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On gratitude

Most mornings I am the first to wake up.  I quietly make my way to the kitchen and boil the kettle for a cup of coffee. I leave my phone in the kitchen for the night and only check it first thing in case there are any messages from my family overseas. I grab my cup and a book, any that I might feel like reading a few pages of, and sip through my coffee while everyone else is still asleep. This little quiet moment early in the day is so important to me; it is my time to gather my thoughts and reflect.

Recently, I have felt a need to shift from the screen (and mostly, social media) towards enjoying these little moments even more. For most of us, social media is a place for work, connections and inspiration, but it can also be time-consuming and can sometimes bring up negative emotions, like jealousy and insufficiency. Flicking through endless photos of polished homes and advertisements for new products, it is so easy to lose a sense of gratitude.

Often we are encouraged to write down (or to say aloud) our aspirations and dreams, but I think it’s also important to remind yourself of the things you are grateful for, each day. Adding this little routine to my day has made an immediate change and has helped me maintain a balance between the “requirements” of my work as an interior blogger (I am incredibly grateful for being able to promote some of the most amazing brands in the world) and being conscious about consuming and accumulating.

Choosing products of highest quality is not something I regard as elitism, but as a way to live more sustainably. I have always been conscious about consuming, but have expanded that even more in recent years. Choosing organic, well made materials for clothing and soft furnishings can make such a difference in the everyday life. Well-looked after, they will last you for years.

These incredible products, the softest organic cotton bedding and warmest alpaca knit, were so kindly gifted to me by Serendipity Organics. They are celebrating an incredible 15 years (congratulations!) with a homage to motherhood – a life-changing journey I am forever thankful for.

The essence of Scandinavia

There are a lot of things I miss from Finland and even after so many years in Australia, I still call Finland home. Some things from home are harder to replicate here than others, like scents and sounds, for example. I miss the smell of fir trees, the peacefulness of my hometown in Lapland and the four seasons, too.

With their beautiful collection of candles and skincare, Skandinavisk has absolutely nailed the essence of Scandinavian nature. Their candles have long been a favourite of mine, but I use their hand soaps and lotions daily too. Their SKOG range, with the memory-evoking scent of fir trees, is now complete with a set of hand and body care products. A small dollop of the lotion on my hands is enough to take me right back home. I couldn’t be happier.

Thank you Skandinavisk for gifting me these products. As always, all opinions are my own.