The Most Important 10 Years Of Your Life – Part 1.

In January 2016 I started my blog year on a positive note linking to articles that I figured could help my readers.

One of the articles I linked to was this one: What are the most important years of your life?
The reason as to why I decided to revisit it now is that someone somewhere clicked on said article.
When reading it again I started thinking about my own life as an artist/musician and how that fits in with what the author/expert was saying.
I will break this blog post up into four individual ones since I’m trying to write smaller entries this year!
Support. 
According to the article it is crucial for kids to have support from their parents.
I agree.
As someone who started playing guitar late it wouldn’t have been possible for me to develop technically to the degree that I have without support.
I wouldn’t have gotten exposure and other good things either since they were/are the direct result of my mother’s work.
“Manager“ is in fact not a sufficient title to describe my mother’s involvement.
Self-promotion online, reaching out to professional industry people, not to forget self-educating about the ever-changing aspects of the music industry is a lot of work.
Building a brand, writing original music, acquiring technical skills; none of these things are easy, especially since different tasks require different mental wiring.
Few are genetically equipped to do it all, there is also a limit to the amount of hours available to a person in a 24hr day, not to forget individual needs in regards to sleep, etc;
There are so many aspects involved with being an artist that it can be dizzying. The clock tics, and you have to find out if you are placing your bets on the best project.
It doesn’t matter if you have lots of ideas for books if your brand is music and you are independent. There will not be enough hours to independently pursue both, because it will require reaching out to independent book-bloggers and people engaged in that field of work, rather than reaching out to music-industry people and brand a new release to an already existing fan base.
The network required to launch a fashion brand, several book series, art exhibitions, and music releases in several genres, would be nothing short of mad to build from scratch.
You would need many people involved with creating many different infrastructures.
Because of this, there are some pursuits that have to take the backseat, while the main focus is dedicated to one field, but even when narrowing things down, you’ll probably need help.
In the early years of my playing career I’ll admit that I was envious of those musicians who had supportive parents.
My dad told me that I would die of an overdose at the age of 27 and my mother was not exactly enthusiastic about heavy-metal or the idea of a woman playing the guitar.
Their reactions broke my heart back then and I seriously wondered if I would ever become a musician since parental support seemed a staple at the time when reading interviews with new up-and-coming rock-n-roll musicians.
The whole idea of rockers rebelling against their parents was a thing of the past.
Many Millennial rock-n-rollers got into the genre due to their parents being into it!
I felt like I was already beaten, but I still kept on going, and ended up being represented (and coached in opera) by my mother with my music turning into a family affair.
I wouldn’t be the musician that I am today if it hadn’t.

 

How Sexism Is Defined In The Western World.

In 2019 I plan on dedicating more blog-time to book reviews and distance myself even more from the negative “news-picture.“

I feel like I’ve said more than enough on this blog about current issues and problems and ultimately it isn’t really up to me to sort them all out.

After venturing down the rabbit hole of reading about politics and current challenges I registered myself to vote for the first time in 2017. I wanted to get involved with politics on the lowest level of government in my local area but found out that I was not eligible. Whatever involvement or help from me will therefore have to be philanthropic.

In 2018 I finished reading the entire Holy Bible which was something that I had declared that I would do on my Instagram page, it took me over a year! I’ve never spent more time going over a text! In addition I also read other texts such as “The Prose Edda“ by Snorri Sturluson. My spiritual journey culminated with my Confirmation. I also did two successful fundraisers for my local area which certainly was a first!

I’m not too sure yet how this blog will develop in the coming year, I will however add one last “red-flag“ entry in my PSA category.

This is taken from an article that I saw a good while back and it is of interest to note how Sexism is defined in the U.S.A. today:

“Sexism in a woman’s state of birth and in her current state of residence both lower her wages and likelihood of labour force participation and lead her to marry and bear her first child sooner,” they wrote. Read the full article here.

I’ll include this warning from a doctor at the NHS in England; I’ve read plenty of other articles about the same topic this year. It is alarming.

London NHS consultant warns of risks of delaying pregnancy.

Why I Don’t Go To The Library…

This household is filled to the brim with books. Everyone is just as curious and everyone is a bit of a collector.

I myself have plenty of unread books such as: Shakespeare’s works, Viking texts, Norwegian classics, all sorts of other more modern works covering everything from the entertainment industry, to spirituality, history and whatnot. In addition there are piles of Magazines, newspapers, and little reminders to check out digital articles, recommended to me by others, or that I’ve stumbled into myself.

Add unto to this all of the other books that are around the house belonging to others, and you start looking at quite a lot of reading material.

I therefore found myself in a familiar situation when I earlier this year acquired a library card and brought with me a pile of books that remained largely unread……

The catch of course is that you’ll be billed once your books are overdue, and when you then pay the bill and re-new your “lease” you’ll only be billed again, and again, as you forget to read whatever it was that you were going to read in whatever pile stationed somewhere, wherever that was…

What I gathered from my reading about ancient England was that people sometimes created false charters to feign legitimacy to certain territory. Total tribalism was the norm before unification, which means that one excavation site cannot be held up as “national” evidence when it comes to customs and practises! People have been looking for clues regarding religious activity sometimes regarding “house placement” as an indicator of spiritual affairs.

There have been instances of tons of weapons being thrown into water and researches have been hypothesising that this had to deal with religious rituals, my gut feeling was that maybe this was an act of disarmament. Much like those who are lobbying for gun control in the U.S.A., and have successfully done so across Europe.

Ancestry worship of bones, turning into “Saint-worship” and tribes fighting among themselves for control over the English territory, all made for interesting reading, until I actually had to abort my mission and give the books back.

I never managed to finish the pile and was reminded once again of why I don’t go to the library.

Lyric Book – Signed Physical Copies!

A little while ago I received my 1st printed version of my Illustrated Lyric Book 🙂 It made me so happy and proud to actually have a physical copy in my hand! I was positively surprised at the amazing quality as well; it certainly looks very exclusive when you hold it in your hands!

Signed Physical Copies of this book will only be available through my Patreon Page 😀 If you are keen on a digital copy of my Amazon Bestseller Lyric Book, you can get yours here: eBook. The eBook version is shorter since the Physical one also includes some pages with only artwork; I’ll give you a sneak peek here:

IMG_6035IMG_6036IMG_6042IMG_6040IMG_6047IMG_6049

I’ve also released my 1st Blog Book; which is why a number of my entries have been set to private here on my blog. If you want a chronological insight into my Blog writing from my 1st entry up until Christmas 2016, then check this out. I’ve not included Music Industry related entries as these will be released as a separate book. Buy My Book Here!

blog book cover

If you like my drawings then make sure that you check out my very 1st book; my Amazon Bestselling illustrated children’s book “The Freezing Snowman.”

IMG_4591

 

Birthday Time!

The mighty, unsinkable Titanic hit an iceberg on the 14th of April, this date also happens to be my birthday!

My day was off to an ideal start as I hung out in the local town with some really great people! I truly enjoyed my night out! This morning though I was woken up by my family standing by my bed singing  … so it’s good that I was drinking responsibly … ufff … it sucks to be hangover … not only is it unhealthy, unflattering, painful and everything in between, it is not particularly classy either if you are a woman/girl … it’s so much nicer to just have some pints and chill out. Not that I was ever a heavy drinker nor a regular one either, in fact anything but. I always felt strange as a teenager being the only one turning down weed, cigarettes, never trying drugs of any kind and/or only drinking occasionally. It takes guts to be honest if you really don’t like the taste of liquor for example in a culture where “not drinking” instantly labels you as “extremely awkward.” I guess the point I’m trying to make is that it is preferable to either have no relationship to alcohol or a healthy, moderate one, something that isn’t really promoted in a way, culturally, if you think about it…….

Today I received one of the coolest gifts anyone has ever gotten me! A typewriter, and not any old type writer either. It is light, comes in a sleek 50’s bag and doesn’t make much noise either. It is an Olivetti Lettera 22 !!! A proper vintage classic, in fact an iconic modern artefact :):):):)

It’s absolutely fascinating to have an “acoustic” machine, to be able to write without a shining screen, without constant notifications popping up all over the place, having “instant print,” not to mention the fact that there is no spell check of any kind. This puts a lot of pressure on the writer as you really need to know your “stuff,” which is particularly hard if you are dealing with another language 😉

I love the font on my typewriter as well. It is precisely the kind that I’ve enjoyed using when writing the books that I’ve been working on lately.

Fascinating to sit and write on “old-fashioned-machinery,” I’m just intrigued by the whole technical aspect of it. Think how amazing it is what human beings are capable of! It is truly magnificent.

I started working on two separate stories instantly and hope to be very productive with my typer. That’s a thing as well: no one can hack you at all whatsoever if you are creating “acoustically,” interesting how “old gadgets” seem more enchanting than new ones!

It’s a good idea to detach oneself from the “enslavement” of the smart phone. Outsourcing phone numbers, addresses and simple maths to your handy companion is not good for the memory!

Besides gushing over my gift and wonderful flowers I had a great day, writing, hanging out and eating amazing food.

My lovely sister made a fantastic yule log all by herself. It looked fantastic with lights and the whole shebang. My mother cooked up a lovely feast for us all 🙂 She is an amazing cook!

Tomorrow I’ll be getting ready for something as abstract as a holiday :O Who would have thought? This time I’m actually heading someplace warm as well, so prepare for Instagram pictures hash-tagged with “the south.”

Needless to say there’s been a lot that has been blog worthy as of late, lots and lots of information, news, etc; Such as benefit fraud in the UK, young UK people who are struggling so much that they need assistance from organisations that usually help people in Africa, genuine homeless kids in the UK who are being taken advantage of and the overall glorification of the plight of the overworked in the USA.

I’ve received a lot of hits on my skin care entries over the last weeks so I was wondering if the time had come to do another blog entry for female readers again, specifically, addressing women’s/girl’s issues. In terms of big politics, which is always intriguing … the right divided itself over Trump’s strike in Syria, raising the question in my brother’s mind of “who are really the people?” It is an interesting question worth pondering …  all I see are differing opinions and denominations regardless of which political platform that is the “umbrella organisation.” Not much new-information is needed for people to part in terms of what they support and believe in, even when the core principles might be the same.

There was a terrorist attack in Sweden, which oddly left the nation shocked … there was an attack in Russia, that no one in the western world seemed to care much about, then there were horrible attacks on Christian churches and worshippers of the faith in Egypt … the whole “flag filter” thing seems to have disappeared? I guess there was too much turbulence … it is probably good to hush things down as much as possible I assume … Millennials are apparently more conservative than previous generations, the government are cracking down on Alt-righters, Shia “the flag waver” is not doing particularly well in the UK with his latest movie and so on and so on and so on.

So much to read … so much to write … so little time !!!!!

 

 

 

 

Bergen Trip, March 2017.

I just came back after some very interesting days in my hometown. Once again I’m part of a very different project which I cannot wait to share with you guys!

Bellow are some behind the scenes pics! I’m very glad that my mom could travel with me, it’s good to have your manager with you \m/

IMG_2424

Do you see what I see?! 😮 #almost 😛

IMG_2445

IMG_2455

My pretty view!

IMG_2458

These guys were really noisy! I want one!!!!

IMG_2477IMG_2478IMG_2481

IMG_2484

yeeeeeew……this is what we are doing to the planet people!

IMG_2487

IMG_2496

Can you find Pepe?

IMG_2505

IMG_2511

The North!

IMG_2512

IMG_2522

Sea Lion Show!

IMG_2524IMG_2526IMG_2528

IMG_2531

Snakes like to hide away…..so this is how cool it is when they are put on display 😛

IMG_2534

An ideal vivarium!

IMG_2535

#notshy

IMG_2538

Beetles & Spiders usually hide too….

IMG_2558

Love this guy! I wonder if it is boring to hang around inside such a small tank :/

IMG_2563

cute!

IMG_2569

Only Norwegians who are tourists in their own homeland care about the aquarium…

IMG_2576

IMG_2584

Mom working.

 

 

IMG_2624

Yes I ate Tartar and it was yummy!

IMG_2627

Love this! We need more viking statues!!!!

IMG_2630

IMG_2649

All you need + gluten free bread 😛

Goodbye August, Hello September!

After months of secrecy I just wrapped up a mystery project that I’ve been totally consumed by these last months! Fingers crossed that it won’t remain eternally secret as I’ve really enjoyed it. By far the coolest thing I’ve done I think, at least in my opinion 😉

I will now enjoy some well-deserved days off 🙂

Here are some behind the scenes pic, from the month that was!

Walking around in the countryside trying to think of something else than music 😛 ↑

I spotted the pope at my first village show ♥♥ hi-hi-hi ♥♥

IMG_0400IMG_0401

I’d never attended anything like this.  I actually won some things, wo-ho!

I did not sign up my own veggies…hmm…I wonder why 😛

I think the most suitable name for this picture would be….↓

A Musician’s Harvest.

IMG_0308

*round of applause*

IMG_0317

Delicious apples that are red on the inside as well ❤

 

Enjoying a little bit of summer ↓

 

IMG_0222

 

 

Out of my cage 😛 ↓

 

Dropped by London ↓

IMG_0462

Classy! 

Had to take a picture of these two cute houses ♥♥

IMG_0510IMG_0511

Ditching wheat. You don’t notice how much it dominates our diets until you cut it out.

When this happens to you ↓

IMG_0530

When you come across a cool picture of your dad ↓

IMG_0460

When you enjoy a good meal that lasts for ever ↓

When you go looking at Barbie dolls ♥♥♥ & get annoyed when you see all the “poser” dolls pretending to be Barbie.

IMG_0526

When you see some serious swag ↓

IMG_0527

When you realise that your pet is gone forever.

IMG_0342