What the Hell are You Doing?

‘Can I get a double Laphroaig on the rocks please?’

It started there. The bartender looked at me questingly. I’m used to that by now. I guess I just don’t look like the girl who would order a smoky whisky. Apparently he wasn’t that used to selling any kind of whisky apart from Jack or Jameson, because he slowly turned around and his eyes searched the rows and rows of bottles.

‘It’s the green bottle next to the Jameson on your right.’ He smiled, and asked me if it was any good, and we ended up having a brief conversation about whisky and then he went on to serving the bar that was starting to fill up.

I found a small table close to the dance floor. Not because I had a need to be close to all the dancing bodies (Although that is pretty entertaining in itself), but it was one of the smaller ones available.

My whisky and I sat down and was accompanied by my Mac, and then I started punching those keys. I lip synced to the music the DJ was playing, wrote words and words, and enjoyed every sip of my smoky whisky. It didn’t take long before people started looking, and very obviously wondering what the hell I was doing.

There I was, freak of nature, in the middle of a buzzing bar/club, but I was sitting by myself, not trying to make contact, I was writing, and to top it all off, I sat there with a whisky instead of a beer or a drink. There was a mixture of curiosity, confusion and dislike. How dare I behave in such an unnatural manner?

And when one guy (drunk would be an understatement) came over to me and actually asked me;

‘What the hell are you doing sitting here all by yourself? You should be out there dancing!’ You can add the drunken slurring, cause I’m not even going to try to write it in.

I laughed out loud, and told him that I was too busy at the moment making my dreams come true. He gave me a confused and angry look, walked on, and I kept on laughing while I punched the keys. So if people didn’t think me crazy already, they sure as hell probably did now.

But I’ll let you in on a secret; I couldn’t care less!

Let them look! Let them ask questions! Let them wonder, or make up stories, or dislike me for no other reason than doing things differently! Because the truth is that they know nothing about my dreams, and how important they are to me. They know nothing of my passion, and how creating makes me feel alive! And they certainly haven’t tasted a really good smoky whisky😜

But if you ask me nicely, I’ll tell you all about it! I’ll even let you have a sip😉

We are so quick to judge other people as soon as they do things differently, but how about we stop making harsh judgements and ask nice questions instead? Let’s learn from each other instead of making assumptions. Because we’re all just trying to figure stuff out our own way, and that’s the beauty of it❤️

Take inspiration from the ones who dare to be different. Those who dare to try, dare to dream and dare to not care about what everyone else thinks!

Why I Don’t Have a TV!

Whenever I tell people that I don’t have a TV, I generally get one of two reactions.

1 ● Me neither!

2 ● You don’t have a TV???? But what do you do instead? (All said with disbelief and a shocked expression)

Here are some of the reasons why I don’t have a TV:

Having a TV is extremely distracting and it ruins my creativity!

When I get into the zone of my creativity, I don’t get easily distracted, but it’s that time before I sit down to work that’s crucial. Those are the moments where I could easily get distracted and end up sitting in front of a screen and watch reruns of Cold Case until I fall asleep on the couch and absolutely no work has been done.

I love books more! 

Don’t get me wrong, I will devour a good movie or a show from time to time, but that’s when I choose to do it. I don’t want to zap between fiction and then MAYBE stumble upon something interesting. I want to be in control of the entertainment that I consume, and I just happen to like books more!

I have my Mac!

If I ever feel like binge-watching all the episodes of Rick & Morty, see a documentary or discover a new movie, then I have my laptop and I have Netflix and YouTube. That’s pretty much all I need whenever the urge to watch something comes over me.

I like to go on movie dates!

My way of discovering new movies is usually to take myself out on a spontaneous movie date! If I’ve been out writing most of the day and I feel like treating myself to something special, I will go online, book a ticket to some random movie and go watch it. I love those movie dates, and I’ve fallen in love with several movies because of them. And I’ve ended up reading the books that the movies have been based on and loved them even more!

My time is extremely valuable!

This is the most important one, so let me repeat myself:

MY TIME IS EXTREMELY VALUABLE!

And so is yours!

Today I watched one of Casey Neistat’s latest vlogs and he read a piece that Ryan Holiday wrote and it really hit home with me:

“Time is our most irreplaceable asset—we cannot buy more of it. We cannot get a second of it back. We can only hope to waste as little as possible. Yet somehow we treat it as most renewable of all resources.”

You can read Ryan Holiday’s full post here!

Or you can watch  Casey Neistat reading it here:

This is something that I find to be so true! I devote an extreme amount of time to doing the things that I love, to create and to build the life that I want to have. I don’t have time to waste, and not having a TV at home helps me to not be tempted to just slouch on my couch while the hours go by. I don’t even want to think about the amount of time that I wasted in front of it back in the days. Hours and hours that I will never get back. Hours and hours where I could’ve been creating.

So those are some of the reasons why I’ve chosen to not have a TV at home. 

Let me know if you have one at home!? And if you do, do you find yourself spending more time in front of it than you like? 

 

 

 

Dare to Share

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I’ve been pretty open about my life, opinions, and feelings here on this blog and through my videos on YouTube over the last few years, and it’s something that I’m very comfortable with and proud of.

It takes a bit of courage to bare yourself and be honest, and in the beginning, it was definitely a step out of the comfort zone for sure. I still have moments in front of the camera or when writing out a post where I ask myself if I’m fine with sharing it with the world. Most of the time, the answer is yes. This is my little corner of the internet, and I want it to be real and honest. I want it to be as much me as it can possibly be. 

Sometimes though, the answer is no. I might film or write something in the heat of an emotion and then leave it to rest for a little while and pick it up and reread or rewatch it, then decide that it’s not right. Getting a bit of distance from certain projects is sometimes needed for them to reach their potential.

It also takes a good dose of zero fucks given at times 😜

But I wanted to take a moment and share my gratitude for other creators that choose to bare themselves as real and honest people. There are so many wonderful and creative people out there that dare to show the good, the bad and the ugly, instead of some unrealistic picture perfect life. I think we as creators have a certain responsibility to be real with our viewers/readers. Not that everyone needs to be as open and share as much as I do for instance, but to at least be honest and real in whatever part they choose to share.

It’s one thing to be creative about what you share, and make it look interesting. That’s the charm and wonder of being any kind of artist. You get to play with it, make it your own, have fun and do something different. 

I am so grateful for all of the artists that have inspired me to dare to share as my own kind of artist. Thank you ❤️

And I am also so grateful for all of the support and love that I’ve gotten as a writer/YouTuber so far. Thank you ❤️

And here is my promise to you, and to myself:

I promise to try my hardest to always be honest and real. I will be as open as I can possibly be. I will continue on with my journey of growth and self-love, and it’s something that I’m extremely passionate about. Not everything I share will be on a positive and light note because life isn’t like that all of the time. You might not always agree with me, and you might even not like what I post, and that’s totally fine. You are entitled to your opinions as much as I am. However, I am a big believer in spreading love instead of hate, and I will work hard to keep this little corner a place of love, gratitude, and respect. 

I might falter and fail at times. I will make mistakes, and when I do I promise to be mindful of them, to learn from them and to apologize. 

It gives me much joy and meaning in life to be able to share with all of you and experiencing that the content that I make has an impact on other people. That is why I love being creative, honest and real💛 That is why I do what I do.

Thank you to those of you who’ve been a part of this journey so far! You inspire me and you move me on a daily basis! And for those of you who are new; WELCOME! Thank you for taking some of your precious time to be here with me and my creativity!

I love you guys so much and you mean the world to me! I never in a million years could have predicted where my creativity would lead me, and I’m still in awe all of the time of how lucky I am, to have the freedom to do this!

This is such an interesting and wonderful journey. Sometimes it’s full-on bliss, and other times, it’s painful. But it’s all an important part of the journey and the personal growthAnd you know the best part??

This is only the beginning 😉

Again, thank you for being here in the past, now and in the future!

I love you guys❤️

I’m a LIVE Ambassador!

In my post The Story of My New Tattoo I briefly mentioned the Live A Great Story Community and that I’d become a LIVE Ambassador. If you want the story of my tattoo and how I came to know the Live A Great Story community then I would recommend you read that post first and then head on back here 😊

I’ve always believed that all things happen for a reason, and I find it to be so amazing that what started out as just a sentence that popped into my head, turned into my wall decor and then a tattoo, was something that lead me to this community of so many creative and wonderful people all around the world! I don’t think this was a coincidence! Some things are just meant to be, and I believe that I was meant to end up on this path and to find this amazingly inspiring journey.

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So, what does it mean to be a LIVE Ambassador? 

Being a LIVE Ambassador means that you are part of a community of awesome creative and hardworking people! It means that you are focused on living a great story, and you want to inspire others to do the same! Weekly challenges! And a whole lot of love!

I’m super excited about the next three months of the Season 3 Ambassador Program that I’m a part of, and I can’t wait to share it with you guys!

If you’re interested in reading more about the Live A Great Story community, you can do so HERE ✌🏻

And if you think that being a LIVE Ambassador might be something for you, then I’m happy to tell you that Season 4 Applications are open now! You can find out more and apply here!Lots more to come! Talk to you soon Lovelies! 

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Run Forrest, Run!!

Well I’m not planing on strapping on my running shoes and leave everything behind for an unknown amount of time, but I have been getting into running again. I started running again right before my vacation started, and I brought my workout clothes with me so that I could continue on with the good habit even though I’m away from home. And so far I’ve been doing really good. I’ve been out running every day  this week, and I can already feel a difference in my pace and endurance.

And one thing that I’ve noticed after I started taking my purple shoes out to get some air more often, is that my writing is flowing more smoothly. I’m very well aware that a healthy body helps out when it comes to a healthy mind as well, but I think the main reason why it’s having such a wonderful impact on my creative process, is this;

When I run, my mind clears up. I move through the forest and my thoughts run off to everywhere and nowhere all at once. It’s a form of meditation. A way to disconnect and silence all the inner voices that I shouldn’t listen to, and to connect with all that is good for me. The deeper into the forest I get, the deeper into my own mind I dive. And in the inner, most silent corners of my mind, I find the important parts. The thoughts that hides away in fear of being seen. The ones that shines brightly as soon as they are lifted out of the dark and into the light.

So that is one of the main reasons why I now drag myself out daily to sweat it out under the trees shadows.

I run because my mind need it. I run because the sounds of nature silence the words of doubt and fear. I run because I love how it makes me feel, and how it makes me write.

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I was thinking about not caring…

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Well that title makes me sounds like a cynic, but hear me out here. While walking to a writing session today, I had my camera with me and filmed some footage for future vlogs. I’ve been doing that a lot for the last week or so and the more I film, the more I realise how much I love it. And here’s the thing: I live in Norway, and even though I live in the capital where there are so many creative people, most of them will still find you weird and stare at you while you’re filming the train passing by or a pigeon walking in circles. It’s way too easy to feel kind of awkward when this happens, and I’ve definitely been awkward more times than I can count. And I also realised that this sometimes make me hesitate when it comes to pulling out my camera, making me lose that perfect shot.

But today, I just felt so overwhelmed with creativity while out walking and I suddenly found myself not even caring the tiniest of bits who was looking my way while I was sitting down and filming the shoes that passed me by. And guess what! It felt bloody brilliant! I was skipping along with the biggest smile on my face and the camera in front of it. I got a lot of curious looks but why should I even care about that? What difference does it make who stares and what they think? Why are we so afraid of standing out because of our creativity and life choices? It’s been many years since I stopped caring about what people thought about my clothes and my personality, but I hadn’t realised that I still cared about who thought what I was up to was weird! But today I set a stop to it. I’m going to be my kind of creative no matter who stares or who comments about it. My artistic voice is my own, and does who care to listen are more than welcome to do so, and those who doesn’t care for it can leave or look another way. They don’t have to be a part of it in any way.

It’s about time we all stopped compromising our creativity for the sake of other people’s opinions. When it comes so creating something, the only opinion you really need to listen to is your own, and then you can choose who you listen to after that for the right kind of criticism and advice.

Let’s be creative and stop caring so much!

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UNMISTAKABLE CREATIVE – The Crossroads of Should and Must with Elle Luna

I watched this video yesterday and found it to be very inspiring and motivating! And now I think it’s time to share it with you guys so that it might ignite a spark in you as well!

Enjoy!

Thoughts In The Night

Throughout this weekend I’ve had a lot of quality time together with my son and if there is one thing that I find absolutely fascinating it is watching him play and see how his imagination unfolds. 

Whilst doing exactly this yesterday a quote that I read a while back came to mind.

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And as i sat there and played with some figurines together with him it hit me how little the difference there is from his playing to my writing.

I’m not saying that the subject of either is even remotely alike, but there is something so amazingly similar to being creative as an adult as it is to see the imagination and creativity of a child. They have that amazing sense and belief in magic and the endless possibilities of everything. 

Do you remember how awesome it was to create your own world? Your own characters? And deciding where they were going and what they were going to do?

I sure do! And even remember being amazed at how my imaginary worlds unfolded and evolved by themselves. 

Do you see the similarity? 

In my writing today I get to do those exact same thing!

Just as reading, playing games and going on imaginary adventures, I’m taking my own escape from the real world and into a world of my own. A world where the characters that I’ve made are evolving into more than I could have ever imagined. A world where I can steer them in any given direction and see what happens. A world where I can introduce as much magic and “impossibilities” as I wish. 

Creativity is such an amazing thing and I believe that we all have it in us, but in different ways. 

I’m lucky to be surrounded by inspiring and creative people in so many ways!

Could it be that our creativity is a way of refusing to grow up? That even though we’ve set foot into the adult world and have to deal with (let’s face it) a lot of boredom, we hold on tightly to that inner child?

So be it! I would not have it any other way! 

I will continue to embrace and love my inner child. That little ginger girl that can make anything happen in her own world will never grow up! 

That is a promise 🙂

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Creative Milestones

To see my novel take shape is such an amazing process to be a part of. As some of you who follow me probably have noticed I write by hand first and then into my Mac. I started with a milestone of 50 pages and was thrilled to get there. Now I have reached my 100 pages milestone and I can’t believe how well it’s going. I have made a promise to myself that the book will be finished (first draft at least) before the year 2015 is here. So now I’ve stepped up my game and I feel fortunate to be so inspired and seeing that my characters are developing a life of their own in my mind (feeling slightly schizophrenic at times though) and at times are even surprised at the choices that they make.

I don’t think I have ever felt more like a writer as I am feeling now a days. This is truly what I love to do. With my pen in hand and my characters playing out their lives in my head I find that extra bliss even on those gray and gloomy days.

Next milestone to reach is 150. How long will it take?? Stick around to find out 🙂

What kind of creative milestones do you strive to achieve these days?