People have asked me to comment on the polar vortex that’s freezing North America. Presumably this is because I’m in Finland, which has a colder climate. I think the expectation is that I’ll poke fun at people in the upper Midwest and Canada and tell them that they don’t understand what “real cold” is. I’m […]
This is the Big Hairy Audacious Goal: We want to stay in Finland. While there are reasons for the other goals and plans that I have for the coming year, all of them somehow feed into this one. It’s terrifying and confusing and difficult to talk about for a lot of reasons, but I’m going […]
There’s a good piece over a Tiny Buddha today titled Escape Isn’t Self-Care. Too many people embrace avoidance behavior, but don’t do much else to nurture their physical and mental health. It’s self-care without self-awareness, because you’re not acknowledging how you feel, or why you feel that way. You can never address the underlying issue […]
https://youtu.be/N-xnudF2C0g In this episode, Katie and Berin talk about their fifth Christmas in Finland. They discuss ham, chocolate, and snow. Katie’s already gotten what she wants for Christmas, and Berin is just looking forward to a couple of weeks of peace and quiet.
We made it. The Long Dark’s not over, but at this point the days will start getting longer again. The quality of the light will improve as well, as the sun will move higher in the sky rather than skirting around the horizon. Happy Solstice 2018! I’m pleased to say that this has been the […]
This is our fifth winter in Finland. We finally bought a space heater. It’s not something that we’ve needed before, but this year it’s been money well spent. Allow me to explain. We don’t have an individual thermostat in our apartment. The heating for the building is set for 21° Celsius, which is around 70° […]
https://youtu.be/DZzYOg1mc_Q This week’s topic: What independence means to us! In this episode, Katie and Berin discuss Finnish Independence Day and how it’s celebrated. They talk about what independence means to them as creators and entrepreneurs. Special Thanks to Gary E. Weller Pertti Ankkuri Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/proofoflife Katie’s Instagram (see her artwork!) https://www.instagram.com/katie_kinsman_in_finland/ Dancing […]