Motivational Monday ~ 13th December

We are less than two weeks from Christmas and today we celebrate Lucia in Sweden (Click here to find out more about what Lucia means). I spent my morning watching a Lucia celebration on tv and now I trying to get my week started. I have so much to do this week that I am going to write a to-do list so I won’t miss anything.

The closer I get to Christmas, the less motivated I feel to get my studying done, which sucks since I have a paper due the 28th of December and then another one due the 2th of January. Many years ago someone told me this quote that I have chosen to be today’s Motivational quote:

Just like one step at a time still is a step, I try to remember that success and working towards something is a process. It motivates me to keep going and for me it works to put up goals of what I need to do each day.

Now I am going to write my list and dive into getting it done, but I just wanted to add one thing. On my list for each day I put something that has to do with taking some time for me and I try to do that each day. Self-care is important.

I wish you all a magical week.

Love, Nea

Motivational Monday ~ 6th of December

Monday again and we spent the weekend getting things done at home. It was so nice to see things get crossed off the list. Now we don’t have so many big things left to do this year. Just some ordinary things like dusting and cleaning and decorating, but the ceiling is finally up in the bathroom. Two kitchen cabinets are over the fridge and freezer. More isolation around the patio door. One of the closets has gotten shelves so now I can use the whole closet. It just feels amazing and it is a great start to the new week.

This week I got a lot of smaller things to do around the house, and I got a lot of studying to do. I feel pretty motivated at the moment, but I know motivation can disappear pretty fast. So this week’s motivational quote is the following:

I think it is important to remember that you are in charge of your own day. You can make goals or plans for the day. If you want to take a day of rest, take a day of rest. If you have a list of things you want to do, then do it. I have a list of things I want to get done this week. I will try and get them all done, but most important is to do the things I need to do. But on my list, there are also things for me. Like, take time to read. Take a walk with the dogs. Enjoy the snow.

It is important to take time for yourself. Self-love and self-care are important. Don’t forget that. Now I am going to continue on with my school work.

Voices ~ Jana Kramer

I have started to listen to songs that help me feel more confident or at least help me deal with my feelings. I am one of those people who can listen to the same song over and over again. And today I want to share one of those songs with you. This is a new song that was released last week.

It is called Voices and it is Jana Kramer that sings it. I love Jana Kramer, she has an incredible voice and she has so much things to share. This song is about feeling that you are worthy of love and stop listening to the voices in your head. When I first heard this song I feel as she was singing of me. I often feel like I am not enough and that I don’t deserve my husbands love. But this song has helped me start being more nice to myself. So I hope that that might do the same for you.

Because you are amazing and worthy of love! Ignore the voices in your head.

Important to remember

Sometime you need to make decisions that are hard, even though you know that it is for your own sake. Like today. I had to withdraw from a course, because I need to finish my master thesis and I can’t do that and study 100%. That would mean that I would be putting in at least 80 hours weeks until the end of September. And my mental health would not handle that. I would be a wreck.

It feels like a failure, but I needed to do this for me. For my health. For my well-being. I need to be better at realizing that it is: It is okay to put yourself first. It is okay to make sure that you don’t stress to much.

Maybe some of you also need to remember that. I don’t know. But I have promised myself as well as my husband to be better at putting my health above studying and getting good grades. It is not the end of the world if I fail, my health is more important.

Just needed to get this out of my head, and I though it might be something someone else needed to read (hear).

Motivational Monday ~ 14th of June

Hey, everybody. I am alive. Even though it felt like I was not going to make it a couple of times these last weeks. I got really sick, not Covid, and I am just starting to feel better and back to myself. But I am still tired and need a lot of rest.

Now I am slowly getting back to things like my master thesis, that have been postponed until August to be finished and housework and so much more. When you don’t wash cloths in a little more then three weeks one really understands how much cloths are used.

I need some extra motivation today. I might be slow at the moment but I have a lot of things to get done. So todays motivational quote is the following:

This is important to remember. Always get up. I always tired. Not to give up even when it’s hard. Like now. I kind of just want to quiet my masters thesis, but at the same time I put about 5 months into it and I know that I can do it. So I won’t quiet. I will just keep doing my best and that will have to be enough.

I don’t know if this helps anyone else or motivates anyone else. But it motivates me. Now I am going to continue on the thesis. I wish you all an fantastic week.

Love, Nea

I forgot

Another Week and no Motivational Monday post yesterday. The reason. I forgot. I know that sounds weird but last week was a bad week. I have been in a kind of argument over mail with one of my professors about my course and I kind of got more depressed.

Then I spent the weekend painting half of the hallway on the second floor. I only painted half because of all the furniture and having to move everything around. But now half the hallway is fixed and the other half needs to be painted. That might not happen this year. But we will see. I painted the hallway white, but I am thinking about maybe doing it in a kind of light blue later, but I don’t know. The white is a good ground if we do it in a different colour.

Today I have had a relax day with Zelda. Oracle has been at my husbands office the whole day so I have spent a lot of time just giving Zelda attention and love. Right now she is laying in my lap sleeping enjoying some alone time with her mum. I have also been in to the city helping my father picking up food as well as pick up food for us. I love that my favorite store has online shopping and then like a drive through to pick it up. Wonderful during these COVID 19 times. They also drive out food but we live to far away.

Now I am going to light a fire in our fireplace and enjoy the peace and quiet before my husband and Oracle comes home. I wish you all a fantastic week!

Love, Nea

Motivational Monday ~ 5 October

It is October and now I can really say that fall is here. The air is crisp, leaves are falling and outside my window I can see the rain falling. I am sitting in the sofa in the living room with a dog on each side. They are tired and just wants to be close.

I am trying to get some things with uni figured out and planing this week. Last week I was sick and I am still not okay. It is just a regular cold that I gotten from my parents. They did a COVID test and it was negative, so I know that I do not have COVID.

With the weather turning grey and it’s getting colder outside I think most of us could use some motivation. I don’t know if you all will thing this is motivating, but it is for me. I found this online last year and I do not know who has said it, but I love it.

This is one important thing. Let things go. Don’t let it pester in your mind. Don’t let it take over your life. Try and look forward instead of backwards. I know this is not always possible, but some things we can let go of. We can let go of so much that we usually don’t do. But let go of old fights, let go of “I wish I would have said this instead”. Or like in my case today, I almost started a fight with a professor over something that was not his fault. He had not gotten the information I thought he had gotten, but now he is trying to fix it. So I am letting go of my angry and trying to take it as it comes. I think the last couple of weeks unsureness made me go into a fight mood directly. So I am letting it all go and relaxing. Now I will take it one day at a time.

I hope you have an fantastic week. And If you can go out and look at the leaves turning. Breath in the crisp air and be thankfull for each day.

Love, Nea

No Motivational Monday?

As some of you probably noticed I did not post a Motivational Monday post yesterday. And the truth is that time just ran away for me. I though about it when I got up, but then I had so much going on with the dogs, the washing-machine that decided not to work properly and studying for my exam on Friday. If I could sum up yesterday it was a crappy crappy day, but today is a new day and we will forget about yesterday and concentrate on the now.

So today I am sharing the song that inspires me the most at the moment. It is a song that’s been out there a while, but since I heard it the first time it has kind of stuck with me.

All I can say, maybe I really need my Motivational Monday to start the week off in the right way. I am going to try and do a post next Monday, but I don’t think that will be an issue. Next Monday I am starting a new course for Uni, since the course I am taking now ends after my exam on Friday. I am a bit nervous over the exam, but I will do my best and that is all I can do.

I am also going into town today to pick up the food I have ordered. My husband is having a full week as well and this will be the second time that I have ordered food to be packed in the foodstore by employes. This is great, becuse I saw a lot of time, I don’t have to be out and about with a lot of people who can be sick and I can stay safe.

But I know that before the year is over there are some stores I need to go to. I been doing the social distancing since early March. All my uni work I can do online, which is great and I have only been out with people when I know it’s safe and that I can control it. I never been in a shop when there are a lot of people there and I am careful. And I will continue to be so until this pandemic is over.

I hope you all are taking care of yourself and keeping your distance from people. Now I really need to start my day and get some studying done.

Love, Nea

Fall

Yesterday was the first official day of fall, but let’s be honest. It’s felt like fall a couple of weeks not with the crisp air, the leaves turning yellow, orange and red. We have started lightning fires in the fireplace and having more candles burning in the evenings. The other day I literally stumbled over some chanterelles in the woods when we where out walking. I picked them up so my husband how loves them could eat them with his dinner.

I have a fall cleaning in mind for the whole house, but I still have a lot of things I had planed on doing this summer left to do, like paint the hallway uppstairs. I hope I have the time to do that, with uni and everything else.

I also have a full shopping list of things for the house, like more blankets and candles. You can never have enough candles living in the woods when the electricity can go out at any second. Our supply is currently a bit low, but I will fix that soon.

I have a lot of work for Uni this week and in the end of next week I have a big exam. I am kind of nervous about this term paper I am working on and the exam, but I will do my best and try and keep my anxiety in check.

I wish you all an fantastic Wednesday and I hope I can post more updates and other things soon.

Love, Nea

Motivational Monday ~ 14th of September

We are almost in the middle of September and it feels like time goes by so fast. I have a full Schedule this week, but I feel ready for it. This weekend has made me relax some for the next coming month of uni. And we also made a lot of progress at home with some pictures on the walls as well as some much needed time together.

There is a lot of things I want to do this fall and some of these things I am kind of scared of doing, but that reminds me of this quote down below, that is why it is today’s quote.

Today is a great day to do whatever it is you been putting of. Today is the day to do the thing that makes you a bit scared. Start this week of great, beacuse that is what I am planing on doing.

I wish you all an magical week.

Love, Nea