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Hey May and my birthday

Just a quick update!
I know, I know I meant and promised to do more than lil updates every now and then, but whatcha gonna do when life is so hectic..

First thing I wanna share with you guys, no I didnt find my dream job yet, although I have one interview to do, today, in twenty minutes, so wish me luck..
I have been really working every possible day, took all the shifts I was offered, 41 hrs this week.
That’s that extra job. It is tiring & stressful since I only know shifts one week ahead.
I want / need a real job, por favore 😉
Need more hours since my next big dream & goal = roadtrip with Jani this fall.. Thumbs up guys!!

But I got some others news to share!!
Mentioned on my last post about my wishes. That I wanted to go somewhere on my birthday (or either get real webpage) and dreams do come true!! Jani suprised me and we spent my birthday weekend in Latvia!! Woop, Woop!!


If you have seen my post before (or know me in person) you know that Latvia is one of my fave countries & I dont get tired of going there!! Second surprise is that we didnt go to Riga! Still love that city but it is getting too expensive and too crowded (heh, I am one of them I know but been there since 2011 so I consider that my city, lol) so went somewhere else..
Have you heard about Cesis?! If not maybe Cesu alus (beer) is more familiar to you 😉🍻

We stayed in nice, big apartment with free parking and working wifi, right in Old Town & price, many times cheaper than in Riga (tried first places there). We didnt randomly choose Cesis, we heard about it first from a guy who takes cars there, there is a  garage and their clients have stayed few days in town and liked it.
We didnt mean to fix our car now, but googled Cesis, liked how it looked and that is how we got there 🙂


Cesis, it is only about 300km’s from Tallinn, about 100km’s from Riga.  It is one of country’s oldest towns, situated in the hilly of Gauja River and it is also largest town of Gauja National Park.
Such a charming place! It is not too big, not crowded and did I say charming?!
Reminded me about Riga, how it was some years ago…



Beautiful small, old town, some shops, Rimi & Maxima markets to buy some Cesu & food, few cafe’s and restaurants, few museums and of course that old castle, lovely parks, aaaand that’s about it!!

We ended up there on Museum Night and there were concerts among the others on saturday till about 2am. It was also a nice surprise! What a great birthday!! Paldies Jānis❤️

Two nights werent enough, so yeah we are going to go back!
Am gonna tell you more about our trip there later!
Now gotta be ready for that call (and get ready for my shift at grocercy too).
C u! 👋🏻

February update from frozen Finlandia

 

💨  HOLA FROM FROZEN FINLAND  💨

I cant believe it’s already the end of February. Like whaat!!
It was just Christmas, those lovely lazy holidays, New Year with gorgeous fireworks and ”Champs”.
It was just January and Matka- Travel Fair with blogging and promo work, meeting the other newbies and now pretty much the last days of February.
Time really flies.. So I decided to update my life a bit before I have to go to work.
Especially on days like today, I wish I had one of those jobs I can do also remote, not needed to go out- since it is freezing cold there!! – 22 C this morning! Holy sheep! It is so damn cold!!
Am not a winter person at all.
Instead winter-winter I wish we had two autumns, snow only on Christmas / during the holiday- that would be perfect!
Even our dog, who absolutely loves snow and playing in that cold stuff (dogs like their owners  – really😂) doesnt want to stay there, she goes to pee & runs back to the door like please let me in-now!
Well cant blame her!!

MY WASSUP UPDATE
As you may have noticed, I havent really been much here.
I have been working in different locations. It sucks, not that I have shifts to do, but it’s the job, you know.
I have to do those grocery shifts because those shifts pays my bills and I get to travel a bit too.
Those are the places where my mini-money comes from, not from this blog or any other social media stuff, which I would love to. So I hope that would change a bit someday.
Not that I would expect to have Uncle Scrooges millions & do the daily money swim.
My dream job would be something to do with travelling of course, socical media stuff too- but am open to everything. I know, I have a lot to do to get there and have many competitor..
But hopefully one day something like those’d be my real job.
Nora my fellow-blogger says ”if you can dream it, you can achieve it”! I Love that!
Even though my dreamjob isnt the most realistic now, im not letting it go! I just found it.
It took me so many years to realize what is ”my thing”, so am ready to work for my dream(s), ready to do ”what ever” to achieve my dream, to do what am passionate about.

I met Nora and other bloggers Marko, Heta, Heli & Anna-Maria at the Travel Fair, in Helsinki last month, they were there for the first time as blogger / press as well.
We all had busy schedules, spots to see and people to meet, so we didnt get to spend that much time together, but it was great to meet them and we also decided to have a class reunion next year 😉
That’s a promise to keep!

SWEET PROMISES
I decided not to make any New Year promises as mentioned on my previous post.
I decided not to, cos I finally realized it’s just waste of time and energy cos cant keep those.
It depends of course what kind of promises we are talking about, if it has something to do with losing weight.. well I suck! Im like Garfield, I love food! 🙂
Past years I have decided I start eating better & exercise more, starting on January of course, but next I notice oh shit, it’s Midsummer and I only have two or less months till our summer holiday. Panic!
I start running like crazy those stairs next to our house, pumping the iron, spending 30 minutes on crosstrainer each day and leaving all sh*it from my meals (low carb is my thing).

So I simply decided not to stress myself with these kinda stuff anymore, instead just eat better and move my as* more, sounds simple and doable, right?!
Well, am still pretty much in same shape than two months ago cos I already had two holidays.
Like I said am kinda like Garfield. I just love to taste ”every” food where ever I travel, those stuff are usually much better than in Finland & I dont want to low-carb every day on my holiday.. I mean look at this pizza!


But I do eat shitty-food home too sometimes cos work too, cant just blame holidays.
Before I heard people were blaming their bad shape and bad eating habits cos shitty work schedules, I thought that bullshit and people been just lazy etc.
But now that I have been doing these shifts I have noticed that’s true & you can put some blame to that.
I do pretty much from 14:15-21:15 shitfs, which means I only have two 12 minutes break (at some places 15 minutes), but it doesnt mean you can keep your 12-15 minutes.
Sometimes I just get to the restroom and the bell rings..
I managed to have only once full break there and it was only because it’s was super cold day.
At some places it takes even some minutes to get to your locker-room and then the fridge is in different place, so what do I do- bite a quick snack and drink a  lot of energy drinks to keep me going.
Not good.
But what is good though that I actually started to eat bit better and do squads, abs & inner tights after Spain, so am not that sucky person than last year (or past years) 😀 Been on low-carb last past week and it makes me feel good, have much more energy!
So maybe that no promises works.. 😉

DECISIONS
Let’s talk more about work. So I also decided that I would do anything to find that real-right job for me.
I do those grocery shifts, as mentioned, but I decided to hunt for my dreams, find and chase my dream job.
Or at least find a job I would enjoy to do, not just the one that pays my bills.
Those shifts now pays my bills etc. but I dont know how long I can keep doing those?!
Those shifts are so tiring, so when I get home im so exhausted so I wanna do nothing.
On morning am just too tired cos cant sleep well cos the huge amount of sugar and stress.
Anyway, I dont just blame those shitty shifts but you got the point.
If you havent done similar job, you dont know. So I stopped ”judging” people too.
And yes, am pleased to have these shifts, even though I dont enjoy doing those- which is funny cos people has told me that they like my smily, friendly attitude and professional skills with different customers.
Hmm.. maybe I should skip my writing dreams and focus more on acting?! Hahhaha 😉

Job hunting
I have been looking for jobs and found few interesting ones.
I have sent some applications already, just sketching one- to a company I would really like to work for.
Keep your thumbs up for me, por favor!
Note to those recruiters, if you got or get my application, you know am really interested since I dont just send applications to every possible places. At least not yet. So check me out first and others wish me luck!!

I already got some rejection emails back, which is not necessarily bad thing, cos now I can think what to do better and I like getting a reply, even though it’s no thanx.
Some has even explained which kind of they hired and other told me that they cant offer me a job because im overqualified. Ok. That made me thinking does it mean im too old?!
I mean am 37, so is that nice way to say we dont want a granny here?!
I dont think I look or even behave like a granny.. hmm..


PS Please, dont be offended with that granny comment!
PPS If you have a job for me or know who is looking for my kind of persons, lemme know!

Here is my business card which says:
– Over 15 years of customer service experience
– Over 7 years of administrative/executive assistant experience
– VIPA: Music & Media – entertainment business education (graduated 2011)
– Travel Business studies travel agent/ travel services management (graduated 2017,
am not really sure about the english title)

HOLIDAY UPDATE
Yes, I already had those two fat holidays which is pretty unusual!
We usually keep our winter holiday week on January-February and travel next time on Easter.
But this is surprised me, as did last year!
Right after New Year we made a short road trip to Riga,Latvia.
We dont usually get to do those so that was awesome!!
Jani mentioned he had one extra day off and asked if instead driving to Ainazi (to do lil shopping) we’d drive to Riga and stay two nights.
Well, he didnt even need to ask me, I always say yes to Riga -my Baltic love!!

First we were thinking to stay from Friday till Sunday but his boss prefered monday off so we switched the dates and also saved 100 euros! We did spend that 100e for a fancy – or so we thought- dinner.
That was probably one of the worse, but more about that and our road trip later.


From east to west..
After Riga we spent few weeks in Finland, working our butts off and then it was time for our next adventure- visit Spain.
This is something really unusual as well, since we have never been to any warm place on our winter holiday, never thought we would travel to Spain (or go to that west) or even go for a family vacation.
Jani’s parents have been to Spain several times and have also invited us there several times.
It has been bad timing.
They have been there on Nov/Dec and since we usually come home from our summer holiday on September that would have been way too soon / too early.
Dont wanna wait and work 8-9 months without any real holiday, you know.
And we also had made plans like last year we went to Serbia on our winter holiday.
This year they also rented a house there and asked us to go, after few if’s and but’s we bought the plane tickets and flew to Malaga with Janis son.

As you know my heart belongs pretty much to East-Europe & Balkan.
I was ready to travel back to Serbia or finally visit Belarus.. but to Spain we went and I decided to be open-minded and enjoy the time there, which I did.
Spain was beautiful, a new experience since never been there and Janis parents were perfect hosts! They drove us to many places, took us to eat and shopping etc.
Most of the prices were same than in Finland but no snow and ice was definitely a big plus!
Posts under the Andalusian sun are coming too.
Visited Mijas, Marbella, Istan, Gibraltar (just few to mention)!

Beautiful & interesting places


Amazing sunsets

And those famous monkeys..

All the roads lead to Rome..
Last but not least.. let’s get really wild now! Si, im going to Rome soon!
This is going to be different vacation, Jani cant go cos his work, but im going there with my mom (Musti) and my godchild Veera. We are going to see Minttu (my other godchild).
I havent been on any vacation with Musti since I was 16 I think, there is no drama, just life and different schedules.
Beside we both have dogs, so when they travel we take care of their crazy dog and vise versa.
This trip has some shadows though. She had a tumour and it was operated last October.
She said if everything goes well, she wants to go to Italy & ”made me promise we gonna go” if..
Thank goosh, everything went great 🎉 She is doing good, is back to work etc.
And so we are soon on our way to Italy!
This is going to be my second family trip- surprise, surprise!! First time in Italy as well!
Veera (travel business student), Minttu’s lil sister is going with us.
She has never been on a plane, so she is super excited and bit nervous too!

So that’s my 2 months update!
Keep your thumbs up it wont snow in Rome anymore.
They had quite a chaos there few days ago since snow and -9 degrees.
Minttu had two extra days cos everything was closed: stations, airports, traffic all down.

Any last minute tips?!

Enjoy your weekend 💋