Hola Amsterdam

On thursday morning I woke up feeling adventurous and the need to visit somewhere special. I literally went to my google maps app trying to find a spot I wanted to go. Because I did not have my hiking shoes with me I did not feel like going to a national park. I went on instagram and saw a picture of a skating rink in Amsterdam and it looked so magical that I wanted to see it with my own eyes. I looked up trains, which took over three hours to get me there but it really did not matter for me, I was excited nevertheless. I took the tram to the Rijksmuseum/museumplein where the skating rink was at, walked around but did not get on though. Too many people on the ice and doing it by yourself is not as much fun. I took a detour walking to the city centre because I wanted to take many pictures of the canals and houses. Eventually I crashed at Starbucks for some caffeine and wifi, and to top that odd they handed out free coffeeshots and croissants filled wih vanilla custard. When the sun was setting I took the train back home, looking over amsterdam during sunset might have been the best moment of the day. 

Love, Jess Insta

Weekend getaway

This past weekend I took a trip to Germany! We rented a house not too far from the border with Luxembourg in the cute town of Saarburg. During the night it snowed, which melted throughout the day but it was beautiful regardless. We stayed on top of a little mountain and on Saturday we hiked up and down to adventure out in Saarburg and visited the beautiful waterfall in the middle of the village. It was gorgeous and quiet all over. We climbed up the remainders of the castle and old city wall and sat down in a cafe to warm up and drank coffee and hot chocolate. And what is a visit in Germany without home made apfelstrudel? I highly recommended taking trips outside of school holidays, it makes it even better! 

Love, Jess Insta

RESOLUTIONS || 2016 vs. 2017

Another year has passed, and 2016 was so sweet that I don’t know how 2017 is going to be any better. A week into the new year, it is time to take a look at my resolutions of 2016 and to present my resolutions for this coming year.

2016

Northern lights: CHECK

I left to Finland exactly one year ago! Crazy how one year has already passed. Since I was eight the northern lights were on my bucket list, but I knew this would be the year I actually got to check it off!

 Traveling: CHECK

I think traveling is another one that I can check! I traveled all over Finland, went to lapland, Israel, went back to Finland for a week, Austria and Paris. 

Adventure more: CHECK

Living in Finland certainly helped to get out more. I learnt that I love to do things that give a kick and release adrenaline. Hiking, skiing, XC skiing (!), wandering around forests. That is what makes me the happiest and what makes me feel alive. I learnt to love snow and ice, skating and walking on it (not when thaw is happening tho). 


2017

  • Travel more and more and more
  • Find myself and what I am passionate about even more
  • Go back to Finland
  • Do more things that scare me
  • Seek the Lord more

I can tell these are resolutions that include the word more in it, meaning it is what I am already doing, yet want to excel in it even more. So in principle this year consists of do more of what makes you happy. A year focusing on me.

Did you make resolutions for twenty-seventeen?

Love, Jess   Insta

P.s i just found out that these are the first resolutions I have written in the past 7 years that do not include finding my s/o and losing weight. Yay me! 

 

Christmas break

First of all, best wishes to all of you! Lets hope it is a year filled with more adventures, moments of unstoppable laughter and always seeking to make the right decisions, even if they scare the bajeezles out of you.

Let us catch up on December and Christmas break, shall we? At the beginning of this month I took a trip to Paris and Disneyland. Crowd-wise, Paris was not that bad. It had the wonderful christmas decorations up, but if was not as busy compared to christmas break last year. Disneyland on the other hand was so crowded that we ended up not getting the most out of our time, plus the fact that a lot of attractions broke down, it was not the best combination.

We visited my favorite museum, musee d’orsay, went to the Notre dame, a christmas market, – including mulled wine and a little orchestra playing songs for the public – and sat down in cute little coffee places. Disneyland was beautifully decorated, had gorgeous shows and costumes and was just the perfect little getaway as well.

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Love, Jess •  instagram

Giving thanks

dsc_0437eaEight years ago, while living in northern Texas, I was introduced to the holiday of Thanksgiving. Unsure what it was exactly about, I was excited about the time we got off from school, and the preparations of food I was witnessing. Now, almost a decade later I am a little sad I don’t get to celebrate it, because the meaning of this festivity is so beautiful! Focusing on the good in life, the little things we are surrounded with that carry smiles to our faces. Each day should be a day were we are thankful for the life we are given and all blessings around us. Some days are difficult or too much to handle, and happiness seems to be so far away. But be aware, you are always surrounded by blessings in disguise. So today, tomorrow and next week, be thankful for little and big things. For family, friends, your pets, a glass of wine or cup of coffee. Whatever may give you a smile or makes your day brighter, stay thankful. Enjoy the company, the food and your day off.


Love, Jess • instagram

All that glitters is not gold

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Not all that shines is gold, nor all that glows is silver

Sometimes, when I wander off with my thoughts and I am being a little pessimistic about life, I wonder if I am the only one that doesn’t have her life altogether. Scrolling through my Facebook or Instagram feed I see pictures of smiling people. Smiling girls. Girls who look fit, who have boyfriends, a big group of family or friends right next to them. Who go to college and finish their degrees in time. Those who wake up feeling happy and energized.

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Thinking about it, I don’t believe that they have it all together. I don’t (want to) believe that their lives are as bubbly as it seems. I am convinced that FB and Instagram can be the thief of joy. We need to filter in our heads what we are seeing, or how other people portret themselves. There is a need to realize and understand that what we like to share with the world are joyful moments. Because we need to prove everything is alright. We are handling life just great, right? Honestly, who wants to see pictures of sad people or selfies with mascara running down your cheeks? Just because what you see looks like happiness, doesn’t equal to the feelings that person has.

Today, I dare you to look at your social media with a different perspective. Perhaps that picture that they posted was the only joyful moment they experienced this week. What you see is not always what you get. That smile you see? It may be erased from their face the second the camera goes away. We think we know it all, but the truth is, we really don’t. We are not aware of how people around us are struggling. So for once, comment on that picture, or like someones post. Share in their joy, or cry with them through the difficult times. There is this annoying song  – that will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day – ”were all in this together”. We ARE ALL in this TOGETHER. For the good and bad times. Be the joy in someone else’s life today. Share a smile, a sandwich or a cup of coffee today. Because all that glitters ain’t gold, honey.

Love, Jess • instagram