Simple Living

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. 

Winter time by Nelli Arnth

Winter is really here. It is cold, and I need so much clothes to stay warm when I am outside.

But the raw nature in this area is so damn beautiful no matter what time of the year it is. The forrest stil smells amazing and the ocean is still wild and overwhelming. 

I like winter. I spend more time inside, watch more movies, listen to more audiobooks and need more sleep throughout this months. But that is okay. I feel privileged living in a country with four seasons. They each represent something different. The winter months are silent and introverted. It is a good and necessary (for me) contrast to summer time.

Every time I have been travelling in warm countries for a longer period, I have been longing for that crisp winter air. That smell of coldness. Freezing into my bones. It is part of my dna I guess.

No alarm clock, please... by Nelli Arnth

I am most definetly a b-person.

When the alarm clock goes off early in the morning, I used to snooze until it was absolutely necessary for me to get up, and get ready for another day at the office.

As a result mornings became chaotic and I never ate breakfast. It left me with some quite unhealthy habits.

But worst of all it made me hate mornings, which was such a shame. Because mornings are truly beautiful. I had this quote hanging on my fridge that said: I love the smell of possibility in the morning. 

I envied people who got up early reading the newspaper, slowly enjoying their morning coffee and reflecting on what the day would bring. I wanted to do that as well. 

But it was so hard for me when I had to be at the office at 8 am, and I didn't feel fully awake until noon.

TedxAarhus

This weekend I went to Aarhus once again - this time to to take part of the TEDxAarhus event.

One of the speakers (Camilla Kring, Founder of Super Navigators ApS) talked about how society is build for a-persons. Schools, workplaces, organizations and shops all work from 8-4. For late risers like me, that only gives me 4 hours of fully awakened working hours. 

But more importantly a lot of unhealthy side effects appear when being out of sync with your natural rhythm. Fx smoking and obesity.

Also she said a lot of other interesting b-person stuff - so check out her work here.

Anyway it left me an idea

Since I started my own business my working hours has been much more flexible. But still I set my alarm clock every morning. And still I get upset when I can't seem to concentrate from 08-11 am. 

So..

As an attempt to get back to my natural rhythm I decided to turn off my alarm clock throughout October and set my phone on Flight Mode during night. I will keep track on how many hours I sleep, and if end up around the 8 hours of sleep anyway, there is no reason to use the alarm clock ever again. 

I am quite excited about it. But also I find it hard to let go of such a fixed routine.

I will keep you updated on the project ;)

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 ☀️ 

AirBnB + Yoganamnam by Nelli Arnth

Making breakfast on an sunny morning

Making breakfast on an sunny morning

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

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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Summer is here by Nelli Arnth

Summer has arrived. It made me buy a office fan. The loft gets really hot these days!

I try to get outside as much as possible. At least a quick walk in my garden to see if the vegetables grew since yesterday. 

I absolutely love the nature here in the summer season. Especially the fields are beautiful. They bring back so many childhood memories and make me quite nostalgic.

When my studio to-do list allows me some spare time (that is not very often), I am very fond of laying in my hammock reading a book or taking a nap. Those moments cure even my wildest wanderlust. They make me feel so happy. Everyone should own a hammock! If you feel stressed nothing is more de-stressing than a hammock rocking you to sleep.

Sirsasana by Nelli Arnth

Yoga has been part of my life for nearly 3 years now. It helps my body cope with the many hours spent in front of the computer. When I get stuck in a assignment, I have developed different solutions on how to proceed. First of all it is about acknowledging the problem, and then to actually do something about it:

  • Make a cup of coffee and spend 15 minutes to scroll through my Pinterest feed or watch some delicious shit at NOWNESS
  • Do a headstand followed by the palm tree pose and drink a large cup of water
  • GO OUTSIDE! Get some fresh air, listen to the birds and watch your vegetable garden grow. 

Slow mornings + TED talks by Nelli Arnth

I talk about the freedom of running my own business quite a lot. But truly it is something I am very fond of. I like working late - actually I am most productive in the hours between 10 PM - 02 AM. There is something very calming about these house. I am alone in the studio (or mostly my cat keeps me company). I listen to some good music and forget about time. It is a small escape in my everyday life. I do not get disturbed, and I feel like hitting that mental state of flow. Every night bear its own possibilities.

My mornings on the other hand... are slow. Really slow. Instead of working against this rhythm I have decided to embrace it (read here or here). 

In the mornings I seek inspiration and I am always eager to learn about new thing. For example I like watching TED talks while eating my breakfast. Not only the talks about design and entrepreneurship. But talks about all kinds of topics. This routine inspired me to collect the talks I find most interesting.

So here it is: TED talks for the slow mornings - for you to use then you sit on the bus, eat your breakfast or whatever. 

Have an adventurous day everyone.

*Wikipedia definition: In positive psychologyflow... is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does.