Some minutes of light

We are in the middle of December now, and for many weeks we haven’t even seen a glimpse of the sun. It’s been hidden under a thick layer of clouds. And december is a very dark time of the year even if its a clear sky, since we only can see the sun for about an hour above the treetops before it goes back down. 
But in some way I really love this time. I love the extremes. The very dark December, and the very light June. The midnight sun and the polar night. 
It’s so special and magical in some way. 

But today, we FINALLY saw the light from the sun again. It was still behind clouds but it was so beautiful to just see the light and the beautiful colors on the sky. That really made my day! I flew up with my drone so that I could take a photo of it. 

It’s only in the contrasts where we really can appreciate life. We need the darkness to see the light. We need the cold to feel the warmth. We need to put ourself in discomfort to appreciate the comfort. 
And every year this time I get the same deep feelings of gratitude for the light and the sun. It’s ok to live in darkness for a long time each year just to get this feeling when standing in the window and suddenly feel a little ray of sunlight hitting your face. It’s like being flushed with a wave of love. It’s like I wanna cry every time.

Our cat Nayeli must have also felt very happy about the little sunlight we got today, since she sat in the window looking out for a long time while the sun was visible. 

My beautiful home. I took this photo of the village today. And I always love to see Grundtjärn from far away. It really gives you perspective of how far away we live from towns, cities and streetslights. All you can see is forest everywhere. 

I wanted to share with you about a book I got back in October, that I recently started reading. It means a lot to me, since it’s a friend of mine who wrote it. His name is Pelle Lundström, and I am sure my old, fellow blogreaders that’s been reading my first blog has seen him in some earlier posts. 

I first got to know him on a Nordic conference in Finland back in 2015. He held a speech together with his friend and colleague Lena, which really moved me and inspired me a lot. They worked in a “youth center” for teenagers called Kåken and did so much amazing work for young people. They were so passionate about what they did! Later the same year I was invited to their center “Kåken” to have a speech myself, and it was so much fun to see them again!

Lena, me and Pelle after the speech at Kåken, in May 2015.

Next time I saw Pelle was when he came visiting my art exhibition in 2016. And after that we been seeing each other once a year as he spontaneously comes visiting me and Johan sometime in the summer every year, which we always appreciate so much! (We didn’t meet this crazy year though, but we will have to meet extra long next time 🙂 )

 

Pelle is one of the most inspiring people I know. Ever since the first time I met him I’ve been fascinated by the stories he have told from his life. I have always wondered why there isn’t a film made about him. I love when he comes visiting us and we never want him to leave since its SO interesting to just sit and talk with him, about anything!

A few years ago he started writing a book about his life and all the experiences he has gone through and all the lessons he have learned along the way. I was SO happy about that! And now in October, after many years of work and writing, I got this book sent to me. It’s called “Från bränt barn till eldsjäl”, which is hard to find a good translation for in English, but maybe something like ” From a burnt child to a fire soul”.
I actually cried a little tear as I hold it in my hands. 
I just felt so thankful that he actually did it! He has so much to share and his experiences can be of so much help and inspiration to others.

I know he put his heart and soul into this, and I almost felt as if I held a piece of his life in my hands. I was so happy! 
And now I recently started reading it (I wanted to wait until I really had more time and peace in my soul to take it in) and I have come a little less then half way into the book. It brings up a lot of feelings reading what he has gone through already as a young child and it’s interesting to see how even the smallest things can be a big change in a child’s life. From his perspective now it’s so much easier to see where things went wrong and why it lead into a path where he ended up in prison as a young adult.

It made me realize the importance that the adults have in young peoples life’s. How things like not being trusted or seen or respected can actually destroy someones life for good. It leads into a path that later on leads into a worse path and so it goes on…

Even though I have not read the whole book yet, I know that this book is about change.
That everyone can change and that everyone deserves to get a chance to change. It’s never to late.

Pelle really did that. He started off really hard with criminality and violence but totally changed the path of his life and are now the most shining soul I know…a real “fire soul” that inspires so many people. 
I am so, so thankful for this. 

Pelles book “Från bränt barn till Eldsjäl”

The book is in Swedish and I know most of you who read this does not speak Swedish, but for those who do and are interested in reading his book you can find it HERE.
And if you ever wanted to learn Swedish but just waited for a good reason, now this is the reason 😉

I wanted Nanook to pose with the book, since Pelle is Nanook’s favorite human on this earth. He always gets over the moon excited when Pelle comes. 

Pelle and Nanook on our kitchen floor, summar 2019 🙂 


I was going to take a photo of the text that Pelle wrote to me in the book but Nanook put his paw on the page and my heart melted! So I just had to add this photo as well since it looked so cute 🙂 

I was sooo happy to read this. I will try to translate it for you:
Best Jonna. You and Stjärnfödd/Starborn has been with me as inspiration through every page of my book

Stjärnfödd/Starborn is one of my photo artprints that he owns and that has been with him during these years that he’s been writing his book. 

Thank you with all my heart Pelle! I can’t wait to continue reading your book now! ♥

Find his book here

It was a while ago since my last blogpost. It’s really been a crazy half year with so much work in many different ways, so I still feel like I try to catch up with everything. I still haven’t found that rythm I am searching for. But both me and Johan have been working really hard these months so I think thats why it feels like we are always a few steps behind with everything else.
But that is ok and I am not stressing about it. And I know for sure that now as Christmas comes things will slow down. 

We are in the darkest time of the year now and I feel like things are suppose to go slow now. Its a good time for sitting in front of the fire. Drinking tea. Reading a book. Mediate. Make good food. All those cozy things that I’ve been longing for. 
So now during Christmas that will be our number one focus. 

I really hope you aswell, wherever you are, will take some time to yourself and calm down. I know December can be such a crazy month. Its good to remind ourselves to slow down and breath. 

I will end this superlong blogpost now with my 3 last videos that I had not yet shared here on the blog! Maybe you have already seen them, but I will share them here anyway. My last video was actually published yesterday, and it’s a 3 hour long ice song that I recorded from the “singing ice” now in November. I really recommend listening to these sounds if you want to relax. I really like to have the ice sounds in the background while writing or reading or just relaxing. 

I want to wish you all a beautiful week! Take care and I see you soon!
Much love to you all! ♥

46 thoughts on “The light, the book and the ice

    • tony carroll says:

      Hejjjjjjj Thanks For all the Great Vlogs UpdatesAnd Especially You** As you Cheer Up My Life so Much and I just Love Your endearing Qualities Hope You Got My Xmas Kort As sent To address But Heyy Uget so many I guess So wishing You johan Family&Team God Jul Gott Nytt A”**r puss kram tony c Uk xxxx

      • Shubhangi Manoharan says:

        Hey Jonna,
        This is shubhangi from India. I am 52 years old.Today is the first day when I saw your YouTube channel. My daughter Nikita introduced me to it and believe me you, I had an instant connect with you.
        You are a pure soul with child like innocence and energy. I see my reflection in you.
        Your videos(watched 5 today) are very soothing and heart warming. You make one of the harsh seasons look so beautiful and interesting through your photography..
        I don’t know why but my eyes teared up while watching you. You must have inspired thousand of viewers to follow their heart and do what makes them most happy. I too hope to get inspired one day and leave all worldly things behind and follow my heart in the mountains.
        There is a saying in Hindu scripture that says Everyone in this world has a work (karma) to do while on Earth and I think yours is to make millions happy, calm and thankful for every little thing around them. Watching your videos is like meditation.
        I will be watching all your videos and getting more and more inspired to live my life on my terms.
        Thanks for sharing your life with me Jonna. Hope to meet you one day.
        Lots of love and warm wishes to you.
        Shubhangi.

  1. Rosina Espig says:

    Hej ❤️
    How wonderful to read something from you again! I am looking this page up for news nearly every day ?

    And yes I do remember Pelle and when I am a little more stable financially I will definitely buy his book! Already put it on my “Swedish – learning-booklist” but for now I will continue to practice with children books, that’s my current level at this time ?

    Thank you for being the light you are, thank you for taking the time you need…. ❄️✨
    Lots of love from me and my herd ?❤️
    Stor kram,
    Rosina

  2. Minnamari Niinivirta says:

    Hello, I just wanted to write that also Finland has glögg! I think every Finnish person loves that too. <3

    I am huge fan of your videos, thank you for filming and sharing the beauty of our amazing Nordic nature. <3

  3. Avilek says:

    Every moment you share with the whole world ia just PERFECT and so your words! THANK YOU SO MUCH for the lovely details when in Nature and at your cozy place! so much LOVE. Avilek.-

  4. Annie Huynh says:

    Love to read your writing, it made my soul getting o warmer with full of dreaming in December – my best love moment of the year.

  5. Jenny says:

    Så himla kul att läsa!
    Jag känner (eller kanske kände) Pelle lite oxå eftersom jag jobbade i ett projekt med nyföretagande, i Kåken, i samma veva som du var där.
    Så jag var och lyssnade på dig på Kåken, du fick en keramikhäst av mig ?. Fantastisk föreläsning!
    Du ören fantastisk människa och en otrolig förebild ❤️

  6. Claudia Opitz says:

    Dear Jonna <3
    such a joy to read you again 🙂
    The more photos I looked at especially read your thoughts I thought :
    " Jonna has now completly arrived in her new blog ! "

    My girlfriend an I live in the north of Jämtland and have similar weather and also emotional experiences.
    We will order the book or get it at the Academibook store in Oestersund 🙂 maybe immediately because my friend is studying Socionomin.
    She`s done her studies in a year 🙂

    Thank you again for all the beautiful pictures and videos and sharing your thoughts and feelings with us.
    dear greetings from Claudia Amitola

    • BADOLLE says:

      Bonjour, j’ai découvert vos vidéos par hasard et j’adore, les photographies sont superbes et on sent en vous l’artiste!
      J’adore la nature et trouve dans vos vidéos de l’évasion et du bonheur. Je suis ravie car je comprends vos paroles, moi qui ne parles pas trop l’anglais. Bonne continuation !

  7. Robin Riebsomer says:

    Hi Jonna,
    I have watched all your videos, even the earliest ones. They always give me a moment of lovely relaxation. I love the way you celebrate the ordinary miracles in life. I hope you have a lovely Christmas full of wonder and joy.

  8. Linda says:

    Dear Jonna,
    You are always such an inspiration to us all. Even in times like now. Thank you!! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

  9. Chantall says:

    I think we can trust Nanook’s instincts about other people 🙂
    Wish I was able to read Pelle’s book. Maybe in the future I will be.

    Wishing you, Johan, your family and the team a merry Christmas & a happy 2021.

  10. Lars 8463 says:

    Gomorgon Jonna
    Ligger och tänker, boken är
    lite som tiden vi har framför oss.
    Mörk på flera sätt, ljusnar, bakslag.
    Tankar slår rot, får jaget att växa
    upp ur omgivningen och så nya
    tankefrön.
    Men brända barn blir även aska.
    Så hemskt att det behövs
    men FINT!!! Att du finns Pelle ❤
    Såg ut som en skön kontrast
    att få bli “golvad” av Nanook.
    Önskar dig en FIN! Jul

    Och Jonna, dina videos…
    Ligger och tänker, på alla känslor
    och tankar som ligger bakom
    det jag nu ser framför mig.
    Jag tror jag ser dom för att vi är lika.
    Men är glad för att vi är olika.
    För du får mig att se, det jag inte sett.
    Som “isfisar” luktar dom? ? ❤
    En blek “måne” bland “isberg”, fjäll.
    Fyra tassars LIVSGLÄDJE!!!
    på snöig grusväg.
    För en tid sedan stod jag i månljus
    med ett fruset universum
    under mina fötter.
    Jag tänkte inte på det då.
    För både jag och tanken stod stilla.
    När skuggan rörde sig
    I ljuset över isen.
    Lyssnade på sången som reste sig
    när temperaturen föll.
    Men tänker på det nu.

    Önskar alla ljus i mörkret.
    För en lång kopp.
    KRAM

  11. Melianna says:

    I was smiling while reading this long blog post. It reminded me of your old blog. I’m always happy to follow your daily life.

    This book sounds really good and heartbreaking at the same time. I hope it will be translated into english one day.

    Thank you so much Jonna for this third ice song video. I often listen to your ice song videos while i’m writing and reading.

    I wish you a happy christmas from France !

  12. Volker Menz says:

    ce – ice bathing. You gave me courage Jonna to do it again. Thanks! Today is a long time (the last time on November 30th, 2019) that I was ice bathing again. Out of the comfort zone. And yes, it was tough. Very, very windy. I had lost a lot of weight, a lot. That’s why it’s twice as hard. But, water is my element and I’ve been ice bathing every year. Now I’ll do it more often again, but without wind. And the video here is beautiful. An incomparable beauty that only bright souls can produce. Thank you so much. Much love- Volker
    Eis – Eisbaden. Du hast mir Mut gemacht Jonna, es wieder zu tun. Danke! Heute seid langer Zeit (das letzte mal am 30.November 2019) das ich wieder Eisbaden war. Heraus aus der Kompfortzone. Und ja, es war hart. Sehr, sehr windig. Ich hatte viel Gewicht verloren, sehr viel. Darum ist es doppelt hart. Aber, Wasser ist mein Element und ich bin jedes Jahr Eisbaden gewesen. Jetzt werde ich es wieder öfter tun, aber ohne Wind. Und das Video hier ist wunderschön. Eine unvergleichliche Schönheit die nur helle Seelen hervorbringen können. Vielen, lieben Dank. Viel Liebe- Volker

  13. Francesca says:

    Dear Jonna,
    I’m writing from Italy, not far from the Dolomites ?? I’m a new follower-reader and a very passionate fan of yours! Finding and watching your videos and art pieces in general is helping me to go through this tough year in a way I couldn’t possibly imagine. I know it might sound wired, but it’s like you give me the “permission” to dream, plan, build a new future… but also to feel myself, slow down and find my own path.
    I’m in love with nature and I’m looking for a way to build my life and work around it.
    You’re such a light and inspiration for me! Thank you very much!
    PS: a friend and I, with our boyfriends, are going to make glögg for the new years eve! Or try at least!! I hope we’ll be able to make a good one! We’re looking for good recipes on the internet. ??

    Lost of love from Italy to you, Johan, your family and the lovely Nanook! ?

  14. Julia O'Donovan says:

    Hi Jonna ♥ I feel the same way about the extremes – I would love to move closer to the Arctic Circle so I could experience the wide weather varieties!
    I’ve been picking up a little Swedish every now and then from following some Swedish people on Instagram, so perhaps one day I’ll be able to read his book ? Also, I love that candle fixture you have in your window. It’s so pretty!
    Love from Texas ♥

  15. Birgitta says:

    Så glad att jag nu hittat din nya sida! Så jättefint inlägg och många fina bilder. Önskar er nu en fin vinter och ljus vår ??

  16. Claudia says:

    Dear Jonna, dear Johan, kära Nanouk <3
    in this order 🙂
    hope you are healthy? I very much hope that you don`t have a power outage?! i hope you have enough firewood in the house to heat ,
    I hope that the snow is not so high that you can heardly go outside ! Of course also enough to eat .

    When so much snow falls, we realize how limited our lives are without electricity.
    A little message would be so nice.
    Dear , lovely greetings <3
    from the snowy Jämtland I send too you
    Claudia
    P.S. we now have the book by Pelle Lundström 🙂

  17. Sara Elizabet says:

    Jonna! I’ve been reading your posts for some time now but oh how I yearn to live such a mindful life. It pains me at times to wake up where I do. I am happy but I want to experience nature in its fullness, to swim in the water and touch the snowy trees, and to feel the ice underneath my feet. I hope you post soon!

  18. Josephine says:

    Wow 🙂 jag har inte varit inne ett tag pa din blogg och din YouTube sa det är först nu jag läser detta. Sa vackra fotografier och vilken spännande bok!! Jag har en lang lista nu pa böcker fran Sverige som jag absolut maste beställa och läsa, det blir inte billigt men…. Jag har ju inget svenskt bibliotek att ga till härnere. :-/

    bl.a. Fredrik Backmans bok “Trasiga människor” (ligger fyra pa New York Times best seller lista!) och “Bomullsängeln” av Susanna Alakoski och “översten” av Ola Larsmo (och sa denna nu 😉
    Med din publicitet kommer nog första upplagan att bli slutsald pa ett kick! Jag hoppas att den mycket snart blir översatt till engelska. 🙂

    Jag är glad att ni mar bra och att det gar bra för er. Jag hoppas att ni har fatt fina vinterdagar med vila och skönhet. >3 *kram* Josephine

  19. Salome says:

    Dear Jonna,i want to thank you for being such a bright, lovely ,down to earth and caring person. I am watching your videos everyday,as a daily therapy and i will admit that all the good things that were hidding in me, are coming out now.Your videos are like a ray of sunshine,a ray of hope that we all need now,so thank you for making me to realize what is really impprtant and how the smallest things can be the most amazing and wonderful ones.Love Sweden,love amazing nature that you have there and feel a very big joy , excitement and warmth in my heart and soul ,whenever i see your beautiful videos or photos that depict nature’s beauties in their best. P.S. You and Johan are the cutest and the best couple i have ever seen in my life! I wish you happiness and best of luck in your life!! Much love and hugs))

  20. karen says:

    Hi Jonna, have you ever mentioned the star sign of you husband? I know you are a cancer, and I was wondering, as you seem to be so compatible, which sign he is?

    Thank you!

  21. Teodora Toth says:

    Hi Jonna,

    i just found it on your blog and your work.
    Amazing what you do, is very inspiring to me your free soul. <3

    I saw you collect herbs for herbal tea.
    I do the same and these plants are great pieces.
    Pls, tell me what you put the tea leaves in to soaking of the mug.
    I don't like to put it in a metal holder.

    How are you doing?
    Many thx.

  22. Iwona says:

    Hi Jonna
    You create wonderful things. It is all so inspiring. In one of your films you mentioned birch tea. This made me very curious, I started to read more about it. Can you write when is the best time to collect the leaves – now I can’t remember which movie it was. You only use young leaves or twigs and those hanging shoots with seeds too. Do you only use them as Tea only? Do you use birch in any other way?
    Best regards

  23. Gail says:

    Jonna,

    I found your blog and songs by accident one day as I was searching for meditative music for a class I was teaching. I love the sounds of the ice, I listen to them daily they seem to make me feel whole. Thank you for taking your time in creating such beauty.

    Love from Arizona (Valley of the Sun)

  24. Louis LaGuardia says:

    Hello,
    I find your videos inspirational and motivational.
    You approach everything with hope, and show a humbleness in difficulty that is real.
    Such as the key being locked, and with uplifting messages, but sharing the set backs and struggle.
    It is clear at times the challenges which mount, beit task at hand, or harshness of environment, should discouragement be expressed, you acknowledge this as human.
    Always followed with relentlessness to continue.
    To not quit, on an idea, a challenge, to follow a dream.
    I am a landscaper by trade. A small business in Connecticut, U.S. I am blessed with my wife Amy, daughter Isabella, sons Maxwell and Gabriel.
    Within the last 2 years I’ve attempted to craft custom wood n stone products within my design n build clients. With responsibilities to support everyone.
    Often to my peers, and family it was foolish.
    Using reclaimed wood, hiking and hauling out tree fall, with a chain saw, and collecting various types of stone.
    To cut as veneer. I became disinterested in the spec materials and high cost of cheap materials that are common and cold in my trade.. I spent time in view of others as waste, in experimenting with stone cutting, and hand milling lumber. I found peace in these materials. In ideas, in building things, often failing.
    I’d joke prototype 5.0 but as a front. Thinking they’re right I’m wasting time.
    I became disinterested in cleaning yards, and building outdoor living from a material catalog.
    To a point where I began to listen to others.
    And view my ideas as foolish.
    I found your videos in a simple search of Northern Lights and environmental fly overs.
    And didn’t realize the art and inspiration you share would offer me support to think.
    I’m not quitting on my ideas.
    I cannot simply quit my existing business model.
    But in last 3 months 2 fence projects I contracted where custom builds. And 4 other projects this summer as under scheduleding deposit are stone projects, incorporating post and beam material.
    All materials as custom that will not be purchased from distributors. The time spent crafting materials is slowly becoming reality. To become a custom design and build contractor. Offering materials no one can duplicate. An art outlook to a heavy labor trade.
    Adding a new love for my business which became a job over the years.
    So long story, Long or short,
    Thank you. I used the winter as my time to craft.
    CT between N.YC. and Boston is nothing like your area, but my family and neighbors thought I was crazy. Always coming home with various collected materials as thought of as waste or wasted labor and time. Using space heaters to work, and being out when everyone was cozy inside.
    Again viewing me as crazy, or in mid life crisis.
    Watching your videos was in many ways inspiring to say forget what others think. Follow your heart and ideas. And suck it up when conditions are difficult and it would be easier to sleep a day away watching streaming shows to binge.
    So bests to you and your freinds/ work crew.
    And thank you for offering, support. Unknowingly to me and I’m sure many many others on around our world.
    Sincerely, Peace, and Bests
    Louis LaGuardia

  25. r says:

    Tänk att det var reportage om telias nedstängning av telenätet i norrland. Det var på dn hemsida idag 2 maj. Ingen tele och fiber. Det var precis så det var i din gamla blogg och de intervjuar frida bylund i myckelgensjö. Det känns precis som vi är tillbaka där det började och du hade ditt första jobb.

  26. Anna says:

    Do you wanna build a snowman?
    ( Write a blog post )
    Come on, let’s go and play
    I never see you anymore
    Come out the door
    It’s like you’ve gone away
    We used to be best buddies
    And now we are not
    I wish you would tell me why
    ( You don’t need to, I know )
    We only have each other
    It’s just you and me
    ( From a very particular point of view )
    What are we gonna do?
    ( Maybe write a little? )
    Do you wanna build a snowman?
    It doesn’t have to be a snowman

  27. Granpabbie says:

    If you want some food for thought check Netflix series “Katla” by Icelandic director, screenplay writer, producer Baltasar Kormákur.
    A masterpiece from the “Land of the Gods.”

  28. Johanna Ene says:

    Oh, I just got here from your old blog, read your last blog post over there and isn’t it so strange that even though I don’t know you I felt such a strong overwhelming feeling of nostalgia, a little sadness but also happiness for you! ^_^ I’ve been reading about your journey almost since the start. It’s so amazing to get to see how someone follows her dreams and blossoms! I so admire you, a true inspiration as you are in every step of your way. Keep going, I’ll be watching you! (Hahah that sounded too creepy!) 😀

  29. Wendy Pouse says:

    I’ve been watching your videos on YouTube and I saw on one you said you had the ice sounds available to download for free somewhere. I forget which video it was on and I can’t find it now. Can you help me find it? I would love to download it. I love your art and jewelry and your videos. I recently found out that I am 28% Sweden DNA! I knew at least 50% was from Norway and some from Germany but I never knew I had any Sweden in me. I wish I could afford to get something for my 40th birthday that’s one month away. I am trying to plan to at least retire over there somewhere. I hate living in the US.

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