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Ever since I began pondering the blogging question I knew for sure that if I was ever to start a blog, it would definitely include a ‘random inspiration’ section. I’d love to share with you, whoever you are, a selection of music/articles/apps/TED-talks/… I (recently) came across and liked because there ain’t no point in keeping the good stuff hidden.

So here comes the night time my first ‘LinkedOut’; a list of things you should definitely check out!

Sufjan Stevens: Illinois (2005)

Don’t you sometimes crave beautiful music? What an obvious question, I hear you ask?

I mean, of course I listen to many different bands and singers, but I wouldn’t necessarily consider the majority as beautiful. Energetic yes, or heartbreaking, or catchy, but only rarely as purely good-sounding (don’t look that one up in the dictionary).

If your answer is yes, then Sufjan Steven’s outstanding symphonic album Illinois (2005) is what you’d be aiming at. This stellar record is critically acclaimed, rated 8/10 on NME and often included on ‘best of the decade’ lists. Listen to the full album here.

Is Staying In the New Going Out?

Comfy in your armchair, aren’t you? Why go outside now that you can more or less survive by staying at home for the rest of your life, thanks to deliveries and social media? The trend we were I was terrified of is becoming a thing. Before you leave your house for the evening today, have a quick read on being a homebody.

Pacer app

If you’re anything like me, then you’d rather wait at the bus stop for half an hour than walk home, though you know damn well it only takes you 20 minutes. You’re probably familiar with the importance of your daily dose of cardio, but tomorrow always seems more promising than today.

What if I told you an app can solve this? Haha I’m overestimating, but it can surely help. How? By counting the steps you walk in a day, your overall active time and the calories burnt. You can even set up your own goals and check how much others are walking.

It’s free, simple and works on both iOS and Android. http://www.pacer.cc

Miranda (TV Sitcom)

As you might have already realized, I can not stop talking about Miranda Hart. She has definitely changed my life and her hilarious TV series are about the only ones I’d ever recommend. Once you are done with watching (what should not take long), head over to her equally funny book called Is It Just Me?

Blog post #1

My dear reader chum, you’re just about to start reading my blog post numero_uno. Stressful, right?! For me definitely. Writing, not reading, that is. Anyways.

This pilot post is actually an excerpt from my journal (ugh, this personal this early? #whereismymind) which I wrote a week ago as I got back from KPM, a conference for Christian youth leaders. This was my 6th time, and even though KPM are probably my favourite days of the year, I was not overly excited about this years’ one. Why, well simply because I didn’t feel like listening, talking, singing or praying to God a lot at all.

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Deny, a millimetre of me, and 668 more people at the conference!

But, as everyone except for me would expect, things turned out rather differently than I thought they would. As a result of having conversations with friends who asked me hard questions, of speakers who were willing to openly talk about their hardships and close dependence on God the Father, and, mainly, thanks to Him, who never stopped pursuing me, even if I did…

I got back home and realized, once again, that:

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A quote by C. S. Lewis, my fav

Good. Good… GOOD!!!

That is the only thing I need to know about the time spent with you, God.

With you my life is safe.

With you, life becomes the opposite of vegetating. It blossoms.

With you, there is not only a better tomorrow but a better today.

With you, there’s a purpose in our 76.3 years on planet Earth.

With you, there are lots of positive emotions to be felt – such as authentic joy, real hope, the greatest love of all etc.

With you there’s a potential.

With you it’s not only you but also your huge family, community, church, call it what you want.

With you being the first and most important, all the small ‘earthly’ pleasures happen to be at the right place – spending the whole day reading Vogue and listening to Ezra Furman, fitness-foodie obsessions, binge watching all movies by Woody Allen…

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I keep re-learning this the hard way

 

I love how the Psalm 16 begins and ends.

I say to God, “Be my Lord!”
    Without you, nothing makes sense.

Ever since you took my hand,
    I’m on the right way.” Psalm 16: 2, 11