✖ using a moving company or moving by yourself?

Sunday, 25 October 2020

 That's the question I've spent countless hours thinking of lately. To use a moving company or not to use? To move by yourself, or not? I've asked those questions so many times, that I could write my own version of Hamlet just because to write, or not to write.

I've finally come to conclusion, which you'll find out after you've scrolled to the end of this post or after you've been a good guy and read the whole darn thing before finding out what I chose.

If you've got over 30 plants (I do), I could recommend a moving company.

To use the moving company or not to use, that is the question.

In all honesty, it's up to you to decide I'm here simply just providing you unpaid options.

✖ to manipulate your friends to help you move, or not to manipulate?

This thing comes with plenty of good possibilities. If you're an excellent speaker, you may be able to gather around a few friends over for a weekend to help you move your house (while you sit back and watch they do all the hard-working bits). Whippididuu, the moving is done!

✖ to bribe your friends to help you move, or not to bribe?

Bribing is a surprisingly efficient way to get your friends to help you move house. Just simply tell them you've got beer, you've got pizza and all packed so the reward will be waiting for them at the end. I mean, who would say no for a free pizza or beer?

✖ to use the moving company, or not to use?

After all those possibilities your friends can offer, and be offered, to help you move it might be you haven't got anyone around at the time you're about to move. Then I believe paying for the moving company could be a good solution, especially if it fits your budget. 

Since I know my friends, I went to the bribe-option. They've got pizza and beer waiting for them at the new place I'll be living in. Still cannot believe my year at this rented one-room and kitchen flat is coming to its end, yet I'm darn happy about it. It's time for new beginnings.

✖ things I'm doing differently on my 3rd year of uni

Monday, 21 September 2020

 It's finally begun, my third year in University of Applied sciences. There's less than two years before my graduation and becoming an expert on the digital communications field. There's yet to decide where to make my final dissertation on, however, it should be decided by the end of this year since we're beginning on writing them during the Spring semester. Where has the time gone, really?

Last year was truly a string of unfortunate events of me wanting to drop off (from uni and life in general) and I wouldn't call it as the best year of my life. I left so much behind, as all I didn't leave behind was my bed and the feel to neglect myself in many ways imaginable. This year though, everything's felt different.

Autumn arrived in 2020 and I was scared. I was dead scared of all those 2019 memories flooding back to my brain and I was mortified by the fact that if this year would be the same. What if I was a total fuck-up? What if I wasn't any good? What if I won't become anything I've ever wanted in life? My overthinking brain went to the next level in their overthinkingness and I was certain everybody hated me, I wasn't going to fit in anymore, and I was no good.

Yet, the year began and I picked my sorry little piece of arse up and went to the uni just to realise that all I had been thinking about was my mind playing tricks with me. I figured out that this year could be a new start for me, a divorcee-to-be mum of one adorable toddler, who is ready to leave her past behind, kick her to-be-ex-husband out of the flat they owned together and start a fresh new life working only for her and her own damn future (not to forget her son, of course.)

And that's what I've been doing this Autumn. I've been kicking ass. I've gone and taken the responsibility for a project, become a project manager at uni, been investing in my future by actually being present at classes. Being interested in developing my own self in the future, becoming a stronger person and most importantly a better mum and a woman, not for anyone else but for my own sake.

Last year this time, I was ready to end my own life. This year, I feel like my life has just begun. And I don't need anyone to tell me that I won't be able to do things, I don't need anyone telling me how I should do things regarding my own life. I've gained back my self-respect, I've been able to discover things I've never thought I'd be capable of doing. I will take on the world.

So what am I doing differently in uni this year?
I'm being me. Unapologetically, me.

✖ 3 things to consider when spending a night outside

Saturday, 19 September 2020

 I've slept a multiple nights outside this summer, in a tent - so I would consider myself as a somewhat an expert on this topic. Last summer I visited 6 different National Parks in Finland. SIX! Could you imagine? Due to the covid-19 situation the world is facing at the moment, I've had no other choice than explore the beautiful birth country of mine, so here we are. And oh boy, I've learned some things. And yes, I am going to share.

✖ pick a proper tent carefully

Okay, first things first - I've slept in two different tents this summer and both of them were ones my mum found at her place while she was moving a house. My first main tip for you is, that no matter how well your mama sells it to you, it probably isn't that good. The first tent I slept in was a 4-person tent, which means that it's quite large and damn heavy to carry around. Fortunately for us, we were mostly doing day trips with that tent and the only place we had to carry it was to the camping area we used to sleep our nights in. You could've held a party in that tent, just saying. Also, if your mum tells you that the smaller tent she's got, is much lighter and is in a perfect condition - don't buy it, she probably has no clue about it. She also marketed it as a waterproof, it wasn't. It was a great tent though, a lot smaller than the party tent, easier to carry (considering I dragged it with me for 105 kilometres), however, one of the sticks turned out to be broken and the water-resistance of it (even though we had an appropriate cover as an extra on top of the tent) didn't turn out to be as great as my mum said it would be. So what did we learn from this? Neither of those tents is not coming with me on a hike to Norway next summer and instead, I will be buying a proper tent for myself no matter if I had to pay a little extra of it. Just for comfort.

✖ have an appropriate sleeping bag

I tend to get a bit cold when sleeping outside, no matter the weather or season outside. Nights are cold as fuck anyway. So have a proper sleeping bag with you, makes things a lot easier.

✖ don't trust the water-resistance of your tent and have a cover for it just to be safe

I'm thanking myself for that cover I mentioned in the part I was talking about picking the right tent.

So after all, this turned out to be a rant about my mum and her tents. Oh wow, look at that. Some self-discovery right is written there black on white. Have you spent nights outside this summer?

✖ Koli National Park | Finland

Monday, 17 August 2020

The world has gone mad, and so have I.

I've never been that into finding pretty places nearby. I've always been the one to book train tickets or plane tickets, even boat tickets to figure my way out of Finland. My need to find different cultures and ways of living has been so big that before the whole covid-19 situation, I wouldn't have had a thought about travelling inside of Finland. Luckily that is something that has changed, considering that our country is full of places that are prettier from another.

Koli National Park the view from Ukko-Koli
Mäkrävaara view, Finland
Kolin kansallispuisto, Suomen kansallismaisema

Koli National Park was the first national park of Finland I visited this summer. My friend and I hiked up to Ukko-Koli, Paha-Koli and Akka-Koli and got to witness the most amazing views after another. Koli is the perfect spot to actually let the fact that Finland indeed, is the land of a thousand lakes and forests to really, deeply sink in. There is water everywhere. There are trees everywhere.

a girl playing ukulele in sunset, Koli Finland

We spent the night in a camping ground site nearby, which was free of charge and had the most wonderful view right outside the tent. There weren't many others to sleep over there and everyone kept their distance so we were able to be on our own for most of the time. It was basically a backyard of a farm and we saw plenty of lambs and horses while we cooked our dinner.

Have you explored your own country more now after being in a lockdown?

✖ banana bread | vegan + gluten-free

Friday, 1 May 2020

I've been really into baking lately. I imagine it's because of the quarantine and being laid off from work that makes me this way - to be honest, it's been years since I've actually enjoyed baking as much as I've done lately. So I hopped off into a quarantine cliché, as one would say and I baked banana bread. This banana bread is vegan and it's also gluten-free, which in my opinion, is kind of cool.

The toddler went absolutely nuts about this (he could eat the whole loaf) and I enjoyed it as well, even though I'm a firm believer of rye bread. I might actually want to give a self-made rye bread a go next week.

Banana bread is also good for the kids at D's age, they think it's cake even though it's bread. Win-win, for both of us. He thinks it's a cake and I'm like a na naa, it's healthier.

5 bananas (ones that gone dark are the best ones)
2,5dl oat flour
1,5dl almond flour
0,5dl coconut oil
0,5dl agave syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
0,5 teaspoon vanilla
1,5 teaspoon baking powder
0,5 teaspoon baking soda

✖ how to bake it?
Heat the oven in 180°C degrees and oil the bread mould.

Use a fork to mash 4 bananas out of 5. Melt the coconut oil, and mix it with bananas and syrup.

Put all dry ingredients together and start adding the mix in small batches in the banana dough. Mix carefully.

Pour the dough in the bread mould and slice the fifth banana on top of the bread.

Bake it in the oven for 45 minutes or until it's ready. Let it cool off before eating.
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