A Picture a Day – Week 4

It’s been a rough week. Not many pictures were taken throughout. I think this is probably the last of the weekly picture series – It was really an experiment to see if it would get me to do more photography, since I love doing photography and needed an excuse to do it… But…. It has made photography feel like a chore.

So, I will continue to take pictures and share them whenever I want. But not in this format.

Here are some pictures from this week

Monday

1 Monday
My mother got me this plant (that I don’t know the name of in English) and the colours of the flowers are really quite cool. 

Tuesday

2 tuesday
Reading corner. Watched some Youtube while I doodled and had lunch.

Saturday

3 saturday
Went on an adventure and of course had to make time for some coffee and writing. 

Sunday

4Sunday
It’s always exciting (for me anyway) when the winter aconite starts to pop up from the ground. 

Aaaaand that’s it.

That’s the last of this ‘A picture a day’ segment. Hope you had a good week.

-Maja

(c) All photographs in this post belong to ofwonderswildandnew.wordpress.com 2018

A Picture a Day – Week 3

It’s week three! Still going strong!

Monday

1 monday
I started off this week by doing a bit of reading and coffee-drinking, surprise! It was a nice way to start out really, especially since my job entails many hours in front of a screen! (also doesn’t hurt that this book is really good – I think so anyway.)  

Tuesday

2 tuesday
Tuesday was an “odd weather”-day: It was pretty windy, rained, snowed, rained AND snowed simultaneously, then sun broke out for a bit and it all started again. But hey, provided good picture opportunities! (Plus an excuse to stay indoors and do some writing) 

Wednesday

3 wednesday
Would it be me if I didn’t include a picture of some sort of shadow? 

Thursday

4 thursday
Thursday my mother and I spent some quality time together and then she generously gifted me this tiny Primula acaulis. Here it is with a teaspoon to show the size! 

Friday

5 friday
Friday morning was grand. I spent until noon in bed, finishing “More Than This” by Patrick Ness. After work I watched Pocahontas with my parents and did some jigsaw-puzzling. My life is so interesting! 

Saturday

6 saturday
Saturday was bloody freezing. Went for a walk with my parents and we ended up in a café (surprise). It was really nice (thanks guys!)

Sunday

7 sunday
Today my sister and I spent some quality time together, at a massive flee-market thing. It was pretty cool (so many people though) and then we had some coffee with her boyfriend tagging along. Afterwards I went home and had this fake-looking apple that was absolutely delicious. 

After I’ve started doing this project of taking a picture a day, I’ve really noticed how…..simple my life is. It’s not bad, don’t get me wrong – it’s just simple. But simple can good too.

Hope you all had a good week.

-Maja

 

(c) All photographs in this post belong to ofwonderswildandnew.wordpress.com 2018

 

A Picture a Day – Week 2

It’s week two! Erh mah gherd! Here are some pictures from this week that aren’t really indicative of what I’ve been doing but… Ah well. I gotta bring a camera with me to more places! (I will do that next week). Now. A picture from each day this week:

Monday

1 monday
I managed to safely transport these cats from the UK to Denmark. Still kinda impressed with that (as two of them are porcelain! ah!) But I am happy they made it and now make up a little kitty family. 

Tuesday

2 tuesday
Despite being alive for 25 + something years, I still get so fascinated with light and shadow and when light hits stuff. It’s the little things!

Wednesday

3 wednesday
Workspace! My lovely father set up the whiteboard for me and I thought I would commemorate it by cleaning my desk and taking a picture of the finished ‘look’. 

Thursday

4 thursday
Cute moomin mug and a book about origami that my generous grandmother gave me. 

Friday

5 Friday
Friday I spent a large amount of my day hanging out with my mother. Then, right before I was about to head to bed, I noticed the odd collection of stuff I have on my dresser/vanity. So… Here’s a picture of that. Haha. 

Saturday

6 saturday
On Saturday I made porridge (from scratch) for maybe the third time ever and it actually turned out okay! I made it with oats, almond milk, stevia and a bit of cinnamon. For the toppings I went with banana, almonds and some chia seeds. yas. yaaaaaaaas. After that, I hung out with my dad for a lot of the morning and then watched Harry Potter with both my parents in the evening (cause thankfully they’re just as nerdy as I am! Thank god for that.) 

Sunday

7 sunday
If this place looks familiar, it’s because it is the same place as my header image! But at the moment the lake is frozen, which was quite fascinating and lured people into throwing stuff onto the ice to hear the noise it would make, and to see if the ice would break. It didn’t for most of the time. I spent this time with family, and after that very cold walk, it was coffee and layer cake time. Yum.

Next week I will actually bring my small camera with me and take pictures of things I do…. Exciting. Adventures. Etc.

How has your week been?

-Maja

 

(c) All photographs in this post belong to ofwonderswildandnew.wordpress.com 2018

A Picture a Day – Week 1

Hello!

As mentioned in my previous post, one of my goals this year is to take at least one picture every day, because a. I love doing photography and taking pictures and b. I don’t do it enough. So I am happy to say that I have succeeded in this resolution, so far anyway! I’ve decided it would be fun to share some of these pictures from each day with you all (just one from each day, I took several most days) so…. Enjoy!

Monday

Monday
Part of my Monday – I had the day off, so I spent a good chunk on drawing and drinking coffee in my little reading corner. 

Tuesday

Tuesday
A Christmas decoration my mum made and still has around, and her knitting. I was a bit too distracted by the steam from my tea to watch the TV. Swiiiirls

Wednesday

Wednesday
A brief look at the reading corner, featuring owls made by my grandmother, and a picture of a married couple that I found at a charity shop. They look so happy.

Thursday

Thursday
Adopted three tiny plant babies. I love them all equally (but the grey and white pots can be hung up on the wall so that’s pretty cool)

Friday

Friday
On Friday the three plant babies got moved into my tiny greenhouse, to meet with some of the other family members.

Saturday

Saturday
If there’s one thing my parents and I can agree on, it is this: Coffee. COFFEE

Sunday

Sunday
Today was freezing. Most things were iced over, like my mother’s raised beds, but the birds chirped happily and the sky was so clear. It was pretty great really.

And that’s it. Week one of pictures.

I’ll see you peeps soon. (Also just found out my friend B reads this blog as well so…Hiya! Meow! <3)

-Maja

ps. I have also succeeded (so) far in getting up between 7 and 8 am every day! Yaaas!

 

(c) All photographs in this post belong to ofwonderswildandnew.wordpress.com 2018

Resolutions for Procrastinators

Every year I consider making resolutions, to a varying degree. And every year, so far, my resolutions have failed. Why?

Well, you see, I am a Procrastinator (with a large P). If I have something important to do, that needs to be done, a lot of the time I will wait until the last second to do it – Not because I want to, but because Procrastinator Maja always thinks there is enough time to also do all this other stuff before finishing said important thing. There very rarely is.

So, with this in mind, I am doing resolutions a bit differently this year: Instead of setting them for “this is what I want to have done by the end of 2018” it is “This is what I want to do for this month and this quarter of the year”. I am wondering if I can trick Procrastinator Maja into actually doing stuff that “Normal” Maja wants to do, if I convince her that there is not that much time(That was a sentence I didn’t think I would write today, but ah well.)

So. This month, January of 2018, I have two active resolutions:

  1. Get up sometime between 7 and 8 am every morning (which Sleepy Maja hated me for this morning)
  2. Take at least one picture every day. (Just cause I enjoy it and also am considering doing a “my week in pictures” segment on here! Thought it might be fun)

So far, I have done both said things for today. I am not worried for today. The rest of the month however…… We’ll see how it goes.

Do you have a tendency to procrastinate from things? What are your methods of procrastination?……..Why I’m asking? Oh, no reason…..

Happy New Year y’all.

– Maja

 

2017 – Letting Go

It is that time of year again. Outside they are firing off fireworks, my parents are doing little bits and bobs before the Queen’s New Year’s speech (the Danish queen that is), and I am here, astounded that 2017 is over already.

Throughout this year, there has been a definite theme that has seeped into everything: “Letting go”.  It was something I used to see as a synonym for ‘Giving up’, but I feel a clear distinction between those two phrases now: ‘Giving up’ is the choice to no longer try, whereas letting go is the choice to change your focus (in my personal view anyway).

And throughout 2017, I have learned that sometimes it is best to let go of things that are no longer good or productive for you.

It feels like that’s what I have been trying to work on all year: To figure out which things are no longer good for me and what I can and need to let go off.

Knowing that it is best to let go of something, someone or somewhere, doesn’t make the process any easier though. Every time it has been a long period of reflection, trying to make the decision, then hurt and the adjustment period. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about letting go (other than how it is necessary sometimes), it is that it does not make you weak. Letting go of things in your life, that once meant a lot to you, and things that still mean a lot, is not an easy thing to do. It takes a lot of strength, and bravery, and the willingness to face heartache in order to become happier somewhere down the line. There is no weakness in that. But there is a lot of pain.

So it’s been painful. A somewhat good year in many ways, but a very painful one.

I just hope that 2018 is a year with more creation, more adventures and more joy overall, for all of us.

I hope you all have a wonderful New Year’s Eve. Stay safe, and please keep your pets safe from all the madness out there.

I will be back tomorrow to talk a bit about new beginnings and resolutions and the plan for this blog.

I hope to see you then.

– Maja

 

Kintsugi and the Self

I think there are some places that you simply pass through and other places that stay with you, no matter where you go.

Over the last week I have been visiting my old university town. It has been a weird experience, coming back after almost a year and a half of being away. When I stepped off the bus, it felt like such an out of body experience. I could not believe I was here, in this place that I never knew if I would come back to or not. But it also felt like I had never left at all.

So it is weird now, to know that I am leaving tomorrow morning, and knowing that this time, this might actually be goodbye (at least for more than a year and a half). It’s just…. Odd. In this tiny place, in the middle of nowhere in Wales, the essence of who I am changed.

There is a Japanese art form called ’kintsugi’, where the medium used is broken pottery. Instead of throwing out a broken bowl or mug (or whatever it may be) and seeing it as something that can no longer be used, the cracks are mended and the pieces put back together with a lacquer, which is then dusted with gold, silver or platinum, making the former cracks really stand out. Instead of an object being useless after breaking, this practice is about how the item is even more beautiful after it has been broken, because it now has a history, a sign of a life lived, an originality to it that it did not have in its initial form, a beautiful imperfection.

I was out for a walk this evening and for some reason, this art form popped into my head. That is when I realised: This place shattered me. Everyone who knows me well, knows that I went through some really rough times here. But because of this, I made friends that are more like family to me, and they were the ones who helped me pick up the pieces of myself. Them, and this place, became part of the lacquer that helped put me back together.

The fractures are there. They will not go away, nor do I want them to. They shattered and were mended and both of those things are now me, this place always connected to important events that make up my being, and the people who helped me are part of my essence. It is the beautiful and painful nature of this transformation. And I wouldn’t change any of it for the world.

Still, I will miss this crazy little place. But I am so grateful that I got to experience it, and that i was shattered in a place this wonderful, in order to become a much more imperfect, but also much more interesting creation.

-Maja

 

If you’re curious about kintsugi, this is a really good and comprehensive video on it. I am by no means an expert on the art form.

I listened to this and this while writing this blogpost.