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…

Botanical thoughts

I found these flowery cards in Taormina, Sicily two years ago. I visited Sicily twice that summer, first with my family for two weeks and later to see a concert in Taormina for two days. I had planned buying a tarot deck to use as a writing tool (by picking a card, thinking about the symbol or theme in the card and doing a small writing exercise around it) so I visited a small card shop. I knew nothing about tarot and chose these flower cards just for their pretty botanical illustrations. Even the box says “flower tarot” these are not…

Positive cycle

I don’t believe in having only sunny, happy days. I think it’s natural to have also melancholic feelings and it’s natural to let those feelings show. For me it feels fake to pretend they don’t exist. Maybe I see it this way because I live in a Nordic country so I’m used to seeing how darkness and nature during long winters can affect human mind. However, for things to go smoothly it’s important we work for our moods and maintain a good, positive energy level in our everyday life. The state where things happen like we had hoped for and…

Making notes

I was reading this blog post by Austin Kleon and it made me think of my notebook/journaling habits. I love writing notes, I’ve always been interested in note-making and journaling techniques and enjoy reading about the issue. I don’t keep a traditional personal journal or diary though. The biggest reason for that is my high need for privacy and maybe an irrational fear of someone reading my personal thoughts without my permission. I do agree with Kleon about a notebook being a good place to have bad ideas and I try to write small notes and ideas in my notebooks all the…

Music

My favorite way to experience music goes well together with my minimalist life style. Music is best experienced live. Nothing, absolutely nothing beats a good live gig. The pic above was taken a couple of weeks ago at a new music club in Helsinki. This is something I do together with my husband. Our favorite local artist, a small special venue, good time spent together. I store very little music in any form. I’m a huge, huge fan of one particular international artist and travel to see gigs and different music events all around the world. Going to concerts (I…