Confessions of a Delayed Blogger

Hi there, all of my readers!

I’m sorry I haven’t been writing here for very long. There’s been very much going on, and I’ve often been very busy, and I’ve also often struggled with various things in my everyday life, like planning and organising, and this has affected my life, and also made it harder for me to come around to focus on my blog. There’s many factors that have played a part in delaying me and distracting me from working more on my blog, and then in the middle of it all I’ve kept on thinking about my blog now and then, putting off working on it now and then and probably often also forgetting about it with there being so much on my mind, and I’ve often had more than enough to deal with in my every day life, than to also be deeply thinking of what to write here and how to do things on my blog. I’ve basically often had a quite disorganised life, and I’ve felt that my everyday life often has been very messy and chaotic, and I’ve often felt very stressed.

Gradually my situation has started to improve the last weeks, and I now today felt like getting back into my blog writing, and finally I’m here.

My life hasn’t been perfect, and it has been very much filled up with challenges and struggles, and I have often been unhappy with how things have been. Then when I ideally would’ve liked to have been good at setting aside time for blogging and writing lots about my life, and the months have gone, and I’ve gotten more and more delayed in relation to all my ideas about what to write about, then it hasn’t made my blogging situation easier, as I would’ve liked to have told you many things from my last months in my life, and now I feel there’s heaps of things to write about, and that I need to catch up in relation to my ideas if I’m going to get to tell you a lot about how my life has been lately or at least give you some summaries from the time since I last wrote here, but I’m just not sure what to do now, as there’s so much to catch up on, but what I definetely will do is to send off this text soon and in this way just jump into my blogging again, and then hopefully I’ll soon write something more here.

I don’t want to pretend that I’ve got everything under control all the time. I don’t want to pretend that my life is perfect. I don’t want to pretend that I’ve got only good excuses for not writing here for many months. Actually, the situation has been far from me having everything under control all the time. I often struggle with keeping in control or on top of things in my everyday life, and this is one of the main things that has happened in this long period where there’s just been “silence” – me not writing – on my blog. Furthermore, my life has absolutely not been perfect, but filled with lots of challenges, difficulties, different types of pains, chaos, mess, disorganisation and not enough discipline – in addition to a lot of good things too, like nice moments, people praying for me and showing care, and enjoyable experiences, like eating a delicious meal.

It HAS been difficult for me to get blogging done, with how my life has been filled up with lots of important things to do and different challenges, a lack of organisation and other things that has affected my life situation, like mentioned before, but I believe I could’ve chosen to sit down and write here a long time ago, as I’ve managed to do a lot of letter writing lately, so I’ve showed myself I can set aside time for writing in that way. Basically, I haven’t been good enough at planning and at setting aside time for blogging lately, and I apologize for not writing regularly, at least once a month, lately. I don’t think it’s good for those readers who really want to read here and see what’s going on in my life. At the same time it’s not good for me to keep away for this long from my blog, for various reasons, for instance because I WANT to be active on my blog and develop my blog. I want this blog to bless people, and for it to happen more and more, I have to keep on writing, more and more.

That being said I have often felt that it’s been too much for me to deal with my blog the last months, and I’m asking you to please understand that side of things too, as sometimes life is so filled up with things to deal with that one can feel that certain things have to wait. Now I DO want to get back into my blogging again properly, though, and I really want to do some things to help myself, because I really want to suceed with this blog.

I think it’s very soon time for me to have a thorough planning session where I make some decicions for my blog and plan when I’m going to set aside time for working on my blog, writing texts for it and in other ways improving it.

I hope there are some readers out there who’s been reading my blog now and then, and who still wants to keep on reading here, and if you’re reading this, please will you send me some lines of comments to this blog text to let me know you are “hanging in there” still?

Take care, and have a very nice Tuesday onwards, if you read this this Tuesday I’ve written it, and if not have a very nice day whatever day it is for you! :)

Best wishes,

Ruth Kristin Burton

 

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

 

Catching Up

Hi, folks!

I’m sorry, but again I’ve had a period where I’ve often been very busy and where I haven’t come around to blogging on my blog. I could say it like this: I’ve gotten delayed and found it hard to sit down and do some blogging in the business of my life and in a situation where I’ve often had very much to deal with. However, I know that I could’ve chosen to sit down and blog several times, so it’s not that it’s not been possible for me, but unfortunately I’ve kept on putting it off and at the same time often been very busy and had very much to do and deal with, and then blogging has become one of those things that it hasn’t been so easy to do, and I guess that it hasn’t been so tempting to sit down and do it either, often, because in a busy life period one often wants to relax and feel no pressure, and with my blog there has been some kind of pressure for me in a way, because I’ve had a lot of ideas and wishes for what to write here.

The thing is, though, now that I think about it, I don’t have to put any pressure upon myself about writing things, and I can just write down my ideas for what to write about, and whenever I feel I want to and have time available for it, I can spend time on writing about those things I’ve got on my list of blog ideas. I also want to mention that this evening I really felt like blogging, and after sitting down to do it, in a room of my own, being on a Christmas holiday at my father-in-law’s place, I have felt that it’s quite relaxing and rather nice to be sitting and doing some blogging, and it’s actually a pleasant way for me to be getting some ME-time, if you know what I mean.

When it comes to my blog, I’ve often had many ideas for what to write about here during the last months, and unfortunately I have – as mentioned – found it hard to come around to doing blogging lately, and also in general many times this year. With that I’ve sometimes felt a bit sad about not having written about certain occasions or episodes that I wanted to write about, and like with many other things I’ve often felt as if I was “behind schedule”. I’ve often felt delayed, and I’ve felt like I’ve gotten a bigger and bigger pile of blogging ideas to deal with as time has gone. However, my blog is for now only a hobby blog, and no one has told me to put out a certain amount of posts here or something like that, and it’s just I, myself, that in a way has put some pressure on myself by having lots of blogging ideas that I’ve wanted to do something about, around a certain time, often. In any case, I can still write about a lot of those things I’ve wanted to write about, even if my blog texts are “delayed” in a way. Futhermore, when it comes to episodes in my life I’ve wanted to write about, it’s still possible to write about them long after they have happened. Whenever things from the past are written about, they can always be put out onto my blog, because stories from our lives can be told as long as the one who experienced the story is still alive.

One of the things I now believe I should do in the nearest future, is 1) to make a long list of all my blogging ideas, 2) plan for when I’m going to do blogging, but also 3) be open for spontaneous blogging sessions like I’ve had many times before and like I in a way have tonight, and 4) first of all just have fun and enjoy my blogging, because it is one of my many hobbies, and one that I really like doing. I basically think I should put less pressure on myself when it comes to my blogging, and I should think that in the future I can always catch up on writing on my blog and fulfilling the writing projects here that I’ve thought of. There’s always a chance in the future to write more, as long as I put aside time for it, and even five minutes of writing can make a difference on my blog.

When it comes to catching up it’s something that I sometimes have felt as a difficult topic, because for me it has often been related to me feeling that I’m delayed or “behind schedule” on different tasks or projects, and I’ve had things to do piling up for me again and again. Unfortunately I often struggle with planning and organization of my time, and I easily get delayed, and I often struggel with getting started on things and getting things done too. Things can vary and are not always very challenging for me on these mentioned areas, but I often struggle with getting a lot of things that I ideally want to get done, done, especially when my life feels very busy and there’s much for me to think about or deal with. This can for instance often happen when it comes to preparing birthday gifts and Christmas gifts. Sometimes I’m not planning ahead enough and/or starting soon enough with my preparations for a birthday, and then I can for instance get delayed with buying a birthday gift to someone in my family, especially if I’e got a lot to think about, and I can easily forget it around that time I ideally should be doing it, and also if I’m delayed with getting it done, I can easily forget about it later on in between. Often I think about things that I haven’t gotten around to do in between, and they can sometimes feel as if they are all hanging over me as a burden or pressure of things to do.

Sometimes I get delays and things I feel I need to catch up on on many areas of my life at the same time, and sometims all these delays and undone tasks just adds up to a bigger and bigger pile, in my head in a way, and then if I think about lots of them at the same time, which I often have done the last years, I can feel very overwhelmed and like it’s all too much for me. I’ve often felt like that during this year and during the last 2-3 years. Basically, it’s something that easily happens with me, because I often struggle with doing all those things I ideally want to do, for different reasons, but it’s mainly because I’ve got Asperger’s syndrome, and in a way I just can’t have too much pressure on me or too much to try to do, because that’s not good for me and can often make me feel very stressed or overwhelmed. Then at the same time I want to catch up on things, like birthday gifts, and I’ve done that many times this year by sometimes buying and giving out delayed birthday gifts and other gifts that was meant for a very long time ago, sometimes even for special occasions that was over a year ago. I did that recently for instance, and by doing that I was catching up on things to do. Now I’m almost finished catching up on giving out those gifts that I want to give out for people around me, so that feels good.

However, the thing is, all this catching up on things, is maybe not always good for me, especially not if I put pressure on myself to do certain things in the first place, like giving out birthday gifts. With putting pressure on myself to do certain things, I might make my life harder for myself than necessary, and I’m thinking that perhaps I should try getting better at accepting that I’m often finding that doing a lot in a short amount of time and being very busy is often very difficult and sometimes not very healthy for me, and that I don’t always manage to do as many things as I ideally want to do within a certain amount of time, and that I don’t have to try to do as much as many others do. I’m me, and I’m ok as me, and I can be me. I often have high expectations of myself, lots of things I want to achieve, and many ideas about things to do, but in real life I often struggle with getting it all out into life, achieving everything I want to, and I have sometimes felt upset, low, sad or dissapointed because of these things. It’s not always easy for me to handle that I’m often struggling with getting things done and that I easily get delayed in my process of getting things done, and I have many times experienced to feel low and perhaps I can say a bit depressed because of it. It can be very upsetting and sad for me to think about all the things I haven’t managed to get done and to know that I’m very far behind in relation to all the things I’ve got to do, but I believe that I need to accept my own limitations and remind myself of them and try to not expect or demand too much of myself, and I need to try to make my life easier for myself.

It’s ok for me to try to do some catching up sometimes, and I think that sometimes it is necessary, but certain things can be cut out, and sometimes I think I just need to accept that some things I just didn’t come around to doing, and then just let it be and stop thinking that I should try to get it done. Instead of thinking a lot about things I want to be cathing up on, as I think I have done sometimes, I should focus mainly on the here and now and on the future. I can try to become more organized and get better at doing things in a good time in the future, and at the same time I need to make sure I don’t put too much pressure on myself and accept that I can’t try to do too much in one go or in a short amount of time, because trying to do too much, easily leads to stress, and I can quickly become very stressed by having too much to do and think about. Catching up can be good, but I should find a balance in relation to catching up and sometimes accept that I didn’t get something done and then just leave it like that.

Now I’ve written for a long time, and it’s late, so I have to say good night. Sleep well, and good night, and have a happy Christmas holiday, all of you, my readers!

 

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

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. :)

Silence on My Blog

I’m sorry to tell you, but again, I’m delayed in my blogging, and I’m delayed in my life, and I’ve had a long period of “silence” on my blog. Now I want to tell you some of the reasons why.

Well, first of all I want to tell you that when there’s a long period of silence or no action on my blog, that usually means the same general things, no matter what time of the year or what kind of period in my life you find the silence. The silence on my blog usually means these things, simply summarized:

  • My life has often felt very busy.
  • I have not been organized enough in my life.
  • I have not put aside time for blogging or pushed myself hard enough to get some blogging done.
  • I have procrastinated.

The thing is, no matter how busy I am, if I just prioritize something highly in my mind and decide that I’m going to do something at some point, sooner or later, I WILL get it done, usually. So at the end of the day, I just haven’t done well enough when it comes to my time usage, my decisiveness and my actions. I haven’t gotten the blogging done that I ideally would’ve liked to have gotten done.

Now when it comes to the last period of my life where I’ve had a long period of not blogging at all, it has often been particularly challenging for me to get any blogging done, much because I’ve had many very busy weeks lately, very much to deal with, and I’ve often been very stressed and had many challenges to deal with. When there are many things to deal with and when there’s much to do and think about, it’s often difficult for me to get around to sit down to do blogging, and often there are other things that are more important to me than blogging in the middle of a busy and challenging life period.

The good thing is that I’ve had many good blogging ideas during the last months, and there are lots of things I WANT to write about, so there’s no lack of ideas or good intentions. The problem is that when I keep on feeling that life is too busy for me, that I’ve got too much to do and think about and that it’s difficult to get around to sit down to write on my blog, or when I’m disorganized and have a lot of chaos in my life, which I often have had lately, then it’s often very difficult to get any blogging done, and my mind gets filled with more and more blogging ideas, and it’s like a pile of papers that needs sorted that keeps on growing. My pile of blogging jobs get bigger and bigger. There’s more and more blogging for me to do, and I feel more and more behind.

In a way I have a luxury problem as I have plenty to write about. There’s so much that’s been going on in my life lately that I’d like to share about on my blog. I’ve got lots of photos I’d like to post on my blog too. Basically there’s a very big amount of blogging work that is waiting for me, and that’s quite good, but when I’m already in a situation where I often struggle a lot with getting things done in my life in general, then it doesn’t make my life feel easier or less challenging when I’m also having a lot of blogging ideas that keep on piling up on top of other tasks that I’m behind with. I feel I need to catch up in getting things done in many areas of my life. It’s not always the best feeling. I’ve often felt quite overwhelmed or challenged or as if things look really hard by thinking about lots of different things I’ve got to do. It’s not a feeling I can recommend, but still it’s not the worst problem to be struggling with, and at least I’ve got ideas of what to write about on my blog.

Lately it’s often felt like I’ve had too much to deal with in my life, and since I know how my life has been, I don’t find it so strange that I’ve ended up with not doing any blogging for a long time. I want you, my readers, to be aware that I DO want to do more blogging, though. Yes, I want to do more blogging, and I want to get around to writing about those things that I’ve wanted to write about lately but that I’ve never come around to. I want to do something about my ideas for my blog and not just keep my ideas in my mind. I want the silence on my blog to last a shorter while and not for months or weeks, maybe not even for many days usually. I want you to know that my good intentions are there.

I cannot promise anything when it comes to my blogging, though, and I can only do one thing at a time and take one day at a time. However, I can tell you that I haven’t given up on my blog and that I definitely want to write more on my blog and also increase how much time I spend on it. I want to share of my ideas, share about my life and inspire people and mean something to those who read my blog. I want my writing to matter. I want my blog to count.

I want the silence periods on my blog to become a less lengthy happening. I want movement on my blog to happen more often.

I want to get better at just sitting down and starting to write – like I suddenly did today after being challenged from a guy who sends me inspirational emails, Charles Bordet.

I want to start moving towards a better blogging future – with more action when it comes to blogging. Yes, I want more action on my blog and less silence there. However perhaps I need less action in my life in a way and more silence in it, so that I have less things to write about and more silence to sit and write.

In any case, I want to keep on living my life, whether I blog often or seldom, because in the end of the day, my life is not about blogging, and I’m not living for my blog. I live and blog about my life now and then, and if I’m too busy to blog, the silence speaks for itself.

Until the next time I break the “silence” on my blog, fare well.

 

Ruth Kristin Burton

 

A Lovely Stay in Norway

Hi,

This last weekend I’ve visited my parents in Norway and had a lovely stay. It has been great being in Norway again after not having been there for almost one year and often missing Norway a lot the last months.

I’ve enjoyed lots of hood fellowship, met my brother David too, and enjoyed Norwegian food and nature to mention something.

Hi. I’m back again, this time in England. The above text I wrote on Sola airport in Norway. As I was in the air I wrote a poem about my lovely weekend in Norway:

A Lovely Weekend in Norway

Being picked up by my brother David and having a little chat in the car on the way to my parents place

Being with my parents, having a typical Norwegian dinner – made just because of me

— love in thoughtfulnes and action

Receiving love from my paretns in so many ways, being touched and uplifted again and again

Relaxing with my parents and watching some online TV programmes

Eating a slice of bread with Norwegian brown cheese on and drinking a glass of Norwegian milk

Enjoying a long night’s sleep and soon after a bubbly bath in a Jacuzzi

Eating my mother’s nice rice porridge for lunch

Going for a short walk and finding nice gifts in a little gift shop

Enjoying having the house to myself as my parents were out in the evening

Eating the Norwegian Grandiosa pizza and lots of tasty snacks and sweets

Going for a day trip of sightseeing on Sunday with my parents – because they cancelled their plans of attending a church gathering to spend their day with me

— love in action

Walking up a hill and seeing great views of my birth city Stavanger and the surrounding areas around

Wandering through a forest and having a good time with my parents

Taking lots of photos and having fun

Going to a place of memory for the Norwegian kingdom

Enjoying the sun, fresh air and the sea breeze

Seeing three gigantic swords on a mountain base

Also noticing artistic photos photo motives

Using my dad’s photo camera from around that time, as my own phone had no more battery usage left

Going to a third place, a memorial place next to the sea

Watching marvellous views and thanking God for Norway

Walking and jumping from stone to stone, feeling active, healthy and happy

Enjoying the very strong wind together with the fresh air tainted by a sea smell

Enjoying time with my parents, loving them, Norway and Jesus

Coming back home to my parents place and eating a very nice Sunday dinner with beef steak and vegetables

Eating a sweet and very nice dessert

Relaxing and having “kaffikos” – a little cake meal – with my parents and my brother David who came visiting for a while – enjoying chatting and family time

Having a time of talking about important matters and praying together with my kind parents in the end

Having had a lovely and blessed weekend with my lovely parents :) and then saying farewells in the morning of today, Monday

Now looking forward to meeting my husband again :)

 

Ruth Kristin