onsdag 30 maj 2012

on exercise

Sometimes I wonder if I'm a hyperactive. It's like my brain worked by dynamo, some dayss it's just impossible to sit still and focus for more than the shortest moments. For a ewhile now, I've been running to soothe this, but recently I've been looking for alternatives to running, because however much I enjoy it (not to mention the amazing feeling afterwards) I've come to realise that it takes too much energy. Or , to put it like this: I also need something less intensive, something that burns fewer calories, as I now (and I know this might sound like a luxury problem to some) seem to burn too much, and I'm not interested in loosing weight. I have no plans to quit running (I love it too much!) but I'm looking intosimple yoga- and/or fitness exercices to do at home - less calory-burning and also less time-consuming.

Last night I did some repetitions of a simple yoga exercise (don't remember the name of it) that we've sometimes done during karate warmups, and I felt it worked quite well for me. Got my body a bit warmer, my mind calmer and also opened up my stiff back nicely. And I did manage to return to work shortly after, and got things done. So I'd count that as a small success!

I'll definitely be trying more of something similar. And to just do a couple of exercises doesn't take too much time, either.

måndag 28 maj 2012

life advice from someone who knew how to

I don't post links to other sites on here very often, at least without further comment, but I'll make an exception today, as this is so just worth a read:

I am happy to recommend (but doubt that I really have to) the rest of Paulo Coelhos blog, too.

söndag 27 maj 2012

on karate practice and making plans

Finally attended karate practice again on Thursday, after a break of several weeks. And it was good! I have really missed karate. Some muscles still hurt today, and it's Sunday... My practice motivation is definitely back, and if it wouln't be I just have to think of the upcoming course in Estonia. This course is the biggest Finnish/baltic happening of the year, and I wouldn't miss it for the world!

I've been doing some planning for this summer, and I can already say it looks like it will be better than last year! The only downside is (once again) my personal economy. I still havent got myself a better (paid) job, but I keep getting declines. Hence, the planning.
Speaking of big plans, I had planned to spend this entire day writing but, suprprise surprise, ended up cleaning my appartment instead. Well, at least it was much needed, it was seriously not a day too late. So a failed plan, but for the better. I will not feel horrible to come home tonight.

Death from cuteness

Here's my belated music video of the week. So, it only took this long before I started posting kittyvideos... A warning: death from cuteness may occur...

måndag 21 maj 2012

About art again

I don't have that absolute rush of creative energy anymore, the one I found (or that found me) about a month ago, but I'm still surfing on it. So there's still progress but I don't stay up late to work every night. I should still focus a biiit more on my essays and other assignments, of course, but what can I do? One of the new... features? ...materials..? I've been using in my present work is cosmetics. I've included both eyeshadow and nail polish in the painted parts of the artworks.The nail polish came quite naturally, as I seem to have a fascination for drawing hands right now. Why am I writing about my art without posting pictures? I don't know, maybe because I'm simply excited?
Sometimes it's hard to tell whether a post like this one really belongs in this blog, or if it should be posted in my art blog instead. But the art blog more focused on pictures. I will be posting pictures soon enough, just have to get things a bit more finished and then borrow a camera.

fredag 18 maj 2012

Friday video

Yay, Friday! Had some rain, and as a result Turku is finally green! (and it's easier to breathe)
Here's a short instruction video on the Finnish summer - enjoy!

tisdag 15 maj 2012

update on everyday things

I'm finally seeing some results of my studying, in grades as well as credits. This really helps keep you motivated!

I'm running again, but not without my antihistamines. In recent years I've been wondering whether or not I have a pollen allergy, but well... at least now I know that I do. The amount of birch pollen is higher this year than it's been in ten years, and my nose and eyes are runny even when I'm taking it easy. I should probably have eaten my antihistamines earlier springs too (even with the " only traces of allergy" I had before) as I now noticed a very clear difference in both results and overall feeling while running. So I might actually be in much better shape than I thought, which is fun of course, but makes you feel just slightly retarded at the same time.

I'm still not back to a good (human) daily rhytm after my "inspired period". Still staying up late only to oversleep most mornings. I would love to live in a world adjusted to the rhytm of waking up at 11 in the  morning, having lunch after three in the afternoon, going out jogging in the late evening and then staying up until three in the morning. But you're obviously not supposed to do that, at least if you want to be an active part in society...

söndag 13 maj 2012

Video post

Here's my belated MV of the week. Another video I could watch forever - and, again, back to the 90s... I didnt plan to only post videos from the nineties, it's just turned out that way. So far.

onsdag 9 maj 2012

Letting go, again.

I think I can see the end of the most stressful (workwise) period of this year so far. As in, I'm not there yet, but I can believe I can see that end twinkling nicely there at the horizon. I wish I could say that I've managed everything, but I haven't. Not surprisingly, I had to let go of a couple of things, including my instructing karate, for this time being. Which is very sad, because I had been looking forward to it for long. But I had to accept that I couldn't do it (at least well) without practising more myself than I've recently been doing. I couldn't focus enough to come up with any kind of working program, nor to maintain the confidence needed to just step out there and effing improvise the times I should have. I just couldn't. Hope I'll get the chance to try again soon enough.

One thing that worries me is that this seems to happen every spring. Every. Spring. I take on too much and then have to decide what to let go. Why do I still do it? I don't know. Aren't you supposed to learn from your mistakes?

Back to writing essays now. See you around.

söndag 6 maj 2012

I miss my studio

Damn, I miss having a studio to work in! As the one I had back in art school. I live in a 20m2 one-room flat, and have no separate workspace whatsoever, just the same table I use for dining, writing, anything. This, and working in a small rental flat, means I have to be very careful not to make a mess, and always put everything nicely back in order after I finish. Naturally, this puts a certain limit to my work, and sometimes it bugs the hell out of me. Some nights it would feel so good to just pull everything out and go crazy!
Also, I miss being allowed to use all day, as I could back in the days of art school. ...when I was also still on the student's allowance and thus hardly ever even had a part-time job. AND I miss having other artists around you! I still don't want to go back though. I wouldn't do that for anything in the world, to be honest. I don't miss the depression, the fear, panic, waking up in a cold sweat the same time every morning... and it wasn't like I really enjoyed the company of other artists back then, having all of those wonderful people around me because... well, I couldn't. (not sober)
At least I'm getting something done now, and it's just lovely to be in the creative flow (Oh.My.God. What a cliché. Sorry about that.) that I'm experiencing right now! I've been working on my new project(s) every night the past week, and sure, I'm starting to feel the effects of staying up late every night. But it's definitely worth it! Hope it lasts longer this time.

fredag 4 maj 2012

Friday video post

A bit of 90s nostalgia again, this week with Soundgarden! Black Hole Sun is (just as Heart-Shaped Box) one of my all time favourite videos.

Longer post tomorrow.
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