Thursday, 29 January 2015

My square meter of privacy

As I write this, I am hiding in a toilet on a boat. There is not a storm outside but in my world this does indeed feel like a hurricane. Good thing then that we do not have hurricanes in my part of the world. This morning - the first of a few mornings off - I have spent a great deal of time counting my blessings. Not so much because of the not-really-a-storm outside, it is rather my opinion about the world being a total mess that has made me more thankful. 

My world is not black and white. It consists of a multitude of greys with splashes of colour. This means that I usually get it. It is perfectly clear why most people act the way they do. Take the elections in Greece, for instance. As a citizen of Finland I'd rather not see our tax money being emptied into a black hole. However, I do understand why people would want to return to a more normal state of life in Greece. I cannot expect normal and average people to take responsibility for the actions of corrupt leaders. If I were in their shoes, I'd probably vote for the one promising me a more normal life too.

Therein lies the paradox. Or the problem. Call it what you want, but the world is too complex for my liking. We have made it too complicated. So, I reach out to the last rays of hope and count my blessings, trying to simplify my own life in the process, while the storm is gathering its forces outside. 

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Some Thoughts...

...in Finnish. 



Now I need to follow these pieces of advice and make a phone call. Stay tuned for some exciting news��

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Sunday

Food again. It's interesting how one starts craving for certain things. My things include chili, cheese and garlic. Sunday today. Lovely, lovely Sunday.
My plan is to work out, study Spanish and spend time with friends. Simple is good, I think. These things make me happy. 

Friday, 9 January 2015

Learning.

Learning is a great thing and possessing the will to learn is a fine trait in people. I have always admired the so-called renaissance man (or woman!). The person, who with great curiosity, has made new inventions and discoveries, and walked his (or her) own path. It is, it seems to me, curiosity that has motivated these renaissance people. Curiosity and willingness to go to places unseen and doing things previously undone.

I believe that it is this curiosity and the admiration for and humbleness before the great unknown that deserves so much awe. Intelligence and talent are fines characteristics too, but somehow the purity of the motive overshadows them.

A while back I read a blog post written by a woman working in economics. (Unfortunately I cannot recall where I read this, so the reference is quite vague). This woman argued that everyone should make a new year's resolution to learn something new. The reason, however, was not so "pure". No, she argued that everyone should make a commitment to learning something new so that they would not be left behind. Because our society requires constant development and the acquirement of new skills. 

Sorry, but no thanks. Life is stressful as it is without adding learning to list of things that one must do in order to be considered acceptable. I can think of so many other reasons to engage in learning:


  • Learn languages to be able to communicate with those around you and to gain insight into other worlds
  • Learn social sciences to understand society
  • Learn maths to solve problems
  • Learn about nutrition to be healthier
  • Learn economics so that the current world will make more sense
  • Learn to challenge the way you see the world
  • Etc etc
Or, if you are feeling bored, Leonardo Da Vinci had one more good reason for learning: 






NaBloPoMo January 2015

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Change pt. 2.

Change yourself,
change everything,
change life.

Develop. Become better.
Be better.

Go searching,
avidly, constantly.

If not good enough,
change yourself.
Find a better self.

Fake it.

Run.
Run as far as it takes you.

Smile to the world.
Turn your tears into laughter
and your fears into light.

Change, go on changing.
Find a new costume,
and new life.

Dress up,
play,
pretend.

Come on,
do it.

Only one life.
Too short to stand still.
Too short for traditions
and pretenses.

Enjoy the silence.
Go!

Enjoy the scenery,
enjoy the road.

Remember, too short.
But hold on the core,
to what is really you.

Life, an endless road that ends too soon


NaBloPoMo January 2015

Change


the act or instance of making or becoming different.

változás. muutos. förändring. zmena. изменение. cambio. zmiana. 

The changes in our life must come from the impossibility to live otherwise than according to the demands of our conscience not from our mental resolution to try a new form of life.

- Leo Tolstoy -

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

[Photo Diary] One Silent Corner of the World



“We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing? (136-137)” 
― Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras

(Quasi) Homemade Chai Latte

This year... oh no, wait, last year I fell in love with chai latte. However, as the ones at cafes are usually too sweet (and very expensive in the long run), I have been experimenting in the kitchen. I tried mixing my own spices, that just turned out weird (after a re-search on Google, I have some ideas on how to make it better). So, today I settled for using two different types of chai tea bags and a lot of milk. The drink was warm and comfy, and sweet enough, even without the added sugar.





Breaking Habits pt. 2: Letting Go of Meat

One of my plans for January is to have a meatless month. This is something I have talked about for such a long time that it was finally time to do something about it. It is not as much of a problem for me (I don't like meat that much) as it is for the people around me (who like meat very much). The "challenge" is also made easier by the fact that it is only meat that is banned. I still very much welcome fish and dairy on my kitchen table. 

Here are some of the delicious cooking that has found its way to that very same kitchen table this month. My boyfriend usually acts the cook. 










NaBloPoMo January 2015

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Christmas Is Over

Christmas is over - yay. 
The last day off work - nay. 

We don't celebrate Christmas so much in this household. This year it consisted of sleeping and food. And days off. I don't know how it is in the rest of the world, but here in Sweden we have had quite a few public holidays the in the past few weeks, which means paid holidays. Today is a paid day off and it feels like Sunday. Again.

It feels like the new year is starting now.

As we moved to a new part of town, we were given a voucher to one of the local gyms. We have been there twice and are both quite happy about it, so I definitely think we will continue going there. I'm quite pleased that there is a separate area for women and that the membership gives access to all the gyms in the same chain around the country. Not that I travel so much in Sweden but there is another gym close to where I work, so I could go there once in a while.

[Insert gym selfie here]

[have no gym selfie]

Point with this post? More gym and less time off work (except for my normal holidays, at least six weeks this year, whoop!) What a promising start of the new year!

Our only Christmas decoration says hello: