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Anna Saarinen

sunnuntain stressittömyys- lupaus

Hei ihana ihminen, miten sun viikko on mennyt? Toivottavasti hyvin. <3

Oma viikkoni meni käytännössä ihan hyvin, mutta jotenkin itse tein siitä melko tuskaisen. Väsähdin jo tokan arkeen palatun päivän jälkeen ja eilisen vietinkin sitten itkien surullisen musiikin tahtiin kunnes paras kaverini tuli viettämään meille leffa- ja herkkuiltaa. (Date with love – hyvä sillon kun ei halua ajatella mitään ja haluaa olla varma että leffassa on kliseinen onnellinen loppu!) Muutoin tässä itsekseni koulukirjojen kanssa vietettyjen hetkien keskellä rupesin miettimään – taas – että miksi oikein – taas – teen näin? Luulin aina että stressini on kiirepohjaista, ja sen olen ilmeisesti tulkinnut oikein. Mutta olen karsinut elämästäni aikalailla kaiken muun kuin opiskelun ja satunnaisen kavereiden tapaamisen, ja silti stressaan. Miksi? Ensinnäkin siksi, että omaan ehkä maailman historian huonoimman stressinsietokyvyn (mutta sitä voi onneksi harjoittaa) eli oikeasti stressaan ihan mistä vaan. Ja toiseksi siksi, että ”onhan nytkin kiire, nimittäin oppia kaikki tarvittava ajoissa”. Ja pastat totean nyt itselleni. Ylppäreihin on vielä monta viikkoa ja pääsykokeisiin vielä enemmän, ja ihan faktana voin sanoa että niin minulla kuin jokaisella muullakin on vielä täydet mahdollisuudet onnistua – kunhan pitää mielen kunnossa. Ja siitä se ainakin minulla on suurimmaksi osaksi kiinni. Olen niin tottunut stressaamaan (koska teen itselleni aina aivan liian täydet aikataulut – tai no, TEIN) että huomasin tässä taas tuttuun tapaan vanhemmilleni kiukutellessani (anteeksi äiti ja iskä <3) että teen sitä jo ihan tavasta. Vaikka ei käytännössä olisi mitään stressattavaa, stressaan silti. Joten päätin tässä nyt alkavan viikon kunniaksi tehdä ’uuden viikon lupauksen’ joka toivottavasti kestää monta muutakin viikkoa; Stressaamisen sijaan aion ottaa tavaksi iloita pienistä asioista. Seinälläni on motivaatioseinä (espanjan kielinen, jotta ihan kuka tahansa ei ymmärtäisi sitä – sori! Jotkut asiat on vaan mulle 😉 ), ja lisäsin siihen eilen myös muutamia tsemppilauseita, ja yhteen kirjoitin juuri tuon päätöksen. Ja kun tässä äitin herkullista pannukakkua syötyäni hörpin teetä tietokoneen ääressä niin hahmotan kyllä miten helppo tuo päätös olisi pitää. Aion vaikka joka aamu väkisin muistuttaa itseäni siitä, että ei ole pakko onnistua, ainakaan juuri nyt, mutta yrittämällä parhaani saatan tehdä sen vaikka vahingossa. Tällä lupauksella ajattelin pyrkiä siihen että arvokasta opiskeluaikaa tai -energiaa ei menisi stressaamiseen (äidin viisaita sanoja nämä) ja siihen, että olisin mukavampaa seuraa sekä itselleni että muille. Olen aidosti oikeasti hyvä nauttimaan elämästä ja näkemään onnen aiheita ihan missä vaan, mutta stressimoodilla en pysty edes/varsinkaan siihen. Joten eikun vaan kaukosäätimestä stressi pois päältä, ja katsotaan mitä tältä kanavalta löytyy. Tulen ihan varmasti v’h’n takeltelemaan tämän lupauksen kanssa ja ihan varmasti tulen vielä puhumaan sressistä (ja muuten Vietnamista myös! Sen aiheista tekstiä ja ennen kaikkea kuvia tulossa pian!) täälläkin lisää, koska se vaan on osa elämääni. Mutta aion opetella elämään sen kanssa niin, että stressi saa jäädä sivusta seuraajaksi. Ihailen ihmisiä jotka taitavat tuon taidon jo, ja koitankin käyttää heitä esikuvinani. Mitenkäs sinä ihana ihminen, osaatko kertoa mulle miksi et stressaa? Kaikki tavalliset kommentit”koska se on turhaa” ja ”koska siitä ei hyödy mitään” ja kaikki erikoiset tavat ja mielipiteet ovat enemmän kuin tervetulleita, jos laitat mulle pienen nopean viestin tai kommentin niin vaalin taas sitä esimerkkinä.

Aurinkoista ja pienten, iloisten asioiden täyteistä alkavaa viikkoa xx

-Anna

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NEW YEAR, NEW PYJAMA DAY

 

 

Happy New Year! I love this time of the year – I’m exactly the kind of sentimental grandmom who thinks this really is the time to remember all the great things that happened the past year and be thankful for all of those. And also the time to kind of start over. I don’t really believe in ”new year, new me” since I do try to stay as the same person, but I’m more a believer of ”new year, new goals and new chances”. And I really do believe in the fact and every day is a new beginning, so a new year definitely is one. In my opinion that means that you should start it the best way possible – preparing yourself for the coming challenges by recharging and thinking positive. And what’s a better way to do so than to have an official pyjama day (read the post here if you don’t happen to remember it) and focus especially on the ’looking through photos from the past year’ bit. That’s exactly what I’m doing right now. After picking up my sister from the airport in the morning I went back to bed and slept as lng as I wanted to, put my phone on ’don’t disturb’ mode so that I won’t look at it unless I really have to, opened up all my curtains to see natire light properly, lit up some candles, put on cosy socks that my sister brought me from Hong Kong and started the photo operation and ding other tiny tasks that should be done and will cause my happiness when I pass them, like unpacking from Vietnam (we arrived late last night) and catching up on my studies. I also re-decorated my room while relaxing music (I found the greatest playlist!) a bit and soon I’ll get a big, proper breakfast with fresh juice. For me, that’s the best way to start the new year. The last months of 2017 I was so exhausted that I couldn’t see the good things anymore, I felt like the whole year was only full of deceptions. It only took a week of proper sleep (some Vietnamese heat did help too) to realize that I was completely wrong – 2017 was the best year yet. Sure it was difficult, but all difficulties are lessons that will be useful one day. I had three homes in three different countries, I met amazing people, got to spend time with the amazing people I already knew, saw a ton of new beautiful places and gained hundreds of new experiences. So many amazing things happened that I didn’t even remember half of them before I got to rest and actually think about the past 12 months. It wasn’t perfect, and I wasn’t even closely perfect, and I apologize for the wrong that I did. A friend of mine was said that apologizing means that you won’t do it again, and that’s exactly how I mean it. I thank everyone for being a part of my year 2017, it wouldn’t have been the same without each one and I hope I’ll get to thank each for that for many years to come.

I wish you all the best for the coming year 2018 – 2018 even sounds quite amazing doesn’t it? So let’s make it amazing. xx

 

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24 reasons to love Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! I know it’s not New Years for a few days yet, but I promise you that I won’t make another list post for a while ! But for this special occasion we do need one. I mean I don’t really believe that anyone needs me to tell the reasons to love Christmas, but this year I’ve had some extra christmas spirit (even though this is a very special christmas since we’re spending it in Vietnam!) so I’ll try to put my overloading christmas joy in this post, so I might stop humming christmas carols in everyone’s ear. For us Finns the 24th is the day of Christmas celebration (so is 25th, but that day is usually just spent inside and eating left overs with family) and the day when Santa comes, so that’s why I’m wishing you a Merry Christmas already now. Have a lovely, joyful Christmas and or Happy Holidays! xx

1. Christmas lights

2. Wrapping gifts

3. Traditional Christmas food

4. Getting together with family

5. Christmas carols

6. Gingerbread

7. Santa Claus (I’m afraid of him

but hey the kids like his visits)

8. Eating lots of chocolate

9. Christmas markets

10. ”Pikkujoulut”, Little

Christmas – parties

11. Glogg & glühwein

12. Advent calenders

13. Sending & receiving

Christmas cards

14. Christmas decorations

15. Christmas trees

16. Lighting up candles

17. Christmas dinner

18. Elf hats

19. Having holidays

20. Baking ”joulutortut”,

christmas tarts

21. Choosing & giving gifts for your loved ones

22. Christmas movies (Love Actually, Alone at Home etc!!)

23. Peacefulness

24. Christmas spirit all around

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AFFORDABLE CHRISTMAS PRESENT IDEAS

It’s that time of the year again! Time for stressful last minute christmas shopping, that is. And since I hope that people would stress as little as possible, I thought I’d do my bit and share some very cheap ideas for Christmas presents that -hopefully!- might help you too! Some of these I’ve actually gotten as a present myself and absolutely loved them, if you spot yoursefl here thank you one more time <3

How to make a gift personal PLUS affordable:

Think about the receiver. What is she/he like? What might she/he need? When you have a theme, find an item that goes under it or to make it even more personal, find many small items that together make a nice combo. The receiver can tell that you thought of her / him with every detail! And to certainly put your heart into a gift; do something by hand. It doesn’t mean that you have to be an extra talented crafts – person nor know how to build a bird house or to knit a sweater, but even making the tiniest of changes on items that you maybe bought from the store and then pimped suitable for the receiver, will always make it more personal. Another thing that I’ve become a big fan of, is giving something recycled. What could be more affordable than finding a gift from a fleamarket or – even better – from your own cupboards? Yes, I know there are people who these ideas don’t really suite, but you might be surprised how many would also be positively surprised for getting one.

  

something personal

Maybe you know exactly what the receiver likes or needs? Then it’s obviously an easy case. But if you know what the person likes, yet not exactly what you want to give but you know it’s something you want to have extra special thought in, maybe these might work?

  • choose a book (maybe from your own book shelf!) that you’ve read and you know would suit the receiver
  • if the receiver is a baker, give something that has to do with baking and add your favourite recipe around/on the bottom of the baking item
  • if the receiver is a musician, write down (copying works too, but hand written is obviously even more personal) your favourite music sheets for them to learn
  • also for a music person; since mix tapes don’t really work anymore, maybe you could choose a CD from your own cupboard that you’re sure the receiver would enjoy, or if you want to give something definitely useful but something definitely not material, make him/her a playlist
  • a coupon for an acitivity that you promise her/him you’ll do together; a movie, a dinner at your place or in an a restaurant that you both wanted to try, a coffee date, a sports thing, a trip (if you’re not one for the affordable ideas) or what ever floats your boat
  • a photo album / just a photo – since these days everything is digital even though most people love these, they never actually go and print them. So it’s the perfect thing to do for them!

something funny

If you don’t know the person well enough/ you know the reciver is a true comedian, something funny is always a good idea. Of course, if you don’t know each other too well, don’t go straight for some inside jokes you might share with someone else! And even with funny gifts it’s always best if you can actually use them – at least somewhere.

  • An ugly christmas sweater (at least in Finland this has really become a thing and is a great thing to wear for ’pikkujoulut’!
  • funny shaped/pictured school things
  • … I’m clearly not one of the humorous geniuses, though I do love me some silly gifts!

something that works every time

One thing that most people adore as Christmas gifts, are all relaxing sorts of things- Not everyone, but unfortunately many, live a busy life where they forget to treat themselves. And that’s basically what gifts are about – about treating the receiver with something special. So why not give them something they can use to treat them selves? But be careful though, you’re not the only one thinking about these. If you can, make your simply choice a bit mre personal by choosing her/his favourite colour/smell/favour/etc.

  • chocolate (apart from like one of my friends who doesn’t like chocolate and one who can’t eat it) – you can’t go wrong with this, maybe you can also pack it in a nice package for it to bee a bit more personal than the orginal package?
  • alcohol – unless the reciver is an absolutist or a member of the AA club, this is also another thing that is hard to go wrong with
  • candles – there can never be too many of them, right? But mind with scented candles, for many it may cause migren! Bee wax candles are a great other option for them!
  • pyjamas/ropes/slippers/wool socks
  • face masks – there can never be too many of these either am I right or am I right?
  • a blanket
  • a special tea mug / smoothie glass / water bottle

something handmade

  • just add water – baking jars
  • a calender for the coming year
  • a tiny box for jewellery/other small things (old jewellery boxes are perfect for this when you decorate the by hand)
  • mittens, wool socks, hat, scarf, sweater…
  • something baked / cooked
  • for a poetic soul; a poem jar – choose/write a bunch of tiny poems for her/him to read on specific days
  • (christmas) decorations
  • photo album (pardon the repeating but it also goes under this headline)
  • cute cupcake tins
  • body scrub (an example of directions here)

something for men

Oh dear heaven someone please help me out here.

 

… and other random ideas

  • jewellery
  • scarf
  • a specific T-shirt
  • home decor
  • kitchen thingies
  • socks (especially for Dobby)
  • cute pyjamas
  • books
  • a polaroid camera (it can be affordable too!)
  • pillow cases

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