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Anna Saarinen

ODE TO FRIENDSHIP

Happy Valentine’s Day! xx

I’ve written the same thing every year, but I’ll write it again cause it’s rather interesting: in Finland we celebrate Friends’ Day on February 14th, instead of ”the Day of Love” as it is translated in many other languages. Yes my dad would buy my mom flowers, but we’d also bake cupcakes for our friends instead of sending secret admiration letters to our crushes. If this makes our culture cold hearted, so be it, I personally like it (while yes, after meeting my friends I would and will also spend the day with my boyfriend) being a day dedicated for friendship. We should have more of those.

This past year has been full of changes, big things, mental breakdowns and busy days. I never ever wanted my friendships to suffer from me being a mess, but I honestly don’t feel like I’ve been such a good friend lately. So this is my public apology and a reminder that I did not stop staying in contact that frequently on purpose. I love every single one of my friends and everything you’ve given me, and I wish to keep you all in my life for every February 14th to come. So, family and friends, I’m sorry for having been a bit absent, you’re always on my mind and you’re very, very important to me. Also those who I have succesfully met even once in a while eh <3

Have a happy Friends’/Lovers’ Day everyone! xx

Love, Anna

A VERBAL DIAGRAM OF MY MOODS

I started this year pretty great, while sick, I was surrounded by great people and great things (and great waffles!!) so I’ve got no complaints there.

Then right after getting back to Finland I had the most horrible moving day ever, it was just poorly planned and my sickness was getting worse and I just got unlucky. My amazing friends came to help me which I’m eternally grateful of, but still what I remember from that day is pure exhaustion.

After that things were pretty decent, lots of new and lots of things to do, but so much joy of the new home and new roommate and things happening that this part of the diagram would be a rather high curve.

Some days the things I needed to do were just a bit too much for my still-too-weak head, but I controlled those feelings by being easy on myself. Even though my study plan doesn’t really have time for days like that, I’ve still decided to care most importantly of my own health.

Then, all of a sudden, I just happened to wake up after a few nightmares and was in an utterly bad mood. I was back there. I almost got a panic attack, even though e everything was just fine. My thoughts were just ”not again, I thought I got passed this”.

The next day after having done a bunch of fun things, I was at the top of the world again. And now things are going pretty great. I’ve gotten some amazing news and some not to so fun – news, but all together we’re definitely rather high on the positive side.

So, as a diagram, which I’ve been  doing quite a few recently, my mood in 2019 would make a rather curvy line. Blah, it is a little annoying but I do not suffer from being bipolar, I’m just extremely human. I’m writing this honest just to give an actual example of how things can be good and bad, and how things usually aren’t what they seem.

Also, I like being honest and not just shiny and smiley, so here I am again. I’m doing good though, and hope you are too. I’ll be back before Valentine’s Day so I won’t wish you a happy one just yet, I’m just giving you a friendly reminder about that as well 😉 An extra reason to be extra kind this week. But always be kind.

 

Have a lovely week! xx

 

-Anna

JOYFUL THINGS LIKE WELLY MERCK WATCHES

It’s week number 4 and I’m at post number 3. Not too bad! The first weeks of this year have been packed, and this one seems to continue on the same level, but as hard as it is to let go of all the fun things (uni applications don’t exactly belong to the cathegory fun but they do cause my weeks to be packed), I’ve hereby publicly promised myself that now I’m reducing everything that I can from my schedules so I can use all my time for my priorities – studying for the entrance exam of medice and taking care of myself. Luckily the latter includes spending time with my loved ones for example so I’m not planning on cutting people out, but I do need to balance things now.

However, in addition to some succeedingly passed deadlines, a drawer full of tea, and pretty landscapes, some good news arrived in the mail around the time I moved away fom Helsinki! Or should I say good times? heh heh

I got a lovely surprise of a message from Welly Merck sometime before Christmas, clicked myself on their webpage and instantly fell in love with their watches! They have a beautiful set of watches in various models and colours, for both women and men. I kind of wanted them all but I had to stay strict and managed to choose myself one; Classic Tokyo R in 36mm. It’s a beautiful watch with a rosegold (also available in silver) clock face and a textile wristband.

It was so pretty and colourful and small enough to fit in my minimalistic lifestyle that I just had to get it, and I’m happy I did! The package arrived extremely fast, in about 5 days as promised while doing my order. The watch is good quality and exactly the same as on the webpage, and all contact with the brand worked seamlessly. All together buying this watch was a great experience and I’d definitely be repeating it if I didn’t have to forcefully stop myself from shopping right now, blah.

The best thing about this is, that you can now shop these beautiful watches a bit more guilty-free, since by using the code ANNAW50 you can get 50% off from your purchase! Off you go, please shop some for me too xx I don’t usually do collaborations, but when it’s a brand that I sincerely like and honestly want to do a shout out for just to spread the joy, I’m more than happy to. And now with the joy you even get 50% off – perfect!! I’m giggling here by myself, just ignore me.

Have a lovely week, smile to the next stranger you see! xx

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All pictures (apart from the first two) are directly from www.wellymerck.com

BELGIUM PHOTO DIARY

My New Year’s resolution is starting a bit slowly eh.. But hey, I’ll keep on saying better than never! So here’s last week’s post; a photo diary from our trip to Belgium. We visited Brussels, Gent and the little towns around it, and once again I have to say that the beauty of Belgian towns can not be captured in photos – they are gorgeous! And as much as I want to keep defending Brussels, Gent definitely is one of my new favourites. I also met some amazing people, some old and some new acquaintances, and this time I have a special fella to thank for half of these photos (so basically the credit of the best shots goes to him) and also for taking me on this Christmas market -centered trip on the first point. I hope to be back soon. Hope you’re having a wonderful week! xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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