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Fell Tops Of Lapland
From the Finnish countryside to the digital wilderness
I spent my childhood in a tiny Lakeland village called Kuhmoinen. In the early ’90s, there was a bad recession in Finland. My parents were a strong example of how being creative and working hard, would support you in life.
Besides working as a school principal, my dad wrote articles in magazines and contributed content to different primary school textbooks. Alongside teaching and taking care of two small kids, my mom also researched funding opportunities for her workplace, as well as worked on her Ph.D. studies. My parents were both very hard workers and went above and beyond in both their work and family life.
Even with their full-time jobs and many side projects, my family farmed a huge vegetable patch and garden. Every autumn, we packed the cellar full with potatoes, beets, preserved mushrooms, jams, and juices.
Furthermore, I remember that we made a year’s worth of heating supply from the neighboring forests. My sister and I spent hours in the woods, eating cinnamon buns and watching our parents carry timber. Nature always provided for us.
When I started grade school at the age of 7, I was welcomed by a full-of-life, newly-graduated teacher, who went on to teach me for the next four years. She made our class a tight-knit group through methods like sleeping over-night at the school and camping in nature. She also used music to develop our presentation skills, and every year our class band performed in a spring concert.
With such a supportive and active background, I thrived in my Business & Economics studies at Tampere University. Multi-method learning, independent time management, and non-mandatory classes worked very well for me.
After graduating with an MSc degree in Industrial Management, I worked in Finland, Switzerland, the UK, Baltics, and Russia. My academic background and work experience in international retail and in the science community have given me an incredible foundation to be an entrepreneur.
In my work and during my travels, I have always loved exploring cultural differences and have documented my observations. Her Finland is a natural progression of this passion.
5 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME
#1 My superpower is the ability to fall asleep anywhere in 10 seconds. I am not kidding. It’s a lifesaver.
#2 One of my weaknesses is that I pile clothes on the chair. It’s so annoying, but luckily, my hubby is the same. Our home often looks like a weird art installation with clothing pyramids.
#3 The cinnamon bun is my spirit animal. I love cinnamon rolls, winter buns filled with whipped cream and jam, braided buns – all of them!
#4 As a teenager, I was a huge HIM fan. For example, I talked myself into a summer trainee position for a local newspaper, to get media access for the sold-out gig of HIM. I’m pretty sure my goal was obvious for the editorial team.
#5 I’d sell my left foot for a chance to visit the Moomin Valley. I know, I know, Moomins are a fairytale but a girl can wish.
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