NEXT FRIDAY

Next Friday at this very time I`ll be on the plane. AH, GUYS! I`m SO excited. I still need to plan out everything, but it`s really a dream come true. I`ve been waiting for so long and all of a sudden my dream became true. Who thought that? 🙂 My brother`s off to Pakistan tomorrow and I and my mum are off to Amsterdam next week. This is for sure going to be the best summer vacation ever! 🙂

Nothing can describe how happy I am, but these gifs kind of describe my happiness… I literally can`t believe it, but I`m so fortunate and happy.

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What have you guys been doing today? I`ve been way too lazy (tell me something I don`t know..) and went out for a while, to do some shopping and get my new sunglasses. I went to get my eyes checked some days ago, and was adviced to get some sunglasses which suits me. So, I did. I`m not a fan of sunglasses as I want to see a colourful world, but today I got myself a new hobby: Staring at people without them knowing I`m staring at them. 😉

Blog ya later!

HAPPINESS LATELY

♥ First things first: THE FACT THAT I`LL BE IN AMSTERDAM IN ABOUT ONE WEEK!!! C-A-N-T W-A-I-T. It`s going to be AMAZING! A dream come true, really. 

♥ Last Thursday I met Sara and Thea. Ah, they`re so sweet! I just know they care about me. We were at Sara`s house and spent several hours talking and playing a game, till Thea had to drop me at home because of Iftari. Thank you, guys! Can`t wait for next time. 🙂

♥ My straight hair. Haha, let me explain – my natural hair isn`t straight at all. It`s something curly/wavy/messy. When I got my hair cut short in January (did I ever tell you guys about that?), the hair dresser straightened my hair because my messy hair isn`t that easy to handle for everybody. It was my first time and I looked good with straight hair.  Sara has a straightener, so she straightened my hair and I`ve been loving it ever since. Guess who hasn`t showered for a week because she doesn`t want to mess up her straight hair? HE-HE.

♥ Making milkshakes for Iftari every evening. I don`t know if it`s actually a milkshake, haha, but I like to call it milkshake. We`ve got a new blender and it`s so easy to make them now! Can`t wait to make some great milkshakes every morning, before school. 🙂

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♥ People who fight against bullying. Been too much lately, so it`s great to know there are people who actually care out there.

♥ When it`s time for Iftari. It`s great to come together and break the fast.

♥ The “Dubai-candies” need to be praised as well. I LOVE them and can`t get enough of them. And yeah, that`s what we call them, haha. They`re so easy to make and are so yummy. One day I`ll make maaaaanyyy of them and eat all of them on my own.

♥ Books. I have several books that I need to read. Unfortunately I haven`t read as much as I`ve wanted to, but from tonight of that needs to change. Reading is a great way to escape reality and visit better places.

♥ The weather. It`s been perfect some days. Not too sunny, not too cold. That`s how I like it.

♥ SKAM. Haha, does anyone of you watch SKAM? It`s become so popular. This season (4) is the first one`s I`m watching and I love it. Can`t wait to find out how it ends on Saturday! (If you don`t know what it is, it`s a TV-series about the daily life of Norwegian teenagers. Do look it up. 😉 )

♥ Writing. I write every day and I love it. I love expressing my thoughts and feelings – wrting is a great way to shake things off.

 


What has made you happy lately? 

WANDERLUST

Sometimes I wonder if I`m the kind of person to be extremely excited and actually happy about something. I`m VERY VERY VERY happy about the fact that I`m finally going to Amsterdam, but I wonder if I`m actually happy because it`s not like I`m literally dying of happiness, haha.. I`d expect me to be doing that, because I`ve been wanting to visit the city for such a long time. Maybe it hasn`t sunk in yet. 🙂

I`m SO excited and have planned a little already. We`re of course going to the Anne Frank House and Primark. We`re also considering one or two boat trips, but what else should we do? Any recommendations? Have anyone of you been to Amsterdam and have any tips to share? Let me know in the comments below. 🙂

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I FOUND MYSELF AGAIN

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Last week I finished a book, which was written by a woman who survived the Second World War, along with her sister (she was born in 1944) and her parents. More about the book later. When I finished it, I was reminded of my passion, if you can call it that, about the war and the Holocaust. About what happened to Jews at that time, about the evilness that surrounded so much of the world at that time. I was reminded of Anne Frank, a young girl, whom unfortunately died in the conzentration camp Bergen-Belsen in 1945, that I`ve been looking up to for several years. She`s inspired me, she`s given me so much courage and she has made me realise and understand so many things that I don`t know where to begin.

Anne Frank also lost her grandmother. She died when Anne was 12, due to cancer. My grandmother also died due to cancer. I think that when someone you`re inspired by and look up to, no matter who it is, and that person has encountered the exact same as you (with different circumstances, of course), you find comfort and trust in knowing that. Anne Frank wrote in her diary that she never really got to tell her how much she loved her. I feel the same about my own grandmother, therefore it`s so amazing that I can seek relief, gratification and satisfication in her situation and in her diary. To me, Anne`s a symbol for hope and inspiration. Imagine that she looked upon her situation as a “fairytale”, despite the circumstances. The Second World War was going on around her, people were dying in the camps and there was so much evilness. Yet she managed to keep her head up and she never lost faith in her dreams and passion. That, guys. THAT is inspiring and there`s so much we can learn from a little woman like Anne Frank, whom died too soon. Many criticize people for romantizing Anne`s story. There`s no doubt her life ended in a tragedy – a tragedy that we need to prevent from happening again. But, I believe many don`t find most of her life that tragic – I can only recommend you (if you already haven`t), to read her diary. She was so hopeful about life, she had so many dreams and wishes for herself and she knew who she was. She was so young and had such a talent – she`s one of the very few that talented young authors in the world. She died, but her spirit refused to die and that`s what I believe many people find so sad and tragic, and yet beautiful. I know I do. She died so many years ago and there are people now who`re inspired by her, who consider her a hero, who visit Prinsengracht 263 just to see where she and 7 other people hid during the war and there are several people that have written to her dad. If people found nothing beautiful and great about her story, they wouldn`t have written to her father, while he was alive. She died, but her voice never died. The music inside her heart never died.

I found courage in her story and diary again. I`ve been reading about Holocaust and especially Anne for some days and I can`t get enough. I don`t know if you know this, but I found her diary several years ago, when I was in 6th grade and I was so amazed. I still am amazed. I also read Mona`s story, and I realised how there was so much brutality around them. I`ve read other diaries from the war too as well, and they`re so brutal but it`s not like you`re crying all along. You get amazed too. How people were able to keep their heads up. These diaries and other documents are life-affirming records of their spirits and hopes in the face of cruelty and danger.

Reading about Holocaust and how so many people were able to be optimistic, made me realise that I can do it too. It made me realise that I`m stronger than I think I am and that if Anne can, I can too. If another woman can, why can`t I? I found comfort in her and that`s why I`m doing so much better. I needed my time, but now it feels like I never died. I feel like I kind of locked myself inside a cage and without knowing, someone opened up the door and now I`m flying again. I feel so much better already. I had to work with myself and I`m glad I gave myself time, but this only proves you never know what`s going to happen tomorrow.

This doesn`t mean I`m never going to cry about what happened with my grandmother. I still miss her so much and I wonder what actually happened, even though I was there all along. But, someone else has been where I am now and she did fine. I`ll do fine too. If a person, during a World War, during such inhumane times can find hope and be so faithful, I can too. After such a long time I feel like “myself” again and I feel so inspired to grasp life and find out what it holds for me.

Thank you, Annelies Mary Frank. Thanks to all the heroes from the war that inspire me and thousands of people out there every day. You might be dead, but your voices refused to die.

WHAT IS LIFE?

I don`t know what exactly life is, but I do know it holds a lot for you.

Sometimes you`ll spend time with your friends. You`ll laugh and smile and think for yourself how good life`s treating you. You`ll hug your friends and feel like you got all the happiness in the world. Other times you`ll hug your friends while you`re crying. You`ll find yourself crying on the bathroom at 2 am. You`ll be crying in front of people you love, because you have to let them go even though you don`t want to. You`ll find yourself laughing about something sooo stupid, that you won`t even know anymore. You`ll be looking at a person and you`ll know what`s meant to be. You`ll betray and abandon, and you`ll be betrayed and abandoned. You`ll think about someone you`re not supposed to think about. You`ll find yourself between two decisions, all helpless because you`ll have no idea what to do. You`ll spend time with your family and friends. You`ll fall in love, and you`ll get hurt. You`ll try to be something you miss. Sometimes you`ll stop believing in humanity, sometimes you`ll stop trusting the people you believed so much in. You`ll find yourself doubting, you`ll shout, you`ll hurt and bleed. You`ll be in a plane and visit different worlds. You`ll be hungry. Not only because your stomach is empty, but because you feel like life`s empty. You`ll ignore someone you once thought you could never ignore. You`ll talk to your friends about that one cool boy or that very sweet girl. You`ll stumble and fall, sometimes you`ll stand up and keep walking. Sometimes you`ll send a message to someone and stare at the screen “just in case” that someone replies. You`ll be jumping and dancing around some days, while you`ll be sitting at the floor, crying some days.

No, I still don`t know what life is, but I know that no matter what, your life will sort out itself. Nobody said it would be easy, but it`ll be okay, one day. It`ll all be okay.

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THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY

Yesterday I was on my way home when I started thinking of things that make me happy. I think it`s important to remind yourself of things that matter in life and things that make you happy. They don`t need to be big things – what matters is that they make YOU happy. Before I start listing anything, I want to share a little “story” with you guys. I went to Pakistan last summer. The temperature was for me almost unbearable, I felt like suffocating, I missed my own bed which was way colder and I missed winter. Believe it or not. On top of it I was fasting and I wasn`t able to do much. It was worse when I went to my mum`s hometown, where the light goes off for some hours every day. Electricity and my bed is something I`ve been taking for granted many times. When I came back to Norway, it was a huge relief to be back in my room. I`ll never ever take my bed for granted – the same goes to my desk and my own room. So, guys, the little things that don`t seem to matter at first are exactly the things that matter and what makes you life more colourful. Well well, now to my list! Hopefully this will give you a happy boost. ♥ Do share what makes you happy below in the comment section.

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♥ Books/notebooks
♥ Fountain pens
♥ Talking to my friends
♥ Nice weather
♥ Smiles
♥ Discussions.
♥ Fries
♥ Spaghetti/pasta
♥ Writing
♥ Road trips
♥ Nice and inspiring comments
♥ Hugs
♥ Compliments
♥ Making other people laugh
♥ Autumn
♥ Photos

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♥ Visiting Østmarka
♥ Talking to my family on the phone
♥ That moment when you`re laughing so hard, you can barely breathe and your stomach hurts
♥ Kindness
♥ Being told I`m an inspiration for someone out there
♥ Seeing anything I`ve written in a magazine/newspaper or seeing my name in the newspaper
♥ Random kind messages


That was it for now! I hope you guys like reading posts like these – they definetely give me a boost and motivation!

#PROUDTOBEPROUD

Proud to be proud is a tag created by the blogger Luna, but I found it at Just A Blank Space. It`s about listing 5 to 15 things you`re proud of about yourself. It goes without saying I think that`s very important to do every day. It`s important to remind yourself of the things you are proud of, instead of focusing on your flaws and mistakes. Being proud isn`t selfish – it`s more than okay.

SO here are some things I`m proud of.

♥ Standing up for who I am.
♥ This blog.
♥ Who I`ve become.
♥ Deciding to graduate at Nannestad.
♥ Being friendly to people. Doesn`t matter who they are.
♥ My self-confidence.
♥ My writings.
♥ Helping people.
♥ The texts I`ve written that have been published in any newspaper so far.
♥ Working hard to get good grades.
♥ Being open-minded.
♥ Staying strong despite everything.
♥ Not letting other people define who I am.

large (9)These things might be little things to other people, but they`re big to me. My personality has developed and I`m so proud of who I am.

Thanks to Luna for creating this amazing tag. Now, what are you proud of about yourself? Let me know below in the comment section or do this tag if you have your own blog! Make sure to let me know if that`s what you end up doing. 🙂