helmikuuta 24, 2017

When published?

I have been writing for years now, and I have several book-projects that are waiting to be finished. But few months ago I actually finished one, I have a book! Ready to go into the world!

It's a storybook for children, it has a different angle, beautiful artwork and a theme that is fresh. But it is still missing a publisher, no answers yet.

I hate this part. Only like 2% of the book proposals get published, so the rest just have to suffer, make an e-book or self-publish which is really expensive (yes, I've looked into that).

Im not giving up. I will hold that in my hand, a book that I've made, something I created into the world. Something great, helpful, teaching, fun, and full of emotion and feeling.

I will get there, because I have a vision for my future: Im sitting in my camper, with my laptop and a cup of coffee, writing and looking out the window. Life's passion being the source of livelihood.

I will get there. Just wait and see.

To Finn or not to Finn

I usually don’t think of myself as a Finn. I don’t like Sauna. Ice Hockey is not interesting and I find super-Finnish patriotism pathetic. “Finland is only for Finns” Ugh kill me now.

We have what we call “basic Finn's”, that are close minded and racist. Men can’t show emotions or they are weak, there are only heterosexuals among us, woman can only be a wife nothing more, and animals are only products. And guess what, they run our government now! No wonder my thirst for the full-time rv life is getting bigger every day. The "basic Finn's" eat the soul of Finland, and they actually think they are doing this for Finland, which only makes it worse.

Someone I know, was in a pub wearing a Finland hoodie, and some darker skinned teenagers were (in her words) staring at her, and her impulse was to give them the middle finger. When she told me this, I thought she was kidding, but no.

What if they were tourists or exchange students? What a lovely image they have of our country now. And ofc you will get looks in pub wearing that shirt! Being overly patriotic is kind of Finland's ‘murica. Racism is a big issue in Finland.

I don't think there is harmony in Finland, maybe Finn's hearts are frozen from the weather? I don't know. But it's not for me.

With all it's faults, I do love Finland, as a country. Beautiful forests, lakes, hills, just so much nature. It's breathtaking really. And the space is unbelievable. New York could actually fit into Finland 278 times. Yes, 278 times. And still there is three hundred thousand people more in New York, than in all of Finland. So while people live on top of each other, we live with space, or at least the option of space.

If only the people here would be as free as the land is. Because racism, is not an opinion, it’s a flaw in character.

Me and Finland.. It really is a love & hate relationship.

helmikuuta 23, 2017

What I use for my hair?

You should always be aware of what you are putting in your body, near your body and well all around your life. The gruesome pictures on the sides of cigarette packs? Good, but add warning photos also to fast-food cartons, alcohol bottles and candy bags.

People usually start to question the stuff we consume through our mouth, like foods and stuff, but rarely does
anyone think about the shampoos, or other things we use on our hair.

At first, I thought of about how much I use for my hair. I'm use to having all kinds of hairstyles that required me to use products to keep them going (up mostly). But for the past few years now, I gave up everything from lacquer to hair wax. I felt like that stuff just doesn't belong to be there, and that my hair looks great without all that junk.

But then a friend of mine shared her thoughts on what you put in your hair, and informed me about chemicals. It is the ugly side of your shampoo called: Sodium laureth sulfate, that you shouldn't use.

What it does for the shampoo is that it makes it foamy, and that is it's main job, and a job that our hair doesn't even need! At that point, when the shampoo its foaming, it has already cleaned the hair. It's useless, but still to this day, people are associate foaming with ''Good shampoo''. Too bad, because Sodium laureth sulfate carries a lot of negative things with it Like it actually destroys your hair in the long run, stripping off all the essential oils your hair needs to stay healthy, breaking down protein and halting healthy hair growth.

The other job of SLS is it's cleaning properties that are way overwhelming, stripping the hair completely. Also, if you think yourself as person who appreciates mother nature, likes naturality, and preserving the world, Sodium laureth sulfate is not the option for you. It is toxic for the environment, it can cause skin irritation/rash and it may contain cancer causing chemicals.

So, what do I use?

The only thing that goes to my hair is my Nurme's Avocado shampoo bar (Bought from Ruohonjuuri), that is a safe, green choice. It is great and easy and it works for me.

Not everything suits for everyone, but you will find yours. :)

helmikuuta 22, 2017

Baby steps

Like all big life changes, they need to start slow. ''Jump in with both feet'' -Means committing to your goal, not ''change your whole life today''. How many of you have done this, ''Tomorrow I will start exercising, eat healthy and stop drinking & smoking'', then you do this for two days and quit. Why did you quit? Because you did it too fast.

When we are looking at the possible roads we could take, what they offer, and how it changes our lives, we need to really want it. For example, you can't change your diet just because you want to lose weight. If you take your time with it, you will see that you also want a healthier diet, more home-cooked instead of fast-food, and the skinnier healthier look that comes with balanced diet. All the aspects of that change has to be visual for you, so that you can make a full-hearted decision.

This is how the idea of minimalist life came to me. I don't have a lot of stuff (compared to few of my friends) But I have a lot of collective stuff, and it's all out there for the world to see, not stuffed in drawers.

I started to look around my apartment, thinking why? Why do I have so much stuff. I don't need this, so I shouldn't have it right?. One day, I will live in a Class C camper full-time, and before that, I need to get rid of a lot of stuff. Luckily, I have time before that dream takes place, so I can make a full-hearted decision instead of a fast one.

So how did I get here? It was many small things that I will talk about later, but lastly thanks to a movie. I've watched the movie Fight Club multiple times, and I've always loved the quotes, but they didn't mean that much before. I guess you have to have a certain state of mind before something you've heard million times affects you. Last time I watched Fight Club, I took those quotes to heart.

So this is where I get off from the ''regular-road'' and start heading towards those wild paths.

"The things you own, end up owning you"
"It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything"
"You have to know the answer to this question! If you died right now, how would you feel about your life?"
"We buy things we don't need, with money we don't have, to impress people we don't like"
"This is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time"