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One part of the Artist of Life Workbook 2018 is to create a vision board, which I chose to do on Pinterest. I thought I would share it with you guys 'cause there are a lot of good quotes and stuff on there that I need to remind myself of all the time and I'm sure some of you could do with some reminders as well.

So feel free to check it out and follow/re-pin/whatever it is called on Pinterest hehe. I'm not quite sure.

https://www.pinterest.se/katrinberndt/vision-board-2018/

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I have spent some time during the past few weeks thinking about what I want to achieve this year and I have come up with a few different points that I thought I'd share with you guys.

1. Donate to charities
I have set a certain amount of money as a goal for charity donations. I don't know right now how much I want to donate to what, but I know that I want to donate more to causes I care about and I definitely have the economy to do so. It will be a mixture between human causes and animals/wildlife.

2. Driver's License
Obviously, I want to finish taking my driver's license. I have my theory test in 1 month and my driving test shortly after that... I really really hope it'll go smoothly so I don't have to drag it out and do the test a bunch of times haha. It's not the end of the world of course, but it's just annoying.

3. Stockholm Marathon
Another goal I set already last year is to run Stockholm Marathon in June. I'm training for it right now and even though it feels very far away to run that far, I am still relatively confident that I will be able to do it hehe.

4. Paint the Apartment
This has been a wish or goal of mine since we moved in 2 years ago. Our walls are a terribly ugly yellowy-beige color that I absolutely hate. So I want to finally paint all the walls white once and for all. With our previous landlords we were not allowed to pick any color we wanted and had to stick to their ugly yellow whites, but now we can paint whatever color we want woo!

5. 400,000 & 500,000 subscribers
In 2016 I gained about 150,000 subscribers and in 2017 I only gained 70,000 subscribers. It is kinda annoying that the subs didn't grow as fast last year but there's not much I can do about it. In 2016 I had a few videos that went "semi-viral" which helped a lot. 500,000 subs was a goal of mine for 2017 but obviously it didn't go very well. My first goal for 2018 is to reach 400,000 and if I'm lucky and work hard maybe I'll reach 500,000 too!

6. Birthday celebration
In September this year I turn 25 and Sonny turns 30! So we will have a huge birthday celebration that I will have to plan. I will be sending out save the date's this spring hehe... Can't risk having our friends not show up! I haven't yet decided where we are going to have the party. I don't really want to rent a place, so maybe we can convince Sonny's parents to let us have it at their house hehe.

7. Raise a healthy & happy puppy
As you guys know we have a new puppy to raise now! Rascal has just entered "adulthood" more or less and I feel like we have done a good job with him. So now on to the next challenge of raising the little terrorist Menace.

8. Let passion guide me
2017 was a year where I let my anxiety guide me and tell me what to do and what not to do. For me, money is something that triggers my anxiety, so I did a lot of cooperations, I took on jobs etc just for the money instead of letting my passion guide my decisions. So this year I want to let my goals, passion and mission in life help me decide what to do and not listen to my anxiety as much.

9. Be present
Again, with the anxiety. It makes me worry about the future so much that I am almost never present in day to day life. Whenever I do something I am simultaneously worrying about 100 things that will happen or might happen in the future. And as a wise person once said - worrying means you suffer twice. And if there's something I don't have time for in 2018, it's suffering twice. So far I am still learning about meditation and how to benefit from it, but it is something that I will continue to work on this year.

10. Enjoy every second of summer
Easy to say now, in January hehe. But I just want to make sure that I really really enjoy this summer. Last summer flew by without me even noticing and I didn't do any summer activities it feels like. So this year I want to really enjoy the daylight to the max, enjoy the heat, go for nice long runs in the evenings and fill up on that feeling so I'm ready for the fall and winter when they arrive.

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Good morning! (12.20 pm hehe).

I've been up for a while, went for a walk with Rascal and have filmed a few things for today's vlog. :) Yesterday was Rascal's 2nd birthday and if you want to see some video footage from that then check out Sonny's video HERE. He talks a little about having Rascal and how it's been with Menace for the first week. (Oh my goodness we have almost had him for a week already. Time flies!).

Yesterday I found a YouTuber called Lavendarie who has made a "life workbook" called Artist of Life 2018 and it's kinda like an annual planner/goal tracker with a lot of reflecting and goal setting and stuff like that (see more in her video below). The reason this interested me and I chose to purchase the digital version of her book was that it is very similar to the things I am doing in my therapy/career coaching sessions right now. It very helpful and I enjoy filling it out.

I will talk more about my therapy and how it's going in today's vlog so keep an eye out for that. I'll try to upload it today but if not then it'll definitely be up tomorrow.

Have a nice day everyone!

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This post is for all of you who can't get enough of these two guys, just like we can't hahah. Rascal and Menace are already friends. Maybe not best friends yet but they're getting there. One thing's for damn sure - they are the cutest brothers in the whole wide world.

Menace is about 90 weeks younger than Rascal, but he's already 90 times more cocky, brave and curious than Rascal ever was as a puppy or is now as an adult. He is absolutely crazy, good and bad. ^^

If you missed the introduction video and vlog from when we picked him up, check them out at the bottom of this blog post or on our YouTube channels (as always). :)

Oh and for Christ sake, don't forget to follow Rascal and Menace's Instagram account: http://instagram.com/rascal_and_menace

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For Azalea.

One of the toughest times to go through in life is when we are in our teens, still in school and don't really have an understanding of what it will be like in the "real world". Everyone is going through their own shit, no one is a fully developed human both physically or mentally, which makes us all do and feel strange things. Grown ups act weird and say weird things that we don't believe and/or understand.

It's so unfair that your entire life is this tiny bubble that only fits the town you live in, the school you go to, friends (if you have any) and family (if you have one). It's unfair, 'cause this bubble makes things feel like the end of the world, when in fact the world is so much bigger than the little bubble you're in.

I can think back to 10 years ago and remember how the smallest things, that no longer matter today, were blown up to insane proportions. I can look back and see all these people who were the most successful, prettiest, most popular etc. and look at them now and just ask myself why we all looked up to them so much.

Somehow it feels like all the bullies and all the mean people from back them are still stuck in their little bubble, being a huge fish in a tiny tiny pond and the rest of us have grown up and entered the real world instead. What pains me is that there are so many children that never get the chance to experience the real world because of what happens in that teenage-bubble...

I know for a fact that as a teenager, a "grown up" (am I a grown up??) telling you that "it gets better" or "it won't matter in five years" doesn't mean anything. It doesn't make your pain hurt less, it doesn't take any pressure off your school work or job. It doesn't make a heartbreak feel like butterflies. But I want to tell you anyway 'cause nothing is more true. This shitty time as a teen will not last forever. There is so much life to live outside of the bubble and every single child deserves to break free and experience it for themselves.

Your dreams are important. YOU are important! I'm not spiritual at all, but I do believe that every single one of us have a purpose. A purpose that we can pick and choose for ourselves, but a purpose nonetheless.

Being different, being a "nerd", being "ugly" seem to be legit reasons for others to pick on you, but trust me. Like I have said in some of my other videos - these bullies are SCARED of being different, and they are scared of all of us that are different or were different when we were younger. Being unique in the bubble might feel terrible and like the worst thing that could ever happen, but in the real world outside of the bubble, being unique is the most fabulous thing you could ever be!

What I'm trying to say is that I know a lot of my followers are going through shit in their lives, for various reasons. We are all unique, we are all special and we are all needed in this world. I wish I could clone myself, go to every school across the world and befriend every lonely, bullied person out there 'cause THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU. The people who have real issues are those who deliberately HURT others to strengthen their own position in the stupid bubble. These are the people who deserve to feel what you are feeling, you deserve to be happy and feel loved and follow your dreams.

Sadly I can't be friends will all of you guys, but if you are reading this, I hope you will consider joining my Facebook group 'cause we are all friends there. We support each other, despite not being physically close... So if you ever need a friend, we're all here: KAT'S KOMPISAR.

And if you want a little pep-talk, I made this video a while back that might help just a little.

Yeah my lips look weird as shit, I know haha.

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