Without a camera. Which is weird but my new norm. So far we’ve done a lot of nothing, catching up on Game of Thrones (almost there! A few episodes left!), lounging in bed, cooking, a wee stint of stomach ache. And oh! Yesterday night we went out and chatted to a friends-of-a-friend on a rooftop, and then onto our fave bar. All-you-can-eat food and drinks. Boom! That’s how we Saturday. And no camera! So weird. But kind of liberating.
After not knowing if we were going at all, we finally made it to New Zealand. The first full day consisted of:
1. Driving to the city and trying to find parking that wasn’t in the middle of a giant puddle of water.
2. Walking around the city center (trying to find me some shoes)
3. Drinking a syrup chai
4. Driving to a mall (!!)
5. Buying shoes. And stuff so I can charge my phone + listen to music while driving (so much driving!) + see maps
6. Driving to a big hill and watching a view of Christchurch that completely blew us away. Like literally. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced so much wind in like forever. Ever? I thought for a second that my phone would blow away if I let it go. Check the post below for windy gifs!
Now going to sip on my glass of wine and go to bed. BAI!
Just wanted to let you know that when you take a bit with both strawberries and raspberries in it, it tastes like childhood summers. It really does. Try. Now. Then reminisce.
1. Did you experience something new or do something you’ve never done before?
Umm, I don’t know? Got paid to do my passion? Maybe that.
2. Did you keep your New Years resolutions?
I don’t think I had any, so yes!
3. Did any of your friends become parents this year?
Not during 2015. The first half of 2016 on the other hand is going to be a baby filled time. I know 5 friends who are awaiting little kiddos.
4. Did anyone close to you pass away?
No, thankfully not.
5. Which countries did you visit?
Vietnam, Sweden and UK. That list is way too short!
6. Is it anything you missed during 2015 that you want for 2016?
A routine! That’ll be my main goal of this year. Plus more travelling. Always more travelling.
7. Which date from 2015 will you always remember?
No specific date, really. This year has been great, but there have been no specific day or days that have stood out that much tbh.
8. What has been your greatest success during 2015?
My business. It’s grown like crazy this year and I’m so so proud of myself.
9. Your biggest mistake?
Nothing major, really. That I didn’t get a routine down earlier. That I didn’t spend more time with the husband.
10. Have you been sick or hurt yourself?
Not been sick at all pretty much. Hurt myself by falling of my bike (once), stumbling on the street (once) and generally just banging my toes into things. I’m used to these things though.
11. Your best purchase(s)?
My new camera bodies that I got at the end of the year. Exxy but so worth it!
12. What did you spend most money on?
Those two camera bodies… Although that’s business money, so I guess it doesn’t count. If it doesn’t: eating out and travelling. Worth it!
13. Did something or someone make you really happy?
The fact that I’m earning a steady income now has made my general happiness level just up. Peter, always. And my friends, new and old.
14. Which songs will always remind you of 2015?
I have been listening to barely any music this year. Like really, nothing it all. Podcasts on the other hand, so many. So I’ll say Serial. It’s a pod cast, but boy was I hooked.
15. Were you more happy or sad in comparison to previous years?
Happier, for sure! It’s been a year of making my passion my business and then finding my way through it. It’s been hard and a hell of a lot of work, but it’s paid off.
16. What do you wish you had done more?
Spent time with Peter. Read. Worked out. Travelled. Didn’t I already answer this one?
17. What do you wish you had done less?
Watched shitty tv shows.
18. How did you spend christmas 2015?
Christmas eve at home in the house with housemate Eric and a bunch of friends popping by. I had made Swedish christmas food and some decorations. Most people were a bit questioning about it all. Then Christmas day at my friend’s house. We had copious amounts of food followed by an outstanding pavlova in the 30+ degree heat.
19. Did you fall in love this year?
A little bit with myself? It might sound weird but I’m starting to really appreciate myself. I might be weird and annoying and have a bunch of not so great traits, but I’m also hilarious and kick ass and such a massive doer.
20. Favourite show on TV?
On Netflix for me, thank you very much. I have watched so crap shows. A few stand out though: Ascension, The Fall and Broadchurch. Although to be fair I had to check my Netflix history to remember that I’ve seen the last two in the last year.
21. Best book?
Barely read this year. I don’t like that part as I’ve always felt like I was an avid reader. Need to pick it up again. Not even naming one now.
22. Best music?
Eh, nothing? Barely listened to music folks. I’m a sad person apparently.
23. Something you wished for and got?
A thriving business!
24. Something you wished for and didn’t get?
A love of working out. Still kinda hate it.
25. What did you do for your birthday 2015?
I was in Vietnam with Peter and my dad. Can’t remember exactly what we did but I’m guessing we were in Hanoi, I got a massage and a pedicure, we had beers and delicious food. It was a good trip.
26. Is there anything that would have made your year even better?
Probably, but I’m happy how it turned out.
27. What made you feel good?
Work! This year I’m going to try to get a routine for work so I can feel like I’m thriving equally on a personal level. Healthier, more sleep and finding a new creative outlet is on my to do list.
28. What is your most clear memory from the news in the last year?
That photo of that little refugee child on the beach.
29. The best new people you’ve met?
I have gotten a bunch of new people in my life this year. Sarah and Carmen that used to be in my office (whom I spent NYE with last night!). My new found photographer friends Bree and Donna.
30. What are your New Years resolutions this year?
1. To have my birthday party (or another party) at a lawn bowls club.
2. Regularly work out. Minimum 2, preferably 3 times a week.
3. Read more, at least 20 books
The first one is the only one I’ll be sure to hold myself against. The last two I’ll try to incorporate in a good way. I need to find joy in that stuff, so that’s what I’ll work on this year. Finding ways to work out that I find fun. Finding more books that I love. And more importantly there: create opportunities to read, because I simply don’t get anything read while at home.
That’s all! Now I’m getting back to what I have started 2016 with: cleaning! The kitchen is almost done and I’ve got some more house to clean. After that: dinner and a movie with me, myself and I. It’ll be swell!
Happy new 2016 everyone! Make it an amazing one!
Where is your mobile phone?
Right next to me, as always. As a business owner I need to be on top of my emails. Well I try to be at least. It’s on silent though, always on silent, but I’m more attuned to the buzzing than the signal nowadays.
Where is your partner?
At work I suppose? We work a couple of blocks from each other but rarely see each other during the day.
Newly washed and almost dry. Which means oh so flat.
A little bit tired and not super motivated, but quite good? I would give it a 7 out of 10. This is about as bad as it gets for me nowadays. Turns out working with something you absolutely love make things a lot easier.
Your plan for the day?
Work work work for a few hours more and try to get on top of stuff before the clock hits 3-4 and I’ll have some wine with peeps in the office. Then 5.30 meeting friends for some more drinks and a bit and who knows after that? I’ll need to be able to get up early tomorrow though, as there are Farmers Market plans.
The best thing you know?
Being in the flow while photographing. Hanging out with my favourite people. Eating amazing food. Travelling and making yourself comfortable in a new place. Having a regular spot where they know exactly what you want. Massages. Furry animals who want to cuddle. Getting things done.
Your dream last night?
I was going to shoot a wedding but overslept (to 2pm?! That’s never happened. I love sleeping, but not that much) and then couldn’t find someone to drive me there, then couldn’t find the couple on the festival area (yep, at a festival!) where they were supposed to get hitched. I suppose dream me stresses out about shooting weddings. Awake me is actually quite relaxed about it all. Everything always works out!
Your plan in life?
First step: find a good work-life balance. Second step: Balance it so well that I can spend some time in Europe and see my family and friends every year. Third step: Balance it even better so that I can take a few months off every year and focus on helping out organisations in Africa, or starting my own. I want to love what I do, but also do good.
The room you’re in now?
I am sitting at my desk in my shared office smack in the middle of Melbourne’s CBD. I can hear other people having conversations, as well as vague singing from a busker on Bourke Street. He must have a hell of a speaker.
This used to be photography and since that now is work I’m looking for a new. In the last week I’ve been taking up knitting again, having dance parties in our bedroom and learning macramé. Oh! And throwing parties. That is totally a hobby, right? I take it dead serious!
Death. Always death. I like to be in control and well, death is the ultimate non-control item out there
Who do you want to be in six years?
In six years I’ll be 38 and I’d want to be a good person. Doing stuff I love and having room to help others. What I’m practically doing I don’t know. I used to have all these life plans and they all got stuffed up (or turned out to be not what I wanted at all) so I stopped planning and started making the most of right now.
Where were you yesterday night?
Out with a friend. We were going for a walk which ended up with coffee, some wine, dinner and a walk back hours later. It was lovely. I have oh so missed here.
What are you not?
I am not afraid of doing new things or taking on new challenges. I’m a problem solver, idea maker and awesome doer.
One thing you wish for?
Finding a hobby that I love, and oh! I want to find a way to exercise that I don’t find really boring. I don’t hate exercising per se, just the activities. I grow bored and can’t motivate me. Haven’t been able to since this one instructor in Sweden ages ago that was oh so hilarious. He made it fun and I miss that. And: to stop being afraid of little insects and spiders and critters so I can actually maintain my little potted garden.
Where did you grow up?
Mostly in a north western suburb of Stockholm. Two years as a kid my family lived in Ethiopia though. That was oh so important for me and I’m forever thankful for that. Those two years have been more formative to me and my self than the rest of the years outside Stockholm.
What was the last thing you did?
Bike to the office? Edit some photos? Respond to emails? All of those things.
We don’t own one, but our housemates have one each. I don’t know how to use it. Actually, I refuse to learn. I do netflix on my laptop though.
Are non existent. That makes me sad. I want a dog. Although: Can I count Ella? Our cat from back when we lived in Sweden. She now happily resides with my brother and his family.
A Macbook Pro that will be exchanged for another MacBook Pro this weekend. Yay!
The best thing you own?
My cameras. My lenses. My computer. Everything that helps me create my photos.
Are you missing someone?
Yep. Friends + family from back home. Move over here, please?
I don’t have one. I have a bike. It’s awesome. I plan on getting a car in the next year though, as I’ll need it for work. For now I just borrow my housemates black little Ford something.
Something you wouldn’t wear:
Geez, a lot. Anything that would show midriff? I love it on other people, but nah, not on me.
Dangit, don’t know? No one that stands out all that much? I try not to shop that much either.
Your winter? (this is a Swedish list, so that was ‘summer’ initially. But we’re down under here!)
Was quite summery. I spent 2 months in Europe living out of a suitcase. It was lovely, but quite stressful. I’ve been back a month and it already feels like I’ve had too much of a winter now. I am oh so ready for summer!
Do you love someone?
Of course I do!
Not a colour but black, greys and white mainly. Also light woods (hello plywood!), nudes, yellows and coral.
When was the last time you laughed?
Probably yesterday talking about something funny with Angela over dinner? Before that: talking smack with Sarah and Lucy at the office.
When was the last time you cried?
I can’t remember. No seriously, I can’t. I’m sure I’ve cried at some point since getting back but nah. All lost. I remember crying in June after having a fight with my brother over a couple of days. I start crying when I get mad. It’s not a great trait.
I always think ‘It’s just been a week or so’ since I last posted. And then I check. And it’s been like a month. Every time the same story: I want to post more and start getting into the groove, and then life happens.
This time I headed back home, back to Melbourne. One suitcase made it, one didn’t. The one I got had all my dirty laundry. The one I didn’t all my new things and pretty much all my memory cards. Then work happened. I’ve been back home for just a bit more than a week and a half and have fitted in one wedding, one styled shoot, one engagement shoot, one event coverage, some styled food photos and location photos for Long Street Coffee, along with five client meetings. And not to mention trying to catch up with friends. It’s been a hectic few weeks but it’s been good. And this week is almost as crazy, but hey, you won’t hear me complaining.
And with that said I’ll leave y’all with a photo from yesterdays styled family shoot (so cute! so amazing!) before throwing myself back into culling wedding photos.
Geez, I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since I last posted. It’s been an intense month. It’s included a trip up to the north of Sweden to meet Peter’s parents, as well as two friends we met in Ghana, followed by a night in London and then two weeks on a canal boat. I’m now back in London again and trying to get some sort of routine up and running, but every day I feel more and more tired. Oh well, I’ve got two weeks to recuperate before heading back to Melbourne. And even though the last month has been all vacation, it’s been so busy that I need that time to get back on my feet.
And with that said, here are is one photo from a week or so ago. There will be more, I just need some more time to find time. And routines. How I miss routines.
I haven’t been in Sweden in a year and a half. It doesn’t feel like all that long, but it is. And on Thursday I’ll board a plane and head north, far north. Home. I’ll spend two months overseas seeing friends and family, celebrating my mums birthday, hugging all my close friends I’ve missed like crazy, hanging out with my niece and nephew, shoot a wedding in the middle, and then celebrate midsummer (my best Swedish holiday!) in the lush Swedish countryside.
And I can’t wait. Where I used to be stressed about having time for it all, this time I’m seeing it all in a different light. Sweden is no longer where I live. I’m still Swedish and in a way I’m coming home, but I’m more of a tourist than I’ve ever been. And that excites me. I want to re-discover my home country. Go to the archipelago. Have lunch at delicious restaurants. Walk the streets of old towns and ride fast fast fast on a bicycle on a gravel path in the countryside.
Three more days until I’m on that plane. Four more until I’m there. The countdown has begun.
I haven’t written here in ages. Somehow, I haven’t had the creative energy to do it. Ever since last August, it has all been about my photography business (Gold and Grit). I have loved every single minute of it, and I’m still loving it, but in the last couple of weeks I have been more and more feeling like I need to find a hobby. Need to find another creative outlet that isn’t photography. Because what used to be me enjoying a wee bit of an edit at night, from some silly photos with friends, is me now spending full days editing weddings and styled shoots and whatnot.
I have been thinking about crocheting again. Or finishing that knitted throw I was doing. Or maybe a big puzzle. But I think that will have to wait a couple of months, because on Thursday next week, I head to Europe to see friends and family for a couple of months.
But a trip is a good a reason as any to start blogging again, is it not? I think it might be. So hello Hey Hey Delicious. I want to pickup our friendship, right where I left it off.
And with that I’ll leave you all with the cutest little derp dog I met on top of a tiny mountain in the middle of Vietnam.
- So disappointed about the rain today. I so wanted to ride to the office, but that’s really not an option as there’s a huge rain cloud heading our way. Bu hu!
- They’re not speaking as fast in Gilmore Girls as I remembered. It could also be because it’s still early on in the first season.
- Thank god it’s Monday. This weekend requires a few days of recharging afterwards. By working.
- There was only bread in the cupboard for breakfast so I heated one of our leftover lunch boxes instead. Twisted pasta in homemade tapenade and grilled tomatoes. Yum! Even for breakfast.
- It’s so cold in here that I have goosebumps on my arms. All hail the almighty heater!
That’s it. I have no more inspiration.