// 22 accomplishments at 22

it's been a week since my 22nd birthday the 11th of january, do i have a birthday-twin out there? please, make yourself known, i don't know anyone yet. i'm also slooowly getting used to the new number, anyone else finding that hard? my 21st year, was probably my hardest year yet, so this year I decided to look at some at the things that happened to me // accomplished as a 21 year old with a grateful heart, so I also can remember and focus on the good things that happened to me that year.
 

  1. i lived in 3 different countries - norway, poland and denmark.
  2. i started learning my 5th language; polish - I speak danish, norweigan & english fluently/native and german "pretty basic" (understand best when i read) + a little bittle polish now too.
  3. i moved to my 3rd country - this was the year that i moved to eastern europe; poland. on e of the biggest cities called lublin. so beautiful, charming city. i will defiantly write posts about this city later on!
  4. i leaded my 1st team trip at all + my 1st overseas - one in norway + one in denmark - where i even got to share my heart with some amazing young danes.
  5. i tried a lot of mutant interpretations; norwegian - english (and vice versa) as a part of an internship on an international bibleschool + "normal" interpretation - from a stage though - from norwegian to danish at a conference (that felt weird btw) the thing is that norwegian and danish are basically the same, but i use my tongue very different, when talking.
  6. represented my bibleschool in stavanger at impuls - a big christian youth conference in norway, but it came with a prize; 13 hour trip that normally takes about 5, car broke down twice, a storm cancelled one of our ferries which meant we had to drive a 5 hour longer detour, crashed the car in a mini parking house, got low blood sugar + broke our candy bowl, hah. but it all ended good and i got closer to an amazing woman who was my partner in crime during the whole time.
  7. i met a lot of new friends from all over the world! - poland, ukraine, phillipines, america, denmark, norway, sweden, england, germany, canada, mexico.. to name a "few".
  8. became a full time volunteering missionary - for about half a year on the east coast in a big city called lublin in poland. which leads me too..
  9. i launched my blog - if that step hadn't happened you my dear reader, wouldn't be hear. and i wouldn't write this - so thanks for reading along!
  10. i got insta-serious - not exactly sure what that means, but i decided to get more serious, i read a lot of articles, blogs and guides on instagram this summer, met some new insta-friends, learned about hashtags and insta-themes (finally landed on enouraging 90s grunge), grown over 300 new followers + got over 400 likes for the first time on this photo of my mom. find me here if you haven't already!
  11. created my art account on instagram; @handmade_bymidnight - i wanted to be a part of a community on insta + have a place to show my art and connect with likeminded artists and have a place to get feedback + hold myself accountable to; check it out here and make me happy! the name? i make a lot of things with my hands, and around midnight is usually where my creativity and hands floooooow.
  12. became a social media manager - i started and/or managed a instagram account, facebook page, news blog + filmed, edited and posted news and testimony videos and photos - interesting doing it for an organisation and not just myself.
  13. learned a lot about communication - the good, the bad and the ugly way. but most importantly i learned what it looks like when it works and when it doesn't. i learned this the really hard way, but it's some valuable lessons & great tools i'm very grateful for.
  14. wrote my first newsletters ever - as a part of being a missionary we wrote monthly newsletters to those who signed up for them. it was both a privilegde and scary writing about me, my experienced and things that happened both in my life and in the missionary work that we did. i guess it was good training for one day opening a newsletter for my blog, maybe?
  15. visited dresden on my first morningstar conference - if you haven't read rick joiner's book - you need to go google him. his books changed my life in my teen years + his prophetic ministry; morningstar - is worth following and learning from. bonus: i also got to see dresden by day! beautiful city with lots of history and unique buildings. 
  16. the age i discovered body positivity and finally accepted that i could love my body & that it is a life long journey, but it's totally worth it. thanks to all you brave instagrammers out there who change the world, one body at the time!
  17. roadtrippin' from east poland to east germany - that bus ride (2 busses) took me 14 hours - if i had a car it would've taken about 8 hours.. at least i didn't have to drive and could enjoy the ride + i had wifi the first 9 hours!
  18. took a big stand for myself - i finally realized that i had put myself and my body last on my priority range, it came with a huge cost - I'm still paying for it - but i would pay an even higher prize if i hadn't said stop (read more about that in my last post)
  19. invested in a (life important) heart course - with christa black gifford. she's a hero and she's probably the most authentic, raw and transparent person i've ever experienced. google her, read, listen & learn everything you can from her. it's life changing! should probably mention that it's not about h physical heart, but learning to listen to your heart, your self and your wounds - which is where your reactions, feelings and emotions comes from. it's all about the inner life. we go to the doctor when we break our leg, but we do nothing when our heart breaks, something is wrong and she's changing the world, one heart at the time.. maybe your heart is next?
  20. got a new family member - 17th of september my first niece was born. oh happy day! i've never seen such a cliché dad as my brother, but i love it. if you read this bro, you're a cute dad!
  21. achieved a child wish and got my first polaroid camera! - my whole childhood, teenage years + young adult life i was looking forward to the day i would hold my first polaroid camera - and yay for me cause they just got back in store and i got my dear instax mini 90 neo classic  - the brown one. you can see my first experiments so far here, here & here.
  22. coloured my hair purple - on my last day i coloured my hair purple and bought myself a dark(er) lip stick - my first actually.. I made a whole Insta-post on that here. new year, new me, right? 

januarykids, what accomplishments have you done this past year of yours? and when is your birthday? anyone an 11th like me?

xx Line

4 ways to get out your anger (without hurting anyone)

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Your feelings are important, but they are not meant to control your life. So I here's a little list of some things that've helped me get my anger (or other feeling) out before I did something stupid.
btw, I know the photo is a bit bipolar, but it was the only photo I had presenting a mood. But to smile is our goal right? ;) It's taking in Tel A Viv in Israel.. I think it was a random trashcan floating somewhere. Idk, I was 17, not that I wouldn't do it again.. anyywayyyys! The list..

 

music - a real moodchanger

music has this magical influence on our mood. But! I'm not talking only about the happy-clappy music like the "Happy"-song by Pharrell.. it can be good to make you smile and maybe get you dancin' a little, but other times.. it may just annoy the shit out of you. Find something that really suits your mood. Here's a little secret about me (not so secret anymore, hah) I have a playlist on Spotify called "GRRRR". No kidding! It's for those times when calm worship music or One Directions annoy me more than change my mood for the better. In that playlists I feel like they understand my mood.. & slowly.. I'm feeling better and more calm, BUT pay attention to the lyrics. Lyrics & words effect you more than you realise.
Suggestions: skillet, demon hunters, NF, Lecrae, "dear X, you don'r own me" by disciple and "really don't care" by Demi Lovato, "flytta på dej" by Alina Devecerski. - these are some of my favorites. I'd love to hear your suggestions in the comments!

 

write it out

write your heart out and don't hold back. What I mean by that is seriously write everything that FREAKING annoys you and why. Every. Word. On. Your. Mind. Your grandma ain't listening. I know that's not nice to say, but I hope you get my point here. This isn't for anyone to read. This is your OUTLET. You gotta be real with yourself. Put words on those feelings. You feelings are important. They need to be heard before you can change them. Let. Them. Out. I don't care how many ugly words you write, you are just being real. Your journal won't tell anyone. If so, burn it.
I've broken pencils and made huge wholes on more pages then I can count, but that's not the point. The point is that I'm trying to be real with my self & my feeling. & yes, it looks messy my friend. But you need a safe place where you can be yourself. The good, the bad and the ugly. If you don't have a safe place for that stuff.. It might get real ugly. That's part of the process ;) 
I can't say enough how important it is for you to get it out - healthy - before someday all your ignored feelings explode and you do something you regret. Or maybe you're not the explosive type, but instead you might be struggling with anxiety or depression. (If you do find yourself there, please find someone you trust & tell them - YOU ARE IMPORTANT.) This tool goes for every feeling. I don't wanna preach at ya, but I know how important this is. So do yourself a favor BE REAL.

Don't wrap it in into pretty words when what you're feeling ain't pretty!

 

find a desert place & SCREAM

find a place you can scream your lungs out. But watch out for strangers.. you never know who will call the psychiatrist. Just kidding. Scream to the world. If you need scream-suggestions I would recommend words as "Freedom", "I'm enough" or "I don't care what you think about me" (you're probably gonna be a little sore after the last one). Or run the fastest you can while screaming your lungs out. That works great too.

 

kick or hit something (unbreakable!)

if you have a boxing pillow at hand. Great! Use that. But if you don't, like probably most of us.. Find something you can punch, kick, throw, whatever.. as long as it doesn't break or hurt anything or anyone. I once tried an empty bottle(spontaneous). Worked pretty good for me. Or your pillow. Bonus! it doesn't hurt you either ;)

and no, I do not have anger issues. But I get angry, annoy, irritatet, grumphy, hormonal, you name it.. sometimes. & I've just learn (the hard way) how important it is to aknowledge & listen to your feelings. Let them out before you can let them go.

So I hope these tips helps.. try out what works for you. Maybe you have some great methods that aren't mentioned hear. I'd love to hear them and/or your thoughts about this. So please comment below and let the healthy-anger-talk begin.. Did I sound like therapist there? Sorry..

Talk to you soon!

// Line 

listmaker // 1st week as a polish citizen

Big trees in a big open field. The beauty of nature! & the big blue sky & the beautiful green mark. Wuaw! It's even more beautiful when you look through your eyeball & not just an iPhone 4a lens.  

Big trees in a big open field. The beauty of nature! & the big blue sky & the beautiful green mark. Wuaw! It's even more beautiful when you look through your eyeball & not just an iPhone 4a lens.  

..as a born&raised scandinavian you are not used to the men being very.. "gentle". No offence! The blame probably goes a lot the culture, BUT when you then come to an eastern-europe country like Poland.. You feel like a freaking princess!👸🏻 Here's a little story about some polish gentlemen that made my day..

I went out for a little bikeride, but quickly discovered both tires were flat. Some men were working on the the neighbours house, laughed a little & started babbling in polish to me, I asked if he spoke english, but he just kept on speaking polish (lol), he then made a sign for me to follow & he quickly found a pump for my bike & the other guys who worked on the house joined & started pumping my bike. Ain't a lucky one? Oh yes, I felt like a princess. I said one of necessary words you need to know in any language: dziękuję. You guessed it? Well, it means "Thank you". He repeated the word a couple a times, chuckled & continued speaking polish. Oh well, can't wait to actually understand what they are saying, but until now I can only smile & wave goodbye to the nice gentlemen. Being nice, no matter how - just make the day. Even more when it's to strangers.. credit to the polish people!

So.. after this cute little story, to make you feel warm about the heart & hopefully a little smile.. I'm gonna continue with a little list of what I like about Poland so far. So if you ever wonder about going to Poland this could hopefully be a little helpful for you :)

  • since we're on it.. The polish Gentlemen !!
  • when you're from Scandinavia.. Poland is extremely cheap - mega PLUS. I've even heard it's one of the cheapest countries in Europe. 
  • they have HUGE cheap second-hand stores with line upon line upon line upon line upo.. yeah, you get the point - filled with clothes, clothes & more clothes + some smaller cute ones. I once found a leatherjacket for only 12 zloty or a shirt for only 3 zloty. (you figure out the valuta, hah!) So new wardrobe for me. (which sounds like a dream when you have been living in a suitcase for about a year..)
  • they have the weirdest, most random tastes in gum. But it's goood. I love trying new tastes & it's cheap. It's a win-winA little polish lesson for you: gum is guma (go-oma) in polish. You're welcome!
  • since we're talking about weird combinations of tastes'n'stuff.. The juice is with every fruit and every mix you can think of + 11 more.. I'm telling ya. My tastebuds are defiantly on adventures down here. 
  • They've got flipping tictac MINIONS!!! if you're not following my instagram, first of all: shame on you! Second of all: you missed the epic photo of my new mini-minions friends in tictac-version!! But I've got your back ;) Click here too see the photo.
  •  I get to use & see the letters C, Z & W a looot more.. cause we don't use'em much where I lived before.. unless you were in a WC-zone? But who is? I haven't even heard of it. Anywaaays.. Next!
  • New nature, cities, places, buildings.. To explore! I love exploring. New places to bike, new places to photograph, new people to meet, new houses to get inspired by, new food to taste.. I'm just trying to enjoy the magic of new beginnings. #wanderlust (some small travel guides may appear on the blog sooner or later)
  •  Street-entertainers. I don't know if that has an 'official' word or name? But that's my word for it. They have those in Scandinavia too, but it's just like they have a little more here.. & then the creativity flows a little more. At least there's this bubble-guy. Who makes huuuge & beautiful bubbles who attracts every child & uh.. Childlike-soul like me :)
This beautiful garden is polish nature, my friends. My new favorite place to bike too.. Soon I'll bring my real camera, but for this listmaker-post all I'll give you is a iPhone-shot. You're welcome. It looks like a winemark, but idk what it is. 

This beautiful garden is polish nature, my friends. My new favorite place to bike too.. Soon I'll bring my real camera, but for this listmaker-post all I'll give you is a iPhone-shot. You're welcome. It looks like a winemark, but idk what it is. 

// Line Thybo ✨