Two years of living in the UK

Hi, everyone.

 

 

I’m sorry I haven’t been in touch for a bit long. I’ve been very busy. Anyway yesterday it was two years since I moved to the UK to live there permanently. It hasn’t always been easy to live in the UK for me as a Norwegian, and I have often missed Norway and family and friends there, but all in all I’ve gradually gotten more and more settled in the UK and am now much more at ease in the UK than in the start.

Today I have yet again gone to Norway for a little holiday and this time I have my husband with me to Norway for the first time since we got married, so this visit is extra special and nice for me.

We are visiting my parents in my birth city Stavanger this weekend, and being in the city where my life on earth started is very nice. However it is even better to think about that God saw me before I was born and that he had planned my existence. He had a very good plan for me and saw me as I was being formed in my mothers womb, and he loves me with an eternal love. The same goes also for you.

You are loved by God with a never ending love. He planned your existence and saw your unformed body before you were born. He has a very good plan for you and showed his love for you by letting his son Jesus die for you.

 

Enjoy your weekend, all of you! I’ll enjoy mine in Norway.

 

And remember: God loves you.

Ruth Kristin

The Blessings of a Morning Walk

Good morning! :)

Not long ago I came back home from another morning walk. I am not used to going on a morning walk and have only tried it a few times spread out here and there before, but last week was different. You see, for the first time in my life I went for a morning walk several days in a row last week, and some of the walks even started at nine, which was a time I had decided upon was going to be the starting time of my morning walk. My husband and I had made a very good arrangement for the week on Sunday evening the 8th of January, and one of the most important parts of the arrangement was that I was going to have a daily morning walk. With a very good deal with my husband, including a reward I would get if I kept to our deal, I was inspired and motivated for making sure I had my daily morning walk.

My first morning walk in the new year was Monday last week. I walked to a nature area nearby and spent some time there, and I really enjoyed my walk time. The next morning I had an appointment at ten, so then I rearranged my plans and had my morning walk as I walked to the appointment. Then on Wednesday and Thursday last week I started walking at nine again, and I had nice walks in the same nature area I had been walking in the first day I’d had my morning walk last week. Finally, on Friday, I had a doctor’s appointment at 8.30, so I had my morning walk on my way to the appointment, and I had to start the walk extra early, namely some minutes after eight. This morning I had been very excited by seeing that it was snowing around seven o clock in the morning, and I enjoyed walking outside in snow that morning. Even though there wasn’t very much snow, I still enjoyed it. I like to have snow outside in the winter time, and it reminds me of Norway, my home country, so that’s nice, and it makes me feel happy.

In the weekend I didn’t go for any morning walk, and in the start of this week, I had a set back and got up too late for my nine o clock morning walk, but today I had a fresh start and had my morning walk. I wasn’t ready exactly at nine o clock today, but I was ready some minutes afterwards and still had a walk, and it was very nice to be back on track again with having my morning walk.

So what are the blessings of a morning walk? Here are some I’ve found:

  • It gives you a good start to your day.
  • It gives you a little exersice.
  • It gives you fresh air.
  • It gives you sunshine if the sun is shining.
  • It lets you see variations in the weather and in nature.
  • It can make you feel good about yourself and ready for your day.

Just go for it! :)

 

Ruth Kristin

How to Sucess-proof your Day with Positive Pressure

Hi again, readers! Good morning! :)

Here I am, blogging again, and today I’ve got something very helpful and positive for you.

The other day I told you about the power of positive pressure. To recap a little bit I explained about how you by putting a positive pressure upon yourself can experience that there’s a lot of power in such a pressure and that you for instance can get a lot of things done by using it. Today I’ll tell you about how you can success-proof your day by using this power of positive pressure. Let’s dive right into it:

  1. Decide on one or more positive outcomes you want to achieve during a day or as a result of how you’ve lived your life one day. The outcomes you want to achieve during a day could be the completion of several neccessary things. One example is to decide you want to have done your 3 most important things to do that day before eating dinner. You could also decide that you will give yourself a reward for your accomplishments at the end of the day, or you could arrange with someone else, like your spouse or a close friend, that they will reward you in some kind of way, like with a gift or a special time together with them. An example of achieving a positive outcome as a result of how you’ve lived your life one day, is if you manage to follow a set structure for the day and be in bed by a decent time in the evening, because you know it will make you feel good when you’re in bed and that you’ll feel content and rested the next day.
  2. Decide on a positive plan for the day, a plan that can inspire and put pressure upon you to get the things you need done without making you feel that your plan is too strict or demanding for you. For some people this plan could tell them to do one main task that day and then make dinner and relax in the evening. For others the plan could be much more demanding, because they know they are capable of achieving more without feeling stressed, so they can for instance try to achieve 5 targets for the day, and for housewives and others staying at home during the day, these 5 targets could be a) put on two laundries during the day and hang them up later on, b) tidy and clean the living room, c) write an important email, d) cook dinner for your spouse and/or family, and e) wash up, tidy and clean in the kitchen so that the kitchen looks good for the next morning. No matter what, the plan you make should be giving you a little pressure and be inspiring, but it shouldn’t be making you feel that you can’t manage to follow the plan. Make a plan that seems positive to you.
  3. Be strict and stick to the plan. Try to always be strict with yourself and stick to the plan you have made for your day. Let it be your goal to follow your plan, and don’t let other people’s wishes or demands on you drag you into unneccessary delays.
  4. Let the positive plan challenge and inspire you to work hard and if at times neccessary quickly too. By focusing on your outcomes you will find it easier to do your work, your chores or whatever it is you have decided to accomplish. Even if some of the tasks may be uninteresting or not very exciting for you, you can make them fun or at least more endurable by focusing on the fact that they are leading you towards your goal.
  5. When you are noticing the power of the positive pressure upon you, enjoy it and let it put you into a good flow.
  6. When you have achieved your positive outcomes, enjoy your success and be thankful.
  7. Rejoice in your victory, and don’t be afraid of celebrating your success and passing on your newly learned knowledge to others! :)

That’s it. I hope you liked my little recipe for success-proofing your day with the power of positive pressure.

And by the way, sometimes we don’t always manage to stick hundred percent to our plans or get hindrances that makes it necessary or a good idea to make some changes to the plan, and then it’s a good idea to be flexible with your plan, and to not beat yourself up if you don’t get everything done exactly as planned. Sometimes we can still be successful even if we make some little changes to our plans as we go along. Focus most on the main parts of your positive plan or the most important target for your day, and even you have a little delay or setback now and then, don’t worry, and don’t give up, but just keep on going. If you are more successful the day you’re trying out your new plan than the day before, then you’ve made progress, and you’re moving forward, and that’s the main thing. As Flylady says “Progress, not perfection”. We don’t need perfection, but we need progress, and now I’ve showed you one way for you to achieve that.

Take care everyone, and have a very nice and positive day! :)

 

Ruth Kristin

 

The Power of Positive Pressure

When you have a lot to do and a lot to think about, life can feel difficult, stressful and overwhelming, at least if the amount of things you have to deal with is so many that you feel you can’t cope or can’t get it all done within the time frame you think or believe is ideal. This has been my experience again and again, and I’ve noticed time and again how thinking a lot about how much I’ve got to do or thinking about a lot of those things within a few seconds, can make me feel really overwhelmed, and feeling overwhelmed doesn’t make me feel very motivated, and I guess that’s true for you too. We all like to feel that we have motivation for what we need to do, and we all want to feel that we are able to do what’s ahead of us and tackle the challenges that we are facing in our lives.

At this point, when you need to do something, and you need motivation to do it, then a positive pressure upon you that inspires you, can really spur you on and help you to accomplish things. It can even help you to get things done in a quicker way than you usually do things. This is what I want to call: the power of positive pressure. Let me tell you what I mean when I say this.

As the opposite of feeling you have to do something you don’t really want to do or don’t feel is any fun to do, you can have a positive pressure upon you where you feel like you want to achieve something, either because doing it feels fun or interesting, or because you know that by doing it you will achieve a positive outcome that motivates you, or it could be that it’s a bit of both going on – you both like doing what you are going to do and you also know that it will give a positive result, a result that you will like.

Let me give you some examples. If you feel like you’re tired in the morning and that you don’t really want to get up, or you feel like you don’t want to or find it easy to be quick to get ready for the day, and maybe it’s partly because you don’t have any clear plan for your day and don’t feel motivated for getting started on your day, then getting out of bed can feel difficult, and when you’re out of bed having a good start to the day or being quick in getting ready, can be hard. If you for instance don’t have a positive plan for the day where you know what you are going to do and what time you need to be ready for in the morning, then you can easily feel very little or no motivation for getting ready quickly, and you  might have a slow start to your day. On the other hand, if you had a good and positive plan for the day before going to bed the previous day, and if you knew that you were going to do something you would enjoy doing or something that would give you a positive outcome, or maybe many positive outcomes, then you would have a postive pressure upon you for getting ready in the morning and you would feel motivated for gettiing up, for having a good start and for getting ready in time for your first appointment with yourself or others that day.

Another example is, that if you knew that if you would earn some money by doing some household chores for a family member that has asked you for doing some chores for him or her, then you would probably feel motivated for doing the chores you’ve been asked to do.

Basically, I’m trying to tell you that there is a lot of power in a positive pressure. A positive pressure can inspire you, motivate you, excite you and get you into a good and active flow, and it can make you do things much faster than you normally do, and it can lead to great achievement.

I’ll quickly tell you a little bit about how the power of positive pressure has helped me this morning: I had a positive plan that partly consisted of having to get ready for nine o clock today, because then I was going to go on a morning walk, and that positive plan inspired me to quickly get ready and do a lot of positive things in the morning, and in the end I managed to go out for my morning walk at nine. There’s great power in a positive pressure.

 

Ruth Kristin

Married for ONE year! :)

Hi,

Today my husband and I are having our first wedding anniversary. One year ago we married each other and entered a life long covenant with each other, and we had a lovely wedding day and celebrated with family members and friends.

Today it’s been very nice to surprise my dear husband Jonathan with different gifts and a nice card, and I was surprised by receiving gifts from him too, including a beautiful orchid, and I also got a homemade card, something he’s very good at making.

Jonathan is the best man for me. I was very excited and happy about marrying him last year, and I’m very glad that I can celebrate this special wedding anniversary with him today. We’ve enjoyed many good moments today, like when we went for a walk in the sun earlier on, and the day isn’t over, so I’ll go and spend the rest of this day with my husband now after finishing this. I can always write more about the anniversary another time. Now I need to seize the opportunity to spend some more time with my man, my lovely husband, my handsome prince Jonathan.

Thank you God for my dear Jonathan! :)

Ruth Kristin

 

 

An Early Start

How wonderful to have just come in from a lovely morning walk with a lot of morning sunshine on me, a lot of fresh air, and a lot of lovely nature surrounding me.

Yuhoo! 😀

How great and fulfilling to know I’ve had a successful morning starting extra early with my day, following my morning routines in a very good way, and getting a lot of good things done, like tidying up in the bathroom and putting on a laundry even before having breakfast.

How nice to have walked around in a happy and good mood, meeting a neighbor boy waiting for a mate to walk to school with and having a little chat with this boy, then seeing some people in the nature area I chose to walk in talking and having some dogs with them and having a dog come over to me with no barking and with me not feeling afraid or worried, then keeping on enjoying being outside in nature for quite a while, exploring new tracks and places, enjoying the warm sun beams on my face, seeing a lot of trees and plants around me, noticing lovely sweet flowers brightening up my walk, finding some brumble berries and picking up one berry to have a taste, soon after giving my secret place a little visit and pleasantly noticing it being surrounded by and covered in a beautiful sunshine that was coming in from behind it, then soon after on my walk back being greeted by an elderly woman who smiled at me from her door, and then smiling and giving a greeting back to her and having another woman who stood with the first one greeting me too, and greeting her too, and then soon after seeing a sweet black cat in a window looking at me and enjoying the sight and choosing to wave at it in the end, then turning to go into my own street and saying hello to a lady walking by, and then o soon after coming indoors and feeling refreshed, ready to sit down and write, ready for the rest of my day.

God is good. Thanks to God for this wonderful morning that I’ve had since I got up around six this morning! Thanks to God for the lovely, beautiful sunny weather and the marvelous and splendid nature he’s created! Thanks to God for all the little opportunities to connect with other people in various ways! Thanks to God for all the nice sights, the little surprises and the memorable moments from the morning walk I’ve just been to! Thanks to God for help to be focused, productive and positive this morning! Thanks to God for three successful morning hours!

Let my work day now begin! :)

 

Ruth Kristin

My Secret Place

Hi.

I’m sorry I haven’t written here in a long time. I’ve kept on getting delayed and not coming around to writing here on my blog. However, I want to write more the coming period, and here is a text I wrote on Wednesday last week and that I just haven’t come around to getting posted until now – sorry about the delay:

My secret place

When I was a child there was a period of time where I used to have a secret place. It was a place in the nature not far away from my home, and I called it my secret place. My secret place was an area with a little stream of water and some nice trees next to the stream. I could sit down next to the running water and see nice yellow water flowers and have some peace and quietness and be alone with my own thoughts. I often had a note book with me when I was there and liked to write some poems when I sat at my secret place. I liked to have secrets as a child, and I liked to have a secret place.

Again and again I’ve noticed that I like having secrets, and I’ve carried a lot of secrets during my life. Sometimes it’s been secrets that I didn’t want to share with anyone and that I’ve just kept to myself, and other times it’s been secrets that I have wanted to share with one or more close friends. There have also been times when I’ve kept a secret only for a limited amount of time because I wanted to surprise someone. In any case, I’ve never had a place I’ve called my secret place as an adult before, as far as I can remember now, until today…

This morning I went for a walk and found a new area to walk in when I was walking in a nature area, and after walking for a while I suddenly found a lovely tree that was a little bit hidden away in a little forest area, and then I thought to myself that it was my secret place. I was happy and touched by seeing the tree, a tree with many branches and many bends, and I felt I yet again had found a secret place in nature that could be my little hiding place to go to for being alone. In this little secret place I felt that I wanted to reflect, pray and have some alone time with God and that I would want to use the place for writing too in the future.

I found this little nut beneath the lovely tree in my secret place, and I thought it could be my little memory item from the first visit to my new secret place. Before leaving the area I walked over to an apple tree nearby and found this little apple which I also decided to bring back home with me.

I was very pleased with my new secret place. I even tried climbing a tiny bit in the special and lovely tree I had found there before leaving it, and in the future I want to climb further up into the tree and perhaps sit in the tree while I’m writing.

It’s good to have my own secret place. It’s not a place that others can’t reach, and I saw examples of that today through seeing some dog walkers walking passed the area I now call “my secret place”, but to me it’s still my secret place, a place I don’t need to tell anyone else directly about, and a place I can enjoy a lot of alone time in. I might show it to my husband Jonathan once, since he’s one with me, but in any case I’ll use it mainly as a secret place for me and my private thoughts, prayers and writings. One day maybe some of my future secret writings from my secret place won’t be secret anymore, because I might want to publish them, but I don’t know what will happen yet when it comes to those things. However, I’m definitely sure about this: Today I’ve been inspired to write on my blog…

…by my secret place.

 

Lost in My Day

I’m lost in my day,

but have to find my way

My tummy is helping me out,

making more and more noise – I want food

So I know I need to start cooking soon

and feed my body

I know that

Anyway I’ve just kept on getting more and more delayed –

typically me –

in my day

Lost in my day

That’s how I feel

Lost in my thoughts and ideas and spontaneity

Just lost

Out of track

Out of order – not in my ideal order of things

I got up late

Haven’t followed any routines

Have kept on getting ideas

and been spontaneous,

watched a lot of videos

searching for ideas, inspiration, solutions and support

Need to meet reality,

deal with life

I’m delayed

Yes, I am,

but I still have some hours left of this day –

about four hours –

before I need to go to bed

I can cook

I can eat

I can write down important notes

I can reply to emails and messages

I can read in the Bible

I should do that after eating, actually

I can create order in the middle of my mess,

try to make the rest of the day less messy than the first part of the day,

try to create some order around me,

tidy up in the kitchen,

do some dishes

I can do little things

Little things

They’re better than no things

I can do some things

That’s more than nothing

I can start on my journey

towards a better future

I can take control

and create control

and order and progress and success

by taking small steps,

by focusing on my needs,

on my goals

and what’s urgent;

what’s necessary;

what I want to prioritize

I have to do things in a simple way

Create progress,

but make things simple

Take one thing at a time

Give myself food

Have time with God

Do some planning

Do some housework

Do some painting for the doing up project maybe

In any case do something

and also breathe

and know I’m alive

and I can be me

I’m ok

I’m more than ok

I’m created in God’s image

I’m unique and valuable

I’ve got abilities, talents and gifts

I can do something of use today

I can bless someone today

I can make progress

It’s not too late

The seconds and minutes and hours are waiting for me

to fill them up with love, care, creativity, fun, seriousness when needed, faith, hope, work and rest;

to fill them up with good things

I can be myself

when doing this

I can be me

I can make a difference as me

I can make a difference in someone’s life

No matter how lost I may feel in my day or my life

No matter how chaotic my life or home feels at the moment

I feel lost in my day,

but I can find my way

to feel I’m living in my purpose, my destiny, my walk of life

that’s meant just for me,

with God

there always

by my side

I can find my way

with God’s help

Step by step

Giving Him everything

Trusting in Him

He’s in control

He’ll help me find my way

to stop feeling lost in my day

Encouragements

Encouragements are strong

Encouragements are powerful

Encouragements are life giving

Encouragements give hope

 

Encouragements inspire me

Encouragements lift me up

Encouragements can spur me on

Encouragements show love

 

Encouragements are gifts for me

Encouragements are gifts for you

Encouragements can bless my life

Encouragements can bless yours too

Three Nice Things

Hi, my readers,

I hope you’re all fine. :)

Here I am, delayed in my evening, and in need of eating and getting ready for bed soon, and unfortunately it’s right after midnight – so I didn’t catch the deadline I would’ve liked to catch, the deadline for getting the date of the 27th of June on this blog post…Well, I want to write a little to you tonight anyway, because I want to tell you about some nice things from the day that just has gone by.

The day that has just gone by hasn’t been a day where I’ve only been feeling good all the time or where I haven’t done any mistakes, because I’ve had some difficult times and not always felt good during this last day, and I’ve also done mistakes in the course of this last day, like irritating my husband unfortunately.

However, all in all this last day has been a quite good day for me, and I’ve had several nice things happening in my life during the day, and I’ll share three such things with you now:

  1. During the last day I’ve managed to be quite productive and have managed to get all these things done – to me it’s a lot and more than I’ve often done in one day:
    1. Doing a little bit of tidying up and cleaning in the bathroom. X
    2. Putting on a laundry and later on folding the clothes that were dry and hanging up the newly washed clothes. X
    3. Preparing lunch for my husband and myself. X
    4. Tidying up, washing up and cleaning the surfaces in the kitchen after the lunch. X
    5. Tidying up, dusting and hoovering in the living room. X
    6. Cooking dinner for my husband and I. X
    7. Doing some evening shopping. X
  2. I didn’t manage to get the dinner ready in time for my husband and I to eat it together before he had to leave for his work shift, unfortunately, but I managed to make it just in time for my husband to put some dinner into a plastic box and bring it with him to work, so that he could eat it in one of his breaks on his late evening shift. Later in the evening I got a message from my husband telling me that the dinner was lovely, and he thanked me for it, and that made me really happy. :) I’m so pleased that I managed to make a really good dinner for him this last day. :) I love him very much and want him to be happy.
  3. This evening I started on a writing course I recently was invited to by Charles Bordet from Become A Top Performer, and I think it’s nice to have joined several other bloggers and writers in a course where we’ll all learn how to write more than we already do and how to develop our writing.

I’m very pleased with what I’ve gotten done today and with all these three nice things I’ve experienced today, and I’m also happy about other good things that I’ve experienced during this last day and that I’m not telling about. I can’t tell everything here on my blog. I need to keep some secrets.

In any case, what I now do want to tell you before I end this blog text and then eat some food and get ready for bed, is that during this last day God has helped me and strengthened me and given me many victories. In Jesus I’m victorious. :) In Jesus I’m a winner. 😀 Yuhoo! 😀 Even though I sometimes do mistakes, as you know I’ve also done in the course of the last day, I’m still a winner, because I haven’t given up, but risen up after falling down into a mistake. I haven’t given up, and I will never give up in my life, because I’m a winner, and Jesus helps me to hold out.

Thanks and honour to God, my Father, Lord and Helper through The Holy Spirit, for the good things I’ve experienced during this last day! :) God is good. :) Yuhoo! 😀

Good night, everyone. :)