Just get out there and Go For It! It is never too late!

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I never thought that I would get the opportunity to study again, as an adult and having a full-time job. But to tell you the truth, it has helped me to keep the stress at bay. And as quoted here by Einstein; ‘but training of the mind to think‘, there is what the studying has helped me, it has helped me to tap into a different part of my brain, that makes me look at things a bit different. Not that I have changed or anything, but rather starting to see things more clearly and knowing what I want to do in life.

For many years I have been wanting to work in law enforcement, not necessary as a police but sort of in the background. I was not exactly sure how to do it or where to even start. But one day when I was driving home from work I was listening to the radio and there was an advertisement, advertising about studying Crime Scene Investigation, to become a CSI. And I remember thinking to myself “I want to do that.” So, I started to research where I could join such course, and I spent some time looking at different options.

I started to buy books about forensic science, and once I started to read about I was hooked. I never thought this was something that would interest me that much, but I felt the urge of learning, and the more I read about it the more I wanted to learn. So, here I was thinking that I can’t do that because…you know when you come up with all the reasons to why you cannot do things that you really want to do. Your ego is sort of putting you down. Has anyone ever experienced that? I have a suspicion that you have.

Anyway, after all my research was done I found an eLearning college close to where I live in fact, and they offered an eLearning course in Forensic Science for reasonable fee. Because I had to start somewhere, and who knows where it will lead to? I was thinking to myself that I have to try this at least. So I set myself a goal, to sign up in September, on my birthday in fact. And this was in June this year, that I discovered my ‘new’ passion. And what did I do with my time between June and September you might wonder, why wait so long? Well, I do have a full-time job and sometimes it takes a little bit of planning. But I was determined and I want to do this! And, this kept me going.

I was taking some free online courses via edx.org in the mean time, I finished one course on October 20th where I’ve learnt a little bit about the psychology of criminal justice. It was extremely interesting because we were studying all the phases; from that the crime was committed until the conviction in court. I received my certificate from that course the other day, and was over the moon happy to have reached 82% overall. For me that is huge and of course it encourages me to continue. And I didn’t want to start this new course knowing nothing about the subject, so by doing these pre-studies I had a pretty good picture of what a Forensic Scientist or Criminalist actually do. And now one month into the course, I have learnt a great deal and it has been a lot of hard work and you really need to be disciplined when you’re doing distance learning, and get your nose into the books. But I really do enjoy it, and today I submitted my first college assessement ever and it felt great. I was doubting myself there for a bit thinking how will I manage to do this. But once I started it was not so bad. The first section was a big one containing chemistry, biology and computing. And the next will be the crime scene investigation part.

Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 19.07.08This is one of the books I have got and using as a reference with my studies, it gives all the information and concepts you need to know being a forensic scientist/crime scene investigator.

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And my advice to all of you that has an inner ‘flame’ about something but you are not sure whether you will be able or capable to do it. Just go out there and get it! You can do it! I am certain of it. I mean, I don’t know where this course will take me, but I am learning something, and God knows where I will be in five or even ten years. Nobody knows that. I have spent so much time doing things that were expected of me, and now after many years living here in Ireland, I have grown and sort of taking my life in my own hands and do the things I want to do and the way I want to do them.

I don’t think that just because you are reaching a certain age, you’re suppose to give up life and passing out on things that you would want to do. Just go out there and do it!! And never let anyone ever tell you differently that you cannot go out there and follow your dreams, or whatever it might be. It is only YOU that can make that decision, right?

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~ Eva’s Chronicles ~

Ramblings from a cyclist

  
Sundays are the usual days to go out for a cycle spin with the club. And waking up at 8am feeling the chill in the house, makes you thinking that oh, I just think I’ll turn around and have a snooze. But then something inside me tells me to get my butt in gear and get up. And when looking out the window, it was all calm and nice; ‘What a glorious morning for a cycle spin’. 

So, the   cycling   gear  came  on and I was ready to ‘rock’ and off I went. I usually take a 6km warm up route down to our meeting spot, at the Grove Bar in Kilpedder. The air was chilly and I was glad that I put my warm hat and gloves on. The roads are so quiet at that time in the morning, especially a Sunday morning, well some poeple have the sense to stay in bed on a Sunday morning. And not like this crazy Swede, getting all geared up to get out and about. But, the truth is that I really love getting out early while the nature is sort of undisturbed and quiet. I am use to these occassions from living in Sweden, and during the winter, getting out walking in the snow that fell during the night, painting the landscape all white. Breaking new paths in the untouched snow….ah, bliss!

  
Since I’ve taken up cycling I have been seeing such beautiful landscape that surrounds all co. Wicklow. The beauty is breath taking, imagine having all this at your doorstep (more or less), makes me feel so grateful. I’ve said it before that I aint no city girl but rather a true country girl. And in the picture above we had been climbing for a while on those ‘hilly’ roads but it was so worth it.  And look at the scenery looking down, those of you that are familiar with Wicklow will see the big ‘sugar loaf’ in the background. It’s a mountain that basically looks like a sugar loaf, hence the name. I am driving by this mountain every day going to and from work.

  
Here is a different view of the same mountain, I took this photo while out hiking with a group.

Well, going back to the adventure of yesterday’s spin. We started out on the lowland roads following the coast road leading towards Wicklow town. These are nice and narrow roads, with not too much traffic, not at that early hour anyway. Before we reached the  Wicklow town we turned right and headed more inland towards the mountains. You’ll find all sorts of roads here, some are fairly flat and some are very hilly. But we started out on a fairly flat road, it was only slightly uphills, enough to keep your legs going in a steady pace, and  comfortable. But after a while we turned up a road, where it was really steep. And when we reached the ‘hilly’ part of the road, and it was really going up, up and up. And after each turn of the road there was another hill to climb, I saw no end to it and was really thinking at that moment; ‘I must be crazy being out doing these climbs on a Sunday morning?’

But we finally reached the top anyway, and it was flattening out a little before it started to go down hill again. Great, I was thinking to myself, finally I can rest my legs for a while. And further down we reached a part where the road gets  narrower and you have to cross a short one laned bridge.  Once over the bridge there is another turn in the road, and what do I see? Yes you guessed right, another steep hill to climb, I was ready to give up at that stage.  But  was peddling along, and eventuallly we reached the lower lands again. And I was thinking about the lovely coffee and scone I would get once we reached the coffee place where we have our little gathering, before everybody goes back home.

This sunday we covered some 55km  and then adding my 6km will make it 60km in total.  And I can tell you that my legs were a bit tired, and for the rest of that day I was being a couch potato, but could feel good about it. I’ll have tomorrow off as well, to do things that I need to do.

To be out and about, especially in the nature gives me a lot of energy and it keeps me sane in the stressful world that we all live in. I will probably  keep on doing this for as long as I have the health to do so. And for being 48 years old I would say I feel in pretty good shape, all the rowing and running has certainly helped too. but in general I have always vouched for healthy living. And plan to continue doing so.  I am fortunate having good health, and for that I am grateful! 
~ Eva’s Chronicles~ 

What are you passionate about?

“Working hard for something we don’t care about is called Stress; Working har for something we love is called Passion.”

                        Simon Sinek

  
What are you passionate about?

I think that in the society we live today, when everyday is filled with all the ‘ have to’s’ and ‘must do’s’, and at times it can feel a little overwhelming. It is so easy to get caught up in everything that we have to do, that we forget about the things that we love to do. You are perhaps thinking, that ‘I can do that later, I have no time to do it  now’or ‘When all this is done I will sit down and do the stuff I enjoy’. Believe me, if you don’t take time to do what you love, now. Then you will probably never get to it because there will always be something else coming in the way that you ‘have to do’. 

At  times you may feel stressed or totally exhausted, that you don’t feel like to doing anything, well that is absolutely fine to. Because it is important to listen to our body, and if it tells you to just rest and do nothing, then that is what you should do. 

I have experienced the feeling a lot of times, not having the feeling to do anything, that nothing is fun or interests me anymore. Suppose we all go through phases in life. During the past five plus years, I’ve been working in a very stressful and at times negative environment. There were days when I was thinking, how  will I manage to go through this day? But in some miraculous way I DID manage, but I could feel that my ‘passion’ wasn’t in it, it only caused me to feel stressed out and miserable. But, when I actually started to take time to do what I really enjoy and love doing in my free time, things sort of changed and I was able to  cope with the stress better. And I could feel that my life was starting to have meaning again. Life isn’t only about working hard day in and day out, well it is good of course because it gives us what we need; a roof over our heads, food on our tables, clothes to wear etc. 

Back in 2012 I started to take my art more seriously, up until then I was not very active in creating art. I have always been drawing and all that but, it was like I needed to ‘kick’ myself to get going. Then one day I came up with the idea that I wanted to draw classic cars, and I created a few illustrations that were meant to be as a tribute to my Dad, that died suddenly  eighteen years ago, he was a truck driver.. But when I was finished with those illustrations I thought to myself that this is really fun. I  enjoy working with these classic cars,  they have so much details, and a character that you do not find in the cars we have today.

 

This is one of my early illustrations
 
The illustration above is of a Lincon Capri if I remember correctly, and I even have this cool red ‘toy’ car  which I couldn’t restist buying at an airport a few years back. During the past  three years I have built up a big portfolio of classic and vintage cars. 

 

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This vintage car is what I am currently working on, a good friend of mine has borrowed me some reference pictures of this particular car. And I am hoping to have this finished soon. When I do art  it is not unusual to me to have several work ongoing at the same time, simultaneously. At the moment I am in the last phase of a children’s book project where I am the illustrator. And having worked on this along side my ‘normal’ day job, has helped a lot to cope with stress.

Having said that, it is also important to give yourself time and space to just be and do NOTHING!  I am passionate about art, photography and the nature, and if I don’t get my fair share of those things in my life, I am snookered and get off balance, in a way. But there is also times when I simply take a Time-Out from everything, and put on my hiking gear or cycling gear and get out in the nature. There is nothing more soothing and relaxing than being outdoor in nature. 

  
Yep, this is me alright!  And it is so refreshing for the mind to get up in the mountains.  This picture was taken up in the Wicklow mountains, close to Glencree, where we were stopping for a coffee break before heading all the way down again. During this spin we did some 50km or so.

So all this is what I am passionate about and what is helping me to cope with stress. Luckily I will change job in a couple days and there will be some small changes, on a positive note.

Hope you have enjoyed reading and I wish you all a great weekend!

~ Eva’s Chronicles ~

Silence is Golden

“It is better wither to be silent, or to say things of more value than silence. Sooner throw a pearl at hazard than an idle or useless word, and do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in a few.”                        Pythagoras (500BC)

Silence is a source of Great strength”     Lao Tzu

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Sometimes it is better to be quiet than talk just for the sake of talking and getting nothing said in the end, it’s just a lot of words. I was sort of picking this topic for my post today, and sometimes I just get an idea or inspiration what to write about and I get down to it.  Ever since I was a little girl I have been very quiet, but perhaps that was due to that I was shy back then. You would rarely see me running around shouting or anything like that. When I reached my twenties I changed a little bit and got more outspoken in public. Is it good or bad being a quiet person? Well, I suppose there are both pro’s and con’s and we are all different people, some are just quieter than others. And I tend to fall under the ‘one of the quieter people‘ category.

There has been many times I wish I would have said more, and stood up more for myself when I grew up, but that just wasn’t in me and because of it I had to go through some hurdles, some small and some bigger.  However being quiet doesn’t mean that I am not interested in other people, I am a good listener and speak if I have something to say, not for the sake of just talking. I’d say that I take time with people to really listen to what they are saying. I think it is important to take time for people, especially if someone turns to you and want to vent something about their problems or whatever it might be. Having said that, there are also those that never seem to get tired of hearing their own voices and you don’t get a chance to air a single word. They just go on and on and on…and on…and at those instances I can just sit there thinking….‘don’t forget to breathe‘… I do like people don’t get me wrong but some people are just too much. I do love studying people and their behavior, some might call it to be ‘the silent observer‘.

How many times have you found yourself in situations where other people are not being considerate? They are just being very loud, almost as if they just have discovered the sound of their own voice and like it.  I raise my both hands to that I have, I don’t know how many times, found myself in situations like that. I spend a lot of times commuting to and from work every day, and there are days when it is just such a terrible journey, and the thirty something minutes I have to travel, becomes a complete nightmare. I am trying to chose a seat where I can just switch off and tune them out, but that doesn’t work unless I put my headphones on and put on some music. Sometimes it works with some nice relaxing instrumental music but at times I even have to dig out the heavy stuff, for example ACDC and put it up really loud, which seems to be the only way to shut the penetrating voices out.

This topic is really close to home because this is what I am experiencing on a daily basis, but to add a little bit of positivity, and that is that I will be leaving these noisy environment/s in a few days. To start a new job closer to home, which means I don’t have to spend time on a bus or train, thank you God! It will only be me and the car, and I do enjoy my own company, thankfully I might add. Would be scary if I didn’t. It will also be a relief to leave the city, and not having to go in there every day anymore. I am a true country person and always will be. Give me a surrounding of green lush hills and fields, lot’s of trees and I am in heaven.  I love it when you can just get out of the house and all you ‘hear‘ is the silence. Can there be anything better than that? I don’t think so anyway. You are missing out on so many beautiful things if all you do is go around making noises everywhere you go, without taking time to actually listen.

And as the first quote in this post says, it’s better to say a lot in only a few words, rather than ranting on and on and on and at the end having said nothing.

~Eva’s Chronicles ~

Some say that patience is a virtue…

‘Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will be powerless to vex your mind.’

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452 – 1519)

This is a peaceful painting that I painted a couple of years ago.

To practice patience is a hard task, and I think that many with me will agree on that. I for one, is putting my hand up saying that I have a very hard time practicing being patient. If you really want something, and when you know that you have to wait, that is like a sweet torture. And how many have been on a road trip with your children, and it’s a place they really looking forward going to, they are sitting in the back seat saying in chorus: ‘Are we there yet?!?!’ How do you tell a child to be patient? That is close to impossible. But instead we are saying: ‘We will be there soon’. And then five minutes later the question comes again: ‘Are we there yet?!?!?’ This can go on to what seems like an eternity, but as I say it is very hard to practice on being patient.

There are so many occasions in our daily life where we really need to be patient, and some days it’s easier than other days. For example we need to be patient with people that we are working with on a daily basis. Especially if they are having difficulties to understand a certain task or process, and you find yourself explaining to them over and over, and still they keep doing the same mistake over again. What do you say in those situations? Sometimes you may feel like just screaming ‘Don’t you understand what I am trying to tell you???‘ But we cannot really do that, can we? So, that is one occasion when we need to practice our patience.

Some say that patience is a virtue! But sometimes I do really wonder…! After spending a day in a noisy environment at the office, I am sitting at my work place, at one end I hear somebody talking loudly in the phone with a customer, while another person on the other side of the office is talking to another customer in a different language, also very loud. And there I am, trying to do some work when in fact I am not able to concentrate because of the noise and disturbance. This is one reason why I am not a fan of open floor plans in an office. To work in a multi-lingual company takes a great deal of patience, all cultures and people are just different. And some days works better than others. Some days I feel completely drained and is ready to hang up the ‘out of service’ sign! How many of you have felt this way? I think there are a few with me, that have felt this way at some extent in their lives. These are only a few examples, there are many other situations when patience is needed. Sitting in a traffic jam, walking on a busy street in the city, standing in a long queue at a check out till in a store, the list goes on and on….!

Well, as I said, it is not an easy task – but one shall not give up! To be patient is hard, and we need to belive that things sometimes will have its course, because we cannot force things to happen or be in a certain way. We simply need to sit back and be patient and wait, even though you might feel that you want to scream out loud, or even pull your hair.

Whenever I find myself out of sync, and to kick myself back on track, patiently waiting…I usually take a time-out and focus inwards, which sometimes is not easy to do. To meditate is a great thing, or even listening to something that inspires you. I have a good audio program, ‘The Inner Wisdom’ by Dr Wayne Dyer that I listen to. It almost always kicks me back on track if I have had a time of challenges or something that disturbs my inner peace. Sometimes being a calm person by nature, does not mean you’re always calm on the inside, even though my ‘aura’ might say something different. But suppose I am quite patient when it comes to certain things, and less patient when it comes to other things. Well, I will end here at this note, patiently waiting for something else that will inspire me to write.

~ Eva’s Chronicles ~

How can we simplify our lives?

‘Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on our thumb-nail’

                           Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

             I’m thinking about the upcoming season, christmas, and the fact that it’s less than three months to go. Some of you might be thinking and planning your christmas already. Planning your dinner, and what presents to buy, what clothes to wear…the list goes on and on. Well, I am one of those that doesn’t worry too much. Don’t get me wrong I do love Christmas and all that comes with it, the decorations…opps…did I really mention the decorations? I have to say those words quietly around here. But, I have negotiated to have them put up on December 1st.

          At this time of the year it is time for me to start creating some new winter and christmas illustrations. Last year I was doing several different types of snowmen, in different environments. And this is why I am getting into the Christmas mood early. 
  
            How would I fit this into my ‘busy’ schedule, having a fulltime job (and in a few weeks starting a new job), doing an eLearning course? Well, if there is a will there is a way, it’s all about to prioritize and simplify your life. That is a rule I try to live by as much as I possibly can. However, there are times when I am snookered, and running out of time. I think it happens to all of us from time to time. How many of you have felt so tired that you say to yourself – ‘I think I will lie down and sleep for three months!’ ? Well, perhaps not in those words, but you get the idea.

          Why do we chose to complicate things more than they need to? When it could really be so simple. Why do we run around like a headless chicken? Having to do this and that, and the wheel is spinning faster and faster. Getting dizzy just from writing this. 

          Next week is probably going to be a wee bit mad for me at work, since I am finishing up there and tying up loose ends. But I already have a plan in place for the week, to remove some of that stress from my system. I try to go the gym at least 2-3 times per week and do some rowing. That is an excellent de-stresser, for me at least. 

          It really clears the head and I can go home to Hubby when I’m done and be the sweet wife and not the ‘grumpy’ wife, not that I have a grumpy personality but it’s hard to have the mood on top every day. So, if we do the things we love and that give us inspiration and energy, I think it’s a win win situation.

           A good portion of being out in the nature usually do the trick as well, a pity it is darker in the evenings, not really a good idea to get out hugging some trees.  But always try to get some ‘sneak’ walk here and there during the day and you’ll be grand.  And remember that sometimes the simple things are the best.

              ~ Eva’s Chronicles ~

How do we adapt to changes?

  
Some say that changes are good, and I agree on that. To make changes is a good thing, expecially if we find ourselves feeling stuck in a job that makes us feel miserable, or in a relationship that is not healthy or even find ourselves living in a place where we do not feel happy. Well, there are many reasons to why we sometimes want to make changes in our lives. Changes are often necessary to be able to create an environment that is much healthier, and to perhaps break some negative patterns that we sometimes fall into.

         And how well do we adapt to changes? Well, we are all different individuals and may react and adapt differently to changes. I myself was facing some difficulties in my life over a good few years in the beginning of the new millennium, there were a lot of things that had happened and that was sort of forcing me to make some changes in my life. I took a little time out in mid 2006 and went over to stay in Virginia Beach VA, I had a very good time there taking daily walks along the beach. And in the evenings I often sat by the sea watching the waves rolling in. The months I stayed there was good for me, I got some distance from the negative things that were surrounding me back home in Sweden, and had time to reflect on things.

      Anyway, all good things has an end at some stage, and I eventually had to go back home and figure out what direction I want my life to go. This meant I had to start looking for a new job, and I was extending my job search outside Sweden.  I was having doubts that Sweden might not be the right place for me, there had just been too many sad and negative things happening. My Dad died suddenly, my marriage broke down, and there were some family matters that was not healthy.

       And, one day a German job agency approached me having a few jobs that might be interesting to me. I think I had two job interviews over the phone in the same week.  Both jobs were located in Cork city, Ireland. Fifteen minutes after my second interview, the job agency rang me asking which job I’d like to go for? I literally had to decide there and then, not a lot of time to consider the pro’s and con’s. But I was thinking – ‘What do I have to loose?’ I really needed a new change for myself, to give myself a new start, but was I prepared to leave  the country where I grew up? What would my family think? What would everybody else think? These were the things that were going on in my head.  And you can imagine only  having about fifteen minutes to decide about your life change? 

   And as you probably have guessed already , I siezed the moment and went for it.  I did not have anything to loose. I was thinking at the time, that it could not be any worse than it already was, could it?

It was on a Thursday that I let the job agency  know my decision, and on Saturday that same week I set foot for the first time in Ireland. I was going to start my new job the following Monday, which meant I would only have one day before I’d start the new job. So there I was on my own in a foreign country, trying to adapt to the big change as this was for me. I went in for a new job, knowing it would only be temporary for a month or so. But as it turned out I was one of the lucky to remain in the company at the time, and now  some nine years later I am still living in Ireland.

       When I think back to late November 2006, and my move to Ireland, it was a very sort of frightening and  unsecure time. But having said that, this was a very good decision that I made for myself. This made me grow as a person, and I managed to create a good environment for myself.  And today I am happily married  to a very nice Irish man, and my life has been given new meaning. There are still some more changes on the horizon, but these are all good changes and it feels great to have  somebody to make those changes with. 

    So for those of you out there, that is having thoughts of  making  changes for yourself. Make the changes that is for you, and do not  care of what others may say or think, you are important for you! People do always have their opinion and judgments, but  they’re not the ones that will live your life. You ARE important and you ARE allowed to take your place in this world – for YOU!

~ Eva’s Chronicles ~

Chillax and put your feet up!

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What makes  us love ‘Fridays’ so much? Well, I certainly know why I love it, to me it represents the end of the work week. And by the time you reach Friday you sort of start to feel exited and your body goes into a more relaxed mode. I don’t know about you, but I certainly do. I love coming home on a Friday evening, let my hair down and put my feet up on the couch in front of the fire place. Having that feeling of absolute bliss…just feeling the stress from being at the office all day, and being struck in traffic on the way home to beautiful Wicklow, being washed away.

Many of you that follow me on Facebook might have seen my pre-weekend posts, where I am trying to spread the happy feeling that the weekend is around the corner and it’s time to chillax and unwind. Well, we do have people that has to work during the weekends, and that doesn’t have the liberty of having the weekend off. But hopefully they’ll have other days they are off and can enjoy life!

The weekend is holy to me, in a way, even though I might have a lot of things that I need to do, it’s the feeling of being able to do it and to stick in a few moments to chillax in between. You should always take time to chillax. I am the type that always has something on the go even if I am off work, I rarely sit down for long periods. At the moment I am at the end of a children’s book project where I am the illustrator, I am also studing a course in forensic science and I am also in the process of changing my job. So, there are many changes on the way in our house, but these are all good changes.

But give me a nice sunny warm summer day now, and I’ll be out in the garden all day, but I would still be doing something out there. I bring my art tools and papers out if it’s not to windy that I have to spend time chasing after papers flying around, or simply make my self comfortable with a good book.

And this coming weekend is no different, it’s going to be full speed ahead, well not really but almost  LOL! But one thing is that I can never start a day without making my ‘special’ brew of coffee, and it should preferably be strong and mixed with some whipped milk. There’s nothing better than chilling in bed with a nice coffee and a good book, before getting up and get on with whatever needs to be done. In my next life I will probably reincarnate as a coffee bean – I probably drink more coffee than I should. But, I love the taste and smell of it. I usually finish a half filled pot on my own in the mornings, enough to make me bounce around the house full of energy.

This weekend my husband and I will take a break from our busy work lives and indulge ourselves in good food and some classical music and see the opera La Bohéme by Puccini. I think it is important to take a break now and again to do things that makes you feel good and relaxed. This will then motivate you to continue with what you’re normally doing whether it is followinging the flow or continue ‘spinning’ in the rat race of life.

Whatever your plans are for the weekend, don’t forget to breathe, relax and do things that you enjoy doing! Go out for a walk, get some fresh air or read a good book, have a glass of your favourite wine and enjoy life! We only get one chance, so we better make the most of it.

~ Eva’s Chronicles ~

“How does a nature lover survive a day in the city?”

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I love the Autumn season when the leaves changes colour, and the air change from being humid during the summer to be more crisp and fresh. You start to feel the atmoshpere changing in September, the scent of the nature gets different. Don’t get me wrong I do enjoy the summers, however they tend to be quite wet over here in Ireland. But overall it is not so bad, we do get our nice warm sunny days in between. During my years living here in Ireland I have learnt to take advantage of every nice day we have, and since I am an outdoor person I do spend a lot of time outside either in the garden, going for a spin on my bike or a hike in the mountains.

I am fortunate to live in the county of Wicklow, where we have the mountains just at our doorstep. I absolute love it there, and it also reminds me of the northern parts of Sweden. With it’s wild nature, and beautiful earth colours mixed with green. I would say that even on a rainy day the nature looks beautiful, the colours get somewhat deeper. I know that many would agree with me that Wicklow is a beautiful place.

As it happens I do have my job in the city of Dublin, which means I have to do a commute in and out of the city every day for about an hour. And how does a nature lover survive a day in the city having to be tied to a desk all day? Well for starters, I take every opportunity I can to go for a walk. In the mornings I get off at an earlier tram stop and walk the remaining distance into the office. I try to take different routes to get a little bit of variety depending on how much time I have. If I am very early I walk a longer route and if I arrive closer to eight, I take a shorter route, but I still walk. After a while it becomes a habit and something that I need to do, to manage the hours that I need to stay in the office.

The next walk I get is during my lunch, if the weather allows that is. And so far ‘knock on wood’ the weather has been lovely and dry. Some days when it’s raining and the weather is really miserable out there, I nearly climb the walls from sitting indoors.

I try to stick to different routes during my ‘city’ walks, and we have the beautiful Stephen’s Green Park close to where my office is located. And some days I simply walk over there and bring my camera, and this time of year when the leaves are changing colour and falling to the ground, the trees looks so beautiful. The whole nature is beautiful. One funny thing though, that I often come across every time I am there, there is a guy that I think works at the park maintenance area. Whenever I am walking in the park, doesn’t matter what time, he always comes running. He seems to be a serious runner. It’s funny how some people have their daily habits, just like me. He probably think the same as I do, that if I don’t get out do my running, I will go crazy!! Who knows what other’s are thinking while they are out walking or running.

The lunch walks is when I am sort of emptying my head from the drama and stress that I encounter at the office. This is my ‘me’ time – and also the reason I am able to survive my days in the city. I see many people while out walking that would benefit from taking a moment to stop and ‘smell the roses’, as the saying goes. Why running around like a headless chicken and litterally holding their phone under their nose?

These things often makes me laugh to myself though, I found it a little amusing. I did a test once with a lady, she was walking on the foot path, walking towards me. But she was so busy working away with her phone so she didn’t see me coming. I was thinking, here is my chance. So, I simply walked towards her and a few metres in front of her I stopped. I was so curious to know how she would react. Before she was about to walk into me, she looked up and managed to avoid the ‘collission’, and said with a surprised look on her face: ‘Oh, sorry sorry !’.  And then she just continued walking.

So you can imagine at by the time I finally leave the city, I feel so relieved. Thinking to myself: ‘Countryside here I come!’ And when I have parked the car outside the house, I draw a relived sigh and say to myself – ‘I survived another day in the city!’

Eva’s Chronicles

Children’s book project…

During the past six months or so I have been working on a children’s book project, where I am the illustrator of the images. This project has nearly reached the end where my job is done. And, I have been careful not posting any whole images, and still cannot do so but I just wanted to give you a little sneak peak to what I have been up to.Collage These are only a few of the illustrations. I am working with the author of this book, Anna Slyter-McCune, very closely. And it has been a very interesting journey I have to say.

It is not the easiest thing to come up with the images, without having some sort of guidelines from the author. I need to know what she wants, and how she wants it – that’s where the illustration brief comes in handy.

Since I have been working with this project along side my normal day to day job, it has taken a bit longer, basically only having the weekends available as my art time.

I have to say that I love teddy bears, so this project has been really enjoyable.

What will I do next? Well, the inspiration is always there and I am working on a few things outside this project. I did manage to finish the boat picture I was working on and you can see it here. If you would be interested to have a print of this image you can easily get it here: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/beautiful-harbour-eva-ason.html

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Here is another picture I have been working on for the coming winter and holiday season’s. This is an owl dressed up with his warm scarf and hat.

http://fineartamerica.com/featured/winter-is-coming-eva-ason.html

Hope you have enjoyed seeing my recent works, I am hoping to have more updates at a later stage. Enjoy your weekend everyone and stay tuned.