Monthly Archives: December 2012

Happy New Year!

fireworksWhen I was a child, or even a young woman, everything took time. Television was channel 1 and, great luxury, channel 2! Phoning was expensive and kept to a minimum. We wrote letters which traveled for days and responses were not expected to be fast. As a child, if you were separated from a friend for too long of time or distance, you were lost to each other.
Having pen-pals in other countries was a huge thing and I used to read the ads in kiddie-magazines. Traveling took time; when we moved to Sweden from Japan the travel took 36 hours. Did you know there used to be bunk-beds on the long flight planes back in the days when they were still propeller-driven? That’s luxury!

Since I started writing this blog in June 2009 I have readers in 189 countries (according to the US there are 195 countries in the world). Do you realize how impossible even the idea of this would have been when I was 5, 15, 20, 30 years old…

Seeing as it´s possible to reach the whole world from my writing place, wherever it is, I am aiming for at least one reader in every country in the world. That would be seriously cool,

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Merry Christmas

For the last few years my Christmas’ have been so different each year and always unexpected. This year is no different and to my surprise I find myself hosting a dinner in my house for those people who chose to be with me this year.

I have come to realize that though the idea of Christmas is basically the same for most, the actual celebration is different for everybody, even as to which day! I have had the honor of being invited to share this time of celebration with very different people in very different circumstances and it is nice to just hang out in somebody else’s world for a while.

So wherever you are and whoever you are hanging out with, I wish you a divine Christmas!

It’s a generational thing…

Anna1980A lot of stuff. Not least the speed! Fast movies, fast music, fast communication, fast, fast, fast. In a way this should make us live more in the moment, but I am afraid it doesn’t.

Movies: I watch movies from my youth, which means the movies on the TV from the 20’s through the 50’s as well as contemporary movies and man, are they slow! Ever watched “Easy rider”? They spend ages just filming the sunset on the desert horizon… You think that would work today? Hah! Still, “Easy Rider” is cult.

Music: The shocking hard rock from my teenage years; Sweet, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper and Co…Lullabyes today; at the time something that society shied away from in horror. And then the gorgeous, sumptuous, elusive rock operas of The Who, Genesis (LOVE Genesis). The amazing languor of Pink Floyd…The massive undulation of musical experimentation.

Messages: (I shall return to that in my New Year post) Suffice to say that it took time. Writing a letter, reading, re-reading. Finding doubt and hesitation; “Will the receiver understand?” The hardships of nuances, distances and time. Re-writing and perfecting penmanship.

NightLife: Disco; the forerunners to underground and clubs. Amazing costumes, make-up and hair; dreamtime and Alice in Wonderland come alive. Dancing apart but still together….Moving into underground; Rock & Roll, Punk. Angry youths with no talent but lots of passion (and severely torn clothes).

The need to be different: Or shocking, or whatever. So easy at the time. Flower Power; re-model clothes. Rock & Roll: Mix, match, mis-match and remodel. Punk; Tear it all apart, hair-statements, warriors. Piercings, tattoos; things unheard of. Enough to get you banned from an establishment because of the “LOOK”. Street-fashion at its height.

And, most of all, the possibility of “disappearing” for a hefty amount of time without anybody noticing or asking why. Indulging in whatever would be the indulgence; art, music, love; usually the things that were not acceptable 🙂

LisaLise’s natural skin care

ll220pxI’d like to introduce an interesting lady that I have been following  for some time. Her blog that is, I am not stalking her 🙂

LisaLise makes natural skin care and has her own brand LisaLise Pure Natural Skin Care. Pop over to check out all the yummy products that she makes and sells.  She has lots of information, DIY recipes and little stories around the products she creates. Definitely worth a read if you are interested in natural skin care. She also writes about mistakes made along the way; why and how and what she learned from it, which is valuable for anybody making skin care for themselves.

LisaLise Blog is of interest to everybody interested in Natural skin care, Both for information on INCI, ingredients and some studies as well as for creating your own products. Enjoy the read…And your experiments 🙂

 

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

ClownEsperanzahOr when did you last do something you usually do, but in a different way? Or when did you again do something you used to like but stopped doing?

Habits tend to envelope us like a costume over time and as the years go by, the costume gets ever tighter until our thoughts and bodies become restricted. The older we get, the more stuck we are in our habits and the more loath we become to change them. This is where we stop going forward; we judge everything according to old conceptions and experiences that might no longer be valid, only to find that the same stuff keeps happening over and over again. As Mr Einstein said: “Insanity  is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Recognizing and changing habits is not always so easy, you have to pay attention to yourself. We react according to our belief- or thought-patterns. Start changing stuff; one thing (or thought) a day. Take another route to work, try new food, colours, clothes..Re-arrange your living-room. Take time to listen carefully to what you hear and find new ways of assimilating information. Learn to live in the moment and allow every new thing to be just that; A new thing. Ask questions.

Living in the moment is not about floating around, being unorganized or just living for the moment day by day. It’s about being there; in an open and receptive way. By experiencing the moment and learning something from it, no matter how insignificant. You never know when that insignificant piece of information may actually come in handy… And trust me, it will, sooner or later. Until then you can enjoy small pleasures that give lots of joy…Gunga