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?

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.


Happy or sad? You choose.

One day; it was a Saturday morning, NOM sat in his little jewellery box (his so called home) and read the local newspaper. NOM never really read what was in it, he just liked to look at the photos. As he flipped through the pages he came across a wonderful picture. It was a picture of a sunset, that was taken from the top of a hill. NOM was so memerized by the photo because he had never seen such a beautiful sunset. When he read the article he found out that this photo was taken not very far from here, on a hill that overlooked a big valley. ‘Wow I want to see this place!’, said NOM. He was thrilled.

In the afternoon NOM packed everything for his trip to the hill including a little blue polaroid camera he had spent his entire money on. It was one of those cameras where the photo comes out right after you take it. Taking photos with a polaroid camera was one of NOM’s favourite hobbies. He also packed some food (sesame seeds and chocolate), a little hat and a map (so he knew where he was going).

At around 4pm NOM headed off. It was a wonderful afternoon. The sun was still up in the sky, but already quite low, the birds chirped their goodnight songs in the trees and the mild breeze ruffled up some leaves in a bush. NOM was really excited to see this sunset. ‘It is going to be NOMazing’ he thought and made his way towards the big hill.

NOM had just started walking up the big green hill when he felt something wet hit his fur. A raindrop. Then there was another one, and another one that hit him right in the eye. NOM shrieked and quickly put his hat on. Soon the sky was covered in black clouds and suddenly rain started pouring down onto the big green hill, the grass and the trees… and onto NOM.

NOM started climbing up the hill as fast as he could because he needed to see that sunset! In the distance he could still see patches of the sun peeking through the clouds. NOM held onto his polaroid camera tightly, trying to cover it from the rain that kept pouring down onto them non-stop. He had nearly reached the top now, he only had a few metres to go.

When NOM finally reached the top and climbed towards the bench that marked the top of the hill, it was dark. The rain clouds had taken over the whole sky and the sun was no-where to be seen. NOM’s head sank. He sat down on the bench and felt miserable. “Now I don’t get to see the sunset. My day is completely ruined.”, he said.

NOM sat on the bench for ages, not moving and just feeling sad. “I hate rain”, he said. “It ruins everything.”

“No it doesn’t”, a voice suddenly said from behind him. NOM shrieked and turned around a little so he could see the stranger’s face. It was a human with bright blue eyes and a big nose. He looked NOM straight in the eyes and said: “You decide how you feel about the rain. You decide if you feel happy or sad, right now or in any situation. Look at this wonderful sky, it’s grey but beautiful. And look, you can see everything from up here. The mountains, the trees, the village, everything. I think it’s amazing, because I decided to do so. I decided to feel happy about the rain right now…because what’s the point of feeling sad and miserable?” The human paused and then sat down on the bench next to NOM.

“Really?”, NOM said after a while. “So if I want to feel happy about this rain I can just decide to be happy and then I’m happy?”

“Yes of course”, said the human. “If you focus on all the good things like the colour of the sky or the great view, and you decide to feel happy about it, then you can.”

“All right”, NOM said after some thinking. He looked at the sky and the valley and suddenly he realised that this was beautiful.The shades and different colours of the sky, the valley and everything else around him.

“Wow. Now I see it! This is NOMazing. Maybe even more amazing than the sunet.”

“Yes, because you decided to. You decided to make this amazing.”

NOM smiled, got out his camera and took a photo of the valley and the sky. It turned out to be one of the best photos he had ever taken!

Life isn’t about waiting for the stom to pass; it’s about

learning how to dance in the rain.

Next time, before you say: “I feel unhappy”, you can think again and decide to feel happy! 🙂 The same goes with everything else in life. You can decide how you feel about a situation, don’t blame it on other people (or the rain).

This was NOM’s first adventure! Any feedback?

Introducing…NOM!

Hi everyone! This is a very special post because today you are going to get to know someone new.

Someone who is going to join this blog and…well let’s just say…

….be a very special person/creature in it!

He’s going to go through life, encounter challenges and solve them. For you:) Through his adventures you will learn about life, happiness, goals and more!

This ‘ he’ has a very special name. And he looks quite cute.

So who is it?, you are probably wondering. “Who is going to be here and solve things and learn about life?’

I’ll show you. Here he is. A big drumroll please for….

…..NOM!!

This is NOM. 🙂

Yep this is NOM. A little furry creature with big eyes and a cute smile.

Now you are probably wondering… NOM? Why NOM? The answer to that is that NOM is just like you and me. He is still learning about life, he’s still on a journey trying to discover new things and learning them so he can use them in his life and in the future.

And how did you find NOM? Well… My friend and I were sitting in class one day, drawing in our books when NOM came along. He literally jumped out of the page! We helped him come to life a little bit more and made him look prettier so that he’s now ready for his big adventures. That’s how he became part of this blog.

So stay tuned because you are going to see a lot more about NOM and his adventures soon! His first story will be out shortly 🙂

Your thoughts determine your Results

Today I’m going to show you a tool that I learnt about at the program I attended last year called “EmpowerU”.

If you understand this tool then your life will be awesome!! 🙂 Here it is: The thoughts=>feelings=>actions=>results model.

your thoughts determine your results!

This whole picture basically means that your thoughts determine your results. If you think a positive thought then you will feel good. When you feel good you act good (or positive) and when you act good your results will be good/positive!

Here’s an example: If you say (or think): ‘I’m stupid’, then you will feel stupid. When you feel stupid you will act stupid (like not knowing the answer to a maths question or just not thinking about what you are doing). And so accordingly your results will be bad!

Now if you turn this example around and say/think: ‘I’m smart!”…guess what? You feel smart! This in turn will make you act smart,(you are thinking about your actions or you are thinking about finding the right solution for a Maths problem), and your results will of course be good!!

What you are thinking determines your results! So always think before you think 🙂 Ok that’s probably a bit hard to do so let’s just say: Think good thoughts! Say them out loud to yourself like: ‘I can do this!’, ‘I’m smart!’, ‘I’m awesome’, ‘I’m fast’.

Not: “I’m stupid’, ‘I’m slow’, ‘I’m ugly’, ‘I’m annoying’. If you say that you will be stupid, ugly, slow,..

I hope you can use this in your life and it will help you to be happy!!

What do you think of this? Are you going to try and use this tool? Comment below!

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.

The 100 list!

The 1oo list is probably one of the most important lists you are ever going to make in your life! Because this is a list of the 100 things you want to have achieved in your life!

I think when you are older and you look back on all the things you’ve done in life, you should be proud. And this is where the 100 list comes in handy. Because when you are older you can look at your list and you know that you’ve done all of those things you’ve put on that list and more!

So what should the things on your 100 list do?

The 100 list should stretch your comfort zone because in doing the things you’ve never done before you’ll become more confident and your comfort zone will grow with every new thing you achieve.  So the things you write in your 100 list should be challenging but also fun to do. Some of those things can be bigger goals that recquire a plan and also time to complete (e.g. writing a book). Other things on the list will be smaller and they can be done in a couple of hours or minutes like going bungee jumping!

Once you’ve finished one of the things on your list you should put a tick next to it and celebrate you achievement! Maybe you could write a diary and record your expereinces so you will never forget them or you could tell your friends and family all about that achievement!

The things on your 100 list don’t have to be completed in 5 years, it can take you many many years to finish that list. Probably your whole life. And when you are a hundred years old and tired, you can look at your list and be proud of what you’ve achieved!

To give you more of an idea of how your 100 list could look like I’ve got an example (not a whole list of course!)

1. Travel to New York.

2. Climb to the top of a mountain that is more than 2000 metres high.

3. Learn how to speak French

4. Take swimming lessons.

5. Meet someone famous

6. Learn 10 songs off by heart on the piano.

7. Swim with dolphins

8. Invent something

9. Write a book

10. Get married

11. Buy a pink car.

12. Go sky diving

So these are some examples that could be on your 100 list. It can be anything that’s challenging in some way. Of course it shouldn’tbe something like writing an email or eating a piece of toast.

I hope this has helped you and  inspired you to create your own 100 list. Do it now, because if you do it in a couple of years then you’ve already ‘wasted’ valuable time in which you could have done many of the things on your list. And don’t stress if you can’t finish writing the whole list in one day. Write down ten things and leave it there, then when you have another idea a few days later, write that down and so on.

What would you put on your list?

Once that list is done you can put it all into action and start achieving many great things!