Time for Spanish!

I’m approximately 6% fluent in Spanish. Yeah, not nearly good enough. Last year I set a goal of learning basic conversational Spanish and I managed it. I love learning new stuff, but for some reason I find it difficult to learn languages.

In September my two beautiful little girls started Spanish school. Not even the teachers speak English, so I didn’t have a choice anymore but to use the little I know. And it has of course helped me learn more as well.

Over the past few months I’ve been trying to use the Duolingo app, only to find myself starting over and over again. Don’t get me wrong, this app is great! I just get bored. And quite frankly I have been way too busy to focus.

Since New Years my daughters homework has advanced. A bit too much for me! She has to read stories and answer questions about the text. I think it’s great, but I can’t keep up with my poor Spanish.

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So it’s time to make a change! My good friend Tabira is gonna join me in the process and we’re going all in. We have hired a tutor to come twice a week, so now we have no choice. We have to learn!

Today is our very first class and I have to say I’m excited. Tabira has a crazy schedule changing every week, and also from day to day. And don’t even let me get started on mine. It’s gonna be quite a puzzle to synchronize the times, but luckily she’s pretty much as stubborn as me.

So, any tips as to how to learn Spanish in a heartbeat?

Day off?

The Spanish people love their holidays, and they got so many of them. To be honest I rarely even know what they’re about.

Recently we had one that was San Sebastián(?), at least that’s what I think. It was big celebrations around the island. Eventually I want my kids to be more engaged in all of this, but for now I’m trying to get used to it all.

Today is another holiday, not exactly sure why, but I think it was something about “virgo de candelaria”? I have no idea actually.

Anyway, it means a day off! At least for the kids. Sometimes I find it hard to entertain them on a day off. Especially when fever is involved and we can’t go anywhere.

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Amelia has been working on some of her designs, done activity books, tidied her room and finished her homework in all her languages; English, Norwegian and Spanish.

Emine has been coloring in her books, practiced her writing and played with her dolls. She hasn’t been well this week and is actually still in her pajamas. To be honest, I never got out of it either.

What do you do with your kids on the public holidays?

The public holidays means nothing to my deadlines, so I’m gonna spend most of what’s left of the day doing some online work. In the meantime the kids are having a Spanish lesson in disguise -Disney movies in Spanish.

I’m so lucky to be able to always be there for my kids and schedule all my work according to them. I’m always available, and that was always my dream before I had kids – to not be a parent that gets to see them only for a few hours of dinner and homework, exhausted after a long day at work. Don’t get me wrong, I’m always busy and often exhausted after the day, but I get to prioritize them. If you have that opportunity, take it!

 

 

 

Reunited at last

A place is just a place. People are just people. But the people is what makes a place feel like home.

For a long time Tenerife didn’t feel like home, even though I had my boyfriend, kids and friends here. Tenerife is that kind of place where people come and go. So many has left, but now they all seem to pop back.

For me this is home. I have so many incredible people around me that I see as family – thank you for always being here!

But there is also one special friend that I haven’t seen for a year who just recently came back. I can’t begin to describe how happy I am to have this girl back on the island!

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Meet one of my very best friends, Tabira!

She has only been back for a couple of weeks, but it feels like she never left. We can talk about absolutely everything together and I love how we are on the same level of craziness.

Since we didn’t get to spend New Years together this year, we decided to do a late celebration. Properly dress up, have a nice dinner and spend the night dancing and drinking champagne. What an amazing weekend! I’m still exhausted.

I have been so incredibly busy these past few months, I’ve been stressed and tensed and had too much to worry about. Finally I feel more at ease and I’m looking so much forward to see what this year has to offer. And the best part? Tabira will be here for the rest of the year!

 

No time to rest

I guess it’s time to blog again. I haven’t been very good at it lately. Life has just been a bit too stressful.

I love Christmas, New Years and the holidays. 2016 was a bit different. I never really got the proper Christmas feeling. Not all the people I wanted here was here and I worked all Christmas. Actually I didn’t even get to see the fireworks this time. How was your celebration?

I usually plan my work well, so I can take certain days off. But! About a month ago I had an accident and hurted my hand badly. Hurted hand means no chance for me to work. I couldn’t even move my finger. Bet all of you are wondering what happened now? Oh gosh, so embarrassing!

I guess there’s no secret that I’ve got a bit too much clothes. I have a full wall wardrobe with four big sliding doors. The problem with sliding doors is that if the wardrobe gets too full, the doors get stuck and jump out of their tracks.

So, early morning, stressing, just out of the shower while the kids are having breakfast. 30 minutes until we have to leave for school. I need clothes, but the door won’t move because it jumped out of track again. Angry and stressed I pushed it with all my power. It decided to jump back into its track faster than I planned and I smashed my hand between the door and the wall.

I’m sure I woke up the whole neighborhood. You think being in labor hurts? Hell no! I couldn’t stand on my feet, I screamed so loud that my daughter started crying as she never heard me yell that loud. I felt sick and somehow got to the bathroom. Putting my hand in cold water only seemed to make it worse.

25 minutes and several painkillers later with a double sized hand I managed to get my widest pants on and stand up. Luckily I have the most responsible 6 year old in this world, who finished lunch boxes, packed their bags and dressed herself and her sister.

Well, I got them to school and managed to pick up both them and takeaway that day, but that was all. The pain was unbearable. Luckily no bones were broken, just some liquid thing in two of my joints. Managed to get an inflammation on top too. So no work for two weeks. Sick leave doesn’t exist in my world – Not done yet? Get it done!

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I still struggle with my hand, but at least I’m able to work. Now I have a few more days working at home with my girls before school is back on. Happy New Year!

 

 

Christmas – religious and cultural war

Yes, I said it. Christmas is losing its glorious purpose of bringing loved ones together by hate. Our beliefs and traditions are turning into a religious and cultural war.

I grew up in Norway, a christian country. I’m not religious myself, but my tradition includes baby Jesus and Christmas songs about Virgin Mary. We celebrate the birth of Jesus, and although I don’t believe it, the Christmas celebration is a big thing to me.

My kids are growing up in Spain. Here they celebrate Christmas completely different with Three Kings Day. They don’t believe the same as in Norway, they sing different songs in school and have different traditions. For me it’s important that my kids are a part of that.

Every day this time of year I read in the Norwegian news that the kids are not allowed to sing the traditional songs in school, because it offends the kids from other religions. Why? There is nothing offensive, it’s simply a different belief.

When living in Spain I respect their ways. I try to engage in their traditions and be a part of the society. I bring my traditions with me. For me it’s important that my kids know where they come from, that they keep our traditions, but also become a part of the Spanish traditions. I can absolutely not expect Spain to change their religions, beliefs or traditions because it’s not according to how I was raised.

What on earth is wrong in Norway? They are so obsessed with not offending anyone that the natives lose their traditions and beliefs, simply because they are no longer allowed to do anything their way. We talk about respect, racism, discrimination and so on. What about our own? We are discriminating ourselves.

No matter where we go, what we believe or what our traditions are – we should have the freedom to be who we are. And nobody should feel offended by what others believe.

Encourage each other to pass on their traditions, to respect and love each other and find the Christmas spirit. If you don’t like how it is where you are, it’s simple – go somewhere else.

Merry Christmas everyone!

 

 

Fire

There is no secret that my life is a roller coaster. I’m spontaneous, restless and energetic. Sometimes that gets the best of me, while other times it makes me accomplish extraordinary things.

This summer I sort of hit rock bottom. I had big plans for my future, both business wise and family wise. I got a big punch in my face where all my plans washed away with my tears. Also one of the reasons I took a break from blogging. I felt that my world was falling apart around me and really struggled to find hope.

In the middle of my anger, sadness and frustration a fire lit up inside of me. The long awaited fire I always look for when I’m down. I got up and decided to not give up and instead find a different road to reach my goals.

Since the summer I’ve started two companies. One in Norway for my online business, which is not always exciting, but paying the bills. And one here in Tenerife which is very exciting!

I have been taking courses for months now and I’m finally a qualified permanent makeup artist. Very proud! But I didn’t stop there and went straight on with more education. Now I’m soon done with the latest and will be able to offer meso therapy and filler injections after New Years. I’m not sharing my future goals just yet, but I can say that 2017 will bring a lot of news!

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So in 4 months I changed my life. I went from quitting my job to running two companies all by myself, still being a full time student, a model and here alone with my two girls. Yes, I’m bragging! Not something I do very often, but I have worked so incredibly hard for this and I made it.

I have two reasons for sharing this:

1. I’m proud!

2. I hope that someone might find a little fire within themselves and find their way like I did! It’s never too late to move forward.

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