Maybe you have noticed, maybe you haven’t but I’m a little quiet on my channels lately and have actually been quiet for the last couple of months. And why is that so, you might ask or at least that is a question I have been asking myself – questions like: what’s happening? how are you feeling? and what do you need to do right now?
As some of you may know, the winter was a little though on us. I’m not really good at winter as I get much affected by the lack of light during this time of the year. This has always been the case and therefore I have always made sure in the winter to get some good things in the calendar, something to look forward to. This winter have been no expection – lots of events, adventures and trips to look forward to but it all kind of felt through due to illness. Between the beginning of December and the end of February I have been home with one or two kids every single day expect for a few days. It has been exhausting for all of us, and it has left me behind on almost everything – mails, work, cleaning and my final exams. And sleep. And my heart have been working overtime – worrying about the well-being of my children.
They are okay! It’s been two weeks since the last time someone had a fever. We made it through the winter and we are just so very ready for spring to arrive. But I guess we kind of have been living in a bubble, cause two weeks ago on my way down the stairs in our entrance, feeling optimistic and in good spirit for the first time in a while, I was met by a note on the message board saying that a scaffolding would be set up on both sides of the building after the weekend. And removed again in three months. And for four weeks of the three months all our windows will be removed and replaced by wooden boards. Did I say that I get very affected by the lack of light? I just sat down on the stairs, buried my head in my arms and started to cry. I really needed that cry. After this long winter, the prospect of loosing all daylight in our home just as spring had arrived was the last drop that made the cup run over.
But there is really nothing like a good cry. To remove the weight on the shoulders and to see things in a new perspective.
I still feel very challenged by the situation with the scaffolding, but the kids are alright, and so are we and many other things in our life right now. My life. I just really need to be more aware on focusing on them – therefore, this post. To put some light on the good things happening lately. And to inspire you to maybe do the same.
Five things that make me happy right now.
- I’ve got a rainjacket. Jonas bought me one from the brand Rains as a little surprise and I love it. And I love the fact that I own a rainjacket as I haven’t had one since I was a kid even though I live in a country where it rains about 179 days a year. Oh, that is a little depressing to see that in numbers like that, isen’t it? Anyway, it will be 179 days in a jacket that keeps me dry from now!
- I started to write again. I haven’t been writing for many months but the last couple of weeks I have been feeling very inspired and I have written, in all modesty, some very good chapters for my little writing project. Without saying too much (because I really don’t know how it will end up at all) I’m writing some short stories based on my childhood. It’s like a series of stories of different times and situations, that all together will tell a story of its own.
- Last week I got a gift from a friend. I got a Shampoo Bar and a Facial Oil from the Norwegain and vegan brand Neven. I never buy such things myself – I have a neutral all-around soap and I solve all skin care with almond oil and water – that’s it. That works for me. I do not own a single makeup item, and I don’t use anything with parfume. But the products I got from Neven is all natural and so good for both skin and soul, and it was just what I needed right now. I’m trying to be good at being good to myself cause truth is that I’m not always good at that but my new ritual with my new facial oil gives me a little self-love in my everyday life. And I’m so grateful for the thoughtful people around me. Neven can be purchased at Normas in Copenhagen.
- The kids are alright! There is no need to say more. It seem we have come across the worst flu and virus after several months with one fever after another, and everyone has been feeling good and healthy for two weeks now and that is so good and very needed.
- I don’t know if it’s the arrival of spring, the recovered energy or just an attempt to give our home a little extra love now we have almost no daylight coming in – it’s probably all together but we have started to clean up – like a lot, and we are saying our goodbyes with a lot of stuff we really don’t need and Frigg has been very inspired by it and came in the other day with her armfuls of toys and teddy bears and asked if we could pass it on to some other kids. And as the kids room has been cleaned up, we wanted to paint so I took both kids with me to the paiting shop yesterday, and with only a little bit of chaos, they chose the color themselves. They went with a very beautiful color and I was very surpriced with the choice. “This color is both boyish and a little Elsa from Frozen-ish” Frigg explained to me and Fridtjof was just jumping around, clapping his hands and screaming enthusiastically “yaaaay, me love blue color”. Everyone was happy and so far, the kids room looks great!
Oh well, it’s hard to be anything than happy – to remember and write down these things that brings me joy right now. It’s a good exercise and I think it’s something I will remember to do every once in a while.
If you’re still here, thank you for reading!
Love from Freja