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Nordlys

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Hello there, 

Long time no see! 😉 I have been MIA for a while. But here I am. Today I present to you my favorite green lady from Norway. The magical Northern lights. She paid me a visit last night at the cabin in Lyfjord and gave an awesome dance show. It was a bit cold to stand there, witness her performance and take pictures.  But it was worth it.  😍 

So, here are some pictures of aurora borealis I managed to take with my cell phone camera. This is one of the primary reasons why you should visit Northern Norway. 

With love from Norway! 

Em

North Norwegian Escape 

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Last week we were lucky to have beautiful sunny days. It gave me lots of energy to wake up early and go out for a lunch at my new hangout ‘Dragøy’ in Kysten Hus. The place has amazing view and you also have a chance to meet and talk to some interesting people.  

I also went for a walk around the city and took some pictures.  Just have a look! 


If you have not visited this amazing Norwegian city also known as the Paris of the North, then you should.  Plan your trip, trust me you won’t be disappointed. 😊

No surprises 

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I fell in love with Radiohead again. My first semester in Tromsø was Radiohead day in and day out. But over the two years, I grew out of it.

Thanks to beautiful cover of Radiohead’s songs by Ramin Djawadi, I fell in love with Radiohead again.  This whole day  I have been listening to ‘Exit music for a film’. It’s so beautiful. 


Today. We escape.  We escape.


Project Happiness 365: Day 365

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It’s The Day today. I complete my 365 days project happiness.  I managed. I wasn’t sure in the beginning but with each passing day and post, I felt more determined. I did it. I failed to post somedays or failed to post a happy post a couple of times but still I posted a post that I felt was honest and real. I couldn’t believe that a lazy procrastinating Queen like me can be determined and post every single day! I feel really good. I also feel very privileged to have met amazing human beings like you guys, my readers, my fellow bloggers, who keep visiting my blog and showing me so much love and affection. My gratitude to you all! 

Today in this final post of Project Happiness 365, I want to share with you my reflections. 

  • Let it go. 

It’s not just Elsa singing on the top of her lungs but LITERALLY! Let it go. All the guilt, pain, heartache, regret, sadness and anxiety, it’s not worth it.  Just let it go. You don’t know how to do it.  Well just think about yourself as the most beautiful creation of nature.  Your mind, your being, your spirit, they are all precious, you know so, all these negative aspects of your life it’s just draining your energy and nothing else. The sooner you realise that all the anxiety, self loathing, guilt and, all other negative things that your torturing yourself with, is not worth your time and energy, the better it is. 

  • Love yourself.  

You might think it’s a stale, mainstream, mediocre formula but it is not. It took me so many wrong decisions and five psychedelic trips to understand that actually there is nothing beyond loving yourself.  Well be shocked and offended with my revelation as much as you like,  it doesn’t matter because the secret to happiness is loving yourself. In the end, it’s all You, always been you and always will be you. I don’t mean this in a self-loathing or obnoxious way but more in terms of self love, care and satisfaction. 
So, take care of yourself and love yourself as much as you can.  By doing so, you are doing this world a favour.  Because it’s not egoistic or narcissistic to love yourself. It only becomes problematic when you start thinking that you are above everyone else because you are not. No matter how good looking you are or no matter how much money you have or how powerful you are,  everything is temporary and the only certain thing is Death. And when you die, non of the things you have acquired in this life matters other than experiences and love.

  • Happiness is inside you. 

This is probably the most cliché thing I am gonna include in my list but I don’t care because this is an important lesson.  If you want to be happy, Be. Noone is stopping you. If you think other person has the power to make you unhappy then you are wrong because let me break your bubble,  it’s you who makes yourself unhappy. 

  • Nothing lasts forever…but nothing is lost. 

It is more than just a mash up title of two songs by my favourite band Sphongle. It’s something that has helped me overcome a lot of my insecurities. The most important lesson I learnt in these 365 days is that nothing lasts forever because the world is changing each passing moment.  Things change, events change, people change and you change as well. You just need to understand and accept that change is inevitable.  But let me tell you that nothing is lost. It is always gonna be there in you. Always as long as you want it to. 😊 

So, what’s next? 
Struggling writer asked me this question : ‘What after 365 days?’ Well, I guess being happy and grateful is an evergoing process. My purpose is to remember these lessons I have learnt and keep on living in the here and now. 
I will keep posting my things that I feel like sharing and are important to me. I would really much like to focus on photography and drawing.  So, this will be a platform to share my works. 

I never saw life with a rose colored glasses before. But now I feel much more positive and determined. It actually is all about how you want to see your life. So, finding a reason for happiness and gratitude each day  isn’t that difficult.  Happiness is everywhere, it’s inside you just had to open your eyes and see. As this song says…happiness is easy! 🙂

Project Happiness 365: Day 362

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It has been an impromptu day for us. We went to bed early so, ended up waking up very early.  Played a game of Magic along with our coffee. It was a cut throat competition.  We had a lot of fun. 

Then, we went for a walk to city centre ‘sentrum‘ and on the way we met one of our housemate. He told us he was going to watch a free movie screening at the local theater. It was a movie about climate change ‘Before the Flood’ starring Leonardo Di Caprico. So, after getting some new sleeves for the magic cards, we decided to go watch the movie. It was a very interesting movie dealing with the issue of global warming, its causes and impact. It also discussed about our roles and responsibilities to address the issue and find solutions to the problem.  However, my favourite part of the movie was the intro where he talks about one of my favourite artists Hieronymous Bosch’s work ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’. I will however, not spoil how this art piece is related to the movie. This work is so psychedelic, surreal and thought-provoking that you can lose yourself in each frame forever.  

There is a new wish on my bucketlist and that is to see The Garden of Earthly Delights for real. 🙂

Project Happiness 365: Day 361

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I realized today that I have stopped stressing out over things. I don’t claim that I am easy going and chill but something changed. I don’t overthink about little stuffs that used to bother me a lot before for example,  replaying past mistakes and feeling guilty. I am just a human and I have done things that I am not proud of, I just accept them as a part of life lessons. If it wasn’t for those mistakes, I would never be this person here now. 

Loving and accepting yourself sounds overrated but it is the most important favour you can  do to yourself and others. It took me so many years to realise and understand this simple fact. But at least I realized,  that is important! 

Meanwhile, it’s quite dark and cold here in Tromsø and I long for a sunny day like this. 

Project Happiness 365: Day 355

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It feels like a transitional phase. Going through a lot of difficult states of mind. Been self loathing quite a lot as well.  

I have a theory: whatever words that come out of our mouth gets accumulated in a sort of cloud memory and stays there.  So, we should be careful not saying too much of negative things because they stay there somewhere.  

And today on the bus, I wondered what if all the depressing and negative energy we send off gets accumulated somewhere just like that. And then, it creates the butterfly effect. 

That thought really made me reflect upon a lot of my actions lately.  I am not proud of my choices and actions. But I can’t keep hating myself and spreading negativity around me. That’s not the purpose of my life. 
I hope I remember this!