The future is female.

Your heart is a muscle the size of your fist. Keep loving, keep fighting.

It’s International Women’s day! I love the feminine traits and energy in both women and men. I love all the ways it can be channelled and expressed, and the power that comes with it. But it’s too often being demeaned and/or exploited; looked upon as something weak or stupid, hysterical, sexual or objectified. This is out of the (feminine) subject's control, and it’s heavily integrated into our society.

If you are able to stay quiet in the face of injustice, if you don’t see oppression and why we still need feminism and this day, it’s through privilege. If you are a man or a woman as lucky and privileged as me (white, cis, straight-passing, middle-class, and with an able body): make room for other people’s stories and struggles. None of us is free until all of us are free.

There are just as many ways of being human as there are humans. The things we talk about and ask for are not complex or big, they're very simple. And it's the same in every fight for social justice. We want empathy and love. Our society is built on injustice and economical, social and political imbalance, from years and years of subtle (and not so subtle) manipulation, violence and control. And we want to change that. We want empathy and love: the two most basic human needs. It's not rocket science, it's not (or at least, should not be) a new form of hate.

We need to talk about this, fight for this; we need to challenge the status quo and look for the non-discriminating alternative. From the bigger things like education, human rights and safety, to the smaller things like “the pink tax”. Fight for trans-women. Fight for fat women. Fight for Muslim women. Fight for black women. Fight for Latina women. Fight for Asian women. Fight for dark-skinned women from every ethnicity. Fight for sex workers. Fight for poor women. Fight for feminine traits in men. Fight for every nuance of being human. Show it. Make room for it. Love it. And do it fiercely.  ✊🏿✊🏽✊🏾✊🏻


The Blaze just released their newest video called "Heaven", and I want to share it with you because I'm kind of stoked. There's something in the way they portray brotherhood and masculinity that moves me every time: the dancing, touching, playfulness and love. If you haven't seen their first video, "Territory", I lowkey command you to do so. It has been my favourite piece of visual art (right up there with Lemonade) since I first saw it one year ago.

I love this stuff #2.

  • I just finished reading "Six of Crows" and it's one of the best books I've ever read.
  • Yoga with Adriene follows the Yoga Revolution challenge from last year with Yoga True, a wonderful gateway to strengthen your yoga practice, check in with yourself and have a little fun on the mat.
  • CodeWars, for getting better at logic and algorithms.
  • I've found it very helpful to create a pre-workout routine for myself, where I mentally prepare and get hyped before I go to the gym. Mine consists of writing (by hand) my exercises, sets and reps, taking my pre-workout supplements, thinking through my goals and my intentions.
  • Kids seeing themselves as heroes and recreating the Black Panther movie posters is everything. Representation matter. Photographed by Asiko.
  • "Capitalizing on the self-care movement" is a short, good read from The Strand on a subject I find very important.
  • You can follow the progression of daylight and spring slowly approaching here.
  • The greenhouse in the university garden here in Bergen (pictured).

(It's 2018 and I don't know if we still use bloglovin', but if you do, you can follow me there. Xoxo.)

Sparks // waves.

In order to find some kind of coding spark again, I spent Friday night toying around with Nuxt.js and tested out some graphics and animations in CSS. It's been months since I had an evening where I just have sandbox fun with new frameworks and libraries and bite-sized projects. And even though I have the little voice in the back of my head yelling at me for not working with ~real math~ and logics (as I talked about here), it's sessions like this where I learn and grow the most.

See the Pen Waves by Helene Konstantine Dunlop (@ljonjivita) on CodePen.

And it's evening like this that made me fall in love with coding in the first place. 
So I made some slow and steady waves of motivation. And a pulsating greeting.

An ode to my winter heart.

[sharp inhale] I don't know, friends. It felt like January lasted for three months. My hands are stained green with chlorophyll, compensating for the lack of colour outside, inside, everywhere, everywhere, everywhere. When I'm stuck mentally I move physically; so I move .. a lot. I'm homesick and want to travel, restless and tired. And still, it's all good. I try to keep the perspective I've gathered from the last winters and the depression that followed me for years. I strive to shape my body and mind as an ode to my winter heart. It's a bad week, not a bad life.

Really, it's not necessarily even bad.
Growth has never been comfortable.