Motivation is one of the most important things that helps me get a certain task done or pursue my goal. It applies of course not only to me, but for everyone. Its intention is actually good. That is when it is around, when we have it. However without motivation, life could actually be boring and meaningless. I think that the word motivation is often misunderstood and misused, because many uses it as a reason to just wait for the right time or timing.
A friend of mine who is a psychologist find motivation both positive and dangerous. Positive in the sense that it helps someone to find purpose in life and dangerous too because it can paralyze someone’s ability to act. It’s like, hello, it’s alright to feel unmotivated in gloomy times too, you know!
I admit that I’m guilty of using the lack motivation as a reason to procrastinate. But later on I found out that it’s not motivation that I lack, because I have plans, goals and the reason to execute these goals. What I actually lack is nutrients that my body needs on order to function properly. So yes, sometimes food is just the perfect solution when I feel that the muse is not around!
I’m officialy back to school after the maternity leave and the extended leave. I must say that it’s so good to be back despite the fact that I’m not joining my batchmates anymore because I’m a year delayed. I miss them though.
Christmas is just around the corner. Colorful blinking lights, jolly Christmas songs and cardemom scent in the cafes. Do not also forget the busy shopping streets and alleys downtown and at the mall, which all tell us that it is that time of the year already. I have also started decorating our home for Christmas. So that I’ll get the Christmas feels already. Because to be honest, I still cannot feel the Christmas season. Maybe this is just the effect of the gloomy days that we have here in Norway.
I was also thinking that maybe the decors are not enough that’s why I’m lacking the Christmas essence.
Sometimes, I wonder where on earth do the food balls go that fast because this weekend I placed 6 pieces of bird food balls and then by Monday, it’s totally gone! So, yesterday I bought a pack of balls again and put it on the feeder. I know and I’ve seen before that small birds eat those kind of food but not in that rate. Imagine, only 2 days and it’s gone!
Then yesterday also, my hubby suggested that I take pictures of birds from the window. So, that’s what I did earlier today. At the same time, I wanted to find out how many birds come and eat on the feeder.
Behold, the Eurasian Jay birds! They are bigger than the Eurasian Blue tit (blåmais) birds that I usually see here. No wonder the food is not enough but I’m glad that our humble backyard is attracting beautiful birds though.
The purpose of trying out the EM1X is to see what it is capable of because I’m considering an upgrade. As I mentioned on the previous post, this is a campaign of Olympus. You get to borrow a camera for a week or two, then you get 3000 kroner off on the EM1X or you can also do a swap then just pay the remaining amount depending on the value of your camera. This is actually a good deal. What I really like is that I learned a lot from the consultants not only about the settings but also what to do or not to do with some of the buttons and techniques we can do on the camera plus they explained it in a simple way. It was a very informative course.
I had the camera for two weeks. Since I live in the countryside, my shots are mostly of nature and landscapes.
So what do I like about the EM1X?
Well! It is surprisingly easy to use! It only looked intimidating at first sight because of the size and the unfamiliar buttons (because I’m a Sony user). Then, I love that I could take this camera out on rainy days because it is weather sealed. At the same time it is very robust and solid so it can take a beating or two.
Since it is a mirrorless type of camera, I could take a shot of my baby sleeping without waking her up and also I find this very useful when shooting birds. Thanks also to the extra quick shutter speed!
I also find the EM1X good in shooting in low light conditions. I was also surprised that my portraits turned well with only natural light on a gloomy day.
Did I purchase this camera?
Unfortunately I can’t afford this one. Only the camera house itself cost 33000 NOK ( 3,599.97 USD)!!! Even if I use the discount coupon, it is still too expensive for me.
However, I did enjoy having this camera with me. It’s not hard to be creative with this one. So, I encourage everyone to try the EM1X. 🙂
Last Sunday, there was a flea market at Hundvin’s “ungdomshuset” (youth house). The proceeds from this event will go to the school’s music program. Lots of people went to the event which was great not only for the cause but also for the environment. Because, you know less trash is good for the environment. Besides, a flea market is a good place to find anything vintage, nostalgic and unique for a good price. You can also see and meet people with the same interests as you too!
If you’re a follower of my blog, then you know that I love drinking tea and I collect teawares. So yes, I bought a teaware set at the flea market. I fell in love with this dark coated Japanese tea set but I was not sure at first if it was worth to buy because the cups aren’t ceramic. Only the plates, teapot, milk saucer and sugar cup are ceramic. The cups are made of tin. The set originally costs 350 kroner but I got it for 250 kroner. I’m not bad in haggling after all. 😀
Then of course I didn’t forget to get my little one something too. I bought her children’s books! 🙂 New books cost much, like for instance, Disney books can cost at least 150 kroner or more. But at the flea market, I got the Cinderella book for only 10 kroner!!! The rest costs 10 kroner each as well.
In total, I used 290 kroner in this event. Cheaper than getting a haircut! At the same time these babies found a new home. I hope that everyone do the same for the sake of the environment.
One of the perks of working as a home nurse assistant aside from meeting new people is the opportunity to see new places. That’s why I’m grateful for this job of mine even though it’s exhausting and the salary is not on top.
A month ago, I applied for extra jobs near my new place. Out of 10 applications that I sent, I got 50 percent feedback from the companies. Not bad but it would be nice if they let me know the reason why they won’t consider hiring me or bother reading my application letter. They just told me that they appreciate me considering them as my employer/workplace and blah blahs. However there was this one company who sent me an email after 4 weeks asking me if I’m still interested in the position as a home nurse assistant in their county. I replied right away and got scheduled for an interview just a couple of days after.
To make the story short, I got the job! I’m so happy. 🙂 Now I have 2 jobs in 2 different places which is the city and the countryside.
Today’s my first day on the neighboring county and I had a blast! Imagine being paid for these car trips. I feel like an influencer! Haha! Don’t get me wrong though. The job can be tough both physically and mentally. So, this is not a flawless job.