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Being thankful

November 20, 2017

Being thankful is something that comes (or it should) naturally at this time of the year, yet being thankful somehow comes with a challenge, esp. on Mondays. 😀 Instead of “hating” on Mondays, I like the idea of finding the #mondaymotivation . 🙂 It is all about how and what we set our minds on that will make the difference in our attitude. I feel that Mondays always need some extra positivity boost. There is just something about the beginning of the week complaints which can easily go all the way through to Friday . Balance sheet of the productivity for a week is not very much on the + side then, isn’t it? 

When the daylight is getting shorter all the time, temperatures getting lower and lower and the annoying rainy days never seems to end, I find it hard to stay motivated and with a positive spirit so I’ve been making myself find at least 3 things to be thankful about each day.

I’m guilty about not realising how much there is to be thankful for! I def. do know when to be upset if something is missing or something is going wrong, but even when there  are bigger things to be thankful about, I seem to just “brush them off” or treat them as a “regularity” instead of really paying attention to how MEANINGFUL something was and how thankful I can be that I have lived to see something happen, come true, be part of, etc.

From the little daily moments to the bigger things, it’s so important to take a moment to reminisce and be genuinely thankful for what you have right now. I do tend to live in the future way too often and think too much of the things and moments that yet need to happen instead of focusing more on now and being happy and thankful about “NOW” because that’s all I really do have.

What am I being thankful for right now? What am I thankful for today? Ask yourself those questions and write down on the paper your answers… You would be surprised of how much there is to be thankful for.

This Monday I’m thankful for:

I woke up/ I’m alive.

Seeing my daughter’s smile and hearing her say “Good morning mama.”

Quick chat with my favourite cafe owner (Kuppi ja Muffini) in the am while getting her delicious porridge “to go”.

Comfiness of and the rooftop view from my office.

Seeing friends while at the same time working with them and coming up with some great ideas.

Walking in the city centre and admiring all the Christmas lights and street decorations.

Enjoying warm matcha tea and matcha doughnut at my zen place, unique Japanese cafe Kamome.

Picking up my daughter from her school and seeing her anti frizz like hair made me have an “inner laugh” with myself.

Coming home and seeing my camera, reminding me of being blessed with a talent a ability to be a photographer.

… and this is only half of Monday’s blessings and things to be thankful for!

Also, big thank you to Darrel of @gettyphotographer for taking these photos. Find him on Twitter and his official page too.

I’m wearing: Sweater (HERE), Blouse (SIMILAR), Skirt (HERE), Boots (SIMILAR), Turban (HERE)



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  • Reply Amy Arnold November 20, 2017 at 5:33 PM

    Good idea to start the week thankful, and I love your list. We have so much to be thankful for! Fun star sweater.

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  • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog November 20, 2017 at 5:50 PM

    Love your list. It’s always good to be thankful! ❤

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    • Reply natali karppinen November 21, 2017 at 5:34 PM

      Thank you so much! I agree with you, it never hurts to count your blessings.

  • Reply Crystal Obsessions Now November 20, 2017 at 7:10 PM

    Natali – I’m so glad that you’ve called this out, as we should be thankful every day and even more so on Mondays as they are a fresh start at chasing our dreams! Now, about this outfit…. it’s perfect from head to toe! I LOVE your style, my star sister:)

    • Reply natali karppinen November 21, 2017 at 5:33 PM

      Thank you so much for this lovely and uplifting comment!

  • Reply Courtney November 20, 2017 at 8:11 PM

    I love your list. It can seem like people are not thankful enough, so remembering to be thankful for the small things is always so nice.

    • Reply natali karppinen November 21, 2017 at 11:47 AM

      Thank you Courtney for reading! I’m glad to read that you liked this post. 🙂

  • Reply Ivana November 20, 2017 at 8:29 PM

    bas si lijepa…

  • Reply Yvonne November 20, 2017 at 11:02 PM

    Great idea to start the week with a positive mind- set! We have a lot to be thankful for although we don’t always acknowledge it. Thank you for sharing!
    xo Yvonne

    • Reply natali karppinen November 21, 2017 at 11:46 AM

      That’s absolutely right Yvonne! I’m happy that you’ve liked this post. 🙂

  • Reply Dina November 20, 2017 at 11:35 PM

    Nice cardi!

    • Reply natali karppinen November 21, 2017 at 11:46 AM

      Thank you Dina, I love the feel and looks of it. 🙂

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  • Reply Shannon Jenkins November 21, 2017 at 7:24 AM

    You look fabulous! In love with that cute cardigan!

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  • Reply bonjourchiara November 21, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    I think it’s so important to try to see the positivity in each thing and every day! xx

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  • Reply Corina November 21, 2017 at 4:08 PM

    Love that you shared these gratitude thoughts! And it’s so good that you try to find three things to be thankful for every day! It is a very powerful practice.

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  • Reply Simply Sory November 21, 2017 at 5:39 PM

    Chulisimo el outfit y el toque del turbante queda genial.

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  • Reply hairwonderfulday November 21, 2017 at 6:12 PM

    Thank you for this beautiful reminder to be thankful everyday and it does matter what day of the week it is! xx

  • Reply Carmelatte November 21, 2017 at 7:01 PM

    Aww I love your cardigan <3


  • Reply Nikolina November 21, 2017 at 8:02 PM

    This is so beautifully said. I agree with with you about being thankful. I also try it every day and noticed that the whole day is better when you feel thankfulness.

  • Reply Cynthia November 21, 2017 at 11:02 PM

    Love this list!
    xox-Cynthia L.

  • Reply Anika May November 22, 2017 at 12:08 PM

    Such a wonderful list and humble post, thanks for sharing!

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  • Reply Courtney November 22, 2017 at 5:58 PM

    Love your outfit, first of all, and your list of things you are thankful for! I just love this season!
    Courtney ||

  • Reply Ania November 22, 2017 at 6:29 PM

    Wow!! You look beautiful dear <33 lovely style 🙂
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  • Reply Rubi November 22, 2017 at 11:30 PM

    In love with your outfit! That star cardigan is so pretty!
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  • Reply Ankita Bardhan November 23, 2017 at 12:18 AM

    We often ignore our blessings, it’s a good idea to start our week with being thankful! Love your outfit, especially the blouse and the cardigan 🙂

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    What a beautiful post! really beautiful writing, also very beautiful photos! : )


  • Reply Angie November 23, 2017 at 12:05 PM

    OMG that star sweater! Looking so cool per usual.

  • Reply Toks November 24, 2017 at 1:28 AM

    Love the cardigan and the turban looks great. xoxoxo

  • Reply Kelly Lookbook November 25, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    Love your look! The outfit with the red lip is so chic. Also love your thought about being more positive when it comes to thinking about Mondays <3


  • Reply maria November 25, 2017 at 4:57 PM

    I love this star cardigan! you rock it so well! 🙂

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    Gratitute is an amazing exercise and you are doing it well ! #Mondaymotivation is indeed interesting and helpful.
    I feel you about the Winter days, but keep up your positivety and you will be fine!

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    Oh my lovely Natali ♥♥ you are so so pretty and I love your style!

    Have a fab Sunday,
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    Such a beautiful post, i love the idea of thankful thoughts every morning <3


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