From the country of snow castles straight in the newspaper

In the morning of 15th of January, on the thin pages of the local newspaper from my hometown, I made my appearance. Words beautifully arranged by the talented journalist Daniela Beale, have transformed a simple interview into a real fairytale with actual events from my life.

Once upon a time,
the official biography of the metal band Nightwish, has become the book that started it all, followed by trusting the receiver in me by contacting the “Nightwish teacher” (as people like to call him) Plamen Dimov, whom I found mentioned in the lines of the very first pages of the book.
My first musical journey to Finland where I begun taking roots, meeting my other half on the magical realm two years later and knowing since a young age that one day I will live here, not even having a clue where my “home” is on the map at that age, are a few of my life events that had been written about in the first lines of page 8 of the newspaper.


Storytime
“I had a very good day at work and I still have the habit of singing on my way home, especially because the road I am walking on, is not populated. And as I was singing, on the right side, across the road, I saw a deer. I was looking at it, I almost did not breathe at all and the moment I took my phone out of my pocket, it ran away.
“If I start singing again, would it return?” I have wondered. And so I did! I started to sing louder than before and the deer returned. ” – it is a beautiful memory that actually happened last year on my way back home from work which I will always remember dearly and if you’re wondering which song I was singing, it was Auri – I hope your world is kind . I was prepared to write a blog post about this fortunate event the moment I got home but I told myself that one day there will be another way to talk about it. And I was right!

While reading the article, I get emotional. It feels like I’ve done something right in this life and that I am not alone. There are people in this world who support my music, my creative life and who understand me better than I can imagine.

The interview/fairytale ends with my most honest words:

“I am like Peter Pan. I do not want to grow up ever! I want to be left in my world because there I am close to happiness. But to know my mother, father and grandmother healthy, that is my supreme happiness!”

And now I want to thank to all the people who keep encouraging me to follow my dreams, the people who are always eagerly waiting for a new tune from me and of course to Crai Nou newspaper that has always been very supportive ever since I was 15 years old and back then I was releasing my bilingual poetry book. THANK YOU!

Read the full article here !

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My source of inspiration

I am often being asked where do I get inspiration from? Simple: from the nature.

Rural living has always been the best option for me, for my mental health and creativity.
While I was home, living in the heart of the city I couldn’t find my inner peace. I was always agitated, stressed and knowing everybody and meeting dozens of people daily, being analyzed from head to toe if I am dressed up as society says, was pure torture. I don’t say that I don’t like visiting big cities because I really do! I am talking strictly about the environment that keeps me inspired. And nature it is!
I am so lucky that now I am surrounded by so much nature, lakes, animals and all the beautiful things that keep this Planet moving.
Oh! And I hardly know my neighbours (I guess in over 3 years since I moved here, I only got to know 2 of them:)) and I love it this way!) whereas in Romania, they were tracking my every move.
So, with that being said, I was desperate to find my place in this world and privacy.
And I found them!

Down below I made a small inspirational video to start the year with good vibes and positive energy 😉

Taikatalvi

In front of the balcony, majestic trees covered in a white sparkling blanket are looking at me while the blue of winter is popping out on the sky, giving me the feeling of living in Wonderland.


Another year passed by. A year so difficult for me that it seemed to never end. But it did end in a cozy way, while visiting my loved ones in Romania. Being in my parents’ arms again, it felt like those days when I was fighting with anxiety and bad panick attacks never existed. I felt safe. Whoever said “don’t grow up, it’s a trap!” was right!

The year ended in a glorious way, musically talking. After releasing my latest song “Only winter can bring you home”, the social media simply exploded. I was so overwhelmed when Facebook yesterday congratulated me for the thousand wonderful friends that I gained there! I can’t find the proper word to say “Thank you!” to all of you, but THANK YOU! and I really mean it!
For a small, independent artist, receiving support from people from all around the globe, it means a lot and it keeps me motivated. And another thing that I like about my friends on my page is that they actually want to talk to me. It doesn’t matter if it’s about music or life, but they reach out to me and ask questions or simply share with me stories about their lives. It already looks like I’m building a wonderful community online and I’m loving it!

A good start of 2019 I already had by giving an interview to a local newspaper from Romania. I was scared for the questions that I was about to get asked but it was so different than what I imagined in all those hours waiting in front of the computer to get the call. Why the anxiety? Why the bad thoughts? No need for them. They don’t exist. It’s just in our heads. The wonderful journalist was so unexpectedly down to earth that I immediately have opened the gates of my soul and let it all out. Next week the interview should be in the newspaper and although it will be in Romanian, will do my best to translate it into English and post it here on my blog.

The batteries are charged and I am ready to go back to composing music and also continue the card illustrations that I’m working on and hopefully this year they will be available for purchase. I promise you something very cute 😉

Fairfarren, dear song!

Creating you was such an adventure! And seeing how much love you are receiving from my listeners makes it even more special!

Yesterday I have released a song called “Only winter can bring you home”. It has been before on my YouTube channel but in a shorter version, bad quality and vocals missing. Now after working almost 2 months on it alone, I can proudly say that it’s complete! I hope that you will include it in your Christmas playlist 😉
’till next time!

*and stay tuned because the song will soon be available on Spotify, iTunes, etc.

Regalrock

It all started a few weeks ago when I made public my Halloween-inspired photos.

The ring that I was wearing was from a store called Regal Rock and I got in touch with them and they were kind enough to tell me that if I have a piece jewelry that I like, they would be happy to send it to me for free. Since I’m not a picky person, I showed them some of their jewelry that were saved in my wishlist and I told them to choose one piece and send it over here.
A few days ago, I went to the post office with the notification left in the mailbox by the mailman and I was given a small package. I totally forgot that something was on the way to me and I didn’t expect it to arrive so early especially because it was sent from China. Once I got home, I opened it and I was so surprised to see that the little box was filled up with jewelry!

They were individually wrapped and protected with layers of bubble wrap and the big surprise was to see that they didn’t send me one piece that I liked, but all of them and some extras. I’ve been their customer for a long time now and this collaboration/sponsorship/whatever you want to call it, is SO much on my taste and it fills my heart with joy to know that someone appreciates what I do and helps me continue and supports me at the same time.
You can check out their store HERE ! THANK YOU Regal Rock for your kindness, support and for this beautiful surprise!

Now these beauties reside among my other products that I bought from Regalrock a long time ago.

The bittersweet beauty of Hietaniemi cemetery

Hietaniemi was one of the first places that I’ve seen on my first visit here 6 years ago. Once you enter the gates of the cemetery, you don’t feel like it’s a regular burial ground. It feels more like a park where you can rest your thoughts, take a long walk and admire the beautiful architecture of the tomb stones, of the canopy gravestones and of course, the tall and beautiful statues.
One of the beautiful things that you can find in this cemetery is the amount of playful and friendly squirrels. I always say that I will buy some nuts before I go there and I always forget. So, in case you wanna visit this place, don’t go there unless you have nuts in your pocket!


It felt good for a few hours to feel the vibration of Helsinki, but once I got home, I realized how much I adore living in a small town, with not so much around but nature, stilness and my beloved one. I love exploring, I love big cities but I could never live in a big city again.

*some more squirrel photo spamming because they are too cute not to share 😀 but this cutie pie in particular was playing next to me, not feeling any danger and being incredibly joyful and playful and I believe that she enjoyed my presence there as much as I enjoyed her’s!

Exploring Helsinki

Thursday early in the morning, I hopped on the commuter train to Helsinki. After an adventurous journey with delays, changing trains and making friends with a wonderful Finnish girl, I made it to the capital of Finland. After finishing some paper work at the Embassy of Romania, I decided to explore another side of Helsinki that I’ve never visited before.

On the way from Stenbäckinkatu towards Kamppi, a beautiful crimson building near by Töölö library has captured my attention. It was covered with red ivy leaves, with a marble plaque dating back to 1922 and people rushing back and forth through the door of the building trying to reach their destination in time. I would have taken better photos but although they say 7-10 is the rushing hour, I am sure that 11 is as well because I kept on bumping into people and I just decided to keep on walking. Also, in the neighborhood I discovered a variety of tax free souvenir shops, a good way for the travelers to buy junk for their loved ones and at the same time, to save up some money.


On the way, a neoclassical building popped up and surprise – surprise! that was the Parliament of Finland with a very neat front yard and you could also notice the grand golden chandeliers picking out among the bars of the high windows. It looked like a modern Hogwarts, to be honest.

In the following photos, you have more beautiful buildings and interesting parts of Helsinki like the National Museum of Finland, Helsinki Music Centre (and the creepy pike statue called “Laulupuut” (Song Trees) ) etc. that you can feast your eyes on.





Part two coming up soon 🙂