I spent Christmas hiding away in a small cabin at Sørbølfjell, Norway. Let’s have a wee look at what winter is like in the Norwegian mountains – and why I needed to get away.
Oh my, 2017 was a looong year.
For real, guys. It felt too long. And too challenging at times. Don’t get me wrong, it was far from a bad year (matter of fact it was rather good!). There were just too many things going on at once, too many questions, too many worries.
As some of you might already know, I spent the last six months of 2017 launching my own digital agency, Lykke Creative, where I offer kick-ass content creation and awesome social media strategies to small and slightly bigger brands. That was hard work indeed, and if you combine that with a deteriorating health and a few personal challenges you end up with a massively exhausted Christina.
I’m being serious here. By the end of November, I was basically a zombie.
By the time I landed in Oslo, eager to spend Christmas hols with my family, I was so exhausted that all I wanted was to fall asleep. But when I returned to my childhood home, all ready to snuggle up in my old, trusted bed, I was too stressed to sleep. And it happened night after night after night. If I hadn’t been a walking talking zombie in November, you can be dead sure I ended up as one now.
Christmas got closer, my pulse got higher, and finally – the day before Christmas – I got my mittens on a prescriprion of sleeping pills and I basically slept until December 27th. It was awesome. And I felt like a completely new person.
With NYE and 2018 getting closer, I decided I wanted to ring in the new year surrounded by a few of my favourite things: cold mountain air, freshly prepared ski slopes, huge amounts of red wine, my wee pup, and family + boyfriend.
Hence, we packed up our stuff and set off to our cabin at Sørbølfjell.
A Weekend at Sørbølfjell, Norway
In Norway, you will find that most Norwegian families have a second home in the mountains. While it’s typically way less extravagant than a normal house, the mountain cabin is still the number 1 place to go when a long week at work is over and Friday is finally approaching.
My parents recently built a new cabin at Sørbølfjell, a mountain range which is located around 2 hours west from Oslo. While the cabin itself is quite small, it’s still super cozy. And the big windows (which lets in the most magnificent sunrises) gives you the impression that you are really at one with nature. You can’t really ask for more, can you?
It was an absolutely magnificent weekend in the mountains. During the day, we would teach my boyfriend how to ski, followed by Gløgg (the Norwegian version of mulled wine) and grilling sausages outside on a bonfire. Quite odd, but it was probably the most Norwegian I’ve felt in several years.
At night, we curled up in front of the fireplace, drank wine, chatted and played boardgames. It’s a strange feeling, isn’t it? To just be utterly content.
But what now?
As of the moment, I’m back in my wee flat in Glasgow. Slowly getting back into work, into my old routines. And don’t worry, there will be a few new posts coming up here in the next weeks. It’s just that right now, I’m out of the office and I’m trying to figure out what makes me happy, what lights my spark. Meanwhile, I hope your January is going rather well x