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.
I am a HSP, a common condition but seldom understood. However, I have learned that a HSP should not want to ‘cure’ oneself. It is who you are. It is who I am. A Highly Sensitive Person. “Rather than just being a personality type, like being shy or outgoing, being a HSP is defined as having a hypersensitive nervous system.” In order to comprehend and come to terms with myself I started to read. One book and a few articles on the matter. Only now have I advanced to live in the modern world and watched this TEDx Talk. I sincerely recommend giving Elena Herdieckerhoff just over fifteen minutes. She is worth it. Watch with English subtitles! Even if you are nothing like me, you will get a deeper knowledge for as much as one fifth of the population. High sensitivity is normal, we are quite a few but not enough to be well understood by the majority of those around us.
PS, ironically, I began to cry at the end of this video…
Christmas comes but once a year. My true festive spirit will go live at the end of this month. I can’t wait to start listening to Christmas songs, watching Christmas movies and decorating the flat, not forgetting the over-indulgence in saffron. Yum! However, it’s not too early to start watching all the new Christmas adverts! John Lewis’ was released two days ago we all know that’s the starting point for Christmas countdown. Moz The Monster was OK. The soundtrack on the other hand was really good, go have a listen at ‘Golden Slumbers’ by Elbow on Spotify!
M&S’s ad was OK, too. A bit more Christmassy and starring the perfect character – the Paddington bear. Yet, no favourite. I want more! In fact, I am excited to direct my own short films. I already have a good one in mind based on a true story. It is contemporary, emotional and a bit of an eye-opener. Besides, if I get to work with a talented musician on this project, it will be splendid in all its simplicity. Stay tuned!
My fave so far this year is Debenhams’. I fancy up-to-date love stories and I wouldn’t mind a fairytale Xmas like this. Also, I’m the queen of wishful thinking…
“In a magical world where balloons are filled with the light of film, only popping them releases the beautiful movies within. Will Ben and his father get a chance to pop their balloon before it loses its light forever?”
I love this, so creative, important and touching. One of my favourite songs, too. Watch in HD.
I must share this although many of you probably have seen it already. Zara Larsson is just so good! PS, I accidentally wrote Zara Larsen at first. Ha! It actually sounds like Ellen is saying Larsen as well…
This reinforces my belief that I am secretly British, it is totally my cup of tea! In fact, I had to get Earl Grey the other day to do a London Fog (a tea/latte drink as seen on the picture below). It is easy-peasy to make and not too unhealthy, all you need to do is: brew the tea, add a little vanilla syrup (I went with Alpro Soya Vanilla instead) and finish with some steamed milk. If desired, you can also sprinkle some cinnamon on the top! I have not figured out the ultimate measurements for my taste yet, so I suggest you Google a recipe if you want to try it. The beverage is sweet but not too sweet, and I like it (not least because of the beautiful name). Anyway, I hope you have a good laugh with hilarious Mr (Handsome) Hussey. Cheers!
This girl, where do I even start? In my opinion, she is truly superior in her industry. So talented. She has an incredible voice, she is really good at dancing and she possesses a fantastic attitude, charisma and self-esteem; feels comfortable in her skin and very mature despite her young age. Not only that, she is awfully good-looking! She has beautiful features, a great body and nice hair. Not to mention the fancy makeups and extremely stylish clothes! I could kill for this whole outfit, the sequin jumpsuit with the matching heels and the fabulous (faux?) fur jacket. Smashing!
I would not mind the jacket Zara is wearing at the beginning of this performance either, it is just so right! Zara Larsson really inspires on so many levels, but the thing that I like about her the most is her gumption. I love individuals with ambitions; people who work hard to achieve their goals. Besides, this young woman is humorous, smart and witty. If only I were half as brilliant as her… So cool!
This is perfection. Watch in HD.
I’ve been longing for the Christmas season for quite some time now, and it’s finally here! I love to get in the mood with Christmas songs, films and not least – adverts (I’m sure you can tell by now)! Here’s a cute one from Heathrow Airport that I recently found. British adverts are beyond compare. The majority of the Christmas adverts I’ve seen and shared with you, I would be delighted to see as full-length feature films. There are several brilliant narratives with great messages, not to mention the various remarkable characters!
Christmas with love from Mrs Claus makes me realise what truly makes me happy – my siblings. Their happiness. I wish I could give them everything they ever wanted, but most importantly, I wish I could be with them and share the joy. I really appreciate all the time I get to spend with them (which, unfortunately, is not too often). It doesn’t matter if we just talk over the phone or if we only meet a few minutes to say hello; each and every moment is precious.
Christmas – the most wonderful time of the year – unless you’re a Hamleys employee and have to wrap teddy bears and other toys that are ‘mission impossible’ ha-ha! Today it is three years ago I started working as a Christmas employee at Hamleys (The Finest Toy Shop in the World) in Malmö. Undoubtedly a festive season and a very merry time of my life!