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How to live your best life

This week we went to see Hannah Gadsby's latest comedy show, called Douglas. One of the many things Hannah talked about during the show was that she's right now living her best life. She pointed out that her life may not seem like living best life if you look at it from the outside. She described it as staying home with Doug, her adorable dog, and moving things around. For Hannah, that is living her best life. The most common top 10 tips for living your best, fullest life includes things like visualising, meditating and yoga, complaining less, journaling, being intentional, focusing...

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I am not a robot!

For a couple of weeks I had the mother of all the spring flus. In the beginning of it, my temp rose over 39°C/102°F and I'm still couching and sneezing. Obviously during this time I hadn't blogged, my Twitter account had been feeling lonely, things were quiet at my Pinterest, my Facebook page was a ghost town, the people in my Facebook group probably thought I've forgot them completely, and let's not even talk about my email list. After the all too long break, I even found a half written draft of an article in my site's list of content. I had made a strong start and then some, save...

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When the unpredictable happens

After I had received the payment of a big project I did, I had plans. Some personal purchases. A new iPhone adapter to use with my tripod and to replace the broken part of my selfie stick. Some business acquisitions. Perhaps upgrade my Teachable subscription. I was supposed to save some too, for the unpredictable. But the unpredictable didn't wish to wait for later. About a month ago the owners of our apartment for the past years called. They had decided to sell, we would have 6 months to move out. Six months does sound like a lot of time, but it isn't really. It isn't long, when you...

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Slow Sunday: Being kind

I started to write a post about showing humanity, being authentic, being human. But on the way my emphasis changed. I know that being human comes with the dark sides. Sometimes it's very human to hurt others, to make the person next to you feel awful, to be unkind. It's in the human nature. As it is in human nature to be violent and passionate, it's also in human nature to push the violence and passion away. Feeling less. When you see suffering, your first response is fear and feeling upset. It makes you lash back, try to force things fixed, or close your eyes. It is in human nature to...

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Slow Sunday: Having a break

Sometimes I skip a scheduled post on my blog. Or maybe I don't send the weekly email to my list. I may not get on Pinterest and pin my heart out, or I refrain from Tweeting. I even take breaks from running my new Facebook group. I'm a big believer of taking breaks from stuff. Scheduled, preset vacations. Unscheduled, spur-of-the-moment, pauses. Longer time recesses. Short time breathers. There are people who take pride of never taking vacations or always being busy. I call them idiots. Without having breaks you go down with a burnout. Without having a break you will break yourself. Hey, I've t...

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Slow Sunday: Taking care of yourself

Are you feeling overwhelmed? You're not the only one. I almost didn't make this Slow Sunday, due to the overwhelm I'm feeling. I thought it would be selfish to write about relaxing, slowing down and de-stressing, when the world around us all is falling apart. Until I saw a post by a friend on Facebook. She pointed out that you must take care of yourself. First because you are a human and your wellbeing matters too. Second because this all is a lot to take and you can't keep resisting if you are paralysed in shock, as she put it. Most of the people on my Twitter timeline are posting all the...

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Slow Sunday: Feeling

Us Finns are great at suppressing our feelings. The Finnish "sisu", the stoic determination and resilience is highly regarded here. Falling apart, having a breakdown, being happy and loving, crying or expressing other "big" feelings is considered weak. However, feelings and emotions are there for many good reasons, and recognising them is very important. Your feelings aren't wrong nor they should be ignored. While a constant turmoil of emotions isn't healthy either, and can increase your stress and anxiety, the stoic emotionless existence is bad as well. Suppressing feelings makes you te...

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