London Has Fallen, Olympus Has Fallen, Taken 3, Unknown… What do these titles have in common? Well, apart from that I watched all of them recently, these films are all about action which is so not my style. I’m not a big fan of action movies, yet I decided to watch these – and liked them. Why? The only explanation is a serious lack of action and excitement in my life at the moment. Ha. Besides, Gerard Butler and Liam Neeson are always easy to watch and I also found the screenplays rather clever; not Inception clever (I still haven’t figured that one, ugh) but intriguing. I prefer films where I don’t have to think too much, presumably because I am embarrassingly bad at watching movies in general. My mind always wanders, I get on the phone and start scrolling my Instagram feed instead, or I’m just leaving without pausing for a cuppa… Hi, my name is Julia and I am a helpless film abuser. Hi Julia!!!
Good day, peeps! Long time no ”see”, but I promise you that I’m alive even though I am fairly dead as we speak. Ha. I’m in bed coughing my lungs out along with fever, day 2. It all started yesterday after working and working out the whole weekend – without any symptoms at all. Very strange, I must say. Anyway, besides from painkillers, diaries are indeed a girl’s best friend at these times. Bridget marvellous Jones, I’m coming for ya!
Yesterday I watched Jurassic Park III. Tonight, I am going to watch Jurassic World. When I was a little kid I loved The Land Before Time, starring the cutest Littlefoot! I am, in fact, very fascinated by dinosaurs. I also find white sharks and the space super thrilling! I guess the common denominator has to do with power. Now, shower!
Good evening! During the course of a protracted recovery process, I have obviously not been able to hit the gym. However, I have tried to exercise my mental six-pack with reading. I bought three new books in Stockholm the other week, one of them – Braving the Wilderness, written by Brené Brown. I recently got started with that one after almost finishing another one in Swedish about personality types. Consequently, I cannot tell you much about it just yet. The Swedish one, on the other hand, was sort of interesting but a little too long in relation to its content. In my opinion, the author would have been able to reduce the number of pages. The book is called “Omgiven av Idioter” (translation: “Surrounded by Idiots”) by Thomas Erikson. I believe I am a blue person, although with shades of other colours too. I suppose you will have to read it to understand what I am referring to!
Not only have I made my way through several chapters these days, but also – embracing boredom. I have spent a lot of time doing basically nothing, and that is how I came across this TED Talk below.
“Do you sometimes have your most creative ideas while folding laundry, washing dishes or doing nothing in particular? It’s because when your body goes on autopilot, your brain gets busy forming new neural connections that connect ideas and solve problems. Learn to love being bored as Manoush Zomorodi explains the connection between spacing out and creativity.”
I found this speech fairly intriguing because I certainly know what she is talking about. I came up with my most brilliant ideas whilst brushing my teeth, taking a shower and travelling on a coach in the middle of grey English nowhere. If you do not want to watch this TED Talk, then I urge you to read this article at least. I always thought being bored was, well, boring. Turns out, a little dead time every now and then will not kill you. Worst-case scenario, your brain will simply get some rest. Best-case scenario, it might provide you with a brand new business concept and you will have your future sorted just like that.
December 31st, you elves, nutcrackers and snowmen! I suppose it is finally time to eat less, drink more and sparkle galore! However, I will not be doing much of that. I am bedridden and sick as per usual over the holidays. It is just my luck to get ill whenever I am off work for a longer period of time. Anyway, I am still capable of writing so here follows some traditional New Year’s resolutions, or whatever we should call it!
Next year I have to…
1. Create an exciting life. I am bored most of my time, mainly because I do not get to use my creativity as desired on a daily basis. My weeks has been utterly monotonous for too long. I must leap at excitement.
2. Continue my inner journey. I have learned A LOT about who I am during the last couple of months and it has been an adventure. It is so rewarding getting to know oneself. I am building up my confidence and self-esteem to the core which is an impeccable virtuous circle. Wow. I read articles and books, watch TED Talks and discuss with family and friends. I cannot wait to explore myself a whole lot more!
3. Stop chasing boys, start chasing men. Ha, just kidding. I am going to stop chasing all of them and start chasing merely my dreams. I realise those could involve a guy but no, if so I will try my best not to run after him because he is the one who should be running after me. I am a catch.
4. Take more risks. One cannot win if one do not even enter the game, right? I still have to overcome my fear of failure. I must defeat my way of thinking: “If I lose the highs at least I am spared the lows”. The real winners will always be the doers. It is all about action(s). Chop-chop!
Here is to new chances, same dreams and fresh starts! Next year, I want fireworks, butterflies, shooting stars and fairytales. May 2018 be magical!
Good evening from a X2000 railway service that terminates at Stockholm Central Station in less than an hour! This is certainly another type of ’training’ than what I have been up to A LOT the recent weeks. Let me put it this way – the gym has been a hit! Even though I am currently travelling backwards in a semi-comfortable chair, it is nice to just sit back and relax for a change.
Since I have a few days off work and other duties now, I thought that I should keep you posted while I am away. So, blogging starts here!
This morning I went for a luxury take away breakfast at Gateau but I could not resist a delicious pastry of saffron (as seen above) as well. Yummy! Pumpkin spice everything season is – to my despair – over. However, I am obviously moving on with other spices!
Escargot, this train go… Let me be Stockhome already!
My little sister Emma is nine, accordingly, last year she was eight – which was the age of which she started to watch Bachelor! Not The Bachelor, but the Swedish version which I would say is more down-to-earth than the American, yet with a lot of drama… My mother has found Em watching Bachelor on the iPad several times. Ha! She is just marvellous, and for that reason, and because I love her (so much), I decided to surprise her with a little gift the other week. I do not have much money, but I do find my ways to show the people I care about that I appreciate them. So, in all its simplicity, I bought her a beautiful rose and asked her: ”Emma, will you accept this rose?” which she found really funny and was very happy about. Sometimes it really is the thought that matters. Think about it!
Hello from Stockholm! I arrived yesterday and it is so good to be back with family and friends in the city where I grew up. I am staying with my grandparents and last night after dinner we went to see one of my aunts, some of my cousins and their lovely Siberian cats, Jon Snow & Yoda. This evening my grandfather’s wife and I had some coffee and tea in front of the TV (my grandfather was on a business meeting). We also shared some sweets that I got for free at the MOOD Galleria earlier today. It has been a great Tuesday with sunshine and a lot of strolling. However, I started the day at the police because I had to renew my passport and ID card. Ugh. I do not like doing that. It costs and the image never even gets okay. Oh well, the third picture had to do. Anyway, if you want to see some more photographs from my day(s) please follow my public account on Instagram: @jubileejulia. Have a good one!