Stuck with Christmas gift ideas?-NOM has some tips for you

NOM sat in his cardboard box looking out the window. The snow flakes drizzled down from the grey sky and each time one landed on NOM’s window sill he counted. “63….64…65…no 67!” NOM sighed and got up. Didn’t he have any hobbies? He made himself another cup of hot chocolate and sprinkled some sesame seeds on top. For NOM¬†these helped¬†to ‘enrich’¬†the flavour of the chocolate.

NOM sat down again flipping through the pages of a magazine. Then he saw it. NOM looked at the question in horror: What are you giving your loved ones for Christmas? NOM hadn’t even thought about getting Christmas presents. And it was only a few weeks until Christmas! He read the next few lines of the article. It had some gift ideas but none of them appealed to NOM. Sighing once more he put the magazine away and sipped his hot chocolate. There were so many people he had to give presents to. Ok, not that many but they were all special people which meant they should all receive special gifts.

present...(pic from pinterest)

present…
(pic from pinterest)

 

 

“What should I give them?” NOM thought to himself. He was always scared that if he just randomly bought something from a shop it would look like he hadn’t put any effort into buying Christmas presents. And Christmas was a time of showing people how much you love them and being grateful for all the things you have.¬†And of course¬†it was about making other people happy. The thing was, he didn’t have much money left which made things more difficult.

Suddenly he had an idea. “I could make my own Christmas gifts!” With that in mind NOM got out one of the boxes under his desk and started looking through it. This was his ‘creativity box’. It included coloured paper, ribbons, pictures, cutouts from magazines, old boxes, pictures and even a photo frame. He needed to make 10 cards and 4 different presents.

NOM decided to start with the cards. He got out different coloured pieces of cardboard and folded them. He then decorated each one using pictures and ribbons. Finally he wrote a greeting on the inside of the card. He slipped it in an envelope and wrote the names on it. Done!

Next NOM made his presents:

1. He needed one for Smart his turtle friend. Because Smart loved keeping things NOM decided to make him a box for treasures. He found a cute little box that had once held soap in it. NOM decorated the outside with shells, ribbons and pictures of things Smart liked. He coloured the inside of the box green (Smart’s favourite colour) and wrote treasure box on the front using a gold pen. He finished his present by putting a little gift in the box.

2. NOM also needed a present for Shelly from the vision board shop. He decided to make her a collage. He took a piece of coloured cardboard and stuck different photos and cutouts from magazines on it. He also wrote his favourite quote on it and Merry Christmas in cursive. He also found some pictures of himself and added them to the collage. Done!

picture collage<br /><br /><br />
(pic from tumblr)

3. The next present was for his friend Paul from¬†the supermarket. NOM knew that¬†Paul liked writing and he had an idea. He found a blank notebook and decorated the outside of it (with pictures, cutouts and anything else he had). Then he wrote a little note inside it and it was done! Paul’s personal notebook.

decorate a notebook!

decorate a notebook!

4. The last present was for NOM’s friend Mia. He found¬†a photo frame in one of the boxes and replaced the old photo in it with one of him and Mia. He then decorated¬† the outside much the same way as he had done with the other presents.

NOM looked at his finished presents. There he had them! Now he just had to wrap everything up and he was ready for Christmas. NOM was glad he had made all the presents himself. They looked great and he was sure they would love them. And a home made present was always better than a bought one anyway. NOM was really looking forward to Christmas now!

What are your thougthts on Christmas presents? Do you buy them or make them yourself? Or is it a mix of both? Do you have any other suggestions?

Good Quote #5

NOM lay in bed lazily not wanting to get up. Life was really boring at the moment. Last week had passed without an e-mail from the qoodquote team! He couldn’t believe it! Why didn’t they write? Now it was already well into the next week and NOM still hadn’t heard from them. Sighing he checked his computer one last time. And just like magic a new¬†e-mail appeared in his inbox: A quote from us!

NOM opened it quickly.

Dear NOM

We want to apologise for not sending you a quote last week. As you might already know we are participating in the NaNOWriMO this year and we have to write 50,000 words this month. For those of you who don’t know what the NaNOWriMO is (National Novel Writing Month) here is a link to their website: http://www.nanowrimo.org/¬†

It has been extremly busy and we are hoping to get all the 50,000 words written by the end of November.

Now we won’t let you sitting on¬†your seat for longer; here’s our quote for this week! Enjoy and…

…let yourself be inspired. You will hear from us again soon.

the goodquote team

That is so true, NOM thought. When something goes wrong or just doesn’t go the way you want it to, it can only get better. NOM smiled. This was an awesome quote to live by.

 

The Importance Of Smiling :)

It was a rainy day once again. NOM felt happy because of his quotes. They had kept him happy all week long when it had been pouring with rain. Especially one of them:”Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”

That’s exactly what NOM had done. Literally. Everyday he had gone outside, stepped into the pouring rain, danced, laughed and felt happy. Afterwards he had taken a long hot bath in his cardbaord box and made sesame seed tea.

Because of that NOM was in high spirits. Today he decided to go to town for a change. He needed to go to the supermarket to buy some sesame seeds and other groceries. NOM got out his green shopping bag and put on a rain coat. Then he skipped off to town in the pouring rain. The colours of the clouds were a grey-ish black and the grass and leaves were dripping wet. Add the mud and a downward hill and the fun could begin (for NOM)! Because it was way to slippery to walk, NOM simply slid down the hill sitting on his rain coat. He laughed and waved at the birds that flew past him taken aback by the sudden movement.

mud!! (pic from google images)

By the time NOM arrived in town he was completely covered in mud. His yellow raincoat¬†was no longer¬†yellow, it looked like a big muddy leaf. NOM’s fur was all tangled and knotty and looked awfully brown. But NOM didn’t care. In fact he still laughed when he stepped into the town square. “That was fun!”, he¬†said and¬†walked into the supermarket his feet leaving trails of mud behind. Inside people glared at NOM. Everyone looked¬†cranky and moody. ‘Why is everyone so grumpy?‘ NOM thought. ‘Is it just because of the weather or what?’ He wished he could help them but didn’t bother about it anymore. He had to go shopping!

NOM stood in front the sesame seed section of the supermarket and started picking out different flavours. Plain, caramel,¬†chocolate, vegetable flavour…

“WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU ARE DOING HERE???” a voice suddenly¬†screamed behind NOM.

NOM flinched. He turned around slowly to find one of the shop assistants staring at him in disgust.

“YOU ARE MAKING THE BIGGEST MESS IN HERE! This mud is DISGUSTING.¬†Who told you you could go¬†SNEAKING around the supermarket thinking¬†NOTHING of this MESS you made here??!!” the shop assistant yelled so loud, there was spit flying out of his mouth. ‘Jeeesh he’s in a mood!’ NOM thought. “t’s just a little bit of mud…”

“NO, it’s not just a LITTLE bit of mud!!” the man kept yelling.

‘Oops..did I just say that out loud?’ NOM thought. ‘Okaay I have to come up with a solution to calm this man down otherwise I’m not going to get my sesame seeds…’

“I’m really sorry I ma….”, NOM started.

“NO YOU ARE NOT¬†SORRY. I KNOW IT!”

Ok, so a simple apology doesn’t work…what else could I do?’ NOM really had no idea how to get out of this.

“If you don’t leave in ten seconds I’m going to report this to my boss and there will be some SERIOUS consequences.ONE….” the shop assistant threatened.

‘Oh ok…’ NOM thought… ‘Now he’s getting seriously angry.Keep thinking, keep thinking…’

“TWO….”

What can I do? Uhm Uhm Uhm…’

“THREE…FOUR….”

‘Why is it so hard for me to think of an excuse? I need my sesame seeds…‘ NOM was desperate now.

“Uhh well I could uh¬†clean the floor?” NOM said unsure.

“FIVE…SIX….” the assistant kept counting.

‘OK that obviously didn’t work…’ Then he remembered¬†one of the¬†post-it notes that were stuck to his mirror back in the cardboard box: SMILE! It always works!¬†‘Yes that’s it!’

NOM started smiling at the shop assistant and said: “You know I¬†will¬†clean the whole mess, I really don’t mind and then I can give you a hand and work in your shop for today, cheer everyone up a bit…and later I’ll invite you for a little coffee at the cafe up the road, the one with the pretty lamps. You know I really am sorry I left mud all over the floor. It’ll all be clean in less than one hour. I¬†just want to take one¬†thing: sesame seeds. Thank you.”¬†Throughout¬†the¬†whole speech NOM smiled brightly at the assistant.

The man stared at NOM speechless. Then he managed to stutter a few words: “Uh well if you…you¬†do that…that would…be..uh..yeah”

NOM just kept smiling. The shop assistant didn’t know what else to say so he just stuttered something and turned around to go to some sort of room that had a sign saying ‘Staff only’ on it.¬†NOM thought he could see the¬†trace of a smile playing over¬†the man’s¬†mouth as he disappeared into the staff room.

‘Did it work?’ NOM wondered. He chose all the sesame seeds he wanted and a moment later the shop assistant returned carrying¬†two mops¬†and a bucket full of water. He handed one to NOM and kept the other one for himself. Then he started sweeping the floor whistling.

Wow what happened to him?’ NOM couldn’t stop gaping. Just minutes before the man had yelled at NOM like he was some sort of thief…and now he was whistling and sweeping the floor.That smile trick¬†had actually¬†worked! NOM started sweeping the floor too¬†and an hour later, everything was spotless. NOM found out that the man’s name was Paul and he worked here everyday except for Mondays.While they had been sweeping the floor people had passed them,¬† looking¬†grumpy at first but when NOM smiled at them they cheered up and smiled too.

Two hours later NOM sat in the cafe with Paul and some of his colleagues who had been just as cranky and were now happily chatting and sipping their coffee. The afternoon had turned out to be really fun. Everyone had been in a mood, but when NOM smiled at them they cheered up. Smiling was the key to making people happy. Especially on rainy days. Then, later in the afternoon, the sun came out and a rainbow appeared on the sky.


Good Quote #2

It had been a very uneventful week for NOM. All he’d pretty much done was to¬†read magazines and books about cooking and occasionally he’d taken a trip to the top of the¬†hill to catch some sunlight.

It was early morning and NOM had just woken up. He got up off his bed and went over to the laptop hoping there would be another quote in the mail.

And there was! When NOM opened the mail program there were 2 new messages. One from his turtle friend Smart and one from the goodquote team! (https://kathialf.wordpress.com/2012/10/13/quotes-and-how-they-inspire-you/)

He opened the quote e-mail first:

Hi NOM

This is the second quote and we hope you enjoy it! Let yourself be inspired!

The goodquote team

That is true! NOM thought. “And that’s what I will do for the whole of next week…I will subtract all the negative from my life and make room for many¬†positive thoughts and feelings!” NOM printed out the quote as usual and stuck it to the wall.¬†He then opened the other e-mail. It was from his turtle friend Smart.

Heyyaaa NOM!

What’s up? I found this really cool photo and I immeadiately thought of you. I couldn’t stop laughing when I saw it (you have to read the speech bubble, then it’s more funny). ¬†And¬†I know how much you love quotes and all.¬†¬†The quote is very true for me too by the way. It happens to me a lot.. (the ‘turtle lying on its back’ part :P)

See ya (and enjoy)

from Smart ūüôā

NOM laughed at that. Smart was right. This was funny…He laughed for 5¬† long minutes¬†and that totally made his day.

Optimism; it’s the best way to see life.

PS: In case¬†you can’t read it, the turtle says: “Omg I’m flying!”

Good Quote #1

It was late and NOM was really tired. Before he went to bed, he went to check his e-mails. 3 new mail messages!

NOM opened the first one but soon deleted it after reading the logo. It was one of those advertisements. The second e-mail was no different. The third one  was more interesting. NOM opened it and read the heading: A quote for you!

“This must be from reading day when I signed into the quote e-mail list!”, NOM said.¬† (read the post here: https://kathialf.wordpress.com/2012/10/13/quotes-and-how-they-inspire-you/) He waited for the whole message to load ¬†then opened it:

Hi NOM!
We are sending you your first quote here! We hope it inspires you.

the goodquote team ūüėČ

NOM smiled. “Great quote!”, he thought. He printed out the picture with the quote on it and stuck it¬†on the wall next to his vision board. Then he went to bed and dreamed about quotes and a happy life full of rainbows. ūüôā

 

Quotes and how they inspire you

NOM was excited. Today was reading day in town. This was one of the best days in the year for NOM (after Christmas and birthdays of course). Reading day was a day where authors and other inspiring people came to the town’s library¬†to read out great stories or present their new books. The attendees sometimes got free books and other goodies¬†which NOM thought was pretty cool. He loved reading¬†and read every book he could lay his hands on.

After breakfast ( sweet sesame seed muesli of course) NOM got his book bag and headed to town. It was a short walk and he always enjoyed it. He arrived in town and started looking for the library. Finding the library in this town was hard as it changed spots every year. No one knew why, including NOM, but he didn’t mind.

Finally he found it. The library was hidden behind some trees next to the new supermarket “Aldi”. He made his way toward entrance and was soon swallowed by a crowd of people. Once inside NOM looked at the different stalls¬†in which authors presented their books or talked about other¬†cool things. NOM watched a presentation about a cooking book that¬†even included some sesame seed recipes. He got a¬†free sample of the book and an autograph from¬†the author. Then he¬†walked along the stalls looking for other interesting books and authors. There was one about poems, one about¬†a new fiction book,¬†some about fashion,¬†and another one about quotes… quotes! NOM¬†stepped closer to the stall and sat down to watch the author speak. He was tall and¬†had¬†a black moustache. His speech was really inspiring:

“Hello everyone! Thank you for taking the time to¬†come here and learn about¬†something quite interesting. Quotes! I’m sure you all know what quotes are and some of you might even have a favourite quote that really inspires you. For those who don’t know,¬†a quote¬†is a phrase or a sentence¬†that¬†is really inspiring¬†and¬†contains some sort of message. You see,¬†quotes can be a great tool to get you motivated.¬†There are many great quotes out there, some are informative, some are inspiring.¬†What I encourage you to do is to find one quote that speaks to you. One that inspires you, motivates you or just makes you happy.¬†Once you’ve found that quote; and by the way we have some great ones¬†here¬†for you to have a look at or you can buy our quote book if you don’t have a favourite one…anyways once you¬†have that quote, I want you to¬†stick it on your mirror or vision board (https://kathialf.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/noms-vision-board/ ) and¬†read it everyday. And I don’t mean¬†for you to read it in your head, I want you to read it out loud and really think about it. Let it sink in and feel how it makes you happy or motivates you. If you do this for a few weeks I guarantee that you will find more peace and happiness in your life.”

“I need to find one of those quotes.”, NOM thought and smiled. He looked around the tent and noticed that there were many post-it notes¬†with quotes on them stuck¬†to the walls.

“I hope you enjoyed my speech and I thank you for listening. If you want,¬†you can now take a look around the tent and find your quote. Or I¬†can add you to my e-mail list and you will receive one picture quote every week. Have a great ¬†day and enjoy reading quotes. Let¬†yourself be inspired!”

NOM and the audience clapped. Then NOM got up and made his way towards one of the tables. He put his name into the e-mail list. Now he would receive one new quote every week by mail!

“I just need to find my favourite quote now.”, NOM said. He looked at the walls and read through each post-it note. Every single quote was good but there were none that really spoke to him. He shrugged. “Well then I’m just going to have to wait for the first quote e-mail.” NOM was about to turn¬†to go when he saw a post-it note stuck to the bottom corner of the wall. It was¬†blue like all the others but looked a bit crinkled. The quote on it was perfect:

NOM was stunned. He immediately knew what it meant. “This is my quote!”, he said.

NOM went over to one of the assistants and asked him if he could have that quote. The assistant handed NOM the post-it note with a smile and said: “You picked a very good one! It’s special!” NOM thanked the assistant and felt proud.

He stayed until the very end of reading day, and enjoyed all the great talks while searching through books and poems. Tired but happy NOM finally made his way home. Back in his cardboard box he put the quote on his mirror.

Every morning and night when he walked past the mirror NOM would look at the quote and think about it. “I have to create my life. Which means that I will try to be a better or different person everyday and stretch my comfort zone. I will create myself the way I want to; perfectly awesome! And I won’t think that I can just someday find¬†the perfect me.¬†Life is¬† about growth. Yep that’s what the quote means.”¬† And NOM did all of that. This one quote changed his life.

Now find your own quote and do what NOM did. Or do you already have a favourite quote? What is it? Comment below!