My natural prozac

I can’t tell you how happy I am to live so close to the forest. The forest is my happy-pill. My therapist. My natural prozac.

When feeling grumpy, negative, depressed, sad or just plain old bored: if I’m smart I will make myself go for a walk in the forest. Honestly, it helps every time.

Not that I return hopping, skipping and full of happiness and joy every time, but at least feeling a lot better than when I started.  It helps to get some fresh air, to clear the head, let the thoughts flow, and for me at least: to admire the beauty of nature.

My favorite time to go walking in the woods is just before the sun sets. I sometimes walk in awe of how beautiful everything is. Obviously not possible to catch all of this in photos, but still I try to capture some of it.

Here are some pictures from my last walk. Hope you like them! ❤

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Monday got me like…

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Why are  Mondays so horrible?? No matter how happy I am on a sunday night, pleased about a nice weekend, and forcing my brain to think: I-will-jump-out-of-bed-when-my-alarm-rings-and-be-so-freakin-happy, Mondays are still just CRAPPY.

It is SO hard to get out of bed on Mondays. And the day is just extra long, extra boring, and extra crap so to speak.

Actually there might be some scientific reasons for this..hmm…

1. SLEEP PATTERNS

They say our minds are slaves to our body clocks. So if you like me, like to “catch up” on sleep on weekends – you just confuse your body clock and mess you up! The extra sleep you get on weekends makes you more tired at the start of the week, because it can throw your body clock off, and this makes it even harder to get up on a Monday.

(Will this news make me give up on my lie in’s in the weekend? Heeell no! )

2. SUDDEN CHANGE

Scientists have found that when you ask people to record their emotions at regular intervals, it turns out that Mondays are no more stressful or depressing than Tuesdays or Wednesdays. But switching from ‘happy-go-lucky’-Sunday to ‘work-day’-Monday is apparently  a larger emotional shift, and will therefore feel a lot worse than for example from a monday to a tuesday. Fridays come out as “the best day” because we are anticipating the weekend, but other than that – all workdays are actually equally terrible..haha.

4. YOU FEEL WORSE ABOUT YOURSELF

For most people, including myself, an average weekend might include more eating and drinking than normal. Which leads to feeling guilty and bad about yourself. Which again leads you to consider starting a diet or something like that. While that is a positive change, it isn’t fun to actually do, and it comes from a place of feeling bad about yourself and your health, which contributes to that blah Monday feeling.

I also read somewhere that Mondays are the most common day for people to suffer heart attacks and strokes!! And also they say that your blood pressure is higher on Mondays, as is your chance of getting sick in general.

No wonder we hate mondays!!

6. YOU DON’T LIKE YOUR JOB

According to a huge american Gallup poll, 70 percent of people hate or, don’t like their job. This contributes to what psychiatrists and career coaches call the “Monday Blues.” Feelings of depression and anxiety can start on Sunday night, leading to an unproductive Monday. I for one recognise that feeling.

But for me – I actually quite like my  job, but I dislike working in general..haha. If I could retire today, I probably would! I am and will always be – pretty darn lazy! So if I could have 7 Sundays in a row every week, I wouldn’t mind it!

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Fall in the forest

I think  actually fall is my favorite season.

And when I say fall I of course mean those days that are nice, not too wet, not too cold and not too gray 🙂 Definitely not those days that are dark and depressive, with rain or snow falling from an endless sky.

But, those nice, dry and cold days, when the nature is full of beautiful colored leaves, and the air is crisp and fresh. Those days I love.

I have had some great walks and runs in the forest this fall, both in Norway and in Denmark. I like being in the forest. I like the quiet and the peacefulness. I like that most of the time I see no other people. All I can hear is maybe some animals. And just nature it self.

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If I am in a bad mood, there is nothing like a walk or run in the woods. It gives me fresh air, and time to think and breathe and sort through my mind. I always come back feeling a little bit better. Its like an anti depressive from nature.

And that is definitely one good reason to stay here in the countryside. I am constantly contemplating whether we should move to the city or not. And the forest that is 2 min away weighs heavily as a reason to stay right where we are.

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I actually grew up in a house that is more or less in the woods. On a farm out in the country side with the most gorgeous views. I lived there for 15 years in my life, and never once appreciated it. How crazy is that.

Now I love the forest and being out in nature. I guess its called growing up.

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What’s been going on?

It is a grey Monday afternoon, and I have just finished working for today. I am looking out the window and it doesn’t look very tempting! Rain, wind and grey skies. That means no running for me today!

Its been some busy weeks since the holiday, and I have been here and there. Thought I would come with a little update about what I’ve been up to lately. Of course there will be some vlogs coming, but since I am a bit behind on that I will share some pics here!

The second video from my holiday is ready, and will be posted tomorrow.

20160919_171710400_iosJust a day after we got home from our holidays I travelled to Norway again. I had a seminar with work I had to go to, so I had a week at the office. As always it was great to be back. I stayed with my mum, and we always have a nice time together. I love to be home with my mum. It always give me a comforting feeling. My mums place is always so warm and cosy, and she always lights candles, makes me dinner and takes care of me ❤

I had a really busy week and I got lots covered in a short week. I went out for dinner and drinks with a group of friends, and spent time with other family members, I got to catch up with colleagues and even made it out for dinner with them. I went out for dinner with two of my girl friends, and I got to visit my friend Anettes brand new shoe shop!

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I went back to Denmark and then suddenly it was time for my birthday! They seem to be coming faster and faster each year, and I am not so excited about having birthdays anymore. I wonder why……………………….

I am a lucky girl and was treated to a great birthday-weekend from my  boyfriend Chris. We had a night in Copenhagen, and then a night on the north coast in a cosy cabin on the beach. I had a great time and couldn’t have asked for anything better. Saturday night we were so lucky and witnessed a beautiful sunset on the beach with a bottle of vino. Oh yes, very romantic!

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Will share more of these pictures later 🙂

We had a few normal days after this, and then this weekend we have been in Bergen! We finally got our s*** together and went to visit our friends who lives there. We had such a great weekend, and Bergen really showed it self from its best side. Beautiful sunny weather all weekend long! We even went on a hike and climbed the biggest mountain in Bergen; Ulriken – it was amazing! 🙂

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Bla bla bla…

It is Friday night. I am sitting in my office still in my workout clothes, and a bit sweaty after the little workout I did tonight. I am even having a beer! (before my shower….whooo…crazy me!) As I am home alone I do what I want 🙂

This week has been the first normal week in a long time, and I have been trying hard to get back in to my habits. I have done exercise or gone for a walk every day (oh yeah, thats 5 days y’all!) and I feel a little bit better. The problem is I am sitting still most of the day…Like this week Chris has been away, so I mean, I don’t have to go anywhere….. Not travel to work, not go to the shops, not go see a friend (cause yeah, I don’t have any), nothing I should or have to do.

So lets face it, I need to do MORE than just my 45 minuets of work out every now and then. Its just not enough. How to get more activity into my everyday life??

20160802_191912585_iOSI took this photo when I was home in Fetsund the other week. This was the night I played Pokèmon Go for the first time! haha! I was just walking around where my mum lives and it was so nice to see the sun going down. This is straight off my phone, no filters, no editing. I just love the colours!

 

I don’t know what this post is supposed to be about.. I just felt like writing really. And sharing some pictures. I have already written another post that goes live on Sunday! Stay tuned 🙂

Oh, and if  you haven’t seen my last video you can check it out here. And, if you sort of like it you can hit the like-button! You know the one with the thumb pointing up under the video 🙂

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Sometimes its just nice to write down in words what you’re thinking about and what you’re feeling. Right now I feel like my life is a little bit on hold. We’re just waiting to find somewhere else to live, I am just waiting to live somewhere else so I can start going to the gym, as soon as we make some more progress we can start planning some proper travelling, and after that we can start thinking about buying that puppy that I’ve always wanted. Why is it so hard to just live in the now? You know, just make the best of it while you can? Who knows what will happen tomorrow or in next week. We might just be hit by a buss, or the whole world might come to an end.

These are thoughts I have quite alot, but I still can’t change the way I think. I still wait for this and this to happen, before I can do this or this. Silly human brain!!

LIVE! LIFE! NOW!

Serious words of wisdom from me on a Friday night…

Peace out!

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Beautiful scenery and family meet-up in the UK

Last Thursday I flew to the UK. My boyfriend Chris, who is English, picked me up at Luton Airport after yet another delayed flight. I think 5 out of 6 of my resent flights have been delayed! A tad annoying if you ask me!

We got on the road and headed for Kidlington where we had booked a room via Air BnB for the night. After searching through TripAdvisor to find a restaurant that was open late, we finally found a small Indian place on the high street. I have never had a bad Indian meal in the UK, so the stakes were not very high. We ended up having a nice enough meal and some beers for cheap, so we were happy!

We arrived late to our accommodation, so we were straight to bed and fast asleep.

The next day we spent shopping at Bicester Outlet Village (not pronounced Bi-cester, as us Norwegians would say, but Bister!). It is an actual village. A village of shops with pretty high end brands like Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger and friends. We did get some bargains, but I couldn’t go shopping in the UK without a visit to Primark, so we hunted down a department in Oxford. Happy shoppers! 🙂

Next stop was the house Chris’s family had rented for the weekend. It was located in a gorgeous area close to Broadway. It was like a scene taken from a proper British tv-show. It was full of old beautiful stone houses and surrounded by green fields as far as the eye could see.

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On Saturday I took a walk through the village and took some photos.

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We had a wonderful weekend with Chris’s family. We were almost 50 people, and many of us had come from all around the world. A big bunch came all the way from Australia! It was great meeting all of Chris’s family on his fathers side. All nice and lovely people.

It took some organising to arrange food and drinks for 50 people for a whole weekend, but they managed exceptionally well, and we had lots of wine and delicious food all weekend long. Even topped it all off with a glass of prosecco just before we left on Sunday afternoon! Cheers!

Now back in Denmark, but only for a few days. Next stop – Norway! This weekend we are going to a cabin in the mountains with my family. All fun and games this summer!

Paris next!

Another Wednesday is here, and shit – its the middle of June already! Seriously, what is going on with time?? Wednesdays were supposed to be my VideoWednesdays and Sundays my blogpost day, but things dont always go as planned! But that is the general idea, so if you want to know whats going on, Sundays and Wednesdays are good days to check in!


Last week I was in Norway, and I had a great and busy time. No minute wasted! (except the hung over ones…uuugh…) I saw friends, I visited family, I spent full days at the office, I cuddled with Sussi the cat, and involuntary watched alot of football!

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I even missed Denmark a little bit!

It was a great week, and I stayed with my brother as he had the house to him self (kids and missus away). It was nice catching up, and thanks to him – watched about 8 football games. As he lives quite far from my office I had to get back to my commute again. It made me realise – I haven’t missed it at all! Trains packed full of grumpy people in the mornings, and no one wants to look at you, talk to you, smile at you, or sit next to you! That’s us Norwegians for you…

Loved being back at the office again, I have missed my fabulous colleagues! We are 6 girls/women/ladies/queens working at Lillelam, and we truly make a super team. One of the highlights of the week was our summer party. It was a great night with lovely food and lovely people. The 6 of us and our better halves met for the first time, and I must say I think it was a match! Thanks to Elisabeth – the host, and Pernille – our generous boss!

In the blink of an eye and a snap of the fingers, the week was over. The trip home on Sunday was exhausting. The previous night we might have had one too many bottles of wine, and because we had to book the cheapest possible flight we had to be up at 6 am. Hurray! My kind brother drove us to the airport, then flight to Copenhagen, then train to Copenhagen central, then train to Køge and then the bus home. At noon I felt like it was midnight, and I was ready for bed.

Monday morning came as quickly as I feared, and I was back in my home office. I’m not sure what happened to Tuesday, but here we are – its Wednesday and tomorrow I am leaving yet again, this time for Paris!!!!

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Its a birhtday present for my little sister, and its her, me, my brother and my dad that are going. My sister had two wishes for the trip: drink and get a tattoo!

Lets see if we can grant her wish!

New life

I have now lived in Denmark for 3 weeks already!! Wow, weird how quickly you adapt to new places and routines. I do already feel like I have wriggled in to my new life and am pretty comfortable with it. I dont really miss my “old life” yet, I feel like this new life is pretty darn good.

My everyday routine is already quite set.

Every day I am hopefully setting my alarm to ring at 07:30, but end up crawling out of bed about 5 to 8. Well, when it takes you just about 8 seconds to get “to work”, why would you get up any earlier, right??

I put on some comfy clothes, most days some exercise clothes, put the kettle on, the radio on, turn my computer on, make myself a coffee and start the day. I love that first cup of coffee in the morning. Its my favourite! I am no coffee nerd, I just drink the regular ol’ instant coffee with a big slump of milk. Mmmmmm 🙂

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Even though I am luckily enough to work very flexible hours, I try to stick with the normal schedule I am use to. Other wise I feel like things might maybe get out of hand..haha. Its easier to just follow the 8-4 routine, and then have the rest of the day off. The last couple of days it has been a little harder to focus as the weather has been soooooo nice. Its hard to sit inside starring out at the bue skies and sunshine. As a Norwegian being used to the unpredictable Norwegian summers, I am constantly afraid that today might be the last day of sunshine this summer!!!!

Everyday I use my 30 minutes lunch break to do something active. And when I just put my exercise clothes on in the morning, it is a lot easier to ‘just do it’. As I am no longer waking to the car, the train nor the office, I sit still a lot more than usual. Therefore I try to put some more activity into each day.I either do 30 mins of Yoga with my fabulous app: Yoga Studio or I do a quick walk around the neighbourhood. After that I make lunch and continue with work.

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I try and get 3-4  runs throughout the week.  I’m not in my best shape, and I just want to snap my fingers and be back on top form. Why doesn’t that work?? Do I actually have to do the work? God damn.

At least I have really nice places to run here. The forrest is really amazing, and it has so many different paths you dont get bored of it so quickly. And, yesterday I got my new gadget that I’ve been wanting for a long time!! Wireless headphones!

I hate the bloody wire always getting in the way when I’m running, so this is gonna be sooo goood!!! After reading loads and loads of reviews about wireless headphones I ended up getting a refurbished pair from Ebay.

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I had another pair before that was absolutely rubbish, so I am so exited to test these babies out on my run tonight!

 


 

Back to the whole adapting thing… I’m sort of surprised that I don’t think about missing the house, the office, the life I had before. My head just accepts that this is where I am now, and this is my new home. It doesn’t mean that I don’t miss the people I moved from. Of course I miss being close to my family and friends. But I am sort of used to that, as I lived abroad for two years not so long ago.

With email, texting and phones there is no problem keeping in touch. And, to be honest, Denmark is not very far away! And I have already planned 3 trips home over the next couple of months due to work, so that’s pretty cool 🙂

So, I am still astonished about how quickly you can adapt to new things. The human brain works in mysterious ways!

Cosy Køge

The other day I went to Køge. It was a lovely sunny day, and I wanted to have a proper look around the town. I brought the camera with me and took some photos.

Køge is only a short train ride away, and public transport in Denmark is pretty cheap.

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It would have been even cheaper if I could manage to get hold of a ‘Rejsekort’ (like the Oyster card in London), but that turned out to be more difficult than I thought. You can easily buy a Rejsekort online – perfect I thought! BUT, you can’t just order and pay with a normal Visa card… oh nooo.. You need the dansih Dankort for that! And to get a Dankort….well, that’s a whole different story. So, surely there must be places to buy this Rejsekort? Well, I would have to go all the way in to Copenhagen for that. So, I ended up paying double price for my ticket. But, that was still pretty cheap, so I didn’t complain 🙂

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Just next to the center of Køge there is a green area with a creek running through it.It is really lovely and got lots of trees and flowers everywhere.On the other side of the creek there are private houses, and many of them have their own boats. Wow, posh people in Køge.

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The best part of Køge are the cosy cobblestone streets, the cute little shops, and the big square in the middle. The whole “square-thing” reminds me so much of southern Europe. Whenever we were in Spain, France or Italy – the fixed sentence was always:

Lets site in the square and have a ______________!
(fill in suitable: coffee, beer, drink, cake, snog etc)

We always managed to find a cosy square to sit in and enjoy the world passing by.

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Here are some more snapshots of Køge on a sunny day.

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So, after only experiencing Køge a few times, I am really really liking this place. Its just big enough to have everything I need, and small enough to feel safe and familiar. So if someone could just buy us an apartment in the center of Køge, that would make my day!

 

New country, new chapter, new blog!

So, there you go… I live in my 4th country. This time it is Denmark! As you may have guessed with the title of my blog.  Norway, Spain and England are the three others. Norway being my home country.

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I have been in Denmark for 10 days now, and starting to get settled in. I live in a small village about 10 min south of Køge. Køge is about 30 min south of Copenhagen. I am out in the country side, and surrounded by fields and forrest. Growing up at a farm, I feel  pretty much at home.Its nice and quiet, and not a single shop in sight… hmmm..not sure how much I like that though. The nearest “shop” is a petrol station about 2 km away.. the nearest proper shop is more like 3,5 km away. BUT, there is a train station just a few minuets walk from me, and tomorrow I am testing it out!
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Køge is a really nice town on the west coast of Sjælland with about 35 000 inhabitants. I’ve only been there a few times, but I like what I have seen so far. Its got everything you need! A few grocery stores, a few coffe shops, some restaurants and a cinema. Its got quite a few shops, including my favouritt Vero Moda (what more do you need?). There is a small river going through a part of the town which is nice, and there is a big square where you can sit and have a beer or coffee and look at the world passing by…

I will take some photos on my trip tomorrow, and show you later!

Today I have been working, and during my lunch break I did my 30 min of Yoga which is something I’m trying to do a few times a week! (I am no Yoga Guru!! I simply use an app on my phone and try to follow as best I can) I have kissed my boyfriend goodbye (he left for the UK this morning), and I have been out for a walk taking some photos. Chris was kind enough to leave me his camera so I had something to play with! It is a Canon 500D for those who are interested. I have absolutely no idea about photography, but I would like to learn. I want to start taking some cool photos for this blog for example.

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The sun has finally come out, so I think I will go for a run in the woods. There are some great tracks just around the corner. Definitely one of the perks of living in the countryside.