Sabbatical year ahead

In my last blog post I mentioned that my personal happiness project is moving ahead. Well, it really is. I’m taking a year-long job alternation leave from work and moving to Berlin, my favorite city of all. I almost can’t believe it’s all happening. It’s exciting, frightening, and wonderful at the same time! Have you ever…

The happiness project

Ten good things from today. The good news from Ukraine, where violence has ceased and people are slowly returning to normal life. I’ve heard so many inspirational radio interviews on people who may have suffered significant losses, and yet, they speak with such poetic beauty about their country, their fellow citizens, democracy, truth, human rights…

When your political moves look like a bad case of Harlem shake

Finland is a great country in many ways. But every now and then this nation offers such epic levels of political drama that it’s hard to remember it’s all happening for real. The past week has been a roller coaster ride of political drama, or entertainment, depending on the viewpoint. If you look at the…

Concentrated awesomeness

Awesomeness might not even be a word. But who cares? This week has brought so many cool things my way that it’s time to make a good old list of all things good. You know, like this. I found my first ever black chanterelles from the forest near our summer house. Plenty of them. Made a…

The after party

Today I feel like the iPad mini pouch that I recently finished crocheting. Happy! Striped! Bubbly! Organizing parties is great. I don’t know which is the best part: the time before the party, the actual party, or the after party – meaning the morning after. The logical choice would be the actual party. You’re surrounded…

Land of the midnight sun

My second countdown this year is almost over. We’re very close to Midsummer, which has a magical meaning to most Finns. It’s the nightless night, often considered the biggest celebration of the summer. It is also the turning point towards darker times: daylight starts to diminish minute by minute from Midsummer onwards. I’d like to…

Even better Nudge in Helsinki

I was happy to visit Nudge (link in FIN) yesterday for an opening event in the early afternoon. Nudge is a cooperative of five entrepreneurs, all of whom have their own approach to sustainable living. Nudge opened originally in 2010, and re-opened now in 2012 with a polished concept and a renovated store. The shop covers…

Weekend escape

If you ever get the chance to visit Finland in the nastiest, rainiest and darkest time of year, you should come. Maybe then it will be easier to understand our melancholic ways. Now I get to enjoy a getaway weekend with friends: talking, cooking, sauna, wine and ghost stories. Any amount of darkness is easy…

The other side of rain

Firstly, ooops. I accidentally published the above photo without any text. It seems I still have some lessons to learn on publishing posts with the iPad. Anyway, what I meant to say is these delicacies are the other side of the coin. It has rained a lot, which is super boring, but the upside of…