Do you ever play the game where you think, if I win the lottery I want… ??
I know the old saying that money can’t buy you happiness. Well, I’ll say that who ever came up with that saying never tried being poor. Because sure, having money wont make you happy, but being poor wont either. Being poor (or low income) is stressful.
So, if I won the lottery, here’s what I would do.
Well at first I’d probably faint or something stupid like hyperventilate and feel sick. I’d check, recheck, and then check once more, and probably wouldn’t actually believe it until the money was in my bank account. I would pay off all my dept, and make a saving account for both my kids to secure them when they move from home, so they can follow their dreams.
Then I’d buy a nice house. Not something stupidly big, because I’d feel so alone in a giant house when the kids are with their dad. But something nice, and with room enough to have guests.
I’d take my kids traveling so they can see the world. And I'd go travel with my boyfriend to see all the romantic places the world has to offer. And I'd travel to explore and meet people.
I’d go shopping for furniture. I love second hand furniture, and 95% of my furniture is second hand, but to be able to go to a store and choose the sofa I want, not the one I can afford, would be awesome.
Other than that, I would just enjoy life. Just the fact that I could go shopping for groceries and buy what I want and not what’s on sale. I guess it’s the small things that would make a difference.
Oh, and being a writer, I would get a nice office setup. I’d get big white boards, and bulletin boards on the walls for planning books. I’d have a nice desk with room enough for all my stuff (and where I don’t have to move it every time we eat) and a desk chair that doesn’t make my back go all stiff.
What’s your dreams if you won the lottery?
Hate it or love it, it's hard to ignore Valentine's day. It's on tv, in stores, on social media. It's absolutely everywhere.
Normally Valentine's Day is a day of flowers, romantic dinners and chocolate (all the chocolate). When your boyfriend is in another country, studying for four years, things is a bit different though. So today there’s gonna be a lot of messages and cute hearts and stuff send back and forth.
Luckily I’m going to spend all of week 9 with him, and we’ll make up for not spending valentine’s day together.
So, if you’re sitting alone today like me, I recommend a good book. Books make everything better <3
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld
I've not read this one myself, but a friend of mine have highly recommended it, and it's on my to read list.
Young Sybel, the heiress of powerful wizards, needs the company of no-one outside her gates. In her exquisite stone mansion, she is attended by exotic, magical beasts: Riddle-master Cyrin the boar; the treasure-starved dragon Gyld; Gules the Lyon, tawny master of the Southern Deserts; Ter, the fiercely vengeful falcon; Moriah, feline Lady of the Night. Sybel only lacks the exquisite and mysterious Liralen, which continues to elude her most powerful enchantments. But Sybel's solitude is to be shattered when a desperate soldier arrives bearing a mysterious child. Soon Sybel will discover that the world of men is full of love, deceit, and the temptations of vast power.
The Devil all the Time
If romance is not your thing, I recommend this book. It's one of my favourite books, and is absolutely amazing.
In the backwoods of Ohio, Willard Russell’s wife is succumbing to cancer, no matter how much he drinks, prays, or sacrifices animals at his "prayer log." Meanwhile, his son Arvin is growing up, from a kid bullied at school into a man who knows when to take action. Around them swirl a nefarious cast of characters—a demented team of serial killers, a spider-eating preacher, and a corrupt local sheriff—all braided into a riveting narrative of the grittiest American grain.
Have a wonderful day.
“If your office plant could talk, what would it say about you?”
So, today’s post is gonna be a little bit silly. I saw this on pinterest and thought it was a fun little thing to post about.
I mostly write at my dinning room table. I do have a very pretty old desk, but because it’s old it’s not the best to work at so I mostly use it for storing my computer when not working. And on my dinning room table, I got these two little cute plants. They are small enough to not take up too much room, and they fit my salt and pepper set perfectly <3
So, what would they say if they could talk?
Well, they would probably say that I sit at my computer too much. I do spend a lot of time in front of the screen. Between blogging, writing, editing, social media, updating websites and procrastinating, I spend a lot of my day in front of the screen. Less when my kids are here, more when they are with their dad.
And they would protest me forgetting to water them. I’m so bad a watering my plants and I generally can only keep things that are green alive. Add flowers to the mix and they will die in less than three weeks. Only exception is my peace lilies. But then, they don’t always have a flower.
Also coffee. Not just that I drink a lot of coffee, because I do, but also that I tend to forget about it halfway through the cup when I get caught up in something I’m doing and then end up drinking it cold (yes I’m one of those people).
That I re-watch the same shows on tv way to much. But, I just work better with sounds in the background. Sometimes it’s music but more often it’s some show. And yes, it’s old episodes that I’ve seen a hundred times before. If I put on new stuff I get distracted, but old shows is like an old friend. They just make a bit of noise in the background while I work.
That I look cute with my new glasses. Okay, I’m just saying that because I’m still a bit self conscious about my glasses. I’ve had them a few months now, and I’m still getting used to them.
That I’m way to obsessed with my planner. Which is true. I don’t deny it. But the planner is my lifeline for everything.
So yeah, I think that’s the biggest things the plants would talk about if they could.
What would your plants say about you? Let me know in the comments <3
Today I'm gonna share my favorite brownie recipe with you all. The base recipe was from an old cookbook I got when I moved away from home, but I've changed it a bit over the years. I hope you enjoy.
The first month of 2019 have now passed, and it’s time to look at what happened. And to look forward to the coming month.
Social media challenge: So January was my first month of my social media challenge. This month I decided to do an Instagram photo challenge, because I was on the fence about Instagram. The verdict about Instagram fell hard and I’m no longer gonna post regularly on there. (You can read more about that HERE)
Other than that, my social media challenge have lead some good things with it. I made a group on facebook and have been a lot more active on there. And I’ve learned so much about twitter. I found the #WritingCommunity which I for some reason never heard about before, and I’ve met some brilliant writers and bloggers on there.
Febraury is all about Motivation, and you can read more about that HERE.
Planning: I also managed to plan all of my blog posts and social media in the first week of January, which I tell about HERE. I’m pretty damn proud of myself for that.
Writing: And I’ve been editing. In January I managed to get through all 35 chapters of Dragonslayer, and in February I’m gonna do it all again. If you wanna know more about dragonslayer, you can read more HERE.
Healthy me: 2019 is also the year where I wanna get more healthy. I’m a big sugar/carb/snacks/junk food lover and 2018 was such a bad year for me when it came to food. I hurt my ankle and since July I haven’t been able to walk as normal. So I went from 20K steps a day to 4K steps a day, which has not helped my body stay healthy. So January was my first step. A month completely without sugar. And I have to be honest. The first ten days were hell on earth. Headaches, cravings, upset stomach… But with the support on my wonderful boyfriend and some hardcore willpower I did it. And I already feel so much better. I plan on keeping the good stuff going in February. I'm not gonna abandon sugar completely (February holds two birthday, a trip to Finland, and a weeks vacation with the kids) but I am gonna think about what I'm eating and not just stuff myself with sugar. January have taught me that no, i do not die if I say no... lol. I also plan on focusing a bit more on my food in general in February. The big hurdle for me was the sugar and now that the worst is over I feel I can concentrate a bit more on the rest of my food.
How did your January go?
Do you have any plans for February?
Let me know in the comments.
How I plan a year of blogging and social media.
The social media
This is part three of my series about how I plan a year of blogging. If you haven't read part one, you can read it here -The Planner- and part two here - The Blog -
In my last post I talked about how I planned all my blog posts. This time I’m gonna explain how I planned a year of social media.
Now, one of my years for 2019 was to be more present on social media. For me this meant planning and noting down in my planner to keep track of everything. To achive this I decided to make a challenge for each month. Some were easy, because they were already made and all I had to do was follow them. Challenges like Booktober and A-Z April are things I enjoy and it made great sense to use them.
Other challenges was made by looking at the national “theme” of my month (mentioned in my last post). March was among those, where I have chosen to post about a female writer every day.
And then again some were chosen because of an event that month, like September where it is my birthday, so it made sense to make that month all about self-love. Or Christmas in December, because I loooove Christmas.
The rest was just funny ideas I came up with or found by looking at the net. Like february motivation, because who doesn’t need a bit of motivation once the joy of the new year slowly wears down.
After I had found a theme for each months challenge, I started to actually decide how the challenge should go. Again my love for lists came into play and I wrote a list for each month and started to fill them in. What authors did I want to feature? How does self-love actually look like? How do you post motivation?
I asked all these questions and the more questions I asked, the more ideas I got. And it took less time to plan every single months social media than I thought was possible. Every time a list was completed, I transfered it to my planner, so it’s easy to see what needs to be done each day.
Now, one thing I keep in mind is that this does not mean I have to only post about this every single day. I try to do one post each day with the challenge and the rest of my engagement comes naturally and as needed. These challenges are all about getting into the habit of social media, and never ever stand in a situation where I go “Uhhh it seems that I’ve forgotten to post anything the last two weeks”.
All of this, both the blogging and the social media took me about a week to plan and life is so much easier this way. If you want to check out all my challenges, you can find them all here: 2019 challenge
I hope this have given you some ideas, and I’d love to hear how you plan your social media in the comments.
Have a lovely day.
How I plan a year of blogging and social media.
This is part two of my series about how I plan a year of blogging. If you haven't read part one, you can read it here -The Planner-
In my last post I talked about how I set up my planner as I like it. This time I’m gonna explain how I plan a year of blogging. My progress is done in steps and I’m gonna do my best to make it easy to follow <3
Step one: "National" days/weeks/months
I started planning the years blogging by finding out what each month have going on. There is so many "national" days and weeks and months and they are fun and great inspiration. January for example is National Hot Tea Month and as a writer I loved that idea. I choose a theme for each month, and while I don’t follow them religiously or anything, they do help the inspiration grow.
After choosing a subject for each month, I sat down and found all the national days I wanted to include. I write a very long list and then chose which of them should go to the blog and which was “only” social media worthy. I used this website as my inspiration LINK. It only took me a few hours to go through the whole year, pick the things I wanted to include and note down in my planner. Each time I added a day, I marked it in the planner with one kind of washi tape.
Step two: Decide how often you want to blog.
When I first started planning this years blogging I decided I wanted to blog every single monday as a minimum.
That means 52 blog posts as a minimum. That number sounds crazy, but once you break it down it’s only 4-5 blog posts a month. And that's a lot more dourable.
Step three: Ideas
Now I admit that I’m a list maker, so I made a list with 52 points. Every point represented a Monday that needed a post.
And then I started to fill it in. At this stage I didn’t think about themes, or the order of posts, I just wrote down ideas. If I felt stuck I went on Pinterest and checked out other blogs and in less than two days I had almost 60 blog post ideas.
Some months I used the national month celebrations and others I didn’t. March for example is women’s history month, and so every Monday blog post that month is about a female writer that I enjoyed reading or had an impact on books and writing.
I also decided to join A-Z April blog challenge again this year (I failed miserably last year but I’m determined to get through this year) where you post a new blog post every day except Sundays, following the alphabet. Which of course added a lot more blog posts, because I like being evil to myself.
Step four: The fun part
Once I had all my blog posts written down, I started filling them into the planner. I figured out what posts might go best where and when a post had been plotted into the planner, I marked the page with another kind of washi tape.
And there it was. A whole year filled with blog post. Damn I can’t tell you how great that felt. Since I’m a big scrivener fan I made a new project and gave each month it’s own folder and started filling in blog posts. That way I can write ahead. Start working on projects and so on. Once a project is finished I can then schedule it on my blog, add formatting and pictures and all that. That way even if I get sick or are away from home, my posts still go live. (If you don’t know Scrivener you can check it out HERE – it’s a tool created for writers and I love it.)
How I plan a year of blogging and social media.
This planner I didn’t get started in on before a few days into January. There was a train accident on the bridge from the island my parents live on, so I had to wait some extra days after new years to get home to my on island. I have taken these unused pages and simply glued lined paper on them. I use these pages for new blog ideas, and to keep track of reoccurring blog shares on twitter. If you’re not one to keep planners from year to year, and don’t have a need to go back and look at what have already happened, you can take more and more days as needed and glue lined paper on, turning your planner more and more into a notebook as the year goes on. Personally I like to just add notes and other things through the year, and keep the planner as a reference for next year (and it’s just a nice keep sake)
Once the inside of the planner is as I want it I made a new cover for it. While the planner comes with the choice of four covers that can be changed as the mood strikes, I like to make my own cover to make the planner truly mine. This year I made a cover using some of my favorite washi tape, and just used a black marker to write 2019 and my web address on it. I think it’s cute and whimsical and represent the mood I want to set for 2019 – happy.
I adore twitter because of the great community. It’s funny, it’s quirky, and it’s silly.
I adore Facebook because it lets me get up close and personal with writers and fans, and I can post my half assed photos with funny stories.
But Instagram. I love Instagram, I really do. The pretty pictures are amazing. But, honestly I’m not sure that Instagram is for me. It takes time, a lot of time. And the quality of pictures have to be extremely high to get any interest. And let’s be honest. I’m a writer, not a photographer.
I decided to give it this month with posts every day, but I just don’t feel I can get into it. I like to make pretty pictures, but I don’t want to spend hours trying to get the perfect shot. I don’t want to spend time constantly finding the perfect picture to post.
And the truth is that Instagram is all about glamour. And my life is many things, glamour is rarely one of them. I spend hours sitting behind a screen editing the same line again and again. I stay up way to late and get up way to early. It just doesn’t make sense for me.
So while I’m not gonna delete my account, I am going to stop posting there regularly. Instead I’ll be more present on Twitter and Facebook.
I hope some of you who have enjoyed my pictures on there will join me on Facebook and Twitter. And I promise I will still be there to enjoy your pretty photographs.
And, remember to join my February Motivation Challenge.
I'm sure you know the feeling. Januray, new goals for the year. The motivation is high and you're pulling ahead like some sprinter trying to set a world record. And then february knocks on the door and all steam have left you and you feel like dying. Clearly we had all forgotten this was actually a 12 month marathon.
So, this February I've made the motivation challenge.
Every day is all about getting and keeping the motivation to keep going with whatever goal you have set for yourself. I've made this challenge to help keep the head in the game. The challenge is meant to fill your social media with everything motivation and keep the momentum going the rest of the year.
I would love for you to join me.
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