I have written a diary ever since I learned how to write and I absolutely love it! I have a basket full of old diaries. But that is not the only way I use notebooks and that's what today's post is about. There are so many ways you can fill out and use notebooks. And these are just the ways I use them. There are ton of other ways. Please let me know how you use notebooks and if you have other ideas in the comments. But let's get into it: 


A notebook for ideas: 
This notebook I use for all of my ideas, brainstorms and general thoughts and ideas for the blog. This is where I develop my ideas and posts. I write outlines for posts, make tons of brainstorms and to do lists. I like this notebook to be big so there is more room on each page to write and plan. I like to keep this notebook filled with new thoughts so I typically tear out the page when I am done with the post. 

A notebook for my braindumps and my diary:
This notebook is my diary. Here I write everything in my life like how a normal diary works, at least the way it works or me. This is where I get out my thoughts, feelings and experiences and I have always loved putting a pen to paper to tell about my life and my thoughts. And the other thing I also like to do it this is to 'braindump'. For example if I have a hard time falling asleep or there is something constantly on my mind I braindump. I write down everything that comes to my mind and my worries and thoughts. This is like brainstorming where you just write down everything that comes to you. 

A notebook for gratitude: 
Writing down what you are grateful for will calm your soul and make you appreciate the little things in life. Things you otherwise wouldn't notice. There are many ways to do this, I like to either do it in the morning or the night, it depends, and then I write around 3 things I am grateful for that day. This is also a perfect way to ground yourself and let go of whatever negative feelings you might have. 

A notebook for creative writing: 
This notebook is filled with creative writing or 'scribbles' as I like to call them. This is where I write everything creative, poems and other texts and I absolutely love it! I absolutely love experimenting with ways to use words, sentence structures and all that fun stuff. This is the notebook that always keeps me from sleeping when I want to go to sleep because all the creative stuff just comes to me when I am about to sleep, haha. A little bit annoying but well.. that's just how it is..

How do you like to fill out your notebooks? 

Soluuna 



If you want to have a room filled with plants and you are missing the pots then go thrifting because there are so many amazing, odd, cool pots for plants for no money. Well, not no money but they are really inexpensive. And some places they even sell plants in their pots, if that's not a win win then I don't know what is, haha. But seriously, before you go to a 'regular' store then check out thrift shops. There are so many different shapes and sizes and colors. 

Here are some of the few I have found. These are all under 2 dollars: 


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I have found a new love. Poetry. To be honest I have never really liked poetry because of what we read in school. Those poems were boring and they had such an 'old' vibe. But that has changes after reading Milk and Honey that blew me away. I didn't know that this kind of poetry was also poetry. Well.. some people would probably say that it isn't but I enjoy reading it. 
This is my poetry collection so far. And when I say so far I mean so far because I plan on getting more. Many, many, many more! Reading poetry has open a whole new world for me and I am forever grateful. But let's get into the poetry books I own: 

As said this was the book that got me into poetry and I will forever be grateful to Rupi Kaur for showing me a whole new world. I would say that this is the go to book to read if you are new to poetry. It is so good and she is so amazing with words! In four chapters, each with a different purpose about love, loss, femininity, relationships and abuse. You can read more about it right here on Goodreads. 

neither of us is happy 
but neither of us wants to leave
so we keep breaking one another
and calling it love 

From page 122. 

The sun and her flowers is Kaur's second book and my oh my I loved it. Her drawings are so great and fits perfectly with the words. This is a book where I have marked so many poems and cannot wait to revisit and read them again. Like I said before she has a magical way with worlds and I absolutely love it. You do not have to read her first book so if you want to learn more about this one, which I would highly recommend, then check it out on Goodreads right here

the way you speak of yourself
the way you degrade yourself
into smallness 
is abuse

- self harm

From page 103.

Alexandra Elle has really written a masterpiece. This poetry collection is very different from the rest because it is not dark as poetry typically can be but more positiv in the sense that she is encouraging and gives hope. Self care is celebrated and I absolutely love it. And when I had read this I could not wait to read more of her work. Find it on Goodreads right here

depth

everything that shatters us
creates room for self discovery. 
even in the thick of the mess
and madness lives magic.

From page 137. 

Love in my Language is such a wonderful collection. This makes me feel so much. So much love and light. And what I love about this is her gentle reminders and the lines where you yourself can write. This is not only poetry but there are also a few essays with words that creates peace within. If you want to learn more about it just click right here.

Hurt happens
but so does healing.

Pick upyour pieces
and repair your peace.

-You Are Not Broken

From page 131.

You're Doing Just Fine is a great reminder that you are doing just fine. This poetry is different from the rest because they are longer and more about her everyday life. These are poems I found better when I read them one or two at a time. They were so deep and there were pieces I related so much to that it hurt. I absolutely loved it. Check it out on Goodreads here.

I might not be where I thought I would be by now, but I wouldn't 
change a thing, because I still am.
And that's more than I ever thought I would be by now. 

A snippet from My World Collapses Into Fiction on page 46.

I liked the theme of this book. I liked how she swicthed up the structure of the sentences and I loved the way she just changes it up. This is about fighting with food, herself, love that's not really love and finding love. This has an adventure theme but is so real, at least it was to me. I loved reading this and I will  definitely read more of her work. Read more about this book here.

your happiness
comes before

anyone else's
happiness.

- the real meaning of "self-respect."

From page 185.

So.. why is God a woman? Well, this gives you the answer where she flips the roles of men and women in such a real way. Women rule and men are the second sex. The structure of these poems seems more like chapters in a story. But I liked it. Actually I loved it. This is a book that tackles so many problems with women and men and I loved the way she did it. Read more about it here

On the Island where I come from...

This is the poetry book I read last and it made me hungry for more. I really liked it and could mark almost every single one of the poems. And that is always a sign that you loved it. At least for me, haha. I LOVE the drawings in this one and I love the poems in this one. There is really not much more to say. This book is also divided into chapters that are bleed, love, scar, learn and heal. Read more about it right here.

someone once told me
they were scared of
the truth in my eyes

so i learned to live
my life blind

From page 10.

Soluuna 



My taste buds and the foods I crave have changed drastically after deciding to ditch meat, dairy and eggs. It is said that it only takes a few weeks for your taste to change which is not along time. I would take (organic!) dried apricots or dates over regular candy or sweets any day. But I thought it would be fun to share some changes in my taste of food since going vegan. So here are some of the things I started LOVING after going vegan. Never thought I'd say yum to dates yet here I am, haha..


A couple of weeks I shared how you could use a branch on your wall and I absolutely loved it. You can click right here to see how I combined my dream catcher, my moon phases DIY and my necklaces into one wall decoration with a branch. 
Here is a branch just with jewellery, both necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings and it looks so cool! Hang it on to the wall with some nails and you are good to go. Look for a branch that has more branches sticking out, if that makes sense.. and with some small knots to place the rings onto. But here are some pictures of how the jewellery is placed on the branch: 

I do not own any makeup. And I have not for a couple of months now. But before that I didn't wear it. The mascara, the eye shadow, the lipstick was lying in my drawer hidden in the dark. To be honest I didn't care about them. I learned that without makeup I grew more confident in my own skin and my skin thanked me for not irritating it. But here are some other reasons why I stopped wearing makeup. And why it is no longer lying in the dark. These are the reasons I have experience when I stopped wearing makeup:

17-year-old Lochan and 16-year-old Maya have done what so many other teenagers have. Fallen in love. They have fallen in love with each other, only there one big problem, a huge problem in fact; they are brother and sister. 
Having to take care of their three younger siblings because of a father who left and an alcoholic mother they had to grow up fast. And they had to stick together in their stressed lives. Taking care of school, their younger siblings and their own life. 
They know their relationship, what they feel, is wrong and are determined to stop. Yet they cannot stop feeling what they feel. Feeling what to them feels right. And one thing is for sure; there will be no happy ending. 

Oh my, this book.

I picked up this book because it was completely different from anything I have ever read. It is not really a topic you come across often in books. Anywhere really. I was curious to see how the story would progress, how they would fall in love and how it would end. Because how can such a love story end? Not happily, I would assume. 

It was such a weird feeling reading this because they did not have it easy and I wanted them to be okay, to be safe and not have to take on such a huge responsibility. But at the same time it felt so incredibly wrong. It was very strange being in their thoughts and feelings. It was so unrelatable. Yet so raw. These characters and their lives felt so real but with a love completely unreal. 

With that being said I would actually recommend it. It is a book you just have to keep reading until you hit the very last word. Very likable characters and I enjoyed the writing style. And with an ending that made me cry. And as said, unlike anything, at least, I have read before. 

But I have to say at some point, well more than once, it was hard to read. Very hard to read. If you want to know more about the book on Goodreads just click right here

One word that describes this book: Strange

Soluuna 



First off I just want to say that the whole day does not have to be a bad day. You decide how you want the rest of the day to go and you have the ability to turn it around. You have to be willing to turn it around and know that it is possible. 
Here are some of the things I like to do when everything just goes to shit and I feel like I am having a bad day. These are the things I do if I feel darkness, anger or frustration. A day where nothing just seems to go right:

I have been drinking a smoothie every morning for the past many many months and I absolutely love it! So easy and quick to put together and drink. So what are so awesome about smoothies? Well, they are an awesome energy boost and the perfect way to start the day with fruits and veggies. 
As you can probably tell from these recipes my go to base is always 1 banana and 5-6 dates. But these two ingredients will be filling and add a natural sweetness you your smoothie. If you  want your smoothie less sweet use less dates. But lets get into the recipes and if you want a bonus recipe check out my go to morning smoothie recipe right here. These recipes will make around 1 L... well, depending on how much water you decide to put in it. 



A few posts ago I made a moon garland and even more posts ago I made a necklace display (I, since then, changes the flowers to brown beads which you can see right here) but one evening I got the idea, more like the vision, to combine the two with a branch and the throw in my dream catcher as well. With the dream catcher in the middle it would also work as the full moon.

This book is about a girl named Starr who lives in a poor and not so safe neighborhood with her family meanwhile she attends a very fancy suburban prep school making it hard to balance the two worlds. Those two worlds starts to shatter when she witnssses her childhood friend, Khalil, who was unarmed, get shot by a police officer. She is the only one who knows what really happened but what should she do when what she says and doesn't say could endanger her life? Did he get what he deserved as one of Starr's friends as school says? 

This is such an easy DIY to make which looks super cool but only needs a few materials. You can really get creative with this using many different colors and textures of yarn or ribbon. It would even look super cool to throw in some beads here and there. 
If you need a statement piece on your wall that is easy to make and really inexpensive then this is definitely the way to go. You can make it any size you want and it would look so cool to make it super duper big! So it almost hit the floor and is wide in length so it covers a big wall. 
This is also very easy to customize to any type of room design, if you are more into boho, romantic or want a more classic look. It all depends on the yarn. And as I always say, the thrift store is a good place to start looking for yarn that is super cheap. Now I'll stop with all the talking and start getting into how you can make this cool wall piece:


On the topic of changes I just wanted to mention the new name, Soluuna, which some of you will probably notice and some of the changes that will happen on this little corner of the internet. I will still be posting DIY's, recipes, lifestyle posts including minimalism, zero waste and veganism + thrifted treasures but I will also add books and spiritual posts into the mix. Hope to see you around but let's get into today's post:

If you want to find some old frames then check out thrift stores because that is where I have find all of mine. I am not sure if you can actually get these kind of frames new. But they are everywhere in thrift stores, at least here in Denmark. This is a DIY that is very easy to do but looks super cool and is amazing if you just have a few earrings.

For a book to be a life changer you have to be open to change your life. You have to want to change your life and leave old habits and old ways of living behind. If you still hold on to the old then how will you ever step into the new? You don't need to know HOW to change your life you simply need to WANT to and the rest will come. I have focused a lot on changing my life the past months and here are some of the books that left a big impact and maybe they could do the same to you?