Tuesday, 12 April 2016

A little red house by the sea....

New home, fresh start


So this is my first blogpost since what feels like forever....
I apologize for my absence here on the blog, but quite frankly I've not had the capacity to share with you all. Getting adjusted to our new life here in Norway has been a rough journey, practically, but even more so on an emotional level...
Leaving life as I knew it in the UK, my husband and our home was never going to be easy....and it's not! 
It is still an ongoing battle with my conscience, and a steep learning curve as I've been trying to get to grips with what's important in my life...I've been working very hard trying to purge my own  negativity and prioritizing life.....the here and now....the moments I share with Little Miss Moo, being present for her and supporting her adjustment into her new life, at the same time as I've been trying to create a life for us here: Getting Mia settled in a new, Norwegian School, starting work, Sorting out finances and medical issues that has not been prioritized over the last few years....and last but not least: Finding a home for the two of us!
I feel like I am having to be super woman..... with a pocket full of cryptonite...Obstacle after obstacle, there always seem to be something that needs sorting before I can truly start living again. But I have no choice but to keep going and keep battling: I am determined to create an easy life for me and Mia....but it's pretty hard work at the moment, and sometimes I just feel like quitting, roll up in a ball and get off the carousel....until I see Little miss Moo's happy face as she comes home from school all excited about finding an ants nest (or something else equally random, but oh so important) and just a hug from her fills me with renewed energy to tackle yet another day...

It does help that we now have found our new home....A quaint, little red cottage with a sea view....just the perfect size for the two of us! It's old, and needed a lot of work in terms of general re-decorating and modernizing, but the rent is cheap....and THAT VIEW!!


So over the last few weeks I've been spending all the time I could spare, in between working, sorting stuff out and being supermum, painting and redecorating the place....It's been exhausting to say the least, and as I write this, every muscle in my body is aching, but I finished the painting today, so bar giving the house a thorough clean it's ready for us to move into.....so I thought I'd celebrate by writing this blogpost! I will share more of my decorating efforts in my next post, I promise, but for now I just thought I'd share this news with you all!

I've very seldom shared too much of my personal life here on the blog in the past (bar the occasional emotional outburst, LOL) but quitting blogging and sharing on social media over the last few months has made me re-evaluate the focus of Nostalgiecat, and I've decided that I will use the blog to share a bit more about the life that we lead, not just interiors stuff....
After all a home is more than bricks and mortar.... it is an essential part of life itself....and the base of who we are. I've also on a more personal level become very interested in the concepts of authentic, minimalist living ....maybe as a product of having to choose what to bring with us when e moved, and living out of a suitcase since December , but maybe also out of a deeper need to simplify things in my life. 
If anything, these last few years have taught me that life does not always turn out as you may expect, or even wish, and I guess it's all about grasping onto the little moments that are in themselves perfectly imperfect.....like the other day when I laughed so hard at Mia's cheating at china-chess that I started crying....

So as far as my plan for the interiors of our new home and the content here on Nostalgiecat, I guess this time around I have a more philosophical approach to creating a authentic living space that hopefully will feed our creativity and happiness as we get settled into our new life here in Norway....

Thank you to everyone of my followers that has patiently been waiting whilst I've been picking up the pieces of my life, and thank you to YOU, for taking the time to read this...now please follow along our new journey in the pursuit of happiness!

Lets begin to live again!

3 comments:

Alison Stevens said...

Hi June,

I was really pleased to see your post. I sent you a message when your previous home in the UK appeared in Style at Home mag ( or was it Home Style? I have so many mags I lose touch)at the end of last year.

I'm sorry that the last few months have meant practical and emotional chaos, but I hope in time you will be more settled and that the traumas will start to fade a little. I'm sure you will make you new home as lovely and interesting as your last one.

With best wishes

Alison ( Leeds UK)

june olsen said...

AAAAW thanks for your supporting wiords Alison....so happy that you are following along ;)

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