I was a teenager in the 90s. I was extremely cool (or so I thought) getting a tribal tattoo on my lower back, smoking, and listening to rock and punk music. Okay, so the last part I still stand by.
Despite my perceived 🤟, I’ve always had a love for the happy clappy beats of Happy Hardcore. It is one of the signature elements of 90s culture, just like platform shoes, bleached hair, inflatable furniture, and plush-everything.
It also seems to have left a deeper impression on me, since many things I draw these days look like Happy Hardcore sounds. You just can’t resist the joy, so I’m happy to share with you my ultimate top 10 Happy Hardcore tunes from the 90s.
10. Technohead – I want to be a Hippy
I feel like I’m getting high just by watching the video.
I love plants, because we all know that #plantsmakepeoplehappy. I’m definitely well on my way to becoming a bit of a crazy plant lady. And obviously I’m not alone in my love for the green leafy goodness of our daylight loving flatmates (as long as it’s not too direct). People have been sharing their love through amazing photos, illustrations, paintings, and of course getting their love eternalised on their skin with a badass plant tattoo.
If, like me, you’re thinking of getting a new tattoo, here are some of my favourite plant tattoo inspirations out there.
While I’m writing this, Europe is melting under a heatwave. Trust me, I won’t argue with people who are using air conditioners to survive temperatures of over 40° degrees. I was one of them before I moved to the considerably cooler Sweden. However, it does get me thinking though. The hotter it gets the more air conditioning we’re using which means the hotter it’s going to get. A vicious circle of air conditioned doom.
Cool down a room without air conditioning?
So what alternatives are there? Apart from the obvious, like keeping your shades down and switching off unused electronics, there are also tons of articles out there about how indoor plants can help cool down a room. Seriously? It’s the dream! Imagine for a plant lover like myself to find out that to help save the planet I would have to FILL MY HOUSE UP WITH PLANTS?! Where do I sign up?
Obviously (gestures widely around the website), I’m a fan of nature and all that planty mountainy good stuff. So I was quite surprised when I recently came across the term “forest bathing” and had no idea what the hell people were talking about.
Sometimes life gets tough, we are burried in tasks, feel like we need to do 10 things at the same time, and that the day needs another 12 hours in it for us to be able to get ahead. If you’re feeling stressed, take a little breather, and check out these inspirational nature quotes that will hopefully put a smile on your face. There’s much we can learn from old and new wise people alike, such as Lao Tzu, Steve Martin, and Sebastian from The Little Mermaid.
Are you feeling like spending a lazy weekend on the sofa? Nothing wrong with that. But maybe you wish you could muster up the motivation to get outside a bit more, go for a walk, a run or even a hike? Check out these three badass women mountaineers’ stories, and I’m sure you’ll have a hard time finding any more excuses to hide inside.
1. Lucy Walker – Up the Matterhorn with Cake and Champagne
Born in 1836, Lucy Walker is credited to be the first woman to make the Alps her playground. She first picked up hiking when her doctor told her to get more active to fight her rheumatism. That’s right, she suffered from a disease that would cause her horrible pain in her joints and to fix it she started climbing mountains. As you do.
I’ve recently picked up running again. The stress is on “again” because I dig out my running shoes about once every year, start running for a few weeks, feel my endurance getting better. Then my knee starts hurting, I stop, and the shoes go back in the closet. Rinse and repeat.
To be honest, living in a city, running along roads full of traffic, breathing car fumes… it’s a bit of a turn-off. Recently I came across trail running. Like running, on hiking trails? I got curious. I love hiking and being out in nature, so maybe this was the trick that would keep me running for longer than 2 weeks? That would actually maybe even make me enjoy running?
Images of trail runners look like the sport is only for the ultra-hard though. For those guys that are bored running marathons, so they run up a mountain instead. While I’m a frequent running newb, I’m still a newb, as in running 5k is kind of a big deal. Decidedly, non-ultra.
Is trail running something I can even attempt? And how do I go about it? I embarked on a little research asking myself all the stupid questions I had and trying to find some answers.
When I was a kid, my parents used to take me hiking. Each year, for a week at least. Sometimes two. I didn’t really care, because there were always other children around to play with and you just kind of go along with what your parents do anyway.
When I was turning from a kid to a teenager though, the whole affair started to get decidedly uncool. Why were we walking up hills for no reason? Why couldn’t I just stay in and listen to music? And good grief, why did those hiking boots have to be so ugly?
It was then that I decided that hiking was for old people only and that anybody with any sense of what was cool could clearly find better ways to spend their time.
I held on to that belief for way too long. It wasn’t until my late twenties that I decided to give hiking another shot. I was having a bit of a crappy time and desperately needed to get out of town.
Untrained as I was, I went on a trip to the mountains with my best friend and we hiked our way up and across some pretty challenging paths. It. was. awesome.
My anxiety couldn’t keep up with me, and I just mercilessly left it behind somewhere on the mountain. Coming out the other end of the trip, I felt sore but happy, and super proud of what we had accomplished. Clearly, those old people had known all along what they were doing. So what is it then, that makes hiking such an amazing experience?
Stress is the plague of the modern age. Everybody is struggling with it and most people don’t really know how to deal with it. We run around, constantly busy, working on getting ahead in life. We’re trying to meet obligations, expectations and to stay on top of our to-do list. We’re constantly checking our phones for notifications while juggling work and private life. Get that presentation done in time. Take the garbage out before it smells. Make sure the laundry is clean before you run out of underwear. Pay that bill. Call that client. Oh, and don’t forget to get fit and healthy.
No wonder we’re all going down the rabbit hole. So what do we do? We deal with it in whatever way makes us feel, well, less stressed. For some that means having a few beers every night to wind down, others meditate, some embrace the stress and convince themselves that that’s what a successful person’s life should be like.
I have had periods where I would come home after an 11h workday, lie on my bed and listen to ocean sounds for 2 hours before I was able to sleep. Good times!
Fortunately, there’s an increasing amount of research that is looking to understand the effects of stress on the brain, and what we can do to reduce it.
We already know the big items on the list, like getting more active, getting enough sleep, eating healthy, and meditating. We also know that caffeine, drinking, and smoking might seem like they’re helping but are actually stressing your body out even more. But what else is there?