Last night was my first night alone in my apartment in over one month. It was a mixed feeling of loneliness, sadness, content and relief.
I got home from the office by 9pm after a crazy busy day and decided to cook…because, well…why not. Honestly, the biggest reason was that I love browsing recipes on Pinterest when I’m hungry in the day. Then I end up ordering groceries online, which then arrive by the time I leave work. By then I’ve usually changed my mind, but feel too bad to waste the food. So, I cooked.
Made up a salad based on the ingredients I had in the fridge already. Plus I felt like having something fruity. Pineapple, cucumber, cilantro and lemon. Highly recommended if you like all those four ingredients (although I know most people I’ve met hate cilantro).
Then I mixed all the ingredients together for the patties. Yellow lentils, beets, egg, lemon, goat cheese, onion, salt and pepper. Still wondering why my paste turned out to be so red. I mean I get that its red because of the beets, but I followed the recipe and the recipe was definitely better looking in their photos. Click here to see for yourself.
I used my new meatball maker tool I got from Maja and Joakim to make even sized patties… Such a perfect gift, especially considering there’s nothing I hate more than getting dirty on my hands. I have this thing with textures…
The final result was very OK. I honestly wouldn’t recommend it to you guys–it wasn’t bad but it wasn’t delicious either. Hate when that happens. Picked out the pieces of baked goat cheese and enjoyed those, though.
After finishing up dinner I picked out old magazines and started my creative project of the night. I have this thing about always wanting to do something creative when I’m alone. Light candles, play nice music, and either write, read, build or visualise something.
The project of the night: Mood boarding for 2018. Something I’ve been looking forward to doing since I saw a Swedish blogger doing it a couple of weeks back.
I have a weakness for holding a good magazine in my hand and usually pick up at least 2 or 3 of the latest issues every time I travel. Sometimes more. Glad these could be reused to serve as a source of inspiration and material for my board.
I flipped through magazines, cut and glued quotes, images and letters for over two hours. Note to self: Not recommended to start mood boarding at 11.30pm if you’re like me and struggle to leave things unfinished. If you’re wondering what Bamse, ‘the world’s strongest bear’, is doing on my board, wait no more: His main characteristics are strong and kind–two traits I value and admire. He was also one of my biggest role models in life while growing up.
Although the mood board isn’t complete yet, I already really like the way its coming along. I’m a very visual person, and generally need to see things in front of me to remember it, understand it, process it, and so on. Screenshots on my phone and underlined sentences in books and magazines tend to get lost over time. This mood board I actually hope to save. Maybe I’ll even frame it, and put it somewhere for me to pull out when motivation falters.
I would strongly recommend making a mood board to help you visualise whatever you have in mind–for a new project, a new year, a new client, or even just yourself. I also secretly fantasise about my future kids finding these boards and looking back at the kind of things I envisioned and repeatedly told myself as a 27 year old…