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 #4

It had been a really busy week for NOM. Busy and productive. He had cleaned his whole cardboard box, planted about 40 flowers in the garden, made a vegetable patch next to the cardboard box, called his old friend, wrote a new sesame seed recipe and ordered a camera on e-bay. He really needed a new one. Now all NOM had to do was to write an e-mail to the oven company to ask for a new oven because his old one didn’t heat up anymore. And of course he had to check his mails. That’s what he did first and surprise, surprise: there was an e-mail from the goodquote team!

Hello NOM!
We hope you had a great week and achieved the things you wanted to achieve. This weeek’s inspiration for you is of course another quote.

Enjoy and let yourself be inspired.

the goodquote team

NOM smiled. Funny he just ordered a new camera. The quote was so true; life was indeed like a camera and  all the people were the photographers. When he got the new camera he would do just that.

Like always NOM printed out the quote and stuck it onto his ‘quote wall’. He printed out two copies because one was going to go on the camera itself once it arrived. NOM sat back and realxed for a minute. What an awesome life he had!

Any thoughts about this week’s quote?

 

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.


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!

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Wow! I’ve just been nominated the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by Laura Lamere http://lauralamere.com/2012/08/22/very-inspiring-blogger-award/. Thank you so much! Feel free to check out her blog! The Very Inspiring Blogger Award is an award given out by people who got one themselves and they give it out to 10 people again and so on…ok this sounds a bit confusing, but read on and you will get it 🙂 To accept the award you have to follow some steps. They are:

  • Link back to the person who nominated you (yep done)
  • Post the award image to your page (done!)
  • Tell seven facts about yourself (see below)
  • Nominate 10 other blogs (see below)
  • Let them know they are nominated

I’ll start with the 7 facts:

  • I have been to lots of places around the world for a holiday with my family including Canada (Vancouver and many other little towns), America (New York, Miami, Florida), Turkey, Thailand (Phuket), Germany (i was born there), Austria, Italy, Australia (I live there now 🙂 ) and some other places.
  • I love reading both German and English books. One of my favourites is ‘The Hunger Games trilogy’, ‘Divergent’ and many others.
  • I love doing Taekwondo. I’ve been doing it since I was little, and now I’ve got a black belt.
  • I live near the beach (which is awesome). I often go for runs there.
  • One of my favourite foods is Pad Thai (thai noodles with vegetables, prawns, soy beans and a nice sauce) which I had everyday when I visited Thailand! It’s the best.
  • I really like photgraphy. Whenever I go somewhere I take my camera or iphone and take lots of pictures (mostly landscape).
  • I started playing the Trumpet about half a year ago. I really like it, although I’m not that good at it yet:)

So these were 7 facts about me. Hope you enjoyed them 🙂 Now I’ll nominate 10 blogs for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award…

  1. Annies place:  http://anniecountrydream.wordpress.com/
  2. David:  http://5thingstodotoday.com/
  3. Rebecca:  http://rebeccaplotnick.wordpress.com/
  4. Lu:  http://theunwittingtraveller.wordpress.com/
  5. Marie:  http://mariewetmore.com/
  6. Lou Ann:  http://onthehomefrontandbeyond.wordpress.com/
  7. Neil Pasricha: http://1000awesomethings.com/
  8. Stacie: http://staciebrown.wordpress.com/
  9. Sherry: http://sherrymeneley.com/
  10. Goal setting workshop:  http://goalsettingwkshop.wordpress.com

These are all blogs that I found inspiring so feel free to check them out and follow! 🙂

Never take anything personally!

A few weeks ago when my Mum came home from a walk she told me this story: She was out for her daily walk and had been walking for a while when she came past this guy who was jogging in the opposite direction. Mum always greets people when they walk past her and sometimes they don’t reply or just say ‘hi’ in a grumpy tone; but she wasn’t prepared for this: when she walked past the jogger and said ‘hi’, he said “fu*** off” (you can imagine what i’m trying to say) and kept running. Mum was so surprised, she didn’t even realise what the guy had just said until after a couple of seconds when she turned around and thought: “Wait a second what did he just say?”

The jogger wasn’t being mean because mum had done something wrong, it wasn’t her fault. The guy had probably been in a bit of a funny mood and so you shouldn’t take something like that personally. And mum didn’t. In fact when she told us this story she laughed because no matter how nice you are sometimes to people, they can still act grumpy.

So if someone ever speaks rudely to you or of you, don’t take it personal! Just think to yourself: “They are probably in a bad mood or they are just jealous that I’m happy and in a good mood.” It’s not your fault they are like that.

What you shouldn’t do in a situation like that: freak out, cry and hide in a corner and never come out.

What you should do instead: Look at the person, shrug, smile and move on. (try that the next time someone is being mean to you) Because you know you are awesome, so why should anyone tell you otherwise?

The message: Never take anything personal and you’ll be happy 🙂

Has anyone ever said something insulting to you, but you didn’t care, you knew it wasn’t true? Comment below.

Watch the Olympians!

A couple of days ago my sister came home from swimming (she does it as a hobby outside of school and trains 3 times a week), and she said: “Today I felt like I improved and I got better because I watched the athletes swim at the Olympics!”

And I thought: “That’s cool. If everyone improved just by watching the Olympics there’d be even more stars around the world!” You can do it yourself. Do you play or love a sport that’s an Olympic sport? Then watch your favourite athletes on TV! Because the Olympics aren’t just there for watching them and cheering for your country; they are also about improvement and achievement, not only for those who pariticpate in the events, but also for those who watch them.

some olympic athletes and sports!
note: not all of the above images are mine. I got some of them from google images.

Next time you watch the Olympics you should watch the athletes and the sport they are doing more closely. Look at the things they do before a race or an event. Do they have any rituals, (things they always do before they start) to get them in the zone? When they start you can watch their technique, the way they do their stroke or the way they throw, move or punch. Just watch, and you’ll be surprised by how much you can learn from watching these athletes. If you want to get better at the sport you are doing watch people who have done it before. They are competing at the Olympics right? And if you want to get there to, or you just want to improve, watch those athletes! That way you will improve!

Do you have a favourite athlete you admire? A sport you love and want to improve in? Comment below! 🙂