Beyond the surface Motivational Personal

New Year’s resolutions and plans

January 1, 2019

First of all, I wish you all a great (travel) year 2019! New Year is one of my favorite celebrations because I love all symbolic new beginnings and opportunities to set your life on a new course. I love Mondays, new months, new school years and New Year’s celebrations. I’m a queen of making resolutions. The first resolutions have been very concrete (to get my first kiss, haha),…

Beyond the surface Personal

8 random facts about me

August 26, 2018

I read a Finnish blogger Virpi’s Hätälasku blog and her eight random facts about her. I think the idea of the post was so funny that I decided to make my own version of it. Even though I blog with my own name and face and sometimes even share some quite deep and personal stuff about me, this The Present is Perfect -Sandra is only one side of me.…


I started my own business!

August 3, 2018

A couple of days ago I returned to Finland and started a new chapter in my life. I gave my old home country a second chance. Once Finland felt so small, depressing and not open-minded at all and I graved for an opportunity to leave. A couple of years abroad and I look at Finland with fresh, more understanding eyes. I have fully enjoined this, sitting outside in…

Motivational Personal

Life without regrets

July 30, 2018

Six years ago I was finishing my master’s thesis on consumer’s feeling of regret. Despite the fact that my point of view was purely commercial, I spend a good day or two reading both psychological and merely entertaining articles about regret. What do people regret the most? How do feelings of regret affect on people’s behaviour? How do people try to avoid feelings of regret? I learned that…

Malta Personal

When you have to decide…

July 5, 2018

Changes are scary and exciting at the same time. They bring a chance to learn, develop, renew yourself and become a slightly different. At the same time changes are difficult, because they force you to let go of some good things, people or the feelings of familiarity. Here it comes. I have decided to leave Malta.  There are several reasons behind my decision. I have complained about Mediterranean way…

Australia Beyond the surface Personal

Will I return to Australia?

June 16, 2018

It’s been 13 months, when I left Australia. Moving there had been one of the biggest dreams I ever had, and actually making the final decision to go demanded a massive amount of courage and a bit of madness too. I had just received a permanent job contract after graduation, moved to a new city for my job and started my steady and respectable life as an adult.…

Beyond the surface Personal

Travelling + Friendships

May 21, 2018

The idea for this post came from one of my readers. She wanted to know if I ever feel lonely and weather I have made any friends here in Malta. I think this questions is so good that it deserves a post of its own. Friends are one of the most important thing in life, but I have to admit that an unsteady life of travel creates some…

Beyond the surface Motivational Personal

My plans for 2018

January 1, 2018

A new year, a fresh beginning. I welcomed the year 2015 in a small town in the Eastern Finland. After this my life has been one big process of change. I celebrated the year 2016 in Melbourne, then I returned to Finland for a while, just to return back to Australia for the next year. Little did I know back then that I would see the first moments…