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The past few days I've been a bit sick so I haven't had a lot of energy to update PLUS I have been struggling a lot with my bookkeeping to try to sort everything out haha. There's nothing majorly wrong of course but there are tiny details that all need to be checked and fixed and uhhhh I hate it. But at least I'm getting some help.

So sadly for day 29 all I have to offer is the fact that I have learned more about bookkeeping, credit and debit, bank statements and so on. It's boring as heck and unless you run your own business you're never going to have to deal with it haha! Hopefully I'll get everything 100% sorted out within a few days so I can move forward.

For today's fact, number 30, I can tell you that Motala ström is the river system that drains lake Vättern, the second largest lake in Sweden, into the Baltic Sea in Norrköping. And today Rascal and I took a walk around Motala ström! :)

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Pictures by Andrew Kearns · http://www.andrewtkearns.com/

Today I decided to learn a little more about Iceland, a country I would LOVE to visit one day. I also really really loved watching Andrew Kearns vlog series when he travelled around the country. (Of course not all these facts will go into my Field Notes book but I thought just one fact here on the blog was a little cheap).

  1. A majority of Icelanders believe in elves.
  2. At about 39,000 square miles, Iceland is small – close to the size of Ohio.
  3. There is a volcanic eruption every 4 years on average.
  4. There are no forests in Iceland.
  5. Beer remained illegal in Iceland until 1989.
  6. At 43.5 hours per week, they have the longest work week in Europe.
  7. The Icelandic language remains unchanged from ancient Norse. That means 1,000-year-old texts are still easily read.
  8. Babies in Iceland are routinely left outside to nap.
  9. There are no surnames or family names in Iceland – Icelanders use the traditional Nordic naming system, which includes a last name that is comprised from their father’s (or mother’s) first name with the addition of -dóttir (-daughter) or -son.
  10. 60% of the Icelandic population lives in Reykjavík.

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Good morning friends!

Yesterday, on day 26, I learned how to make my own donuts! You can follow the entire process in this video. It was a lot of fun to film it and to make the actual donuts. I really hope you like how it turned out!

This is the recipe I followed:

Approx. 30 donuts:

Ingredients:

  • 60 g sugar
  • 80 g butter
  • 250 g milk
  • 50 g yeast
  • 50 g potato flour (or starch I DON'T KNOW!!)
  • 2 st eggs
  • 450 g flour
  • Frying oil

Let the yeast dissolve in the milk and then add the rest of the products. Mix it all together and then knead the dough for about 5 minutes. Once that is done you're going to want to roll out the dough on a floury surface (approx. 8mm thick) and start making the donuts. They should be about 7 cm in diameter. Let them rise for about 45-50 minutes and then start frying them. 1 minut on each side, on 180°C. You can top them with anything you want, I used powdered sugar mixed with water (and half with cocoa), but there are probably better ways of doing that!

Today I learned that Ku Klux Klan consists/consisted of three different klans in different time periods, and the movement was the biggest during the second clan (around 3,000,000-6,000,000 members and peaked in 1924-1925). I chose to learn about this 'cause I just saw a Swedish documentary on the subject. Crazy people.

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Today's fact is probably one of the coolest yet, and it's about the Venus Flytrap!

Did you know that when an insect or spider crawling along the leaves contacts a hair, the trap prepares to close, snapping shut only if another contact occurs within approximately twenty seconds of the first strike. The requirement of redundant triggering in this mechanism serves as a safeguard against wasting energy by trapping objects with no nutritional value, and the plant will only begin digestion after five more stimuli to ensure it has caught a live bug worthy of consumption.

HOW INTELLIGENT ARE THESE PLANTS? Or well, evolution I guess. But still, I'm very impressed.

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Good morning!

The puppy has had a terrible night so Sonny's catching up on some sleep and I'm keeping an eye on the grump. So I thought why not update you guys on some minimalism wins and struggles I've had lately?

The Struggle

One of the things I have hated the most about minimalism... no... what I have hated most about sharing my minimalism journey online is the community. Of course there are wonderful people in this community, but Sarah Nourse made a video on this a few days ago where she explains it:

As soon as you put "minimalism" or "minimalist" in a title or description of anything you post, a swarm of judgmental people come to your channel and decide to criticize your choices and tell you you're not doing good enough. I guess I was kinda expecting this when I started but I wasn't aware that this issue was such a "common knowledge" thing.

These people do not understand that minimalism is something you do for yourself, not for other people. I don't declutter my closet to make you happy. I don't own 10 items to make you happy. I go through this journey to make myself happy and if owning 5 blue button down shirts makes me happy then I have succeeded. And honestly I'm not even going to go into the whole "I GUESS I'VE BEEN MINIMALIST ALL MY LIFE 'CAUSE I HAVE LESS THAN YOU HAHA" comments.

Minimalism is a choice, not an accident.

But enough of the negative, here is a very obvious positive I have experiencing a lot lately:

Saving Money

Without really being aware of it, I had a pretty huge "spontaneous shopping" problem. I wouldn't say I shopped a LOT or very OFTEN, but when I did I spent at least $200 if not more. This often happened at night just before going to bed 'cause I was kinda bored and liked browsing my favorite web shops.

A while back I got the app called Dreams (not sure if it's available in other countries, also not sponsored haha), where you save money towards your dreams. It's connected to your bank account and you save the money in a different bank, so that you can't "easily" access the money at the end of the month (who else is guilty of this?).

Every time I wanted to buy something, or go on a shopping spree online, I decided to take that money and transfer it into my dream account instead. It's not always a lot. Sometimes it might just be skipping a coffee at a café and sometimes not buying that cardigan that looks sooooo soft. In the past month I've saved a lot by just deciding not to spend this money on unnecessary things. And TRUST ME, the satisfaction of watching that savings amount grow is a better high than any coffee or clothing item could ever achieve!

Since starting my minimalism journey I have purchased two shirts and a pair of pants, that I wear all the time. I have also recently decided to purchase Kathleen Lights' Morphe palette. This 'cause I have been eyeing the Kat Von D Shade & Light as well as the ABH Modern Renaissance palettes which are both CRAZY expensive. So I saved some cash by buying Kathleen's and I'm pretty sure the quality measures up. Plus I like supporting fellow YouTubers hehe.

Anyway – my point is that this new way of thinking has really saved me a LOT of money. Just last night I was online shopping for two hours, going through all kinds of pages to find the same things basically. But then in the end I realized that instead of trying to find a dupe for what I really want and end up spending all this money but still not being happy with what I get – it's better to save the money and actually buy what I want. And what I want is this Open Puffed Sweater from Marzia's shop... (IT'S OUT OF STOCK uhhhhhh whyyyyy).

So I exited all the web shops and left the bags full, without spending a dime to compensate for not having what I really want.

More than anything, this journey has been a journey of learning to detect my bad behaviours and understanding why I'm feeling the way I do. Why do I shop? Why do I spend this money?

In my bullet journal video I mentioned my Wish List page, and that is really working for me. I put it on the list, and if I still want it way later when the opportunity presents itself, then it's okay to purchase. If it's not even on the list – do I really even want and/or need it?

This is all for today's little minimalism update. Have you ever thought of giving it a go? What is holding you back?

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