A handwritten letter

Word by word this letter bring bang and endless stream of memories. I write it 3 years ago while I lived in Oxfordshire and worked as a volunteer. It reflects the transformation I went through from being lonely and afraid to being happy and confident. I miss those days.

Since those sentences flowed from my mind to the paper a lot of things have happened and I’ve had many important lifelessons. I learned that I could do almost anything if believed in it. I figured how to be independent from my parents. I woke curiosity for trye things I did not previously belived I would ever have an interest for. I think it was the best year of my life so far and I would not change it for anything. All the challenges, conflicts and temporary pains were all worth the freedom, joy and growth I experienced those 12 months. It was incredible.

I’m not sure if it means more to me to read it now or for my family to read it bacck then. But I do know that its a shame that handwritten letters is a dying art. All the love and soul put into them, can never really be captured in the digital form. I hope the art of handwriting will never die.

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Homegrown food

Have you ever grown your own edible plants? I can assure you it is a surprisingly satisfying feeling when you can harvest your own herbs or vegetables and eat them within a few minutes. Basic botanics and gardening is skills abyone should have. This an important lifelesson as well including the health benefits if eating those greens. I can list many other good reasons to grow your own food, including the sustainability of it if you do it right. To me its a challenge and a project of creativity and DIY. I first needed to problemsolve for the lack of a good pot and a good location for the plants ro grow at all. First I tried the garden, but without much long since ai was to lazy to water them all the way down there. So after a few other attempts of finding better alternatives I found this basin in the shed and decided to try. Due to the south facing window tmthere the back stairs is a great place to grow these plants. Now they are doing great and I am planning to expand the “garden”. Try it out for yourself.

Developement

As anyone who follows my blog here I’m increasingly interested in personal developement in all its shapes and forms. I constantly think about it and I frequently blog about it (when I blog).  You can read all of my posts on the subject on the page right here: Personal development

In order to grow and challenge oneself, inspiration is always needed. On a bad day this inspiration can be extremely hard to find. Personally it helps me with word prompts. My mum has these so-called “Angle cards” with positive and inspiring words. For one of my personal projects I decided to make a digital edition of those in a “Word generator” that gives you a random word from a chosen list. I recently blogged about it and you can read that post here: Playing with programming. I think it’s tremendously important to allow positivity in to your life and these words can help you do so.

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Now I’ve taken the next step: Sharing it! I added a new background with a lovely sunset/sunrise picture and that’s basically it. Try for yourself in the Online edition and let me know which word you got. unfortunately the save button does not work in the online edition, but otherwise it works exactly as intended. What are your thoughts on this idea?

 

Perfect day

Today’s challenge according to my jar was to illustrate a perfect day. So here comes my quick sketches of what that day should contain:

The picture aint the best quality, but I hope the points come across.

Family

It’s been ages since you’ve heard from me I know and I am sorry. Those of you who follow me know that my family situation has changed a few months ago. It has been hectic, chaotic and emotional since that, but now it seems like it has calmed down a bit. At least it is enough calm and under control that I feel like sharing with you this story in this blogpost.

Some events and emotios you will never get over, but you will just learn to live with them. I believe grieve is one of them. Sometimes I let the tears run, sometimes I just focus on something important. If I didn’t make an effort I would just be eternally miserable. But I choose to be happy, because I believe I deserve happiness.

For my brothers birthday I wanted to give him something special, something personal. I chose to go with the same concept as for my mothers gift back in April, but adapt it to a template and a style that suits my brother better. So here you see my newest peice of art inspired by he’s Zodiac astrology sign, Leo.

Even though it was belated more than intended I am glad it is finished now. At some point I almostgave up because there were so many tiny details to complete and I ran out of unique ideas. But I’ve learn anything in life it is to not give up, run away or hide from your fears. To be strong, to move forward and to be your best you need to face the world and take it head on! This doubt about the drawing was obviously just a reflection of my general mental state. University is a huge challenge especially the group work. I hate having others depend on me in terms of acedemics! Maybe in all areas of life, but when it comes to education it seems even worse. But life is a long line of challenges, opportunities and wonderful memories and it is up to you to make the most of it. So here’s the cliche proverb of the day: Carpe diem!

Victories

skaermbillede-2016-09-21-kl-15-45-11A few weeks ago I got myself a new job. I can now call myself a mentor for Mentor Danmark. That is a little dream come true, because I love sharing my knowledge and motivate and inspire others to learn. My first meeting with my first mentee went well and I got this awesome review. Quickly translating the essential parts the highlighted words are first “spotless” about the meeting, then “sweet, nice, open and outgoing” about my appearance, “focused/targeted plan for the course” and finally “Really good work” about my effort in general. Hopefully this is just the beginning to a long row of succesful mentor experiences, where I get to do what a love whilst helping out children/young people who needs it. Of course being paid a little for it isn’t bad either!

 “Jeg har idag talt med Peter om jeres forløbstime. Han syntes at den var gået super godt! Helt pletfri 🙂 Han fortalte at du havde givet et rigtig godt førstehåndsindtryk og at du virkede både sød, rar, åben og udadvendt. Herefter fortalte han, at han syntes det var rart hvordan du havde afdækket hans faglige behov på en konstruktiv måde. Det virkede på ham og på din forløbstimerapport, som om i fik lavet en temlig målrettet plan for forløbet – og det er bare rigtig godt arbejde!
I er kommet rigtig godt fra start og jeg har sat 20 timer op til Peter.
Held og lykke med resten af forløbet!”

davUpdate on the Yin Yang design. I delivered on fiverr as requested, selling it way to cheap I guess. I then recieved a 5 (of 5) star review and the comment Superb! My mum told me I should try getting it printed somewhere and sell some more copies of it. What do you think?

IMG_20160921_150804.jpgOur supervisor at university complimented our team today for our worksheets so far. She pointed this one out as a good example and I felt proud because I made it. Obviously so I couldn’t have done it without the team and the printet text is written by one of my team members.

I feel like I am getting a long alright with the rest of the team. We have our tough times, but we work through it in a good way I think.

In general I’m feeling like I’m slowly making friends at my course, so that’s a good thing. The other day I ended up chatting wit two girls more than an hour after the last lesson. The two of us were then cycling home in the same direction. We had a really good talk and I like these two girls a lot so far.

Keep fighting everyone for your dreams… They might come true!

Artwork

Finally I finished the Yin yang zentangle project. I included the previous picture and the reference project as well so you can compare them. I know the picture’s are not the best quality, but that’s on purpose since I sell these products on fiverr. This is a project I’m extremely proud of and I desperately hope the costumer is satisfied with it as well.

Previously I made the clover and that was my reference piece for this project. I took the elements I liked the most and changed or improved them slightly to my preference. Luckily it turned out well and I feel like I improved since I made the clover less than a year ago. Comments are more than welcome. I like to get some feedback, so I can develop my skills and learn what my viewers/readers think about my work.

Is this the beginning of my art career? I don’t know. I doubt that I can live from it and that’s neither my intension. Drawing is my most faithful  hobby and I’m not planning on giving it up. However there’s a lot of other elements in my life that dedicate more time and energy to. Prioritising and setting goals is an art as well. Currently my highest priority is my education at uni, but I still take time for other activities that are dear to me. Let me tell you more about that another day.

My previous post about the project.

Another post about zentangles.

Zentangle Project

Months ago I made a gig on fiverr.com about selling.zentangles in a shape. This weekend I received my first order. The request is a Yinyang shape primarily inspired by the clover I’ve made previously. I’m so positively surprised that I finally have a paying customer and I’m exited to see what this brings. This is a nemorable.step in the process of being a professional artist. Ideas and comments are welcome for this piece of artwork, which is still in progress. When I finish it I want to celebrate, but I still need to figure out how.

Give Me A Break Please

People fascinate me. They make me wonder about problems, situations and ideas I would never come across on my own. My inspiration and motivation for almost everything I do comes directly or indirectly from other people. When I see something cool, useful or smart I want to learn it or at least learn from it. I have some awesome friends that I love and spending time with them brings the best out in me. My family is loving and supporting, so I couldn’t ask for more.

With that being said human beings drain my energy so much. When spending time in the company of others I get mentally exhausted in a matter of hours. I can’t stand to much human stimulation at the time. At some point I just stop thinking straight and stop enjoying myself. I know this is an introvert treat. We need our alone time.

There’s a variety of activities I take on to recharge my energy. One of them is drawing or just simply doodling. My sketches and artworks are incredibly different. It’s a huge mix of styles, motives and materials. Above is two drawings from my era of patterns. The one with colours was made within the last few months, the heart is several years old. Patterns is one of the themes I’ve taken on with the most success. Here are some other examples and I have even more which haven’t been uploaded yet.

Actually I have a long list of things I like to do to relax and have some high quality me-time. Reading fiction works wonders for me as well because it let’s me escape in to a different world for a while. Currently I’m reading “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. It took me almost half the book to start enjoying it, but now I’m hooked on it. Meditation worked for me a few months ago, but for some reason I stopped. Starting that again would probably benefit me. Physical activity is always a winner. If I’m physically on top I’m likely to be mentally on top as well. Orienteering is one of my favourite sports to recharge, because I’m alone, I’m busy with my body and I’m busy in my head. It’s relieving to just allow yourself to forget the rest of the world for a short amount a time.

Inspired by One-word Prompt

Leftover Food

Remember the food I mentioned in the video the other day? I wonder why I haven’t included cooking in any of my blogs previously. In our family we try hard to make sure we eat all the food we buy so we can stop the food waste. That causes us to experiment a lot with leftovers. Wy mum claims I got a skill for cooking these so called “clean up meals”. Simply it means that I combine whatever we have in the fridge, freezer and cupboards into to a full and delicious meals. Sometimes I do cheat a little and buy a few additional ingredients. Here’s a few recipes, tips and tricks when cooking with whatever you have:

Make sure you get all your fruits and vegetables! I know it’s not easy but I can tell you that most of these can actually be combined in a salad. Apples commonly appear in my salads because they are sweet, sour, juicy and crispy at the same time. Also they can be combined with almost anything else. If you are a fan of crunchy I recommend adding nuts of your favourite kind. Croutons are good two, they just tend to be so fatty.

Spice up your greens with a delicious salad dressing:  Mix honey, salt, chilli and lemonjuice. If you like it creamy mix it with low fat neutral yoghurt anything whit a similar consistency, but no strong flavour. The important thing is that it contains something sweet, sour, hot and salt.

Another way to get your vitamins from those vegetables is by making a Wok (stir fry): First add leak or anything with similar consistency and taste (like onion or spring onions). If you want meat of some kind, I recommend chicken, do it when the leak is fried soft and “golden”. As the chicken becomes light brown add whatever other veggies you might have. I like to use carrots, bell peppers and sweetcorn. Don’t forget to add spices! Thyme is good with carrots, oregano is good for anything and salt and pepper is a must. Add rice or noodles the last few minutes of frying (also genius for reheating if the rice is leftover from yesterday) for a little crispness and to absorb taste. Serve with shredded coconut, fresh apples and a chutney.

There’s a million way to make sandwiches. In Denmark we have open faced sandwiches and consider it national tradition. My lunchpack usually contains a bunch of bread slices with various “toppings”. Have you tried mayo, potato and fresh basil? I highly recommend it and it’s perfect if you have leftover potatoes from yesterday. You’ll be surprised how many kinds of food can actually be eaten on top of (or in between) a few bread slices. One of my favourite sandwiches have to be ham, cheese, spinach, tomato and green pesto.

In case you have leftovers or fresh ingredients and just can’t eat them before they go off day, try freeze them and add them to a warm dish another day.

Have some tips and tricks yourself? Please share, I’d love to read about them!

Inspired by Daily mail’s One-word prompt