Sunday Positivity #14

God påske! Jeg håper du har hatt en kjempefin påskesøndag, og at du får en minst like fin dag i morgen. For min del er påskeferien alt over, men gud for en fin uke jeg har hatt med mine tre deilige dager på kjærestetur i Amsterdam.

Det var godt med den fine pausen, for nå er jeg tilbake til et skikkelig strengt regime jeg har satt for meg selv. Mamma kommer for å besøke meg her i London den 20. april, og alle innleveringene mine på skolen skal leveres mellom den 25. april og 2. mai. Derfor har jeg satt meg et mål om å gjøre alt før mamma kommer, sånn at jeg kan ta skikkelig fri og nyte tiden hun er her.

Det betyr at hver dag må være en produktiv dag, og at jeg ikke kan ta meg fri til å gjøre stort annet. Dessverre betyr det også blogging, som er skikkelig kjipt for jeg har så utrolig mye å dele med dere fra Amsterdam. Jeg skal ta meg tid til det inni mellom slagene, men skolearbeid kommer først.

Men fordi jeg kjenner meg selv, og produktivitet ikke er min sterkeste side, vil de neste tjue dagene gå sånn ca sånn her: Slumrer alt for lenge, står opp, lager kaffe, spiser havregrøt til frokost, jobber frem til klokken seks på ettermiddagen, lager middag, prøver å jobbe et par timer etter middag men kommer sikkert til å prokrastinere, før jeg unner meg selv et par episoder Doctor Who på kvelden før jeg legger meg alt for sent.

Men nå skal jeg ikke bli for negativ her, for jeg har tross alt hatt en skikkelig fin uke nettopp som jeg heller vil fokusere på.

Happy Easter! I hope you’ve had a lovely Easter Sunday, and that tomorrow will be just as great. My Easter is already over, but what a lovely week I’ve had, with three beautiful days in Amsterdam with my boyfriend.

It felt great to have that break from my studies because now that I’m home again I’m back to a strict regime I’ve set for myself. My mom is coming to visit me here in London on the 20th of April, and all of my assessments are due between the 25th and the 2nd of May, so I want to finish all my assessments beforehand so I can take a break and enjoy my time when my mom is here.

That means I have to be productive every single day, and that doesn’t really leave any time for anything else. Unfortunately, that means blogging too, which is really sad because there’s so much I want to share with you. I will get to share it eventually, but I need to put my Uni work first.

But I know myself, and I can’t say productivity is my strongest side, so the next twenty days will all most likely look like this: I snooze my alarm way too long, get up, make coffee, eat porridge for breakfast, study until six in the afternoon, cook dinner, try to do some more work but will probably end up procrastinating, and then treating myself to a few episodes of Doctor Who in the evening before I go to bed way too late.

But let’s not get too negative here because I’ve just had a really great week that I want to focus on instead.

Ukens takknemlige tanke:

Jeg er utrolig takknemlig for tiden jeg Herman og jeg hadde i vakre Amsterdam, og takknemlig for de snille foreldrene våre som hjalp oss økonomisk til bursdagen min sånn at vi kunne ta denne kjæresteturen. Det var verdens beste pause fra studier.

Tre fine ting som har skjedd denne uken:

  • Det var meldt regn alle tre dagene våre i Amsterdam, men både på den første og tredje dagen fikk vi sol! Digg.
  • Reisen vår gikk faktisk etter planen. Katastrofetenker som jeg er var jeg hundre prosent sikker på at noe kom til å gå galt, at vi enten mistet flyet, Airbnb-leiligheten kom til å være forferdelig, eller at turen rett og slett skulle bli kald og regnfull hele tiden. Som dere skjønner er jeg ikke så veldig flink på denne “vær positiv”-holdningen enda, men det fine med å ha skikkelig lave forventninger er at man blir hundre ganger gladere når alt viser seg å gå kjempebra.
  • Spesielt et av øyeblikkene i Amsterdam var ekstra fint. Den siste dagen, et par timer før vi måtte ta toget til flyplassen, satt Herman og jeg utenfor en pub rett ved en kanal og drakk cider i solskinnet. På én måte kjente jeg en hjemlengsel til påske i Nord-Norge, fordi hvis jeg lukket øynene kjentes det nesten ut som om jeg satt i solveggen ved slalombakken. Men på en annen måte kjente jeg hvor godt og fint det var å plutselig ha vokst opp, og være på kjæresteferie i Amsterdam. Det var et litt rart og fint øyeblikk hvor jeg kjente takknemlighet for nuet, og for det som har alt har vært.

Noe jeg kunne gjort for å gjøre uken enda bedre:

Drikke mer vann. Jeg har hatt hodepine hele uka fordi det eneste vannet jeg drikker er det jeg brygger kaffen min i om morgenen, haha.

Hva er du takknemlig for i påska?

//Something I was grateful for this week:

I’m incredibly grateful for my trip to Amsterdam with Herman and grateful for our parents who helped us economically for my birthday so we could take this trip. It was the best break from studying ever.

Three lovely things that happened this week:

  • The weather forecast said it was going to rain all of our three days there, but we got some sunshine on both the first and our last day there. Amazing!
  • Our travel actually went as we planned. My mind always obsess over worst-case scenarios, so I was expecting us to miss the flight, or that our days there would be cold, rainy and stressful, or that the Airbnb we booked would be horrible. As you can see, I’m not that good at this positive mindset thingy yet, but I guess the good part about expecting the worst is that when everything went to plan I felt so happy.
  • There was one particular moment in Amsterdam that is my favourite. On the last day, a couple of hours before we had to leave for the airport, Herman and I was enjoying a cider outside a pub by the canal. In one way, I felt homesic because sitting there in the sun reminded me so much of Easter holiday back home in Northern Norway. If I closed my eyes it felt like I was back home outside the café by the skiing slope, and I really missed that. But in another way I felt so grateful to be in Amsterdam with my boyfriend. It was just this weird and lovely moment where I both felt happy for the now while also feeling grateful for what has been in the past.

Something I could have done to make the week even better:

Drinking more water. I’ve had a horrible headache the past week because the only water I drink during a day is the water I brew my coffee with in the morning.

What are you grateful for this Easter?

I'm Martine, a bubbly and talkative twenty-one-year-old who's currently living in London. I love friendly people, sad films, silly movies, photography and blogging. Especially blogging.

2 Comments

  1. I usually have similar intents when I know life is gonna start to get busy (i.e. midterms and end of term woohoo), but I find that I actually spend more time in the blogosphere when I’m supposed to be more productive, because that seems to be my favourite time to procrastinate 😛 Good luck with your studies! // Oh I love when the forecast says it’ll rain but then it doesn’t! I’m really not a fan of rain (getting wet is stressful), especially whilst traveling (my camera! ah!!), but I got a new raincoat a few months ago, so the rain has been a little more bearable ^-^ // What you said about your favourite part of your Amsterdam trip warmed my heart <3 // Me too. I need to drink more water and less coffee!!! // I'm grateful for casual coffee chats with friends throughout the week! I know we're all busy students, so it really means a lot to me 🙂 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

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