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Week of goodness

I was actually offline for the better part of the week, so haven’t managed to save a whole lot of inspiring links. But instead I’ll share a few frames from magical Koli National Park. We went there over Easter holidays. Stayed in a small cabin on Lake Pielinen. Lake was still slightly frozen looking like shiny, broken armor. There were patches of snow here and there, but spring was in the air. The cultural landscape of the area is dominated by slash-and-burn farming, woodland pastures and log buildings. These were still abandoned, waiting for warmer days. Except that one shaggy-hair pony who was grazing lazily in birch coppice and then lifted his head, looked at me as if asking “what are you staring at?”

All pictures taken with Lensbaby Composer, Double Glass Optic.

More photos coming soon!

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A week of goodness

Together with a group of girlfriends we will run Naisten Kymppi at the end of May. Which obviously forced me to start running again, after almost two years break. So it’s really like starting from scratch. It’s painful on some days and extreme fun on others. I don’t follow any training plan, I’m not hooked up to heart rate monitor and I don’t have any app to track my runs. I run for fun. When it feels good, I run longer or faster. When it feels shit, I start walking or go back home. That’s it. Three days per week: Wednesday evening, Saturday and Sunday mornings. I stop to look at the view. I smile and say hi (um, yes, I still live in Finland). Smiling is HUGE. Just force it on my face and it like gives me second wind. So in short- I don’t push, I don’t track, it’s for fun. It feels good.

Watching these two ladies fly for the first time is purest gold. Maybe we should all go around the world pondering the amazing wonders that surround us and the science that makes them happen. Because it’s all freaking amazing, really (found on Sploid).

Find your passion with these 8 questions. Very helpful if you would like to “follow your passion”, but are not sure what that passion is exactly. My favorite question was: What am I doing when I feel most beautiful?

Maddie (the coonhound) will steal your heart. And Theron’s life of adventure is so inspiring.

I want to be a snail and live in a fairy-tale.

Language affects how we think and perceive the world, which is of course nothing new. There’s a wide field of research on the link between language and both psychology and behavior. A few fascinating examples on TED blog.

Parenting stuff:

I just finished this book- absolutely amazing. I cried and laughed. Loved it. Highly recommended.

And with that my friends I’m checking out until next week. Happy Easter (or whatever it is that you celebrate)!

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How to be a hero on Mother’s Day

OK, husbands, boyfriends, partners. DADS. Time to get real. I want to tell you something important before this year’s Mother’s Day.

You know how the most important woman in your life always takes pictures? Of kids, you, your dog, your house, your holidays. Sometimes the most trivial things. Most mothers I know are documenters. They photograph, keep journals, frame pictures, scrapbook. That’s because they want to keep these moments forever. Which of course means she is most often *not* in the picture. So now I’ll reveal two secrets (I know them, because I’m that mom):

1) she wants the whole family to be in the picture, herself included and

2) she wants to look good in these pictures.

Now that you know it, I want to tell you this: don’t be the grumpy guy who says “no way” to a family session with a professional photographer. I mean really, don’t be.

You know, I get it. You don’t like to have your pictures taken. But that’s why it’s a pretty damn cool and brave thing to do, you know? Face what you feel uncomfortable with, that’s what heros do. So be the hero. Be the thoughtful guy who says “I want both of us to be in the pictures for our kids” (she will LOVE that).

The trick here is that I know very well you can handle the type of family sessions I do <– check them out. There is no posing, no stiffness and absolutely zero b/s, just the awesome stuff you do with your family. I promise it’ll be easy and you will not hear “say cheese/ muikku”.

So be a hero and book it. Let’s do this- contact me before April 22 and tell me it’s a Mother’s Day gift. After you book the session, I will send you a really lovely card which you can give to her on 11.5 (that’s the date this year btw, mark it down). Together with some flowers and breakfast served to bed of course. How’s that for an awesome plan?

Aha. Because I like superheros you will get the new Jo Nesbo thriller as a gift from me.

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A week of goodness

First small flowers appeared in our garden. Calendula I think? Whatever it is, it just shows that spring is *almost* here. Ingrid was over the moon happy and made a small bouquet for me. Apparently it’s her favorite thing to do.

The most amazing interview I watched, not just this week, but in a long, long time. If not ever. I’m a big fan of Renee’s work and her message. In the world obsessed with achievement and improvement she tells us to embrace our vulnerability. My first reaction when I stumbled upon her writing was an embarrassed laughter. Vulnerability? Toughen up, girl! It seemed such a ridiculous notion than instead of fighting my vulnerability and kicking it I should embrace it as the greatest thing. She says vulnerability is courage, not weakness. When we don’t embrace our vulnerability, when we fake being tough we become cynical, critical about people who put themselves out there, we make fun of them. There is a lot of that out there. Tough. I’m reading her book “Daring Greatly” now and just this last week she was talking about it on Chase Jarvis Live. I embeded the video below, admittedly it’s quite long. If you don’t have the time right now I really encourage you to bookmark it and return to this video with a glass of wine/ cup of tea later. It’s totally worth spending one evening with this duo.

Also, on Chase’s blog is the 13 item list that will make a successful artist, but it really applies to all professions. I love it.

This post on how to fall in like with your kids. “I see my own temper. I see generations of temper before that. I see how lazy my prayers are and how haphazard my approach to helping him. How it’s mostly a mixture of embarrassment and frustration. I see how long it’s been since I’ve enjoyed him. I begin to exercise my motherhood again. I stretch and bend and pray. I fast and pay attention and listen. Instead of floundering in the stories everyone else tells me about him, I begin to draft his narrative. I write it down. How I want to see this son of mine. How I want to teach others to see him.”
It’s beautiful. It’s something I struggle with, almost daily, in how I mother my daughter.

Pretty awesome read on a visit to Holy Land. “I’d been warned that visiting the Holy Land intensifies your deepest religious beliefs. That was unexpectedly true for even this ardent doubter. Seeing the remains of all the regimes and the people who had tried to infuse their faiths and customs and architecture into the place and then receded across the millenniums, I couldn’t understand how anyone could feel sure of any belief, any way of being, in a place that is so constantly shifting. Like Jerusalem, I remained my own stubbornly uncertain self.” Just love this. Stubbornly uncertain self.

And I really want to go to Iceland and see the horses.

This music will make your heart flutter. Absolutely beautiful.

 

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Pauliina - The flower is “leskenlehti”, tussilago or coltsfoot in English acc to Wikipedia :). It’s always the first floral sign of Spring in Finland. The close-up is amazing: I’ve never thought this flower was that beautiful!

Thanks for your inspiring photos and blog, Karolina.

karba - Thank you for your kind words and the correct name of this pretty little thing! I used to just pass by it, but when I looked through my macro lens I literally gasped. It’s awesome.