lay down on the grass and stare up at the clouds. Light candles at home and enjoy a good book or maybe some relaxing music. I find this hard myself just because I’ve gotten so used to always having the world at my fingertips but I am trying to not look at my phone as often as I used to. And even though I feel a little naked without it, it also feels good to leave the house without it once in a while.

4. Dress Up!

Not to please everyone else, but for fun! Wear those bright colors, that dress you’ve been meaning to wear forever but haven’t dared, that suit that looks amazing on you but you feel a little overdressed in or that style that you just weren’t sure if you could pull off. Life is too short to worry about what other people think about you. Wear what makes you feel pretty, what puts a smile on your face or what makes you laugh.

And remember, wearing a costume isn’t just for Halloween! Have costume party just for the fun of it! Or dress up like Mario or Wonder Woman going out! You’ll definitely be the talk of the town for that night!

Don’t be afraid to try something new! Don’t be afraid of looking sexy! You are gorgeous and don’t you ever forget it!

5. Lighten Up!

My last advise is to just let go. Let go of all the negative thoughts, because that is the crime that we most often commit. We tend to wrap ourselves in all the darkness of the world. Draping it around us like an opaque curtain preventing us from seeing all that is worth to be seen.

Throw away that curtain and let the world shine on you. There is beauty to be found in the most unlikely places but you will never see them if you don’t open up your eyes, your heart and your soul to it.

Smile, laugh and enjoy!

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Those are my little reminders and I hope you enjoyed them.

Do you have any of your own? Please do share them with me 🙂

I’m ending this post with a picture that sums up my evening pretty well:

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If you want to get your own copy of The Invisible Bridge, just click on the picture above 🙂

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Robert Zenz – Open Letter to Lottery Winners

Today I’m lying at home sick and almost bursting from creativity that I don’t have the energy to do anything with.

I was supposed to do a shoot today and film my book review movie for my YouTube channel, but that has all been placed on hold. So I’m sharing someone elses creativity with you guys instead.

Have a great weekend and enjoy!

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The Biggest Softy Ever

Yep! That’s me!

This video actually made me cry! I love it when people do stunts like this

It’s not something that will change the world, but it could change a persons entire day and that could be equally as important!

I wish I had a heart outfit like that so I could run around in Oslo passing out hugs to everyone who needed/wanted one! That would be a perfect Valentine’s Day activity for sure 🙂

Enjoy!

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