Life will feel like it’s screwing you over at times. Out of nowhere, the shit that you had no idea was midair will hit that fan and you won’t be able to duck away from the shitstorm! In those moments, you have a choice. You can sit there, covered in all of the shit and sulk…. OR you can scream a little and then use your frustration and turn it into motivation.
A few days ago I got a bit of a shitty surprise that came out of nowhere, and it made me sad and angry. What exactly happened is not really important, and I won’t get into any details here. But after being a bit shocked, and then trying to make sense of it, I decided to turn it all into action. I chose to write about it, to plan new stories and films. I turned my tears and my anger into motivation. A drive to growth and moving way beyond. To not focus on the hurt, but still be mindful of it. To let my creativity work with the senseless. Because the fact of the matter is this; Life is too short to spend a lot of time and energy on the people or the actions that pull you down.
I choose to walk out with a smile, and to keep doing what I love most! We can all make the choice to see the positive of a shitty situation. It can be hard as hell though, I know! But it’s so worth it❤️
Staying positive and grateful can be really challenging at times. I’m not even going to try to say that I manage to do so every day. I have days where staying strong for too long gets to me and I will isolate myself for a day (or a weekend) and just get it all out. But I have to say that the choice to stay as grateful as I possibly can have definitely changed my life for the better. And the universe has granted me so much more of what I’ve asked for too.
So make the choice to make the most out of your life. Smile, stay positive and grateful! Allow yourself to be sad and angry too, but don’t stay in that negative space. You might find inspiration there, but it’s not where the magic happens ❤️
Through the years, there have been some people who came into my life and are now no longer a part of it. Some ended in goodbyes, some just disappeared and other’s are still around, but not in the same way.
Here are some of the things they left behind:
I have new holes in my bookshelves. I’ve given away so many books, and I don’t regret a single one. That being said, there are also some new additions to my collection that came from people who stopped by. Thank you💛
I now kind of like pineapple on pizza, and I like raisins, which are both things that I used to despise! You made that happen and I have no idea how. Thank you❤️
So many of the songs on my Spotify playlists are ones that are left behind, and ones that I probably would have never discovered if it weren’t for some of you. Thank you💛
More depth to my stories and my characters. Every single one who has ever been a part of my life are poured into my writing. Some inspire a whole character and/or story alone, while other’s only play a tiny part. My stories would’ve never been the same without you guys. Thank you ❤️
Some of the destinations I’ve traveled to were gifts or invites. The trips would have never been the same if it weren’t for some of the adventurers I’ve met. Thank you💛
Some of the courage that is now a part of my everyday life comes from having to stand up to you. I wish it didn’t have to happen, but I’m happy for all that it has taught me. Thank you❤️
My self-love! None of you gave it to me, but if my heart hadn’t been broken in so many pieces that it has, I probably wouldn’t have learned to cherish every piece as much as I have. Through the cracks, new flowers bloom, just as the pain caused by you turned into a love for myself. Thank you💛
Those things that I now know that my body likes and can do. In the way that hands explored my body, I got to know it in new ways. By allowing you to explore, I learned new trails on this map of my body. Thank you❤️
The knowing of the fact that I’m still able to fall in love. There’s been a lot of pain through the years. For every time I’ve opened up to one of you, taken down my guard and then ended up broken, it gets harder and harder to do it again. But for every time that it happens, I’m also reminded that I can still fall in love. It’s nice to be reminded that even though I’ve been broken, all the parts still work. Thank you💛
These are some of the things that I’m left with, and I’m insanely grateful for each and every one of them!
The answer is love and gratitude. Having that as my main focus has changed my life in ways I couldn’t even have imagined.
Lately I’ve been slowly working my way back into the good daily routines I used to have a few months back. It’s taking some time, but I’m definitely on the right track now. Getting up earlier, getting back into yoga, writing daily, dancing every morning and I have to say that this Saturday morning was almost a perfect one!
I got to bed before midnight yesterday (shocking, I know!), and because I didn’t have to set an alarm for today, I slept until 9 am and got myself a solid night of sleep before starting the day.
Got up and danced my way around in the living room to get the blood running. This is the song I morning danced to today:
Then I sat down in my tiny office and answered some YouTube comments, worked on a writing assignment and made som plans for next weeks posts.
After that I made some vegan pancakes, and coffee. Spoiled myself a little bit! It’s Saturday after all 😉 I posted the recipe for the vegan pancakes a while back. You can find it here 😊
And then I got back to a routine that I’ve really been missing lately; Gratitude journaling.
I used to do it every morning, but haven’t for what seems like forever. It’s such a wonderful way to start the day! It can change the whole outlook on a day, just starting it with gratitude! If you haven’t tried it before, then I highly recommend that you do so!
Now it’s time for some yoga! What are you up to this Saturday?
One thing that always overwhelm me whenever I’m having a hard time (and am willing to admit it) is how much love I have in my life. I wouldn’t say that I have a lot of friends, but I do have a few and the ones that are closest to me are so warmhearted and they give so much of themselves.
I’m so lucky to be surrounded by people with so much love to give. Friends that will cry together with me, as well as roll around on the floor laughing till we almost pee our pants. And I will do the same for them. This is something I wish for everyone to have in their life. And it’s not important to collect many of these friends, but to hold on to and nourish those friendships that are true. I know it isn’t always easy. I’ve done the mistake of forgetting to take care of my friendships several times, and so have they. At times it’s easy to get wrapped up in everything that’s going on in your own life, and hard to move outside of ones own bubble. It’s just the way it is. But we always end up with a reminder. Something that bursts the bubble and shows us how important all of the things outside of it really is.
And if there’s one thing the last week has been a reminder of for me, it’s how much love I have in my life. How much I love those dorky and wonderful friends of mine. And above all; how grateful I am for them loving me back.
Thank you for the warm thoughts and wishes, for the shoulders to cry on, the bad jokes, the late nights, the phone calls and the warm hugs. You guys are the best and I love you more than words can say!
Friendship isn’t a big thing – It’s a million little things ❤️
I came across the 365 Grateful project on New Years Eve and thought it was the most convenient timing to ever stumble across such a project.
Take a look at this:
I decided to do my own 365 Grateful project in 2014 and I absolutely love it! There’s so much beauty to be found in the world in this project sort of forces you to see all these things that you might have missed otherwise.
I’ve already taken a lot of pictures and some videos. For those of you who know me or usually read posts here on Geek Heaven you would know that I already do have a lot of gratitude for the “small things” in life. Therefor I actually find it difficult to choose just one picture a day when there are so many things happening every day that we can be grateful for. My project will be a little bit different. My Grateful Year will be a collection of pictures, videos, poems and quotes. I haven’t figured out all the details around this yet, but it’s still early in the making.
The writing and the pictures I might make into a personal book that I can have in my home when it is finished. Anyhow…. I’m going to bring you along on the journey of My Grateful Year and why not do your own project?
This project that Hailey started is so incredibly inspiring and I think that everyone should do a personal project like this. Do it for a week or a month! I can guarantee you that it will open your eyes to things you normally would have overlooked.
Remember to be grateful! This is your very own amazing life! It comes with its share of flaws and imperfections, but nevertheless it is the most beautiful thing if you only open your eyes and take a look!