Almost related to a famous mental patient

I am taking part on the Scintilla Project, a fortnight of story sharing. During these two weeks I will be writing personal stories inspired by the daily prompts given by the project. For the inconvenience of other participants I will be writing in English. Find out more about the Scintilla Project at http://www.scintillaproject.com.

This is a story inspired by Day 9 prompt:
What is the longest thing you know by heart (for example, a prayer, speech, commercial jingle, etc.)? Why did you learn it?

I don’t know if it’s a longest thing that I know by heart but it sure makes people stare at me a long time when I say it aloud. It’s a phrase that explains how I’m related to famous Finnish author Aleksis Kivi.

In Finnish it goes like this: “Isän äidin äidin siskon miehen siskon mies oli Aleksis Kiven veljenpoika Arvid Stenvall.”

In English: “My father’s mother’s mother’s sister’s husband’s sister’s husband was Aleksis Kivi’s nephew Arvid Stenvall.”
Aleksis Kivi


My aunt who has an astonishing ability to remember poems, verses, quotes and lyrics for every occasion taught this phrase to me. I don’t know how she ended up with this genealogy but I trust it to be true.

I like to explain myself that this somewhat far-fetched connection to a creator of Finnish modern literature explains my love for reading and for the art of writing. I love to think that there is a tiny bit of a writer in myself thanks to this distant relation.
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How to become an entrepreneur

I am taking part on the Scintilla Project, a fortnight of story sharing. During these two weeks I will be writing personal stories inspired by the daily prompts given by the project. For the inconvenience of other participants I will be writing in English. Find out more about the Scintilla Project at http://www.scintillaproject.com.

This is a story inspired by Day 2 prompt:
Tell the story about something interesting (anything!) that happened to you, but tell it in the form of an instruction manual (Step 1, Step 2, Step 3….)

Step 1: Have a baby.
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Step 2: While on maternity leave do some thorough thinking of your career so far and start to question your choices. Pay attention to the urge to do something meaningful and something that makes you and other people happy.

Step 3: Go for a long walk with a friend who is also on maternity leave. Begin the walk by stating clearly that you are NOT having a 30 crisis. End the walk by realizing that you actually ARE having a 30 crisis.

Step 4: Repeat step 3 several times every time approaching the situation with slightly different point of view but always ending with the realization that something has to change.
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What did I learn working in a 5-star hotel

For the next two weeks I will be taking part on the Scintilla Project, a fortnight of story sharing. During these two weeks I will be writing personal stories inspired by the daily prompts given by the project. For the inconvenience of other participants I will be writing in English. Find out more about the Scintilla Project at http://www.scintillaproject.com.

This is a story inspired by Day 1 prompt:
Tell a story set at your first job.

I was 16 and the school year was about to end soon. One day my mother asked me: “So, which one will it be: berry picking or graveyard?”
Those were basically the options for a summer job in our small town. But I wasn’t going to burn my skin at the strawberry fields (like my brother had done for two summers) or work my ass off by gardening the graveyard (I ended up working my ass off anyway, but somewhere else). I had other plans. “No way, I will move to the city and find a job there!” I announced dramatically with a determined voice of a teenager. Apparently my mother didn’t think that I would ever find a job from the city (or even dare to seek one) but she gave me some time to come to my senses. A week later I had a job as a housekeeper in a 5-star hotel. So there I was, moving to Helsinki and beginning my glamorous adventure called working life.

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