Micro moments of magic

is when you are enjoying a yummy profiterole with Tuareng green tea at a cosy café in your old home town and suddenly are hearing Cesária Évora being played as background music. All the anxiety and anger in your body and soul just melts away like last season´s snow. Perfect micro moment of magic. Cesária Évoras Sodade was the music my husband played the first time I visited his apartment. He kind of knew how to play the magic trick back in the days 🙂 It is something about Cesária´s voice that makes everything feel right even in the middle of turmoil. No other music has this profound effect on me. In two hours I need to drive back home again and I wish I could freeze time right now. To simply be enjoying the moment seems to be harder and harder for me. My head is always in the next moment, the next move. That is why I always come to this café every time I visit my mum. Somehow it comforts me more than many of my favorite ones in Turku. And as I have been quite a frequent guest here, the owner now recognizes me and immediately asks the girls in the kitchen if there are any nuts in the cake I have chosen. Bless her! There are piles of books and lovely magazines and you could easily spend the whole day here.

Finally back home again after a maddeningly slow drive due to traffic and my own cautiousness when the weather gets below zero, I am of course immediately throwing myself on the computer. Being the mad rabbit as I am I could not resist the temptation of purchasing the lovely Susannah Conway´s “The Inside Story”, so far from a business course as you can imagine, yet exactly that. There is not a single thing I don´t love about the creative work of Susannah and I will definitely go through every course she offers. The British pound is so not in my favor but rest assured I will save up money to do one course at a time. Bit by bit. In a way I almost want to keep Susannah as my own delightful treasure but please check her out if you are even a little bit curious. The nearest of a Finnish equivalent to her is probably the equally lovely and talented Sandy Talarmo whom I met at the big fair called “Osaava nainen” about a month ago.

But back to the Inside story. In the private facebook group that is part of the course, Susannah just shared this blog post and as it´s title is “I hate Monday” I thought it more than appropriate to add it here. In all its grimness it is both deep and hilarious.

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Having just finished tea and the morning paper & glimpses from the surroundings (not my best pic and definitely not doing the place the favor it deserves)

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The lovely and funny decorations on the wall. There are also upside down old tea cups as lamps hanging down from the ceiling! But they were too difficult to capture.
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Yummy stuff to choose from…

A Fabulous Friday in Hanko

I am sitting at a big metallic desk surrounded by people happily chatting with each other,  coffee in one hand and the other on their laptops. There are two main groups, one is sitting in the sofa at the coffee table and the other has gathered around this huge steel table. More people are joining and the atmosphere is buzzing with anticipation. Some know each other from before, some are complete strangers. The idea of coming to this studio to do distance work in the most southwest parts of Finland was so tantalizing that I could not but jump on the train with my iPad and my journals. This is the reason I changed my Magic Monday into a Fabulous Friday instead and boy am I happy I did it.

Already on the train my creative juices got flowing and there seems to be no end to it. The weather Gods have been in our favor all day long and for once it´s neither chilly nor windy here in Finland´s World´s End, Hanko. A town people visit in the summer for its beautiful old villas and long sandy beaches but as small towns does it quiets down during the winter season.

While I am deep into writing my blog post simultaneously scribbling ideas in my notebook a girl sits down next to me. We start chatting and soon find out that she came all the way from Helsinki just as I did from Turku. She wants to figure out what to do, I offer workshops together with my business partner Minna for women just like her. Serendipity or coincidence?

A leisurely lunch accompanied by a glass of white wine makes me long for more occasions like these. When the afternoon grew nearer we decided to name this day a “Creative work day”. Much more fun than a distance working day. And truth to be told I have been in a flow ever since I entered the train, being more creative than in weeks, maybe even months. But contrast is what makes it all the sweeter so we probably do need boring and or stressful weeks to fully appreciate when opportunities like this show up. No light without darkness, no black without white. It has indeed been a roller coaster week and far from boring but on the verge of being too much for me. A creative work day away from my regular routines and surroundings is definitely the best way to end a work week!

The whole idea of inviting people to this photography studio can be attributed to the Creative Hanko Collective, a bunch of crazy creative fab people wanting to change this small town into something more than just a ordinary place of living. Warning peeps – this group has it really going!

Next creative work day is December 4th and it is already in my calendar.  Well, I guess someone has to support public transportation to this small town where my mother was born 91 years ago or else there will be no more trains stopping at Hanko.

Hanko LiljeforsArriving at the train station (sadly no longer in use as a train station)
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At Studio Tomi Parkkonen                               Passing by the Hotel Regatta, beautifully renovated.