• What A Girl Can Do With Some Help

    Tiina Kivelä Creative Interlaken

    Balance for better.

    I have come to a conclusion. One of the most annoying things when working remotely/freelancing – as the one and only hustler of your business – is how you work alone most of the time. Which I have done a lot the past year. Worked and studied alone from my home office – or from a corner of a café – and talked more to my plants than any living person.  (Though the plants are living surprisingly well – I am impressed by my seemingly developed skills in this field.)

    And even as an introverted Finn who has no problems being a bit hermit sometimes, I have noted how much one can still miss the daily teamwork and slack. Because the plants are unfortunately very unresponsive, although pretty and living.

    And the same goes to mountains. They are nice to experience solo as well (just see the pic from summer of 2016 below, one happy kid biking solo around Grindelwald, or read this longer story about solo hiking) – and there are many unresponsive things to talk to there too.

    But the best is always when the solo endeavours and adventures with others go about 50/50. Enough me time, and enough doing together. Balance for better like the hashtag for the day goes.

    Soo in other words, you may invite me to work in your office any day. I would be more than happy to jump in. And for the mountain adventures and this international women’s day, I would like to especially give a shout out to all the amazing women who go solo or together, invite others along (in person or through writing, pics, videos, art etc), and simply do badass things.

    And to the people, men and women, who give women space. Space to be where we want to be, to do what we want to do, and to say what we want to say.

    It might not always be the most brilliant and pretty thing what comes out of that, but I do think world is way more exciting that way.

    Like on that hot summer day from which the selfie below is. When I decided to bike up to Grosse Scheideggen from Grindelwald, and all the way to First and Bachalpsee, and back down to Grindelwald. With my heavy not really made for this kind of things bike.

    And when the best was after it all, down in Grindelwald. Where I heard the question: “Did you really bike that sketchy path all the way down, we saw you from the lift and no way a girl was doing it?”

    Uhm well, hold my beer…

    Maybe not the wisest move, but a good test for my real capabilities. And an example of what a girl can do. With the help and pushing of other people, especially women. Because without one particular woman I would not have been in Switzerland in the first place that summer. And without the women biking before me I would not have ever gotten on bike and realised I can do things like this as well.

    Though this summer I hope I have enough money to buy a new bike. Enough of testing my capabilities exactly this way.

    Berner Oberland 2017

    Jungfrau Region Hiking Switzerland Tiina Kivelä

    Grosse Scheidegg Biking Tiina Kivelä

    Where: Jungfrau Region, Switzerland


  • BLOG
  • It’s 2019 – Companies, Do Better – Please

    Tiina Kivelä Creative

    Today I got an idea. Could we just decide that in 2019 more companies and even individuals would make more effort on doing their best to cut off the bullsh*t –be it single use plastic, poor quality gadgets made to break, wasted resources and so on – and just do better in any and every way they can?

    Though this time, for the initial idea, I can only blame myself for making the same mistake again. (Note to self: do not do the same mistake third time). Should have just followed my basic rule of buying only from the good ones. Like when updating my outdoor gear, nowadays only buying from the ones like Houdini, who’s both making outdoor clothing which is not all pink and red for women (!) and innovating as one of the best examples in the outdoor gear industry (honest non-paid personal opinion this is).

    Less Wasting, More Good Doing

    In the pic here, you see two things I bought from tax free yesterday, on my way to Switzerland. Two examples from the skincare industry (please note the same thinking could be applied to almost any products, so men read on, please). One good and other not so good example.

    To the left is my face cleanser favourite – Dr. Hauschka cleansing cream – and the package it was sold in. And to the right Lumene serum and its packaging, which I bought to help with my poor skin shocked by the  -30°C outside air, sahara dry indoor air of my Lapland flat, and the occasional +60°C dry heat sauna (please note the humid sauna does more than good to your skin).

    Long story short, I cannot believe I was so stupid to buy that serum even though it came in that totally unnecessary plastic wrapping, and in the cardboard box almost twice the size of the product itself. The same stupid thing I noticed when buying Lumene’s balm last summer. Stupid, because it’s 2019 and rarely anyone – at least not the ones whose copy texts says anything about natural, nordic and arctic – uses unnecessary plastic and space in they packages. This way not adding to the plastic pollution and wasting resources in transport, storage and retail shelves. Nor other stupid stuff.

    I mean, it’s 2019 now and already in 2018 my Nike running shoes came in plastic free packaging – not even the tape was plastic – and every other company wanting to be ahead of the game things how to help to reach the climate goals and not destroy the resources they claim to love so much. And more importantly, the best ones act, to make a positive impact.

    I have liked the ingredients of the harmony line products of Lumene, and as a Finnish brand utilising the great nordic resources Lumene’s kind of a brand I would like to like even more. Nevertheless, it’s 2019 and I simply don’t feel this ignorance. Because I want to see more companies making the effort, for the climate, environment and business even.

    Are you with me?

    Ps. More on the sustainability, rethinking packaging and beauty industry i.e. in here and here.


  • Appenzell
  • Alpstein – I Have Almost Had Enough Of You

    Last Wednesday, I hiked another almost 25km hike with almost 2000m ascent and descent in the Alpstein massif (in horrendous heat), after which the Swiss of the family noted that seems like I’ve now hiked all there is in the Alpstein area. Well, really not all.


    There’s still plenty of paths on which I haven’t stepped on and mountain restaurants I haven’t stopped for a break beer.


    But, almost all. Whoopsie.


    It’s been many day tours in the are indeed, between April and August this year. The time for this (since I haven’t really had a holiday) I’ve taken from free weekends but also weekdays on good weather. Honestly speaking, it’s been pretty too quiet in the work field the past months.


    So when I’ve needed a break from work related pitching and studying and projects – which do not cash in right away, no matter how fast I execute and finish them – I have taken some days off during the week too and headed many times to the mountains, of which Alpstein is the most easily reachable from St. Gallen.


    Alpstein massif is funny, because it’s not really part of the (Swiss) Alps and it’s also strange with its own micro climate and really Swiss German allure – no English speaking signs by the paths (damn, I would have learned so much of the geology and history of the area, if my German would’ve have improved faster the past months), no English websites for most of the berggasthauser (thank god for google translate though and some brochures and websites in English) and there’s also no English announcements in the Appenzellerbahn (the trains) nor the gondolas in the area


     In other words, it’s been a good opportunity to find creative solutions as the ones I’m more used to it aren’t applicable in here, and it’s also been more than a good opportunity to learn and improve my German on the go. Halte auf Verlangen etc. (Realised the difference very well on my recent trip to Interlaken, where everything is translated to English)


    Oh and of course it has also plenty of options for amazing hikes and outdoors training.


    But no matter how nice of a playground, I think I’ve had enough of this for now. The recent getaway to Interlaken reminded that there’s so much to see in Switzerland with just a short travel times – there’s no point on going to the same place over and over again.


    I’m also more than ready to get some more routines (and money) in my life, so spending more time in the office during the weeks is a tempting option too (just have to find the office – any ideas?).

    Also, some more good city life wouldn’t be bad either, as I have my dresses more than ready and neglegted.

    Nevertheless, before getting into other business there’s a collection of pics I took on my latest hike up in Alpstein (route in here). About 25km, almost 2000m up and down, 10h, from Wasserauen to Äscher – Ebenalp – Schäfler – Säntis – Rotsteinpass – Meglisalp – Wasserauen. It was great but well,  a long and demanding one, and I can only recommend it to others with enough stamina and nerves.


    There’s many guesthouses on the way though, for a long lunch (beer) or even a night’s sleep.


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    Where: Alpstein (map)

    Ps. On My Photography

    I just realised you may wonder why I always publish in here the sh*tty iPhone (iPhone SE btw) pics and not quality ones. Well, the main reason is that many times I’m just way too lazy to carry my good camera with me on my hikes, runs and daily errands. Even though how much I like to take pics of the awesome things I come past.

    And even when I have my real camera with me, I’m rarely into stopping and taking it out from the bag – iPhone is just so much easier and always ready for spontaneous pics.

    Nevertheless, I do carry the good camera sometimes and I do take nice (or at least good enough) printable quality pics, and wanna develop in that field too (and be less lazy). But for now those I keep for other purposes only. Maybe someday I put up a print shop in here, or something like that.

    And strangely enough, I also kinda like the bad quality pics myself. For me, it’s not really about the technical capabilities of the camera nor the sharpness (at least not every time) what drives me to admire pics, nor what drives me to take pics. And I feel like with simple camera like iPhone I’m more able to capture the fleeting moments of which really are worth capturing.

    They might not be sharp and shiny, but they’re real and honest. And they leave more time for the real life itself.