I continue to share my 5 things, and today I want to share the things that inspire me. These are not the things that have the fetish status and the power to kindle my inspiration any time, but rather the small details of my life which – when I start collecting them – have the ability to sparkle joy and excitement inside of me. And it feels like they make the small holes through which the flood of inspiration breaks through and takes me in its flow, like the water finds little holes in the dam and then smashes it, flowing freely.
My previous post was about our use of social media, but I haven’t mentioned the positive sides of them (and the post was not critical towards the social media, rather how we use them). My favorite one, Instagram, is an inspiration for me, because it sends me on the search for beauty in my nearest surroundings, which I started to consider boring and not so pretty. But the new interest for detail gives me a fresh eye, and I end up with finding a lot of tiny wonders. Right now I love the function “stories” because as I make my first snaps, I get a feeling of a treasure hunt- and after short time I have to stop myself because there are funny and pretty little things everywhere 🙂 So all of the pictures below I made for IG and “Stories”, and collecting them is such a fun way to be mindful and grateful for the beauty around me.
- On our trip to the Southern France I decided to collect everything yellow. We were driving through the region of Occitanie, and I decided that the famous shop L’Occitane is from these places – and as its color is yellow, so must this region be. You can guess what happened after that. I was noticing yellow things everywhere. Isn’t it weird how you start noticing whatever you make your mind up for? So if we decide to collect the positive vibes – surely we will notice them everywhere, right? So let’s do that! And let this yellow postcard be a reminder of that.
2. Yesterday I was walking in a pretty neighborhood of Majorstua in Oslo. It was cold, lonely and getting dark, the wind was freezing – then I saw this door (and I love doors, and I don’t care how cliche that may sound :)) and took a picture of it. Though on my first thought I passed it by, thinking: “My fingers will fall off freezing if I start taking pics. I will come back some weeks later”. But then I turned back, took that photo – and the flood has found its hole. Suddenly it was not so sad on the streets, I was discovering the lights, windows, architecture details and even a red Vespa (I love Vespas!). I was like a happy kid on a scavenger hunt, having fun with my phone when everyone was hurrying home for the warm dinner. It was pure magic! What happened in that moment? The love (for doors) has saved me? 🙂
3. Today I am inspired by the colors in my room and the souvenirs – they remind me of warm and colorful places I have visited. Those square boxes are lavender-colored soap from Provence, and the round one – a box of mint drops I bought in the French supermarket. The postcard with tiles (I have already proclaimed my love for blue tiles in the previous post of 5 things :)) I bought in Portugal 2 years ago. And the colorful bag commercial I picked in the bag store in Sardinia, Italy, last summer. I am in love with colors, and they always make me happy. Especially important during the long Norwegian winter, they are like vitamins for my eyes.
4. My morning has started not with coffee and my computer as it often does. Today I had little time before a meeting, so I got these things together: to write out the quotes out of the book I am reading right now (“Live Your Ideal Life” by Rich Pryn). I like to write a quote of the week into my planner ( all about colors again – and inspirational phrases :)), and the pink notebook is my journal. Because the quotes wake up a whole new flow of thoughts…
5. On a little tour in the neighborhood I went through two shops: the bookstore which shares its space with a cafe. What can be a better combination than coffee and books? 🙂 I love bookstores, though I usually shop e-books online. But being a book fan since I was a kid, I love the places with books, it makes me feel lost in space and time. I love libraries, bookstores and even coffeeshops that have books gain always an extra point with me 🙂
And then I walked through “Søstrene Grene”, the Scandinavian shop for home, arts and crafts articles and other tiny things. Not for the sake of buying, but for the sake of walking, like in a cozy forest. The little pretty things make me glad – so what can I do? 🙂 Like these candies – I don’t like eating candies, but their prettiness makes my heart melt. When I have a bigger home, I will buy them and put into the glass jars – only as a decoration 🙂
Have a happy week and share your inspiration! If this post has made you smile (or run out with your mobile camera, even if it’s freezing cold) – let me know 😉
P.S. Can you find how many yellow things are there in the other pictures? It suddenly crossed my mind, that my yellow theme is still on 🙂