I finally got to do this – Day 10

I try to be creative with things to do alone in a half furnished flat… And I don’t want to focus on the negative or all the scary things with the situation we’re in. So here we go, a post about the things I finally got around to do in my flat now when I have time. More than enough time…

Happy plants!

1. I started off like everyone else: By cleaning. Amazing how many rabbits you see when you’re home, midday and the sun is up…

2. Clothes, I have too many and never anything to wear. I had to do something before the situation got out of hand. So I did. Now I have too many and nothing to wear, but at least it’s all organised and I know where to look for them all!

3. I finally got around to put the bedroom curtains up properly. Amazing what some velcro can do! Do you like it?

(top picture being before, bottom picture being after)

4. I must admit, I’m not very good at using recyclable bags for food shopping. I used to be amazing at it in London, but ever since coming home to Norway I’ve lost that habit. So I end up with a mess of plastic bags in my kitchen drawer. Well not anymore! All folded to small triangles. Taking up less space, giving me peace at heart.

Why don’t you try it?

5. Ok, so question for you. How often do you clean your green plants? I’m not talking about dusting them, but proper clean each leaf? Do people do this? Anyways, I did. 5 years till next time!

…it was about time

6. Talking about plants. Yesterday I took all my plants on a little day trip to the windowsill to get some sunshine! They love me for it and in return they grow strong and stay green.

8. I put a label on it! I’m a little less than 2m tall. (Just about)…. Being 1.63m, having 2m wardrobes it leaves me with no control of what ends up on top of the wardrobe. Well, until today! All baskets got labels on them. Labels I can reach without standing on my tiptoes, making my life easier.

9. This week I also got to tidy my nail polish box. Throwing away the old colours and seeing which colours I had doubled. You know I have a thing for nail polish, and I always do my own nails, so I think I deserve a good selection of colours. Don’t you?

10. Time to make playlists! Since I don’t have a TV and I live alone, it can get too quiet in my apartment sometimes. The solution is of course music. (Always!) But I’ve now got to the point where I’m tired of all my regular playlists and I’m in desperate need of new music. So there you go, today’s project: Creating playlists for myself.

I realise this is not the most exciting blogpost you’ve ever read, but this is how my days are these days… And I did keep you occupied for some time there, didn’t I?! Hehe… So, what do you do at home these days? I could need some new ideas for next week…. Let me know, comment below!

Thank you and take care!

-Therese

“All the feels”

Right, today was day 6 of my “stay at home-don’t be with people-pretend you’re on a holiday at home-quarantin” … You might have seen yesterday’s post on Instagram?

And I’m hoping I’m not the only one with mood swings these days? Well, some people may say this is normal being me, but just ignore them. (Ha ha)

Yesterday was a strange day emotionally and I think the whole situation hit me a little extra for some reason. It even hit me so hard I dreamt of it last night. I dreamt I was going back to work after a long time in quarantine. I was happy and ready to work, when someone entered the building telling me this wasn’t my job anymore. The building was sold and would be made into a gym/ travel agency….

I sure hope that ain’t true by the time I come back to work. But it tells me how much I miss going to the gym, how much I miss moving from a-b and how much I miss work. Sure hope this world will go back to normal soon…

How are you doing? How do you fill your days? I’m especially thinking of you who are living alone and in a quarantine… Cos wow… Turns out you can have too much “me-time”!

-Therese

Goal: Check!

It’s been a goal of mine to try CrossFit. But I’ve never dared to try, because I imagined you’d have to be FIT to do CrossFit.

I’m not fit, but I’ve been working out for a period of time. So I asked myself what I was waiting for, and just went for it! I’m not gonna lie. I was nervous! Expected the worst…

AND IT WAS BAD!

The exercises weren’t difficult. They were just killing! I’m not lying when I say the instructor had planned for us to do 360 burpees!! Let me repeat: 360 burpees!! I could not even do half of them. And I hate burpees. Always have done and I don’t imagine that to change any time soon…

But I love the fact that I tried something I was nervous about and I stepped out of my comfort zone (and survived it). Don’t you just love the feeling of achieving a goal, doing something you didn’t think you could do? It’s not about proving anything to anyone. Except from yourself! To show yourself what you can do.

I think we should all encourage each other to step out of our comfort zone more often. I strongly believe that’s how we develop the most. And it feels so good after! Believe me. I just did it!

Do you know what I’m talking about or am I just talking away here? I want to hear what you’ve done, big or small, which you originally didn’t think you could do, but you did anyways!

– Therese

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

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