Willpower | One Little Word Update

My word of the year is willpower, and it’s a perfect word for me. I love reading about how the brain works, so today I thought I’d share a few links to articles that has inspired me with my word. I’m also taking Ali Edward’s class One little word where each first of the month you get a new prompt of something to craft, write or think about relating to your word. I haven’t done all the exercises yet. I’m working in a A5 ring binder format, but also added some of the printables to my DIY Calendar, as a reminder:

DIY Calendar: One Little Word

I was recommended to check out The Willpower Instinct, by professor Kelly McGonigal, and it’s a favorite read of the year. Maybe I should write a review of it, it’s so yummy!? In it she writes about how the brain works, why some things are so difficult to do and others not, and in each chapter she gives you ideas to try out. She also challenges the reader to pick a small challenge, like creating a daily meditation practice, and keep at it and notice where and when it’s easy and when resistence and procrastination comes up… I love that challenge, and with the Insight Timer app, I am still at it.


Viljestyrka is willpower in Swedish. Embroidery by my mom made in January – for my word of the year 2014. Love it, thanks mom!

Interesting reads on Willpower

Why Successful Habits Are About Structure, Not Effort
The number one driver of whether a habit change is a success or not is how big the initial goal is. Everyone, if they’re consistent, will eventually achieve something massive. But the people that end up failing are the people trying to achieve overnight success… Continue reading

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Binder Transformation

Ring Binder Transformation/Altering

I love finding office supplies at the thrift store! Sometimes I’ll find postcards or a pile of unused notecards, but not often. I love all kinds of vintage paper finds, but thrifting them doesn’t happen that often around here. Though sometimes I’ll score a few sturdy ring binders. And I love me some ring binders! Like this green cardboard one, with a cute label. I think it’s nice, but it could be even nicer with a bit of transformation… So I set to work to transform it into something a bit more “me”, though still green. Continue reading

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Inspiration in Envelopes

Mini Owl

One of my dear blog fans, Jenny, sent me a care package filled with lovely paper and craft stuff. You know the kind, where every time you look inside the envelope something cuter than before comes out?

I feel so happy to have received all this, to the point of almost being embarrassed. Am I worthy of all this love? But let’s forget the feeling for now, and take a look!

Overview of what Jenny sent me

I do not wish to make you jealous, but this is too good not to share with you guys. Because I know you are into this stuff too. I wanted to show you the pretty papers I got, the big owl stamp and the cutest tiny-tiny owl erasers…
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Spotted Photo Theme: My Favorite Color

Pink windflower
Pink is my color

It’s time a September’s post with a spotted photo theme! Something that occur in all our photographs are colors (if you’re not shooting black-and-white). We all adore colors, am I right? But maybe you have a favorite color that you often spot in your photos?

Go look through some of your recent photos and see if you can spot one color that sticks out among your photos and group them together. The color can be an accent in the whole, or maybe you’ll pick the most monochromatic photos you can find. I did a bit of both.

What themes do you spot in your photographs? Join the fun: Spotted Photo Theme - inspired by iHanna at www.ihanna.nu Wanna join me? New to my prompt “Spotted Photo Theme”? Then read my Introduction to the Spotted Photo Theme Idea, and feel free to post the link to your Spotted Photo Theme of the month below in the comments. Use my theme, or tweak it to fit what you have photographed. Link back to me by text or using the spotted theme-button, thank you for helping me spread the word.

Sculpture in Umeå

Jacob Dahlgren’s “Constructing a New World” in Umeå. My favorite sculpture ever.

My favorite color is pink…

Surprise! I love pink as many of you already know, so I spot this color in many of the photos I’ve taken through the years. This summer I’ve even had a pink mission, so I tried not to share more pink flowers in this post. Also I have shared a lot of pink on this blog, from the magnolia tree, to geraniums, dying, knitted sweaters, a kanzashi, notebooks, fabric beads, dymo labels and lots of other pink crafts, items and things. So today I’m not sharing my creations and home, but pink stuff spotted (mostly) outside, when I’ve been out and about. I hope you approve…

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Dragonfly Collages

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads. Erica Jong

Collage: Dragon Fly I

Collage: Dragonfly I, by iHanna. Availible here.

I finally cut a few new squares, smaller than before, for collage. They are about 12,5 x 12,5 centimeters (4.9 x 4.9 inches). This is the first in the series of collages I started. Calling it Dragonfly I because it seams fitting.

Can you spot the dragonfly?

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Create a Daily Meditation Practice

I love sitting meditation. I believe in the health benefits it provides, and I know that if and when I get into it, it makes me happy. It makes me calmer, nicer and more awesome in every way.

Good Idea: Daily meditation practice

I have made many attempts to cultivate meditation as a daily habit over the past several years. I get a few days in, then I stump away and miss a few days, and my firm resolution is gone. But this past few months (!) I have found the way, and I want to share it with you. It will not be the answer for everyone, but for those of us who thrive with some external expectations, this is the peeerfect solution. And it’s and app, of course it is!

Having the Willpower to start…

Meditation is said to build stamina and willpower, but to create that meditation habit you might need lots of willpower first… Since I need better habits, and as willpower is my word of the year, that is what I’m working on right now. With the help of this meditation app I have created a new habit without much effort at all, and that is why I want to share it with you. Now that meditation is a habit, I don’t need to plan or think about it all the time either. I just plop down and meditate – once every day. Yay!

These days, everything and their aunt, has got an app that will help you become a better person! You need an app to be more productive, eat healthier, exercise more, schedule your day, be grateful and so on and so on. I sound like I’m mocking this, but I have tried them all, and love them for about a week or a month. Then I forget about them, so they were few that were very helpful in the long run. I just tire quickly I guess: I need more willpower.

I started in February by downloading an app and did the start-up-program of 10 days. It was great, but then I discovered that you had to buy a subscription to continue to use it (gah!), so I got derailed and stopped.

Then in June I heard about another app (that was totally free), and so far, I haven’t tired of using this meditation app… Continue reading

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Diary Flower Doodles

I continue to doodle. There is not much to say about it, but I still like to share them, and I love when you visit and take a look. Maybe my efforts will bring a smile to your face, or a pen to your hand this afternoon… And if you want to leave me a comment to encourage me, you know I appreciate it lots.

Diary Flower Doodles

Flowers again, yes I know. But not just black and white flowers. Sometimes I bring out markers and make pink flowers in my diary (I actually write a lot in this notebook too, but these were photographed before the writing sessions).

Sometimes I fill in outlined flowers made in black ink, and sometimes I outline flowers doodled with a broader pen. All is fun, all is good. More here:

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Do Great Work

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.
Steve Jobs

Inspiration Mosaic August 2014

Inspiration Mosaic August 2014, collected by iHanna on Flickr.
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Goodbye August my friend

you were great but a bit windy…

Next up: To do great work. That’s my plan for the upcoming week. And for September. And for the rest of my life.

What kind of work do you plan on doing? ;-)

PS: Next weekend, we’re posting photos of our favorite color for Spotted Photo Theme. It is super fun if you’re into photography – and who isn’t? Wanna join?

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5 Online Tools for Mindfulness & Fun

I love finding online sites that are either useful or playful – or both! Here are five that I’ve been playing with lately. Let me know in the comments if you like any of them and I might post more in the future.

It is a mistake to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.
Winston Churchill

5 Online Tools for Mindfulness and for Fun

  1. Meditation timer

    An online tool that counts down your meditation practice as you take a break from working by the computer! You can listen to some soothing music while you meditate, by such artists as Deep Sky Divers, Ray Lynch, and Robert Ronnes. The site requires Flash Player plugin.

  2. Print Friendly

    Time to make web page printing more environmentally friendly! Just get their bookmarklet (drag the button to your browser’s bookmark toolbar) and then when you visit a text page you want to print, just press that button and you get a lot of great options… You can remove images or paragraphs you don’t need, to print on less paper. I think this is a great tool, especially if you print a lot of articles to read offline.

  3. Noisli

    The Noisli site is for those of you working at home that are not really enjoying all the silence of an empty place… It’s a fun background noise generator, ideal for working and/or relaxing. Why not visit the ocean as you work today, or a noisy café lounge?

  4. Pinstamatic

    This is an old favorite I had forgotten about. Visit the site and you can create lots of Pinteresting images, or even graphics that you can use on your blog. You can make a quote into an image, or make a graphic out of a tweet, website or calendar date. A tool that is fun to play with for a while.

  5. Blog Topic Generator

    Need inspiration for your next blog post title? Then visit this fun little online tool. You have to put in three nouns (a person, place, thing, animal or idea) that you’d like to write about, and the site will come up with a week’s worth of relevant blog post titles in a matter of seconds!

I know most of these tools are just for fun, to play with for a while, but that’s okay. And to me mindfulness is supposed to be joyful too, something to enjoy. Please let me know what you think – and if you’ve got any tips for me?!

Bonus link: I love finding tools for productivity too. And Jo of Dexterous Diva likes her tools too, so as a bonus link list, you should check out her post on tools and apps for creatives. Jo writes: If you are a creative bod, there are several things you can do to help yourself in your work-flow and productivity. If, like me, you generate ideas at all times of day and night, have several plates spinning and don’t function in a logical, linear way, read on…

PS: More about my mindfulness practice next week!

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Dear Photo Diary | Slow Progress

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
John Steinbeck

Tiny rolls of wallpaper

Hello dear Friday, you are the photo day around here, it seems… A time to slow down a bit and look through the photo folders perhaps…

This week I’ve actually been working a lot with photos, making my own memory book of 2012! Yes, skipping around a bit, the only other book I’ve got finished so far is photos of 2008 (finished in 2010, gaah!)… Slow progress, sssslow indeed.

On my blog it’s time for a few more photos in my dear Dear Photo Diary series. Enjoy!

Tiny Flower Doodle (on text)
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