As much as I love warm weather, there’s something about the crisp chill of the autumn air that’s so invigorating. Maybe it’s through all the years of conditioning through the education system that September/Fall is a time for a new chapter, resets, and fresh starts.
It’s crazy that it’s been a year since I’ve started immersing myself in the world of self-employment and freelancing. It’s crazy how much has changed. And I know there’s some more changes coming up in the next few months.
This year’s almost over and I thought I’d give a bit of a update on the intention I had set at the beginning of this year – the year of ease. Has it been? Not really. I think as my experience and time went on and my business evolved, I felt like I was starting from square one, again, and again. Despite that, I think I’ve grown a lot in terms of taking more risks, being more open to trying things, and saying “no” more.
A large part of why I started freelancing and working for myself was to be location independent so I could travel and live abroad. Well, I’m living abroad!
I’m currently living in Oslo, Norway with my partner for the rest of the year. I really didn’t know what to expect with Norway, but it is really gorgeous. We live down the street from a little lake and forest. I love being surrounded and hugged by nature. I love that setting intentions for things eventually manifest, in the most unexpected ways. I’ve been posted photos from my travels on my Instagram (see below, or click here).
It’s my first time in Europe, but I love the architecture, and love being surrounded by beautiful things, especially in Scandinavia (nature, design, even the people!).
It’s been challenging because Norway is one of the most expensive places in the world, and also because we don’t speak Norwegian, but it’s just a few short months here and we’re trying to take it all in.
This mission of lifestyle design can be so magical, yet frustrating. Magical because sometimes I stop to think about what my life was like three years ago (cubicle, boring 9-5 job, living for weekends and vacation time), and all of the changes, growth, and amazing life experiences I’ve gotten (leaving the safe job to solo backpack and travel, starting my own business, living in Norway by the mountains and forest), and am in awe of what’s possible. Frustrating, because often things aren’t as you thought they’d be. Especially as a big idealist with high standards and expectations. But, as in design, when something isn’t working, you go back and reiterate and try something else until it does.
We are creators of our life. We can create magic. We are magic.