The Poppy Hills in Ystad

Yesterday, my family and I went on a road trip to Kåseberga in Ystad. We watched the beautiful red poppy hills and took a walk alongside the haven.


The view was so dreamy as we went through the idyllic summer cottages and the endless sea of flowers.

It was amazing to feel the summer breeze in the hair and take a stroll up and down the fairytale-like poppy hills. If I could choose my dream place to live in, it would be a place where the summer never ends and my home is surrounded by these beautiful flowers.

I just can’t get enough of this place!

The dress I wore was a handmade gift for my mom from her best friend, who is really amazing at sewing dresses. Me mom insisted on letting me borrow it for this family trip, and I was absolutely in love with it. It’s vibrant red color was softened up by the lovely ruffles, resulting in a combination of a mood booster and a mind calmer. I also love that it can be worn for many occasions with different accessories, or just as it is.

There were many other beautiful flowers, like this one, which I can’t recall the name of, but resembles a mini version of the Baby’s Breath flower. In Swedish, Baby’s Breath flower is called ”Brudslöja”, which means ”bridal veil”. Isn’t it charming?

The view was wonderful, like a portrait of the carefree summer days. I hope you guys have a great summer and take care of yourselves and each other!

Lots of love,

Kathleen

A Sunset Song

Whenever I am lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the colorful sunset, it feels like a wave of calmness is flowing inside me. The beautiful color palette that is displayed in the evening sky always leave me speechless out of admiration.

I remember biking across my campus on a cool evening last summer, where a meadow was growing wild. As I turned my head against the sunset behind the meadow, my mind was blown away by the beauty of the nature. All my worries about things that happened around the world and my life suddenly felt smaller in that moment. I just stood there for a while, simply embracing the beauty of the sunset, and feeling it’s warmth and comfort.

Ever since then, I have often approached this sunset-scenario whenever I have felt insecure about the future, or dwelling in the past. To see the beauty in all the daily things. Especially the people we spend the most time with every day.

Like sunsets, the people that are closest to us won’t always be visible to our eyes, but their presence will give our lives lots of joy, calmness and more meaning.

Some Thoughts During a Rainy Night in Sweden

As I am writing this right now, I have already been lying on the couch for half an hour, listening to the sound of the rain outside the window. The Christmas decorations are still hanging in there, making the setting feel more calm and peaceful. Somewhere during the beginning of the pandemic, I think my focus shifted from my “anxiety of not doing well in school and life”-mode, to instead think about how the people in my life were doing and being grateful about the big AND the small things in life. Being kind towards oneself and each other is something I believe is more important than ever, especially during these days.

I am currently feeling at peace with myself right now and can’t feel any happier than in this moment. The only thing I wish is that the world will become a better place to live in. Perhaps people will be kinder to each other and more thoughtful during and after this pandemic? The best thing we can do now for now is to keep a safe distance, while staying in touch through other solutions, and be nice to each other, mostly with the people that we are living with.

Hope you guys are taking care of yourself!

Love,

Kathleen

(Photographed by me on the same day this text was posted)

The First Snow

Happy December! I can’t believe we’re already nearing the end of the year. This year hasn’t been like anyone of us expected, but I hope you have had a safe time and still are hanging there. A funny thing that happened last weekend was that the snow came early this year on the first Sunday of Advent, which brought the Christmas spirit to Lund in quite a romantic and magical way. Wish you guys a beautiful winter time, despite the circumstances!

Morning Mist by the Countryside

Yesterday, before the sun had gone up, I biked for a couple of kilometers home to my parents after having my dentist appointment early in the morning. It was still dark and I got to see the sunrise for the first time in many months.

As I biked home through the countryside of Lund, my imagination brought me to the English countrysides that has been on my mind ever since I watched my favorite film adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”. The cold morning mists that are so breathtaking that we almost forget the coldness that is biting and tugging at our skins.

I also had my way through Sankt Hans Hills, a beautiful location that serves as a place for kids to play, pet owners, and motivated joggers. The morning mist made it look like an old folklore that has found its way to our time.

It was truly a magical and mythical atmosphere that morning.

The trees behind my parents house looked like a mysterious forest with hidden creatures. In real life, it looked like a beautiful work of John Bauer, a Swedish illustrator and artist. Imagine finding a spooky troll here, or a beautiful fairy in a puffy white dress.

I always get so energized after spending time outdoors, and it’s a relaxing feeling to just go outside in the early morning, looking at the nature and feeling inspired by the setting.
When we can’t travel very far due to the circumstances, being able to see more places of the town we’re living in is a true treasure.

Hope you’re having a cozy weekend, and a happy thanksgiving to those of you who celebrate it!

The Autumn Days in Southern Sweden

Hope you’re still doing well during these days! Despite the freezing November days that have made their entrance, the autumn in Lund has been beautiful and uplifting with all of its magnificent colors. Since it’s getting colder and darker now, and the restrictions have grown stricter, I have been staying inside and looking back on the earlier days of this autumn with a spoonful of nostalgic excitement. Here are a couple of pictures, if you would like to see!

Golden tree lanes that felt like a painting. 

Every branch showed off their beautiful leaves in different kinds of color.

This place felt like a scene from a Korean drama I watched a couple of years ago, which I think was called “Winter Sonata”. I wonder how they felt as they were filming that scene? Did they have the time to enjoy the scenery? Did they feel a wave of endless mindfulness between the takes? It must have been a blast to film it!

A bed of golden leaves from the deciduous trees.

Dreamy sunbeams in the afternoon by the park near my campus.

Some red colored leaves on the trees that looked like a heart.

Literally a color explosion. Never has red, green, blue, yellow and orange looked better together.

The thing I love most about autumn is how beautiful the nature is, bringing together colors in the most amazing ways one could ever think of.

Red leaves that resembled the blossoms in spring. The sky was clear and blue back then…

The Autumn also shows that one doesn’t have to travel very far in order to discover beautiful places.

Hope you have had a beautiful autumn despite the circumstances!

Love,

Kathleen

(All of the pictures in this post were taken by me. The picture of me was taken by my mom. ❤️) 

Apple Season

A thing I love most about Autumn is when the trees start to change their colors and it’s time to harvest our garden fruits. Sadly, we didn’t get as many grapes and plums as previous years, but our two apple trees carried surprisingly many big and red fruits this season. My mother and I harvested a paper bag filled with fresh and crispy apples this week, and saved the rest to be picked another day.

After being left overnight, the apples were washed and sorted the next morning, before they were left at my campus for fellow students and course mates. 🙂

Uneven and spotted (but edible) apples were saved and fixed, in order to be used in future recipes. I’ve been looking up millions of apple recipes, and I can’t wait to try at least one of them.

Do you have a delicious apple recipe which you would highly recommend? Feel free to comment below!

Thoughts Underneath an Endless Night Sky

This photo was taken during one of my evening walks. It was one of those evenings where I both felt small and infinite at the same time, after observing the endless night sky that we only get to see a part of from our place here on Earth.

As I walked through the tree lanes behind our house and observed the navy blue sky, all of our problems seemed so much smaller and distant. Thinking about how our ancestors managed to navigate through hard times and stormy seas, I felt less lost, and more empowered to take small steps out of my comfort zone. A comfort zone that has been holding me back from doing the things I really wanted to do, and say what I wanted to say.

Because, when you finally find your voice, you will use it without fearing what other people will think, and you will become braver and stronger.

When I got home, I slowly went back to the reality and my daily chores, but this calm and endless feeling remained in my mind through the rest of the evening.

It’s quite amazing how taking a walk in the early evening can transform your state of mind, and give you some insights that might transform the way you look at life in general.

The Power of a Romantic Poet

Do you have a favorite poet, whose words makes you feel all dreamy afterwards? Every time I read a poem by Jalal al-Din Rumi, I always get so inspired and hopeful about what the future will bring. I guess it’s the power of great poetry, that has lived on for centuries, just by touching other people’s hearts.

Here are a few lines by Rumi (Imagine walking under a starry night sky, hearing one of his lines circulate in the endless universe):

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“Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”

“Love yourself completely, return to the root of the root of your soul.”

“Lovers don’t finally meet some, they are in each other all along.”

“If you want the moon, do not hide from the night. If you want a rose, do not run from the thorns. If you want love, do not hide from yourself.”

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Do you have a poem that makes you feel inspired and empowered afterwards?

(Photo taken during one of my evening walks.)

The Moment I Found My Self Love Was…

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… when I started to let go of other’s perceptions of me. They either like you, or they don’t. And the moment you realize that, it will all become a lot easier.

… when I stopped trying to please everyone or figuring out what they were thinking of me. Instead, I’m now asking how I feel when I’m around them.

… when I let go of the idea of perfection.

… when I decided to let go of toxic people in my life.

… when I reflected on my life, and decided to change the things that kept me from doing the things I wanted to do, and live the life I wanted to live.

… when I learned how to accept myself and all the versions of me. The sad me, the happy me, the grumpy…, etc. There will be good days, and there will be bad days, and it’s okay not to be okay.

… when I learned how to love my own body and not compare myself with everyone else around me.