Light The World

Make the world a better place, in any little way you can πŸ’•

Light the world this Christmas season and keep that flame burning for 2019! Any little thing we do for others can make a great impact. ❤️ What's something small you did this holiday season to make someone smile?

Turning Twenty is Hard

Soo I guess it's officially 20 years since I decided to be born, and I honestly think this is going to be my best birthday yet. If you've been following me for a long time, you know that good birthdays never happen for me, so this is a first... But I feel really happy right now.

Obviously it's not perfect. I've got things that won't stop plaguing my mind. But I'm here, in this moment, paint on my fingers, music in my ears, a smile on my lips and no stupid tears.

I didn't mean for that to rhyme... Sometimes that just happens I guess. I spent all of my pre-birthday doing things I love, spending every second well and embracing the fact that I'm super old now.

There's still that 5-year-old little girl inside me who won't shut up about my horrendous age, but I'm trying to think more positively. All of my birthdays since I turned 10 have been full of tears, agonizing over still not having accomplished anything great in my life and wishing I could travel back in time and be a better person.

I mean, it's good to reflect and try to better ourselves, but I had my first age crisis at 10. Come on.

I've got to admit that last week was tough. I did think a lot about the fact that now I'm not a teenager anymore, and have to accept that I'll never be a teen author (not a big deal to me now, but my 15-year-old self would be bawling her eyes out. Sorry, gal, your book sucked. This is for the best).

Things like these take time, and something I have learned during these 20 years of creating stuff and telling stories has been that I can't rush things. I can work hard, push myself forward and give my everything. But sometimes I can't control everything, and I've realized that's just a good thing.

So, I'm growing up, and it's painful at times. But I'm learning a lot, and I'm glad that I can always be learning, no matter how old I get.

My 20s have begun, and I hope I'll spend the majority of this new decade with paint on my fingers.

 #happybirthdayme <-- literally this time.

The Christmas Gift You Should Give

Christmas stress? NO! I choose to be exploring frozen forests, building baby snowmen and rolling in the snow! The greatest Christmas gift you can give yourself and the important people in your life is to simply be yourself. Make your dreams happen. Make yourself happy. Ho ho ho! πŸŽ…πŸ» Thank you for watching! πŸ‘€

Recording Yourself And Revolutionizing Journaling

Some days I can't pronounce words or speak much at all, but this is what was on my mind. I also felt a bit nostalgic and really felt like animating something. Hope you enjoy this little artsy piece of my mind.

We all carry this little piece of technology with us everywhere, and we can record our stories anywhere. To me, it's incredible how each recording takes me back to that exact moment, because in my voice is exactly everything I'm feeling.

How do you deal with the fear of starting the life of your dreams

We're all afraid of failing, but we shouldn't be. Shift your mindset into being sure of winning instead.

Stop saying, "what if I fail?"

Start saying, "what if I succeed?"

Have a happy weekend, everyone! Hope you enjoy the video :) I have two more daily videos to post and then I'll start doing a weekly video every Thursday. ❤️


Sankta Lucia Day

The Lucia tradition is very strong in Sweden, although it originates from Sicily, Italy. Every year on the 13th of December, kids in schools dress in white and carry candles in what's called a LuciatΓ₯g ("Lucia train" 😁).

As I'm now living in Finland, I've lost touch of most Swedish traditions, but I hope I can change that, small steps at a time.

I wish you all a happy Lucia day!

My first Youtube video

I posted my first youtube video on my channel today! Let me know what you think! It's extremely difficult to put yourself out there, but if you want to grow as a storyteller, it must be done!

Don't worry, there's nothing wrong with your screen. I accidentally used my glitchy memory card πŸ™„This week I'll be posting one video every day, so make sure to subscribe!

This video is what sometimes happens when I have a day off school and all this creativity comes rushing in from everywhere around me.

Wishing you a wonderful day, as always!

🐌 Thank you for watching! πŸ‘€

Here's to a better 2019 ☕️

This year has been a tough one.

As a person, I'm a never-ending rollercoaster. But unfortunately, 2018 has had a lot more downs than ups, and it's something that really needs to change.
I have my first session with a mental health professional in January, and I've made up my mind that 2019 will be the year when I finally get myself healthy both inside and out, and quit giving up on myself so much.
This past fall I've sacrificed writing, painting, crafting and filming for school work. At the end of November I got hit with a major burnout and frankly, just wanted to let go of everything and run away.
The life I'm currently living is not a life that I want. And I know I can do better than this.
For years I've been telling people that everybody deserves to follow their dreams, but I'm the worst at following my own advice.
It's time for me to prioritize the things I love, which include writing stories, making animations, giving art & writing advice, encouraging positive change and making the world a better place, one small act at a time.
I want to be smiling again. I want to be smiling every day.
That is why I'm here, trying new possibilities to have an impact and show that I'm more than the self-hating thoughts in my brain.

Tonight I'm sitting down, writing a chapter and raising a steaming cup of tea for the best year of my life. Here's to 2019. ☕️

I'm trying this new thing called Ko-Fi, where you can offer me a little 'cup of coffee' (or tea, in my case) as a sign of your support of my creative journey.

I love giving back to artists and authors who create things that I love, and as it might be tough to know what exactly you could do to help out a poor student in the artistic industry, here's this little button to help me.

Ko-Fi doesn't charge a single percent of your donation, and I can promise you no cent will go to waste on my end either :)

If you decide to make a page on their website, please let me know! Let's support each other!

When I started writing one page every day

If I would just write one page every day…

Dreams come true when one makes a little bit of effort for them. That’s how magic sparks into existence. It’s when something that might feel burdensome, tedious or difficult becomes light and freeing. Magic doesn’t feel like a stone in your backpack.

Magic is that feather that you run so hard to catch, but it’s only flying further away, swept by the wind. Every time you get closer, it swirls out of your reach.

There’s a secret you only learn if you spend all of your life chasing that feather of magic, without giving up. The secret is that in order to get to the feather, you must stop fighting the wind. And the minute you learn to love the wind, it lets you fly.

The wind carries you like a long lost child. It’s gentle, it’s all-knowing—it knows exactly what you want. If you embrace it fully, you’ll travel with it to the most extraordinary places, see truly astonishing things, and witness magical wonders. You’ll forget that you were even trying to catch the feather, because suddenly, your life becomes covered by them.

That’s because one cannot fly without wings.

And dreams are not difficult when you let them live, and let yourself live inside them. Stop trying too hard to be someone important. Stop working so hard on becoming someone who’s worth it.

You need to let go of the doubt, the expectations, the guilt and the fear. You need to let the wind grab you. Let yourself be weightless. Let the wind carry you, protect you, hold you and bring you to where you need to be.

When you quit being human, and start being magical, that’s when all things magical are drawn to you like never before. You can finally be that little girl who dreamt of fairies and looked for mermaids on the glossy, still surface of the lake on those summer nights.

In order to find magic, maybe you could just stop searching for it in the wrong places. Magic doesn’t live in words such as work, anxiety, depression, stress or panic.

Magic lives where there is calm, serenity, music, beauty, song, poetry, art, color, tranquility, balance, silence, light, joy, laughter, dancing, lush forests, wool socks and banana pancakes.

It’s in the way the wind blows in your face when you stand upon a cliff. It’s in the way you smile when you smell a blown out match, or how you dance from joy when the right song comes on the radio.

Listen to the joy of the world. See the happiness in the places where it really belongs. You know where it belongs, so stop pretending that you don’t. You’re wiser. You’re better. You’re worth it.

Please, stop pretending that you’re not. Stop believing that you’re not. Trust me, you are. You are worth all the pine needles in the trees, all the particles of sand beneath your feet, all the raindrops on your cheeks and all the flowers in your hair.

If you let the sun shine on you, it will shine on you, no matter if it’s raining. Let your heart be the sun, and whenever it’s raining, you’ll be the rainbow.

The wind will hold your hand, it will spread your own little sunbeams all over the world. Make sparks, like stars, and spread them out into the universe. There is magic for you in this place, but the most important thing to remember is that magic always grows when it is shared. And some day you might just be someone else’s wind to carry them.

Fill your life with the little things that bring magic into the big moments. Life is really simple, when you think about it.

Thing is, you’ve got wings now.

But you need to use them in order to fly toward the magic.

Therefore, you must make a little bit of effort to keep them light and strong, fierce and powerful, full of light and magic. That is why you must write one page every day. Magic can be seen in the rarest of occasions, but it is even better if it’s there every day.

…then the world would have more magic.

Lonely ducks and dead flowers

Oh what a 
What a wonderful day
We found out
We could never escape
Out of the fire
Into the rain
Oh what a
What a wonderful day

I've got wounds, but the world is beautiful. So I try to see past the darkness, and open my eyes to the rainbows in each raindrop and the golden glow of the fog in the morning.

I've been in pain, but I've got so much to smile for.

Dead flowers, lonely ducks, cold water, foggy meadows, rainy windows.

The world is beautiful.

Therefore, I am smiling.