A Brief Reminder To Breathe Life

NOW, it is a great time to place your smart phone or laptop aside. Forget about all the following eyes for a while. Breathe the life.

This is what I have kept telling myself these first hot weeks of this summer.

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Magical summer nights // Berlin, Germany

The start of the European summer has always had a special effect on me. Longer hours of light and the warmer air really lift my spirit to fly. The smiles around touch my heart and the sounds of nature get under my skin.

Restaurants and cafés offer their tables in the sunshine, clubs throw their beats under the stars. Awakening life is a sign of summertime.

In this hectic world of stress, it is easy to forget the most important – life.

Life happens at this very moment. Sometimes we need a brief reminder to take time for it. Take a few seconds to look at the person next to you – NOW! Remember to breathe those flowers next time you pass by some, and most of all – smile at your own being. It’s contagious.

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Enjoying a glass of cold rosé wine with a view // Paris, France

Be present in your life – summer 2018 will only happen once.

Creating new summer,
Satu

And now, let me breathe some of this summer, without devices…

New Year, New Approach

I always believed that if you have clear ideas and plans in your mind, you will subconsciously do decisions that will bring you towards your wanted success. I was never a fan of writing down every small step, as I personally feel it could restrict the flow of developping your way to success.

As this new year 2018 started, I listed my goals for the year. I can’t recall a last time I actually put words down on paper in a proper order. I had ideas, dreams and somewhat plans in few corners of papers, to remind me where I was going to. But this time, I made that famous list, as well as the ‘how-to-steps’. A new approach for this new year.

Not that I would ditch all my past ideas, I just want to put together all the best ideas that I come across. Even with the written list, I will keep my eyes and ears open, and focus on the opportunities landing on my way. It is only clever to fly when the wind blows.

For an amazing half way focus to succeed in your life plans, my-kind-of-a-way, I found this TED Talk by Reggie Rivers:

Few days into 2018, and the advice Rivers gives in this talk, has kept me in a good way towards a successful year.

Creating New Year,

Satu

PS. If you missed it, here is my last blog post about last year – the ups and downs it offered me and the life lessons I learned. To plan this year even better.

PPS. To reach your goals, which methods work for you?

Born With Inner Wings

Some call me a dreamer, some rootless, some insane, some brave.

I guess that it is my kind of a high – to chase the feeling of freedom. To search, how free can one be?

CURIOSITY

It is the curiosity that brought me to foreign lands. When moving, I feel free of movement. The more I break those countries’ border lines, the more I feel I conquer in life.

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Where to next? // Helsinki Airport, Finland

WEIGHTLESS

In a literal meaning I get the freedom of weight when a plane takes off, or I jump from high (which I’m somewhat terrified of actually). In those moments I feel that my human weight is not the limit to fly.

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Light weighted in the air

MENTALLY FREE

Mental weight is what this world tries to press on us so hard. This field is harder to battle at as there are rules in societies. I try my best to do good, be good and give my love. The purity of consciousness keeps the mental weight lighter.

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Sea breeze that lifts the weight from your shoulders // Playa de Las Canteras, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

1 + 1 + 1 and you get an insane rootless dreamer. Which I am happy to be.

Those are my kind of inner wings. How are yours?

Power from the memories

“Instead of getting nostalgic, we should capture the power of good memories to create our future even memorable.”

Last week I visited again my home town, Jyväskylä, in Central Finland. I had real luck with the specially nice weather according to the season, colourful trees and so much sun. Here are some pictures to feel the very autumn going on, and few words about the feelings I got during my stay.

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The central church of Jyväskylä in autumn colours

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Modern views of the town

We tend to get nostalgic thinking about the past, childhood, university times. And even more there’s a memory effect when we visit those places. I think it is important to remember the past, to learn from the mistakes and keep growing. Never forget. Instead, it is needed to forgive the past in order to move forward and to live now and in the future.

Visiting my childhood town becomes weirder and weirder every visit. I’ve realized that I’ve grown far from those moments and it gets always harder to think about going back.

It is a sign that I have found my present life and future path in another place. I have built my new home elsewhere. As for now, I focus on remembering the past, and taking the power of those memories to grow my present and future.

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And for the closure one culture difference, Finnish go to sauna a lot. Here is one more innovative way – a sauna-on-board boat in the harbour of a lake.

Royal romantic route

Last Friday, with three Italians, we rented a car and hit the road towards the south of Germany, to explore the historical romantic road, ‘Romantische Strasse’.

As human beings, we have a long history and there are many marks and monuments to remind us from the lived past. In general, we all visit and feel these places way too rarely. The history of our cultures is everywhere; every village and city have a past, every family and so a person has roots and history that is behind any behaviour or culture. Some of those events are in the close past, some further away.

The most important is the knowledge of the history, not the history itself. Knowing the roots lets you learn to see the signs of the future, and develop yourself and this world.

Our first stop was Würzburg, and it’s old palace – Residenz Würzburg. Walking in those royal gardens I realized that there’s always been one person leading the rest, whether it was the head of the tribe, a king or a president.

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In the history of human beings there are many eras of kingdoms and dictatorships. One person is born or put above the others. The blue-blooded royals didn’t have to earn their success, as the people in high positions (such as politicians) these days do. Neither did the dictators, they took the power.

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The fascinating question is though that if we all are the same as human beings, why do we let someone tell us what to do and how to live? Is this a part where the history repeats itself?

The kingdoms, the way they used to be, are in the past, but still some exist, as well as dictatorships. There is a leading figure in every country, but slowly we are going towards democracy and everyone’s leadership.

Do we need someone higher to keep the society and life rolling? Do we need a leader? And if so, what kind of a leader do we need? What can we learn from the past leaders to make a better future? What will be the future romantic road? Few questions to think about.

Hi there! I’m a fairytale and I have a tale or two to share.

In this very first post of the blog, I want to introduce myself and some of my thoughts, also the ones why I started writing here.

My name is Satu and I’m originally from Finland. In my life, I’ve turned out to be positively open to new and unknown and to believe that I CAN. Maybe one of the background reasons for this is that in Finnish my name means a fairytale. Introducing yourself your whole little life as a fairytale, at some point you subconsciously start living as you were one. As anything is possible.

I’m the oldest of three children and my childhood was very much normal. I went through all the typical schools, pre-, primary-, secondary- and upper secondary school (in some countries known as high school). But what is not so typical, is the unit of the university of applied sciences I attended then, the entrepreneurial development unit called Team Academy. I’m sure I will come back to this in the following posts since, for me, Team Academy thought not just dreaming but actually making those dreams come true. And let me tell, there’s no magic. Just attitude change and hard work.

This attitude to take the control of my own life and to do the things I want to do, made me travel around the world and follow my heart over the countries’ borderlines. It is also the same power that made me believe I have something to share. And I started writing this blog.

First of all, I don’t understand why I didn’t start earlier. I’ve had many blogs (or shall I say I’ve TRIED to have many) before, personal ones as diaries, and few for marketing the businesses I had at the time. But after a few posts, I lost my interest because of the lack of real passion to share those thoughts.

Different cultures, languages, travelling (physically and mentally), art and our one big world – subjects I’ve enjoyed and explored my whole life. The ones who know me personally never remember where I’m at or who I’m with. Most probably I’m creating some sort of new culture, in a place X and with a person X, mixing new thoughts to my head.

I think that it’s the interaction that makes someone rich. We all, even in the same country, with the same language and cultural habits, have differences and so many things to learn from each other. I want to help us to connect, make each other learn more.

I will post as a wide range of material as possible, and from every single aspect of cultural matters, anything from funny language similarities to why we avoid eye contact in a bus to the biggest culture shocks. I want to write this blog because I know that I will learn something new every day that can be worth sharing.

It’s Monday the 19th of February in Frankfurt Am Main, Germany, and it’s snowing a lot. So I finally took my laptop and typed these words that have been in my mind for a long time. Here starts all the tales of this blog. Welcome!