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I’VE BEEN A BAD BAD BLOGGER

May 11, 2016

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Ai moi. Maailman huonoin matkabloggaaja täällä. Blogi ei ole viimeaikoina oikein päässyt päivittymään, sillä elän juuri elämäni hektisimpiä viikkoja. Oman busineksen pyörittäminen täysipäiväisesti on vauhdikkaampaa mitä osasin odottaa ja tälle viikolle hommaa onkin liikaa. Huomenna aamusta menen hostaamaan ilmailualan tapahtumaa Porvooseen (en ole vielä edes valinnut asua ja kohta on keskiyö – apua!). Perjantaina koittaakin PING, eli Suomen suurimmat sisältöfestarit jonne en varsinkaan ole vielä ehtinyt miettiä yhtään mitään. Blogiparka joutuu nyt vielä muutaman päivän kärsiä, pahoittelut! Palaan asiaan viimeistään alkuviikosta Portugalista!

Oh hi there! I’ve been a bit distant lately, sorry about that darlings. I’m going through perhaps the most hectic weeks of my entire life. Since jumping into the life of a freelance social media wizard, it’s been crazier than I expected. I can say business is good, but this week is so intense that it’s a bit too much to handle. I’m hosting an aviation event, The Future Seminar tomorrow on Porvoo Campus. And then on Friday, it’s time for PING, which is a festival / conference for us content gurus and business hippies of the internet. And then on Monday, I’m off to Portugal  – but most definitely not for a holiday. 

What this all means that I’m still going to continue being a bad blogger until the end of the week, but I have sooo many posts to write as soon as this madness calms down! Wish me luck, hah!

MY SWEET SUITE 28

May 6, 2016

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“28 vuotta sitten oli samanlainen auringonpaiste,” aloittaa mummini puhelun joka vappuaamu. Satuin saapumaan maailmaan syntymäsimassa vapunpäivänä, kätevästi koko Suomen juhlistaessa. Synttärit vappuna tosin tarkoittaa monesti sitä, että niiden juhliminen jää itsessään helposti vähemmälle. Tänä vuonna päätinkin kutsua muutaman rakkaimman ystäväni kanssani Helsingin Original Sokos Hotel Vaakunan kattojen ylle juhlistamaan vanhenemistan. Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna tarjosi meille yläkerrasta hienon sviitin päräyttävällä terassinäkymällä Helsingin ylle. Can’t complain.

“28 years ago the sun was shining just like today”, is how my grandmother starts her yearly May Day phone calls as I wake up somewhere hangover. May Day is a big celebration in Finland, and so happens that it’s also my birthday. Obviously, it’s fun to have the whole country partying with me, but it also means that I often forget to celebrate me getting older. This time, Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna offered me a fabulous rooftop suite above the skyline of Helsinki, where I got to invite some of my dearest friends. 

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Hotellin Ravintola Loiste oli loihtinut meille pöydät koreaksi herkuista ja skumpat oli odottamassa kylmässä! Kiitos! Ja nam! Chimicurrimarinoidut jättikatkarapuvartaat luomuquinoa-kukkakaalisalaatilla tai vuohenjuusto-punajuuriterriini hunajapaahdetuilla saksanpähkinöillä ja krassisalaatilla voittaa sipsipussit ja Domino-keksit any day – puhumattakaan jälkiruokasta, joka oli salmiakki-sitruunaruoho creme brule. 

Restaurant Loiste had prepared super delicious snacks and bubbly drinks for us! We got to enjoy things like Chimichurri-marinated jumbo shrimp skewers with organic quinoa and cauliflower salad and goat cheese with red beet terrine, honey-roasted walnuts and pepper cress salad. A tad better than your usual potato chip snacks. Oh, and the dessert was a salty liquorice and lemongrass crème brûlé. Seriously wishing someone would cook like this to me daily – anyone?

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Maailmassa ei ole parempaa kuin aika jonka saa viettää parhaiden ystävien kanssa, oli se sitten missäpäin maailmaa tahansa.  On ihanaa huomata miten moni ystävä on pysynyt elämässä mukana jo niin monta vuotta ja miten kaikkien ihmeellisten kokemusten jälkeen, jotkut asiat ei koskaan muutu. Tiedän, että näiden tyyppien kanssa saan juhlistaa vielä viisikymppisiänikin.

Nämä viittisynttärit saattoi myös jo muodostua perinteeksi. Synttärit ovat kuitenkin vain kerran vuodessa, joten miksi ei juhlisi niitä tyylillä? Toki kotiin jääminen tulee helposti halvemmaksi, mutta jokainen meistä on kerran vuodessa sviittisynttäreiden arvoinen – right?

There really is nothing better than quality time with your best friends, no matter where in the world you are. It’s great to acknowledge that some of these friends have been in my life for so many years and even though some of us have been through so much, after all, some things will never change. I know for sure, that I’ll get to cheers all my birthdays with these pretty faces. 

And I also know that this suite birthday has already become a tradition to me. I mean, birthday happens once a year, so we might as well make it extra special. Sure it’s always cheaper to stay at home, but after all, we all deserve a fabulous celebration for this thing called life!

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Thank you Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna, Helsinki for this unforgettable birthday! And thank you to the best friends in the world! MWAH! This might have been the best one yet!

THE ONLY THING I EVER WANTED

May 2, 2016

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I know I am blessed to have what I have, and to do what I do. I adore having my own business and getting to work in my favourite industry and all the incredible people in it. I love developing my skills and learning new things each day, and I really hope to do this perhaps for the rest of my life.

But despite it all, there’s always been something I’ve wanted more than anything. There’s been this one job, which I can probably never have. One that I would give up anything for.

All I ever wanted was to become a flight attendant. 

Even writing it down hurts. Just admitting the fact that I have a dream that will never come true shivers me to the bone.

I know being a flight attendant is no job of glamour and new exotic destinations on a weekly basis. I know, I’ve worked in the industry for long enough. And I know that many of my flight attendant friends would trade their jobs for mine  – or at least that’s what they tell me, haha. But there’s something about challenging customer service, strange working hours and airports that my heart will never stop beating for.

Not many know how many decisions in my life have been made to support my cabin crew dream. That’s why I went into tourism. That’s why I worked at the airport. That’s why I worked in a hospital for 3 years. That’s why I wanted to work as a waitress for one summer. That’s why I wanted to study in Hong Kong. That’s why I studied Chinese & Russian. All because of a dream I wasn’t ready to let go of.

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The only option I had was to build a career so successful, that I simply could not feel sad about it. So I became a marketing manager for a global travel business. I turned my blog and Instagram into a job and now run my own business.

But despite it all, I’d still give up everything for this one dream. 

After breaking my spine in Australia and not being able to exercise for years, it would require a miracle to make me suitable for the job. And as I realised this, I’ve taken 4 tattoos making me even less qualified to achieve the dream I’m having the hardest time letting go of.

The hardest part of this all was when Finnair recently recruited new Finnish cabin crew after a really long time. This could have been my moment. It still isn’t easy seeing my many friends posting photos of their wings on Facebook with their new cabin crew jobs. It’s silly really, to think just how emotionally connected I can be to a job I’ll never have. Not even for a day.

*Sorry this post is only in English, but I’m just feeling too emotional to translate.*