My favourite tiger quotes…

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GO GET ‘EM TIGER!

I’m still not completely sure if this cardigan has a tiger or zebra pattern? What do you think? Anyway, here are some of my favourite tiger quotes: 

«Life is like a wild tiger. You can either lie down and let it lay its paw on your head, or sit on its back and ride it.»  – Ride The Wild Tiger

«There is nothing like the thrill of walking through the jungle looking for a tiger and knowing they could be watching you already.»  – Ashlan Gorse Costeau

«In waking a tiger, use a long stick.» – Mao Zedong

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I want to know…

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THE INVITATION

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for,
And if you dare to dream of meeting
Your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
For love, for your dream,
For the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon.
I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow,
If you have been opened by life’s betrayals,
Or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain,
Mine or your own,
Without moving
To hide it or fade it or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy,
Mine or your own,
If you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes
Without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true.
I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself,
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul.
I want to know if you can be faithless and therefore be trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see beauty
Even when it is not pretty every day,
And if you can source your own life
From its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure,
Yours and mine,
And still stand on the edge of a lake and shout to the silver of the full moon,
«Yes!»

It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair,
Weary and bruised to the bone,
And do what needs to be done for the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you are, how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
In the center of the fire with me
And not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you
From the inside
When all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone
With yourself,
And if you truly like the company you keep
In the empty moments.

POEM BY CANADIAN WRITER, ORIAH

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You can have your cake and eat it too…

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ONE TO FOLLOW #VIOLETCAKESLONDON

Nå skal jeg ikke gifte meg, men hvis det var så er DETTE kaken jeg ville spist!!! Med ‘Swiss merengue buttercream.’ Tenker litt på om jeg skal bestille en fra violetcakes.com bare fordi det er mandag.

I’m not getting married, but if I were then THIS is the cake I would’ve eaten!!! With ‘Swiss merengue buttercream.’ Thinking about ordering one from violetcakes.com just because it’s Monday.

 

Summer days in Malene Birger…

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THESE ARE THE DAYS…

Er ikke helt sikker på om jeg er en zebra eller tiger i denne jakken, men jeg vant den i hvert fall på eBay her om dagen. Lykken er en «ny» mohair jakke, et glass øl på en fridag med gode venner som får en til å le så man griner. Disse dagene hvor man kan gå i shorts fra tidlig morgen til sent på natt, det er ekte sommerdager det.

I’m not completely sure if I’m a zebra or a tiger in this jacket but I won it on eBay the other day. Happiness is a «new» mohair jacket, a glass of beer on a Friday together with good friends that make you laugh until you cry. These days, were you can wear shorts from early morning until late night – this is summer. 

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Allergic to nature…

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MEET MY FRIEND, THE ALLERGY MONSTER…

Jeg har vært allergisk for alt mulig så lenge jeg kan huske og gjør mitt beste for at det ikke skal definere livet mitt. Men uansett hva jeg gjør, så er det der fremdeles. Dette allergimonsteret som har gjort meg allergisk mot så mange fine ting; trær, blomster, parken og parfymer. Frukt kan jeg heller ikke spise og sminken er sparsommelig, men enn så lenge kan jeg fremdeles putte på en rød leppestift og smile. Man ser litt trett ut, for man er trett. I øynene, i hodet og i den hovne kroppen. Hvis du vil vite hvordan det føles, så foreslår jeg at du stiller deg midt på stuegulvet og ber vennen din legge seg ned på gulvet og holde om anklene dine, og så går du og sleper på denne vennen din, som i dette tilfellet skal forestille allergimonsteret, og du går og du går og du må bare gå videre… Jeg har etterhvert funnet et par triks som jeg synes er brukbare, så jeg ikke gir dette allergimonsteret all energien min. En: Ikke forvent at folk forstår. To: Ta vare på deg selv. Tre: Styrk immunforsvaret med C-Vitamin og Spirulina (Jeg har lagt min elsk på den fra Pukka.) Fire: Massér en hoven kropp. Fem: Gjør en innsats for å sove godt. Seks: Gjør i hvert fall én ting som gjør deg glad hver dag. Syv: Husk at du kanskje ikke føler at du er på ditt beste, men du kan fremdeles være ditt beste.

I’ve been allergic to all kinds of things for as long as I can remember and do my best to not let it define my life, but no matter what I do, it’s still there. This allergy monster that’s made me allergic to so many beautiful things; trees, flowers, the park and perfumes. I can’t eat fruit either and have to be careful with make-up, but so far I can still get away with a red lipstick and a smile to cover the fatigue. I look a little tired, because I am tired, my eyes, my head and the swollen body. If you want to know what it feels like then I suggest that you stand up and ask your friend to lie down on the floor and grab your ankles with a tight grip, and then you walk…and you drag you friend with you, who in this case is a metafor the allergy monster and then you walk and you walk and you just have to walk on… I’ve found a couple of tricks over the years, which I find useful, so I don’t give the allergy monster all of my power and energy. One: Don’t expect people to understand. Two: Take care of yourself. Three: Boost your immune system with Vitamin-C and Spirulina (I love the one from Pukka.) Four: Massage a swollen body. Five: Make an effort to sleep well.  Six: Do one thing that makes you happy every day. Seven: Remember that you may not feel that you’re at your best, but you can still be the best you can be. 

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ENGLISH GARDENS

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«WHERE FLOWERS BLOOM, SO DOES HOPE,» said Lady Bird Johnson

De kjenner sine hager i dette landet. Mai er alltid en fantastisk måned i London og hvis du er i byen nå og liker blomster, så anbefaler jeg en tur til Chelsea Flower Show. Her er et par bilder jeg tok da jeg ble invitert for et par år siden. Kom mai du skjønne milde!  Engelskmennene er virkelig verdensmestere når det kommer til hager!

They know their gardens in this country. May is always a fantastic month in London and if you’re in the city now and love flowers, then I recommend a trip to the Chelsea Flower Show. Here are a couple of pictures I took from when I was invited a couple of years ago. The English really are world champions when it comes to gardening! 

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Happiness is…

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TOMORROW WE CAN EAT BROCCOLI, BUT TODAY IS FOR ICE CREAM 

Det er viktig å kose seg her i livet og da kjæresten inviterte meg og barna på årets første iskrem var det bare å løpe avgårde i klikk klakkene. Jeg valgte selvfølgelig en is som matchet genseren ; )  Den stillheten som senker seg når alle er dypt opptatt av hver sin is…bedre blir det ikke. Life is like an ice cream, enjoy it before it melts!

It’s important to make room for ‘hygge’ in life and when my boyfriend invited the kids and I out for this summer’s first ice cream we ran as fast as we could in our summer shoes. Of course I picked a cornetto that matched my sweater ; ) That silence when everyone is deeply into their ice cream…doesn’t get any better. Life is like an ice cream, enjoy it before it melts. 

 

Royal Wedding

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BRING OUT THE TEA!!!

Eller skål med champagne for den slags skyld. Er det flere som sitter foran TV’en og ser på Amal Clooney og Victoria Beckham og tenker at ‘Jeg må skaffe meg noen av de hattene.’ Jeg tror jeg skal bringe litt mere champagne inn i livet mitt fra nå av, mere blomster og fine kjoler. Litt mere glitter, glam og masse confetti ; )

Or open the champagne for that matter. Is anyone else sitting in front of the TV watching Amal Clooney and Victoria Beckham, thinking that ‘I have to start wearing hats.’ I think I’ll bring a little more champagne into my life from now on, more flowers and nice dresses. More glitz, glam and confetti ; )