Feel the love

The 1st of January is one of my favorite days every year. I love love love it. Dark, tired things always pile up towards the end of the year – it happens every year, it seems to be like my personal cycle – so the beginning of January is the perfect moment to clear the table and do all those little changes I know I need to do to feel happy, healthy and light again. I could do changes any time but this is the moment I feel inspired enough to make some serious effort and I often prepare myself…

Simple Christmas list

My thoughts are already in New Year which is my favorite time of the year. The first of January is a magical moment. If I feel I can’t accomplish much or that long, dark days are lowering my energy level, the very beginning of the year is a suitable time to change it all. I feel excited just thinking of it and will soon post a separate blog post planning my new year. It’s also time to use a moment to be thankful. I have many reasons to feel grateful for the year we are ending. My family stayed healthy,…

Animal therapy

October was a busy month for me, too busy to focus on writing about minimalism but I will do that again as soon as things have settled down. I spent a lot of time in Milan last month. I’m not that excited about the city itself but some important things were happening there and I tried  to do small things to become familiar with the place while I was there as well, mostly just walked around and had a goal to visit a couple of different cafes and restaurants during my every visit. Whenever I had a couple of extra…

Quick visit to Berlin

I spent a surprisingly refreshing day in Berlin. I arrived in the morning, had a lovely and very generous gluten-free breakfast in this bike themed cafe, met some friends and walked around the museum island hoping I could visit all the museums in the area. Maybe next time, this time I had things to do in the evening. I really like Berlin and the relaxed atmosphere in it. People in the pics are random customers. Loved it how well the woman dressed in polkadot fit in the cafe.

Meet Kielo

Meet our new family member Kielo. She was born in Romania where she was unwanted in her family and even treated badly until she was lucky to be rescued by a kind lady who helps dogs like her and gives them a temporary home while finding them new suitable homes. We saw Kielo’s picture on our local rescue dog association page and knew immediately she should live with us and went through the adoption process and finally met Kielo last Saturday and brought her home. She is beautiful and playful and has a lot of personality and she fits in…

Schedules, goals, planning

I have a love-hate relationship with planners, journals and diaries. I love the thought of notebooks, both empty and fully filled and have a real need to write down things to understand and to remember them and simply to have my thoughts in order. Also, I enjoy using photos and images as visual reminders and find them motivating and inspiring. On the other hand, it’s hard to find a journaling system or method I genuinely want to stick with and I have a history of abandoning most planners and systems I’ve ever tried. Writing anything truly personal is out of…

5 step minimalism with children

I wrote a page for 5 step minimalism and I’m planning to write some variations of it just to show how everyone can use minimalism adapted to their own needs. There’s not only one way to live for all of us and also the concept of minimalism can vary depending on the situation. Minimalism can be a big help for many overwhelmed parents so I start with talking about 5 step minimalism with children. There’s something universal in the the way parents visualize the future. We want to see our children happy and living as healthy and balanced life as possible. We…

5 step minimalism

I wrote my thoughts about minimalism and did a small summary of the topic with the title “5 step minimalism”. You can read the text here or just click the menu and find it there. This order feels logical to me but of course there are many options to do things and this was just mine. STEP 1: Visualize the future STEP 2: Create structure STEP 3: Clear clutter STEP 4: Keep yourself motivated STEP 5: Focus on essential

Finding balance

My first steps on the internet were in the 90’s. For an introverted, curious person it was a fantasy world with endless possibilities, unlimited information and like-minded people and felt an opposite to the judgmental, money driven real world. I could find information and knowledge I didn’t know even existed. People were approachable and their online homes self-made but inviting and cozy. I discovered online journals and started to follow a few and ten years later finally started my first own blog. I wrote my thoughts, published them and someone actually read them. The atmosphere was generally quite warm. There…

Summer reading thoughts

I have so many books on my reading list. I managed to read only a small part of it during the summer but some of the books I read were brilliant and really made me think – by that I mean they took me somewhere deep into my thoughts – and those are always the best ones. Oh yes I said “during the summer”. Our short northern summer is practically over. The boys are starting their schools this week and I can almost smell the autumn. Luckily I like autumn, I always look forward to it. In the beginning of…