Polaroids from the past week

As I mentioned a short while ago, I am rediscovering the immediate and somewhat raw creative style of my younger self. And it’s so liberating. I share on paper what I am feeling in the moment, a snapshot of my heart. It’s vulnerable of course. But, therefore, it also makes me feel brave. And happy, that I can share my heart and thoughts with you so honestly.

I have always been fond of analog photography, and especially point-and-shoot cameras. To take pictures of the quiet moments, of the sky in the morning and places that make me feel safe.

Here are a few from the past week

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Early morning skies. The first cup of coffee.
This is my best time of the day. Silence is
precious here in the otherwise so busy city.

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Sunrise. My tidy desk, ready for a new day’s work.

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Finally, hopeful clouds and a sneaky selfie
because I had just washed my hair and that deserved to be
celebrated (I hate washing my hair)

New Freebie – wallpapers for your desktop and phone

I grow tired very quickly of using the same wallpaper on my devices. So what I usually do is that I make och download a few that I set to rotate automatically within regular intervalls.

The current batch of wallpapers I use is a series that I made made myself, and I thought you might enjoy the kind words and pale colours too.

There is one set for your phone and one for your desktop. Just click here to download them. And let me know what you think ♥︎

Gratitude List

Two weeks ago I started to jot down a fews things in my Bullet Journal every day that I was grateful for, from the day or in general. Wherever you look for information about mental health and how to improve it, gratitude always comes up as one of the main tools for feeling better.

I thought I wanted to share what I have been feeling grateful for during these past two weeks.

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☼ Our new home, a new start

☼ Re-connecting with friends as often as I can through emails, WhatsApp and Instagram

☼ Putting on music and instantly feeling better

☼ A cool breeze on my face

☼ Taking a nap after lunch

☼ Managing situations I didn’t think I would be able to

☼ Getting a fridge to the kitchen (after a week of using a cool box and buying ice from the colmado two times a day!)

☼ The Swedish language, how it makes me feel safe

☼ Yoga, and how I know how to use it

☼ The colmado (corner shop) on our street playing Avicii

☼ Getting an internet connection

☼ Being honest and vulnerable in my relationship

☼ Finding new creative inspiration

☼ A Skype interview that went well

☼ Enjoying a lunch with my french class, even though I was a bit nervous at first

☼ Tea lights in the morning, with my coffee before the sun rises

☼ Giving time to art and creativity, finding my voice

☼ Thick mango smoothies

☼ A clean house

☼ Sitting next to Aurélien again (after he came back from a work trip to Haiti)

☼ Talking to my family on Skype

☼ Allowing myself to rest when I needed to

☼ Cutting up a watermelon, and eating it while I do

☼ Going for fika with a friend who I can speak honestly with

☼ Chemex coffee on a Saturday

☼ Holding a workshop about instagram for high school students – so much fun!

☼ The fridge full of cleaned organic veggies

☼ Ice cream next to the sea with Aurélien

☼ Kind and supportive words when I really needed it

☼ A small dragonfly sitting down on one of my paint brushes

 

 

 

 

1SE – March

March begins on the north coast, on a whale safari in Samana. I say good bye to Christin who travels on to Mexico. March is not very kind, so I try to collect beautiful everyday moments to cheer myself up. I go to my french classes and Aurélien and I begin the move to our new apartment. We try to spend as much quality time together as possible. No big adventures, and that is perfect right now. We clean out our old room and work hard to make the new apartment ours. Natasha, that beautiful soul, brings me flowers to celebrate.

I get ill and sleep for two days. We loose power the one night I am on my own (while Aurélien is in Haiti for work). I am so very scared of the dark, but I light many tea candles and the powers comes back after an hour or so. I manage to film our house lizard Nils-August (with french pronunciation of course), I hold a workshop at the French School about using instagram as a business and I fill up the fridge with organic veggies. The last day of the month I feel sad, so Aurélien takes me for an ice cream. This is where I take a deep breath and decide that March is finished and I’m ready to move on.

 

Developing my BuJo layout plus the coming week

March has been a bit of a heavy month. But in a way that I understand. I had to move through a lot of emotions and accept that I have patterns in my behaviour that are just not serving me. That it’s time to let go. It has been a month of growth pains and I understand more than ever the importance taking ownership of a situation.

So I’m sort of sitting in the rubble of it all, in the ashes of everything that has had to be burnt. Mercury is out of retrograde and here I am; sooty and with bruises, but I can feel new life growing underneath me, deep in the soil.

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That was March. Now, April is here and it’s almost like I can hear her say Now it’s up to you to tie up your hair and deal with shit. I feel ready.

This month is divided into two parts. I have about two weeks to myself, during which my plan is to do a small project with a combination of illustration and french. I will of course keep you updated on this!

The second part of the month, Aurélien and I travel to the US for a west coat road trip. I can’t wait! We will visit San Francisco, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and many there places. I will of course make a movie about it.

As for my BuJo, I am trying a new layout for the monthly spread. I find it clear and I like it a lot. The numbers and symbols in the margin are astrological pointers (because I’m a total star child).

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I have also been experimenting with different weekly spreads lately. Right now I like this one a lot. A few daily pointers and a whole page dedicated to gratitude. This week I am also trying to write down my daily plans in my BuJo, instead of having one on my computer.

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Since my french course finished last week, I have freed up a lot of time for drawing. I have created my own french curriculum to study at home, but that won’t take all morning. So now I will have time to really catch up with both ideas for illustrations, update my web shop and other platforms. I will also continue to apply for jobs and other opportunities.

 

Tiny life update and a few photos

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We have finally settled in our new apartment in CD Nueva, a small neighbourhood of Santo Domingo just by the sea. Both Aurélien and I feel so energised and I photograph the sunrise every morning.

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I got a frame for the poster Christin gave me when she visited. It felt very symbolical, to buy something that can’t easily be packed into a suitcase. It felt like putting down a root somehow. Aurélien bought us a second hand divan also. It’s so soft.

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It felt very good to set up my desk space. I have re-organised my papers and thought about new projects I want to do. I will get some extra free time now after the french course has finished.

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This was from an afternoon a few days ago. I love the moment just before tidying away the art materials after an inspiring creative session. It looks like what an exhale feels like, I think.

Sketchbook pages from lately

This year has been such a rollercoaster journey for me creatively. I have explored different styles, colours, expressions and techniques in search of my voice. And so many times I have become lost, focusing too hard on what (I think) other people want. On what the cool kids on instagram are doing. What is in. It has been frustrating at times, but I have allowed myself to be all over the place, to trust the process and in my ability to recognise my voice when I hear it.

I feel lately I start to recognise myself again, as I have revisited themes and styles from my early 20’s. I like it here. I feel honest and aligned. Like my inner and outer self speak the same language again.

I wanted to share with you a few pictures from my sketchbook and a few finished pieces that I have put up over my desk. I hope you will like them.

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Here is a flower for you

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Darling, I see you

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