#DecGratitude

Want to boost your wellbeing, counteract the rampant commercialism of December, overcome the winter blues, boost your self-esteem, help turn social media feeds into happy places and do some positive reflection on the year gone by..? Join me for a month of positivity, sharing three things you are grateful for each day, with their causes! Use photos, videos, text, music – whatever represents what it is you’re grateful for. http://dreamdolove.com/a-month-of-gratitude-on-social-media-decgratitude/
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#DecGratitude  1. Grateful to Móni for the reindeer cookies and beautiful Colombian bag!! CAUSES: Mónica being a wee dote! Lovely, caring and with great taste. ;) And the cookie-makers being great bakers  2. Grateful for my boxes being collected and now en route to Ireland! It was an almost all-nighter of packing…  CAUSES: UniBaggage great customer service; DHL Finland chasing up couriers for me since they can’t call UK numbers (!); Conor sitting downstairs at the front door with (on) the…

#DecGratitude 1. Grateful to Móni for the reindeer cookies and beautiful Colombian bag!! CAUSES: Mónica being a wee dote! Lovely, caring and with great taste. ;) And the cookie-makers being great bakers 2. Grateful for my boxes being collected and now en route to Ireland! It was an almost all-nighter of packing… CAUSES: UniBaggage great customer service; DHL Finland chasing up couriers for me since they can’t call UK numbers (!); Conor sitting downstairs at the front door with (on) the…

#DecGratitude #stillallaboutthepacking  1. Very grateful to Anjana (once again!), for providing the packing tape for shipping my books etc back home and her daughter Gul for printing off labels for me so I didn’t need to cycle to uni to use the printers.  CAUSE: Anjana and Gul being kind and lovely  2. Grateful also for IKEA moving boxes - cheap, sturdy, and stand up to multiple moves (even internationally, if they’re RoboCopped with packing tape). CAUSE: As per yesterday - and no, I’m not…

#DecGratitude #stillallaboutthepacking 1. Very grateful to Anjana (once again!), for providing the packing tape for shipping my books etc back home and her daughter Gul for printing off labels for me so I didn’t need to cycle to uni to use the printers. CAUSE: Anjana and Gul being kind and lovely 2. Grateful also for IKEA moving boxes - cheap, sturdy, and stand up to multiple moves (even internationally, if they’re RoboCopped with packing tape). CAUSE: As per yesterday - and no, I’m not…

#DecGratitude  1. Very grateful to not have any classes today! A day of almost rest (between sales of  our possessions)… CAUSE: End of term  2. Grateful to have found a buyer for our big mattress, on Finnish eBay  CAUSE: Someone wanting a good-quality mattress (most local buyers are students  wanting a cheap single); Tori.fi; Finnish lessons getting me to the ability to write a  Finnish listing and at least use a bit of Finnish in arranging the sale. Then when the  buyer arrived I found out…

#DecGratitude 1. Very grateful to not have any classes today! A day of almost rest (between sales of our possessions)… CAUSE: End of term 2. Grateful to have found a buyer for our big mattress, on Finnish eBay CAUSE: Someone wanting a good-quality mattress (most local buyers are students wanting a cheap single); Tori.fi; Finnish lessons getting me to the ability to write a Finnish listing and at least use a bit of Finnish in arranging the sale. Then when the buyer arrived I found out…

#DecGratitude  1. Very grateful to have had a bit of time with so many of our friends before we leave, at Yla Ruth (which has been a great venue for coaching sessions this semester) and later at Jenna, Melina and Pui’s home. We love you all!  CAUSE: Everyone taking time to catch-up before we all go our separate ways, for the holidays and for life!  2. Grateful for the delicious dinner Jenna made, and the tasty Greek-bean-type-scenario Marilena made - food always features in my daily…

#DecGratitude 1. Very grateful to have had a bit of time with so many of our friends before we leave, at Yla Ruth (which has been a great venue for coaching sessions this semester) and later at Jenna, Melina and Pui’s home. We love you all! CAUSE: Everyone taking time to catch-up before we all go our separate ways, for the holidays and for life! 2. Grateful for the delicious dinner Jenna made, and the tasty Greek-bean-type-scenario Marilena made - food always features in my daily…

#DecGratitude  1. Grateful to have found a new home for the sofa we've enjoyed in our Finnish flat - and grateful the new buyer didn't pick it up 'til the evening!  Moi moi sohva!  CAUSES: "Second-hand items in Jyväskylä Facebook group" again; the lovely buyer, who I hope enjoys a curl-up on it as much as I did this last year  2. Grateful to my friend/some-kind-of-twin Felix (@lossibossi) for taking a delivery for me last night while I was off pulla partying.  CAUSES: Felix being a wee…

#DecGratitude 1. Grateful to have found a new home for the sofa we've enjoyed in our Finnish flat - and grateful the new buyer didn't pick it up 'til the evening! Moi moi sohva! CAUSES: "Second-hand items in Jyväskylä Facebook group" again; the lovely buyer, who I hope enjoys a curl-up on it as much as I did this last year 2. Grateful to my friend/some-kind-of-twin Felix (@lossibossi) for taking a delivery for me last night while I was off pulla partying. CAUSES: Felix being a wee…

#DecGratitude  1. Very grateful to Eetu and Kaisu for the pulla party! Eetu the Pulla Master made me  his padawan for the evening - we'd slightly too much flour in them, but they were  delicious nonetheless. Kiitos paljon, Master!  2. Also grateful to Kerstin for the delicious Glühwein (which reminded me of evenings  at the German beer tent at the Belfast Christmas market, back in the day!), and the  bacon/mozzarella baguettes. Hardly needed to eat today... 3. Grateful too for the Gran…

#DecGratitude 1. Very grateful to Eetu and Kaisu for the pulla party! Eetu the Pulla Master made me his padawan for the evening - we'd slightly too much flour in them, but they were delicious nonetheless. Kiitos paljon, Master! 2. Also grateful to Kerstin for the delicious Glühwein (which reminded me of evenings at the German beer tent at the Belfast Christmas market, back in the day!), and the bacon/mozzarella baguettes. Hardly needed to eat today... 3. Grateful too for the Gran…

#DecGratitude  1. Grateful for Kolmen Kaverin Jäätelö (3 Friends' Ice Cream) perfect comfort food for the day after the night before! I ADORE the blueberry and cardamom one (the chocolate's Conor's favourite tho'). CAUSE: The founders' vision and dedication to a quality product.  2. Grateful for the opportunity to introduce a newcomer to Jyväskylä to the brilliant Gloria Multicultural Centre. Left her talking to founder/her compatriot, Gloria, who had kindly took time to come down and meet…

#DecGratitude 1. Grateful for Kolmen Kaverin Jäätelö (3 Friends' Ice Cream) perfect comfort food for the day after the night before! I ADORE the blueberry and cardamom one (the chocolate's Conor's favourite tho'). CAUSE: The founders' vision and dedication to a quality product. 2. Grateful for the opportunity to introduce a newcomer to Jyväskylä to the brilliant Gloria Multicultural Centre. Left her talking to founder/her compatriot, Gloria, who had kindly took time to come down and meet…

#DecGratitude  1. Grateful for all the craic at the music department Pikkujoulu! Great to have one last big shindig (for now!) with most of our lovely friends here. More laughter than tears!  CAUSES: Our wonderful friends, who we're so sad to leave; the musical entertainment; the hard work by the organising committee; the uni for providing Boombox as the party venue  2. Grateful for quality time with lovely Ebony on our end-of-semester seasonal walk - we get sent off on a walking route…

#DecGratitude 1. Grateful for all the craic at the music department Pikkujoulu! Great to have one last big shindig (for now!) with most of our lovely friends here. More laughter than tears! CAUSES: Our wonderful friends, who we're so sad to leave; the musical entertainment; the hard work by the organising committee; the uni for providing Boombox as the party venue 2. Grateful for quality time with lovely Ebony on our end-of-semester seasonal walk - we get sent off on a walking route…

#DecGratitude  Busy couple of days packing and selling, so simple thanksgivings today!  1. Grateful for my health. CAUSES: Genetics; healthcare; lifestyle  2. Grateful to have food in the cupboards; didn't have to brave the weather tonight! CAUSES: Conor doing the shopping recently.  3. Grateful for a warm bed. CAUSES: Well-insulated apartment; cosy quilt; human hot water bottle

#DecGratitude Busy couple of days packing and selling, so simple thanksgivings today! 1. Grateful for my health. CAUSES: Genetics; healthcare; lifestyle 2. Grateful to have food in the cupboards; didn't have to brave the weather tonight! CAUSES: Conor doing the shopping recently. 3. Grateful for a warm bed. CAUSES: Well-insulated apartment; cosy quilt; human hot water bottle

#DecGratitude  1. I am VERY grateful to my friend Yan for baking us a delicious blueberry pie!  Which there is no photo of, 'cos we devoured it so quickly.  CAUSE: Yan being lovely and a great baker; Finnish blueberries (which I *think*  are actually bilberries) being plentiful.  2. I am very grateful that many of my music & wellbeing project participants are  now inspired to keep playing kantele and/or learn another musical instrument.  Absolutely thrilled about that! :) CAUSE: Kantele…

#DecGratitude 1. I am VERY grateful to my friend Yan for baking us a delicious blueberry pie! Which there is no photo of, 'cos we devoured it so quickly. CAUSE: Yan being lovely and a great baker; Finnish blueberries (which I *think* are actually bilberries) being plentiful. 2. I am very grateful that many of my music & wellbeing project participants are now inspired to keep playing kantele and/or learn another musical instrument. Absolutely thrilled about that! :) CAUSE: Kantele…

DecGratitude  1. Very grateful for the thriving second-hand market in Finland! We arrived last September to an unfurnished flat - first few days we were sitting on one hard guitar case and a couple of pillows, and sleeping on an inflatable mattress. We were quickly able to get what we needed through the local second-hand network, before 'splurging' on an IKEA delivery some months later. Very helpful when you're trying to be nomadic!  CAUSES: Finnish society/culture; my friend Dominique's…

DecGratitude 1. Very grateful for the thriving second-hand market in Finland! We arrived last September to an unfurnished flat - first few days we were sitting on one hard guitar case and a couple of pillows, and sleeping on an inflatable mattress. We were quickly able to get what we needed through the local second-hand network, before 'splurging' on an IKEA delivery some months later. Very helpful when you're trying to be nomadic! CAUSES: Finnish society/culture; my friend Dominique's…

#DecGratitude  Simple pleasures today! 
1. Grateful for lunch with friends and amazing blueberry/chocolate cake, in Kahvila Muisto at Toivolan Vanha Piha 
CAUSES: People being lovely/making time  for each other; the owners/chefs of Kahvila Muisto's talent and passion for home-cooked food.  Herkullista!  2. Grateful for it almost being the holidays! Been a busy, busy semester.
CAUSE: The passage of time... 3. Grateful for a good mattress to sleep on. 
CAUSE: IKEA. ;) Night night!  #jyväskylä…

#DecGratitude Simple pleasures today! 1. Grateful for lunch with friends and amazing blueberry/chocolate cake, in Kahvila Muisto at Toivolan Vanha Piha CAUSES: People being lovely/making time for each other; the owners/chefs of Kahvila Muisto's talent and passion for home-cooked food. Herkullista! 2. Grateful for it almost being the holidays! Been a busy, busy semester.
CAUSE: The passage of time... 3. Grateful for a good mattress to sleep on. CAUSE: IKEA. ;) Night night! #jyväskylä…

#DecGratitude [For Dec 5th; late 'cos of #3! :) ]  1. Grateful for a bit of sunshine and blue skies this morning. CAUSE: The weather, innit.  2. Grateful for a warm home to get back to, after the heavens opened and it became bitterly cold. CAUSES: The opportunities life has (and my parents have) afforded me; having a healthy business; affordable housing in Finland.  3. Grateful to Zsuzsa and Ngeet for their brilliant parties this last year and a half! So sad that this was our last! CAUSES…

#DecGratitude [For Dec 5th; late 'cos of #3! :) ] 1. Grateful for a bit of sunshine and blue skies this morning. CAUSE: The weather, innit. 2. Grateful for a warm home to get back to, after the heavens opened and it became bitterly cold. CAUSES: The opportunities life has (and my parents have) afforded me; having a healthy business; affordable housing in Finland. 3. Grateful to Zsuzsa and Ngeet for their brilliant parties this last year and a half! So sad that this was our last! CAUSES…

#DecGratitude  1. Massively grateful to Olga for lending me ALL of her kanteles for my music & wellbeing project! And she didn't even know me at the time. CAUSE: Olga's fantastic generosity and desire to spread the love of folk music... And her musical talents/skills that led her to *having* a kantele collection in the first place.  2. Jointly grateful to Kari at Palokan Pelimanitalo for lending me the rest of the kanteles I needed! Without him and Olga I wouldn't have been able to allow…

#DecGratitude 1. Massively grateful to Olga for lending me ALL of her kanteles for my music & wellbeing project! And she didn't even know me at the time. CAUSE: Olga's fantastic generosity and desire to spread the love of folk music... And her musical talents/skills that led her to *having* a kantele collection in the first place. 2. Jointly grateful to Kari at Palokan Pelimanitalo for lending me the rest of the kanteles I needed! Without him and Olga I wouldn't have been able to allow…

#DecGratitude  1. Grateful to have been in audience/played a couple of tunes at Jenna Smith's beautiful album launch, with our talented friends! Jenna played at Sofa Session 9, and blew everyone away - beautiful songwriter, singer, musician and a beautiful soul.  2. Grateful to Pauliina at Vakiopaine for lovely words and free wine after my songs, and her interest in the Sofa Sessions.  3. Always grateful to my talented, wonderful and gorgeous fella, Conor Scullion, who's always on hand for…

#DecGratitude 1. Grateful to have been in audience/played a couple of tunes at Jenna Smith's beautiful album launch, with our talented friends! Jenna played at Sofa Session 9, and blew everyone away - beautiful songwriter, singer, musician and a beautiful soul. 2. Grateful to Pauliina at Vakiopaine for lovely words and free wine after my songs, and her interest in the Sofa Sessions. 3. Always grateful to my talented, wonderful and gorgeous fella, Conor Scullion, who's always on hand for…

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