​I just had to post my favorite photos of the year. In January I finally decided to work on my Instagram. My last winter break I spent time in my schools computer lab where I had access to Lightroom and Photoshop, I wanted to learn the programs before spending money on them. I have so much more to learn when it comes to editing, and I look forward in 2018 to become better, but I am still very happy of the fact that this was something I learnt by my own. If I were to summarize 2017 in one word it is has to be "self-learning". Other things I have spent a tremendous time on this year is deepen my knowledge in North Korea, and also in MBTI. I also have a new interest in spirituality and what sort of mindset I am striving towards. In 2018 I will be done with my education from school, and I see that as an opportunity to then have more time to educate myself on subjects that haven't been talked about throughout my education. 
Some highlights of the year has been Miami during Spring Break, ​a Swedish summer, a trip to San Diego and LA to see Khang's family, a vacation in Maui-Hawaii, seeing Anastasia on Broadway, starting rock climbing and getting fairly good at it, a few trips to the Hamptons, weekend trips to go hiking and exploring outside of Manhattan, and our trip to Washington DC. The most epic thing I got to experience this year was when Khang and I drove up the mountain in Maui over the clouds to see the sunset. I have never seen anything more beautiful in my life.
Oh, and I almost forgot, ​I also got an internship at the company I have been dreaming about since my first year at FIT. I am finally part of the textile division at Loro Piana at the headquarters in New York. 
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​Happy New Year!

I'll be back writing longer posts when I'm back in New York. For now, I'm just happy spending time with friends and family. x

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​Merry Christmas!! x

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Hello,
My last day at both school and at my internship is done for this year. Tomorrow I'm flying home for Christmas and New Years. These last few months have been pretty intense so I am more than happy to spend some time away from the city.
What else has been happening outside the usual is that I went out with my classmates last weekend. We saw Solomun play in Brooklyn ​and stayed out dancing the whole night. I also had a very nice brunch with Arin last Saturday. And last week at work I had a presentation for 'Saks Fifth Avenue's buying team. My boss asked if my coworker and I wanted to hold a lecture about fabrics, so we put together a presentation and I borrowed a handloom from school. It took about an hour and a half, and went very smoothly!
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​Hello,
​Since summer I have gone through quite a few books. 99% of them I have listened to through Audible. I love the fact that I can workout, do grocery or commute while getting both motivated and smarter. I thought I could share a few ones that I have liked, with some short notes that I made while listening to them. Here we go:

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck – Mark Manson 
​We don’t control what happens to us, but we do control how we interpret what happens to us as well as how we respond. Finding something important and meaningful in your life is the most productive use of your time and energy. Living a good life is not giving a fuck about more things, but instead giving a fuck about the things that align with your personal value. 

Outliers - The story of success - Malcolm Gladwell 
10,000 hours is what it takes to master something, people with opportunity have the chance to do the 10,000 hour. Others don’t. ​There is no short cut to mastery, than putting in the hours.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success - Carol Dweck 
Fixed vs Growing mindset; the view you have on your qualities and characteristics, where they come from, and whether they can change. ​Growing mindset encourage learning and effort, if you truly believe you can improve on something you’re are much more willing to learn and practice. Benjamin Barber: I do not divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the success and the failures – I divide the world into learners and non-learners.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in an World That Can’t Stop Talking - Susan Cain 
Introverts are drawn to the inner world of thoughts and feelings, focusing of the meaning of the events, recharge by being alone. Introverts think before they act, research information thoroughly, stay on a task longer and give up less easily.​

The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
If you have a big task, neither regretting the procrastinated time nor worrying about the big workload will help you get it done. But if you start solving the first problem, like doing the outline, then it’s all downhill from there.

The Female Brain – Louann Brizendine  and The Male Brain – Louann Brizendi
​The difference between female and male brains throughout different stages in life

How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie 
Become genuinely interested in other people. Smile. A person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important in any language. Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves. Talk in terms of the other persons interest. Make other people feel important, and do it sincerely. Give people what they want, not what you want, don’t bait the hook with cheesecake. When an argument arises, watch out for natural reaction, stay calm, listen first.​

Waking up – Sam Harris 
​Your mind will determine the quality of your life​. The insight from meditation tells us nothing about the world, but confirm some well-established truths about the human mind. Consciousness, the experience of “being”, the awareness of you.

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead - Sheryl Sandberg
This one I'm reading right now so I don't have a lot of notes yet. Besides this one: Planning too far ahead closes more doors than it opens. 

As you may see, I have a preference for books that will in the grand scheme of things extend my knowledge. Just picking up a book like Mindset or Outliers will immediately bring the awareness that it is up to oneself to succeed in life. When I was younger I was guilty of thinking that everything I wanted in life was just automatically going to happen to me because I felt like I deserved to have the career and lifestyle that I wanted. I spent a lot of time feeling like the world owed me something, like I was just waiting for something to happen. Well, it didn't. Things rarely just happen, you have to work really hard to make things happen. At some point I changed my attitude from "Why not me" to "I will have that, and I will work hard until I have it".
​​Let me know if you have a few good books to recommend. x​

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Hello,
My birthday was great! Khang came in with breakfast, candles, balloons and flowers in the morning. Heidi surprised me with another gift even though she gave me the best gift ever already a few weeks ago - the most comfortable mattress I have ever slept on. The girls at my work were extra sweet. And in the evening Arin took me out to dinner at a Russian restaurant, which was an experience in itself. Besides never having eaten Russian food before, the staff also surprised me with a Russian birthday song - which was probably the most scary sounding birthday song I have ever heard before. Arin and I could not stop laughing.
Today it's Wednesday which means I have to spend the entire day in school. The semester is definitely getting close to an end. Next week and the week after are the finals. x

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Good evening,
Khang and I just came back after a few days in Washington DC. Since it was Thanksgiving on Thursday, we both were off on Friday as well. In DC we spent time at museums, at restaurants and what became my favorite - Georgetown - such a cute area to stroll around in. After driving back today, I went to upper east side to get my hair done. I'm finally a bit blonder, perfect timing as well with my birthday coming up tomorrow. x

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​Hello, 
Last weekend Khang and I went upstate for a day. The colors of the leaves were incredible, but unfortunately it was raining most of the day. This weekend has been pretty boring so far. He need to work and I need to study​. I did get time, though, to do the little things I otherwise never have time to do; like fix my eyebrows and do a face mask. Heidi and I also saw the documentary 'What the Health' yesterday. Which was pretty much an updated version of 'Forks over knives'. Still really good though! 
Anyhow, time to get ready and head out. It's too sunny to stay inside. And, I also really want to spend time with my new camera that Khang surprised me with last week. I do realize I have an extremely kind boyfriend!​ x

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​The last month I have been working at my new internship four days a week, I've been to school in the evenings, and been trying to keep up with my homework and Instagram during the weekends. I've just had midterms as well. Even though I've been extremely busy lately I have managed to workout both at our gym in the building and at the rock climbing gym several times a week. I also invited Kolbrun to come climb with me the other week, it's always fun sharing your hobbies. 
Tomorrow it's Friday already. I have been working on a presentation the last few days that are going to be presented tomorrow at my internship. And in the evening I have a dinner with Khang, Kevin and Josie, followed by a night at the Comedy Cellar for some live comedy. Saturday we're driving up to Catskills to see the fall leaves. There hasn't been a lot of fall in New York yet, the heat has stayed here for quite some time but I think it is finally time to say that the fall is here, and what better way of celebrating that than by spending some time in nature.
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​I'm so tired that I'm not going to write anything long. I just felt like updating with some photos. The other weekend Khang were nice to take some photos of my outfits, and the same weekend we went hiking along a beach trail. I wouldn't recommend this one though, there were more climbing on actual rocks than going up a mountain. This last weekend Khang went to California, I was meant to go with him, I had even packed my bag, but Friday afternoon I got a very exciting call and yesterday I started my internship. Which I can talk more about later. 
Goodnight! x​

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