Wow. It has been a long time since I stopped by and got something to share with all of you guys.
Since last September, things have changed QUITE a lot in my life!
Like you probably knew if you've been reading my previous posts, that I was studying Computer Animation/Game Art in USA. My school was taking ALL of my time, because it was 24/7 school, so sometimes I had to get up at 3 am to prepare for 5 am labs and vice versa. I didn't really have time for anything else than going to school, working on my projects after school and going to the gym at times.
But now... Now it's all over! I FINALLY graduated in the end of November, with few Course Director's Awards which completely surprised me. I worked my butt off the whole time, because I promised myself that I didn't move to the US to slack or party, I moved there to get the education and degree that I needed in order to start working in my dream career field.
In the beginning of my journey to the US, I was planning on staying there after I'd graduate, but towards the end I started to realize how much my heart misses my home in Finland.
I got a whole new perspective towards my home country because I had a chance to take a step back and see it from a distance. I appreciate even little things in my country so much more than I ever did before. I could not be happier that I had the chance to experience all this though. I could say it has been an eye opener and life changing experience. After I graduated, me and my parents packed all my stuff, shipped them to Finland and flew ourselves there as well in December 2012.
It was cold and snowy, but I couldn't do anything else than just smile. My best friend was waiting for me at the airport, and you can imagine the feeling what I had when I finally got to see her and give her a huge hug!
I stayed the night with my parents, and next day my best friend wanted to take me out.
When the night time finally came, we had a place in VIP room, and when I finally walked through the door, I heard a huge "SURPRIIIIIIIISE" coming next to me. I was in shock. All my closest friends were there welcoming me back home with some bubbly and food. The feeling was just something incredible. I am still smiling about it :)
I had an amazing time with my friends that night.
Christmas felt so nice to spend with my family which I haven't seen in so long. I actually changed my diet to gluten and dairy free like in May-June of 2012, so my mom was kind enough to help me prepare totally gluten/dairy-free meals for Christmas :)
You may ask why did I change my diet? The reason for that is that I've had so many issues with my stomach and digestion. I was unable to lose weight etc. I've felt so much better with the new diet, even though it is not the easiest to follow. That is why I usually prepare my own meals wherever I go. But like with bodybuilding/fitness lifestyles, it takes commitment and sacrifices, it doesn't come easy.
So yeah, I'm back in Finland, and started a whole new life here :) I'm so excited about the future which I hope will stay bright!
Here's some condition pictures cos I am sure you don't want to see my blog without pictures ;-)