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Chance or choice: how do you come alive?

May 20th, 2014 Posted by Blog
Our neighbourhood's street festival this past weekend.

Summer seems to be rearing its head and Finland is really starting to come alive. I’m not just talking about weather here – people are outside! Avid people watchers have loads to ogle as millions take to the streets: dogs, couples, families, hipsters and fashionistas in throngs – all out enjoying the sunshine.

City life is quite shockingly unrecognizable.

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What to remember when life becomes all about you

May 13th, 2014 Posted by Blog
no man is an island

We’ve all been there – stress, uncertainty, confusion – it doesn’t always take much but we manage to get lost in our heads and complain to anyone who will listen, while closing our eyes to the rest of the world. In today’s post I share one of my favourite quotes and explain why it’ll easily remind you to take your head out of your own butt (in a nice way 🙂 ).

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What it takes may surprise you

May 6th, 2014 Posted by Inspiration, Self Discovery
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The stage is set, the lights are dim. A man you’ve never seen before walks out on stage, takes his position and waits for his cue…

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The One Place You Can’t Find on a Map

April 29th, 2014 Posted by Local Discovery, Self Discovery, Understanding the Transition
home drawing

Where you lay your head at night. Where your family is. Where you grew up. Where most of your friends are. Where you work. Where you love to be. Where you feel at home…

The concept of home is ever-fleeting, especially for those of us who may have several homes, or even no exact place to call our own. What makes it even more confusing is that home means different things to different people.

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3 Life Lessons Learned from a Dog (in under 24 hours)

April 22nd, 2014 Posted by Inspiration, Life
Like a boss.

It’s taken 23 years.

[twenty three years… just breathe that in a bit]

It’s taken me 23 years to ‘get’ a dog. I’ve wanted one since I can remember. In fact, every single birthday wish I remember making in my childhood went like this: …

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This is where I started 4 years ago

April 15th, 2014 Posted by My Story, Self Discovery
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Time travel is an unreliable form of transportation. When we look at our pasts, we don’t experience them exactly as we do while remembering them now, from the comfort of the present. But today I wanted to time travel back to 2010 anyway, in light of my birthday having just passed, in order to see what I could piece together from that time.

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Live and savour the now!

January 21st, 2014 Posted by Local Discovery

When asking people what their language-related goals are, you might get replies such as the following:
“I want to understand what’s going on around me. I want to be fluent. I want to use the language at work.
I want to be able to speak the language with my children and in-laws.”

My perspective on the exercise is the following: if you spend time thinking about what you want, great. But understanding what it takes to get there is a little different. This makes up the difference between “it would be nice to…” and “I’m willing to do [blank] to get [blank]” …

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Is your glass half full?

January 6th, 2014 Posted by Local Discovery

The first time I picked up a Finnish book, I decided I would read the whole first page. It was 2009, I knew about a dozen Finnish words, and the only ones I understood from that page were ‘on’ (is) and ‘yö’ (night). And on it went from there! It’s easy to get boggled down in the glass half empty mind-set…

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