Aftur’s Christmas Calendar: 16th of December

JANE AUSTEN 

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“A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.”

It’s Jane Austen’s Birthday today and in her name, I will dedicate this day to talking a little bit about how much I love this queen. She is an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels (which have also turned into motion pictures);

•Sense and Sensibility

•Pride and Prejudice

•Mansfield Park

•Emma

•Northanger Abbey

•Persuasion 

She was born on this day, on the English country-side in 1775. Her books are adored all over the world, her stories are constantly being recaptured by clever directors and screenplay writers, and young girls are seeking comfort in her stories – relating to her characters and drawing similarities to their own life experiences. She was the mother of all female writers who became known in the 19th century, including the Brontë sisters, George Sand, Elizabeth Gaskell and many more! She introduced the archetypical Alfa-male through her character; Mr. Darcy, whose name is still being mentioned as a casual reference across the globe, even today! Words cannot express how much I’ve enjoyed her books and the films based on them. They were the ones that guided me throughout my whole childhood and made me to who I am today. Thank you, Jane Austen, for inspiring, uplifting and motivating so many other girls today. If you only knew then, how much of an important figure you’d be in the 21st century! You are our heroine.

Love, 

Aftur S. Nerdrum 

Aftur’s Christmas Calendar: 15th of December

SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR 

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“She was ready to deny the existence of space and time rather than admit that love might not be eternal.”

I have only read one book of her yet – still I have to say that she has become my role model in literature. Her craft is so well made – the way she expresses her character’s feelings through thoughts, speech, and action – the way she narrates the smallest things in life and makes them seem like they’re EVERYTHING in that one moment. Her writing is passionate, intellectual, dramatic, poetic, thought-provoking and so much more. Read her book called “When the things of the spirit comes first”. You will not regret it.

BUY THE BOOK HERE

Love, 

Aftur S. Nerdrum 

Aftur’s Christmas Calendar: 14th of December

CHARLIE HOUPERT – THE MAN BEHIND CHARISMA ON COMMAND 

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“That’s what high energy does.  It amplifies everything.  Speak louder, gesticulate more, feel more alive than your audience.  That will amplify your message.”

He is the creator of the successful YouTube channel; “Charisma on Command”. His videos are not only clear, precise and easy to follow. They’re filled with knowledge about:


  1. Persuasion
  2. How to win arguments
  3. How to gain more social intelligence
  4. how to command respect without being a jerk 

… and MUCH MUCH more. Honestly, I love his videos. (Next to Jordan Peterson’s of course) And if you’re like me — super interested in motivational videos and you just can’t get enough of them —- watch CHARISMA ON COMMAND. You will NOT be disappointed.

 

Love, 

Aftur S. Nerdrum 

Aftur’s Christmas Calendar: 13th of December

JENNA RICHARDS 

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“My life has basically been divided into two parts; Life before April 2nd, 2016 and life after that dreadful day.”

Here is a woman whose bravery and undeniable courage should not be doubted for one second. What happened to her was brutal, but her way of recovery was even more shocking. On April 2nd, 2016 she lost her husband (the father of her 8 months old son) due to an overdose of pills. The situation was tragic, she had no job, she had lost the love of her life and there was no one there to support her and her son. Regardless of this, she kept her head held high, rose up from the sadness, started her own company, selling baby-clothes (which is now a very successful store) and put up an Instagram-page (@jackandjennablog ) to help other widowed mothers by sharing her story and how she coped with it. Through pictures and beautiful words, she is now shedding light onto the world and putting the most important message out there: That you never know what could happen today or tomorrow, so make the best out of every second, cherish every laughter and smile and know that if something does happen, it is not the end of the world. It is never too late to start a new chapter.✨ A widowed mother running her own store EVEN after a tragedy like this – THAT is something I call a STRONG WOMAN. So thank you @jackandjennablog for making me appreciate more and for making me realize how much courage there is within all of us. We just don’t know it yet … 

Her Instagram page → HERE

Her online shop → HERE

Love, 

Aftur S. Nerdrum 

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