Post 12 of 52


Lately, I have been growing more interested in routine conversations. It used to be that I was eager to meet anyone who would want to explore new depths of wonderment and personalities. These days, the coffee dates and discussions between my husband and myself are more appealing.


Some staple questions include, “did you sleep well”, “what did you dream about”, and my favorite after work question, “what was the best part of your day”. Some answers maintain a standard response, others vary in personal details. More importantly, I am fully invested into these little interactions.

Although it took a great deal of time to attain this perspective, I am grateful for the investment. After sustaining a love over long distance and settling for good morning texts sent at midnight, some routine in our relationship is warmly welcomed.


  Another recent discovery is the value of authentic relationships. I understand for many quantity is more important than quality, and age tends to shift the scales. Since living abroad, I have been lacking in both. I believe in my previous post regarding time invested is more important to see relationships grow. Especially in the case of new bonds.

As for now, coffee dates with my husband and taking time to reflect are high in my proiorites.


xx-nasty trash

Post 11 of 52

In the previous post 5 of 52, I went on a photo walk. That day was roughly an 8 hour day sunrise to sunset. The photos turned out to be the neutral gray monotone that is Helsinki winter…


This week I went on another photo walk, full of sunshine, blue skies and approximately 12 hours of light from dawn till dusk.

That is a huge deal.

Helsinki is a place where the people faithfully worship the sun. I find this culture in Nordic countries fascinating. It is something that if not born and raised here, it will always seem a bit odd and unnatural. Literally, as I write this I am reminded to take my vitamin-D supplements.


It is something remarkable, though, after weeks of gray skies, white snow, slush roads, then suddenly one day, the blue heavens break through. You can physically feel the sun’s warmth on your skin, which up until this point has only been a memory and a reason to travel south for the winter.


I am grateful to have captured these photos, and even more, humbled by the sheer joy that I feel gazing upon a flawless blue sky. The sound of birds chirping and the gentle drip of snow melting off of rooftops. The combination of springs sights and sounds make winters end all the more rewarding. As if unwrapping a sacred present slowly and carefully, just to embrace each moment as a gift in its own right.


As the sun creeps back, and the light returns, I hope to take advantage of every beautiful day. I hope to embrace the season and use more energy to get out, create, and get inspired. The metaphor here is to be patient, not everyone can bloom all year.

May this spring bring inspiration, new motivation, and fresh possibilities to all of you. Thanks for reading!


xx – nasty trash

Post 10 of 52

I have always enjoyed the craft of hand lettering, so this week I had the opportunity to participate in a Modern Caligraphy class at one of my favorite little paper shops here in Helsinki. Paperikauppa is a special little store filled with paper of all shapes, sizes, and textures. They have cards for every occasion and all the supplies to entice a stationary addict such as myself.

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This is my second workshop for Nasty Trash and thanks to the blog it will be a habit I intend to keep. The course covered the basics of lettering and supplied participants with a starter calligraphy kit. I am a sucker for perks and benefits, and this kind of goodie bag is right up my ally!


If you’re someone like me who writes in a journal, agenda and takes notes on a daily basis, or if you are just someone interested in understanding a craft from centuries ago, calligraphy is a great art form to practice.


Stick around for more workshop reviews here on Nasty Trash, and if you are one of my pen pals, brace yourselves for some fine lettering, my friends!


Post 9 of 52

28 Reasons why my husband is the best

  1. You make coffee in the morning
  2. You happily translate anything I don’t understand
  3. You’re helpful with the “adult” stuff in our life
  4. You’re good at giving me attention when I need it
  5. You’re positive and motivating
  6. Your beard is looking great these daysIMG_3178.jpg
  7. You’re a great cook
  8. You are patient
  9. You have a hilarious sense of humor
  10. You play catch with me indoors with random objects
  11. The love you have for your friends is admirable
  12. Your diehard love for skateboarding
  13. The way you love baked goods almost as much as I do
  14. Your passion for your profession is commendableIMG_8047.jpg
  15. You have a strong devotion to living a healthy lifestyle
  16. You are an amazing teacher
  17. You are an excellent brother, son, and uncle
  18. Pretty sure my mom likes you more than me
  19. You wait for me to fall asleep before watching scary movies
  20. You clean the sink when it gets icky
  21. You have been the best about helping me adjust to living in a new country
  22. You are patient with my neurotic OCDs
  23. You encourage me to practice my crafts and explore my skills
  24. You are understanding and compassionateIMG_9341.jpg
  25. You look great all dressed up in a suit
  26. You also look great dressed down with a tan
  27. You are excited to travel the world
  28. You have only just begun to realize your potential, and there is so much greatness to be expected from youIMG_3573.jpg

I love you, happy birthday kulta

xx-nasty trash

Post 8 of 52

“It is not about having time, it is about making time.”


Quality time is the one and only way I truly feel connected to those in my life. My relationships have always revolved around a one-on-one connection and this approach has impacted relationships going into my adult life. I have had to evolve from a shy kid into a shy adult, and my fears of social anxiety have morphed into an elusive creature.

Making time can be the most genuine way to express your care for others. To be impeccable with your word and realistic with your time is not only a mature reflection of your personality, but it is also a way to hold yourself accountable. Committing to a timetable to create content for this blog is one example of how I practice this.

How many times have you said to yourself or someone else, “I am going to do that”? It is a life long practice and it will not always be easy, but I like to believe it will be worth it. Showing up, being present, and being sincere opens up a channel for love, and that energy goes both ways.


xx-nasty trash


Post 7 of 52


In a brief neighborhood adventure I explored the brick buildings surrounding the shipyard just two blocks from my front door. Interesting doors have traditionally been my true attraction to architecture. It is a long love following stickers on street signs and varying tile textures. This particular photo shoot led me away from my normal inspiration and down the red brick road.


A shipyard isn’t a traditional backyard. For Helsinki, shipyards, docks, and dozens of water front areas border the metro region. It is simple to fall in love with the shipyard environment if you have the taste for all things urban.


The ironic part about this shipyard in particular, are the contrasts occupying the environment. During my walk around I passed trendy moms pushing strollers, millennial start up employees, yogis, graphic designers, and urban clothing companies. Not the common culture that built this area so many years ago.


It is this contrast of circumstances that has evolved my love for Helsinki, and specifically my neighborhood. I truly am at a loss for words to express how much this neighborhood means to me. A place so unique whilst consistently evolving day after day, year after year, it is a corner of the world I have throughly enjoyed calling home.

xx-nasty trash

Post 6 of 52


This week is a special blog post for many reasons. Samuji is a brand I have adored in Finland for sometime now. This week the store hosted two workshops to paint a personalized porcelain mug with the designer himself, Pasi Kärkkäinen-Tunkelo in honor of their launch of the new Koti Mug.

Koti means home in Finnish.

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The first reason this post is special is due to the experience itself. Finnish design is underrated and utterly flawless. I felt obligated to take advantage of an opportunity like this, to participate in a creative night. Being surrounded by such thoughtful and unique pieces is inspiring.


The second reason this post has been exceedingly special is simply based on the timeline. Valentines day is coming up and the event would be the perfect activity. Naturally I invited my husband along to this creative outlet, and the experience proved to be more appealing than traditional date methods.

Bonus, we get souvenirs after the date is over!


The third reason, and one that surprised me the most, the workshop brought back all of the art camp vibes from my childhood. I chose to use pointillism as my mug design, a technique that has been an old favorite for decades.


I would like to thank Samuji for hosting the workshop,

The designer, Pasi Kärkkäinen-Tunkelo, for sharing insight into the product and his creative method,

and my husband, happy valentines my dear.


xx – nasty trash