Aftur’s Christmas Calendar: 12th of December

ALAIN DE BOTTON 

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“One of the best protections against disappointment is to have a lot going on.”

He is the founder of the highly appreciated YouTube channel; “THE SCHOOL OF LIFE”. He is also a successfully published philosopher, author, and screenplay writer. Whenever I feel like updating myself on Aristoteles’s virtues, or Plato’s Cave-allegory, I turn to one of his videos on YouTube. He knows so much about each one of hem, and he’s definitely the one to turn to if you’re searching for some content for “philosophy for beginners”. My very first introduction to this man, was when I watched his video on “why you will marry the wrong person”. The title was profoundly shocking and unconventional in every aspect. But his thoughts on this are so valid, and you’ll see things from an entirely different and new perspective – something that’s crucial for human development.

Love,

Aftur S. Nerdrum 

The 7 best Holiday gifts for fathers

  1. 12 Rules For Life by Jordan Peterson 

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Why: Fathers love self-help books; Especially ones which focus on self-improvement and the lives surrounding men in the 21st Century. Plenty of men are becoming huge fans of this author today, and for good reasons. Therefore, he would love this gift (if he doesn’t already have it!) 

Get it HERE

 

2. Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

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Why: If your dad is one of those coffee-lovers, why not give him the opportunity of making real coffee out of whole beans? It will put a warm, delicious spark on his mornings, and he’ll definitely feel like he’s drinking espresso in one of Italy’s fines cafés! 

Get it HERE

 

3.Crosley Radio – Nomad Turntable

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Why: What can be better than making your dad go way back to the 70s and 80s when CDs were bigger, sounds more authentic and the aesthetics of a music-player, much much cooler? I’m pleased to present you this practical, analog music-player from Nordstrøm. 

Get it HERE

 

4. The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli 

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Why: This book is a 16th-century political treatise written by an Italian diplomat and political theorist. In short, it’s an all-encompassing understanding of men in power, and the common traits, motives, and struggles which have characterized leaders from Roman emperors to modern-day presidents. You can find similarities from then to now, and you analyze the behavior of powerful people more closely, as you get a further understanding of what it is all about, by reading his book.

I MEAN … WHAT is better than giving your dad a book written by Machiavelli for Christmas? This philosopher is all about how to get ahead in life and how to use simple tricks in order to succeed among the crowds of people who want to get somewhere too. His philosophy can easily resonate with psychopaths, however – it is equally a good read for normal people who don’t necessarily take his words to the heart, but rather choose to use them as simple guidelines for their work-place. GREAT GIFT INDEED! 

Get it: HERE

 

5. The Antichrist by Friedrich Nietzsche

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Why: Yet another philosophy-book! Yay! Your father will be thrilled if you give him both this and The Prince (because men love philosophy more than anything else). This one has obvious reasons. It’s written by Friedrich Nietzsche; The most pessimistic, existentialistic german philosopher out there … his masculine theories resonated a lot with Jordan Peterson’s, and it’s actually mentioned in “12 Rules For Life” that you should read a certain amount of books, including “Antichrist” by Nietzsche. 

Get it: HERE

 

6. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey 

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Why: Again, for obvious reasons; This book has transformed the lives of Presidents, CEOs, educators, and parents – in all, millions of people of all ages around the globe. What would be more perfect to give your dad?  

Get it: HERE

 

7. My 66-Day Challenge Habit Tracker & Goal Planner: A Daily Journal to Help You Track Your Habits and Achieve Your Dream Life

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Why: A book which is all about self-improvement! This is a perfect gift for your dad, seeing that he will be eager to start on a blank page in the new year – by changing ugly habits and inviting good and fulfilling ones into his every-day routine.

Get it: HERE

 

That’s it, you guys. Hope you liked my list, and may your fathers be happy with their books this Christmas♥ 

 

Love, 

Aftur S. Nerdrum 

Aftur’s Christmas Calendar: 11th of December

PHIL PARKER 

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“In order to make sense of the world, we continually distort reality. If we didn’t we would be completely overwhelmed by the amount of information hurling towards us at any one time. This is a skill that we learn in order to keep things simple for us and we do this by filtering for certain information that is important, this then becomes our focus and we ignore the rest.”

Many of you might not have heard of him before (he’s highly underrated by the media in my opinion) but he’s the man who started “The Lighting Process” – a program which enables people around the globe to recover from whatever it is that they’re going through at the moment. He began his journey with one simple belief; that anything is possible. So in the 1990s, when he was asked to find a new way to help people who were incredibly stuck with their health issues, he eagerly started his research into how we might use the mind-body connection effectively. Because those two functions share a very strong bond; if you struggle with anything physically, you’ll eventually start seeing negative changes mentally and vise versa. The saying goes; “It’s okay to not be okay” – which is very true. But it is even more crucial that you; the patient or you; the family member take this issue seriously – regardless of whether the patient is going through something physical or mental. I truly believe that our hero, Mr. Phil Parker has contributed to the change that we’re seeing today. I am noticing it everywhere I turn: More and more people are slowly becoming aware of the stigmas that we’ve carried with us concerning mental diseases – and more and more people are trying to break them open. Medical facilities are opening their eyes to a new world where all of the factors combined could be taken notice of – not just the rational, text-book answers that (unfortunately) only focus on the physical aspect of things. Phil Parker invites you into a world where there are options, not just the typical “you win or you die” mentality. “ It’s so so easy for us human beings to forget about one thing; “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” Do yourself a favor today: watch his videos on Ted talk or go through his website. There are things he’s got to tell you which you never even thought about before. Perhaps TODAY could be the day that you change someone’s life for the better? Perhaps TODAY could be the day that you change YOUR life? If so, what are you waiting for? If Phil Parker was able to spread his words as far as he has … why wouldn’t you?

 

Love, 

Aftur S. Nerdrum 

Aftur’s Christmas Calendar: 10th of December

KAZUO ISHIGURO 

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“We took away your art because we thought it would reveal your souls. Or to put it more finely, we did it to prove you had souls at all”

I found this author when I was about 14 and I truly, completely fell in love with his stories. His book; “Never Let Me Go” bore a cheesy title, but the plot, however – was something I had never in my life laid eyes on before. His other book; “The remains of the day” was also breathtaking but in an entirely different way. See, this author has a strange way of making stories that have no relation to each other at all. Both books are so different – but with an equal amount of true, unique quality-writing. The platonic, sensitive and pure love between Kathy and Tommy (in Never Let Me Go) is by far one of the most none-superficial and real descriptions of a love I have ever read. Truly, this is an author to explore – as he sets you in a different mood and challenges your emotions to the core! He’s human, he’s funny and he’s a genius at studying the psychology behind the relations between people. Definitely worth a read. (ps: If you’ve decided to dive into it, I would advice you to begin reading “Never Let Me Go”) 

(Trailer of the movie adaptation which they did on his book, “Never Let Me Go”) 

Love, 

Aftur S. Nerdrum 

Aftur’s Christmas Calendar: 9th of December

JONNA JINTON

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“I started with nothing but a dream. And today, I live my dream …”

Jonna Jinton

A nature-lover, photographer, influencer and a passionate singer/dancer. She lives on a small farm far far away, she enjoys the precious little things and she loves deeply, fiercely and consistently. Meet the forest-princess of Sweden. Meet the one who did what most girls would never dare to do. Meet a girl who changed her life completely and decided to start living her dream-life. 

HER INSTAGRAM → HERE

HER YOUTUBE → HERE

 

Love, 

Aftur S. Nerdrum 

Aftur’s Christmas Calendar: 8th of December

EDGAR ALLAN POE 

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It was many and many a year ago,
   In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
   By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
   Than to love and be loved by me.
Edgar Allan Poe 
The very first time I read his poem; “Annabel Lee” I was mesmerized. Similarly to Knut Hamsun, he digs deep into the core of basic human emotion. He puts an innocent spark to a love between two people – which evidently makes it a much more pure and true-to-the-heart kind of poem. He’s without a doubt one of the many poets who managed to capture my heart and make wonders out of my then-really poor poetry-writing. 
Love, 
Aftur S. Nerdrum 

Aftur’s Christmas Calendar: 7th of December

CHARLIE CHAPLIN 

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He was so many things.; A comedian, actor, filmmaker, and composer. For decades he was a worldwide icon through his screen persona, “the tramp” – making everyone laugh and look at life with ease. His intention was to free his audience from worry – to entertain them and to be their helping friend throughout the dark moments in life. His philosophy about life was: “Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.” Thank you, Charlie Chaplin – for being one of my biggest inspirations for my work.

Love, 

Aftur S. Nerdrum 

Aftur’s Christmas Calendar: 6th of December

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“Be a creator, not a reactor.”

Claire Wineland 

She is the girl who made it look possible for other girls to follow your passion even when you’re suffering from a progressive genetic disease. From birth she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis; Because of this tragedy, she had to live her life knowing that she’d die before everyone else. This was a fact. But regardless of this, she decided she’d do something great during the time that she had on this earth. Through her non-profit organization “Claire’s Place Foundation”, she worked to support and organize people with terminal and chronic illness and their families. She was a fighter and a therapist for others. she erased the growing fear of the unknown, and turned it into something positive – death slowly became her inspiration. It motivated her to do more and transformed her life into something beautiful, something to be proud of. 
Claire, I am forever grateful for your strength and presence in this world. When I found you, I thought you were me. We were so similar in so many ways, it’s almost a bit scary. Her way of thinking resonates with my every truth — and it should resonate with a lot of other people in this world. If there is such a thing as a “spiritual twin” – then she must be mine. Go watch her YouTube videos or her lectures at Ted talks. She is amazing. Rest In Peace Claire Wineland.❤️ and thank you for changing my life for the better.

 

Love, 

Aftur S. Nerdrum 

The 7 best Holiday gift ideas for mothers

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It’s time to think about presents. For many, this can be a stressful subject. We usually have no clue what to give, how much money to spend, if it should be handmade or not etc. I know the struggle, but don’t worry. I got you covered. These gif ideas are perfect if you feel like making your mother happy during Holiday-time. Some are from the store, others are homemade – but don’t feel forced to make something just because it’s for a family and it should be special. Remember that buying something (with great thought behind of course) can be equally special, if not more – than a homemade one. (At least in my opinion!) 

 

  1. Nigella Christmas by Nigella Lawson 

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Why: It’s perfect for X-mas baking in the kitchen – perhaps you can even make some of the recipes together with your mother during the Holiday season (to get some quality time)? This book serves you with dinners, breakfasts, lunches, cookies, cakes and wonderful alcoholic beverages♥

Where can I get it: HERE

 

2. “Whiskey in a Teacup” By Reese Witherspoon

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Why: This book is a MUST for all women running a household! It’s filled with not only baking-recipes but also real-life stories about the actress’s childhood, beauty-hacks, and her family’s famous fried-chicken secret. 

Where can I get it: HERE

 

3. Jo Malone Orange Blossom Scented Home Candle

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Why: It’s crucial for mothers to be in an environment that smells good, where she can enjoy her time and find peace. This one is a very special scented candle with an amazing smell of orange and other Christmas spices:) 

Where can I get it: HERE

 

4. Make a homemade poetry – Advent calendar 

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How: Buy 24 envelopes and cards, decorate them however you like and write one beautiful poem or quote on each card. It can be your own words as well. Use your imagination. The great thing about this calendar is that it doesn’t require you to spend a lot of money buying a present for every day – nevertheless, poems and writings are much more personal and special. It can create a conversation and your mother will find it amusing to wake up every morning and read another little beautiful card, put together by her daughter/son♥

 

5. Recipe box 

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Why: If you have a mother who’s a little bit old-fashioned and still likes to write down her recipes with pen and paper – this gift is ideal for her! 

Where can I get it: HERE

 

6. Cute Christmas Apron 

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Why: Eveyone is always in need of an apron. They are very practical and very pretty to look at. Plus, you always get into the mood of cooking whenever you put one on. 

Where can I get it: HERE

 

7. Make “open-when-letters” 

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How: “Open-when-letters” is very easy and very fun to make. You just buy a bunch of little envelopes and cards, write a little message on them and put them in a box. Your mother is not supposed to open them all, only if she’s feeling a certain way, or on a special day (depending on what it says on the envelope). Inside you can write whatever you like – use your imagination and put your whole heart into this project. (WARNING: This can turn out very emotional! You MIGHT cry or make your mother cry …just saying.) Your message on each one is up to you, but here are some examples to make the process a little bit easier:

  • Open when you’re feeling happy 
  • Open when you’re sad
  • Open when you feel rejected 
  • Open when you feel lonely 
  • Open on your birthday 
  • Open when you’ve just had a fight with someone 
  • Open when you’re unable to resolve an inner conflict 
  • Open when you’re sick 
  • Open when you’re feeling hopeful about the future 
  • Open when you want to take a walk along memory lane 
  • Open when you’re losing faith 
  • Open on Christmas Eve 
  • Open on New Years 

And so on and so on … 


Hope you liked this little list of gift ideas! There will be more of these so stay tuned:) And do tell me what your opinions are on these kinds of articles. I’d love to hear what my readers think … 

Merry Christmas-shopping! 

Love, 

Aftur S. Nerdrum 

 

 

Aftur’s Christmas Calendar: 5th of December

KNUT HAMSUN 

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“And love became the world’s beginning and the world’s ruler; but all its ways are full of flowers and blood, flowers and blood.”

Knut Hamsun

The first time I read his most famous book; “Victoria”, I was shocked by how easily this man could put the most universally known feeling down on paper and transform it into poetry. He doesn’t vulgarize love. He purifies it. He takes a feeling, digs deep into it and creates his own little imaginary world surrounding it. Johannes isn’t just infatuated with Victoria. He adores her. He praises her. Her delicate nature almost kills him each time they meet. Their childlike love is still as pure and innocent as when they first laid eyes on each other as boy and girl. The nostalgia from the past in which inhabits both their souls is what draws them nearer to each other – but it is also what destroys them in the end … Knut Hamsun, you opened my eyes to a new style of writing. You taught me how to narrate a simple story and turn it into poetry. You are and will always be one of my biggest mentors in literature. 

Love, 

Aftur S. Nerdrum 

 

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