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My goals for 2018

I made a list of goals at the beginning of the year (posted on my old blog), where I stated six things I wanted to achieve in 2018 to make it a good year. I thought now would be a good time to to a check in to see where I'm at with these goals. Read the original blog post here.

Improve as a photographer

I have watched countless of youtube videos of behind the scenes on photoshoots, photo editing etc. and done a lot of photoshop and Lightroom tutorials. I have actually never used Lightroom at all before this year, so I have come a long way there. Now I couldn't be without it. I still need to do A LOT more shoots, I am a bit behind on that due to the dog, but I am sure that will come so I think I am on the right path to achieve this goal.

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Learn everything I need to know about owning a boat

So the boat is finally in the water, yey! I have learned bits and pieces about boats when Erik has been doing it up, but the real lessons and learnings will come during the Summer when we take it out.

Become a great dog-owner

We are doing the best we can. It is super challenging having a puppy, but we are doing what we can to ensure a good upbringing. We question ourselves a lot, probably too much, but we are taking puppy-lessons and training her the best we can. At the same time, we ensure she is fed, happy and safe at home.

Seize the opportunities that lays in front of me

I think I have done quite well on this point so far. When online store Briosa posted in a facebook group that they needed to team up with a photographer to do some shoots, I responded and got the gig. Now we have worked together several times and more to come. Fun!

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Become a better cook

I make a lot of food and think it is fun being in the kitchen, but I can definitely challenge myself more here. Need to up my game!

Take care of myself, both physically and mentally

Very up and down I'd say. Been better at taking care of myself physically than mentally, even though it has been difficult to find time to go to the gym between work and puppy. Mentally, things have been rather difficult the last couple of months. I still lack confidence in myself and I do worry way too much what others think of me, even if I know them or not.

Until next time, Renate

In June I want to...

...eat shrimps on the boat.
...drink red wine in good company.
...try out a ton of new, delicious recipes.

All images taken June, 2017.

All images taken June, 2017.

...take a lot of pictures.
...work out regularly.
...enjoy late nights on the balcony.

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....go on a date.
...celebrate midsummer with friends.
...be really, truly happy again.

What are your wishes for June?

Until next time, Renate

Taste the water

It is more or less weekend again (for me as I don't work Fridays) and I am starting it off by getting a sore throat and a headache. Hopefully it is just a one day type of illness (it never is though...) as I have plenty to do this weekend.

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On Saturday it is finally time to get our boat into the water! Exciting and kinda nerve racking all at once. You read all sorts of horror stories about people doing up a boat for years only for it to sink the moment it's put in the water. Hopefully that won't happen to us. That would suck. Wish us luck! 

Until next time, Renate

Things grow

Things grow. Our balcony is rapidly turning into an green oasis filled with the most wonderful scents. You can breathe it in the moment you step out onto the balcony, but when you run your fingers through the lavender... Oh my, what a scent that fills the whole space. The strawberries are so close to ripe, I can't wait to taste them! Oh, Summer truly came early this year.

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Until next time, Renate.

Wags of the Gentlemen's club

Last night was a blast, the images taken this morning of the aftermath can confirm this. 3 bottles of wine went down like there was no tomorrow and fuelled our non-stop conversations. 

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We really don't get together as often as we should just us girls, so whenever we do we always have so much to talk about. The most common topic of conversation is our boyfriends. It is through our boyfriends that we know each other. They are all part of what they like to call "Herrklubben" (the gentlemen's club), so I have decided to name us (the girlfriends) "Wags of Herrklubben".  

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I served my slightly altered version of this, which seemed to be a huge success. I strongly recommend testing out the linked recipe, it is SO good and perfect for Summer! I drank red, of course. Those who know me, know I am all about the red. (My boyfriend actually surprised me last week by coming home with no less than 12(!) bottles of red wine for me, just because I had bought a wine rack and had no wine to put in it). 

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We sat outside on the balcony all evening, this weather is to die for. I really hope we get to have plenty of late nights out on the balcony this Summer. It just doesn't get much cosier than that. Sajka was a star all evening as well. Just a perfect, cuddly little pup sleeping by the door at the sound of our laughter.

Did you do anything fun last night?

Until next time, Renate. 

Girls weekend

Saturday, again. The weeks are really just flying by. Erik is off to run Göteborgsvarvet today, so I am basically a “single-mom” this weekend. I have not been alone with Sajka over several days before, but it is going very well. She is behaving like a dog should behave.

Can you believe she is 5 months in just a couple of days and she is getting so big! She sure ain't mom's little baby anymore. Which is sort of sad, but mostly a relief. She is becoming calmer by the day and we are slowly getting back into a somewhat normal day to day routine. 

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This is in other words a proper girls weekend. I have two friends coming over tonight for some food, wine and overdue girl talk. Hopefully there won’t be any girl drama. I know Sajka have it in her to stir up a storm if she wants to, that bitch.

Have you got any fun plans for the weekend?

Until next time, Renate.