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How Did I Get Here

So I’ve done it. I decided to start a blog. So very cutting-edge of me, I know, but I have my reasons.

I decided to start this blog about a month after I made my Instagram public. Kind of a scary thing to do nowadays, right? But I thought, what the hell. I started getting a lot of messages from people I had never met about the places I’ve been, what brought me to Finland, other places (like Russia?!), what I think about this, that, and the other.

First of all, I don’t really know if it matters what I think. BUT. If I share my experiences and lessons learned while living, working, and traveling, and like-minded folks find it useful, that would be pretty cool.

This is more of an experiment than anything else. To be honest, I don’t really read many blogs on a regular basis. I’m much more of a visual person myself which is why I love Instagram, so I’m going to keep my posts short and sweet with lots of pictures.

I plan on writing about the places I’ve been, travel tips, life hacks for expats, my life in Finland, and hopefully get into some of my hobbies (interior design, DIY projects, baking). Does that sound good? My question for my current followers is: What do you want to know about me? I’m all ears.

–Penny

6 thoughts on “How Did I Get Here”

  1. I really want to learn how much Scandinavia differs from the US, probably some ‘comparison posts’ would be interesting for the audience to read! Keep on creating and always remember – do what you can’t!

    1. There are so many differences, I can definitely give my take on that. Also, there are so many things I can’t do, so I guess I have a lot of work ahead of me! Thanks for the feedback!

  2. Hi Annie,
    I found my self laughing when I read about you liking Insta better than blogs because you are a visual person. Mee to! I like your sense of humour – I am sure you could write some witty and funny observations about your life in Finland. The fact that you were born stateside will probably add some special flavour to it. I love traveling, so I am curious about your travels – kinda the stort behind the instagram shots. And last but not least – baking! I bake to, so some American favourites such as cupcakes abd chocolate chipcookies made with Finnish ingredients would be awesome.

    Happy writing!

    1. How great is it that we have so much in common?! Baking abroad is always tricky, in Russia I had a hard time finding the ingredients for many recipes, but in Finland it’s easier. I’d be happy to share, especially cupcakes (my favorite). Now I’m inspired to use ingredients like cloudberry or lingonberry, that we don’t have stateside!

  3. I would like to know how touring the vast land of Lake Oswego as a musician in the “Blue-Jays” shaped your view of the world. …. just messin with you. Sister-Friend!! I’m so glad you took a step of faith and started a blog! What I would love to learn about was what your first days living thousands of miles from home was like? The excitement, discouragement, what kept you moving and what compelled you to stay.

    ❤️ Jessie

    1. LOL. What were our stage names again? That old material you found always makes me laugh. And thank you for the support and hope you enjoy reading! I think I will start with when I first moved abroad and all the things that came with it, so stay tuned JR!

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