A few of my favorite things: Sparkling Ink
I’m Tiina from the Sparkling Ink blog, and I’m so happy to write a guest post for Holly while she’s moving! I’m a food and home editor living in Finland, and I share my favorite finds from magazines in my blog. I write about my projects and ideas in entertaining, cooking and home – many influenced by both of my home cultures, Scandinavian and American.
I wanted to share a piece of my summer paradise with you all. I like to escape the city life to the loveliest little cottage by the lake. A weekend at the cottage is only for simple things we love like cooking, picking berries, swimming, reading in the sun, going to the sauna and spending time with family and friends.
A memory that pops first in my head from the cottage is gathering chairs at the dock and having lemonade. My favorite touch for a tray of classic lemonade is pansy ice cubes. This lemonade blooms!
Living a creative life and being able to do things I love, became important to me a few years ago. I decided to go for my dreams of having a career in media, magazine and online editing. I get courage and inspiration from people who have done what they have dreamed of, and work in a field that they have a passion for. I have met so many strong women who have chosen to do things they love. I look back and admire my writing teacher from Toronto who is passionate about telling stories and hasn’t let anyone stop her. I take example from a food editor friend of mine who can see life outside of the box with no limits. I love to hear life stories told by people who have done things in life “at the wrong age”, “at the wrong time”, “in the wrong place” and found happiness. I want to be a person in 30 years who says that age is only a number!
Holly asked the bloggers of this August guest series to talk about inspiration. I work with inspiration in my editing work and with my blog, so it is difficult sometimes to be able to come up with new ideas and feel creative. I think inspiration happens especially when it’s shared. And that’s what blogs are all about; sharing thoughts, ideas, finds and inspiration. Food is my passion. I get food inspiration from blogs, magazines, cookbooks and cooking shows, but also from everything around me, restaurants, friends and traveling. Everyone has a favorite recipe and story behind it – remember to share them! On vacation, I love to spend time exploring the pantry testing new things. Allowing yourself time to try things outside of “the recipe” is also good in other places too, not just in the kitchen.
“Don’t spend your life watching other people live it” is my favorite quote and guideline in life. We all see people who inspire us, and give us that little spark. The best thing is to act on it, and do the things you admire in other people. Most of all, it’s good to remember to be proud of those leaps of faith we have made!
Thank you Holly for inviting me over. It was fun! You are all warmly welcome to visit my place of inspiration and dreaming, Sparkling Ink. I would love to hear from you! –Tiina
(images: sparkling ink)