The last Friday theme from Musikanta is quite simply “inspiration“, which is quite fitting since I feel that I have been lacking in the inspiration department lately… All kinds of inspiration has been missing from my life; blogging, studying, exercising, emailing, cleaning, ironing, cooking😦 I guess most of us go through these periods of lack of inspiration, or maybe I should call it motivation?
I am struggling to find the inspiration / motivation again, but knowing that I am going home to visit my family and friends in Sweden (+ France and Spain) in one month’s time is inspiring! I will be in Europe for one month and I can’t wait to spend the summer with everybody again. Not that I didn’t enjoy our 2-month stay in Europe in January – March but going home in the summer is so different!
Nevertheless, planning travels actually always inspire me… Maybe that’s why I have been unmotivated lately – there hasn’t been any trip to plan since we came back to Puerto Rico at the end of March!?
What more inspires me? Well, I very interested in interior design and I am impatient for O and I to get our own home – hopefully very soon in the future! At the moment we live in a furnished apartment, and we don’t actually own a lot of furniture anymore since we sold most of it when we left Europe.
We are more and more thinking that it will be Brussels we return to, probably in mid-December. And we are actually considering buying a home there. However, the location of our re-relocation is not really up to us to choose, but rather where O and his company can find him a job position… Fingers crossed that we will know soon where our future is going to take place!
So, I am day-dreaming about a future home in a Brussels apartment or house with high ceilings, stucco, fire places (usually not working), double doors and narrow staircases… A terrace or a garden is a must, and preferably parking as well. It might sound like an impossible wish list in they eyes of people who live in other European capitals but really, in Brussels the only requirement that is almost impossible to attain is parking!
A terrace in Brussels is usually just the roof of an extension (with or without protective railings), like this terrace, as well as on top of the multi-coloured part of the neighbouring building where some flower pots are visible.
While I try to imagine how our place will look like, I read interior design books and magazines, check out design web-sites such as Apartment Therapy and look at my photos of my friends’ apartments in Brussels. My Irish friend MT used to keep a very inspiring blog about interior design – you can still check it out, but it is unfortunately not being updated anymore.
My participation in the Friday theme / Show & tell has been a little sporadic lately, mostly due to the lack of inspiration but also because it seems like the initial idea which was Show & tell has been somewhat lost on the way since December 2007 when it started. AuroraBuddha in Texas, a Swedish expat, took the intiative of Show & tell which was not even called Friday theme, the weekday just happened to be Friday. A definition of Show & tell can be found on Wikipedia where it is explained that it is quite a common phenomenon in American schools where children are usually asked to bring something from home to talk about.
To find inspiration for the Show & tell I enjoy trying to find photos, either old ones or newly taken pictures, to illustrate the Friday theme. I don’t want to sound conservative and reactionary (bakåtsträvare) but I hope that we will be able to return to the show-part of the Friday theme! Annika in Virginia and Desiree in Alabama have written up (in Swedish) some good “rules” about the participation in the Show & tell today. The most important thing is to interact with the other bloggers; check the other blogs and comment, and answer the comments that you get on your blog. I know that I haven’t always checked all the other participants’ blogs but as I know that it is a reciprocal thing I hope to be more diligent in the future!
Annika and Desiree have chosen the themes for June, and I hope that many of you will feel inspired by them:
5th June: Blue & yellow
12th June: half-year check-up (show one photo per month from your photo folders January-June (6 photos in total) and tell something about the background)
19th June: Summerday / Summer evening
26th June: The light of the city
The other Friday / Show & tell bloggers can be found below:
Anki, Anna, Annika, Christel, Curieux, Desiree, Emma, Erica, IamAnnika, IngaBritt, Jemaya, Lena W, Leopardia, Mais-oui, Marie, Mia D, Millan, Minerva, Moster Mjölgumpa, Musikanta, Nilla, Norrsken & Stjärnfall, Petra H, Saltis, Sara, Simone, Sparkling, Strandmamman, Taina, Under Ytan, Victoria V and Västmanländskan.