Who is Lost Viivi?

This is questions I ask myself too often and some of you may be wondering so let’s make a post of me introducing myself (even if I may be one of the most boring people in the whole wide world…)¬†Feel free to ask any questions at any time in the comments and I will try to answer as well as I can. ūüôā

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No, my given name isn’t “Lost Viivi”

Even if it would be funny, my full name isn’t Lost Viivi. Viivi is my first name (not Vivii, not Vivi and not Vivian even if it used to be my nickname). The word “lost” comes from me being always lost. I’m not even kidding. Whatever we are talking about knowing what I want to do with my life or walking around the streets of unknown cities, I always find a way to get lost. And being lost usually ends up me getting in some kind of trouble. For example that one time in Japan when I got so lost that I found myself from an abandoned amusement park.

Sometimes I also use name Viivi Severina¬†but even that isn’t my full given name. Maybe someday I will share my name but right now that’s not important.

Where are you from? 

Finland. It’s a big country with only about 6 million people between Sweden, Norway, and Russia. We don’t have polar bears but Santa Claus lives in our Lapland.

How old are you?

22. Let’s not talk more about this. #agecrisis

What kind of person you are?

Shy, stubborn and hopefully kind. I’m introvert who likes spending time alone and never goes out to party on weekends but at the same time, I can live in full hostels for months surrounded by other people without feeling uncomfortable. I love talking to new people and listening to their stories. My friend calls me “human magnet” because random people tend to talk to me without reason and I meet odd people who want to be friends everywhere I go.

Don’t mistake my shyness and kindness as weakness. I may think others before myself and follow people around but if I have decided something, you can’t change my mind. When people tell me that I can’t do something, I will definitely prove them wrong. Someone once told me that I can’t speak English. People tend to tell me to get a real job. And I have gotten more than enough comments telling me to travel less. Guess what I am doing right now!

Why and when you started blogging?

I have been blogging on and off for years but in the end, my blogs have always died. I started writing in English about two years ago on my travel blog and I never stopped for everyone’s surprise. This year I decided to start daily blogging because last autumn I realized that writing is my thing.

The reason I started blogging in English isn’t so simple. My mind was in dark place after I had returned home from three months long trip to Japan. I believed that I was going to study something I hated for the next six years without a way out. Writing has always been a coping mechanism for me, writing a blog was an easy way to forget everything else.

How many blogs do you have?

Too many. Right now I have 5 blogs and 1 blog I use to share my daily posts from all these sites.

Travel blogLost side blog
Photography blog
Review blogWriter’s blog
Daily posts

Do you study, work or what do you do?

I think this subject and story needs its own post but shortly said I work as a writer who also studies. Last autumn I realized that I would, in theory, live by doing freelancer writing (for example writing blog posts for companies) and doing translations. In addition to doing this, I am studying two university degrees at the same time: creative writing and business. I study online so I can spend about half of my time traveling.

What is your biggest dream?

I have finally admitted to myself that I want to be an author. I want to write books. I have no idea if that will be possible (probably not in English because my language skills still suck). If I can’t be an author, I dream of living as someone who can write every day, live every month in a different city and find happiness. I want to leave my mark on this world.

What kind of family do you have?

Crazy, funny, tiring and just impossible to deal with.¬†I probably shouldn’t write about my family because they know about my blogs but I doubt they would have the patience to read anything I write. I have two younger siblings so I’m the oldest and the wisest and the best (at least if you ask from me). My parents are divorced and I am currently living in my grandpa’s basement.

Favorite movies, TV series, books, music, etc.?

My favorites are changing all the time but I will publish twice a week to my review blog about these themes so read more from there. I like almost everything except horror. Crime-themed movies and books are my favorites. I listen all kind of music as long as I can listen to it all the time. My family and friends know me as the one who listens to Asian bands. Right now I am totally hooked on reading writing guidebooks but also my taste with books is almost endless.

If I had to name some of my favorites, I would probably mention these ones:

Movies: Now You See Me, Star Wars
TV series: Criminal Minds, Leverage
Books:¬†Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life by Natalie Goldberg
Bands/Musicians:¬†BTS, Nu’est, One Ok Rock, Sanni, Haloo Helsinki, NF

What are the plans for this blog?

I will continue writing whatever I want and how often I want. Now I am trying to make that daily blogging challenge happen so except posts in this random side blog every Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Mostly the posts will be about my life and thoughts. In addition maybe some general “lifestyle” posts like sharing cool videos, tips, and lists of anything. If I can open up enough maybe some fangirling over books, bands, and movies. Who knows where this year will take us…

Feel free to follow me on my social media. I am super inactive on Instagram because I only want to share colorful photos. My Twitter is full of random rambling, photos of food, shared travel themed links and updates of my newest posts. Follow everything at your own risk… I always appreciate comments so ask anything or let’s have a conversation on Twitter. I’m shy but I won’t bite! ūüôā

With love,

Lost Viivi

 

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The Awesome Blogger Award

I was nominated for this blogger award in my travel blog and now I published it in my side blog! And now I am once again sharing this new post I wrote here because apparently the posts you share in your wordpress.org blog (yeah, different thing than wordpress.com blog) the post doesn’t appear here in wordpress.com reader. Why is blogging so hard?

The Awesome Blogger Award

So, if you want to read my answers to 20 questions asked by two of my favorite travel bloggers click the link above!

I hope you are having amazing day and let’s hope I will keep writing my blogs more actively in the future (probably not…)

– Lost Viivi

Problems with everything

Problems With Studying and Parents

 

Does anyone know if there is way to make my self hosted wordpress.org site to appear in the wordpress.com reader? I am super happy that I decided to first try out this with my side blog and not with my real blog… This is hard!

And if you are interested behind that link you can find my newest diary post. Thanks!

With love,

Viivi

I have been thinking…

I have been thinking.

Is life really worth living if you do something you don’t love from the bottom of your heart?

Is there really reason to be if you study something just because everyone expects you to do it. Or just because you don’t know what else to do so you just pick out the easiest route.

I have been thinking and it is never a good sign. I think everyone still remembers the last time because it ended up me leaving for Japan for three months. That time I returned even if I felt like it was the wrong decision. Someone asked me why I wouldn’t continue from Japan to Korea and to Taiwan, China, Philippines and to the whole world. I didn’t have answer for them. Everyone was waiting me back at home so I returned. For a few weeks it was okay. For a short moment I felt like I knew where I was going in my life.

And then I didn’t anymore.

I applied to universities but in the end I didn’t want to study any of the subjects. During the exams I was really sick and didn’t get in any of the places. Maybe I should have seen that as a sign to think again my life choices. I didn’t.

My mum found me open place from business school and against my own intuition I went there. What else would have I done? Where else would I have gone?

We are taught that life is long line of things you have to do. First school. Then you start working. The better pay you get the better life you will have. After working a while you will find love, get married, have children, buy your first own home. Then you work a little more until you retire. Perfect happy life.

Expect, I never saw myself living like that.

I never really had any dream professions. For the longest time I told for everyone that I wanted to be veterinarian. And in a way I wanted. When everyone kept asking me what I wanted to do when I grow up I had to come up with some kind of idea. Everyone else had one so of course I also had to have dream. Veterinarian was my choice because if I had to be stuck with one job for the rest of my life at least I would help some animals and humans at the same time.

It took me several years to realize that my dream job would never make me happy. I had decided it because saying veterinarian was easy. Because studying it would be easy and doing it for the rest of my life would be easy. It was job that made everyone else smile because it sounds good, the salary is good, it’s highly admired, it’s something everyone else saw me doing in the future.

I have been thinking and I have many dreams for my own future.

The problem?

I am not yet quite sure what those dreams are. Only recently I have started to think them more. ¬†Today was probably the first day I intentionally began thinking ‘what are my dreams?’

Right now I only know a few things.

  • I love writing more than anything. If I could decide, I would write all day everyday.
  • Traveling makes me feel like I am truly living.
  • Blogging seems to be my thing and I am surprisingly good at it.
  • I have made some money writing blog posts and translating files. All the feedback has been positive until now.
  • Standing in one place for too long or doing one thing for the rest of my life seems impossible

But what do I want to do with my life?

Is there reason for me to study something I don’t want to do? How can I find the reason for my own life? Is there even way to find the meaning of life? Have some of us just made to live without purpose?

So many questions and no answers.

I have been thinking and I am lost. That’s never good combination.

With love,

Viivi Severina

So…University? Or..?

It’s again that time of the year! I have to throw dices, pick eyes shut and randomly decide universities to apply for. I know I am in one right now but this isn’t really my thing and my parents (+everyone else) thinks that I should study something different.

Problem?

I have no idea what! So this post is basically going to be me not applying anywhere, trying to find THAT right university for myself and of course random talk about nothing important. So… are you ready? Let’s get random and try to solve this impossible puzzle of my school problems.

Right now I am studying business in small city far far away from my home town. It is not ideal but I have liked some of the subject we study here. Marketing is something I would see myself studying more but I totally suck at it so probably not the best career choice. I am extremely good at money, legal, computer and documentation things but I have totally slept through all those classes because it was too easy. I would die to boredom if I had to study more of that.

One possible option: studying business remotely.

+ I LOVE remote and internet studying
+ Possible to do the work anywhere
+ More travelling? And blogging?
+ Those interesting marketing courses
– Limited possibilities / only a few different courses
– Where would I live? Going back to home is not option…
– What would be my future career?
– Two days / a month ‘real’ school days

If I choose that remote studying option, the next step is to choose do I want to continue in the school I am right now or do I was to try to get in some other school. My current university is nice but it’s expensive to come here for a few days every month. Problem is that I don’t know if I can get in to other similar universities from my university.

Old dream: Psychology

+ I studied all possible courses in high school
+ Talking with people, reading others, etc. is my strength
+ I dreamed about this for a few years
– Hard to get in
– I am not sure if this is my dream anymore

Psychology was something I really enjoyed in high school. Other courses I never really studied or tried but in my psychology classes I was always listening, writing things up and really trying. In the end I never even tried to get in. I don’t even know why. Maybe it just isn’t my thing?

New interest: Translation & English

+ Apparently I am good translator
+ I enjoy translating and could see it as my job
+ I can study English literature at the same time
– My spoken English is bad so…
– It seems quite boring thing to study
– Once again is my English good enough?

I have done quite a few translating gigs this year and it seems like I have found my hidden talent. I even enjoy doing it. However I am not sure if it is something I want to do for the rest of my life. It’s only something I would see myself doing for a while. Also there (and in entrance exams) I have to speak English and I just can’t pronounce any words…

What even is this? Cultural Producer

+ Sounds interesting and combines all things I love
+ Partly remote program
+ Culture is always good thing
– I am not leader
– I have no idea what this career would be
– My parents would never agree

I just found this field of study but I have no idea what it really is. Well, I have a few days to find more information. Maybe it’s my thing?

For my writer side: Journalism

+ I love writing
– I don’t see myself as journalist
– I could never write “official” texts

Why can’t there just be job that would allow me to travel the world, write for hours everyday, meet new people, volunteer and keep learning different kind of subjects forever?¬†I am lost case. Nothing interests me. How can I even choose one thing to do for the rest of my life??!?

There is so many more universities and fields I could talk about but I am now feeling so helpless that let’s not talk more about that. I didn’t really find any interesting subjects! So many options and still nothing that fits me.

 

Any tips how to find that right future career for me? (Don’t suggest career tests because those always tell that I would be good priest, relationship counselor, entrepreneur or librarian… No thanks!)¬†

Do you have any problems with deciding your future career? Or did you have these problems before? And like always all comments are welcome (even if you wanted to tell me about your day!)

With love,

Viivi Severina

Sunshine Blogger Award

Hello everyone! Today I will be answering to some Sunshine Blogger Award questions. It’s always honor to be nominated for blogger awards (and I just love to answer any kind of questions) so I’m really thankful for Len¬†Kagami.¬†I totally love Len’s blog so remember to check it out. His¬†photos and stories are perfect to read if you need some wanderlust for¬†your day.

 

What is Sunshine Blogger Award?

Sunshine blogger award is given out by bloggers to fellow bloggers who blog about positive, happy and inspiring content.

If my nominees want to accept the award, I encourage you to read and follow the rules below:

  • Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blogs.
  • Answer the eleven questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate eleven blogs to receive the award and write them eleven new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.

 

And here are my answers to the 11 questions:

1.When did you start blogging and why?

I think February? Almost a year ago (haven’t even realized it has been so long!) I started for many reasons. Firstly my English sucks so I want to get better at it. Secondly I hoped my blogging would maybe inspire other people or at least make them smile or dream. And thirdly I just simply love writing and travelling, so why not?

2.What is your favorite destination and why?

I think this is clear for anyone ever seen my blog (or maybe not?) but I have totally fallen in love with Japan and specially Kyoto. I don’t even have reason why. That city just feels like a home for me. It’s beautiful, full of kind people and has anything you need from perfect Japanese experience.

3.Name five destinations on your bucket list?

Check out my bucketlist from here. But five destinations are:

  • Santorini, Greece.
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Australia or New Zealand
  • Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  • Reykjavik, Iceland

4.Do you prefer to travel alone or with others?

Can’t decide so both.

5.Name three Must-have items for you while traveling (mobile phones and camera do not count, as we always bring them with us)?

Headphones (can’t live without them), woolen socks and my notebook.

6.Which meal do you think you cannot skip while traveling?

Dessert

7.Do you prefer local specialties or something you are familiar with like burger, pasta, etc.?

I eat everything but I prefer to try new things.

8.If you have tried some specialties, which dish left a strong impression on you?

Can I just say Sushi?

9.Who is the most interesting person you have ever met on your journey?

I have so many I can’t pick one! Let’s just stay being awake in hostel’s common room at evening forces you to meet all kind of people.

10.Assumed that you are a solo traveler, are you afraid to ask strangers for help, or maybe just take a picture for you?

I totally am solo traveller and this is kind of complicated question. If I need real help, like if I am hurt or in danger, I have no problems of asking help. But if I need to ask directions or someone to take photo of me I can’t do it. I’m scared of people.

11.Have you ever getting into trouble (e.g. scams, thefts, lost luggage, etc.) or any dangerous situation while traveling? How did you handle the situation?

This question inspired me to write my tomorrow’s travel blog post¬†about this story I haven’t yet told. Let’s just say it has something to do with Japan, getting lost, abandoned amusement park and polices who don’t speak English. And like I usually handle all the situation I kept apologizing and apologizing until I go forgiven.

 

My questions for the nominees:

1.At what age did you travel for the first time? And where?
2.What are some places from your home country that you would recommend for travellers?
3.Tell us about person who inspires or motivates you
4.Describe your blog in three words
5.If you should decide one country to stay the rest of your life, what country would it be?
6.Share your best secret travel tip.
7.What is your own favorite post from your blog?
8.Have you travel plans for the year 2017?
9.If tomorrow you could get last minute flight to anywhere, what would be your destination?
10.What is the scariest part in travelling?
11.Do you have any words of gratitude to share with the people reading your blog?

 

The people I nominate:

I have always been bad and nominating people for things like this. I mean what if they don’t want to answer and I nominate them? So I will just nominate everyone reading this! I don’t even need to see your blog and I’m sure it is inspiring, cool and just plainly amazing.

Just write comment below if you want to take the nomination and answers the questions I wrote. I will then add your name here to the people I have nominated. (Also I always love to check out new blogs so anyone is welcome to share their blog in the comments.)

 

I hope you are having an amazing day!
With love,

Viivi Severina

Monthly Addictions

I tried to do this thing of telling you about my favorite movies, music, etc. at the end of every week but like you may see I failed badly. So now lets try me writing about my current addictions in the end of every month.

My month in a few words:

September¬†has been busy month for me. I started new school in unknown place in the end of last month and I got my first¬†apartment on the first day of this month. My weeks have been full of school and getting used to living alone. There has been a few catastrophic accidents (like almost blowing up my microwave) but I have survived. All my weekends have gone by traveling between my new home and my childhood home. But I love this kind of small road trips through Finland so it’s okay.

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My September¬†addictions…

 

Food

Almost free school food

In Finland our school food is either free or super cheap. Lunch does cost 1,40‚ā¨ for me and I live for that moment of the day. I don’t have oven on my own apartment so I live on microwave food expect the school days. And our school food is really tasty and we have different kind of breads and salads to go with it.

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Movies

Inside Out

September¬†has been full of animation movies for me. Today I enjoyed the Pixar movie Inside Out about emotions living on teen girl’s brains. I loved it! It was kind of funny because my personality is a lot like the Sadness characters and I have a lot of friends who are just like the Happiness character. Even if I’m not always happy I still have my place in this world!

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TV-series

Blindspot

This crime TV series started in Finland last month and I have been totally hooked. Strong cool female lead with mysterious past is something I will always enjoy to see. And good looking male lead is good bonus. The tattoos Jane Doe has on her body are amazing and make my aesthetic side scream of happiness.

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Manga

Nanbaka

I found this manga to be good stress relief when I have been to busy to properly read any manga. The chapters are short and characters lovable. Who doesn’t love to read about handsome boys who just happen to be a little crazy dangerous criminals in prison? Sorry, I have problems with my bad boy complex…

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Songs

Alma – Karma

I bring the karma to your game. You better run run run yeah!¬†I was totally hooked with this amazing Finnish singer at the beginning of September¬†and this song still makes me sing along. This is totally my fighting song or maybe better said¬†my “I want to be badass” song because I’m totally loser.

Blackpink – Boombayah

I would love this band only for it’s name but fortunately their music is even better than the name. I think my new class mates must think I’m crazy because I may or may not always dance on my way to school while listening this song. Boombayah!

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The important questions of this month…

Can I microwave frozen onion rings?

-Answer is: you shouldn’t probably test that. I think I almost caused fire by trying. Ups…

How do I change the battery of fire alarm?

-I haven’t yet figured this out. I will update you next month if I finally found someone to teach me how to change it…

How is living alone going?

-If we don’t think the few times I have almost killed my self or destroyed the whole house, I would say I have done quite well. I’m still alive and I think no one excepted that when I left home month ago!

Should I give up learning new languages?

-At the start of this month I got this good idea of going to Japanese language class. Now I’m in problems because I’m the worst in learning languages… Answer for this question is I should but I will probably never stop trying.

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Where have I travelled?

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My new home town has crazy street art!

This month has been busy one so I only travelled around Finland. I visited many cities like Rovaniemi, Kannus, Kalajoki, Kajaani and Oulu. I have also been adventuring around my new hometown.

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Plans for October…

I have booked week long trip to London because I have time off from school. The rest of October I will be working and doing school stuff. Nothing extraordinary. Well expect I should start the Youtube channel I promised to make when I get 1 000 readers for my blog. (We already passed that point so I’m a little late…)

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How has your month been? I hope you have had amazing time!

With love,

Viivi Severina

Sunshine Blogger Award

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I got nominated (two times) for Sunshine Blogger Award! Well the truth is my travel blog GOTRAVELGLOBAL¬†got nominated but that blog is place for travels and I have made decision to keep it free from other things. So I will be receive this award here in my side blog. ūüôā

Thank you for lovely Jackie and Mae for nominating me. Check out their blogs because they write amazing content.

I decided to do these two nominations in same post so you get to see me answering too many questions. I hope this will give you better picture of me as person. Enjoy!

 

The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award given to bloggers by bloggers. It is given to ‚Äúbloggers who are positive and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere‚ÄĚ.

 

Here are the rules for the Sunshine Award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the eleven questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate eleven blogs to receive the award and write them eleven new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.

 

And now to the 22 questions I got…

What is travel for you?

Life, freedom and finding myself. Travel is the way I want to keep living the rest of my life.

What keeps you motivated?

Good music, interesting people I meet, new experiences waiting for me, writing stories… The list is endless.

Who are the people that inspires you to write? Who inspires you?

All the blogs I follow and read. And all the people reading my blog. It still amazes me that someone would like to read my texts. And of course the people in my past who thought I will never succeed in my life and dreams.

How will you achieve great results in writing your blog?

Well… Being myself? I haven’t really thought that too much. Right now I will just keep writing and hoping that someone wants to read.

What is favorite color?

Pink, black, green.

How old are you when you started writing?

I was late bloomer and learned to read and write later than my class mates. However after I knew how to write nothing was stopping me. So the age was probably ten years old.

What is your favorite place around the world?

I have many but if I had to currently choose one it would be… Mount Inari in Kyoto

Which would you choose? New York or Bali?

Bali

Will you go trekking or go to the beach?

Can I go trekking to the beach?

What is the one thing you can’t travel without?

Open mind and smile. Everything else is

What are the challenges that you have face in writing an article?

My sometimes lacking knowledge of English grammar.

Favorite destination you’ve traveled to?

I’m bad at deciding my favorite things but Spain or Japan.

What is your dream vacation?

Backpacking around the world.

What does happiness mean to you?

I’m not so sure about this. Being able to talk with my friends and family. Writing without limits. Doing whatever I want with my life (currently that is traveling). And meeting new people and hearing inspiring stories.

Favorite food?

Finnish macaroni casserole

Favorite book?

Cheryl Strayed’s Wild

What do you wish you were doing right now?

Listening music on plane and planning what to do in the exotic destination I would land in coming hours.

Would you fly to the moon if given the chance?

I would say yes but probably back out just before departure.

Do you prefer the beach or mountain life?

Both.

What was your high school mascot?

Didn’t have a mascot.

How would you describe your personality in one word?

Curious

 

And the eleven people I nominated:

Anywhere With Brooke

11th Squad Cat

From Dream To Plan

Local Girl Foreign Land

The Start and The Bean

MySestina

Roaming Red Sneakers

World Inside My Pocket

Munky Travels

Japan Living

The Pearly Life

And the questions for nominated (or anyone who wants to answer) are…

  • When did you start your first blog and if it is not the current one about what it was?
  • Dream travel destination?
  • Name one book/movie that has inspired you
  • What countries have you traveled to?
  • Tell something funny that has happened for you in plane
  • What is your own favorite post from your blog?
  • What are your three must listen road trip songs?
  • Do you believe in destiny?
  • Share your secret blogging advice with everyone
  • Train, car, ship or plane travel? Which one do you prefer?
  • Introduce your blog in three words

 

I hope you enjoyed this!

With love,

Viivi Severina (aka Neidotta)