I am Anna.
I write about finding your true self and becoming the person you really are.
I also teach yoga and design organic and sustainable t-shirts.
I overcame my fear of teaching yoga online and launched my first online yoga challenge in the summer of 2020. It was extremely scary and exciting at the same time. However, I was very happy that I did it mostly because I understood that I can do the impossible 🙂 and I even enjoyed it.
I started this blog many years ago because I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to express myself and show the world that we don’t need to live in a small box (literally or not) in this amazing universe full of opportunities. I want to be the change I want to see in this world. And I truly believe everyone can do it.
If you have a dream, you can also make it come true. And I want to support you on your way there.
I was born in Russia or more precisely, in the USSR, just before it collapsed and I grew up in Finland.
Due to my upbringing, I was able to see through the matrix of society from a very young age. And I wasn’t happy about what I was realizing. A lot of things felt fake and unnecessary, so I was naturally looking for a solution. How to live my life so it will make sense? How to feel true happiness and not just play games of society because ‘everybody else is doing it’?
I don’t know if I was able to find the final solutions 🙂 but I definitely moved on and a lot of new things opened to me.
I have challenged the rules of society and I am creating my own path.
It’s not always as beautiful and shiny, but it’s surely worth it.
I remember those gray winter days in Helsinki when I was so badly depressed I couldn’t get up from my sofa. I just didn’t have a reason why. All the prospects in my life felt so futile that I was struggling with my day-to day life, even that from outside it probably looked different. I don’t think there was anyone that knew at that moment what I was going through.
But these very moments also guided me out of there. I just knew that I didn’t want to live like this. I wanted a life with purpose and meaning, even that some of the closest people were telling me that I am just being ridiculous and there is no reason not to feel happy just because everyone else is doing the same.
Well, just being like everyone else wasn’t good enough for me. And I started to make changes in my life that I was hoping would bring me more joy and purpose to life.
Half a year after the darkest days of my life, I packed the necessary stuff and sold most of the other stuff from my student apartment room that I was renting and went on my first solo volunteering trip abroad. This happened more than 10 years ago.
But that would be another story that I’ll share on my blog.
Back then, it felt like I was the only one experiencing those emotions of frustration. But with time I learned that there are so many people who struggle with the same problems.
Some choose to speak about them, some do not.
Anyway, it’s always good to know that you are not alone and that there are other people who feel the same.
If you feel like you would like to share your story or just say hi, feel free to contact me.
And some of the happy moments from the last 10 years 🙂
Special acknowledgement: I would like to thank photographer Nipun Solanki for the profile picture on this page, Galen Crout on Unsplash for the main cover photo and Eneko Uruñuela on Unsplash for the cover photo of the yoga page.