I had the great pleasure of working with a group of talented people last week at Chateau De Brives. We all gathered for a 3-day long collaberation where we created several floral designs to photograph, these photos are from our session in the Church which is just across the road from Sara and Georges Chateau.
Sarah, Nikki and I created a foam free meadow installation in front of the alter using spring flowers like lilacs, daffodils, stocks and ranunculus. We used latifolia as a green filler for our base which we foraged from the Chateau grounds
The photos turned out so beautifully and I couldn’t be more greatful to everyone who participated. A special thanks to Hoek Flowers for providing such stunning selection of flowers for both our photoshoot. More photos coming soon!
Venue: Chateau de Brives
Flowers: Hoek Flowers
Extra hands: Nichola Taylor, Sarah Haslett
Photography: James Brown Photo and Jonathan Bruneteau
Hello lovelies. It´s been a little while since I´ve written a blog post. I hope you all are well? As some of you may know I was recently in Bath in Somerset attending the Advanced Wedding Masterclass Course hosted by The Bath Flower School.
I have been following Bath Flower School´s Instagram stories for a while now, and It´s safe to say I´ve been eager to attend one of their courses, so you can imaigne my excitment when I finally got the oppertunity to do a collaboration with them.
As I walked through the doors I was met with the most beautiful display of autumnal colours. Verity and Saffy welcomed us with a warm smile and a good cup of tea. We started off with a round of introductions and jumped straight into all things wedding theory. It was so refreshing to share experiences with other florists, who also have a passion for what they do. After lunch we finally got to work with the beautiful flower selection that Verity & Saffy had chosen for us. We all made a bridal bouquet each which we could take home with us!
I just love these ribbons from Heirloomsilks, so stunning. We practiced wiring of buttonholes and flower crowns on day 2, which was great for me as I haven´t done that sort of wiring since my days back at flower school in Norway. The wiring did take a while and it made me realise how one would charge for this type of work because you do spend a lot of time doing these types of flower crowns. I did see some progress in how quickly I could do them but they still take a while to make. Practice makes perfect though.!
One of the most important lessons I learned during my course was that I had to un-learn a technique in order for me to create a more looser and natural style with my bouquets. I realised that I actully do not need as many flowers as I think I do and that there aren´t any “rules” to how one should make a bouquet. This was a very eye opening experience which I am so greatful to have had.
This was such a fantastic ending to our lovely week, especially when we got to have our own bridal bouquets and table centres photographed by a professional wedding photographer. I can´t wait to see the photos.
I had such a lovely time and I will be back again for more courses. Thank you for allowing me to grow and feel more confident in my work Verity & Saffy. You are both the sweetest people one can ever meet and I wish your new flower school adventure lots of success for the future.
I am sorry for my late blogpost, I was supposed to write one on Thursday (as I normally do) but there aren´t enough hours during the day, hehe.
We had a film crew here on Thursday, which meant all hands on deck. Hehe, well. I did lunch and dinner for everyone, so that stole some time away. Otherwise, everything is fine. I´m filming a new Youtube video tomorrow and I am actually looking forward to it. I´m also thinking of doing a 5-minute-Friday video as well, just me talking about a specific topic and wishing you all a good weekend. Well, I´ll see how I get on.
I´m currently watching life after death by a recommendation from one of you guys. I am very intrigued and I can´t wait to watch another episode tonight. If you already seen the series, what do you think? I´m halfway and I can´t stop watching.
I´ve had a wonderful and very relaxed start to the weekend. Well, if relaxing means having a tidy floral studio aaand bedroom, then yes. Heh. I had a very productive day yesterday, and I felt good. Happy! I actually spent the whole evening by myself, just recharging. I did feel a little bit guilty for not joining the others, but I really needed a little timeout. If youré a introvert like me, you will understand I´m sure.
Today have been good as well. I started of with some research and studies for work (meaning watching a lot´s of how-to video´s on various subjects). Love doing this, especially if it can make me work better. Then I actually did a sweaty workout, which felt nice.
The evening is not set in stone yet, but I think I´m going to watch a movie with Stephanie and Philip. Have a lovely evening everyone.
Oh, by the way. Make sure to follow me on Instagram, at @mariewiik1 to see more updates on my everyday life.
I´ve been sorting out my studio a little today, well it actually took me more time then planned but I´m happy with the changes. Sometimes you just need to change things up, especially if you feel a little bit stuck mentally.
I must be honest and say that I don´t have much to share. I haven´t been in a healthy mental space latley, but I am fine. I think it´s just January and too much work and not that much progress, which has taken a toll on me. Sometimes It´s just hard and thats okay. However, I´m getting through and I´m actually positive, It´s just a little challenging to find motivation, but I know it will wear off soon enough.
Anyways, It´s almost the weekend and I´m planning on being kind to myself. I´m hoping to do some running if the weather is ok, mabey have a warm bath and I´m definitely going to spend a few hours watching Netflix in bed.
Although I´ts covid times, I hope you have a lovely weekend x
How are you? I´ve just had the most loveliest day, and I am so happy. I´m currently in Normandie at Chateau Gonneville sur Honfleur visiting Anna and Philip. They have the most beautiful little Chateau which I´m completley in love with. I´ve been making florals and shooting content all day and we just finished a lovely dinner.
a few photos from today
I´ve been wanting to come here for ages and I´m so greatful I finally did. Being here and meeting Anna and Philip + there two daughters have been incredibly heartwarming as well as refreshing. I hope to be back again soon!
Dinner was delish, we had baked cammenbert with rosmary and honey as a starter. For dinner we had roast beef (not for me of course), baked carrots and parsnips with a yummy cabbage salad. Dessert was pure blizz, smooth chocolade mousse. Felt so treated!
Right, I´m off to bed now. I´m shooting more content tomorrow before we make our way back to Lalande.
I can´t beleive it´s time for another blogpost, time goes by so quickly, or am I the only one? Heh. Anyways, here are a few photos from Instagram stories. The picture above is from New Years Eve, I really liked the dress I wore. Should wear green more often.
It´s been raining all day so I´ve kept indoors most of the day. I´ve been writing contracts and I hope to finish them as soon as possible since I have to send them off to a few clients already. Yay! It´s really nice to see things progress. Otherwise we´re doing a “Lalande cook-off” competition this weekend!! I love tv-show´s like “come and dine with me” and I thought it would be fun to do something different for a change. So this weekend will be a culinary experience (hopefully, hehe..)
Lalande the other day, a typical day in January
I recived my approval for a pre-settlement status in the Uk today, which made me really happy. I do miss England and I look forward to being settled there again. Please don´t get me wrong, I adore living here at Lalande, but I want to settle down a little bit more then I have done for the last few years. I´v been wanting to get a velvet sofa for years now, but I´ve never stayed long enough in one place to do so. So, let´s hope this year will be the time for the velvet sofa.
Hi lovelies. I have re-arranged my studio and taken down the Christmas decorations, well not all of it (big house you know, hehe). I like to start the new year feeling refreshed and ready.
I´ve been feeling very peaceful and happy this week, especially today. I´ve had a lot of p&q after our friends left Lalande (peace and quiet), which may have something to do with it. I love my own company way too much, hehe. This January will be pretty quiet (but busy), I´m dedicated to get a lot of essential work done, like planning the year, producing content for my website and writing contracts for my floral design services. Lot´s to do but I´m enjoying it, which makes me feel proud of myself.
Otherwise I am getting back to my normal and healthy habits again, which means I´ve given up on eating up all the temptations in this house, there is just too much!!. I´m going to try to hid them instead and hope for the best, hah.
We had a lovely party last night, which I feel incredibly blessed about. Living in a community of people has had its perks during this pandemic. I served cocktails from the cocktail corner, we did whiskey sour, cucumber g&t´s and an interesting espresso martini. There was canapes, turkey for the normal people and veggies for me. Lot´s of Champagne too, which we all felt today. Hah. We played a murder and mystery game during dinner (I was the killer!), and we celebrated the New Year with lots of cheers and hugs. For a moment, life seemed almost normal.
Right, It´s 01.57am and the New Year awaits, well, bedtime first though. Oh, and I´m very pleased to tell you that I´ve taken down all the Christmas decorations in my studio. Off it goes, out with the old and in with the new. Time for a new chapter!
I wish you all a magical New Year, may it bring us all what we want and long for. My heart goes out to each and one of you.
Just me popping in on Christmas Eve, or what we call “Juleaften” in Norway. It´s been a busy but good day. I´ve made table garlands for tomorrow´s Christmas dinner and I´ve just finished. We´re having a cocktail party tonight with canapes and I´ve already sampled the vegetarian sushi (It was amazing!!)
All I want to do is to snuggle up in bed and watch something nostalgic on Netflix, but I´m going to enjoy the party and be greatful for where I am. I´ll be honest and say that I´ve been a little sad today. Not being with my family has been a little hard this year, but I´m sure I´ll see them before I know it.
Anyways, I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas.
Time went by so quickly today, I´ve been writing Christmas cards and making garlands for the adventcalendar + I cooked dinner. I feel like I´ve done a lot today, but not necessarily what I wanted to achieve. Hah. I am sure a few of you can relate? Especially during these days.
from earlier today. I prefer to make garlands from scratch (the proper floristry way hehe), but since Stephanie already have plastic ones with lights on, I´ve freshed up these ones by attaching real greenery to them. Philip brought yummy Christmas tea.
we had a little party last night celebrating Stephanies 100K, which was great fun. I feel so lucky to live in a community here at Lalande where we can still dress up for a party and laugh together. I borrowed this beautiful dress from Stephanie. Love her wardrobe
Hope youré all well? The house is slowly changing these days, some are leaving while others are arriving. Looking forward to celebrating Christmas here and to also see old Lalanders again. We´re doing Secret Santa!!
Hello everyone! How are you?? I hope you didn´t think I had forgotten about you? hehe. I´ve just been soo busy today. I have a few deadlines and I decided to spend the whole day writing Christmas cards (for my members at With Marie) + my family and friends, just to get it all out and away. I still have a few cards more to write but I´m waiting for more to arrive in the post. The weekend will be pretty fun but full on. Tomorrow, I´ll be in the studio creating content and filming for a new how-to video. I´m doing some pretty florals in softer tones, if it dosent rain I´ll go for a forage too. Saturday is Sankta Lucia preperation day. So, I´m going to bake, yes me (SEND HELP), Sankta Lucia buns for Sunday. Yaay.! All good fun. Sunday will be a editing day, and if I can get around to making a garland, I´ll do that too. SO yeah, lots to do.
me out in the Chateau woods foraging for winter greens for the big wreath. The sunlight was so lovely
I picked up flowers on Tuesday and we went to Bernards shop to look for some pressies. I found a pretty mirror for my bedroom
the big Christmas wreath for the gate! It was so fun and actually very quick to make. I dried orange sliced and found zinnamon sticks from the kitchen. I ´ve been gifted some red berries and pine cones, so I used those too. I ended up using tre types of winter greens, American silver fir,Eastern white pine and European Larch.
Right, I have some more work to do before I have a date with Philip and Stephanie to watch the Crown. Episode 3 next, so excited!!
I must say, I like these scheduled days where I know what I´m doing, it gives me so much peace of mind. So, what´s happening? I burned my hand earlier by trying to microwave my oat milk. There is that. Otherwise, everything is pretty peaceful. My hair is growing longer, which pleases me greatly. I´ve been wanting my long and thick hair back for years, now it´s finally growing.!! Although, it may have something to do with the B12 I´m taking (as well as not being silly and cutting it myself).
Things are looking much better in the studio these days, it´s so lovely how moving some furniture around can change the atmosphere in a room. I think it´s so important to feel comfortable and inspired by your surroundings and what better time to make that happened then right now?
This week will be peaceful but fun (It´s so quiet here, but there will be friends coming for Christmas so I´m enjoying this semi quiet time).. I´m doing some more filming for my IGTV-videos for with marie, then I´m filming another video with Stephanie for her advent calendar vlog. I think we´re also having some parties, so all in all, a good few days coming up. Oh, and Cheryl have sent me the first draft of my website, I´m going to review it shortly so that we can get on with the first alterations. So exciting.
Hello lovelies! It´s time for a new blog post. If you follow me on Instagram (mariewiik1), you will know that I have decided to get back to blogging again. Yay!.. So, every Thursday I´ll write a blog post. I hope to write more in the future, but I´ll start easy and see how I go.
Anyway, how are you? Some people say that blogging belongs to the past, but I must disagree. I really love reading blogs and I have a few favourites that I visit almost every day. Mabey it´s a generation thing. I really like following other people´s life´s and getting a special insight in what they are up to and what their life is like. I´ve been following a few Scandinavian bloggers for almost 10 years and some of us are at the same age and I really like that.
Well, enough about that. I´m currently sitting in my studio and I look like an eskimo. I have blankets, scarfs and a warm hat on. The oil heater is on and I´ve lit a scented candle. I really love my studio space and I don´t mind the cold. I feel so free and peaceful here. I can´t believe I´ve been at Lalande for 4 months already. Time goes by so fast.
Workwise, everything is going in the right direction, slowly but steady. I´m constantly learning new skills while I continue to create florals, videos and taking photos. Everything I earn goes back to investing in equipment or flowers. There is hardly any money for my personal life, but hay, we´re in a lockdown, hehe. Becoming self-employed this year have been such an emotional rollercoaster but I wouldn´t want it any other way. I am so happy I quit my job and came to France.
Right, I´m going to film and upload another video for @withmariewiik and I´m also cooking tonight. I think I´m making chili or pita. Not sure yet. Anyho, have a lovely weekend xx
Ps: If youré new to my blog and Instagram and you have some questions, check out my previous Q&A´s on my Instagram. I´ve answered a lot of questions there. Link here
Hello everyone! Long-time no see. I haven’t been on my blog for a little while and I am so sorry! It´s been a busy few months and I had to put my blog aside for a little while. Luckily, I feel much freer now that I have deleted Facebook. OH MY. What a blessed feeling to be free from the world of Facebook. Haha! For those of you who don´t know why I deleted it, I deleted Facebook because I had too many platforms to keep up with. Since social media is now part of my job, I needed to be smarter about where I spend my time, and I also want to give out more quality rather than quantity. Anyhow, this is about the Goddess workshop. I get so many questions about the Goddess workshop and what it is, and I thought I would just make a blog post about it.
First thing first, the Goddess workshop was created last year after Christmas here at Lalande. It was the beginning of 2019 and I thought we all could do with a little self-esteem boost. Some of us were a little bit lost and heartbroken, some of us needed a little push, and some (me) was in need of some direction. So, I thought it would be nice to do some exercises to boost our self-esteem and to share our inner thoughts. Stephanie and I had been watching every Marvel movie out there because we needed some inspiration for the upcoming Easter Party which had a super villain/superhero theme. That’s were the Goddess name came in and that’s how we ended up calling it the Goddess workshop! Tadaa!
We just did a Goddess workshop with the girls in Dordogne, which was a fantastic experience. Since Stephanie couldn´t join us there, we are now currently doing another one at Lalande. We finished the two first session last night (around 3 am), and we are doing the last two sessions later this week. I feel so upbeat and energized by doing these workshops and I highly recommend anyone who is interested to give it ago. Since this is my 3rd time organising and leading the workshop I have upgraded the worksheets a little.
The Goddess workshop recipe:
What you will need:
· A group of friends or family. Doing these worksheets can be a little bit tricky with random strangers. Be around 4-8 people to get that nice balance. It’s also good to have variety of different people into the workshop. Invite your neighbour, cousin, colleague or auntie!
· Print out the worksheets (I´ll link them down below), use clipboards if you have
· Pens!! (also, make sure to tell everyone to write clearly, hehe.)
· Clear your schedule, each session will take anything between 1-2,5 hours. There are 4 sessions in total. You can do the whole session in one day (takes around 6-7 hours), or 2 session per day. I recommend doing it over a course of days.
· Find a relaxing and private space to be in. We are doing our sessions in the winter salon at Lalande. It´s a cosy and warm room with an open fire. We had candles and brought drinks and snacks. Yesterday, I brought lavender oil and passed it around for everyone to sniff and put on.
· Background music, make sure to play something soothing for the soul. Last night we played relaxing piano with rain sounds on Spotify.
· Wear something you feel great in but also comfortable with. You feel the way you look.
The first worksheet starts off with naming the things you like, appreciate and love about yourself! After 4-5 minuets, pass your worksheet to the left so that everyone gets to add things that they like, love and appreciate about you. When everyone has written something on everyone’s worksheet, take each a turn and read your own worksheet out loud.
The second worksheet is completley new this year and I LOVED it. We all spent a few minuets finishing every scentence, then we read the same scentence each in turn. This took a while, but it was so lovely to hear what everyone had written and the reason behind it.
Yes, this session is about celebrating life and your achievements so far. It´s so easy to focus on the negative rather than the positive and this worksheet will hopefully help you shift your focus and make you feel proud and great about your past. Spend some time filling your worksheet out. When you’re finished take turn to read out loud and talk about what you´ve written. Let the others ask questions if needed.
After some sessions of sharing thoughts, feelings and life experiences it´s finally time to set out goals for yourself. Fill out the worksheet, read it out loud and talk about it. Give each other input and help find strategies to achieve the goals.
When the workshop is finished
Make sure to thank each other for dedicating their time to the workshop. Save your worksheets for a rainy day so that you can look at them when you need a little reminder. Invite everyone back for a new Goddess workshop next year! Enjoy xx
Feels so good to be back in my old room, one of my favourites. Chambre D´Henriette. The first night went well, although I might change my duvet. I love sleeping under a heavy layer of beddings, even in summer. Haha.
I´m having a few days off from the kitchen now, which is perfect after doing 6 days of cooking for the opera workshop. It all went well and they were very happy. I´m pretty behind with everything else (it feels like), but I am slowly getting things done. I have a few videos waiting to be edited but it´s been a fuss to get it all done. Haha. I wish I was a genius with computers and all technical things. I have my external hard drive now which I hope can work miracles. My next unboxing video for the gifts for the floristry studio is all done but I can’t save it because I don’t have any storage space left. I am trying to transfer all excessive files to the external hard drive but my MacBook runs out of battery every time I try (I only have one access working), so now I have ordered a multiplug for my Macbook so that I can charge AND transfer files. Haha. I have T2 storage space on my iCloud but it doesn’t seem like the wifi are able to upload and free up space on my iPhone, much due to the wifi issues here (my guessing)…
Anyhow, sorry to bore you with all of this. My french sim card is on its way as well, so hopefully, I´ll be able to access some good 4G soon. Haha!
I am going to try to get this video saved and ready to upload so that Steph can take my iPhone to upload it later today. Otherwise, I am going to set up the floral studio and make it ready for some filming next week. All good but busy at Lalande-lande. I am obsessing over ice coffee and a toast with butter and honey these days. That and apples with peanut butter. I love having periods where you crave a certain food. Are you the same, and if so what are your cravings??
Love to you all
Ps. As soon as I manage to sort out all the technical difficulties I will be posting lots of videos for Youtube!
Hey everyone. I hope your’e all good? I am blogging from my IPhone today since I’m in the middle of packing everything down. I’ve done almost everything, I just have a few corners to clean and thats It. I always think about something my mother said once about leaving a place. «It’s about how you leave a place Marie», a sentence which has stuck with me for years now. I think there is so much to It, I always want to make sure I leave a place as nice and clean as I can. I never want to look back at something and feel guilty or bad because I didnt do a good job or If I left a place in a bad shape. Life is now and in the future and I never want to be haunted by mistakes made in the past.
Anyhow. I am so ready to go to Lalande now. I have to get up at 6.00 am, which is not my best hour in the day. Hehe. I’ve got my mask and sanitizer ready too. I hope my suitcases dont weight too much either, it’s always so stressful If you have to adjust the weight😅 But, I think I will be fine!
Something that I have done the last few years now is to go by Joe & Juice on the airport which is a smoothie/toastie bar. It really reminds me of home, hehe. Although I have never liked It in the past when I was living in Norway (too loud party music and the staff dance more then they do their job. Haha). However, they have the most delish smoothie and glutenfree avocado toasties!! I can just about cope with the showing belly buttons and the twerky dance moves… Haha. I am hoping I will have some time to stop by.
I’ll write to you from Lalande next time. Love Marie xx
Hello, or good night, I´m writing this blogs post at 01:02am. It´s been so busy lately so here I am. Oh, I haven’t even started packing yet. However, I hope to do so this weekend and have everything sorted by Monday (ish).
I´ve filmed my floral video for Patreon today, which is strange because this is the last one I´ll make here in Bury. Next time I´ll be arranging flowers from Lalande. Mabey from the floristry studio if it´s ready, if not I´ll find a pretty spot elsewhere. There will be videos one way or another. Flowers are almost sorted and ordered for my first delivery and there are plenty of boxes at Lalande which is waiting to be opened.
Anyhow. I am fine and happy. I am eating healthy (actually not much chocolate, except for a few/lots of chocolate-covered brazil nuts, however, I don’t count them as chocolate because they seem so healthy-ish..Haha). Things are good. I am doing sweaty workouts with Gillian every evening as well, and I manage to meditate almost every day too. I feel really good which is nice.
I was in London yesterday by the way. I met my older brother which was heartwarming. London seemed “quiet” and the trains were on time. We had lunch in a greek restaurant who had plastic walls between every table. Super weird but it felt safe. Food was amazing!! (Vegetarian and glutenfree)..
I had a quick cup of tea at the Clayton Hotel in Cambridge while I was waiting for my next train home, it´s so nice to be able to go somewhere and sit down
My brother took this photo of me when we were in London. I told him I needed to take a picture for my blog and that we needed to have flowers in the background (haha). We found flowers and he manage to capture the flowers but not my shoes! Haha. He did take many pictures though, which is very impressive.
Hey everyone. Here is a little update from the last few days. On Saturday I went for a walk through Bury, I managed to pick up a few floral goodies from the market. I also went for a long walk outside town and picked a few wildflowers. Love that lavender coloured scabiosa.
My own grown ranunculus, arent they stunning?? I am dreaming of my own cut flower garden one day. I also got some peonies from the Flower Hut. The astilbe is from the market. I absolutely love Astilbe, it must be one of my favourite fillers. So beautiful by itself too. The pink pointy flower is Linaria purpura, which I see here and there. It spreads very easily and I would love to grow it in my own garden on day.
I discovered this book in Gillian’s cupboards yesterday. It´s called “The flower recipe book” by Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo of Studio Choo. I loved it and I think you would love it too, that is if you’re into flowers and floral design of course. It’s a great beginner guide too. As I am not British I sometimes struggle to find the right names and phrases in English, especially when I am doing my floral videos. I, therefore, watch a lot of English floral tutorials just to learn how to better explain my methods. This book was really helpful too.
Anyhow. Guess who just logged into a webshop of floral sensation!! I have opened up an account with Van der Plas and I will click in a delivery as soon as am back at Lalande. I am counting the days!!
I´m well but I am melting away in this heat. SO warm! Anyways, I´ve got busy days as usual. There is a lot to sort out before I leave for France and Lalande. I have just taken the first step towards becoming self-employed, which is to register as a sole-trader. I´ve also (hopefully) landed on a flower supplier. Yay! Unfortunately, Hoek wasn’t able to deliver because of the location so I had to find another supplier. So, I contacted one of the previous flower suppliers I´ve worked with in Norway, which is Van der Plas. They seem optimistic and have told me that they will definetly deliver. So, I am in the process of opening an account with them now. I am so excited, you have no idea.
Otherwise, I am still packing. Ryan and Stacey (my family in Norwich), has kindly said yes to store some boxes for me. Luckily there aren’t that many and I am planning on returning to the Norfolk countryside by next year. So many things are falling into place and it´s happening so quickly. I feel so incredibly grateful and blessed. So excited to go back to Lalande. Its a pretty solid dream team at Lalande at this moment and I can’t wait to be a part of it. Setting up the floristry studio while me and Ruby (the ginger cat that I love) catch up on lost time. Receiving my first delivery of flowers from the Netherlands. I am also really looking forward to being back in the kitchen again. Cooking for others, experimenting with flavours and colours. Receiving guests. Ahh, what a dreamy life! And of course, I cant wait to see Stephanie and all the other lovely Lalanders.
I thought I would pop in and say hello. I don’t like it when I stay away from my blog too long, but my new Youtube adventure has taken a lot of my time lately. Hopefully, I´ll be able to film and edit much quicker moving forward. I miss writing in here. It´s so relaxing.
Anyways, I am still waiting for my work to confirm my last final day. However, It seems like I´ll most likely be travelling during the second week of July. I haven’t booked any tickets yet, but I am not stressing about it. I have a voucher from Ryanair that I´ll use unless I am able to get a ride to Lalande. The best option would be to drive so that I don’t have to go through an airport and etc.
I am now in the process of registering as a sole trader, which is basically me stepping into the life of self-employment. I can’t begin to tell you how that makes me feel. I am stepping into my dream. Feels unreal. I just have to fill in the paperwork, which is easier said than done. I also need to get a VAT-number so that I can buy flowers from a wholesaler when I go to France. I am so grateful for Google! Haha
I´ve been busy creating another How I do my florals video today, which I am pretty excited about. I am trying to get as much work done before I move so that I don’t need to stress about it while I am halfway to Lalande. I´ve spent the rest of the afternoon organising all my stuff. I felt like I needed to see what I actually have and what I need to bring with me. Yes, I have actually started packing! Crazy!!
Ps: Jessie, if you see this: Thank you SO much for your lovely card and generous gift. I couldn’t find your address or any other contact info on the card. That’s why I hope you see this post so that you know how much I appreciated your letter. Thank you so much!!
The first thing you should know is that I don’t follow recipes. I just cook food. I rarely measure what I need, I just “dash in” ingredients until It tastes good. If you want super specific recipes I won’t be your best recipe source, however, I´m told Nic´s lovely Marie is thinking of creating a food-inspired Instagram account. How exciting is that! Let’s follow when she does.
Anyhow, I´ll finally spill the beans on my orgasmic figs. The dish is perfect as a starter but also for dessert. I picked almost everything from the kitchen garden at Lalande when I made this dish.
I´m a big believer in using what you have. In old Norwegian tongue, we say “Man tar det man haver”. I often find myself browsing the internet for food inspiration but I rarely follow the recipe. I like to do things my way, I like to improvise and besides how often does it happened that you actually have all the ingredients? Anyhow, let’s start.
Here is what you will need per person:
1 x fig
3-4 x slices of a green apple, you can also use peaches
a little chunk of blue cheese, or any cheese you have in the fridge. However, the blue cheese is part of what gives out the “orgasmic” flavour
A handful of mint leaves
1-3 pieces of blackberries or raspberries
Then you will need brown sugar, salted butter and oil.
Here is what you do:
1. start off with gently cutting your mint leaves. Some smaller pieces, some bigger. Add all the mint into a bowl. Then add a few clunks of olive oil and mix it up. I love when the oil starts to get green in colour
2. get a frying pan and turn on to medium heat. Add too much butter because life is short. Then add brown sugar
3. slice your figs in half and add them into your frying pan when the sugar has melted with the butter. Gently caramelise the figs. You want them to be golden and glittery. Not brown and soggy
4. Add your slices of apples into the frying pan last minute or so. I love when the apple slices have a thin layer of sugar on them
Right. Let´s plate the food – the fun part.
Lift the caramelised figs gently with a helpful spoon and place two figs next to each other onto the plate. Then layer the sliced apples somehow next to each other, it needs to look sensual…. Be creative. Then, over to the mint “sauce”, use a spoon and drip the sauce around the plate but also a little on the figs and apples. Make sure you get some of those chunks of mint onto the plate as well. Add them gently around.However, more is not always more. Next up is the blue cheese that you obviously have taken out of the fridge by now. Break up small pieces of the cheese and add them to the centre. Not too far away from each other. Right. Finish of by adding a few blackberries for an extra splash of colour as well as a contrast to the sweet flavours.
I like to show you a little bit of my mess. It´s part of what I do and how I work. I´ll never be shiny and spotless. I´ll never just show you the sunny side. I hope that’s okay?
A very lovely lady (who I adore) told me I shouldn’t have shown people the toilet rolls on my Instagram stories today. But I disagree, I want to show you what’s real. I want to show you what I´m up to and how it´s like to work with flowers. I love the mess, it´s part of the creative process. I also show you the real mess because there is so many who doesn’t. Social media is filled with perfect pictures, perfect lives, perfect everything. I don´t know about you but I can get pretty tired of looking at all things perfect. It can seem so unachievable and uninspiring. When I decided to get serious about posting on social media I wanted to be part of making a change. A change in how we present ourselves. I think it´s time to show all aspects of life. I believe in sharing what can be inspiring, but there needs to be a little balance too.
Oh, by the way!! My blog (www.mariewiik.com) turned 2 years this June. I started my blog while I was working 14 hours shifts up in Lofoten. I wanted a place to write and express my thoughts and creativity. I also needed to get out a lot of emotions (thank god you cant read Norwegian). Its was free space for me to just be, me. I hope there will be plenty of years to celebrate in the future. Thank you for clicking in and reading. Thank you for taking the time to write comments. Thank you for following.
Anyhow. Behind those pretty and shiny photos, there is always a messy floor (unless youré my grandmother). Hehe!
Right, it´s 02.31am and I should get to bed. I have started a bad habit of staying up late, but I also work better. I´m more focused.
Here is a sneak peek of my How I do my florals video for this week. It´s out now and I guess by now you know where you can find it. I hope you find some inspiration just by watching this little video. I have decided to start creating a few more handpicked videos just for Youtube. I love going out in nature and looking for beautiful things to pick. I can’t wait to bring you with me next time I go. So, stay tuned. There are videos coming up on Youtube as well.
Anyhow. I´m off to the post office to post some letters now. I might also go and get a takeaway coffee, mabey walk around Bury to see if I can find some inspiration. I´m going to force my butt to go out running this evening too. Wish me good luck. Hehe.
Hello from a rainy and grey Bury St. Edmunds. However, I actually prefer Sundays to be a little grey because I find rain very relaxing. I don´t mind walking out in the rain as long as I´m warm and have my blue raincoat on.
Gillian and I have been “out and about” today. G booked a slot to visit one of the gardens centres here in Bury, they have 50% off everything and we were wondering if they might be closing down. I really wanted to just get out of the house so I was glad to go with her, even if I overslept and had only 10 minuets to get into the car. Haha. Well, I actually managed it well. Strange how little time you need in the bathroom the older you get. It´s actually a little worrying.
After the garden centre, we bought takeaway coffee from Wrights. I do love the concept and coffee but they never seem to have ANY glutenfree cakes or bread. I have asked about it for half a year now. Haha. But no, no glutenfree stuff. Oh well, I guess just being open and being busy is enough for anyone right now.
Anyhow. We found a few goodies. I found a book about wildflowers. I´ve been wanting a proper book about wildflowers in the UK. Good to finally have something concrete to look in. Although I think there must be a genius app out there which allows you to take a picture of a plant which then tells you exactly what it is. Just like the wine app, Vivino. Hehe. Any ideas or recommendations?
I´ve been spending the afternoon reading up on wildflowers in the Uk and what is okay to pick. I don´t want to encourage anything that’s not legal. However, it seems like it is okay to pick wildflowers as long as you follow a few rules. I´ll do a blogpost or vlog about it later. It seems very straight forward and I´m very glad I haven’t committed any major crimes yet! haha.
Well, it´s dinner time now. I´m going to sacrifice an episode of Greys Anatomy so that I can learn about how to make Youtube videos on Youtube. Yes, it´s getting serious. Love how knowledge is so available. Love learning new things. Do you commit to learning something new every day? Or almost every day?
I´m alive! Hehe. How are you? I´m about to start making my next how I do my florals video. I am in love with this week’s flowers and I can’t wait to start! I´m working with pink peonies, white snapdragons and a soft pinkish Lisianthus. A very feminine bunch. I also handpicked a lot of foliage yesterday so I´m feeling pretty good about this one.
Anyhow. I have decided to finally start my Youtube journey. I think it is the way to go. I also feel the need to help people, to inspire others. Not just with flowers. I feel very passionately about self-care and mental health and I hope to somehow add that into the mix too. I have no proper strategy for Youtube yet, but I know I have plenty of ideas and I´m already working on my first “proper” youtube video. I´m actually loving the process of finding ideas, doing the research and scripting the video. It´s creative and I love that.
My question to you is, is there anything you would like to see on my Youtube channel? Anything at all?
All the thank you letters for my Patreons are now sent off. It was so heartwarming to write to them and see them sent off. Without my Patreon´s I wouldn´t have allowed myself to spend the extra money on flowers every week, especially during these times. Because of them, I´m able to be creative and inspire a lot of people with the florals I make. I get a lot of messages from people who tell me how inspired they are by my pictures and stories. They send me pictures of what they pick in their gardens but also of their finished arrangements. I absolutely love that!
Oh, and please don´t feel like you need to be a Patreon. I don´t expect that at all. Florals with Marie on Patreon is not for everyone and I know that. However, I am so happy I am there. It´s giving me a push towards becoming self-employed while building up my wedding floristry portfolio. I think that’s a good thing.
Right, I´m getting myself a new cuppa and a little chocolate before it´s time to create this week’s florals.
Hey, lovelies! I often find myself scrolling on a webshop from a big flower supplier. It´s my guilty pleasure, my window shopping time. Yes, sounds weird but I absolutely love it! So, I thought I´d actually share my absolute favourites with you. All these beauties are fromHoek flowers who are kind enough to have an open portal to their webshop. All photos are also borrowed from their webshop! I figured they wouldn´t mind as I´m pretty much advertising their flowers out of pure joy. If you see a special flower or greenery that you love, then I hope you feel inspired to either grow it yourself or, mabey you want to ask your local florist to order them in for you. Anyways, I hope you enjoy this little glance of heaven. Let me know if you like this post and if you would like to see more of them. I sure don´t mind scrolling at floral beauties. Hehe
As you can see, I love texture, greens and spikes of colours. Anything that looks slightly wild-grown is also a winner. Is there anything special you like? Let me know!
I absolutely love these colours, the texture and the dropey look. It´s very me and very feminine.
Anyways. How are you? We had a bbq last night which was really lovely. I had 3 beers and I think my head is punishing me for it today. I can´t say that the sanding downstairs helps much either. They are doing the dining room floorboards today which is right below my bedroom. Hah. Oh well, it will look good in the end. I´m doing my floral video during lunch hour today, which will be great. Got more peonies to play with this time (coral ones), so I´m a little bit excited.
Otherwise, everything is fine. Just fine. I´m doing my best to run 2-3 times per week. I only go in the evenings when it´s a bit cooler. Somehow the pollen doesn’t seem so intruding then. I´m also doing a life “assessment” with myself. If you´ve been reading my blog for over a year, you will know that I did a Goddess workshop at Lalande with Stephanie, Gillian and Donna a year ago. If you want to read it you can click here. If you feel like you need some goddess training too, you can find the links to the spreadsheets that we used. I´m actually going to do it again, just to see how far I have come with myself, my dreams and my goals. Let me know if you try it too.
I told you I would show you my sock mask. It took me about 2 minutes to make after carefully watching a youtube video. God, I love Youtube. Or just the internet. You can learn anything you want and it´s kind of free. Hehe
I´ve been having a few interesting days lately. Because of the heat and then the wind, my hayfever has gone over the roof. Here I thought I was done with it for this year, but no. Since I don´t take allergy medicine regularly (only when I need it), the pollen took me by storm. It was so bad I couldn´t go out of my room. I even had to barricade my doorstep with a towel. Haha. Luckily, I´m on pill number 3 now and I´m able to wander around without any immediate pain.
Yesterday, I gave all my flowers away. They were kind of sitting alone in the basement and I haven’t been feeling well enough to use them. So, I made a couple of bouquets and gave them away. One to Gillian and one to one of our neighbours. Felt really nice, although it´s strange to not have any flowers in the house. I´ve had a couple of buckets of flowers in the basement for weeks now. Either from my harvesting or from deliveries. Oh well. It´s nice with a little break. There will be new and fresh flowers from Wednesday again.
This weeks flowers was delivered by The flower hut, which is my local flower shop here in Bury. I absolutely love the green palette, so wild and rustic, don´t you think?
Today´s been an incredibly warm day, I only left the house when it started to get dark. Heavens, I think I´ll need a couple of days to adapt to this heat. Well, I did manage to go for a walk, which was super lovely. I found flowers too and I´m wondering what to do with them. Hmm.
Anyhow, just wanted to say hello (yes, again). I don´t know why, but I feel as I´m slightly on hold and that I don´t have too much to share. Mabey it is the lockdown or maybe I have some cards in my sleeve. Hehe. Well, time will tell.!
Today´s been a great day, and so sunny and warm too. This is the 2nd year I´m celebrating the 17th of May away from home and it feels strange. I´ve grown up with celebrating this day! Walking in parades with our school, waving flags, eating ice cream and hot dogs. Being with family and friends. It´s a lovely tradition which is best celebrated with close family. However, I´ll always celebrate this day, no matter where I am.
I´ve been working this evening, I had to finish the floral tutorial for tomorrow. All is well, I like how it turned out in the end. I have some pretty flowers in my basement now so I´m going to see if I´m able to make a wedding bouquet tomorrow. I need the practice but also more pictures for my portfolio. I hope to establish my self as a wedding florist here in the Uk by summer 2021. It´s all very exciting!
Oh, I have skipped the next delivery of Freddie’s flowers, so on Wednesday, I´ll be getting a “contactless” delivery from one of our lovely flower shops in Bury. You can check it out here, it´s called the Flowerhut. I think it´s so lovely that I have followed their Instagram long before I even thought about moving here. Small world!
Anyhow. Just wanted to say hello! Please let me know if there is something you would like me to write about. I feel like I´m a little “out of my game” and some direction would be much appreciated.
What a lovely day. I´ve had the honour of working with these beauties today, although the chrysanthemum was a bit difficult (well, not my favourite flower, but one must make do with what one has). Right, my floral tutorial for Monday is almost done, just needs a quick edit. I love how the arrangement turned out in the end and I can´t wait to upload it!
I´m going to spend my evening editing so that I can start vlogging again tomorrow. I´m making a video about what floristry equipment that I use and what you will need for yourself. I think it will be a great video for all the floral lovers out there.
Otherwise, my weekend is going to be pretty epic: I´m going to the SUPERMARKET on Saturday. Yes, I know, a real treat! Haha. I´m also going to try to bake a glutenfree cake in the microwave (wish me luck). And Sunday will be a fun celebration of Norway´s constitutional day. I feel very fortunate and proud to be Norwegian, even if I´m not there.
I received my 2nd box from Freddie’s flowers today. Loved the colour palette, I´ll be using those flowers for next weeks floral tutorial. Felt super spoilt today because I still have the flowers from last week, they keep so fresh when they stay in the basement! hehe. I´m thinking of changing the delivery to every second week or so because I don´t want too many flowers at once. I´m going to give it a little think. I´m still mixing the flowers from my harvesting.
Anyways. I did this cutie today. Loved the warm red, purple and pink combo. You can see a time-lapse video on my Instagram
It´s the 17th of May on Sunday, Norway’s constitutional day! It´s a BIG celebration every year, even during covid-time. The Norwegians seem to be planning lots of home celebrations this year, which is so nice to see. I´m going to dress up and play the national anthem all day. I´m also baking (microwave style) and planning a Champagne brunch for me and Gillian. Can´t wait for the day when I get to dress up my own dining table with a linen tablecloth, candles, lots of Norwegian flags, flowers and my favourite porcelain. I´ve been wanting to collect porcelain from Royal Copenhagen for years, but I have always moved around and never felt like the time was right! However, I feel like I need to start soon, I´m almost 30. Heavens. Anyways, there is no dining table in the house yet, so I´m going to use a cardboard box which used to contain our new toilet! Haha. All good fun when living in a renovation project.
Finally peonies. I found them at Tesco this morning. You can imagine my utter joy when I saw them. I´ve already used them for a new IGTV video I´m making. I´ll be using them for another quirky floral tomorrow.
Anyways. It´s a beautiful and sunny day today, although it´s windy and cold. So strange after the warm weather we just had. I have booked my flights home for Christmas! Wiiiii!! Can´t wait to see my family at Christmas. Haven’t spent Christmas home for 2 years, so its about time! I´m sure the lockdown will have easied a little by then, however, time will tell I guess. I have told my mother and grandmother that we´re baking Christmas treats together. SO excited. Well, let´s get through the lockdown and summer first. Hah.
That’s all I wanted to say today. I´m pretty busy these days but it´s all fun. As I´m writing this post I´m realising that I´ve missed blogging more regularly. I´m promising myself to be better at it. Let me know if there is anything you would like me to write about.
Ps: I´m still adjusting around here, so pardon the unfinished design! 🙂
Hey you! Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I am really flatterd that there is people clicking in here every day, it feels so strange. I some how feel slighly guilty because I haven´t written much these last months. However, I need to get over that. I love writing, so here we go again.
I´ts another day in lockdown and I feel very blessed as usal. While I´m waiting for my work to re-open I´ve been working with flowers. It´s been well over a month now since I decided I would get busy with them. From the first day of being at home I´ve had a to-do list. I´m working from morning to late at night, however it´s so much fun. I´m not going to lie, I´m so pleased to have all this time. Somehow I feel like I´ve won the lottery. Being able to inspire others with my enthusiasm for flowers have been so rewarding.
I´ve also started “vlogging”, yes, it´s super super strange but incredbliy fun! I´m also learning so much. Every week I´m making a “handpicked vlog”, which means I´m basically going out harvesting wildflowers with my clipper and iphone. I´m enjoying myself greatly and I hope that you will find inspiration to do the same. You can find my vlogs by clicking on here.
Besides from doing my “handpicked vlog series”, I´ve also started a new vlog series called: “HOW I DO MY FLORALS” . SO many of you have asked me to do turtorials so I finally decided I would do it! I´m loving it so far and I hope you will consider joining our floral community! I´m now able to get quality fresh flowers for my turtorials every week, just because of my lovely members on Patreon. I´m so greatful and so EXCITED, you have no idea.
“HOW I DO MY FLORALS” is out every Monday
“HANDPICKED VLOGS” is out every Sunday
You may wonder, why Patreon and not Youtube? Well, on Patreon you will have to pay a monthly subscription to access a creators content, on Youtube everything is free to watch. Unlike Youtube, Patreon is an ad-free and an enclosed platform and thats It´s exactly how I want it to be. I view Patreon as something smiliare to what I had as a child. I used to subscribe to a monthly magazine called “WITCH”. Hehe! It was basically about a group of teenage girls who had special powers, each with their own personality and they went on missons to fight evil while also living a normal life. Every month I would get a new magazine and I absolutley loved it. I collected every single one, they where so precious to me. One time I actually swopped one of my favourite jeans in return for a magazine that I had lost. Crazy right? Well, I loved being part of this “community”, on many levels I could relate to these teenage girls. I loved following their lives as I was living my own. Sometimes it was a great escape.
So, If you like the florals I do, my personality, the floral style I have and how I teach it, then you should join my Patreon page. Remember, you can cancel or pause your subscription at anytime.
Sometimes I buy flowers from the supermarket and thats totally fine. I think it´s important to feel well and happy in your own home, especially when we all have to stay inside. Fresh flowers gives me so much unconditional joy and I´m sure you feel the same way. Remember that you can find a lot of wild flowers and foliage in your area. Mabey you live near a field or a park? I promise that you will find lots of treasures thats “okay” to pick from.
I thought I would share some quick tips on how to find the best flowers and how to keep them at home:
At the supermarket:
Is there water in the buckets? If not, then that may be an indicater of neglect which will affect the quality of your flowers. (mind that tulips shouldn´t have much water, so they are fine with little or no water in the buckets)
Pick up your wanted flowers and gently turn them upside down. Look at the stems and the ends. Are they brown, slimy or bone dry? If they are just dry then that should be ok as long as they get a new cut and water. Are they fresh and newly cut, then thats a win-win.
Do you smell anything? Flowers like carnations starts to smell when they get really bad. Stay away from those!
Roses. Feel gently with your fingers around the flower head, are they super soft or hard? If they are too soft they will most likely drop so go with the harder flower heads.
Clear all the stems, we don´t want any leafes in the water because this creates bacteria.
Clean, cold water in your vases to keep your flowers longer.
A long and nice cut gives your flowers a better ability to drink water, which will help them keep longer.
I hope this will help you next time you buy some flowers at the supermarket.Let me know how you get on, I would love to see how you get creative at home. Oh, and guys, remember to support your local flower shop or marked when they open.
The times goes by so quick. I hope you had a lovely Easter? I sure did! I´m really enjoying my days. I´m picking flowers, going for walks, practicing my floristry, talking to you guys and working on quite a few projects. While doing a little vlogging for Instagram I´m also planning to launch my patreon page within the next month or so. I´ve been wanting to create a community and a place for inpiration, florals and all good things in life. I will be doing proper turtorials on how I do my floral arrangments and bouquets, but also showing you amazing flower farms, taking you with me as I discover amazing flowershops, excotic flower markeds and God knows what else?! There are so many oppurtunities and places to discover!! 🙂 I dearly hope you will join me when I launch.
Anyways, I hope you have a lovely week. I´ll be busy with my florals, but I´m also making sure to educate myself while eating healthy and doing my regular exercises. Take care and stay safe my lovlies.
My days during this lockdown are incredibly pleasent and I am very greatful. Love having all this time to just breath, think and do all things I been wanting to do for ages. I don´t know about you, but spring makes me feel so at peace. For every new walk I take I find newly popped flowers (which makes the inner me jump up and down, hehe). It´s already so warm, so summer must be around the corner.
I´m making floral arrangments from what I can find in our garden but also whatever that grows wild in our neighbourhood. I buy a few bunts of flowers on the supermarket, but not that often.
I´m dreaming of the garden roses at Lalande and I´m wondering when I´m next able to visit. Soon I hope.
I just wanted to pop in and say hello. I´m doing some more florals for Easter and also taking a walk later. Wondering if I can get hold of more blossoms.. The evening will be sorted with homemade curry, prosecco and Netflix.
Hope your all well despite whats going on in the world right now. I’m at home as many others and I’m making sure to keep busy every day. My alarm goes off around 8.00am every morning. Keeping routines has become very important these days.
I’ve just watched Isabelle’s wedding on Escape to the Chateau DIY. So fun to watch after being a part of all the preperations. It was so warm that day and we had so much fun. I would do It again for sure.
Right, lets catch up later. Time for Netflix and a big veggie salad. Hope you have a lovely evening.
I always find it so easy to update my blog when I´m out travelling. Being away from my everyday life makes me want to write posts about everything and anything, it feels so easy. Need to go travelling more often.
Anyways. I´m in Slovakia and it feels safe and welcoming here. My Airbnb is just a walk away from the old town and I seem to be in the middle of everything. I managed to check in early so I´ve had a very relaxed afternoon so far. I´m planning to go out and explore later. I don´t have any plans, just vague ideas of where I want to go. I´ll probably see the castle tomorrow and wander around. I´ve also been wondering if I should get a tattoo here. What do you think..?
My travel wear, very comfy and warm
I stayed overnight in London last night and I spent the whole afternoon in Soho. I really loved it there and I will definetly be back. So many Scandinavians there too. Weird. I also went to Kettner´s house which I´ve been stalking on Instagram for ages. The interior is so feminine and gorgeous. We had a few drinks in the bar, me and Jamie.. Don´t worry, we’re just friends, so great to see him again.
I had a bath and now I´m going to get dressed and head out to the old town. Hope you have a lovely day.
Hey. It is Friday and for me, that means another work-weekend. I have just had a few days off which has been very relaxed. Gillian and I have enjoyed whiskey and Poldark together. I am so pleased to know that we have another 1,5 season to watch. I want everything to end well but every time I think it’s going good it´s not. Francis just died and we were just starting to like him.
I have just booked a spontaneous trip to Bratislava, I´m taking myself and a light carrier bag. Nothing special planned, I just want to get away for a few days and see some European culture. I´ll bring the book that I bought a few weeks ago and give it a good try. Looking forward to sipping wine and dining out all by myself, just watching people and enjoying the surroundings. I´m leaving the first week of March and starting off with 1 night in London. Hmm. What to do? I would love some suggestions.
Spring is upon us and I´m so incredibly glad. Tree´s are starting to pop and there are white and pink blossoms to be seen about. I absolutely love spring, it´s definitely my favourite season.
I better get ready for work. I just wanted to say hello. Hope youré having a lovely weekend.
From Sunday night. I went to a comedy show at the Apex here in Bury with Gillian and some new friends. The company and wine were superb, wish I could say the same things about the comedians. Hehe. Anyhow, how are you? I hope you’re not too fussed about Valentines? If so, I hope you get your self some flowers and open a bottle of wine. I certainly have. Not that I ever need an excuse to buy flowers or open a bottle of wine..
I had a day off today so I did a few errands in town. Got some pink nails too. So pretty. Weirdly enough I like them short.
Gillian and I went for some afternoon tea yesterday. So good, but very sweet! We had Jasmine tea, fizz, sandwiches, scones, lemon cake, macarons and chocolate buns. All glutenfree and vegetarian too, very yummy.
Bought some flowers from the Wednesday market. I also found some great second-hand bargains.
Just to let you all know, I´m currently under the process of changing things around here. As much as I would love to be a high-tech coder or a graphic designer, I´m not. Things take time when you’re as indecisive as me. It will look pretty in the end.
Last night I dreamt that I was pregnant, had a baby and that I was a very bad mother. Clearly, my obsession with “call the midwives” has gone over the roof or under the ground. Haha. I´m having today and tomorrow off, which is heavenly. What do you do on your day´s off? I´m longing for spring, warmer evenings, bicycle-weather and the urge to buy sunglasses.
Since I wrote here last I have gone a little bit wild, I have pierced my ears, and what a joy of pain. Well, if you don’t count the fact that I can’t sleep on my favourite side, it´s all looking good. I´ve been wanting to do it for ages and I finally did. Yay. Time to be brave and carefree I say. I´ve decided to go back and get a small tattoo as well but mainly just because the tattoo artist is extremely handsome. Who doesn’t love a dark-haired, dark-eyed tattoo artist? Just need to find out where I want to have the tattoo. I´ll give it a few months.
Somehow I feel like I need to catch up on my twenties before it´s all over, luckily, I have decided that the thirties are the new twenties. I´m Just waiting for my medication to kick in properly. My energy is still not all back to normal and it´s making my regular runs a pain in the ass. I guess it could be worse, I could be on a really bad Tinder date. Bumble asked me why I wanted to delete the app and I simply replied: “Thinking of myself♥️”. Which is what I´m focusing on now. Me.
I thought I said goodbye to my camera, however, I found it while I was tidying this morning. It still works but the lid that keeps the battery in place has escaped. Hehe. I can’t say that my focus has been entirely devoted to my blog lately. January has been a weird month in that way. November and December were such hectic months work-wise and that combined with getting into a new job did take a lot of my attention and energy.
So far, January has been the time to rewind and think. To get back on track with what’s important but also to reassess my life. Am I happy where I am? or do I need to change something? Well, I do think I am happy and that I am where I am supposed to be for now.
Going off my medications did not go in my favour this time, unfortunately. I started feeling low and I was scared that my symptoms would get worse so I cancelled my experiment. Truth be told, I am absolutely terrified of being stuck in another depression. It´s been many years since I severely struggled with my mental health, thank god. I guess when you know what it’s like you will do anything to avoid it again. Depressions can take such hold of your life and you don’t really realise you have one before it’s over. So, I haven’t given up on the idea of replacing my medications with the right diet, but I do need more support and expertise. Searching the right knowledge will be a goal for 2020.
Anyways, I just had two days off which has been super lazy but great. I´m just about to head outside because my conscience is telling me to stop watching call the midwives. Hehe
The rest of the week I´m going to work but I´m also determined to go out for a few runs. I also need to find out where I´m going for my birthday in April. I got a few days off and I´m tempted to make a warm and quick escape all by myself.
Hey! The new year is finally here and I’m feeling so blessed to be alive, healthy and happy about life. I hope you do too. It´s such a delicate thing, happiness. I hope I´ll never take it for granted.
I had the weekend off which was absolutely amazing. I needed to catch up with sleep and some Netflix-time after a hectic November and December. We just got a shower in the house too, which has made my life pretty heavenly these days.
I also had some proper time to go out for runs and do some long meditations, which makes me feel so peaceful and strong. Oh, and I have also stopped taking my medication. There is that. I’ve been taking medicine for Thyroid disease for many years now and It just came to a point where I had enough. The medications are making me very forgetful and my brain foggy. I´m doing everything I can to replace my medications with a nutritious and healthy diet while also seeking medical advice. So far, so good. Fingers crossed.