Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all you lovely people. A new decade has started and what a decade it has been. During that decade I’ve finished a degree, I got to know some amazing people, decided to get fit and even moved countries. But this decade also marked some darker times in my life, the worst one being the loss of my mother. Though I must admit that even that loss made me a lot stronger. My outlook on life has changed a lot.

I won’t go into the nitty gritty of what my decade has been like, because to be honest, it’s too much to write down in one blogpost and I’m sure not everyone is interested in reading it. All I can say is that I’ve lost and loved a lot.

In early 2018 my love and I decided to give us a try, despite all the odds that are turned against us. We live in separate countries and both have a lot going on, but we knew that it was worth fighting for. In 2019 he heard that he got accepted into his dream program in the Netherlands (hah, how ironic), so he’d be moving there for the next three years! Win win situation for sure, because now I could go see my man and my family at the same time! So far I’ve only been in the Netherlands once since he got into uni, but we had an amazing time. For Christmas and New Years we went to his family in Finland. It was an interesting trip. We spent a lot of time together and ate.. A LOT.

We also happened to get ENGAGED!!! On January 2nd we went for a drive together in our favourite area (The Punkaharju Ridge area. If you’re ever in Finland, consider giving it a visit, it is STUNNING). We stopped by a pretty spot and he asked me to take some pictures of the scenery. He then said my name and as I turned around, there he was on one knee!

”Will you marry me?”

I don’t remember ever feeling a rush of emotions like that. Happiness, love, excitement but also fear.

”Uh YES!!! I can’t believe this is actually happening!”

I really didn’t expect to get engaged anytime soon, mainly because we’re both still so busy with our lives, but if there is anything I’ve learned this past decade, especially since my mother’s passing, it’s to follow your heart. Life goes on, so you might as well live it to the fullest, so that is what I’ll do. I’ve been overly cautious my whole life and my fiancé (I still can’t believe I get to call him my fiancé whoa!) has taught me to go more with what my heart says, instead of only following my head.

So this all happened a week ago and I’ve been on cloud 9 ever since. I’ve been thinking a lot about the wedding and we’re planning on doing so in Finland. We’ll most likely get hitched in 2021 or 2022 depending on how it’ll all go. It’s a crazy idea that we’ve moved to the next level in our relationship. Some may even say it is too early, but when you know, you know. As the late Elvis Presley once sang:

”Wise men say only fools rush in,
But I can’t help falling in love with you”

I’ll be the first to admit that I have always been a hopeless romantic, so I don’t think I could have wished for a better start to this new decade. The last decade was a tough one. I’m intending this coming decade to be bigger and better and I hope to get into better habits too. I’d like to read more and so far it has been going pretty well. Other than that, I’d love to progress in my fitness journey and be better at self reflection. All in all I just hope to become a better version of myself.

How has your holiday season been? I’d love to hear more!

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