What Does It Take to Keep Your Inner Glow Alive?

A couple of weeks ago I went on a mini vacation to celebrate the birthday of one of my little nieces, Iiris, who just turned four and her sister, Siiri, who turned six a month ago.

It was a fun trip and a also a good reminder of what it takes to keep your inner glow alive.


Before I left, my mom emailed me a quote from a Finnish philosopher Esa Saarinen. Loosely translated it says something like this:

There’s a lot of people who live their life giving all they’ve got, driven by their inner glow. Too bad that most of them are under age 7.

I love the quote and I boasted to my mom that I’m going to be the rare 44-year-old (I turned 44 on Monday) who is driven by her inner glow, giving life all I got.

Read on to find out what happened. 🙂

I love my little nieces. They are the apples of my eye and they remind me of what it’s like to be a little girl. And like all children, they have endless supply of energy available. That is especially true about Siiri, who is constantly hopping and twirling and doing three things at the same time.

Also, I’m a Super-Aunt, which means that when I go over I don’t get to sit peacefully on the sofa and chat with my sister. 🙂

When I stepped from the train on Friday, Siiri and Iiris took me over immediately and it was go-go-go till the moment they were put to bed in the evening.

Also,I had also promised to help Hanna to clean the girls’ bedroom for the next day, so I made it a game: I used a countdown timer to time our efforts and my camera to take before and after pictures of their bedroom. We cleared their bedroom in 25 minutes (pictures below)!

We spent a better part of the Friday night on our feet doing dance and gymnastics moves and teaching them to each other (Siiri takes a weekly dance class and loves to teach). At one point I had to resort to teaching the girls some moves from Female Body Breakthrough (inchworm) to keep the girls entertained. (I should’ve taught them how to do burpees!)

Being on the move isn’t usually a problem for me, but I don’t like jumping because I’m top heavy (I really need a good sports bra if I’m going to jump without knocking myself over).

Before cleaning.



I had fun time with my sister, nieces and other relatives but the troubles started because I forgot to take my anti-migraine meds on two consecutive nights and because I didn’t sleep well in a foreign bed.

After cleaning.

You can see how I look a bit sour on Saturday morning already – truth be told, I felt like a wilting lily!

I paid for my lack of sleep dearly when I returned from my trip on Monday and promptly got my first proper migraine in two months. I felt more like a walking dead than a creature driven by her endless inner glow!


The listless look.


It turns out you have to be in top physical condition to be able to keep your inner glow alive (at least if you’re middle-aged): sleep well every night, lead a regular life and not just eat cake all the time!