Tonje Lilleås

Get to know more about me – answering a few questions

I think it’s time you get to know me a little better. This is no doubt a blog about landscape and outdoor photography, filmmaking and adventures. However it’s also turning into a blog that is about me and my life. So today I’m answering a few questions. Let’s go!

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Where did I grow up?

I grew up in a small town called Stranda in the north-western part of Norway. Growing up there I think has impacted me a lot, and I don’t think I’ll ever stop calling it home. There’s a lot to say about small town life in the 80’s and 90’s, but I think I was fortunate. I love the majestic surroundings, and I always find peace there. Even though a lot of people where religious where I grew up, I’m not. But if I ever was to call somewhere my church, it has to be the mountains around Stranda. That’s where I heal my hurts and charge my batteries.

Have I gone to college?

Yes I have. I spent almost nine years as a student at University of Oslo, ending up with a bachelor degree in criminology and a master degree in law. I loved being a student, as I’m somewhat of a nerd. Getting to learn new stuff, really immersing myself in the things I was studying at the time suited me well. I think I could have stayed a student forever, however there’s not much money to be earned from that.

What is my spirit animal and why?

Well, I don’t have much experience with spirit animals. But since this is all about you getting to know me better, I did some light research to answer be able to answer the question. Turns out my spirit animal is the eagle. Which when I think about it makes sense in a way. The eagle represents, among other things, intuition, resilience, wisdom and freedom. All important traits and values to me.

Tea or Coffee?

My go to is ginger and lemon tea. Or whatever other blend of decaffeinated tea available. I used to drink coffee, but quit almost ten years ago. I like the smell of coffee, but not how it makes me feel.

What sports do I play/have I played?

I used to play soccer and handball, but quit before I started university. I’ve also climbed, been snowboarding and played some volleyball, bandy and golf just for recreation. I still do skiing of all sorts, ride mountain bikes, hike, climb and have started paddling some SUP.

What is my favorite movie?

There’s too many to choose just one. And I’m both very nerdy and very mainstream when it comes to movies.

I love Notting Hill, Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain, Chocolate, the Harry Potter movies (especially the darker ones towards the end of the series), The Dark Knight, Boys Don’t Cry, Brokeback Mountain, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Seven, and Pride to mention a few.

Oh, and Moonlight,Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran, Bad Education (La malade educación)and Little Miss Sunshine are also among my favorites. Can’t forget to mention them.

What is my idea of a dream date?

This one is easy; me and my wife hiking to a mountain lake. Cured meat, brie, a mixed salad of some sorts and fresh baked bread (gluten free for me) accompanied by some red wine, and a bit of chocolate for dessert. No stress, just time to be just the two of us in nature.

How would I describe my fashion sense?

I don’t have much of a fashion sense I think. But I have a very established sense of what’s my style. I have tried different variations of how I like to dress myself, but I’ve mostly been more or less dressing like a tomboy since I was a child. As I’ve grown older I’ve figured out just how big of an impact what I wear have on how I feel about myself. And I’ve stopped trying to be someone I’m not.

So most days you’ll find me in either a button down or a t-shirt paired with skinny jeans or chinos. If I feel like dressing it up I throw on a blazer, but most days I either wear a bomber jacket or a light knitted sweater on top. Sneakers unless I have to dress very formal.

I do get asked questions in public about my gender and wether or not I’m in the right bathroom quite often, but I’ve decided I can’t dress differently to avoid that anymore. You do you, and I’ll continue to dress the way I do.

Do I have any bad habits?

Oh yes, a lot of them. Way too many to mention here. First of all I can’t seem to shut up and just leave it when people say things I disagree with. Especially, but not only, if it’s on a subject that is close to my heart. Also I drink way too much Coke Zero. I really should do something about that.

What are my morning routines?

My routines have changed a lot since the pandemic started. Most days I start my day off with seeing my boys off to preschool. Then it’s time for breakfast and walking the dog while listening to my podcasts. Three days a week I work out after walking the dog. Then it’s time for showers before I open my computer and I’m ready for work around 9 AM.

What was my dream job as a kid?

I wanted to be a vet. However when we had to have my rabbit put down I understood that I’d never be able to. I really appreciate that someone else are though.

The I wanted to work with something creative. However I was a bright kid, and I don’t think my creative side was the most visible. I don’t know if I would ever be able to make a creative job sustainable, but I sometimes wish I had given it a try.

I ended up choosing something safe, but interesting nonetheless. And in a way I followed my childhood dream, as I did decide even before I went to high school that I would go to law school. Once the decision was made it was mostly about following the path to reach the goal.

How many countries have I traveled to?

I’ve traveled to 15 countries, but I haven’t been outside Scandinavia since 2013. I don’t want to fly unless I have to, trying to be mindful about my impact on the environment.

What are my pet peeves?

Oh, I have many of these as well. The sound of velcro. I absolutely despise it. Not very practical when you have kids, as velcro inevitably is a part of your life. Also bread crumbs in the kitchen sink. I can’t touch them without being totally disgusted. And when someone puts the toilet paper roll the wrong way. I have to “correct” it. The list goes on.

That’s it – now you know more about me

Now you know more about me, I hope this was somewhat entertaining. I think it’s important that you get to know me instead of just making an image of who I am from the content that I usually make. Being authentic is valuable, right?

If you have any other questions, please leave them in the comments down below. I’d love it if you would consider subscribing to my blog as well as following me on Instagram. I will be back next week with some proper outdoor photography, filmmaking and adventure content!

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