232: Lessons Learned From Finland: 8 Things We Can All Learn

232: Lessons Learned From Finland: 8 Things We Can All Learn

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Lessons From Finland: 8 Things We Can All Learn

I recently shared about my trip to northern Finland (Lapland), where I learned to embrace (lots of) snow, eat reindeer, ride on a dog sled, sleep in an igloo, and even took a polar plunge in a freezing river, among other things!

This adventure was possible thanks to my friend Tero Isokauppila, whom I’ve interviewed before on the podcast. Tero owns a company I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about on the blog called Four Sigmatic. They make amazing mushroom coffees, teas, and elixirs that I drink almost daily instead of traditional coffee or tea.

In this episode, Heather and I talk about the highs and lows of the trip, along with everything in between… plus one particularly challenging moment when I had to face some uncomfortable truths about myself.

Episode Highlights from My Finland Trip

  • My surprising mode of transportation
  • What it was like to sleep in an igloo! (sort of) 🙂
  • What I learned from the Sami, an indigenous people in Finland
  • How traditional Finnish saunas wors, and why there are so many in Finland
  • The simple but delicious traditional foods I ate
  • Why I only want to drink my coffee out of a Kuksa from now on
  • Getting to see the amazingly beautiful aurora borealis (northern lights)!
  • The totally insane moment when I ran out of a smoke sauna into a freezing river
  • A very personal lesson I’ll never forget
  • And more!

Resources We Mention

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What’s an important lesson you learned while traveling? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well.

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Reader Comments

  1. Thanks for another great podcast:) I love listening to you both and find you so inspiring!!

  2. Great episode, thank you! In your conversation you mentioned books regarding the Finnish education system. Could you pass along those titles please?

  3. 232-Thanks for sharing! Awesome information!

  4. Hi Katie,
    Thanks for your many great articles and research. Question on the Kuksa mug…constructed of wood and wood being porous, do you know 1) how/if the mug is sealed, and 2) how to clean – i.e. baking soda or???

  5. This is a very interesting podcast. I really enjoyed it.

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