#MonthlyMotivation : December

It's December - the advent calendar has official be started, the Christmas movie binge watching has commenced and, along with the news of a new job (wait a second) you'd better believe we have the Christmas tunes on in the office!! 

I'll be honest straight up, the last few weeks have been tough. Unfortunately the viking was made redundant and so it's been a little stressful around here. The company he worked for, CCP, let got of 31 people and closed 3 offices internationally. A huge change and a change that will bring a large knock-on-effect to Reykjavik. It's a sad time as so much will change but it's also an opportunity so bring on those open doors!!

So with that news, I upped the job search and luckily enough, landed a full time position in a start-up company here in Reykjavik. They started a few years ago as a small cluster of Bubble Hotels (yes, those really cool clear bubble tent structures where you can sleep under the stars and hopefully see the Northern Lights) and are about to grow into a large tour company offering luxury tours in Iceland. So I am now their in-house designer. I am designing the website, the tours, creating content and helping gain new land with Bubble Hotel design proposals. I'm a few weeks in and really enjoying it, wish me luck!!

#MonthlyMotivation - December

YOUTUBE

So with the new job and juggling everything I was doing before that, I'm really playing catching up. I have been editing videos in the evenings and getting them up on my YouTube channel but it's hard. I don't want to let the videos or posts slide so I'm doing my best but just relaxing the schedule a little. 

HOME

Well, as it's DECEMBER you'd better believe I have looked out the Christmas decorations and turned on the fairy lights already. I asked the viking to bring up the (sadly artificial) tree at the weekend but he said its too early - scrooge!! I'm hoping next weekend he will be in the mood for it. 

TRAVEL

I'm so excited as this year my Mum is flying over to spend the holidays with us in Iceland. I'm still not quite sure what an Icelandic Christmas entails but I will no doubt share it with you all. And then we will fly over to Scotland to join the family for a little post-Christmas Christmas celebrations in early January. 

Honeymoon planning is ongoing, will keep you posted…

LAYOUTLINES.COM

I took some beautiful (if I do say so myself) pictures and shared them on Instagram but it's a lot harder to post when there's very little daylight. For now, I'm posting a little Christmassy picture everyday in December leading up to Christmas. 

And with the new job, sadly there is no vlogmas this year, maybe next year, who knows

Main to-do list:

  • Write Christmas cards
  • Put up tree and decorate
  • Wrap gifts
  • Plan Iceland-Scottish Christmas??
  • Prepare Christmas feast
  • Play in the snow (when it next snows)
  • List new products (will launch in the New Year)
  • Finish client projects (chasing up fees, gotta love that admin)
  • Update eCourses (on hold for now)
  • Add more freebie wallpapers (will do in 2018)

HEALTH + EXERCISE

It's dark, it's winter and I feel like all I can manage is to crawl out of bed and get to work looking half decent. Must pack a swimming bag and hit the pool after work...maybe next week.


#MonthlyMotivation : November

It's the start of November - and yup, I'm already counting down til Christmas!! The last few weeks I have spent between Iceland, Ireland and Scotland doing a little work and family travel. Ingimar and I were both working at an event in Dublin and neither of us had visited the city before so that was great fun.After that we flew over to Edinburgh to see my family and meet our new nephew, Aiden, who is obviously the cutest little bundle and I got lots of cuddles before jetting back to the wintery wonderland that is Reykjavik. 

So, as I count down to Christmas and prepare for this months at-home studio workshops, I am also busy finishing some big projects and bringing out a new collection of prints - including my first ever range of postcards. Woohoo

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YOUTUBE

The Wedding video is up and I love sharing it with you all. Ingimar has requested a Grooms Speech video so I might edit that soon and share too. Wedding stuff aside, I have a vlog to get up from Dublin and Edinburgh so will be spending all tomorrow editing away.

HOME

Most of the DIY projects are almost done and I pretty happy as the dark nights are really coming on and I will want to hibernate pretty soon. The bedroom is coming together and I just have a few finishing touches to do. The spare room has been pretty busy with sleepovers and guests so that's ace and the dining area is currently being used as my at-home studio so its fun to have a really creative space to work in.

TRAVEL

With our last trip of the year over, we are starting to settle in to our wee Reykjavik pad and the sleepy winter days. We have my Mum coming over to celebrate Christmas with us which I am really looking forward to and it will be our first Icelandic Christmas. This means I will be decorating and crafting away, baking and cooking, and of course filming and posting about it all.

And then there's vlogmas...

VOTE NOW

But in the meantime, Ingimar has his lads weekend away to Brussels coming up and I have a Uni friend coming to visit.

Honeymoon planning is ongoing. We were set on Cuba, then Mexico and now Ingimar is considering a Safari in Africa. Will keep you posted…

LAYOUTLINES.COM

I had stepped up my Instagram game and was participating in #Inktober2017 sharing a drawing everyday for the month of October but with the work trip to Dublin, it all got a bit too much. I took a little break but am ready to get out and get posting again.  

Main to-do list:

HEALTH + EXERCISE (ROLLER DERBY)

Last month I took my Minimum Skills Test for Roller Derby and passed, this now means I can participate in the hitting part of practice which is more scary than exciting really. But in saying that I have been away from practice for the last two weeks.

As winter fast approaches us, the long dark nights don't make it easy to pick yourself up and get out to the gym or practice. I am going to make much more effort to get out everyday for a walk around the block, a weekly swim and hot tub at the local pool and try to get back to Roller Derby too. Though our sofa looks so inviting, especially now we have AppleTV.