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My body is incredibly soar and I barely have a voice but these two past days have been incredible. My summer break is coming to an end and this weekend was the perfect ending.

In March my friends and I bought tickets to a music festival here in Helsinki, and ever since I have been counting days. I had no idea what to expect since I had never been to a music festival but I went there with an open mind, comfortable shoes and good friends. Afterwards I can say that's the only things you need. It was absolutely insane. The dancing, the jumping, the music, the people. Wow. I have never felt so alive. I loved listening to Icona Pop, The Chainsmokers, Marshmallow and Cheat Codes. They knew how to perform live and just did their thing. That's how it should be!! I am so happy I got this opportunity and I will definitely do it again next year.

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Usually when thinking about starting a new chapter, it's when the year changes. I don't like that idea at all and that's one of the reasons I dislike New Years. When the year changes many make resolutions that they will change something in their life; start exercising, drinking more water, quit a bad habit, be more open-minded etc. I don't see the point in starting a "new chapter" when the year changes, because you will still return to your same daily routines and old habits.

Why would you change just because you write 2018 instead of 2017 on your paper? Instead I like to see it this way. For example while reading a book, in every chapter the characters do something new, they don't continue doing the same thing as they did in the previous chapter. So, for me a new chapter begins when I do something new, for example; starting a new job, going to a different school, traveling, going outside my comfort zone and so on. Not when the year changes and I will continue at the same school, sticking to my old routines and staying in my comfort zone. My point is that you can begin a new chapter whenever something different occurs in your life.

The reason I started writing this post is that I want to share my resolutions for the new chapter I am beginning to write. In August I will be starting at a new school; in another town; with other students and teachers; other curriculum and language. I am very excited but also scared. I will start this new chapter open-minded and ready to speak up. I don't want to sit quietly in my seat agreeing when I don't share the same opinion. I want to start being more creative; using my camera more often, start drawing and writing on a daily basis. The last thing I aspire to do is to find a balance between exercising and eating. I want to learn to love my body and treat it well. All of this might be a lot to handle but small steps will take me there.

I still need to finish the chapter I am writing right now. I need to enjoy every little bit of it and take the opportunities I have in front of me. And with all of that said; don't rush thru the chapters of your life, appreciate the things you have at the moment and make the best out of it.

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traveling

I love traveling more than anything. I love the atmosphere at airports. I love the feeling when the airplane is landing in a new country. I love walking on streets I have never walked on before, tasting food I have never tasted before, meeting new people and seeing places I have never seen. I spent the past week in the capital of Europe, Brussels. One of my friends lives there and her family had invited me to visit them, so I couldn't refuse the temptation of taking a plane to Brussels.

The city had so much to offer. The food, buildings, people, weather. I think my favorite part of being in Brussels was just strolling around and obviously eating Belgian waffles. Ah, those waffles. Besides visiting the typical tourist attractions; we spent a day in Brugge, went climbing, bicycled, checked out flea markets, farmer's markets and I got to hang out with a few of my friend's school mates. We also found out that Manneken Pis has a sister (Jeanneke pis) AND a dog (Zinneke Pis)!? That is so awesome! This is what I want to do when traveling. Seeing things I wouldn't normally even consider to visit. Though I love being away from home, it feels good to sleep in my own bed. Being home also gets me reflecting over my traveling and what I have been doing, being home makes me really appreciate the fact that I have the opportunity to see new places and learn more about this beautiful planet.

I really hope that one day I will be able to travel alone. I want to be able to go wherever I want and meeting new people and sharing thoughts and explore the world. Just me and my backpack with no clear destination.

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Loving your body is hard. We live in a world where it is more acceptable to look skinny and have unhealthy eating habits than have curves and having a normal eating habit. It's better to have a skinny waist and a big booty. It's better to eat less and restrict yourself. It's better to look good rather than feel good. Your body deals with so much during your life time, the least you could do is to give it energy and rest. It's not good to push your body to limits that make you suffer. This should be crystal clear but it's not. I myself pushed my body to a limit where I became extremely underweight and lost my period. This happened a year ago and I am still recovering.

During this year I have learnt to appreciate my body and give it the energy and rest it needs. If you want to become a bikini model or a marathon runner, it won't help that you start working out seven days a week and restricting your diet. At first it might feel great but in the long term it is extremely harmful for your body. Your body needs food and recovery to keep going. It's like trying to drive a car without gas, it won't work! You might not look like a Victoria's Secret Model, but it's okay. The most important part is that you feel good and that you can exercise and eat without regretting anything. Healthy doesn't always mean that you eat salad instead of pasta or skip desert because it's "unhealthy", healthy means that you can eat whatever you desire without overthinking it. Life is so much easier when you just let your body do it's thing and don't care about what society says you should look like. You are beautiful just the way you are, trust me.

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Have you ever thought that you live in a bubble? Because I have. I keep imagining that each one of us lives in a separate bubble and that we choose what kind of information and people we let in. Really often it happens that we get lost in this bubble and we forget what actually happens. We have chosen what information we want to hear by choosing who we want to follow on social media and only talking with people who have the same opinion as ourselves. This way we create this imaginary world that we like living in and when something bad happens that don't fit into our imagination, we don't care. We are often so sure that we are right about something because in our bubble it is right and we don't care about hearing other perspectives. But those other perspectives are important and we need to start to get out of our bubbles and see the world the way it really is.

My bubble is really small and I have realized that I only see things out of one perspective. The perspective that hates Trump, is democratic, promotes the LGBTQ -community, feminism, religion and that love always wins. I love living in this bubble but this is definitely not what the world looks like. Don't get me wrong, I don't want to hate feminism or vote for Trump, I would just like to know why people think like they do. I want to know why they have created the bubble they live in. I want to expand my bubble and get to know different perspectives to see this world. I don't want to get trapped in my bubble and shut out everything that doesn't fit into my world. It will be a challenge but it's a challenge I am ready to take.

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