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Raindrops falling on my roof

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I need to introduce you to a Danish word called “hygge”. I will attempt to explain its meaning with the English word “cozy”. “Cozy” on a pillow. In front of a fireplace. Drinking hot chocolate. Wearing thick socks. Having a good time with his friend, “Snug”. Actually it’s maybe if “Snug” and “Cozy” had a baby. And they named it “Hygge”.

– by now, if you’re not Danish, you might be feeling stupid trying to pronounce it in your head. Sorry. I suppose you could pronounce it “hoo-guh”. But not really.

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Confessions on creative slacking

Just when I felt like I had started to waste less time on my biggest time waster, Facebook, I managed to find a new one. It is Pinterest. Yes, I know Pinterest has been out and popular for a while, but I used to take pride in not engaging in (too many) time wasters (at a time).

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It all started last winter when I was having a hard time planning my

wedding. Actually, I had stumbled upon it before then when looking for clothes. But I never stuck around, cause I got frustrated that I couldn’t always find out where I could buy the amazing stuff I had found – I just didn’t understand back then. A friend of mine finally sat me down, pounded my head and made me realize what an amazing tool Pinterest is. I created a “wedding board” and in spite of my totally blank mind, before long, I had a full board growing by the hour. (more…)

The power of thought – my great discovery!

As a young married couple we spend quite a lot of time talking about future plans. A lot of things are unstable and we are not sure where the next 5 years of our marriage will take us. For this reason we both feel a need to set goals. But at the same time, and for the same reason, goal setting is proving a little hard, as we have little feeling of anything this early in our marriage.

The last few days I’ve been reading this book. Many of you probably already know about it. (more…)

5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM

Lately I’ve had what feels like a wishy-washy period. I’ve been going to school alright, but as it’s online I’ve been getting out of bed kind of whatever time I wanted (kinda), taking a shower an hour before I HAD to leave the apartment and spent most of the day on the couch with the laptop and books. I felt like I needed to get some order into my newly acquired staying at home life.

This afternoon Marcus found this article titled ‘5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM’ in Forbes. You should read it before I continue! (more…)

10 things I love about our life in Hawaii

In no specific order…!

1. Sunrise – sunset. Sunrise – sunset

Hawaii is absolutely gorgeous during the day but when the sun disappears or appears over the horizon it becomes absolutely breathtaking! After seeing the first sunrise on our first morning here I loved it so much I told Marcus I wanted to see every sunrise the next 8 months (- it didn’t happen). We love going for evening walks up to the temple when the sun is going down and the sky is bright orange on the mountains. (more…)

Toe curlers – by a newbie Hawaiian

Something we heard a lot from people when we announced that we were moving to Hawaii was, “Hahaha! You are gonna die of island fever before you last 8 months!”. We shook our heads and smiled. We didn’t think being far away from any sort of mainland would affect us. How bad could it be living within walking distance of the beach with beautiful summer weather all year round?

Well we haven’t experienced island fever yet (ask me what I think in 6 months though) but rather I’ll admit to having been hit by culture shock. Coming from Scandinavia there are just certain things you’re not used to having to worry about. Here are my main toe curlers as a newbie Hawaiian. (more…)

First month of Hawaii adventure… in pictures!

Figured the best way to open up our little Hawaiian world is to give an illustrated summary of our settling in and what we’ve been doing. Here goes!

We arrived one early early morning in the airport in Honolulu. A couple we had befriended through Facebook over the summer were ever so kind as to pick us up at 5am and drive us back to the little apartment that would be our new home. Though we had been flying all night the drive up the coast of Oahu was so breathtakingly beautiful that we did not fall asleep in the car. (more…)