“We rarely have something to look forward to, like a vacation or the weekend. We expect everyday life to go smoothly, and in that everyday life there must be something worth waiting for. Little things in the middle of everyday life.”
Laura is an entrepreneur and a mother of two. She is originally from the North but now lives in Vantaa. Laura describes her current everyday life as hectic, but happy. “Today’s everyday life is completely different from what it was two years ago. We have had big changes in our everyday life over the last few years. Today, my everyday life is a race against the clock.”
The best thing about Laura’s everyday life is her family and the traditional everyday life they have. In Laura’s opinion, stress is too much of a negative word to describe her everyday life, but it does create stressful moments when there is too much happening at once. “I try not to take it negatively. I understand that this is just a certain moment in life. Time keeps moving forward. I notice even now that the situation is completely different from what it was two years ago, so I understand that in two years the situation will be completely different again.”
Laura works in different cities, so sitting in the car is her own time. “The fact is that I drive two hours to Turku, it’s my own time, I listen to audio books and call my mother and sister.” Audio books and long, even two-hour dog walks, are pampering for Laura. “Sometimes, when I’m able to, I do proper body scrubs and face masks. After that, a completely new woman comes out of the bathroom”, Laura laughs. Laura strives to have the opportunity to properly care for her skin and herself at least once a month.
“It would be wonderful if everyday life went by with a smile on my face, the children would quickly put on their clothes, and they would always listen to what is being said. It’s a good goal, but it just doesn’t go that way. It has been successful a few times!”
“Mondays are terrible! It’s running from place to place. But if I could plan a perfect Monday evening myself, it would be some evening tea, reading and a movie. The sauna and hot tub are also nice things.” As for the working day, a perfect Monday should include literary work in the morning and a focus on professional literature in the afternoon. “You could also focus on studying in addition to work, that would be a nice Monday.”
When she comes home, Laura always changes into home clothes. Then she starts cooking and after that the hobby routine begins, i.e. taking the children to their hobbies and walking the dog. “Even though my work uniform is quite relaxed and sporty, the clothes at home have to be very relaxed, and soft, nothing tight.”
If Laura would change something in her everyday life, she would like to make it easier by organizing it better. “Changes have indeed been made when we stopped to think about how to get more flexibility in everyday life, but there are still pitfalls in terms of time management.”