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I don’t have a television

I don’t and I never did. Yes, during the years when the children were growing up we had one though there were a few reasons why it never became a major part of our lives: We lived in the middle of the forest so reception was only good when weather was clear. Besides we lived in Sweden and only had the 2 channels that sort of come automatically, they don’t rock.

When I came to Luxembourg I planned to have one, sort of, but all the hassle, costs and my basic disinterest made it never happen. I had a cheap telly for watching movies, but that went out the door the moment I realized I could do it on my computer…I’m not picky, I just want to be entertained so screen-size, sound etc matters nothing to me. Besides, televisions are really big and ugly, even if they are fancy flat-screens hanging on the wall. Ugly!

And you know, if you are in a room with people and a TV, the people will constantly look at the TV, even if it’s not on and I find that irritating, weird and a bit crazed. There you are, chatting away, having drinks and snacks and the person you’re talking to is constantly looking toward the telly. So you start wondering if they are even hearing what you’re saying? HELLO, I’m here! The whole room is designed around that ugly thing, so wherever you sit (or stand) it’s the main focal point. My living room is a ….Living room. It’s made for movement, creativity and hanging out

I do stuff and I am a very creative person. I love doing stuff; sewing, reading, writing, dancing, drawing, gardening, studying and research…I love my own company and the conversations I, me and myself have are absolutely riveting. Since coming to Luxembourg “we” even do it in different languages… 🙂

People ask me how I get so much done, they think I am this totally speedy doer. I’m not. I just have lots of time to do stuff since there is no disruption of a telly. I do watch YouTube tutorials for things I like to learn; lately I have learned to make silk-flowers and pearl embroidery and I have made some beautiful stuff. I learn to sew better and create the pretty stuff I have in my head but can’t afford to buy. This is what I do when others watch television. Last evening I finished a pearl embroidered belt to go with my beautiful New Look skirt that I sewed a couple of days ago. Practice makes perfect and practice takes time. So if you have creative ideas or want to get stuff done; chuck that ugly ol’ thing and get into action. You will never look back!NewLookBälte

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DIY moisturizing foundation & shimmer

Okay, got to share this with you guys: For foundation I use mineral powder but it started itching so I stopped using it. Today I decided to make a cream-foundation of the mineral powder, figuring that the irritation may be alleviated when I mix the powder in a cream. My daughter wanted a new shimmer cream for highlights in her make-up.

Foundation: I use my own base-cream that I make but any good quality natural cream would do: Put some cream in a small bowl and mix in the mineral powder little by little until you have the color richness desired. Put into a container and let sit for a day or two. For scent, add a drop of an essential oil, preferably floral; rose is gorgeous and the jasmine absolutely divine…

Shimmer: I love loose shimmer, both in make-up and on skin. I have some different hues of gold, copper and bronze. Into the same base-cream as for the foundation, we mixed sunny gold with bronze to get the desired hue of shimmer. Quite a bit of powder is needed to create a strong enough shimmer in the cream. We added a bit of D-panthenol for extra moisturisation.

Easy, cheap and fun. Like a kinder-egg 🙂

Guidance

I believe I have guidance all along and when things get really hard, all I can trust is that guidance. It is as if the Self inside of us always finds a way if we let it. There are always solutions.

I live my life accordingly. Every day I do what I can to form my life the way I want it. There are no blueprints and every moment is a learning moment. I am creative in whatever way is open to me at the time and I learn from what I do. Here on the blog I write about these things; what I learn or realize, what I do; watching butterflies, sewing, experimenting with formulas or working with people. There are no set schedules for when what happens, it is a continuous flow and there is time for everything. Sometimes life speeds up, at other times it slows down, c’est normale 🙂

I want to build…something like this

I spent many of my years building and renovating my home in the forest, always on the lookout for cheap and efficient solutions. Since that time of my life I decided I do not enjoy it, worse, I loath renovating and building. When I came to Luxembourg a team of guys renovated my house and I watched…Liked that a lot. 🙂 Lately I have been looking into natural homes and I love it! I wish I had known about this at the time, I would so have incorporated the idea in my plans. I always thought that this would work only for warmer climates, I was wrong.

Now I would like so much to use these techniques to build a house, or a garden house or maybe only a fireplace in the garden…Or a bench? Whatever, I have to try this out at one point. The decorative work is absolutely gorgeous!

The pics are from this FB-page

KIDS SHOULD RUN WILD

As kids, my bigger sister and me always hung out together, always. During summers we lived on the farm of my grandparents. There was a lake, forests, animals, outhouses and barns…There was also really nobody to pay much attention to what us kids did, as long as we were back for dinner and dinnertime was always the same. We ran wild during those summers, spending our time in creative freedom…Until we were found out or caught doing some prank, when we would be locked into our room for a day, only to pick up where we left off once we were released again. My sister was amazing at thinking up pranks, I did the planning and more often or not, she would get us caught. We were incredibly creative and energetic; small forces of energy and power that easily could dismantle a small vehicle in no time. We were awesome! There was nothing that couldn’t be turned into a game or a challenge.

Forward 25 years: I have 4 children ranging from age 2 to 10. We live in the forest on the farm of my grandparents, on the other side of the lake. I had only one rule for the children and their myriads of friends that came and went: “Don’t even look at the well or the train tracks”. That worked. Once those kids were out of the house, I would not see them for hours and I had no idea where they were or what they were up to…They were running wild. I figured that they were so many so if somebody would get hurt, the others would get help. I found remnants of their games; a hut they had built 600 meters into the forest with mattresses and stuff they had dragged out there, it must have taken days, weeks. The kids would come home with torn clothes, scrapes, dirt and huge tired smiles. Sometimes they told me what they did, more often not. But I always knew; I used to be them, the child running wild, finding adventure everywhere.

Now they are grown up and I enjoy listening to their stories of what they did. Sometimes I am slightly horrified and so glad I didn’t know at the time. When listening to them I see that they learned so many skills; communication, planning, executing a plan by working as a team. Fairness, sharing, helping, assertiveness (try being the youngest of all; it’s mighty hard work being allowed to participate as other than a slave.) And I realize that some of the most important stuff I learned was in the time when I was a child running wild. Such kids are always clever.

MENTAL PICTURES – an adventure

I spent one evening with a bunch of teachers from different nationalities; they all have training from their respective countries and work with different age-groups, from pre-schoolers to graduates. They were involved in a heated argument about reading and information gathering and all agreed that kids tend to read less and search less for information; internet and google is the name of the game.

This is true more or less all over the world; people read less, watching movies instead. On gathering information we make do with snippets from wikipedia or google without really going for a deeper understanding of our research. Years ago, in Sweden, the tax was reduced on literature in an attempt to encourage reading. I don’t know how much it actually changed anything.

Recently I mentored an intelligent and curious young man. He spent too much time on his computer so I gave him a book to read, believing he would enjoy it. He never started it, he couldn’t get past the first few pages. He told me it took too much concentration and too much time. Seeing as he was quick of thought and had an extraordinary speed in which he would assimilate any information, this surprised me and I worked on figuring out where the problem lay. This is what I found:

This young man is a perfect example of most kids today (and a lot of adults), so used to mindless information and pictures that their inherent ability to create inner visualisation is impaired (or asleep?). This boy decided that it took too much time and energy to access his “inner movie” while reading so he would rather watch a movie where the pictures were shown to him. Finally I got him to read a short story (took longer than it should) but he did find his “inner movie” and enjoyed it immensely.

We read with our inner vision – the words in a book transform to a movie in our head, complete with emotions, colors and details. Our brain is absolutely magnificent in this area. We don’t “see” words, we see the meaning of them. A movie is somebody else’s pictures lasting about 90 min (mindless intake), a book takes longer because the mind is constantly creating, but the pictures are ours. Visualisation is one of our most important creative tools and it is an intensely important part of mental training.

I am not chucking movies, I love watching movies. But compared to a book it is nothing. Read a book, listen to a story and you will find the most amazing and detailed movie right in your own head…and it’s effortless (except for the reading part).

CREATIVE CHANGES

Changes in the skyThe most important idea for success or fulfilling of dreams is limitlessness. There exists no limits except for the ones we create for ourselves. Even physical limits; I have seen a one-legged ballet-dancer…I am sure a lot of people told him it couldn’t be done.

Write down what you want to do. Make it as clear as possible; you need to see and feel yourself in this position, doing this thing. You need to become this person. When you wake up in the morning you are this person, during the day you act like this person. In this way you will start creating your vision with your daily actions.
Talk to people you trust, tell them what you are doing, where you are going. You will be amazed at how helpful people are.

If you don’t believe, you can’t achieve

Make an inventory: Your strengths, your weaknesses. Ask trusted friends and colleagues for input and write it all down. Build on the list. Every thing you learned is a strength: language-course, pottery, political history…whatever. We all have a lot of knowledge that we don’t value enough since it has been acquired from interest, not work. Well, if it was from interest (hobby) the knowledge is probably pretty good and useful. Who said this knowledge could not be part of your work?

Make sure that you really know your weaknesses, because this will always be your greatest strength. You need to open up to criticism and embrace it as a way to grow. Input from others can tell us a lot about ourselves, and give us a chance to expand. Work on you character and strengthen that which is weak.

Seek out people who are in your chosen area of work, ask questions, build a network. Tell people that you are looking for work. This is the best way to find a job. People who know you and know your assets will put in a word for you at the right place and right time. This is an automatic introduction that will put you ahead of the queue.

Being without a job is stressful and insecure and you might have to down-size your life to fit with your new situation. The most important thing is to keep busy.
Fill your time with positive action; join a network or club to meet people and exchange ideas. Take care of your health so you get strong and fit. Enjoy your family and friends. Take up a hobby or interest that you long wanted to do but couldn’t find the time. Study.
When our time is full we complain about all we don’t have time to do. And when we suddenly find ourselves with plenty of time, we do nothing and complain of having no work.

Everything that happens has 2 sides to it. It is for us to choose how we look upon it. If you can’t change a situation, find a way to use it or accept it.

There is a time for waiting and there is a time for action. When the time is for waiting make sure you fill it with positive things that will enhance your growth and strength for the time of action when it will be needed.