Often when I’m excited to share a book I’ve just read, I have a way of describing it a tad too honest. “It was amazing, it made me cry and I felt like a hollow shell of my former self for weeks”. (Revolutionary Road, man, did that book break me down). And the poor person I’m talking to look like they don’t even know if they should get me medical assistance or just stop listening to anything I say.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is in the same category. It’s about friendship and growing up.
Full disclosure, I barely knew who Gloria Steinem was prior to reading My Life on the Road. I connected her name to feminism and writing, but I had no stories to attach to those words. But the book kept popping up everywhere I looked and when it was recommended by Emma Watson in Our Shared Shelf, I decided it was time. Besides, reading about travel and feminism seemed perfect for kicking off my own current adventure.
When it comes to books, I’ve been a bit of a conservative snob. I like to hold them, turn page corners, carry them with me everywhere I go. I even like the smell. You can find me at least once a week walking into a bookstore, drooling over all the books I want to take home with me. As a kid, I mastered the art of riding my bicycle while reading something I probably was too young to understand anyway.
When it was time to start packing for my trip, I realised that bringing the seven books I wanted to read was not an option, unless I hired someone to follow me around, carrying all my things. Which was not accounted for in my budget.
Instead, I caved to technology. It was time to buy a Kindle.
That’s one of the best decisions I made last year (I’m a nerd, so yes, it qualifies). Reading is a huge passion of mine, and reading on a Kindle has added a valuable layer to it. Why, you might ask? Well, here’s why!
If this video doesn’t make you crave adventure, nothing will. But if you are anything like me, you might feel a slight pinch in your gut, telling you that there is so much more to experience than what is right in front of you. (Don’t worry, I’m not going to try conquering a mountain in the jungle anytime soon. I’ll start with something more accessible, like Mount Agung.)
A couple of months ago I decided it was time to take action on something I had been contemplating. More about that later this week. This decision has sparked many conversations with friends and acquaintances about dreams and life. There are so many people who feel stuck in everyday responsibilities, dreaming about something else, but are being held back by fear. I know the feeling. Changes, especially the ones that require you to go way out of you comfy comfort zone, are scary. You can find a thousand reasons to why you shouldn’t do it. But in the end it’s a matter of priorities. What’s most important for you? Not for your parents or friends or society. What do you want to look back at when you’re ninety years old, sitting by a desk trying to write your memoirs? Elia and Naomi had similar thoughts, which share in this video and accompanying article. Watch and…
Stick with the awkwardness, there is something magical beyond it. Go to yoga. Run. Hate it until you enjoy it. There is some good advice in this post, this quote in particular. The feeling when you move past the awkwardness truly is magical. And worth every bruise you got getting there (yes, pole, I’m talking about you). Next up in the phase of complete awkwardness and terror, waiting for magic: surfing. More on that in August.
In this video by Kenny Laubbacher, Jedidiah Jenkins describes something I’m thinking about a lot these days. How aware are you really about life? Who controls your days? What do you want to look back at when you are 85 years old? Follow his journey on Instagram, @jedidiahjenkins.
One of the best parts about my job is that I get to go to things like The Conference. The Conference is a conference that is not that easily described. I would say it is mainly about media and communication, but often with a different perspective. With speakers from all over the world, with a wide range of backgrounds and a high standard of presentations, I was impressed.
A few times a year me and my friends take turns in hosting brunch for each other. We all bring something to the table, one makes magical scones, another one the best scrambled eggs in the world and the one who is somewhat disabled in the kitchen (me) makes american pancakes from a finished mix. Then we sit down and talk about life for hours. Today was one of those days and one thing we discussed was that people should be more aware of how short life can be. Not in the extreme way I am, who wakes up in the middle of the night thinking “Oh my god, I could die tomorrow, what the hell am I doing with my life?!”, but put things more in perspective. Such as asking yourself what is really important in your life, and what could you let go of. When I got home I watched this…
Ever since This American Life, one of my favorite podcasts, started teasing us about their new show in July I have been waiting not so patiently by my podcast app. I mean, come on, how long does a girl have to wait to get her new audio fix?
So this guy, Felix Starck, decided to go traveling the world. By bike. A year and 22 countries later he compiled a documentary about the journey. If the short excerpt above does not trigger your wanderlust, you can also read his advice for people who dream of doing something similar but are afraid to take the step. For the first time in years, I don’t have a clue about my next trip. Nothing planned nothing booked. Colombia maybe. Brasil has been calling me for a while. I need to visit Cuba at some point. My trip to Costa Rica was way to short, there is so much to see. So much world, so little time.
→ Eatpraycrib [aesop_video align=”center” src=”youtube” id=”k8tEOwNTloU” loop=”on” autoplay=”on” controls=”off” viewstart=”off”] Elizabeth Gilbert is selling her amazing house and of course creates a site with the name eatpraycrib. Can someone just by this house for me? (I would never leave the Skybrary.) → Noisli ♬ A site with the perfect background noise of your choice. Soon also available as an app. The rain and thunder is very convincing (and somewhat scary if you are home alone in your house late at night). → 3 newsletter worth subscribing to Article in Swedish, but the two of the three recommended newsletters are written in English. Will try them all out. → The Letting Go Ebook [aesop_image img=”http://sannablogs.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/PNG-WhiteBG-small.png” imgwidth=”500″ align=”center” captionposition=”left” lightbox=”off”] Leo Babauta writes the blog zenhabits and have just now published another free ebook. About mastering the art of letting things go. Something we all could be better at.