The perfect Christmas Calendar for him

Hi my loves! Have you guys started to think about Christmas presents and stuff, or is it just me? Last Christmas I made my boyfriend a Christmas calendar. He really liked it (as far as I know, haha!) Those things takes time to plan, buy and make, so it’s better to start early, right? This year I wont make any, since I’m in Barcelona and wont be home before the middle of December. Sorry my love. But, I want to share with you what I bought last year, so maybe you get some inspiration. It doesn’t need to cost a fortune! I did buy some small thing and some bigger things. After all, its the thoughts behind it that matters, not the price. Whatever fits your budget.

– He’s favorite chocolate or other candy!

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– Socks.. we all need them, but we never buy them!

– A small bottle of bubbles (nice to get on the weekends)

– A “present card” with massage by you (of course)! Before this one, give him a massage oil as a gift.

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Love this massage oil from Rituals.

– Some clothing, like a nice shirt!

– Plan out something you gonna do together, and write it as a note. For example, Christmas baking or decorating a gingerbread house, so much fun!

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– A bottle of wine that you two can share and have a romantic evening with, with some candles and good food. Quality time is so important in a relationship.

– Lottery tickets. What I did was that I decided what he was gonna buy if he won. I had 4 different lottery tickets (one each week), and wrote one destination to travel to on each of them (with a printed photo of the places). sadly we didn’t win anything, hehe.

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No doubt where I would have traveled, the Maldives!

– Find a candy bar or a chewing gum packet with a word that you can  use to write a nice little note.

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– Get him a new coffee cup with photos of the two of you on it.

– Buy him a very nice and sexy lingerie for yourself and write a little note. Of course he’s gonna love to see you in it (and to take it off later on). Red is always a popular color among most men!
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– Beauty products. If your boyfriend doesn’t use moisturizer, it’s a great way to introduce him to it, haha! Or buy him a nice smelling shower gel or  some hair products.

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From The Body shop for men.

– It can also be something as little notes where you tell him something beautiful or things that you promise to do (like cooking, cleaning the house that week etc). It doesn’t need to be things you spend a lot of money on.

Are you gonna make a Christmas calendar this year? I hope these tips gave you some ideas if you are. I can’t wait for December to start, so excited!!

xoxo

Self love

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Hi my loves! I hope you all had a wonderful day filled with positivity and joy. Today I wanna talk to you about self love. It’s something we all hear a lot about, but something we often forget to practice, me included. It is so important to treat yourself with respect, love and kindness, just as you would treat the people you love.

Today social media is taking over so much of our time. We daily look at photos on Instagram, Facebook etc. and start to look at what everyone else have that we wish for ourselves. I know so many can even get depressed because of that. I feel it is so sad that it has gone so far. For me social media is a great platform to find inspiration or motivation or learn something new. But of course, on bad days when you feel very low in energy, it is so easy to start to criticize yourself, I know.

Social media is just one area we face daily. What about work and other scenarios in life? This period here in Spain has been really hard for me during my practice at the children hospital. You know the feeling when you’re coming into a room and no one see you or say hello to you? that have been so many days for me. I’m trying to do my best, but I never get any praise, just inputs on what I can improve. This is just a little intro to my days here, and it has really effected me in the most negative ways. I started to be hard on myself and felt so low on energy. But you know what? I decided to put a stop on that negative feeling. No, I can’t choose how these people gonna act and treat other people, but I can choose how I handle it and how I let it effect me. I won’t let anyone else take away my joy or happiness just like that. Happiness isn’t something that comes knocking on the door, we have to work for it, specially when things are a little bit harder. Under I listed some thing that I like to do to boost my mood.

  • Put on some music that make you wanna dance!
  • Pampering yourself. Use 15 extra minutes to put on a sheet mask while drinking a nice cup of tea.
  • Before going to bed, say 3 things you are grateful for that day.
  • Search for something that inspires you to do better. For me that could be listening to a podcast about healthy living and well being.
  • Stop criticizing yourself when looking in the mirror! Smile to yourself

These are just some things I try to do to boost up my mood, and it does help! Try it for yourself, you deserve it! Remember the importance of self appraising and lifting yourself up when doing your best.

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“Work on being in love with the person in the mirror who has been through so much but still standing”

 

xoxo

Welcome November

Hi guys! I hope you all are doing fine and enjoying life. Wow, I can’t believe we are already in November now, times flies by so fast! Today I want to share with you my goals for this month. I love making weekly and monthly goals. For me it’s a great way to reflect over things in my life; what I appreciate, what I wanna work on, and discover some new goals I wanna achieve. My goals always change. They all depends on were I find myself mentally and physically, and what energy level I have. It’s a good way to get to know yourself better and listening to your body.

1:  Getting back on track with my healthy eating habits 

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During the time here in Barcelona, I have been eating out a lot. It has been more wine and a little more unhealthy food than what I usually eat. Indulging every now and then is okay, but I do like to have a balance that makes me feel good. Also, the kitchen in this apartment makes cooking very limited. We don’t have a stove or much kitchen equipment. I miss my kitchen so much! But, no excuse right?

2: Reading books

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I am not a person that just finish one book after another, I have to admit. But I do like to read, and especially this time of the year when it’s cold outside (yes, it gets cold in Barcelona too, haha). The next book I wanna read is by Dr. Nigma Talib, a naturopathic skin care and health expert. I have read it before, but it’s so good, I just love all about it!

3: Listening to more podcats 

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Recently I started to listen to some podcasts. Why haven’t I done that before? I love it! I’m sure you can find podcast about everything, so whatever matches your interests. These days I’m listening to a woman named Kimberly Snyder, who also is a health and wellness expert. I do have two of her books and I love her philosophy about health and wellness, so inspiring! What I love about podcast is that you can listen anytime; when going for a walk, training, cooking, while doing your makeup etc. You should try it!

4: Freshening up my makeup bag

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Yes, the Holiday season is right around the corner, which means a lot of events and parties! What I love about Christmas season is that you really can play around with glitter and more heavy makeup looks than the other seasons. I do have a list of makeup products I wanna try out, so I will definitely make reviews on that later on.

5: Spending time with my family and my love

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Yes, I’m actually going home in the end of November for a long weekend. It’s a reason I have to go back home, I might tell you guys later. But, I do get a few days to enjoy with my family and boyfriend. At that time it will be 7 weeks since last time I saw him, and I’m missing him like crazy already… Just thinking of him surrounding me with a hug makes me all jiggly inside! It’s crazy how much impact another person can have on your feelings, don’t you think?

That is my top 5 goals this month. I hope this might gave you some inspiration to makes some new goals and achievements.

xoxo

Nurse life at a children’s hospital

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Today has been a day with a lot of impressions and mixed feelings. On my blog it might look like I’m just on a long vacation, but you might know that the main reason I’m here is because of my studies. I’m working five days a week at a big children hospital here in Barcelona. The hospital has 10 floors, and I’m based at one of them. The floor I’m in is primary kinds that does operations that is not that big, or if they have some chronic conditions that needs some weekly care. Nothing too serious. You do see children who are afraid and feel bad, but at the same time you know most of these kids will be okay.

Today was different. I had to work in another floor with a different patient group. Just entering the floor I could feel the different energy in the air. Here I did see some kids really fighting for their life to survive! Just to mention one person that had been in a traffic accident that was unconscious. The only sign of life was some twitching of the body. This was a person that has not turned 18 years old yet! I was also with a little baby (less than 2 years), where it had been recently discovered a tumor on the back of the neck. Whether it is benign or malign is still unknown, but just imagine how afraid the parents must be to just wait for an answer like that! I could truly see the sadness, worry and panic in many of the parents eyes, and it affected me so much.

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When we as nurses has to do some procedures on young kids that have no idea on what is going on and are totally terrified, it does something to you.  I sincerely do not have a word to describe the feeling or experience. You know that it is necessary, however it makes you feel downright evil and it leaves you feeling horrible throughout the shift. Today for example, there were several instances where I had to keep back the tears because all the impressions were both new and intense.  Some of children are screaming like crazy and moving around, so we and the parents have to hold them down when doing whatever has to be done. Today I really felt the pain off the parents to one of the babies when we did what we had to do. Even though we do what is best for the baby, it feels heartbreaking watching the baby screaming of fear and the despairing parents.

I will not make this a super long post, but I really felt for sharing my experience with you guys! These experiences really made me appreciate a good healthy life! It’s important to see what we got and be grateful for that.

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xoxo

New visitors in Barcelona

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Hi guys! I hope you all are doing well. This night my head just wouldn’t fall asleep at all. The last time I took a look at the watch it was 5 am!! Anyways, I did get up 8.30 am to spend as much time as I could with my parents, who arrived yesterday. I’m so happy they are here so that I can get one week of quality time with them, yay! Only thing is that I have to go to work in the hospital at 15.00.. But we did had a great morning together. It started with a delicious breakfast at their Hotel. After that I showed them La Rambla, the big tourist street here in Barcelona, and we went all the way down to the beach. The weather has been absolutely perfect today. The sun is shining and I have been feeling energized (even with so few hours of sleep)! Before I had to go to work we went for a lunch at one of my favorite restaurants, Enkel. I had this delicious Buddha bowl and a detox green juice. That’s what I call a perfect lunch.

Well, now it’s 22.45 pm, and I will try to get some sleep (finger crossed). Have a good night.

xoxo

 

The never ending journey

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Isn’t it funny how your experience in life make you grow and change as a person? If you asked me 9 years ago how I felt about living my life in my home town Bergen, you would probably get an answer like; it’s not big enough here, too quiet, nothing exciting blahblahblah! Well, if you ask that same question today, 9 years later, after I have moved 14 times, lived in 4 countries and 6 different cities, your answer will be something totally different!

My journey stared in Denmark were I spent one year in an international gymnastic school. If I could describe that year with two word it would be unforgettable and fun! After that year I wanted to keep exploring, so I did. I moved to Mexico City with a plan to start my nutrition studies there. It didn’t went exactly as I planned, but one thing was certain, I did grow so much as a person during that year! The following years I kept up with traveling while I studied because my schools have been located in other cities. In 2014 when I came back from my second year in Mexico City I told myself that I would never ever move again. I was tired of moving, tired of not having one place I could call home and most of all I missed my family and friends like crazy!!

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In 2016 I had to move again to start my bachelor in nursing. I was not sure if I wanted to do it, because I knew I didn’t want to move again! But I knew that I wanted to study more, so I decided to do it. After all, this time it wasn’t that far away, just 3 hours from Bergen. But this is even a smaller city than Bergen, so less things to do. During my first year I met my boyfriend, who lives in Bergen. A distance relationship started. The homesick feeling just overgrew inside me like a monster!  And it still does. Maybe some of you are thinking why I decided to spend 3 months in Barcelona if I’m that homesick? I have some personal reason why I decided to do so. Now when I’m here I do enjoy the city. It’s a big city with great shopping, restaurants, lot’s of people and night clubs etc.

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But what I really realizes after my 9 years of experience of moving back and forth, is that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. It might be better shopping, more restaurants, even more sun, but after all, none of this matter if you don’t feel like you’re home  and without the people that means the most to you. My biggest dream right now is to finish my education, move back to Bergen and start my life with the person I love and build a home together in the near future. Also being able to spend time with my family and friends more often. I’m so tired of missing them. Today, big cities doesn’t excite me as much, I prefer a more quiet city with less people. I really start to appreciate everything I took for granted before… like family time, mountains near by, drinking water from the sink, cooking in my own kitchen etc. Even the sun can’t change my mind. If the sun doesn’t shine, well, let’s dance in the rain!

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This was a bit long post,  but you got know me a bit better I guess, more personal post.

xoxo

 

A week full of love

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Hi guys!

As I mentioned on my last post, my boyfriend was on his way to visit me. I decided to not use any time blogging during his stay, just enjoying the moments and focusing on quality time with him. It has been one amazing week. During the week we stayed at a hotel in Barcelona. I had to go to work at the afternoon, but we tried to get as much as we could out of the mornings. We went shopping, eat at some great restaurants and just enjoyed the city.

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For the weekend we decided to go to a little place one hour from Barcelona, called Costa Brava. It’s a beautiful cozy little place. it was so nice to get out of the city for a bit. Less people and more quiet. The beach was really nice, just very wavy, haha. I got thrown off a big wave and ended up loosing my sunglasses that I have had for many years. Would have been fun to have photo of that, but I don’t. Sorry! But we enjoyed it a lot.

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The only thing I didn’t like so much about Costa Brava, was that is was more or less the same menu at all the restaurants. We couldn’t find anything else other than pasta, pizza, paella and some meat.

But all in all it has been an amazing week, I’m really grateful that I got to spend this time with the person I love during my stay in Barcelona.

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I hope you all are fine. I wish you a super start on your new week!

xoxo