Kiss me, it’s my birthday!

I dreamt that I was swimming in the ocean.

Large bodies of water, like a sea or the ocean, are usually considered to symbolize your unconscious and your emotions.

If you dream of swimming underwater, then you may be exploring your unconscious, doing some soul-searching or inner work and undergoing inner changes.

Looking back 2016, it’s a changing point for me. We travelled 9 countries, my parents and cousin came to Iceland in summer, and my pregnancy is the cherry of a cake.

Sometimes, I wonder how I life would be if I haven’t met my husband. I would probably still like Alice in the wonderland, searching for the happiness. One of the most precious things that I learnt from being with my husband is the FAMILY value. He has a big family, and I always believe that man has big family also has a big heart.

I must admit that I’m a lucky girl. Life has been very good to me. I believe one of the most important things is that you have always to be honest to yourself, only that, you can be satisfied of your choice and be happy, thus make people around you happy as well.

At my 31st birthday, I only wish that the people love me and I love are happy and healthy. Life is a journey, we come across some people at some point of our life, this is destiny, however and whenever it ends, it makes part of our life. We should appreciate everyday wake up in the sunshine, breath the fresh air, have people we love around us and be able to say “I love you”.

 

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“Happiness is a switch that you flick in your brain”

I read this sentence today on The Talks , interviewing Tom Ford.

I learned that happiness for all of us is a switch that you flick in your brain. It doesn’t have anything to do with getting a new house, a new car, a new girlfriend, or a new pair of shoes. Our culture is very much about that; we are never happy with what we have today. We always think that we need something else to be happy.

It’s very true. We’re always seeking what we don’t have, picking into other people’s life and forget to appreciate what we’re having ! We’re so greedy that it seems nothing is enough for us. But this is so wrong. It’s the opposite, we’re having too much of everything. Too much of clothing, too much of food, too much of electronic equipment ,etc.

As a great designer, something he said also moved me a lot,

How would you describe your current state of mind?

I feel that I don’t need anything for a good life. I grew up in New Mexico and the older I get I have less need for contemporary culture and big cities and all the stuff we are bombarded with. I am happier at my ranch in the middle of nowhere watching a bug carry leaves across the grass, listening to silence, riding my horse, and being in open space. So I have some sort of security that if I lost everything in my life, I would be very happy with the simple things because they are the ones that are important.

Do you get the most inspiration from nature? It is the ultimate beauty, after all.

Yes, nature is the closest thing to God and I don’t mean God by any sort of religion but by the connection to the universe, which I think we have lost. The American Indians had that and where I live is actually the center of the Anasazi Indian civilization. I even have two huge Anasazi ruins on the property of my ranch. I am not saying that there definitely is some sort of spirituality coming from there, but there might be. When you are close to the earth and you get up when the sun comes up and you go to sleep when it goes down, it puts everything in perspective.

Really?

Yes, all the rest of this crap just fades away. We’ve lost our contact with the earth. Dogs don’t have guilt, dogs don’t have insecurity complexes, dogs don’t think that they need a bigger house than the other dog. Dogs are just completely themselves. They’re very in touch, they’re not thinking about their death. They are just rolling on their back, enjoying what that feels like. I think that is sort of the appeal of animals in our lives; that is what’s important.

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Yes, NATURE NATURE NATURE.

I can promise you, nothing will make you feel more free than feeling the breeze on your face, smell the salt from the sea, feel the temperature of water or running like a kid in a corn filed. We need that contact with the earth. It’s essential, it’s what all life about. Being connected, to people but also to the earth.

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Since I got that new job in AALTO Bistro as a helping hand in the kitchen. I am very HAPPY. I just love my job, whatever it’s watering planting, washing dishes, running up and downs, switching my brain from English to Icelandic, sweeping floors, chopping onions, peeling vegetables, frying potato pancakes in 50+ degrees, I’m just enjoying doing it. Because this is something interests me and I know how to do it, so why not put my soul into it?

I’ve been dreaming of being a chef almost since I’m a kid, I see myself starting my day in the kitchen, preparing food and now I’m here. Who knows maybe in ten years, I would able to open my own restaurant.

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It’s true that life is a box of chocolate, we never know what we gonna get. Yet, enjoy every single piece of chocolate you get, the crunchiness of the chocolate, the bitterness, the sweetness, maybe a bit sour taste as well? And what about the heart? Just close your eyes and enjoy as much as you can. I promise you, happiness is no more complicated than that.

Last day 2014

Waked up by a strange dream, it was barely 6:30.
Christmas tree glimmered in the salon, wind blowing outside.
Taking a quick shower without turning on the light, brush teeth for 3 minutes, jump into pajama, and start to cut grape fruit and boil my chai tea. It’s almost becoming a routine for the month.
I used to drink earl gray with honey and lemon in the morning, since it’s winter, I feel the chai tea is warmer and feel more like Christmas.

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Time flies, last Christmas and New Year’s Eve is still very vivide. Yet this year is much cozier, Christmas Eve with my husband and his mother, Christmas Day with his children. It’s the darkest period in Iceland, the daylight is only 3-4 hours, that’s why people putting on lights by the windows, hanging bling-bling on the trees, sometimes less is more, but during Christmas, more is more.

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The last day of 2014, I want to make some resolutions.
1. Speak icelandic
2. Stay healthy, try to get totally rid of “eating disorder”
3. Look into tourist business opportunity, maybe establish an agency
4. Connect more to people, friends in Paris, both families in Shanghai and in Iceland
5. Travel at least twice
6. Pick up my Canon
7. Keep update the blogs
8. Enjoy the moment while work for the future

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Love is all around

After having watched “love actually”, for me, Christmas has officially began. Even though we don’t have tradition to spend Christmas in China, being in foreign countries for 8 years, I find its extreme cozy being around the people you love and love you, wherever they are.

December will just float like water, decorations, gifts, food (lots of salmon, herring and smoked stuff). I shall keep up with my icelandic and hot yoga. And to conclude the November resolution, I did break it by having Champagne twice! (It’s impossible to resist). Yet I love green smoothie, it’s not a diet but a life style.

Therefore for December, I will try to stick to the green smoothie/toast plan for lunch and eat more protein for dinner. I have to put on some weight and get to the balance, because, from January, I’ll be going to school.

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A very unusual Halloween

It was one of the best Halloween I’ve ever had. No crazy make-up, no ridiculous costumes and most of all, no alcohol. And I’m feeling great and refreshed! I must admit that it was not easy saying no to my favorite Bourgogne Pinot Noir. But a decision is a decision, I’m determined to stick to the plan.

We were first invited to a dinner at a relative’s home, they are amazing cooks. Home-cured Icelandic lamb as starter and smoked wild salmon as main, serve with a simple green salad (green grapes, lettuce leaves and pomegranate seeds). Even the boiled potatoes are very tasty, they’re small and new. I still remember last time we were invited to them, and we had a reindeer which she hunted! It totally blew me away.

The dinner was so good that we were 15 minutes late for an Icelandic play – The women at 1000 degrees, which I’m very interested going to see. The story is about a granddaughter of the first president of Iceland.

Since it was the one day anniversary of a local restaurent, we decided to go there have a drink. It’s a Korean-Icelandic mixed styled bistro. Meaning they use the local ingredients like cod and lamb, and tempura/deep fried them, kimchi is also very much on the menu. We had a deep fried green beans with cucumber pickles. I was very curious to try the Tofu cheese with strawberry, too bad they were sold out.

We called off the night by going to a newly opened hotel – Alda. They were promoting the Jack Daniel’s whisky, the waiters were dressed like doctors, which make the bar looks like a labatoria. I had a grape juice based non-alcohol cocktail, quite refreshing.

Again, I’m very pleased that I was not drinking any alcohol and this morning when I waked up by the crazy wind at 7h15, I’m feeling fairly well even though we didn’t go to sleep until 3 o’clock in the morning.

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Looking back my Halloween history, mostly went wild. But it was the youth, now I’m feeling I’m over that stage and want a more cozy life.