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Five things

February 25, 2016

Good morning dear readers! This Friday I wanted to write a bit different kind of post. Five things that make me happy lately. When it’s cold and dark outside for many months, it’s easy to feel bit lethargic, unmotivated, etc. I have tried to “cope” with the Winter the best way I know of, by surrounding myself with things and people that make me feel great, give me the drive, motivation and an over all great feeling when I’m with them or doing those, mood lifting things.

It goes without saying that my family and friends are the number ones, but they’re not things/ activities, so here’s the list of things that make me happy this Winter:



Being thankful is such a cliche, but if you just stop for a moment and think about it… How many days in a week you can actually say that you’ve been or have remembered to be thankful? I got quite embarrassed when I have realized that sometimes, I have remembered this maybe once a week, sometimes, not even that. It’s so easy to get preoccupied with your daily life, filled schedules, errands, work, troubles… It’s so easy to loose the track of great, little things that happen to all of us on daily basis, but because we don’t give them the attention or acknowledge them, they somehow just “slide” through as if they have never been a part of our day. I have decided that I’ll find a time each day to write down at least 3 things which I’m thankful for in that certain day and also some of my thoughts, worries, wishes… Writing down those things gives you inner peace, puts things into perspective and for sure, will be a nice thing to read in a few years from now. 🙂



Let’s been honest, I have a “tea break” throughout the whole day! 😀 I simply love tea so much and I can’t imagine a day in my life without at least 3-4 cups of tea. Afternoon break is something which works so well for me when I want to just sit down for a moment, unwind and get my thoughts together. That’s when I usually just pour myself some tea, grab a snack and just stare through the window. I used to look/ stare through the window when I was younger on daily basis. That was my “meditation” moment… Time to dream of lands far away, of dreams and wishes that I couldn’t wait for to come true someday… I have now started to do this again. Call it visualizing, daydreaming, whatever you want, but it makes me very peaceful.



Working out in the Wintertime is my sanity pill! 🙂 I work out 2-3 times a week at the gym and the rest of the week I just try to get in at least 30min long walk outdoors. Staying active and having a moment to take care of your body is just a necessity… Hygienic matter, just like brushing your teeth, taking a shower, changing bed sheets, etc. We’re in 2016 and it shouldn’t be considered that people who go to gym are either going there to just loose weight or pump the muscles and look like Terminator. I go to the gym to listen to uplifting music, get the natural adrenaline shot and release any stress that might have piled up.



I love dressing up! It’s just something that I have strongly implanted in me ever since I was the littlest girl. Once, I was watching my Russian grandma get ready and that moment will forever stay in my mind as the moment when I have realized that dressing up, putting your make up on and fixing up your hair aren’t vain actions. That is called self-love, that is empowering and that is also respecting not just yourself, but also people which you’ll encounter that day. Person doesn’t need to have all the money of this world to look presentable, to look “clean” and taken care of. I feel that when I’m dressed/ made up well, I feel well and I have the power I need to deal with anybody, be it a random person, friend or an authority. I feel confident and that is very important if you want to ever do anything or get anywhere. Confidence and presence is what makes a world of difference.



My blog ( including my photography ), which has turned into my job too! New, exciting times are coming and I can’t wait to share more about it all in a short while. I have put a lot of time, heart and effort into this blog to grow and the work has started to pay off. I can’t wait to see where this blog will take me and I’m more than excited to bring you along. I can not thank you all enough for the constant support, all of the comments that you leave, for just stopping by and reading… You are all such wonderful individuals and to know that I can inspire even one of you, it means the world to me. Besides being the best mom, sister, woman, etc. I can be, my main mission in life is to inspire people with whatever I do and wherever I go…

Please DO share what are the things that make you happy? How do you cope with the Winter?

Have a wonderful weekend everybody!

Photography by: Natali K. photography

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  • Reply nancy February 25, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    I love the more personal notes!

  • Reply a trendy life February 26, 2016 at 12:54 AM

    Great post! xx

  • Reply Dawn February 26, 2016 at 1:08 AM

    Music keeps me sane year around. I love reading poetry, and generally dark, moving poetry about raw life. I love good conversations that are usually about the things less spoken of. Meditation, exercising, and late night drinks with just my pen and notebook. These things keep me going. And reading your blog at 3am. ????

    • Reply natali karppinen February 26, 2016 at 5:20 AM

      Sounds absolutely great and like the things which I enjoy the most too!
      Also, thank you for reading my blog and commenting, it means so much to me and esp. now knowing that
      you’re doing it even at 3am. 😀 Much love to you!

  • Reply Federica Spinelli February 26, 2016 at 1:13 AM

    Really nice and interesting post! kiss
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  • Reply Floortje February 26, 2016 at 1:45 AM

    I think writing down what you are thankful for is such a good thing. It is so important to keep reminding the goods in life. Great post dear!



    • Reply natali karppinen February 26, 2016 at 5:21 AM

      Thank you so much Floortje, you’re so sweet! Love your blog btw!!

  • Reply Trang Do February 26, 2016 at 2:22 AM

    Great things! Love your shoes so much!
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  • Reply Amy Ann February 26, 2016 at 6:57 AM

    Great list! Many of these same things are my go-tos as well. I love having morning coffee and afternoon tea, getting dressed up, spending time on the blog, and reflecting on all I have to be thankful for. While I do workout, I am not great about a regular schedule.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Reply natali karppinen February 28, 2016 at 8:56 AM

      Thank you for commenting Amy! I’m so glad to read that we have a lot in common! 🙂

  • Reply Matea February 26, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    Super lista! Definitivno potpisujem čaj i male rituale koji ga prate te bilježenje misli, ja dnevnike pišem čitav život i tek sam prije par mjeseci krenula sa zapisivanjem sitnica koje su me taj dan učinile sretnom ili koje mi strašno mnogo znače i to mi je savršena aktivnost za završetak dana 🙂
    Želim ti divan vikend! <3

    • Reply natali karppinen February 28, 2016 at 8:56 AM

      Puno ti hvala draga moja! Nadam se da si imala odlican vikend i uspjela napraviti sve sto si isplanirala.

  • Reply Kristen February 26, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    I love this! Working out is so great for me too and having a blog is always one of my favorite things. I wish I only drank is my weakness! 🙂

    • Reply natali karppinen February 28, 2016 at 8:55 AM

      Thank you for commenting Kristen! I love tea, but I have never been drinking coffee even though I love the coffee smell. 🙂

  • Reply Nada February 26, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    Greaz post ! 🙂

  • Reply Rochelle Fox February 26, 2016 at 11:49 AM

    Great things. I love it!
    Good vibes, Fox
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  • Reply sahara February 26, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    great! you can also add yoga to your workouts! or maybe sometimes instead of walking just do yoga!


    • Reply natali karppinen February 28, 2016 at 8:54 AM

      That’s actually something I’ve been thinking about for a while! 🙂

  • Reply Eva February 27, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    Great post! Love your writing style & the pics are amazing.

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  • Reply Nada February 28, 2016 at 6:36 AM

    Great ! 🙂

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  • Reply Vale February 28, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    Love, love this post Natali, so inspiring ! Also, you have a way with words =) I do the same things but I lack the writing down my thoughts part, I used to do it years ago and you made me think I should start again cause it’s a relief also for stress ! Lots of love my beautiful princess, you do inspire the others with your beauty and wisdom ! Kisses

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  • Reply Shveta February 28, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    I love this post! I love the afternoon tea break (or all day tea break as you mentioned haha) and writing down your thoughts! Dressing up is always amazing too 🙂

  • Reply Chelsheaflo February 28, 2016 at 9:18 PM

    I love drawing, blogging, photography, and dessert! Those make me more relax 🙂 Love your blog


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    Thanks – this is really a very important thing that people are constantly overlooked.
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  • Reply Hayley Larue February 29, 2016 at 1:46 PM

    I love that cute notebook! <3

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    Interesting post, and your notebook looks so cute <3

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