125. Sparkly, snowy days!
And happy 2017!
It's been only four days of the year, yet I feel like never before! I feel energised, motivated, satisfied, ambitious, but most importantly I am happy that I have another year to improve everything I do in my life. "New, year, new me" applies to me perfectly, so to speak. I have so many plans and goals for this year, so much to experience, so many possibilities and open doors, it's actually looking like 2017 is going to be my best year yet!
And before you ask, yes, I did do a whole lot of New Year's resolutions, but they turned out to be more on the personal side, so I'm not ready to post them here... However, I can give you a general idea on what my wishes and goals are, so you won't be left too much in the dark!
So for 2017 I'm trying to keep a sketchbook and camera with me as much as possible, in case of sudden inspiration. I'm also going to do everything I can to take care of my body and soul, so I won't just look pretty - I would feel beautiful. I'm going to get in shape for summer and keep that shape with the help of a healthy lifestyle. For my blog I'm going to try to post as often as I can, the ideal would be a few days in a week. I'm also going to start vlogging when I get to understand my video camera (LOL), and I'm super thrilled by that!
Cats will get more play time from me, and I will also clean their litter boxes and feed them whenever I can (we take turns on who feeds the cats in the evening, so I'm going to do it voluntarily). Ella is getting petting and love just like the cats, but that's something obvious already. I will save money as much as possible so I can do something extra fun with them in the summer, and I will try to see friends more. School is getting organised and given even more attention, and I will make studying fun. I wish to travel in 2017, it's an ultimate goal, and if I do I will suck the most of it!
I will create a cleaning habit and learn how to cook. I will also be less on my phone and more within my own self, which brings us to the most important category of these resolutions: mental health. I will smile wider, laugh with all my heart, stop the negativity and live in the moment. If I succeed, I will be the best Pella there ever has been. For me, that is the biggest resolution - and reward - in the world. ☺
To bring my memories to the surface, I will briefly go through what my New Year's Eve looked like - with pictures!
OK, I'll be honest - I had so much fun I almost couldn't take any pictures, as I got a bit too excited. For example, I never had the chance to take pictures of the tasty sushi we ate... All I can say is that the avocado was the only filling I had - and it was so delicious (like always)!
What I do have pictures of is the art from the sparklers, pictures my mother took! They look pretty amazing, I have to say, and if you're wondering who is behind doing the art itself, it's me!
I stayed up pretty late because of caffeine raging in my body, and my general enthrallment for the night. The cats and Ella were restless because of the fireworks, and Ella even ran upstairs to hide when the biggest show was on during midnight. The cats got used to the loud noises fairly quickly, so they just roamed around the kitchen and living room area... without forgetting the Christmas tree!
In fact, it was Bimbo who decided to change his scenery by doing the unexpected: instead of walking on the tables and low shelves or sleeping on the piano, he decided to climb the Christmas tree and take a nap! Clearly our little adventurer felt it was the perfect spot to rest, without having to babysit Emi or deal with a know-it-all big sister Elsa. I don't know how he made it comfortable up there, but it was certainly the funniest sight that has caught my eye in the longest of time! ☺
Referring to "snowy" in the title, I am super happy to announce that the snow is back in southern Finland! It begun snowing yesterday and it's been continuously pouring white ice from the grey skies ever since. Today it was very slippery, and in actual fact I slipped when I went to walk Ella this morning, hurting my arm and leg. My darling Ella came to see if I was okay, which is one of the sweetest thing a dog can do! It was also very snowy, so snowy that not even my new UGG shoes (picture below) couldn't save my short legs from the tall-grown snow!
We went to Helsinki yesterday, with my father and brothers going to Pasila's bouncy castle event, which they later admitted included much, much more than just bouncy castles, and that it was tons more fun than expected. My mother and I went to central Helsinki to have a look at discount sales in our favourite shops. I drooled over Urban Decay and bareMinerals, but didn't need to buy anything... with an exception to this:
Yes, you guessed right! I'm going to try brown-to-ginger ombre hair in the near future! I'm in love with Color Masks, and the small size of the package implies that it's purr-fect when you just want to try and see how the colour fits, which suits me best. If I like the colour, I can buy a larger package; if I don't, then, well, it just ends there - I don't need to use it again. Such simplicity is needed in our lives ☺
I went to LUSH, something I had been wanting to do for a longer while. I was positively surprised to also find L'Occitane's shop just next to it! My lips were crying for help because they're in such bad shape (blame all the bad-habit lip biting) so one step towards healthier lips goes hand in hand with a lip scrub. This one's in the taste (yes, taste!) Sugar Plum Fairy, a fruity and fancy flavour!
We also went to buy capsules for our Nespresso coffee machine, and got free coffee! After that we headed to Massimo Dutti, a pricey, dainty-lady type of clothing store (if I was rich I'd go there for a crazy shopping spree, often!). My lunch consisted of raspberry and white chocolate as well as blueberry and cardamom ice cream, because hey, sometimes your lunch doesn't have to be convenient or especially good for you, but taste is all that matters. And it was super delicious, so nobody goes home to weep!
And yes, I just had to capture this - I want to try this out so bad!
Also, Mum proved to be one of the best Mums out there: she bought me this book! Exactly what I needed to get a better year started! ☺
Here is Helsinki's railway market (Rautatientori) covered in snow! Picture taken when my mother and I were waiting for the bus. This inspires me to go one day out in the morning to just photograph (or maybe even vlog?) the wondrous winter here, in its early prime!
And to finish this post, have yourself a merry little Emi! Who was (admittedly rudely) awoken from her sleep under the Christmas tree...
I'm soon on my way to go get my first BetteBox I got for Christmas, I'm so excited! I can't wait to pamper my skin and body with the surprises in that box, and show you what I got. We're also eating fanciful food for dinner, probably steak, as one of my brothers turned twelve today. Happy birthday, Pax!
I'll see you all later! Love you lots, take care this year! ♥