Posts Tagged With: creativity

Finally Reunited!!

I finally posted a video a couple of days ago, and it feels really good to finally be back on track (almost) with my creative projects. The video I posted was filmed before I took my long break. During that break my camera just died on me. I felt kind of naked, not having my camera along with me whenever I was out and about. Bringing it along has become more like a habit after I started to vlog. I tried filming a bit with my phone, but the sound and the video quality wasn’t nearly as good as I wanted it to be, so I pretty much gave that up.

I sent my beloved Sony A5000 away to get fixed, dreading the possibility that it might not be covered by my warranty. Luckily it was! They had to replace the motherboard to revive it.

Today I got the text that I’ve been impatiently waiting for! My camera was back and ready to be picked up. I rushed over there after work and now we are finally reunited once again! We have lots of exciting and creative plans, and we’re going on some awesome trips soon as well! I can’t wait to finally start filming again! So much so that I’m actually charging it now while enjoying some coldbrew coffee and doing some writing. When I’m done with that, I’m taking my camera for a celebratory walk in Oslo to get some new footage. I can’t wait!!

Hope you’re all having a wonderful day!

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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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Commit to the Act of Creating with Sarah Peck

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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!

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I was thinking about childish things..

There is something so utterly magical about how the minds of children work. And being one of them who’s (hopefully) going to be a child at heart for the rest of my days I find it particularly sad whenever I meet someone who doesn’t remember what it was like to be a child. To play and use ones imagination to the fullest and not caring if it didn’t make sense to anyone else.

I believe that writers (like myself) can easily access that door into their own childlike mind. Maybe it is that we partly just refuse to grow up completely. Because who would ever want to do that?

I’m not saying that being an adult doesn’t have its advantages. But there really isn’t much that can top that adventurous bliss of childhood. I would easily trade every party for the opportunity to climb that tree that touched the sky for the first time again. To explore the forest behind my mother’s house and look for treasures. To dream about what my life would be when I grew up before I even knew what being a grown up meant. To look at the world as my own and packed with the possibility to become anything I could ever dream of and never care about any form of limitation.

I could be the best unicorn rider in the universe. I could travel to any planet at anytime. I would learn to fly and to breathe under water. To talk to animals and shift into any shape. Tame dragons and be the greatest heroine of our time.

The possibilities were endless!

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I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I still dream of all those things! And the greatest part is that I partly get to make them come true every single day. Liar, you say? No no! Let me tell you how.

I read and I write. 

This is my escape from the obligations, the bills and the boring parts of being a grown up. I get to be a child (yet again) every single day, if I want to! I can discover the wonderful universes created by others or I can make up my own. A place where I decide the rules and where I can explore everything for the first time just as I did with that forest behind our house.

I could never imagine myself a life without the possibility to enjoy this kind of imaginative escapes. And that is one of the things that I definitely wish for my son. For him to enjoy being a child for as long as he possibly can. To find the joy in reading books and making up his own stories and universes through storytelling and play. To allow himself to be childish even as he’s venturing into adulthood. To dare to dream and make his own future no matter how impossible it may feel at times.

There is so much joy in keeping your inner child alive. To stay creative and to explore.

Let’s run out there into our well known world as if it was completely new to us. Explore it and see it with childish eyes.

Come on! I dare you 🙂 

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What’s in your mailbox?

When I was a little girl I had lots of pen pals and I remember the joy of looking into our mailbox finding an envelope from one of them. A paper written a totally different place in this world. Stories of cultures, lives and personalities. It was like going on a new adventure every time.

Time passed. Life went as it usually does and now I sit here and I miss that feeling. I miss looking into my mailbox and seeing something interesting (other than bills and spam), finding yet another adventure.

I remember how I loved discovering other people’s handwriting. Getting e-mails can be all fine and dandy, but there’s something so special about seeing how someone else writes. It feels like a tiny window into someone else’s soul that one can look into.

In this digital word of ours I miss the touch and feel of a personal letter. A letter to hold and to keep not just put away in a folder on my Mac.

Sitting here missing that special feeling I’ve made up my mind.

From now on I will send one snail mail every month. To a friend, a family member or maybe even a stranger? Maybe to you?

If there are any one else out there who remembers this joy, misses it or maybe you’ve never had a pen friend before but always wanted one? Then maybe we could help each other out?

Send me an e-mail on christina@geek-heaven.com and join me in my Project Snail Mail 🙂

Let’s go back in time… Together!

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The Paradox of Art by Shots of Awe

“We all know that Art is not truth.

Art is a lie that makes us realize truth”

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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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Shake it OFF

I’ve never really been a big Taylor Swift fan, but I love the message of this catchy tune!

We all have negative things that happen in our lives. You could choose to bury yourself in them or you could shake them off. It can be a bad relationship or friendship, a job that you hate going to, a town you feel stuck in or anything that drags you down.

I’ve talked about this so many times, and I can guarantee you that this won’t be the last time. If there’s something you are not happy with, then change it!

It can be hard on so many levels and so many ways, but what is the point of this life if we don’t follow our heart and chase down happiness?

Sometimes money can be something that gets us stuck in our ways and I get that, but there are times when we just need to take a leap of faith and take some risks!

There’s no denying that we all will face our end some day, but how lucky are we to be able to start on a new beginning every single day?!

So shake off all that negativity and focus on all that is and can be great in your life!

Go out there, do what you love, be true to yourself and find your true happiness!

I’m cheering for you all the way!!

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Can I go out and play? Can I? Can I? Can I?

This is the feeling I’ve been having for the most of this day. Working in an office can be challenging when you’re in a really good place creatively. Suddenly my head is so filled with poetry and the next chapter of my book that I have to concentrate on what to answer when a customer calls.

Suddenly, all the words in my emails are so unimportant. The rational part of my mind tries to calm me down and trying to get me back into the zone of working, and it manages to do so from time to time. But then there’s that other part of me that needs to come out kicking and screaming, telling me that she is ready to conquer the world! This girl puts my fingers and my voice on some kind of autopilot. I’ve answered the same mails many times, answered most of the same questions that comes after the ring of my office phone. I do what is required of me and with a little sprinkle on top. A tiny poem in an email just because I can’t help myself. Making extra conversation with the man coming to pick up his KitchenAid machine because I can tell he needs to talk. He longs for someone to listen as he tells the stories of how things were in the good old days. I find my everyday pleasure right there. In those tiny moments of smile and laughter that is so easily taken for granted. In the ocean of inspiration they might just seem like tiny drops, but lots and lots of tiny drops can surprise you to turn into an ocean you could have never seen coming.

My mind screamed at me ALL day. Giving me fragments of poems I haven’t yet started. I fumbled and grasped my pen or my phone as often as I could to take notes on them. To not forget what does small drops of inspiration brought to me. My mind wanted to fly away on a cloud, put me down on a mountain top with nothing but a couple of pens, a notebook and a magical cup that could present any hot beverage I desired at any given time. I would write and write until my hands got sore, and then I would write some more.

I opened my eyes and found myself staring at the computer screen. Without even noticing I had typed three letters. Because the feeling that I first felt wasn’t really true. Because the I didn’t realize how incredibly lucky I was to be so inspired by those things that can seem meaningless more often than not.

Three letters glowed at me:

JOY

And I realized that it doesn’t matter where I am, what kind of job I do or what sort of hot beverage is in my cup. What matters is that even though I’m doing what I have to do, my mind is still finding time to do what I love to do. It takes me on unexpected adventures. Stores ideas and experiences. The voices and faces of people that I get to meet. That girl that dominates my mind, she is what makes this life so amazing no matter the imperfections or failures. She travels with me, but most of all I travel with her. And no matter if it’s scary or wonderful the set destination always looks different, but at the same time it is always the same.

JOY!

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