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Curious reader. Recovering procrastinator. Newly discovered joy of writing. Mother of two tweens. Coffee nerd.

Book lover, procrastinator, curious, and mother

Author with her family at Besseggen.
Author with her family at Besseggen.

Hi, I’m Elin.

I am a Norwegian girl, living in beautiful Telemark with my husband, two girls, a dog, a cat and, two rabbits.

I have an MSc in Biophysics and Medical Science and a BSc in Nutrition. These educations taught me a lot, but I’ve still not been able to find a meaningful way to spend my days. Therefore, I am constantly searching for who I am and what I want to do. I have a curious mind. I am always looking for new and exciting knowledge, inspiration, and how to improve myself. That’s why I love Medium. …

My kids are becoming independent.

A happy girl on a roof
A happy girl on a roof

Last year my kids were selfish and argued about everything. Without me noticing, they have started to support each other and make good, responsible decisions. They are becoming independent and having a life of their own. I’m a proud mom. At the same time, it gives me a feeling of melancholy.

I try to capture every minute
The feeling in it
Slipping through my fingers all the time
- ABBA, ‘Slipping Through My Fingers’

A new phase

I haven’t become completely dramatic yet. I know my job isn’t over. However, we’ve entered a new phase. My current role is to encourage my kids…

Unfortunately, there’s no one else to blame

Girl doing handstand in boat
Girl doing handstand in boat

Are you discontented with your health and feel the need for initiating a healing process? To increase the possibilities of success, the desire for change must come from within. It doesn’t matter what area in your life you lack contentment. Inner motivation is your most valuable tool in the changing process. No one can make you do anything. Your healing is your responsibility. You stand accountable for your progress, and there is no one to blame if you fail to reach your goal.

“There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the…

For me, that’s quite an achievement

Making coffee over fire
Making coffee over fire

I never dreamed of becoming a writer. Truth is, the thought of writing scared the crap out of me. I joined Medium to read, learn, and be inspired. However, reading tons of stories made me change my mind. I started insecure and doubtful. One month in I’m more experienced, but still struggling to get past beginner’s doubt. But mostly I am delighted I´ve persisted this first month.

“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”
— John Bingham



I’m excited because I now have a writing journey. One month ago I would…

My kids are growing up, and I have something to tell them

The author’s daughters are happy and playing with each other
The author’s daughters are happy and playing with each other

My tweens are wonderful, happy, busy, easily influenced, energetic, and have a lot to say. I am a lucky mom. They are typically talking non-stop or being busy with their iPhones. While they’re in school, I’m taking this opportunity to share my caring advice. I hope they will keep these useful lessons in mind on their life’s journey.

To fellow parents

I hope you find inspiration in my list of advice. Perhaps you’ll even decide to compose a similar list for your kids?

1. Be curious and open-minded

You have so much to learn. Seek knowledge. See things from a different perspective. Pay attention, and you can gain…

Win your struggle by being bold, curious, and persistent

A deeply focused girl
A deeply focused girl

Is beginner’s doubt keeping you from publishing your writing? Becoming a writer is a journey. Courage, curiosity, and persistence will make you better. I’ve learned that if I always listen to my inner critic, I will never reach my potential. Dare to publish, even if your story is not perfect.

Publishing is the vulnerable release of your words and thoughts

To publish the imperfect is scary. You expose your inner thoughts. It’s vulnerable. The least you need is people to criticize your work when you’ve dared to put it out there. Naked.

I’m not an experienced writer. I haven’t been writing for decades. Not even for 6 months. Every time…

7 lessons learned from throwing myself into freezing water

“Challenge yourself; it’s the only path which leads to growth.”
― Morgan Freeman

“I’m stuck in a lazy comfort zone and I no longer challenge myself.”

Have you ever gained this unpleasant insight? This happened to me at the beginning of this year. An unexpected comment from my daughter gave me a much-needed kick in the butt. My perspective changed from limitations to opportunities.

With a little shift in mindset, I was ready to set new and exciting goals. The first one became to start ice bathing. My second, ongoing goal is to be a writer.

Why Ice Bathing?

I have always admired…

Thanks for an incredibly informative and inspirational post! I will read this many times.

Or can I become a writer in control of my own days?

I want to be able to decide how I spend my days. I love writing and I want to have the opportunity to write every day. My dream is to be creative and to inspire others with my writing. I would like to teach my children that it is possible to create their own job. I hope to get an income from writing at a later date, but this is not the primary goal now.

Will I be able to consistently produce content? Am I capable of writing day after day? Will I find the time? Can I overcome my…

Elin Melaas

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