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Last Thursday, Alex, his family and I went to Sollerön -- where they have their bungalow. We went there because of the yearly skiing-vacation, also known as "Sportlov". I decided to go with them this year, even though I have not skied for at least 10 years. And when I did, I was strapped to my father. So I had no idea how to ski. I was so nervous to go, some panic attacks were in the air. But I had decided to go, and so I would.

Day 1

During the first day, I could feel the panic lingering during the whole day. I fell a lot, I got frustrated, I became ashamed, and much more -- there were emotions everywhere. Alex and his father had to teach me during the whole day. I was so ashamed. Even though I had so many emotional moments, I learned a lot. At the end of the day, I really felt comfortable to ski, where the children learn to ski... The most important thing though, is that I had fun, most of he time. I laughed a lot and got to talk to Roger a lot because of he teaching me. I am so grateful towards him because of him helping me the whole day. And Alex too.

Day 2

The second day was so much more fun. I could actually ski with the rest of the family and I actually found it fun to ride. Alex and I started to ski around talking figures and had so much fun. Later that day, we skied with the rest of his family and it was equally as fun. When we got back, I was dead. Because of me moving my body so much more than the day before, I was all sore.

Day 3

Because of all of us going home that day, we did not go an ski. Instead we stayed in Sollerön and went sledding. We were not there for so long - just about an hour or so. When we got back we ate and went home.

I am so happy that I challenged myself to ski both day and that I did not give up. I though that I would give in to the panic and just stay home but with the help of Alex, I got there both days. I am so proud of myself.

Amanda Maria.

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Clara Henry's book, "Ja jag har mens, hurså?", talks about tips and general facts about periods. She discusses about the menstrual history, and about the problems in todays society. Clara uses examples from her own life and talks about problems, like bullying. For young girls, this book is perfect. It clarifies many false factors people believe happens when they get their periods and it helps people what to do when it actually happens. As someone who have had period for a quite long time, it was not needed for me to read. But, the way Clara display facts and history in a funny way makes it a very fun read. If you like her Youtube channel, and like how she talks, you will love this book. The book has a lie-back feel to it, like you are taking to a friend.

When you read this book, you can feel how passionated Clara is in this subject. To some extension, Clara can sometimes throw to much "trash" towards men when she is discussing different subjects. For me, this book can sometimes give an "anti-men" vibe. I would not say that men should read this, not at all.

I think that Clara Henry's book is a very fun read and if you need something to do to pass time, this is your friend. It is very light, you will chuckle form time to time, and it has a very interesting design.

Amanda Maria.

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Short hair, don't care.

I have had short hair two times in my life. First time; I was 14 years old, I chopped off my hair because of summer was about to begin. I did not know how to care or style short hair. So you can imagine how I looked -- it was stuck to my face and there was no volume at all. The second time was when I was 17 years old. Once again, I did not know how to style the hair once again. But alas, it looked better and I really liked having short hair. This time, I have "studied" how to style short hair I have bought products that makes my hair have more volume.

This hair is perfect for me. Long hair does not suite me at all. I love how fast it dries, I love how easy it is to style, I love how short it is in the back. This is the shortest hair that I have ever had, and I want it even shorter when I do not style it. I love how grown up I look in it as well.

The only "bad" thing about it is, that I have noticed, is that you need to cut it more often if you want to keep the short. If you do not have someone close that can cut it for you, it will become expensive.

Anyway, I love my short hair. I cannot rave about it enough. I simply love it.

(REVIEW is something I want to start doing on my blog. I will review different things like books, movies and other things -- mostly random things I want to share with you.)

Amanda Maria.

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Starting last year, I have done more to help animals in any way I can. I will not note what I have done nor what I will do expect this, trying to get cruelty-free with makeup brands -- to start off with. There are many cheap and more expensive brands that does not test on animals, and it is not quite hard to research what brands that does not test on animals. I use Logical Harmony. I want to be able one day to only use cruelty-free brands but I want to start off with makeup, I feel as this is a transition and it will take a long time to change all of the products I am using at the moment. I will use up all of the products I have at my disposal and as the products gets empty, I will change it for something cruelty-free.

I am such a animal-lover that I feel that it is my duty to do these small things so that the animals can live a more "happy" life. Even though people might not think that just one person can make a different, I want to make this change. I burn for animal rights and I want to be able to actually do something more than just sitting in my room and think that I want to help animals. This could be the start of something new. It feel so right, to be here and write about my plans for 2017 (references).

Amanda Maria.

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Hello everyone, as I said in a blog post from a few weeks ago, I am going to do a sort of re-cap of how well I am sticking to my resolutions for 2017. I think that I have been tremendously good at it, I have actually been kind of surprised of how good I have been.

The frist resolution was for me to eat less meat. I can proudly say that I have not eaten a single meal with red meat in it. I have eaten chicken and fish, and I am now sure that I want to keep eating those things, but I will not eat red meat. My family has been surprisingly positive towards this change and they help me come up with new foods and different producers to eat from. I can honestly say that I feel that my stomach is so much more at ease after this change, I have always had trouble with my stomach and now, I do not have any at all.

The other thing I promised myself to do is to read more. And so I have. I just finished Som stjänor i natten (In all the Bright places) and I started last night on Clara Henry's "Ja jag har mens, hurså?" I loved the ending in Som stjänor i natten and I just wanted to read it more and more. Clara Henry's book is quite interesting, it fun to read though.

Master eye-liner is something that I have really enjoyed to do. Every time I have had makeup on, I try to do eye-liner. They do still look a little bit different from each other, but I am now capable to do two decent eye-liners without needing to correct them in any way.

My last resolution that I wanted to bring up is the one with yoga. I said that I wanted to continue with yoga and so I have. My family thinks that I should do it everyday but, honestly, I do not really enjoy it as much if I do it everyday. It sucks the fun out of it. I do it three times a week and that is the most that I can do a week without getting utterly bored with it. I really like doing it, but it can be quite boring if you do too much.

Overall, I think that I have been very good with my resolutions this far, as I said before, and I am really excited to continue doing them this whole year. I want to continue doing this kind of re-cap every month because it keeps me from floating away from my goals. I want to sit here and write that I have been doing the things I set myself up to do at the end of last year.

Amanda Maria.

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One of my favorite places to be...

As the weather has gone warmer, I do try to walk as much as I can. Friday last week, after Alex got to go from school of the day, we decided to go to Uppsala and just walk around, to see the city when it is dark. We went to Max to eat and just walked around until my feet hurt. It was really nice, we walked around the castle and all around the city, mostly where no one were.

I just love walking with people, just talking about whatever and never have an end-goal.

Amanda Maria.

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Good morning, I am sitting on my bed, trying not to crack my mud mask and trying desperately drink some coffee. This morning has been one of the best this year. Nothing special has not occurred at all, I just woke up, did some wonderful yoga with Adriene and walked my dog, all before 10.00. The yoga session was so relaxing and was a wonderful way to start the day. The walk with my dog was so wonderful. I put some music in my ears, put my hat on and a light jacket and walked. It felt so good to walk in the morning whilst the air was crispy and cold. I did not freeze at all, it was just the perfect amount of "cold". These mornings are the best to me, I want to make this into an every day thing. I think I really need the exercise and the fresh air.

On another note, I may have a job! I was on a job-interview yesterday and we really connected! The place seems amazing and the employees seems wonderful. I will get a new interview with the rest of the receptionists to see with they like me and see if I fit the job! If I do, I will have a new job. I am so exited!

Amanda Maria.

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This is a really easy way to style your short hair!

As you may know, I have just reduced my hair length massively. When I decided to do this, I knew that I wanted volume in my hair because I would not like if it is was short and stuck onto my face. I tired styling it yesterday and I loved how it turned out! It is really curled at the bening and as the day continues, it gets more wavy. My hair in particular never has a styled hair for the entire day, I do not know why but the curls never stay, even though I use hairspray. I feel though that the style remained longer because of my hair being much shorter than before. Either way, I really loved how this easy and fast this was.

I only use these four items. A Remington flattening-iron, a GHD come, a brush and some hairspray. I do not think that the result would differ if you have other tools than I have, for example, you can have an big curling-iron instead of a flattening-iron. I just think that my Remington is better than my curling-iron at the moment.

It is really simple, you just turn on your iron of choice, brush through you hair, take the iron and curl sektions of your hair. Depending on how curly you want your hair to look, you take bigger or smaller sektions. I just wanted a natural feeling to the curls so I took some all over the place, some smaller and some bigger. After you are done with curling, you take a come and start to make some volume in your hair. As before, do as much as you prefer. When you are done with curling and voluming, take your hairspray of choice and spray. And then you are done! This took me about five minutes, the first time I did it. It is really easy and fast, just how I like it.

Anyway, I really love how my hair turned out. I could not thank Alexandra enough. Everyone thinks that I look better in it and I prefer it so much more than having long hair. I feel more grown up. I really believe that I have found my hair of choice.

Amanda Maria.

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I have always been good at planning, scheduling and clear everything within a time-limit. In contrast I never remember what the small things I have done or seen. This is where this book comes in. I will try to remember to write everything I will see throughout the year and at the end of the year, I will look back to it all. I have everything from movies and games to products and fashion favorites. I will try to record it all. When I look at the past year I seem to not recall most movies I have watched or when. With this, I will see both.

I believe that it is good to record most things. Because if this year is going to become bad for some reason, I will be able to look back at the small things and remember them fondly. Not that the year has been bad or anything at this point in time but you can never know how the year will unfold. Hopefully it will not be half as bad as 2016. But if it is, I know that I can endure it.

Amanda Maria

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A couple of days ago, I stumble upon a Youtuber named Lucy Moon. She is a wonderful Youtuber who has quickly climbed up to my top three Youtubers. She looks beautiful and I really loved her hair, it is down to her shoulders. I really missed having short hair so today, with my lovely friend Alexandra as the hairdresser, I cut my hair to shoulder-length.

Bracelet - Monica Vinader // Top - BikBok // Jeans - Vila // Cardigan - Lindex

I love the outcome of this. I get away all the damaged hair and I fully prefer me in this length of hair. When I was younger I did not know how to style my short hair, but now, as I have become more interested in beauty, I will experiment with different techniques to style my hair.

Amanda Maria

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