UK + Sadness = Gym

I can tell I’m getting closer to my “1 year living in Norway anniversary” by the sadness I feel. I miss London like crazy, and missing my heart even more!

It’s hard to explain, cos I still think my decision of moving back was the right one. And life in Norway is so much better than life in London. But I still feel like I left a huge part of me, in the UK. Hence my sadness…

Like most things, I know this sadness will pass. And being sad is really just a waist of time. But while feeling down I’m super happy I have my gym to go to!

If I didn’t have gym as my distraction I would probably be home feeling sorry for myself, right now! (Let’s be real) Gym is the best distraction, the best mood booster out there. Do you know what I’m talking about? Of course you do!

…and if you don’t: Next time you’re feeling down, go for a walk. Run, swim, go to the gym. Any activity will make your body happy and mind distracted! It works! With a 100% guarantee

– Therese

New favourite

First of all, THANK YOU, to Antonia for being so so sweet. Sending me card and a present for the new home. Such a nice gesture!

Also the present actually being the best thing ever:

The book: “The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse” – written by Charlie Mackesy

This is the sweetest book. So simple, so right. Motivational and emotional. Perfect present, perfect reading, one page a day. I love it!

Of course also loving the illustrations.

I had never heard of this book until Antonia told me I had to buy it. She knows me, this book is perfect for me and also I’m so bad at online shopping, she knew she would easily buy it and send it to me before I would get myself together and buy something (anything) online!

So here it is, my new favourite book. My daily motivational if you’d like. I read one page every day. Just because it’s cute! This is real life cutenesses, love and friendship, touching on difficult feelings through life. The combination is probably why I like it so much.

– Therese

Yey or ney, to Valentines Day?

Valentine’s Day, huh? I’ve never been fan of this day. I find it very superficial. Just another reason for stores to sell us useless things we don’t need.

We shouldn’t have to buy something to show someone we love them. We shouldn’t tell them we love them just because the day on the calendar tell us to.

Photo by: mavvi.photography

I’ll be honest, I’m not doing anything tonight. Not because I don’t have people I care about in my life, but because this is just another Friday and I believe in showing love every day, all year.

Also, if I were to celebrate, I would want to celebrate with the man who broke my heart a while back. So probably best if I just ignore this day and keep myself busy, right?

Big hug to everyone out there with a broken heart on a day like today!

– Therese

Status: First week homeowner

Ok, so I asked and you answered. Here’s an update on my first week as a home owner!

I’m so excited about finally creating something of my own! I’ve been renting for so many years, it feels great to own something again. I can finally do what I want, put money into it and feel like it’s worth it!

Hallway

This week started in the hallway. I’ve only painted the walls here, since everything else is new and how I like it. Easy!

Of course I will have to buy furnitures for this room and the connected walk-in, but I’m still unsure of what I want, so I’ve decided to leave it for now.

Bedroom

Room two was the bedroom. Probably the room I was the most excited about, because I had such clear image in my head of how I wanted this room to look. I don’t want to share too much at this point, but at least this way you get a feeling of where I’m heading.

That said, I looove the double glass doors! This means I can wake up in the morning, stepping straight out onto the balcony for my morning coffee… Seriously considering keeping my Nespresso machine in my bedroom from now on!

Living room

The living room is still very much in progress. I’m waiting for the sofa to be delivered on April 1st (oh-oh… Don’t let it be a joke!)

I should probably let you know, I ended up changing the colour and fabric on the sofa. So the brown and the dark grey are both out… Sorry to everyone telling me I had to go for one or the other colour! I went for a third option.

The change of mind on the sofa also meant a change of paint in this room. Therefore I’m now considering waiting to paint this until my sofa is here. Just so I can see it all together. What do you think?

Since this picture was taken I’ve installed sun blinds in the living room windows, finalised the dining area, moved aaaaall my boxes out of storage and had lamps installed. Last night I even spent 3,5 hours putting drawers together (hate!), as a result of a 4hrs long shopping trip to Ikea on Thursday. I love Ikea. I just don’t love putting the furnitures together when I get home.

“Bye, bye storage”

Today I’ve emptied my storage container for all my belongings, on my own! I saw it as a great workout, now my back don’t necessarily agree…

But the storage is empty, my apartment is full and the day of moving inn is getting closer! Maybe I can move inn already this coming weekend?!

Until then, I will try to keep you posted. But I find myself so excited, I forget documenting the things I do, I just want it done. Now.

– Therese

Oh happy day(s)

It’s been 4 days since I received the keys to my new place, and I’ve never seen money leave my bank account this fast ever before!

Partly because I’m buying everything new, partly because I’m so impatient I have no time for waiting around… Note to self: “Maybe one day learn how to be patient. Until then, keep doing you!” (And that’s what I do)

Home loading…

I’ve painted two of the tree rooms, I’ve ordered furnitures where I need to order. Others I’ve already collected. I’ve started to empty my container with stuff (yes, I actually have all my belongings stored in a container somewhere, since my move from the UK to Norway) and I’ve also started unpacking in the new apartment! All at once in only a few days! You’re safe to say I’m a bit all over the place…

…and where I’m not, my sister is!

I also have something new (and very exciting) to share with you.. But this I will save for another time. I’m having so much fun these days, I’m almost afraid I’m having too much fun, something might go wrong… Right, I can’t think like that, and I can’t sit around! Up I go, another wall to paint! Speak to you soon

– Therese

I feel the pressure

(My very own pressure)

I’ve just packed my first bag for my new home. I have a plan for what to do the next couple of days and I know I’m in no hurry. But I’m still so excited I want to do it all at once! Preferably yesterday…

I’m getting the keys to my new home tomorrow.

My absolute favourite – Unknown owner

The pressure of making this “the perfect home” is high! Not from anyone else, than from myself! I have so many ideas, so many things I like, I know the vibe I want and I know what colour scheme I like… I want my home to be calm, modern, industrial and warm. A place for social happenings, but also “me-time”. I want my friends to come knocking on my door, nephews to stay over and parents to be proud.

But most of all I want a place of my own, a place to call home. I’ve been out there searching for my home for so long. I’ve found it, but at the same time not. This time I hope to stay for a while.

These inspirational pictures of how I want my living room-vibe to be, might tell you more about me and “my style”.

I’ve had a crush on this home for a long time, finally found the home owner:
www.craftberrybush.com

If you follow someone, if your style is similar to mine, or you know who’s homes I’ve posted pictures of, please let me know! I need all the inspiration I can get and I just love discovering new “interior professionals” !

Excited for tomorrow… I probably won’t get any sleep tonight.

Also: My sister tells me I can’t have a brown sofa… Head over to my Instagram and say your opinion on which sofa to chose! It’s in my story and deadline for ordering it is 4pm tomorrow! Please leave your vote!

– Therese

I’m still learning

I once saw this saying: “You will get there. But right now you are here. (and here is wonderful)”

I liked it, saved it and never did anything to it. Until I visited the US last week when this saying came back to me. And I love it even more this time around!

Being in the US, I only had internet when connected to WiFi. Which made me so so stressed in the beginning. I’m not gonna lie, I automatically looked at my phone 110 times just by old habits, and it also took me some time to relax not being online.

But what it thought me was the importance of being present right here, right now. It made me realise how much time I spend on my phone or even just waiting for things in general. Why waist so much time waiting for what’s coming, when you can enjoy and make the best of what’s here right now?

After a few days I lowered my shoulders and started to breath normally again! It felt great!

I’m the kind of person who love to plan things, I’m a big dreamer, always have something to look forward to. Which is great! But I wish I was (and will try to be) better at enjoying the time I’m in right now. Or being more present when with my loved ones. Also when dreaming or planning I always want things to happen right now, preferably yesterday. I need to learn how to be more patient. Only this way I can look back and say “Yeah, I remember that moment!”

– Therese