I haven’t blogged for a while, I’ve been too busy the last couple of weeks. Way too busy, am I hooked on life in a fast lane? For one week in August/September, every other year, the world comes to Stavanger. Or the Energy-world I should say. I get to work at the ONS exhibition, the second largest Oil/Energy exhibition in the world. It’s intense and I love it! 😅
That was last week. This week it’s TEDx Arendal. Oh, how I love that too! And it amazes me that they are able to put up such a great event in Arendal! It’s not that Arendal isn’t great, but it’s not a big city, not even in Norwegian terms, and it’s kind of hard to travel to. If I go from Stavanger the most efficient way to travel is by train, 3,5 hours from Stavanger to Kristiansand, and from Kristiansand to Arendal by bus (approx 1,5 hours). So about 5 hours…. Very boring, but I love Arendal, and I love the people I get to work with there, which makes the trip so worth while. The program this year is truly impressive – be sure to check it out here.
I simply love the TED-concept. The TED-talks and the fact that they actually are ideas worth spreading. Ideas that challenge our mindsets, our way of interpreting the world around us and the way we act. I don’t know how many hours I’ve spent on ted.com, laughing, crying, being amazed, mindblown and feeling like I’m part of something so much larger than myself. Seriously, if you haven’t checked it out yet, please do, I’m hooked.
I also must admit, I love relaxing myself and my brain….. When I’m exhausted from too much work, too many meetings and just too much going on, I love to read something easy and I love to watch series for instance on Netflix 🙈 I don’t know if I dare tell you which one I’m watching right now….. The Outlander. It’s way too weird and extraordinary, but I am totally hooked! When I was done with season 1 I got seriously desperate. Searching everywhere for information on when and where I would be able to watch the next season. And then I found it on Viaplay – oh, was I happy! …. 😁
And speaking of hooked. I am also reading – when not completely relaxing – The power of habit. Why we do what we do and how to change. It’s an interesting book. It freaks me out how “lost” I am in all my habits! But I’m so optimistic now, I’ve just started the chapter on how to change habits 😉 I think I should break my bad habit of eating too much ice cream, skipping too many workouts, staying up too late, working too much. Actually I’m improving on that last habit. I have definitely worked less this year, than I’ve gotten into the habit of doing the last 5-7 years. But then again, the border between working and not working is not as clear as it used to be. I’m not sure that’s a perk when you like your job, or if it’s an excuse for working more….. Oh, well – as long as it makes me happy, right? 👍🏼😄
And about that happiness. After I read Aristoteles and Marcus Aurelius, I decided I should work more on happiness. Not that I wasn’t happy, I honestly think it comes easy to me, but recent years I’ve become more aware of how easy it is to forget that I’m actually a happy person, because I’m constantly consumed with reaching for something more. A better job, a nicer car, a prettier garden (yeah! I wish….), a better body and on and on and on. Well, these ancient philosophers taught me that happiness actually is to appreciate life right now. That doesn’t take much practice, but it takes practice – for me at least, to stop, think and acknowledge everything around me. I truly am so grateful. We are so lucky in this country. And I am so lucky.
But, to use Oprah Winfreys quote – what I know for sure – I will always love shopping. Yeah! Sorry guys…. It’s just in my nature. I know it’s not connected to the real happiness, but – oh, how fun it is to update outfits from time to time! Hooked on that too. Not the shopping necessarily, but the update. Sometimes I’ll get so happy just by flipping through a magazine and getting some needed inspiration to come up with new combinations, using old clothes. Love it, and totally hooked 🤗
I often go seeking for inspiration online – here are pic’s from three great spots to searh, from left: www.net-a-porter.com, www.asos.com and HM’s & Other stories (www.stories.com).
Have a great weekend and I hope you are all in good health – both mentally and physically!
Peace & love