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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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How To Age Gracefully

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I was thinking about chapters…

When I look back on my life I see it as many different chapters. Some I remember with a smile on my face and others not so much. There’s been struggle, laughter, pain and smiles. This does not make me unique, it makes me human. But everyone has their own unique collection of chapters.

The thing about life and personal growth is knowing when it’s time to close a chapter and start a new one. I very recently did just that. I’m not going into detail about this at this very moment, but there was something in my life that needed changing and finally I got the opportunity to make that change. To start a whole new chapter that I’m very excited about.

Closing chapters can be bittersweet for sure. Even though the chapter wasn’t a particular good one it’s still the ending of something and endings can be difficult. It’s a weird thing, how something so much needed can feel like such a relief and in the same way so hard. Sometimes it can be about security and routine. About the fear of making changes to everyday life. Other times it’s the fear of making the wrong choice. To go into another chapter that has an even worse ending than the one you just closed. 

My chapter was one that was more a relief than anything else. Every new chapter comes with a new set of risks, new obstacles to cross and new roads to take. Roads that might take you closer to your dreams or they might guide you to a whole new dream. Some might feel like a setback, but any closed chapter is at least one new lesson learned. 

My new chapter is the start of something very exciting. Something that has taken me closer to my dream and my goals. It’s scary but I’m mostly overwhelmed with excitement and happiness. There was a time not so long ago when I felt stuck in a chapter where I didn’t really have any idea of where my life was headed. It was driving me crazy with worry and making it hard for me to stay as positive a person as I usually am. But now that I’ve finally closed that chapter and started a new one I can feel that positivity coming back to me and even though the last year has been a har one, now things are starting to work themselves out. I’ve worked hard to get here and to even be able to start this chapter at this very moment. 

There’s been a lot of pain and a lot of changes that had to be made. There’s been times where I was so tired of it all and felt like I really could have gone without the struggle, but now at this very moment I choose to look at it in a different light.

If I hadn’t gone through all of that, I might’ve not ended up where I am right now. And who knows where it will all lead? Because that’s the scary and wonderful part of it all. You live the book of life from page to page, not knowing what will come. Chapter after chapter, your character develops into something more, something different and something new. 

When you feel like something isn’t right then change it. Finish the chapter and close it up. That big dream of yours might be just around the corner. You just have to turn the page and start on your next chapter.

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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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20 Things We Should Say More Often

Listen to the Kid President 😉

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Needless Worries!

There are so many things that we choose to worry about that are in so many ways meaningless. Yes! I wrote choose, not because I think that we want to worry about these things, but because our mindset isn’t right. We tend to focus on the problems that life can bring instead of all the joys it offers. I’ve thought a lot about this the last couple of days and there are way too many worries to put them all into one post, but let’s set things straight with a few of them.

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What if he/she doesn’t like me for who I really am?

I’m guessing most of us have thought just that at some time or another in our lives. We’ve met that special someone that spellbinds us and we so desperately wants to be the person that they want so we choose to alter the way that we act, dress or do things. We adapt ourselves to a potential partner for a potential that (when you really look at it) doesn’t exist at all, even though we want it to.

The simple truth is this: If he or she doesn’t like you for who you are, then you two aren’t meant to be together! It really is as simple as that!!

But I know that love is a little devil that likes to take us on a rollercoaster and sometimes surprises you by making it end up in the house of horrors, but we need to try to see things differently even in Cupid’s haze. We talk about looking for love and wanting all these different qualities and for some reason when we find that person that has a lot of them we tend to overlook everything else about that person that might hold all the warning signs and proofs that it wont last. We enter a fairytale state where we are in love with being in love and the reality of it all doesn’t hit us until it’s time to crash and burn.

Be yourself, look for a person that likes you for you and don’t settle for anything else!

I don’t have time to do the things that I love!

So you love singing, writing, photography, making movies, building model airplanes or drawing? You have a passion or a hobby that warms your soul and stimulates you creatively but you just can’t find the time for it?

I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but if you love it that much (same goes for dating and relationships) you make the time!!

Set your priorities right! Turn off the TV, put away your smart phone, decline that party invitation and do the thing you love. I know it can be tough to do this. Some days are long and demanding and when you get home you just want to sit down and watch some crappy TV show, but when you think about it that doesn’t really do much for you, does it? Think of how much joy and excitement you get from doing the things that you love!

Can we agree that the feeling that gives you is a way better ending to a rough day than watching what’s happening in the life of the Kardshian’s?

What if I fail?

You’re going to..

I know that sounds pessimistic, but it really isn’t. Look at all the great names in history and you will see that none of them got to where they were without failing more than once. Failing is a way of seeing the things that we need to change. It’s a motivation to keep on trying and to try even harder.

Everyone will fail and fall down, but does who succeeds are the ones who get up and keeps on going!

Be that person!

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I could go on and on and on, but I’m not going to. I think you already get the picture! We need to be the change that we want to see in other people. We need to follow our hearts and not our worries!

Follow the love. The love for what you do. The love for a person loving you as who you are. The love of your goal.

Any kind of love really, as long as it is real true love!

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Truly inspirational!

Watch as Evelyn Stevens share her story in how she felt lost and finally found the courage to take a risk and follow her dream!

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Inspiring things to do

Sometimes you just have to do some small changes and do a few things a little differently to keep your creative juices flowing. Here are some of the things I like to do that has worked for me. Try them out 🙂

Watching people

Not in the stalker kind of way, but sitting down at a café or in a park and just observe how people talk and act. How they move, how they look and the atmosphere around them. Sometimes I even take notes so that I don’t forget those little things that I would like to give one of my characters later on.

Walking in the rain

Leave the umbrella closed and feel how lovely it is to walk in the rain. This should only be done when your on your way home and has the opportunity to change into something dry when you get there. Don’t want you getting the sniffles 😛

Talk to strangers

I know we are taught not to do so, but in some situations it comes natural to talk to strangers. I like listening to their stories and voices. You never know when a story told by a stranger will inspire something amazing in you. Just don’t get into their van 😛

Read a lot!

I read a lot of poetry and books to get new inspirational input. Same goes for music, theater, movies, you name it.

Don’t ever lose your inner child!

I’m never going to let go of my inner child. You need that childish kind of imagination to really be able to let go.

Challenge your senses

Listen, smell, watch, feel and taste.

Explore!

Take a walk and go somewhere else than the path you usually take. There are probably a lot of places close to where you live that you have never been. Travel to new places and explore what that place has to offer.

Get scared..

Do things that scare you. To face your fears can lead you to places you never could have imagined.

I wish you all a creative and inspiring weekend!

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Quotes geek!

If you asked someone who knows me what kind of geek I am, I think that some of them would have no problem making a pretty long list.

One of the things I geek over is great quotes!

If you follow me on Instagram (featherpen) you’ll see them popping up quite often.

Here are a few of the ones that hang on my wall of inspiration:

And while I’m mentioning my wall of inspiration it would be stupid not to show you how it looks like:

It’s placed over my desk. The place where I sit when I’m at my most creative 🙂

We all need something to motivate us and these quotes are one of the things that really gets me going when I need a little extra push.

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