So you might wonder why this blog is called 1001 Chillies and I don’t have a single recipe on the site? That’s right, this is not a food blog. This is a blog about letting go of “then….when” and seeing the magic in the everyday. And how to do this as an entrepreneur, wannabe writer, passionate procrastinator and occasional over-analyser. Yeah, that’s me.
But where did it all begin and why the name 1001 Chillies? Well, the origins of this blog date back to 2015 when I traveled to Sri Lanka for three months and discovered that I would probably make my 10-year old self cry. As a child I dreamt of traveling to faraway lands to discover recipes that nobody had yet discovered. I would be absorbed by the smells and flavours of kitchens around the world and tell stories of my travels. Twenty years later I arrived to Sri Lanka and realised that my dream was indeed very far away. Instead of seeing food through beautiful stories, I got ridiculously frustrated with the amount of chillies and spicy foods over the first few weeks.
Thus the name 1001 Chillies. That and how the mystical pink sunsets made me feel like Badroulbadour from the Arabian Nights – Aladdin’s Jasmine that is. Over the years, food had become a project for me. It was easy to manage and made me feel as if I was in control. But in reality, it was my magic carpet that was flying me around. I lacked direction and purpose. And the grass was never green enough.
But neither food nor life should be a project – there is nobody waiting at the finish line to give you a gold medal for racing through life or for restricting yourself from chocolate cake. In Sri Lanka, one of the biggest realisations for me was the impact of our surroundings on our health, focus, and productivity. Back in Finland, I began to cultivate this idea and currently I am running an indoor landscaping company in Helsinki (www.vihersisustaja.com) with the mission to bring more clarity and creativity to workplaces.
And of course, this mission begins from my own office. Entrepreneurship is most likely one of the best ways to practice focus and self-leadership. Our minds are often like monkeys, jumping from one place to another, planning and worrying about the future. This blog is about sharing those moments of insight (or hindsight) that have helped me to better cope with my monkey mind.
Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans.