Simple Pleasures

26 January, 2014

I really do apologize for the on and off posting today. After I posted design post earlier today I realized that I after all prefer this space to be my photo diary and all design posts will have a designated place in my online portfolio instead.

Saturday in New York was snowy and a little cold, and it makes me want to eat pastrami sandwiches and brownies straight from the oven. I'm trying to remind myself to keep the balance that I found last week - with exercise, the right food and taking breaks from whatever I work with. New York tends tempt you with whatever there is to eat or buy around the next corner. It is difficult sometimes to say no to yourself, when you know you should.

It just reminds me how easily we can become so depended on those short-term rewards. In those cases I need to remind myself of all the simple pleasures. Enjoying window shopping, the multitudes of architecture in Brooklyn on a gray Saturday or even that rare moment of complete silence. Just like now, when all I can here is the my fingers pressing down the keys of my keyboard. The sky is completely blue and it's a perfect Sunday for discoveries. I wish you all a lovely one!


21 January, 2014

1.-2. Jet lagged mornings enjoying the pastel colored horizon at dawn from the rooftop.
3.-4. Long, lovely Sunday walks with Sigurd and coffee.
5.-6. That typical January blizzard.

Today I went all the way out to Manhattan to get materials for a portfolio brand mockup. It was quite the expedition in the snowy weather, but I loved coming back to the warm apartment. I have been working a lot on a couple of portfolio improvements and a redesign for this blog after I came back to New York. Also I have been going to the gym and swimming and eating healthy almost every day. It feels good to know that with all these little things that I do for myself and with that right dose of passion and discipline I can make myself completely balanced. Life is simply pretty good!

Wherever you go, go with all your heart

07 January, 2014

A quote found on a yogi tea quite recently. A picture from the mountains not far from my home.

Right now I feel like taking hour-long baths and the longing for time to sort out my thoughts. I haven't been working long shifts at all, in fact the other ladies stay for another five hour at the office after I usually leave. But somehow all I can wish for right now is time to rest.

Me and Sigurd are flying out to New York next Wednesday. I'm really, really looking forward to that.

The First Day of the Year

04 January, 2014

Sigurd and I spent New Year's Eve at Katja and Nils Olve's place in a little town three hours east of the Valley. They live on a farm and have pigs, a dog and a cat named Boris. The first day of the year we spent going for walks in the cold, gray weather and admiring the views.

This part of the Norwegian farmlands reminds me of some english costume drama set it the early 1900's. On a gray day the picturesque open fields and rolling hills make this tranquil place a little mystic and romantic even. I can't wait to visit this place more in the future. (And as you probably know from this post, I am very charmed by country life.)

I missed spending time with Katja and I can't believe it was more than a year since I last saw her last time. As for my New Years resolutions, I am still figuring them out as I go. I have already figured out two: to take better care of my body and stop being angry at myself for not doing things perfect, and letting go of things when I see that I can't perfect them more. In other words stop being a perfectionist. I want to make an effort to control the things I can, and let go of control over the things I can't.

What are your resolutions for 2014?
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