Saturday, April 16, 2016

Songs that bring joy

I wrote in my earlier post, 10 song that make me cry, that music has a strong effect on me. This time I'm going to list songs that make me happy. I hope they could uplift you if you're feeling down.

Songs that make me happy, happy songs

I love the message of this song! We all should have that big realisation, that we are masterpieces - beautifully made.   

2. Master Blaster (Jammin') by Stevie Wonder

It's impossible not to dance when I hear this song. 

3. September by Kirk Franklin (original by Earth, Wind & Fire)

There's hope! There's a silver lining.

4. Girl In A Country Song

This is such a girl power song!

5. Right In Front Of You by Anna Abreu

This song reminds me that right now is good. 

6.  Kärleksvisan by Sarah Dawn Finer

This song is also in English but the lyrics are not as lovely as in the Swedish version. This song is a true love song. A promise song. "Because I love you, just as you are..."

7. How Can I Keep from Singing by Audrey Assad or Celtic Women

Because I have hope, how can I keep from singing?

8.  Songbird by Eva Cassidy

I have to say,  Eva Cassidy's all songs are divine. But Songbird speaks about love in such a lovely way.

9.  Don't Stop Me Now by Queen

If I'm feeling tired I put this song on and start to dance like a crazy woman. It works!

10. Diggin' On James Brown by Tower Of Power

This is another crazy-dance song!

Friday, April 15, 2016

10 songs that make me cry

Music takes me places - sometimes to very emotional places. After listening one very melancholic song 10 times in a row, I decided to share other beautiful songs that touch me deeply. Some have those powerhouse climaxes. Some are very low key and mellow.

1. All I Ask by Adele

This melancholic masterpiece has 1 sentence that always makes me cry: It matters how this end,s cause what if I never love again.

2. Melancholy blue by Trisha Yearwood

I remember the first time I heard this song; we were watching country music awards with my dad. (I'm from Finland and almost nobody listens to country, but my dad is a huge fan and I love some artists too) We both cried. 

3. Goodbye's (The Saddest Word) by Celine Dion

It baffles me how Celine was ever able to record this song.

4. Empty Chairs At Empty Tables from Les Miserables 

This might be, surprisingly, my favorite song from Les Mis. 

5. Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story from Hamilton

Eliza's parts are so touching!

6. Pretty Funny from Dogfight

This song illustrated insecurity and disappointment perfectly.

7.  Temporary Home by Carrie Underwood

It's a hopeful song but so melancholic.

8. Candle In The Wind 1997 by Elton John

He sang the song at his dear friend Lady D's funeral. 

9. Broken Vow by Lara Fabian

A BIG heartbreak song.

10. Who Wants To Live Forever by Queen

This song gives me chills and brings tears to my eyes when I think about Freddie Mercury.

Check out my happy song list, too!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Words of 2016 - April


I feel like there's too much going on in my life right now. Once again I'm feeling bit overwhelmed, because I'm not the most organised person in the world. It's a skill that would make my life so much easier - especially when you don't need extra stress from trying to find missing paper forms etc. 

I am trying to be more organised this month. So far it's been an uphill battle. But I'm not giving up.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Spring Cleaning Inspiration - Plus a giveaway

Spring. Oh, I just love you so much! It means winter is finally over. Spring seems to give an extra spark of inspiration every time. This year I'm exited about decluttering. It might have something to do with a book I got to review (and host a giveaway, YAY!)

There's something satisfying in decluttering, don't you think. 

Decluttering books are pretty trendy right now, so before I started reading Ruth Soukup's Unstuffed: Decluttering your home, mind & soul, I wondered what new could it offer to this genre. There has to be something special about this book, because it's a best-seller (in Christian Personal Growth section) on Amazon! And there was.

Unstuffed thoughts

I like how Ruth writes from a holistic (a fancy word) point of view. Decluttering is not just getting rid of stuff - it's getting rid of things, thoughts and habits that affect our well-being. My favorite part was reflecting what kind of vision I have for my home and the Unstuffed weekend challenge. I'm a challenge person, what can I say.

Unstuffed quotes

"First, it's important to choose long-term values over short-term bargains. --How will this item enrich my life over the next year, five years, or ten years?" 

"If you don't love something or if it doesn't bring joy or value to your home, don't let it stay." 

Unstuffed inspiration

1. I want to get my digital world unstuffed too
2. I'm going to change the way I shop. 
3. Decluttering is a holistic way of life

The Giveaway

I'm happy to say, one of my readers can win her (or his) own copy! Enter below. (International giveaway) 

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Justin Bieber Marriage Lessons - What do you mean?

Communication. It's hard sometimes. I mean, really hard...  even when you've decided to have a love-based marriage.

I've noticed, that sometimes for some reason, I don't seem to be able to tell my husband what's really going on in my head or what I'm really feeling. 

It's not his fault, because it has nothing to do with him not understanding what I'm saying. What I'm saying is not what I really want and need to say.

What do you mean?

Since I got married, I've noticed how confusing marriage can be. And when I haven't defined a feeling, hidden very deep inside my heart, I become very confusing. 

I say things I don't mean. I act the way I don't mean to act. But because I don't know what I'm feeling, my behaviour turns into a crazy emotional mess. When my husband answers rationally, it leaves me unsatisfied. Why? Because the real reason is still hidden. 

I've noticed that couples need to work hard to communicate better. I've also noticed, that before I can communicate better with my husband, I need to be able to understand myself better - to communicate better with myself. 

First you wanna go to the left, then you wanna turn right.
Wanna argue all day, making love all night. 

I've talked with many married ladies, and one thing that seems to be an issue for many of us, is the weird jealousy. I'm not talking about being jealous about other women. I mean, that we (I generalise) are jealous when the husband spends time with his (guy) friends. 

But do we really want our hubby dearest to stop spending time with his friends? No! 

Do we really want him to forget his hobbies? No! 

Do we really want him to stop doing the things that inspire him? No! 

But still we're upset when he has a guys' night and is excited about it. This is just one example of confusing feelings and how we react to them. 

What do you really mean, my silly little head?

As I said, the jealousy thing was just one example. If that's not your thing, lucky you, but you might have something else that's turning you into a weirdo. Before you can communicate well, you have to know what you are feeling and thinking. 

What's behind this jealousy? Why am I so insecure about this? Why? When? Where? Questions and more questions!

Try to get inside your own silly little head, so what your communicating to your husband is really what you mean. 

I've noticed, that we are often jealous of his friends, because we feel he is not excited to spend time with us. When we're together, it's not "cool" or something he is dying to too. Maybe we're just... ordinary. 

And if we are ordinary, something to not get really excited about, does they love us anymore? Are we not attractive anymore? Are they bored with us?

Am I a disappointment?

Friday, April 1, 2016

Be a voice, not an echo

I found this wonderful quote:

A dude called Einstein said that. Pretty smart guy, right!