Just as I am about to make a major change in my life (by moving to my new house) I thought I would make a bit of a change here on ropcorn.com as well. So for the first time in five years I have updated the banner and background here on ropcorn.com.
The banner photo is one I took in Ramdala here in Sweden a few years ago when I was out on a photo chase for some Swedish country side captures (post --> Some Snaps Of The Swedish Country Side). The background is meant to enhance the feeling of the Swedish country side. And although my beloved Lisen no longer is with me, there are a lot of posts about her here on the blog, which is why I wanted her to remain in the banner. As for the photos of me in the banner, well I think they still represent me and my personality quite well - so no need for any changes there. :p
Now those were my thoughts behind the revamp of ropcorn.com. I would love to hear what you all think of the update? :-)
Five years ago on the fourth of July I published my first post here on ropcorn.com. And although my blog updates have been a bit more seldom than usual this last year, I am still mighty happy and proud that this blog continues to be very active.
Colorful new beginnings in process, so amazingly beautiful to watch!
A lot has happened since my last blog post. I have been to both Dubai and London. I have bought a house, will move in August. And sadly my beloved grandmother (father's mother) has pasted away. So really I have had a lot to write about. But honestly I have not been feeling very well, sleep issues.
Issues that have made it very difficult for me to manage anything but the most acute things in my life, work-eat-sleep. I am getting help though so hopefully my life can include more fun things than the bare necessities again soon. In the meantime though I thought I would pop in here to do a quick hi-i-am-still-here-post. And to set an official goal to update more often again from now on. :-)
Until next time, I will leave you all with some photos from the recent past...
Left pic - Dubai, November 2014 (Dubai post: Hilton To Dubai Mall.). Right pic - London, April 2015.
My new house!
My beloved grandmother and me. You will always be in my heart! ♥ ♥ ♥ R.I.P. 1938-2014.
I will be back soon with tales of my new beginnings. Ta da for now.
I have felt like ever since I lost my beloved Lisen I have found it hard to put up any cheerful or informational posts, or any posts at all for that matter. This was our blog, Lisen's and mine.
So this is me right now.
Confused, blurry, and sad. Trying to find my way back into the world without you.
I miss you, Lisen. Words cannot express how much! ♥ ♥ ♥
I thank All You readers for your beautiful comments and support, it means the world to me. I will answer them as soon as I possibly feel up for it. But for now, just to put up this post takes it all out of me - I hope you understand.
And so another year has passed... I am not quite sure what to think about that. But what I do know is that I am grateful for all the lessons this year has taught me and for all the lessons I have not yet been able to make sense of from this year. Because, although I have found it difficult to see clearly from time to time in 2013, I do know for a fact that whatever has happened in my life this year was exactly what what was supposed to happen and that it happened exactly when it was supposed to happen (I hope you followed me there, hehe.).
Now the reason I am so sure of this is because of my unshakeable faith in the Universe and its ability to guide me to where I need to go. Because, as far as I am concerned, some of the most important responsibilities I have in this world are to be present, awake and all ears - not always the easiest things though... Therefore my main goals for next year are to be more present, attentive and to listen to life without judgment. A bit unorthodox new year's resolutions perhaps, but that is where I am at in my life right know. Trying to make sense out of events I find hard to see any sense in.
Anyway. Of course the year of 2013 have been filled with many happy, wonderful and amazing moments I am very grateful for as well. Below are some of those moments :p
To end this post, and this year, I sincerely want to say: "Thank You 2013!". And Thank You to all of you beautiful souls out there who visit, comment, email me and/or show your support to this blog in any way. I whole heartedly appreciate every single one of you!
Finally, I wish you all a happy, peaceful and prosperous 2014! Cheeeers And Happy New Year Ya'll!! :p
Three years ago today I published my first post ever here on ropcorn.com, aww! :-) I remember how excited, and nervous, I was about actually uploading and publishing a post on a blog that I had created all by myself. I had no previous experience with either building websites nor blogging. In fact, it took me several months just to do research and to get the actual basics of the blog ready. But finally I could not wait anymore and just had to start posting. Of course it did not occur to me at the date that I had chosen to start my blogging journey on was the 4th of July - a date kind of known for another celebratory occasion. Lol! But it is what it is. :-)
Having said that, I have no regrets what so ever with my decision to start blogging. And my intent and goal with blogging is, and has always remained, the same as when I first started - to be able to have it as my sole income source. Though the path to that destination has taken a bit longer than I initially thought it would, I have learned that as long as I have a clear vision of what I want, how to get there and I work my behind off to reach it - I will do so one day. I strongly believe that and know it will happen.
Now because I started a new full time job in March earlier this year I have not been able to be as active in the blogosphere as before or publish posts as frequently as before. This is mainly because of the commuting distance to and from my job, about 2,5 hours - which means that I am pretty beat when I finally get home in the evenings. And though I do like it at my new job, I deeply miss blogging and being a part of the blogging world. I also miss my lovely doggy Lisen more than words can express, because I only see her on the weekends these days. :-( So at this very point in my life I feel like I am in a bit of a rough patch...
However, I have no doubt at all that things will change - they always do. Which is why I continue to do my very best with keeping my blogs updated and well managed. It is also why I continue to be as determined as I was three years ago to make the blogging business part of it all a success. And I do see results by the way. :-)
Because in the end, you reap what you sow (as I see it). And in my world, sustainable crops need time, patience, love and nourishment to be able to grow into strong, healthy plants that keep giving delicious fruits for a long time to come.
So hear, hear to all of you amazing readers out there who truly enrich my life with your presence! I Thank You All from the bottom of my heart for visiting, commenting, sending me emails and for supporting me. Every word and every second each and every one of you choose to spend here is greatly appreciated. Thank You for keeping me company! And I look forward to many more years together. Lots of Love to you all! ♥ ♥ ♥
Ahhh. Sunset in Lyckeby here in Sweden a few days ago. This is what gives me perspective.
As does this lady of course. :-) Looks like she was hoping to get some cake here. Hehe. ;p
I recently found out about this amazing competition called The Big Blog Exchange, where sixteen bloggers from around the world will win the opportunity to exchange lives, blogs, cultures and places at the same time for ten days - all expenses paid for. And because my greatest passions in life include blogging, traveling and learning about other people and cultures - I just had to check it out. And though I was a bit skeptic at first, I was positively surprised by how the competition was presented - in an very inspirational and loveable manner, so I decided to enter.
Now fourteen of the sixteen bloggers will win mainly based on votes, but two bloggers will win regardless of votes. Instead these two bloggers will be chosen based on their motivation for why they should win this competition and the content of their blogs. The reason for this is that every blogger should have a chance to win, no matter how popular their blog is. An idea I really like.
The motivation I have written for why I should be one of the sixteen winners is this:
"I truly feel like my passion for blogging, traveling and enthusiasm for learning makes me a great candidate for this adventure. I also think that the person who will get the chance to exchange lives with me will gain great insights into how it is to live a relatively simple life in a lovely naval town in Sweden. And if I have the fortune of being one of the lucky 16 I promise I will devote 100 percent of my attention, energy, heart and soul into making my part of this journey of a lifetime the very best I can. Because I truly believe that every person can make a difference in this world, which is why I will make sure that my part in this Big Blog Exchange will be made with a positive and loving attitude - no matter what happens.
Thanks for this inspirational competition and opportunity! And Good Luck Everyone! :-)
// Lots Of Love - Alexandra From Sweden"
Of course I would never enter anything unless I truly thought I had a chance to win, so I hope you will vote for me? All you need to do to be able to vote is enter your email and then confirm the vote in an email which will be sent to you. If you are up for it, please click on the button below to vote for me:
I deeply appreciate every single vote - Thank You So Much!
Today we celebrate Fat Tuesday in Sweden, which means that we eat a super delicious pastry called Semla. But not only is today a treat filled day because of this, it also happens that today is my mum's birthday. Happy Birthday Mum! Which has meant that I also got treated to a very yummy Sandwich Cake earlier today when we celebrated her birthday. Of course she got treated to a lot of birthday presents in return. :-)
It was filled with lots of yummy seafood, salmon, eggs, vegetables, cheese and more.
My (not so small) piece. Lol! ;p
My dog Lisen waited patiently for her turn. :-)
A bit later it was time for dessert, a Danish pastry type of Lenten Bun (Semla) filled with the traditional sweet filling of almond paste and whipped cream. So we did not eat a traditional Lenten Bun to celebrate Fat Tuesday this year. I first tried this version of a Semla - Lenten Bun last year and really liked it, because it was not as heavy as a traditional one. Which fitted great today, because of the Sandwich Cake we had earlier.
This is how a Semla should be eaten, the lid first with some delicious filling that has been scooped up. And with a big cup of black coffee. :p
Of course this little lady got some Semla too! :-)
Another fun thing I found out recently was that my blog was chosen as number 24 on a list of Top 100 Pet Blogs to follow in 2013 - yay! I have posted the entire list at Top 100 Pet Blogs To Follow In 2013.
So it certainly has been a treat filled day today, in more than one delicious way. ;p
I started this blog about two and a half years ago and along the way I have tried many different ways to market it, I guess you could call it experiential marketing. Because when I first started blogging I had no idea how it worked, both when it comes to the actual blogging part but also how to best get the word out about my blog in cyberspace. Now one way I could have done it was to pay for advertising or marketing, but I did not want to spend any money on those aspects of blogging - nor did I have any money to spend on them. So what I ended up spending a lot of instead was time.
Time to try different marketing methods and then time on those methods that worked best. My goal was to eventually not have to spend as much time on the marketing part of blogging and that visitors would find my blog naturally after a while, which is now the case. So devoting all that time on learning how to and then marketing my blog properly was a good decision, one I indeed benefit from today.
Instead of having to spend hours and hours on marketing my blog today, I spend more time on answering comments from my readers, creating blog posts and blog maintenance.
It was two years ago today since I published my first post here on ropcorn.com, in other words - today is this blog's second blogoversary. Yay!!! Now I had big plans for this blog when I started it (I still do). Some goals have been achieved, while others are still in the process of being achieved. And new goals have been set. But the most important thing is that I STILL LOVE BLOGGING! :-)
A feeling I think this lovely Bleeding Heart conveys quite accurately. :-)
And what I love about blogging is that I have the freedom and opportunity to express my creativity through my blog posts. Whether it be via photography, writing or simply sharing my everyday life experiences. I also really feel like this blog helps me to follow through on, and bring to life, many of the thoughts and ideas I randomly have. I mean, I can be anywhere and suddenly get an idea on a post I want to do or start to think of things I want to write about. Though I must say that this mostly happen in the shower. Hehe. But the point is that I actually do follow through on a lot of those ideas, instead of just letting them go, because I have a blog where I can share them. And when I manage to bring one of those inspirational moments to life in a good way, I actually feel pretty proud of myself. :-)
But not only do I love the creative part of blogging, I also absolutely adore reading comments and receiving feedback from all the wonderful people that drop by here. Which is why this celebratory post would not be complete without a proper Thank You and a heartfelt bow to to all of you marvelous individuals who visit, follow, comment and/or send me feedback through various sources. I truly value every single second each and every one of you spend on this blog, because it is all that beautiful energy that continue to keep this blog alive. Not to mention the huge positive impact it has on me personally.
Needless to say, I am very grateful that I made the decision to start blogging two years ago. And even though I have spent, and still spend, countless hours on managing, creating posts and networking. It continues to be so undoubtedly worth it!!! :p