Mother’s Day affirmations

personal,12 May 2019

Happy Mother’s Day to all mums who do their very best, unselfishly, every single day. I am forever grateful to my own mum for being so supportive, loving and such a great role model. She isn’t perfect, and that is something I am very grateful for today in my own role as a mother. We are so good at putting pressure on ourselves, comparing ourselves and trying to be super women today, therefore I believe that vulnerability, weakness’ and imperfections are extremely important to show as well. We put enough expectations on ourselves and walk around feeling guilty about all the things we didn’t manage to achieve, represent and do. I would never want my children to grow up feeling that kind of pressure from me. So, showing our shortcomings is only healthy I think.

And also, a big thank you to my amazing kids who are my true saviors in life. They teach me to live in the moment, to feel alive, to see the beauty in the simplest things, to love and value myself more and to appreciate every person’s uniqueness. They are so purely optimistic, curious, open minded and liberal. My kids are superstars and I’m privileged to be a part of their lives.

Pictures by Janita Autio

Dream map

Fashion,personal,3 May 2019

In the middle of this funk, I was sort of saved by yesterday’s lecture at school. “Saved” is perhaps a bit exaggerated, but at least it helped me think and feel more at ease. So, today’s lecture was about personal branding and as we all know, all of us brand ourselves in every social situation. Not to even mention how much we brand ourselves through social media. I both consciously and unconsciously brand myself all the time. I make decisions about what, how much and how little I share and then I let my work, my input and personality speak as well. I am well aware of how I want to be perceived by others, but what hit me today, was to think about what I wantinstead of what I want to represent. For me, that’s a trickier question and requires practice.

Whenever I’m in a situation where I can make a wish or think over my dreams, I always wish for the same thing; for my children to be well and happy. Of course, that’s my biggest and most important priority and wish, but it’s like I don’t allow myself to ever wish for anything else. So, when the lecturer encouraged us to make dream maps, I felt like that’s something for me. And, something I want to tip you about.

A dream map is a collage made out of inspiring pictures, quotes, items and writing from for example magazines. It’s very individual, but you’re supposed to place it on a visual spot so that you constantly see it and remind yourself of where you wantto go. Then, you can renew it and change it as much as you want along the way. Just by reflecting over what you want, figure it out and then physically make a visual reminder, something more tangible, it will help you get there.

The only problem is, that I really don’t know what I want to include in my dream map. I have most of the things I ever dreamed of, yet I always want more, but feel too afraid to admit that since my number one priority are my children and family. My dreams are more about what I want and wish for them. However, now when I’m creating my dream map, I want it to be focused on what I want for myself.

My dream map will include everything from career goals and dreams to personal development, travels, spirituality and relationships. Now I just need to figure out and clarify with myself what it is I actually want, without letting the environment I live in, our society and culture reflect their expectations on me. That is the trickiest part.

What’s on your dream map?

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Pictures by Juuli Rönkä