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Elämä on laiffii (re: life)

Ever get the feeling that life is whizzing past you, yet, time is slowing down?

I was just complaining to friends today that by not blogging lately, I feel like a chunk of me is missing – my critical- thinking/know-what’s-going-on/feel-stimulated – chunk. Life has been so packed with ‘things’ that you occasionally forget what’s really important… my thinking out loud on this blog is one of those things.

But, to give the brief update on life:


At work, we launched Global Venture Lab in Finland on March 23rd. I’ve briefly talked about this here but I’m working with a ‘startup’ team at the University of Jyväskylä creating a global platform to grow global businesses – bringing the rich knowledge inside a university out (science of commercialization) and bringing business competence skills in (i.e. bringing serial  entrepreneurs/new companies into the classroom etc.) Oh yeah, main motto is “for problems worth solving” – my passion in those 4 words.

I was the event planner for this launch, which was part of the 9th annual V2C Forum (Venture-to-Capital) which was 2 days longs… and I was  event-coordinator for an event I thought up last year, JYU Talks. (I could go on for a while about this one – so I’ll paste it into a new post to not make this a novel;)

Aside from planning/running about 2 weeks worth of events in the last weeks of March, I also…


Yep, I’m a Masters. Handed in my thesis (eek, almost a month ago) “Growth Venturing for Sustainability” or rather – Conceptual Analysis and Insider’s Empirical Case of Growth Venturing for Sustainability if we want to get real academic;)

All I need to do now is write up a quick acknowledgement letter and get it into a black cover and send it to my sponsors. Exciting task actually – I’ve always loved seeing a finished product.


I’m out of the student ghetto! (Was never in one here in Finland to be honest.. but out of student housing at least). I have my own two-room downtown (ahem, of a tiny city) apartment – complete with a shower which goes over the toilet to save space:) To touch it off, I have new Iittalla wine glasses that make me feel oh so classy cooking dinner, listening to jazz, having friends over. The Finns love their glassware and I’m hooked as well.


Yes, to add to the graduate/move/work-like-mad mode, I turned 24.

I just looked back to my 23 things that I’ve learned (or at least trying to learn…) post. Oh, the wisdom in me 1 year ago… What can I say – still learning;)

That being said, I need to add one more to the list.

24. Toughen up.

I’ve had it fairly easy my whole life – I need to learn how to take some hits;)

Lots going on yet i should listen to #7 more often… life hasn’t been quite balanced… But getting back into writing this post feels like a step in the right direction.

Will post more on my baby – JYU Talks & GVL soon enough.

Oh, and “Elämä on laiffii” just means life is “life” – spoken by a true Finnish hero – Matti Nykänen – the olympic champion & national drunk.  It’s a finnish joke.

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23 things that I’ve learned (or at least trying to learn…)

23. It was my first Facebook “bday” so many wall posts from people I haven’t talked to for ages. Many thanks, it definitely makes the day special.

I spent the weekend in Helsinki and had a wonderful Saturday in the sun by the sea. It was a much needed getaway from Jyväskylä – although I love the city dearly, it’s nice to go to a “big” city every once in a while.

Not that 23 is a milestone birthday or anything, but any birthday gives you a chance to reflect on what you’ve done, where you are and where you’re going…

Hence my post on 23 things that I’ve learned, am learning or hope to learn damn soon;)

1. Work hard

2. Party hard…but not too hard…

3. Relax soft (saunas are great for this!)

4. Tell the truth

5. Be honest with yourself

6. Be good to your friends and they’ll usually return the favour

7. Strive for balance (everything in this world hangs in balance)

8. Give a damn

9. But don’t always be too serious

10. Look behind you when you leave some place to avoid losing things (simple, yet effective;)
11. Read the news – be up to date with the world around you

12. Don’t waste time

13. Find your passion and relish it

14. Look for substance (as in conversations with meaning or just in general looking for the real value)

15. Smile

16. Trust your gut

17. Learn to shut up (something I’m learning here from the Finns;)

18. If you can do something about it, do it. If you can’t, don’t worry about it

19. Know what your weaknesses are and find ways to prop them up

20. Appreciate beauty

21. Cherish the little things

22. Learn from your mistakes

23. Dream big

That’s it, that’s all for now. My list can be 1 longer next year and these will probably change, but not a bad start.

Now it’s time to get back to number 1;)

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