I am back home from my trip to Finland. I was away for ten days and slept at seven different places within that period. I had so much fun, met with a lot of wonderful people and got to see so much of the country, which is great since it was my first time there.
It was intense though, and left me both physically and mentally drained of energy. Hungover on experiences I guess.
“Stories are our way of organising information”
– Quote from keynote speaker Nick Westergaard during PING
My last two days there where spent slowing down in the home of Veera where I let my experiences from the past week settle within me. I enjoyed her amazing breakfasts consisting of home made granola and avocado toasts with poached eggs (a skill I must master!).
Over a few too many cups of coffee during the day and wine or beer in the evenings we talked about life with all it’s ups and downs, heartbreak and joy.
We jokingly established that Finland (the entire country) is rude since the doors don’t have handles and upon asking how to say “please” in Finnish I was told I didn’t need to know that. Also, iceberg lettuce is completely useless and once you turn thirty you automatically become more wholesome (?).
We practiced photography and pondered over the future, both on a personal level but also as far as our businesses are concerned.
➵ Photo of me by Veera (directed and edited by me)
I have always enjoyed being on the road, and I still do. But I have such a wonderful partner and I love our home which makes it harder to be away for so long. I really miss him and our everyday life when I am away, and I want to share my experiences with him.
Our day to day life holds a nice balance between work, free time and working out. The friends I have are amazing and all in all the life I lead now really makes me happy!
Seeing new places and meeting new people is an amazing experience that always makes you grow as a person, but I see so much value in my life at home as well and I feel like slowing down a bit again.
“The future is not a place we go, it’s a place you create”
– Quote from keynote speaker Anne Lise Kjaer during PING
I moved up north the summer of 2014 and I led a slow, downshifted life in the countryside and I loved it. The past 1.5 years has been full of travels and experiences all over Sweden and some abroad. I also left the country to live in a city which took some adjustment but I like it very much and it’s 100% right for me to live like this right now.
Balance though, is a thing I feel I lack right now. I am extremely active all the time and it’s great, but I want to find my way back to some of that slowness (is that a word?) that I used to have. I’m also not spending as much time outside in nature as I used too, even though I can walk to the forest in ten minutes.
This I plan on changing by making adjustments to my routines. I work from home and I am in full control. I plan to try and work until lunch and then take a break to head outside for an hour or two.
Me and Dan are also planning to start going on evening walks once or twice a week where we only speak Swedish, and we’re going to schedule better routines for when he teaches me to play the guitar. We are the only ones responsible and in charge of what our life – both present and future – will look like.
I also look forward to being a bit more personal here. As I briefly mentioned in my previous blogpost I feel that I have lost my own voice a bit amongst all the business stuff and trying to make this space a bigger part of my work.
That is of course all well and good, and I don’t want to change that but that also should not come at the cost of my posts being very formal, perfectly SEO’ed and well thought out if I am no longer present in them myself.
My hope is to find my way back to sharing more of my every day life, close by adventures, thoughts I have on specific topics, or life in general.
➵ But I also want to know what you guys like to read about
What type of posts do you enjoy reading (here and on other blogs), and is there anything in particular you would want to know or that you think I should write about?
Please leave a comment below and let me know ♥︎ / Rania