Creativity

Nytårstanker om mit 2017 by Nelli Arnth

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Sidste år skrev jeg dette blogindlæg hvor jeg kiggede tilbage på mit første år som selvstændig. I dag har jeg været selvstændig (på fuldtid) i to år og det er derfor oplagt at bruge de første dage af det nye år på at evaluere og kigge tilbage. Hvad gav 2017 mig? Hvilke udfordringer oplevede jeg? Hvad lærte jeg?

2016 var mit første år som selvstændig. I dette første år red jeg på en bølge at (tids)optimisme, overskud og et boost af lykke. Jeg havde drømt om at blive selvstændig i flere år. Ja, måske endda hele mit liv. Og følelsen af endelig at kunne ryste hamsterhjulet og 8-16-jobbet af mig var fantastisk. Det gav mig en energi som jeg følte mig høj på det meste af året.

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Rutiner og struktur (Zzzzz)

2017 var året hvor jeg begyndte at få rutine i livet som selvstændig. Jeg accepterede (da jeg begyndte at få mere og mere travlt) at jeg havde brug for struktur i min hverdag. At jeg havde brug for et system det gjorde det muligt for mig at "tænde og slukke" for mit arbejdsliv. Mine dage flød ofte sammen og jeg kunne pludselig have brugt en hel dag foran computeren, hvilket aldrig var min hensigt. Men simpelthen skete fordi jeg var så optaget af mit arbejde og samtidig ikke vidste hvornår jeg kunne/måtte holde fri.

Jeg arbejder det meste af tiden hjemmefra gården. Jeg har indrettet vores loft til kontor. Det er gammelt (som resten af gården), men hyggeligt. Jeg har investeret i en brændeovn, hæve-sænkebord og en virkelig god kontorstol. Fra mit skivebord har jeg en skøn udsigt udover marker og græssende højlandskvæg. 

Det fungerer alt sammen godt, men det kan være svært at holde rigtig fri med hjem og kontor i ét. Og med rigtig fri mener jeg fritid uden dårlig samvittighed. For jeg fandt ret hurtigt ud af, at man altid kan blive ved med at arbejde. Der er altid noget at gå i gang med. Og selvom man knokler derudaf og får "ryddet skrivebordet", clearet alle to-do's og klaret mailboksen, ja så kan man starte forfra dagen efter... Så den evige jagt efter at blive "færdig" har jeg droppet. Jeg har lært at ligge opgaven fra mig, skrive ned hvor jeg kom til og tage den op igen dagen efter.

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2017 var også året hvor jeg begyndte at tracke min tid. Jeg bruger Timeular. Jeg har før prøvet en del forskellige digitale tracking-værktøjer, men ingen har virket for mig. Timeular er visuelt og simpelt. Det fungerer.

Og med tidstracking kommer sandhederne på bordet. Pludselig kan man tegne stregerne tydeligt op. Jeg fik øjnene op for hvor meget tid jeg brugte på områder som jeg ikke tjener penge på (i hvert fald ikke ret mange). Fx var de største tidsslugere undervisning i yoga og grafisk design. For oveni undervisningen kommer kørsel frem og tilbage samt minimum 10-15 minutter både før og efter timen til at gøre klar, rydde op, tale med elever osv. (tid jeg ikke får løn for). Men også områder som foredrag, kurser, frivilligt arbejde og netværksarrangementer var store tidsrøvere.

Disse områder arbejder jeg hårdt på at få en balance i. Således at de stadig er en del af min virksomhed, men uden at fylde helt så meget. 

Jeg tror ikke jeg har været "klar" til at tidstracke før nu. Alting til sin tid. Men jeg er ovenud lykkelig for at jeg kom i gang og fik en rutine i det. Nu har jeg pludselig et overblik over hvor mange timer jeg arbejder og hvordan jeg fordeler min tid mest hensigtsmæssigt. 

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2017 blev det sidste år hvor jeg (stort set) klarede regnskabet selv. Jeg har hele tiden været planen at jeg skulle outsource den del efter 2 år. De er gået nu og jeg har lavet en aftale med Dansk Revision som skal hjælpe mig fremover. En god beslutning der skabte ro i bekymringstankemyldret næsten med det samme.

En sidste struktur-mæssig ting jeg har opnået i år er at lave mit eget projektstyringsværktøj. Det er stadig primitivt og fungerer på to whiteboards. Men det virker. Jeg prioriterer alle mine to-do's og smider dem ind i min ugekalender. Simpelt. Det skaber overblik og det er tydeligt for mig, at når jeg streger den sidste to-do ud, så kan jeg holde fri for i dag. Hvis min dag pludselig vælter grundet noget uforudset, ja så må jeg fordele opgaverne på ny.

Disse tiltag har hjulpet mig til at komme tilbage på sporet ift. min vision om ikke have have travlt. 2017 har været et travlt år med mange nye kunder og nye opgaver. Jeg insisterer på at jeg ikke vil leve et travlt liv og jeg har nu indset, at det kræver nogle faste rammer for mig at kunne udleve. Jeg føler mig klar til at indtage det nye år, med samme holdning og samme gode rutiner.

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Embrace the journey

Jeg nyder virkelig den rejse jeg er på. Jeg føler at jeg lærer noget hele tiden. Den udvikling der er sket på de sidste to år, har været for sindssyg. Det ville et fuldtidsjob aldrig have kunnet give mig... Jeg kan pege på mange områder jeg kan optimere, udforske og/eller gøre bedre. Men jeg hviler i, at det hele ikke skal ske på én gang. Hver ting til sin tid. 

Jeg er bange for at mange selvstændige og iværksættere knokler så hårdt, at de glemmer at se hvilket lærerig og givende rejse de er på. Generelt tror jeg ikke på at vi får særlig meget ud af livet, når vi knokler derudad. Det handler i bund og grund om proces- og destinationsmål. For mig har energien altid ligget i procesmålene. Jeg ønsker at skabe en hverdag med glæde, kreativitet og en krop der er i balance. Og så kan det stort set være ligemeget hvor jeg ender.

Hverdagen er i fokus. Og muligheden for at gribe dagen med den energi og de muligheder der er i den. At leve bevidst og nærværende. At få øje på at de små ting i livet i virkeligheden er de største.

Jeg glæder mig til at se hvad 2018 byder mig. Da jeg startede Hönshuset, kan jeg huske at få fortalt at hele 90% af de CVR numre der bliver oprettet i Danmark, lukker ned indenfor 3 år. Jeg synes stadig det lyder helt vildt. Men det gav mig et delmål og en lyst til at komme godt på den anden side af de 3 år. Nu går jeg så ind i det sidste af de tre år. Og der er absolut intet der tyder på at det ikke skulle blive endnu et forrygende år!

Godt nytår derude!

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Creativity, Yin Yoga and Becoming a Drone Pilot by Nelli Arnth

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(For Danish version – Scroll down)

One of the things I love about running my own company is being able to develop and educate myself. Being able to try out new directions. I don’t have a long-term business plan for my company. I like the flexibility and uncertainty. Perhaps it will change over time. But right now, I really feel that I am in a good place.

November came with a lot of new knowledge!

I started out the month attending Creativity World Forum (read more about it here). It gave me a great boost of motivation and inspiration.

Then I participated in a 50-hour Yin Yoga instructor education at Yoga Collective in Aarhus. How great it was doing Yin Yoga with my favourite instructors again. Digging deeper into the theory behind Yin Yoga and learning more about our nervous system (especially the parasympathetic nervous system) and connective tissue.

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Finally, November was the month I became a certified Drone Pilot. It required a 3-day education at Drone Solutions. Well, it was a bit technical and I had to focus. But I passed the exam with a good result. So now I can finally start flying professionally with my Mavic Pro.

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I am often asked if I’m not tired of all the driving to bigger cities to attend events, courses and so on. But I’m not. Maybe it’s because I grew up in the countryside and driving a car has always been a natural thing for me.

What matters most is having nature and tranquility just outside my door. Even though it means that I must spend some time in my car every now and then.

I always make a good cup of coffee to bring along and listen to podcasts or audio books when driving. Right now, I am listening to “The Thorn Birds”. I know. So 80s. But I guess that’s just a book every woman has to read/hear at some point of her live ;)

So, this morning when I drove towards Vejle in clear frosty weather with that kind of sunrise that paints the whole sky red. And with the love story of Meggie and Pastor Ralph de Bricassart in my ears. I sipped my coffee and thought about how good life is.

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Kreativitet, Yin Yoga og Dronebevis

Én af de ting jeg holder særligt af ved at være selvstændig, er at kunne udvikle og uddanne mig. At kunne afprøve nye retninger. Jeg har ingen klart definerede langsigtede planer (udover at være glad og passioneret). For jeg kan lide fleksibiliteten og ”uvisheden”. Jeg kan lide tanken om at det er mig og min mavefornemmelse der har styringen over min virksomhed. Måske jeg ændrer mening en dag og begynder at arbejde mere langsigtet. Men lige nu føler jeg, at jeg er et ret godt sted.

November måned har i den grad budt på ny viden.

Jeg startede måneden ud med at deltage i Creativity World Forum (som I kan læse lidt om her). Det var det vildeste boost af kreativitet og nye ideer jeg længe har fået.

Så har jeg deltaget i en 50 timers Yin Yoga instruktør uddannelse hos Yoga Collective. Skønt igen at dyrke en masse Yin Yoga og lære meget mere om vores nervesystem og bindevæv.

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Og sidst men ikke mindst er jeg blevet dronepilot. Det krævede et 3-dags kursus hos Drone Solutions. Det var lidt teknisk og jeg måtte holde tungen lige i munden. Men jeg afsluttede eksamenen med et godt resultat. Så nu kan jeg for alvor komme i gang med at flyve min Mavic Pro.

Jeg bliver ofte spurgt om jeg ikke er træt af altid at skulle køre efter arrangementer, kurser og lign. At skulle køre 2 timer til Aarhus eller godt 3 timer til København. Men det gør mig egentlig ikke noget. Måske er det fordi jeg er opvokset på landet og det at køre i bil altid har været en ret naturlig ting for mig.

For jeg foretrækker at have naturen og roen udenfor min dør. Og så må jeg tage køreturen til byerne når jeg har brug for eller lyst til det. Jeg laver altid en god kop kaffe til at tage med og lytter til podcasts eller lydbøger på turen. Lige pt. er jeg i gang med Tornfuglene. Rimelig 80er. I know. Men er det ikke bare en historie enhver kvinde skal læse/høre på et tidspunkt i livet? ;)

Så i morges da jeg kørte afsted mod Vejle i klar frostvejr med den type solopgang der maler hele himlen rød. Og med kærlighedshistorien om Meggie og præsten Ralph de Bricassart i ørene. Ja, så sipper jeg til kaffen og tænker at livet er ganske godt…

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Creativity World Forum 2017 by Nelli Arnth

Just returned to a good friend's apartment after attending Creativity World Forum here in Aarhus. While drinking tea and wearing comfortable clothes, I kinda try to digest what I've learned these last two days.

First of all, I must say that the conference exceeded my expectations. There was something about the vibe, the people and the whole set-up that made it really satisfied to be part of. 

The program consisted of free breakfast (always a winner), keynote talks and breakout sessions. Among the keynote speakers were:

  • Stefan Sagmeister talking about why beauty matter. He was pretty much the reason why I bought the ticket in the first place.
  • Steve Vranakis (Google) that made me cry talking about the refugee crisis and how we all are (or can be) creative activists. That talk was pretty amazing.
  • Tom Kelley teaching us to use empathy and storytelling in the design thinking process
  • Indy Johar on how to rethink society and democracy through creativity
  • Jan Gehl on how to design today's cities
  • SNASK being awesome as always

I attended two breakout sessions. One at DesignIt learning about design thinking and one with Innovation Lab about artificial Intelligence.

I really recommend you to go check out some of the names. Most of these people have done TED talks or something similar. They were all really inspiring.

My head is completely bombed. All of this new inspiration, ideas and people I met is almost too much to accommodate. I guess it will take some weeks before my brain grab hold of it all. 

From there it will take months before I know what ideas and what inspiration I can actually implement into my own company. 

Now I will enjoy my tea and finish off the notes in my notebook. After that I will go to bed early. Because tomorrow starts another adventure. I am doing a 50 hour Yin Yoga education at Yoga Collective starting tomorrow at 10 am  <3

Creativity World Forum 2017 by Nelli Arnth

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I have bought a ticket to Creativity World Forum in Aarhus this November 👌

It is a two-day event with speakers like Steve Vranakis, Tom Kelley, Jan Gejl, the guys behind SNASK, Indy Johar – and Stefan Sagmeister. Years back I heard Sagmeister speak in Copenhagen and I got a bit starstrucked ☺️ He is such an inspiration to me and he has been that for years.

If you don't know him you should check out his TED talks. Go see the one called "the power of time off" 🙌

Anyway, I'm super excited about participating in this event. If anyone is interested – buy a ticket and come join me 🙌

Like a bee in a flower bed... by Nelli Arnth

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Like a bee in a flower bed, the human brain naturally flits from one thought to the next. In the high-speed workplace, where data and headlines come thick and fast, we are all under pressure to think quickly. Reaction, rather than reflection, is the order of the day. To make the most of our time, and to avoid boredom, we fill up every spare moment with mental stimulation…Keeping the mind active makes poor use of our most precious resource. True, the brain can work wonders in high gear. But it will do so much more if given the chance to slow down from time to time. Shifting the mind into lower gear can bring better health, inner calm, enhanced concentration and the ability to think more creatively.

– Quote by Carl Honoré, In Praise of Slowness.

My First Blog Post by Nelli Arnth

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Flashback to my first blog post written exactly 2 years ago (in Danish sorry):

Nå. Nu har jeg så oprettet en blog.

Det har jeg fordi, at jeg er nået til et sted i mit liv, hvor jeg er stoppet op for at tænke lidt over hvad det er jeg løber efter - og hvem jeg gør det for?

Hvis jeg skræller lagene af, og forestiller mig hvem jeg egentlig er når ingen andre kigger. Når jeg ikke skal måle mig med andre. Når jeg ikke skal lade som om. Hvad gør mig så glad - sådan dybt dybt ind i hjertet glad? For det er vel det vigtigste. Altså at fylde livet med den slags glæde?

Jeg er bange for et liv med store lån og højglanskøkken. Et liv der gør mig lænket til mit 37-timers job, hvor jeg ligger størstedelen af min energi i at arbejde for en andens drøm. Hvor jeg har sat mig så hårdt i det økonomisk, at der ikke længere er mulighed for at gå ned i tid, læse videre eller springe ud i det som selvstændig.

Et liv hvor jeg i det skjulte allerede er begyndt at glæde mig til, at jeg er færdig på arbejdsmarkedet.

Et liv hvor fredag eftermiddag er forbundet med 60 timers begrænset frihed til at lave de ting jeg brænder for. Men hvor det til gengæld er svært at komme op mandag morgen, fordi tanken om min hverdag (det der fylder mest i vores liv) giver mig lyst til at gemme mig under dynen.

Derfor har jeg taget en række ret store og angstprovokerende beslutninger, som kommer til at vende op og ned på mit liv.
 

Bloggen her bliver min dagbog i processen mod et mere simpelt liv fyldt med de ting som virkelig betyder noget. "Refuse to be that person that, like so many others is still driving down the same road, years down the line, mournfully longing to go back in time to be given just one more chance to take the road that they know they should have taken because they dismissed all possible, extraordinary signs. It'll never get easier to make the leap and this is your chance; so make the change. Take the road now."

– V. Erickson

Taking care of yourself while running a business by Nelli Arnth

I talked to a friend of mine last week who is also self-employed. Like me, she has no employees. So everything depends on her. She told me that she had been sick on-off for a month now. But she didn't feel that it was okay to let the customers down and tell them she had some days off. So she kept on working and feeling sick. This is something I hear a bit too much. 

Also I red this book about dangerous management (Livsfarlig Ledelse af Christian Ørsted). It is from 2013, so maybe some things have changed since. Even though I am afraid it have not. It had some crazy facts to be told. The most scary one was that it stated that WHO predicts stress to be the greatest threat to the public health of the western world. Furthermore WHO predicted that in 7 years 50% of all deaths will be "stress related" in some way. I mean wtf!

Also the book informed that Danes are some of the most loyal employees in the world. It makes us go to work even when we are sick. We do that, the book says, according to a great sense of community and the fear of letting our colleagues down. When we swallow pain killers and keep on going to work without listening to our bodies, it obviously makes the risk of infecting your co-workers much higher and in that way we keep on infecting each other. 

I did the same thing when I had a full-time job. I wanted to show everyone that I would go really far for this company. Therefore I went to work when I was sick.

It is stupid of course.

 

It got me thinking about how I take care of myself, while running my business.

For me the key word is balance. I definitely want to go really far for my customers. But I also want to be running my own business in 5 or 10 years.

I see so many newly started entrepreneurs that burn out, simply because they work too hard and totally shut down the connection to their body. In many entrepreneur communities it is idolized to work your ass of. Having no sleep, drinking 40 cups of coffee and working 70 hours a week. I am no judge, people can do whatever the fuck they want. 

But one thing is clear. Everyone can become sick of stress.

Too often I hear people with stress saying "I'm shocked, I thought this could never happen to me". As if they were a stronger species and stess only happens to the "weak" ones...

So in the end, "working your ass off" and ignoring your body can be the reason why you have to let go of your entrepreneurial dream. What a shame.

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When I feel the first signs of sickness I postphone appointments and make sure that my calendar is not overbooked (I try to never overbook it). I pamper myself a bit. Maybe I work from the cough with a warm blanket. If I get tired I take a nap. I drink a lot of tea. I listen to my body and I only take painkillers if it is absolutely necessary. I try not to think of the sickness as a bad thing. But more like a opportunity to take good care of myself. It's a way of showing myself that I respect myself. 

Of course sometimes there is a deadline that I have to meet. But most of my assignments can be postponed and my clients always understands this. They just tell me to get well soon.

If I should experience clients that dosen't give a fuck about me being sick, but just want their shit to be done, I would ask them kindly to find another graphic designer to work with. I only want to work with clients that are human and in a customer relationship that foster compassion. If that is not possible, I will go back to cleaning houses for a living. 

Nameste <3

New York City by Nelli Arnth

Been enjoying 10 amazing days in New York City with my best friend. No other city inspire me as much as New York. The creative vibe is overwhelming. 

Sometimes New York feels like another home to me. But it gets me every time I come back to Denmark and drive towards the west coast - that this, without doubt, is where I belong. While I was gone the eggs hatched and now we have 10 small chickens. They are absolutely adorable 🐣 

My entrepreneurial journey by Nelli Arnth

One year has past since I started my life as a full-time entrepreneur. The word entrepreneur sounds really business-like to me. And for sure I have learned a lot about running a business. The first year everything is new and it takes so many hours of researching trying to understand how to do accounting, bookkeeping, invoicing, tax and VAT and so on. 

But what strikes me the most when I look back, is how much I have learned about myself. Being my own boss comes with great responsibility. Having a job you can always blame your boss, the management or the board if you are not satisfied with your work life. 

I have only myself to blame if I am not living my life exactly how I want to. It always come back to myself and if I fuck this up, I know that I have to go back to the 9-5 job which I really didn't fit into.

So I take my role of being my own boss really seriously. I know that now I have the opportunity to really live my dream. To fill my live with the things that makes me happy and to be surrounded by positive people that I love. 

I have learned how to listen to my body. Using my gut feeling and intuition as a compass for where I am going and who I am going with. It certainly sounds like a cliché, but I dosen't really give a fuck about what it sounds like. I have never felt better and more in sync with my mind and heart and that is really awesome.

I don't glorify being busy anymore. I mean - good for you if you manage to complete 300 tasks a day and if that makes you happy on the long term. But its not for me. I get 8 hours a sleep every night and I don't use an alarm clock. I strive to have at least 2-3 days a week without meetings or appointments and I try not to be so hard on myself. I forgive myself when I have days where I didn't do what I was supposed to and I make sure to cherish myself if I have a bad day. I appreciate when I get lost in reverie - that is a beautiful place to be. 

I guard and protect my happiness and my motivation. Making sure not to deal with people and tasks that drain me. When I work with a client, I make sure that we respect each other and try to build an equal and honest relationship. When in doubt I ask my gut. 

Now some of you might think: Well... That is fine for you - but do you make money? Is it possible for you to live of all that "feeling your body" bullshit?

And the answer is an clear yes. I am overwhelmed by the number of people who have contacted me and wants to work with me. It makes me so ready for 2017 and I am excited to find out where this year takes me!

Living without an alarm clock by Nelli Arnth

Some of you have asked me how my no-alarm-clock-project turned out. I started the "experiment" in October. I stopped setting an alarm in the morning. 

At first, it felt a bit strange, which I expected since I was breaking a 15-year-old habit. But soon after I loved it. After years of counting sleeping hours and forcing myself to get up at a certain time, it is liberating not to. 

I often get asked, how many hours of sleep I get now compared to before. The funny thing is, there is almost no difference! 

So - quite fast I decided to keep living without an alarm clock. 

Autumn is here by Nelli Arnth

Hello September

Summer has passed. That went quick. 

Now autumn is here. On a day like today where the sky is grey and constant rain is falling, it actually makes me happy. I am working from the loft listening to Gem Clubs In Roses album, and it has that perfect dark mood to it. It is so quiet and nice, and makes me really happy. Soon I will be wearing a jacket and soon the outdoor colors will transform into a beautiful orange color palette. I will be making pumpkin soup with pumpkins from my vegetable garden. 

I have so many projects in the pipeline for Hönshuset. Autumn, with it's quiet and introverted energy, is a perfect invite for long working days in the studio. I can't wait! 

Happy Autumn everyone <3

Slow morning routine by Nelli Arnth

Today was one of those days where one cup of coffee turned into two at the morning table. I was spellbound by my new book "Nærmere Noget" by Simon Krohn. It gives people like me (without great knowledge about Indian philosophy) an insight into the yoga philosophy. If you want to study that field as well, you should definatly buy the book right away.

Also the sun is shining and it all makes me really happy ☀️ 

Holiday or not? by Nelli Arnth

I have been asked wether or not I allow myself holiday and time off. I find the question important. Being a newly established entrepreneur the "right" question would be no. But in my case it is yes.

Of course I work a lot. Somedays I start around 9 am and finish at 2 am. Espacially the first months. I spent so many days, nights and weekends working hard to get a good start. But all along I knew that I had to find a balance.

For me it helped a lot to implement a simple project management system. It is a simple version of SCRUM which I organize on a small white-board. Organizing and planning excatly how much work I need to do every day, really helped me balancing my worklife. Now my work is more focused and efficient, and I prioritize holiday and time-off without feeling guilty. I even organize my physical and mental training in the model. And it works perfectly.

Because I think that holiday and time-off is extremely important. Espacially when running a company. At least it is for me. Some of the best ideas I've ever had came to me while travelling, exploring nature, relaxing or in other way getting away from my office.

In other words: If you don't make time for these small getaways, you will miss the best and most creative ideas.

So get offline. Get outside. Smell the fresh air and breath in some new ideas. Then get back to your computer and work your ass off.

Møn roadtrip by Nelli Arnth

Today Maria and I drove around the island of Møn. We had no specific plan - but chose the direction spontaneously and based on advice from the local people we met.

We started having newly brewed coffee at a local summer cafe in Hårbølle. We asked the owners where we should go from there. Every time we saw a handmade sign saying "ceramist" or "galley" we went for it. When you don't expect anything, you always get overwhelmed by the beauty and kindness you meet. I love exploring new places this way. 

AirBnB + Yoganamnam by Nelli Arnth

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Our AirBnB host on Møn lives in a lovely old country house. From here she runs a yoga studio (Yoganamnam). The atmosphere and style is quite amazing. I find great adventure and pleasure in staying with locals and exploring their beautiful homes and lifestyles. That is why I always choose a AirBnB host over a hotel stay 🏡

If you ever go to Møn you should consider staying at Vibe place

Business is done best with your bestie by Nelli Arnth

I guess the headline says it all. 

We returned from a great day at the We Do Craft design and art market in Stege. Being on a market like this gives you the opportunity to talk directly with the end consumer. This helps me a lot when designing and choosing new prints.

Also I find great inspiration in talking with all the designers and artists. We all have different takes on how to run our business, and I learn so many valuable new thing by talking and listening to their stories. 

Møn - and some thoughts about how far I've come by Nelli Arnth

We have arrived to Møn and the nature here is stunning. We spent the afternoon exploring Møns Klint, took a yoga class and drank some wine while the sun went down.

Tomorrow I will we joining the We Do Craft art and design market in Stege.

So far - this is a perfect workaway. It really warms my heart and soul to think about how far I have come. When saying this, I don't mean money-wise or hard-core business-wise. Not to say that I don't make money - because I do. But my main purpose about running my own business is to live a free, creative and happy life. To wake up every day (not only Saturday and Sunday) and be satisfied with my life. 

I don't want to live for Fridays and holidays. I want to live everyday

I want to do roadtrips to Møn with my best friend on a sunny monday. That is what I do right now.

- And it makes me so damn happy.

Our second wedding-photoshoot by Nelli Arnth

Camilla Jorvad + Nelli Arnth .jpg

I love meeting and working with talented and inspiring people. 

For a couple of weeks ago my husband and I had the pleasure of helping wedding photographer Camilla Jørvad with a photoshoot. It was quite fantastic to get in my moms wedding dress again pretending to be newlyweds. 

This is one of the final pictures from the shoot, and I can't wait to show you the rest.

Time-off by Nelli Arnth

Books and coffee = Holiday ☕️📚

Yesterday I checked into a beautiful old beach hotel on the Danish west coast. Ahead lies a week of relaxation with my nearest family. I find it important to prioritize days off to relax and reflect especially as an entrepreneur. In that state of contemplation I allow myself time to think a little deeper. To reflect on where I'm going both personally and business-wise. 

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Hönshuset goes to møn by Nelli Arnth

You don’t always have to travel the world to cure your wanderlust. Sometimes a good old-fashioned roadtrip with your best friend (www.mariaernst.dk) is more than enough.

In two weeks time I will cross Denmark to visit the beautiful danish island Møn.

Besides attending the We Do Craft Marked there will be plenty of time to hike, explore, photograph and do yoga.

This is the perfect work-away!