DAILY

Hey there! It's Sunday night and Monday is just around the corner. I hope everyone has had a good weekend?

It's been rather quiet here with very little to do, which off course, I took full advantage of and decided to start my weekend off by pampering myself with a full on spa day! Doing a facial cleansing, peel-off mask, eyebrows, and that whole list of things. Which took a lot longer than I originally thought, to be honest, hehe. Later on, I ended my Friday by grabbing the leftover cookie dough and snuggled up in my cozy blanket with a good movie (Okay, I'm not going to lie to you guys, I ate the whole batch. I underestimated the hunger of my feelings... No regrets!).

While spending the rest of this weekend, mostly in bed, recharging my batteries, doing some stress relief, and continue reading one of many books I started, in hopes of finally getting out of this weird funk I have been finding myself in lately. I also came to figure out that I need, or want, to re furnish my room and reorganize my closet... again, and finally get those pictures up on my walls! This will be one of my projects for this upcoming week. I'm excited to see the results!

Hugs!

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If we were having coffee right now...

I would sit there and listen to you go on about your days, ups and down while sipping on my coffee, patiently and eagerly waiting to tell you about all that has happened. Tell you everything, and I could list a number of different things to tell you. Both good and bad. Happy and sad. Excited to tell you all about the new experiences I've had and lessons learned, and how excited I am about what's to come next over the horizon. I could tell you this fun story of how I got lost walking home from the store or a friends house. I could tell you about that one night by the pool where I met a group of interesting people and made new friends. I could share fun stories from back home, or that one time I got lost at the airport in Seattle.

There's just a number of things!

Just before I'm about to take my breath and start rambling on... Something in me stops, and I freeze for a second that feels like minutes. I realize as I want to ramble on about all the changes and the excitement, there's something in me that changes. There's more. There's something lingering in the back of my head. Something putting weight on my chest. Even with all this excitement, it wouldn't let me forget. This little gray cloud that has been circling me for a little while now. As I try to push this cloud away while sharing my news, plans, and excitement. I can feel it pushing back. I interrupt myself and decide to give you a more honest answer, telling you how all these changes haven't only been a dance on roses. It's been tough as well. Feeling a pull from different directions. Having my mind and body being in different places along with my heart not making any sense. It takes its toll on me, making me feel odd, almost sick.

That's it. I am homesick. As I can feel that I am missing those familiar faces and laughs, I find it odd that a part of me misses different places and cities, at the same time as I'm not. That is what's creating the odd feeling. I am feeling homesick for a place I never really felt I belonged. A feeling which I don't know how to respond to.

Leaving it at that as I would've finished my coffee, I would let you know how getting this weight off of my chest and letting it out in the world, feels good. I feel more at peace with it now that it's no longer just in my head, but out there and very real. To know that it's okay to feel this way, it's' freeing. As I would like to think that I could get back to my new rutines without this getting the best of me and let me stay positive. I would finish what I was saying with thanking you for giving me a moment of your time and a set of listening ears. I am forever greateful.

Thank you.

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Landing in Keflavik, Reykjavik. ✈️ Nervous, excited and hungry all at the same time while not knowing what this day will bring, or where my next adventure will wait for me, big or small. While walking through this somewhat small airport, looking and trying to find my way through to catch my next flight. There it was. It dawned on me. Almost calling me by name. That one thing I just could not pass without having a look. Just a little peek at least. It was a must. A need. How could I walk through this entire airport without a little peek? One little peek wouldn't hurt, right? Just one peek. I was intrigued. Curious and almost fascinated. This was something I had never seen or experienced before. I had to know more! Everything else around me disappeared. There was nothing else for my eyes to see. It had all disappeared. My mind was locked and ready. I rushed over to have a look. I almost ran, to be more accurate.


I found it. I found the aisle containing the candy, and me being the chocolate addict that I am. I went straight for the hills. Their chocolate collection. Which looked amazing! There where so many different flavors to choose from. Since I had such a hard time making up my mind and running out of time. I also got this box that had a mix of some different flavors. Containing dark, milk and orange flavored milk chocolate. Normally, I don't like chocolate and orange together, but this one I actually liked. Which also surprised me. I was intrigued and could not wait to test these babies out! I will be honest and say, that is some of the best chocolate I have ever tasted. It's delicious! To top it off! For the wrapping they have used different pictures that has been taking around the country. The Northern Lights, mountains, lakes and more! I found this wrapping so stunning. 😍 This is definitely something I will get next time I pass through Keflavik! And for you fellow chocolate lovers. If you get the chance, this is a must try! You're going to love it.

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Hello, and good evening!

The local time is around 09 PM (21:00) and I'm on the ferry crossing from Arsvangen to Mortavika with the course heading towards home. Today, I delivered my key to my landlord, which means I have officially moved out of my apartment! I also spent my remaining few hours in Haugesund with family before my final departure back to my hometown, Stavanger. While I'm sitting here and enjoying my last ferry ride in a long time, I just love ferry rides, I wanted to share a part of the experience and the view. This view is one of the reasons why I love ferry rides as much as I do. The view is amazing!

It looks so peaceful and lets your mind wander into its own little world. Where time slows down or completely vanishes. Forgetting all the surrounding noise and yelling (the ferry tends to be crowded, especially during the day and weekends). Just sitting here looking out over the ocean and the mountain tops all around the fjord. While listening to music in your ears. It's just too much of a perfect scenery and moment to not be captured or enjoyed. Having no thoughts. No problems. No worries. It's only you, the ocean and the mountain tops surrounded by this big blue sky... 🏔

Moments like these are one of those moments where I escape to my 'zen place'. That place in my head where everything is quiet. No worries. No responsibilities. Not having a care in the world. A moment to forget the world around and everything in it. Giving myself a moment to breathe. To be free. I live for moments like these.

What's your 'zen place' or favorite scenery like? Please, share. I would love to hear about them! 😊

Hugs!

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This is it. Today is the day. The time is here. After a very good year with lots of good memories, moments, and good people. The day has finally come. The time to pack up and say my goodbyes because the day is here... It's moving day!

I can't believe that my year here has come to an end!

A year full of memories and moments I will carry with me for the rest of my life. It's been a great year! I have learned so much. I have made friends. These are such great people and they have helped me through a lot and taught me life lessons for my times in need that I will always carry with me. I am forever grateful for every moment. Good and not so good ones. I can already feel that it's going to be hard to leave them and knowing I won't see them when the fall arrives ❤️

I am surprised that I feel this way given I never really had much of an interest in this town, to begin with. I remember when I first came here. I could not wait for this year to come to an end so that I could finally leave and get to, or at least get a step closer to where I want to be. I carried this feeling and these thoughts for quite a while before they started to change. I have to admit, it did make me feel a little lonely and closed off from everything and everyone. Making friends was also a bit of an issue in the first couple months. Especially at school considering none in my class was the same age as me. Most of them were a few years younger than me. I was one of the oldest ones and those who were closest to my age I didn't really share any common interests with, which made things even more difficult.

Eventually, I did make friends with some of the other students living in the building with me. Most of them were in my age group as well, but they didn't attend the same school as I did. Kinda sucked, but not the end of the world. I was happy I had someone to hang out with an outside of school and people I had common interests with. These are the people I will be forever grateful for, for giving me these amazing memories and making this year the year it has been. I'm going to miss those occasional Fifa matches, for sure! ⚽️

At the same time as I'm sad to leave this place, I'm also ready. I am ready! Ready to continue on and to take that one step that will bring me closer to where I want to be, a step closer to my destination. I'm ready for those new adventures and experiences that await me.

Who knows? Maybe one day I'll be back, but for now...

Goodbye Haugesund! You'll see me again 😊

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There's only a few more days of school before summer finally starts for us whom are still waiting.. YEY!

These last few weeks have been a real hustle, really busy. There have been many final assignments due around the same time, returning of books and events at school. On top of that, there's also been a lot happening at home in the apartment. Packing and cleaning. That's right! I'm moving right as school finishes, the very same day. A big part of me is very excited and a part of me is also a little sad due to me having to leave these great people I have gotten to know this past year being here. I have made some great and some good friends and shared and made some great moments and memories. I'm going to miss this place, the people and my amazing apartment view 😍

My schedule for this next week or so is packed and I love it! There will be so much happening I can barely keep still I'm so excited. I will be starting my summer vacation at home with family and friends, in the city I grew up in, saying my goodbyes and before taking on this year's adventures. Who knows when I will be back?

I am super excited for this year's summer and the many new adventures, experiences, and lessons that await me, and maybe even a summer fling, who knows what this year's summer vibes might bring? 😉

Hugs 😘

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I love it.


It helps me put thoughts and feelings into words, and express myself. It doesn't necessarily need to be anything too personal and deep. Doesn't have to be like that at all. Just writing down whatever it may be. It's liberating. I get a break from the world around me and the ability to create my own little world. The time to reflect and capture thoughts, feelings and moments which can't be caught by a camera. A moment you can't really see, but hear and feel. Being able to choose whether to share what you write or not. To hold a small part to yourself, or to use your 'voice' to be heard, to reach out to others, to be understood, be able to relate, and maybe even help one another. Clearing your mind. Keeping it from racing on like it does throughout the day, and slow down.

Giving yourself a moment to breathe, some "me time".

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