A picture of the blogger.

Yes, that’s me. And yes, I am wearing a golden wig. And no, that’s not something I wear everyday. (Come to think of it, this was, in fact, at someone’s birthday. A hairdo to consider for my 30th birthday?) Photo by Kati Clements.

Here’s a bit of background information about the person behind this blog.

My name is Katri. As for my surname, you can call me M (insert a joke about James Bond here). I like to retain a little shroud of mystery and will go without my full surname here, although should you for some reason urgently need to know it, feel free to drop me a line. At the moment of writing this (September 2012) I am 29 years old, and this blog is about my journey to my 30th birthday. You can read more about the project in the first introductory blog posts, here and here.

I live in Finland, have Finnish as my mother tongue, yet I decided to write this blog in English. Why? There are at least two reasons.

The first is that I have a long and warm relationship with the English language that began when I realised – at the age of nine – what fun it was to learn its irregular verbs. (I can still remember the song our English teacher at primary school used to teach us the conjugation of the most common irregular verbs. I really took that to heart!)

To cut a long story short, I ended up… wait, no, I didn’t end up, I wanted to and got accepted to study English as my major at the university. Now, graduated with an MA in English (and German, another language I have a passion for), I have been looking for a way to keep learning and expanding my skills in that language. After receiving a boost of motivation and a source of inspiration (will probably tell you more about how and where in an upcoming blog post…), I realized that writing this blog in English offers the perfect tool for that. So in some regard this is a kind of a verbal playground for me.

Another reason for choosing English over Finnish is that I wanted to offer my non-Finnish friends the chance to read about this project, should they have interest in it. Finnish hasn’t unfortunately yet become the lingua franca that it of course is fully deserving to become, and while waiting for this beautiful Fenno-Ugric language to take over the world (currently about five million speakers and counting!), the best alternative in the meantime is to use English.

A third reason, which at the moment of writing this seems somewhat optimistic (but I’ll write it anyway) is that by using English I can reach a wider audience, beyond that of my immediate circle of family and friends in Finland and abroad. I hesitate to use the word inspire, but that is something I wish I could accomplish with this blog.

I don’t mean that I’d urge anyone to copy the idea and do what I did. (But of course, if that is exactly what you want to do, then go for it! And please, do also let me know, I would be thrilled to hear about it.) Rather I would want to encourage the readers, for instance, to use this project as a mirror to reflect their own thoughts, plans and ideas from – cause everyone has those.

Do you have a brilliant idea or something you would like to do but just haven’t got around to doing it? What would it take if you started taking it into practice? It does require a little effort, sometimes even courage, but the reward in the end is surely worth the trouble. Well, at least that’s how it was for me – at the moment of writing this, I have already done the first of my 30 new things (although I haven’t yet blogged about it, stay tuned…) and for me the reward was there: a bubbling feeling of  excitement, exhilaration, and a sense of joy and accomplishment.

If you have found your way to this blog (especially if you don’t know me personally), I would love to hear how you got here, what you think of the project – in short, I would be glad for any and all comments and ideas you might want to share. Feel free to comment on the posts or contact me by email.


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