The last couple of months I have done a shirt challenge proposed by Wool and Prince wearing a single shirt for a 100 days a project that initially felt fairly daunting. Luckily hundred days passed without any major setbacks and I managed to complete the challenge gaining both a new shirt and some realisations regarding my wardrobe.
My initial fears spanned from the asthenic to the hygienic where I worried that the limitations in wardrobe choices would be socially awkward and the lack of washing created a worry from a hygienic point of view.
For the last couple of years I have strived to complete some kind of reading challenge, in my case usually done through the simplicity of Goodreads and there yearly challenges. I have had varying levels of success with last year being the first since I started in 2016 where I actually completed the challenge a feat that I have repeated for this year.
This was a great way for me to get back into reading books, something that I spent most of my younger years doing but lost during my time at university and in the beginning of my career.
After spending a few years away from writing I have decided to start using this outlet again, hopefully as a way for me to reflect on my actions and reactions to events around me.
This writing is intended to circle around a few broad topics as I explore both this form of reflection and my surrounding hobbies and interests. The overarching goal is to practice putting my thoughts into writing and hopefully to become a bit more deliberate in my actions I am trying to see this whole project as an ongoing life retrospective.
A few weeks ago my great grandmother passed away and even though we always lived far apart she have been a constant throughout my life.
Her calm and genuine interest in the family and our lives shone through especially as she became older and spent most of the family gatherings sitting content and smiling gently watching the bustling of 5 generations scrambling for dinner.
It brings me a great joy to know that she got to meet my son and even though I morn her loss I take comfort in the fullness of her life and the fact that she spent most of it surrounded by loved ones and a great family.
As I am left with some extra frequent flyer miles from a previous line of work, I decided to end my summer holidays with a last-minute landscape photography trip to the Faroe Islands. This had been a goal of mine for a while and the prospect of escaping the summer heatwave was very enticing.
The trip focused on photography so most of my luggage was occupied by camera gear, the rest was filled with camping gear.
Another year have past and its time to look back and reflect, take pleasure in achievements and look forward to a new year of possibilities. Globally and politically this have been a turbulent year, the Swedish elections ended up in a stalemate with no apparent solution, the US stance in foreign polices seems to have shifted and Brexit seems to be a fact. Luckily, I am in a position where the effects of this turbulence is less noticeable.