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Goodbye 2018: Recap of the Year

Another year has passed and we have entered 2019. 2018 was definitely a whirlwind: a new job as an editor in a publishing house has kept me incredibly busy from beginning to end but I wouldn’t wish for anything else. I’ve had a steep learning curve with the new responsibilities and I’ve had some speed bumps along the way. However, there have luckily been also relaxing and fun moments: I managed to see a few art exhibitions, went to Frankfurt (although for a work trip) and spent Christmas in Morocco (posts of both travels to come).

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My annual visit to the Helsinki Book Fair was a blast as usual (though most of it was spent working) and my second time at the Helsinki Young Adult Literary Festival (Hel-YA!) was also incredibly fun and inspirational. I love that YA is getting more visibility in Finland every year.

Thanks to my job, I got to check out the Mortal Engines movie in the new (and first) IMAX theater that just so happens to be located pretty close to my home. The VIP screening had fabulous buffet and the movie was a fun way to enter into the Christmas season.

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I also went a friend to see Imogen Heap perform. We have both been into her music since high school and the performance was such a nostalgia trip. It was also one of the most interesting, quirky and entertaining concerts I’ve been to.

The year ended on a high with a five day trip to Marrakech, which has been on my travel bucket list (which is a mile long) for a long time.

I hope next year will be slightly more even and slow-going than 2018 but still exciting. I’m not making any hard rules for myself but am hoping to get into better shape, read even more (a bit every evening) and be more forgiving to myself. Also, I want to make an effort of seeing my friends more often instead of burrowing into the couch or bed right after work.

What are your New Year’s resolutions? What was the highlight of your year?

Versatile Blogger Award

I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by my lovely friend Vanessa who blogs at My Retrospectacles about her adventures in Asia and shares her super cute drawings. Thank you sweetheart for nominating me!!

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The rules for being nominated:

  1. Post the award on your blog
  2. Thank the person who nominated you
  3. Share seven facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 15 blogs
  5. List the nominees and let them know

7 Facts About Me:

  1. I’m going to graduate with an MA in English philology in a year and I’m completely freaking out. Like, how do you even adult?
  2. I’ve now fully embraced being a crazy cat lady. I’ve had my Merlin for a bit over a year and now I just want all the cats.
  3. I’m currently reading six different books because, for some reason, lately I just keep starting new books and not finishing the previous ones. Christmas break – I promise I’ll finish everything then.
  4. I constantly hate my hair. When it’s longer, I want it shorter. When it’s short, I want it long. Really, I guess, I just want thicker hair and I would like it, but since it’s thin, I hate it all the time.
  5. I have a really really really bad habit of biting my nails. I should stop. It’s a stress reaction and I’m stressed out constantly. Seriously. It never stops.
  6. I have an obsession with traveling. I keep buying trips everywhere. Not good for the wallet, but definitely good for the soul.
  7. I don’t understand Snapchat. Bad blogger.

I nominate:

Sara from Sincerely, Sara

Kristin from My Life as a Teacup

Rosa from Gingerbread Sagas

Alice from The Geeky Burrow

and Fiona from North East Nerd

And yes, I do realize this is only five, not 15. But I couldn’t come up with more right off the top of my head (although I’m sure if I started going through my Bloglovin’ I could find a million amazing blogs!).

#YearOfHappy – A Love Letter to Myself

#YearOfHappy is Here!

#YearOfHappyI decided to take part in the #YearOfHappy linkup that October June and Allisonleighann are hosting in pursuit of a more positive attitude (and perhaps also a more regular blogging schedule). This month’s topic is “A Love Letter to Myself”.

I felt extremely flustered last year: from writing my Bachelor’s Thesis to running the Her Campus Helsinki chapter and writing for our student paper, I just had so much on my plate that I don’t know how I managed. But now, I am so grateful I participated in all those things because ultimately they made my year busy and fulfilling and made me feel super accomplished.

This year looks like it’s going to be just as busy but this time I’m less scared. I know I can pull it off and I’m eager to start working on all of my projects. I have so many great people helping me in all my endeavours that there’s no way I can fail!

So, I’d like to just remind myself, if you feel swamped/stressed/anxious, take a deep breath and step back – it’s not really that bad! You’re not in a hurry to get your Master’s, you don’t need to be best in everything, and you certainly don’t need to achieve everything RIGHT NOW. There’s time. So enjoy all the little moments and don’t forget to have fun.

Here’s a little reminder list of all the great things in my life right now:

  • Merlin the kittykat#YearOfHappy Roses
  • my boyfriend
  • amazing friends
  • BA and hopefully soon MA degree
  • Her Campus Helsinki and my lovely writing team
  • BTSB magazine
  • Lukufiilis magazine
  • a wonderful apartment
  • supportive family
  • my health
  • so many books to read…
  • all the travels I’ve done and the trips I’m going to do
  • my blog :)

 

Life Lately: Fall Semester Shenanigans

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This semester has been really crazy: I took a lot of courses for my MA studies and somehow in between all my classes I managed to have some resemblance of a social life as well as travel a bit.

When summer was ending and school only starting, we did a short weekend trip to my boyfriend’s cabin, which was a great was to get away from the busy everyday life. We also celebrated our third anniversary shortly after that. I was involved in some events for the new freshmen, which was a great way to get into the swing of things at school.

I also managed to have time for the art fair and a trip to Suomenlinna and to Tallinn.

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I also saw the first football game of my life this fall – Ari dragged me to the Finland vs. Romania match, which was surprisingly entertaining even for me (I have never followed sports of any kind).

Midway through the semester I went to the book fair (an annual visit for me) and then I visited Ireland for the first time ever. I loved that trip and everyone there was incredibly friendly.

I’ve been doing a lot of work, running the Helsinki chapter of Her Campus. For our Snapshot articles, I’ve attended a lot of art shows, which is a lot of fun!

The last Hobbit just came out and we went to line up for the midnight premiere tickets for the special night event, which effectively destroyed our sleep rhythm.

We also organized a Her Campus Helsinki bake sale, which was a big hit. Now, classes are over and we just have our finals left, which is something we had to celebrate with some Chinese food in Kaisaniemi.

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Christmas is almost here and I can’t believe how fast the fall semester went by! Hopefully 2015 will be just as amazing as this year!

Summary of My Summer

I feel like I’ve been putting off this post just because I don’t want to admit that summer is over but I guess now that I’m in my second week of my Master’s studies, I have to give in. It’s officially fall now. My summer was great though, and I wanted to share some highlights with you:

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I read so many amazing books (hopefully I’ll have time to whip up reviews about some them for you guys) during the vacation! I always have to wait for vacations before I can read the books I’ve gotten as a present or bought for myself since we have so much stuff to read for school during the year.

I also ate some of the most delicious stuff during the summer: pancakes (SO MANY PANCAKES!), fruit and salads, delicious grilled salmon, etc. I love food…I can’t help it.

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We also went to the beach a lot since we can bike there easily from our house. I love swimming and just reading in the sun so going to the beach was a great way to combine those with exercise.

Now it’s time to get ready for the fall, which is in fact my favorite season although I already feel really swamped with different responsibilities. Hopefully it will be a fun semester though with plenty of exciting new adventures!

My Life Lately: an Update

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A little update on what I’ve my life lately:

  • Barbecue at our friend Riku’s house: brilliant food (smoked salmon, lamb, salad, etc) and good company!
  • Dinner with Ari’s dad and his girlfriend: we went to Helmi Grilli, which is a restaurant at the mall near our house.
  • Enjoying the company of our new kitten, Merlin: he’s growing up so fast and it’s a lot of fun seeing all the new things he keeps learning!
  • Cycling to the nearest beach: there’s a beach 30 min bike ride away from our house and we have been going there a lot – there’s a café that serves the best salmon soup and pancakes and the water is finally warm enough for swimming!
  • Throwing a surprise party to our friend: more about this in the next blog post ;)

 

Liebster (Again)

Firstly: I’m INSANELY late with this so, my apologies. And a huge thank you to Jess from Bookworms in Dresses for nominating me for a Liebster! Be sure to check her out: she blogs about books and food, and all things cool! (Almost rhymed.)

The rules for the Liebster award are:

  1. Thank and link the person who nominated you.
  2. Write the rules.
  3. Answer 11 questions and write 11 of your own.
  4. Nominate 11 other bloggers (who have less than 200 followers on their blog) and don’t forget letting them known that they have been nominated.
  5. Write 11 facts about yourself.

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Quick Update

  • I had a horrible flu just a little while ago (just on time for my big thesis presentation) so now that I have done a big part of my school projects, I’m just trying to relax and take it easy so I won’t get sick again. Normally I’d just push myself just as hard as normal but then I always end up getting sick several times in a row. Not this time! Okay…just kidding – I am swamped with projects so I do work super hard, but I am definitely trying to take better care of myself.
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  • I recently started emailing and writing letters with the super amazing Ingrid from Smilingrid (go check out her blog, okay?) and I would love to get some more people to write to regularly… I miss letter writing; I feel like it’s a bit of a dying art and it’s so exciting to get mail – other than bills – so I thought I’d start a Pen Pal Project here on my blog. If anyone would be interested in exchanging emails or letters, go check out my new Pen Pal Project page for more information :) I’d love to interact with my readers more!
  • I’m working really hard on my Buffy the Vampire Slayer thesis paper (I love my topic :D ) since I don’t have a lot of time to finish it – it’s due already on 30th of this month! Scary! But I’m pushing through and hoping for the best :)

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Liebster

A while back I was nominated for yet another Liebster award by the sweet Marina from Earth to Marina. I put off writing the post since I had just done two of them but now I thought maybe enough time has passed so that you won’t feel like I’m doing these every single day :P

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Book Trailers Article + Liebster Award

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Also, I got nominated for another Liebster award by the lovely Morgan of Mermaid Tales. I don’t want to spam anyone with my ramblings so those who are interested can read my answers to Morgan’s questions after the jump. Continue reading