Feeling a whole lot happier!

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Since starting a more fruit based diet, I’ve felt so much more… I guess energized.  Well, the thing is that with my on/off insomnia, other health issues, especially IBS, and stress at work and some other issues in my life, I have felt really tired for the longest time. I need to snooze the alarm like 10 times in the mornings and I don’t feel like doing anything. With me living in Finland, when autumn comes and winter approaches and the days become shorter and darker, I usually tend to get more depressed and tired, but this time it hasn’t been that bad. I mean, this hasn’t been a miraculous change or anything, but I notice myself having more energy and actually caring about things, which I usually don’t do during the winter. I need to give credit to all the fruit I’ve been eating, especially bananas!

Speaking of darkness, did you know that Finnish summer is known for the nightless nights? It literally does not get dark in the summer time. Here’s a throw back to me coming home on a beautiful summer late evening after a friend’s birthday party (gosh, I miss summer):

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So for the longest time I’ve been feeling like I really want to and need to get married soon because of reasons I am not going to list right now, and my boyfriend on the other hand isn’t ready for it at all (for very valid reasons I’m not going to tell just yet either) and it has been making me feel really down. I mean, it’s not like I am unhappy, or that I feel unloved or anything, it’s just that getting married is one step towards other goals that I have and by us not getting there, feels like I’m missing out on things. I wish I had the strength, the time and the words to explain everything, but right now I don’t. The point behind this ramble is, that since feeling a lot better in my body, I’ve also felt less stressed about the whole marriage issue among other things.

I am so very glad to inform you that it has been about a month and a half since the last time I had intestinal spasms or other kinds of severe stomach pain. I am 100% sure that it is mostly due to the combination of eating less meat and dairy and being less stressed about everything. I’m so happy that I’m feeling healthier!

One of the people who inspire me the most is Sarah Argo from http://southernblondevegan.com/. I’ve gotten so many good recipes from her and been inspired to come up with some of my own! Go check her out everybody!

Here’s a picture of a lovely strawberry-banana treat I made following her recipe:

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No wonder I feel better, huh? 😉 🙂 ❤

Well, time for me to go to bed! Good night everyone (or good morning/day, depending where you’re located). 🙂

XO,

Hanna

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Secret Friend.

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Even though I’m from Finland, I do not, and I mean I REALLY DO NOT like cold!

And it has indeed gotten very cold, and when it’s not that cold, it’s rainy and windy. Oh and it’s dark from like around 6 pm until 8.30 am. And the dark lasts longer every day.

Since I dislike the cold and the darkness, I do not leave the house much on my spare time, except to walk my dog. So I’ve had to come up with things to keep myself occupied while I stay inside. I’ve of course watched a lot of my favorite shows, read books, cooked and baked lots of yummy stuff and surfed the amazing world of the internet, but also started a new hobby. When I was younger I used to have a couple of pen pals. I really missed having sort of a secret friend that’s mine and mine only. And the feeling when you come home, you see a large pile of mail and instead of just bills and clothing catalogs, there’s also a letter from that friend… So much fun! So I decided to post an add for pen pals on internet. And guess what, so far I have 3. From my homeland of Finland, Turkey and Holland. AMAZING!

Sooo, I’ve spent some of my time writing super long letters. Not only is it fun to send and receive letters, but it’s like having your own private therapy session every time you sit down and start writing. Also, you get to develop a friendship in this social media era, that goes so much beyond whatsapping, tweeting, liking your friends posts on facebook, instagramming and hanging around with your friends and their smartphones. You really have to empty your mind of everything else and focus on the letter you got from someone who put their time, thought and energy to write to you. And you get to invest the same amount of your time, thought and energy into replying.

It’s much like writing a blog. Except it’s quite not, because you get lengthy well thought-out comments for every bit of information you give to your pen pal. 🙂

Do you people have any hobbies?

Ciao,

Hanna

Autumn is like Sunday of seasons.

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I love autumn. I love the colors, the clothes you need to wear to keep yourself warm and the melancholy of it…

Let’s face it, there is a certain sadness to autumn. Summer is gone, you’ve packed away your summer dresses and flip flops and you know winter is around the corner. Autumn is like a lazy Sunday that you wish would last forever, but you know Monday is inevitably coming.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate winter. I hate just the cold, the darkness, the wet and cold feet, the chapped lips and the dry skin. I do enjoy winter for a good 2 weeks, when the snow is pure like young love and everything is magical an beautiful. And then I get my first frost bite and I can’t wait for spring. I was born in April and I have to say, it is one of my favorite months with the first warming sunshine of the year, the coltsfeet starting to bloom, birds moving back and people coming back alive.

But then again September is also one of my favorite months, so I’ll need to enjoy it while it lasts. 🙂

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Ismo and I on a walk today

Like I told you in the last post, I had a long and rough week and I’m glad it’s coming to an end. At the same time I am nervous about the next one beginning since I know I need to go to work. Lately I’ve been feeling more and more like I want to do something else. It’s not like I dislike my current job, my heart just belongs somewhere else. I need to start looking into that if I want to truly stop fearing Mondays and start enjoying my life.

Talking about things I enjoy. I love sandwiches. I could live on sandwiches. But the thing is, my stomach doesn’t really approve of wheat, barley or rye (or the gluten in them to be more exact) because of IBS, so typical sandwiches are not the best food for me. Before deciding to go vegan for 5/7 days, I was worried about not being able to quit eating cheese and butter and other important parts of a great sandwich. But then I created this little masterpiece; sliced bread made of 100% oat (which my stomach can handle) topped with a little bit of margarine, a good chunk of avocado, lettuce, tomatoes and a little bit of salt and pepper. I’ve had probably 10 of these over the last 2 weeks and they are so yummy. I don’t miss cheese even a bit when I eat these sandwiches, omnomnom.

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Take care everyone,

Hanna