Happy Favourites of the Week – Entertainment

Arrival – I’ve wanted to see this movie since last November! I love sci-fi movies, actually, almost anything to do with space is up my alley. I finally saw Arrival last weekend and it didn’t disappoint! It is quite funny. I had high hopes for the movie and it was almost better than I could have hoped, although, very different. I was expecting it to be a sci-fi thriller, but instead, it was an intelligent take on language and communication, which was really fascinating and had me thinking about the topic for days since!

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Orphan Black – I am sure I have written about this series before and how excited I am about it. I’ve been waiting for the 5th season to start for the whole spring and finally, my wait is rewarded with an exciting final season of the show!

OneSqin Achieved Their Kickstarter – Hurray! It is always amazing to hear about a company that has an exciting mission and a product to succeed.

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Orange is the New Black – Another show that I have been waiting for ages, and I am sure many of you have as well.

Peonies – I wanted to get peonies to brighten my home last summer, but couldn’t find them anywhere. A week ago I finally managed to acquire a bouquet of them and am now in awe staring at them and smelling them.

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Ladies Who Lunch Podcast – This podcast is by YouTubers Ingrid Nilsen and Catrific. They discuss important matters such as mental health, sexuality, relationships and there is still much more coming. They discuss things from their perspectives; their own experiences, how they see these things and sometimes they bring in other people with whom they can discuss the topics as well. What I found great about this podcast is how open they are for different opinions and that I can get a new perspective to different matters. I love listening to podcasts while I am working on something manual (such as sewing or manipulating pictures), as it does not disturb me from what I am doing and I still get a lot out of it.

I Am Malala – I wrote about being inspired by this book just last Wednesday and I recommend it to everybody. It is not the most positive book, but it tells you so much about a culture which is so foreign to us and helps understand the world a little bit more.

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I am really wondering how I can get any work done with all the tv-shows, peonies and books, but somehow I have managed to slot everything in. I hope you had a great week! Let me know in the comments box down below what were you up to this week and what were your happy favourites, I would love to hear them!

With love,

Lii

Inspiration of the Month – Fight and Thirst for Education

This is not the first time that I am writing about education or have an educational topic as something that inspires my month, and will probably not be the last. This blog is not about education, rather about sustainability, but I think all of it is connected and that is what I am writing about now.

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I lately got inspired by a book that I read a couple weeks ago called “I Am Malala”. I am sure all of you know who Malala is, and if you don’t, it is a high time for you to google it. In short, this book is Malala’s autobiography about her thirst for education and the fight she and her father fought for the education, especially for girls in her country, Pakistan. Alongside the fight I learned about the culture of Pakistan, about how terrorism and ignorance have affected the country and the lives of the common people there, how easily people who do not know any better it is to rile up with propaganda, about corruption and politics and what the people who are driven out of their country really want. Yes, this book talked about all of this, and it is why I will be mentioning it in my happy favourites this week, but what inspired me most was the thirst and fight for education whilst under a threat of death!

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I know from my own experience, and I am sure many of you can identify with the lack of interest in education that we have in the western countries. As a preschool girl, I was eager to go to school, it was a milestone in my life, but it didn’t take long when the lack of motivation hit and my mother had to use different tactics to keep me motivated. I knew that school was something I should be excelling in for my future, but I didn’t know why. I was often questioning why something was important for us to learn and at no point was I thankful that I was able to go to school. I didn’t know that women had to fight heard for girls to be educated and I didn’t know that so many other children were not able to go to school for many different reasons.

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The lack of motivation for education saddens me, especially when learning how Malala with her friends went to school knowing that if they were caught by the wrong people they might be killed. Imagine if pupils in the western culture would have the same motivation for education! I was most impressed with Malala’s father, who against their cultural norm behaved towards his daughter in an equal manner as to his sons. He recognised the importance of education for his daughter and all the girls in Pakistan and often did talks to promote girls education. He got death threats and he didn’t stop, because he saw how ignorance was feeding fear and inequality in his country and he knew that by educating all the children they would have the knowledge to make it better.

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Education is power, and I don’t only mean education as school, but any education whether it is school, learning from elders, self-learning from the Internet and books, documentaries, on the job. We are fortunate in this modern world for all the opportunities that we have for learning and I hope we don’t take it for granted. There were many people who fought for the right of our education and there are still many who fight for their right to education! When it comes to sustainability, I believe education is important and although schools and Universities are slowly adapting to this change with an offer of sustainability courses, it is not enough. The more people know about sustainability the more they can do and work towards it. At the moment most of us are confused about what is contributing to sustainability and what is contributing towards climate warming. We are told using plastic is bad, wearing fur is horrible and to use less water, but how many know why.

 

What inspires you this month?

With love,

Lii

Inspiration of the week – inspiring women

Actually, my title is not really true. It is not an inspiration of the week, but rather one of the biggest inspirations in my life. Women. Or rather, strong women who stand for what they believe in, are brave and unapologetic. I could name here almost an endless number of women but I’ll start with few who have inspired me majorly or recently.

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  • Emma Watson and her HeforShe speech and the campaign as well as her aim to wear ethical and sustainable fashion when attending gala’s or events. Her quote: “If not me, then who? If not now, then when?” is like my mantra when even I am doubting myself. She is like my mantra when even I am doubting myself. She has inspired me to be more active with my drive for the awareness of sustainability.
  • Malala Yousafzai for having the courage to stand up for other people and in front of a danger and for continually fighting for what she believes in! Education and educating girls are truly some of the important causes of this time.
  • Diane Fossey for never giving up on something she loved no matter how tough things got. For fighting money and greed!
  • Rosa Parks for making change happen and standing for what she believes in!
  • My mum who moved to a big city with no money and then to another country without knowing the language, at a time when people rarely moved out of their towns never mind countries. Every day I think if she could do this so can I.
  • My sister, who, although, had a lot of trouble during her studies stuck with it because it was something she really wants to do and is passionate about. Hard work will pay off!
  • J.K. Rowling for writing such an amazing book series, which made my childhood so much more imaginative and inspire me to keep writing.
  • Vivienne Westwood for making ongoing campaigns for the environmental issues, so that more of us were aware of them and making the change together.
  • Sophia Amoruso for writing a super inspiring book that every woman should read and feel empowered!
  • For all the women who stuck up for what they believed in and didn’t let negativity or cultural pressure suppress their goals.

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If it wasn’t for inspiring women I never would have moved to study and live in another country. Worn lipstick and be confident wearing it. I would not have started this blog. I would not have the courage to speak publicly. I would not have been brave enough to be myself, to do what I want and love, and to care openly for causes and issues that I care about.

So an ode to women!

 

Who else finds strong women inspiring?

Pics are from Marie Claire and Fashion pearls of wisdom.

With love,

Lii