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A misty morning - and my very own tree in Nuuksio! I WON!

Sunday, August 13, 2017


Hej, allihoppa! What a beautiful Sunday it is! After the rain yesterday, this day started with the most magical misty morning. At seven I made my way to the stables again and could capture the sun rising above the misty trees and fields. The air was fresh and silent. I have been tired but that moment made me feel wide awake.

The excitement of the past week still tingled in my bones. You might have read that I won something that made me the happiest girl in the world! Around two weeks ago I took part in a competition by the official tourist page of Finland (VisitFinland), who gave away a trip to Helsinki. I simply had to tell which national park is my favorite and why I would be the perfect one to win these days in Finland. So I wrote an email with my story and told them that the Nuuksio Nationalpark is my favorite one so far since I spent so many adventures there and created unforgettable memories with so many lovely people. After sending the entry, it was in their hands now and I was waiting for the day they were choosing the winner patiently. The past couple of weeks have been really hard for me. Although I try to adjust to the situation and make the best out of it, I am still suffering from bad homesickness to Finland and my friends. I distract myself with work and try to focus on my plan to move to the north, but there is no day passing without my heart hurting, without me feeling like crying because I miss my beloved ones in Helsinki so much and my time in Finland. Still, I did not know if I should go back to visit them since I have to save money for moving to Sweden after my study at the beginning of next year and have been so afraid that I would be even more heartbroken after leaving once again. Then I stumbled over that competition by accident and I decided that it couldn't be coincidence since the trip they were giving away would have been exactly the time I planned on returning to Helsinki! So I decided to enter for this giveaway and give it a chance.


I saw it as some kind of destiny and decided that if I would win this, it was a sign that I really should go back, that it is a good idea, because I was suffering so much from homesickness. If I wouldn't win I would let go of the idea of returning and concentrate on my new projects. On the 3rd of August they would choose the winner they said, so I refreshed my emails every five minutes that day - but no email arrived. I have been disappointed to be honest. I really wished for this so so much! But I accepted it - for the moment. Because only a few nights later I was laying in my bed at night, feeling so sad that I was looking for flights to Helsinki, and actually found a quite cheap one. I was looking at the screen, almost crying because I wanted this so much. So I decided to give a sh*** about the money, time with your beloved ones is priceless! I decided to talk to my chef at work the next day and book the tickets as soon as I get home. Next day I went to work talked to my chef who was fine with me going in September. When I arrived home later, I turned on my phone to quickly check my emails and guess what - there has been one by VisitFinland, five days after the date they mentioned! And they told me I AM THE WINNER OF THE TRIP! I immediately started crying, not even able to tell my mum properly what happened when she asked what's up. I just cried of happiness and couldn't believe that I would go back to Finland for free and see all my friends again! Even now, I still get tears in my eyes thinking about it! I will also get my own tree planted in Nuuksio with a planting ceremony!! Can you believe it! There will grow my own tree in the national park that I love so much! MY VERY OWN TREE! I can't believe it myself yet! When I calmed down, I realized that this might have been a treat by the universe after I finally decided to stop thinking about money and instead prioritise spending time with the ones I love the most! 

Again everything turned out fine, everything fits together so very well now, I couldn't be happier! I am so looking forward to my trip to Finland! I will leave on the 25th of August, in less than two weeks and damn, Helsinki, be prepared, I am coming home!! Thank you so much, everyone who sent me such lovely messages and was happy for me! I am so glad I can share such moments with you - and I can't wait to share new Finland adventures with you! Have a wonderful Sunday! Lots of love, M.


13 comments:

  1. Oh Michelle, what a great news!! I'm so happy because of you ❤ Yes, friends are very important part of our life.
    I hope you will have a wonderful trip ❤

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    1. Oh Zuzanna, thank you so much!
      I hope you have a wonderful rest of the summer <3

      Lots of love to you!

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  2. Hi Michelle, do you have tumblr?

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    1. I have a tumblr where I save pictures that inspire me :) it's called wolfinthedust.tumblr.com but I havent been on tumblr for a long while ;)

      <3

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    2. Ohhhhh I will go follow you now. I love your aesthetic

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  3. Hello michelle, I'm so glad that you won this trip, much emotion, enjoy it, and hope your photos !!! ... greetings, Fernando.

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  4. I'm so happy for you! Good things always happen in the right times, and you deserve the best 😘

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  5. I've already congratulated you on the instagram but I'm going to say it once again - I'm so happy for you about that wonderful surprise! You really deserve it and for all of us who's been following your adventures for a while it's such an inspiration; that even the most distant dreams can come true. Before I came by your sites, I had had only "safe" goals and I wasn't really fond of traveling, I was too afraid of going abroad alone. Now I'm trying to make out how to get into Erasmus, into apprenticeships outside my land, I've even started learning a new language (me, who'd always been overwhelmed by the richness of languages and even English was too much).
    Probably that sounds a bit stupid but that's true - you widen horizons and remind that good things and wonderful adventures happen when we leave our comfort zone, when we actually do something, dare to try. As they say, we more often regret those things which we do not do than those which we do. Thank you for that - even if you haven't been aware of that impact. ♥

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    1. oh dear Martyna,
      thank you so so much :) I've got tears reading this because it means the world to me that I have such an impact on people - that I can make you feel brave and strong and make you believing in your dreams and the good things in life. Seriously, that's all I ever wanted and it means more than anything to me!

      Keep fighting for your dream, I wish you the best of luck for all your goals! You will do it!!

      Lots of love to you!! <3

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  6. I'm really happy reading this. Wish you the best days there even better than you had in the last few months. It's very fascinating for me seeing someone following her dreams even though I don't really have dream(not as big as your, the ones I have I would call only goals) and I don't really know where my road leads but hopefully I'll find my place in this beautiful place called Earth but until then I'll be inspired by you, and by people with the same perpectives like you. Have a great time there again! :)

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    1. Oh you are so sweet, hihi. I am sure you will find your dream as well, and until then you just focus on the goals you have ;)

      Thank you so much for your comment,
      Lots of love to you,
      Michelle

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