The End.

This is my last blog post as a UCBlogger, and it’s making me quite sad. When I first started this, I had no idea what to do and what to write about. I didn’t even really think people would read the things that I was writing about. I didn’t think I would even know how to write blog posts properly, making it engaging for people to want to read them.

I doubted myself but I still took up the opportunity to be a UCBlogger and I will never regret it. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences and I have learnt so much. I feel like I can express myself better rather than keeping everything to myself. It’s good to let your thoughts out to the world sometimes and see what others think without fearing judgement.

I know that there are so many of you that are afraid to share how you see the world with others because you think that others might not see it the way you do. I want you to know that the way you see the world is beautiful. Your talent is unique. Whether it’s photography, travelling, vlogging, designing or something else, share it with the world. Show the world what makes you special. Show the world what you can do because there are so many opportunities that you might not even think of that could come from this. Blog about your travelling journeys, show people the amazing photography. There will be people out there to appreciate it. Share your blogs or website links in the comments so we could all support one another. Let’s make this community an even happier place.

Although my journey as a UCBlogger has come to an end, my journey as a blogger has not. I have found a new passion in blogging and I will continue to do it. I will still share my thoughts and adventures with all of those who’d like to listen. I will do this because if you want to see a difference in the world, you have to do something about it yourself. Thank you for coming on this journey with me. I cannot wait to share the next chapter of my life with you.

Be the change you want to see.

Be kind, be humble.

– Helina x

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The End.

Here I’ll Stay.

I get questions all the time from people back at home in Estonia… Is Estonia no longer your home? Are you going to be British now? Are you ever going to come back to Estonia to live here permanently? It’s all a little bit weird for me because to me, Estonia is and always will be my home. It is where I grew up, it is where my family lives, it is the language I speak and it has made me the person I am today. Although I am currently living in the United Kingdom and it was my life-long dream, it doesn’t make Estonia and my family home any less my home.

When I was back at home in Estonia about a week ago, I went to the 12th Youth Song and Dance Celebration called Here I’ll Stay, which really made me proud of where I am from. It reminded me what our little country has gone through to be independent and what a big role every person in Estonia has had in this. Thousands of people singing and dancing together, laughing together. The rest of the world might see Estonians as quite ‘cold’ people but during that event, you could only feel warmth and love.

I’ll always be proud of where I’m from. And one day I’d love to move back to my little country again after travelling the rest of the world. And then I can say ‘Here I’ll stay’.

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– Helina x

Here I’ll Stay.

Animals & Us.

I am a massive lover of animals. I even turned vegetarian a few years ago because of how much I love them. I honestly think animals deserve to be loved just as much as humans. They’re no different from us. Sometimes I even think that animals are more caring and loving than humans. They never judge you, they’re not malicious, they just get on with their every day life, yet sometimes, they do not get treated very well by us humans.

I recently went to an alpaca farm in Estonia with my mum and my boyfriend and it’s the most caring animal-loving place I’ve ever been to. The alpacas loved the people who took care of them and they loved them back just as much. They were treated as if they were their family members. All of the animals there had nicknames and special treats they got depending on what a specific animal liked. There were little goats with funny names like Obama, Putin and Donald Trump depending on their personalities and looks. The people who visited (including us) weren’t there to look at them while they are caged up somewhere with nowhere to run. No. They are kept in massive fields and visitors are free to run around with them, feed them and cuddle them. It’s honestly one of my favourite places in Estonia.

Unfortunately, that farm exists without the EU’s support as alpacas are considered pets. That’s why it is so important to support caring and loving organisations and farms that actually support these animals. I am so happy to give them any support they need, even it’s when I buy something from their little shops or pay the entrance fee when I go there every summer.

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Also, I visited Tallinn Zoo and I am so happy they’re renovating it and making the enclosures so much bigger. I’m not really a fan of many zoos as a lot of them cage up animals in the smallest cages and there’s no way that an animal could live their life to the fullest there. I mean imagine being locked up in one room for the rest of your life. When I visited Tallinn Zoo, we found out that they’re rebuilding the polar bear enclosure and the plan of it looks amazing! Currently the enclosure isn’t very big, so at the moment I feel pretty bad for them. But, due to people’s continuous support, they’re building an incredible area for them where they will be put together with other animals they would be found with in the wild. It’s awesome to see what us humans can do for animals that need us.

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That’s why I think it is important to support animals. And if you see animals being treated badly, raise your voice. You need to be the voice for animals that cannot speak for themselves.

Be kind, be humble. Make a difference. 

– Helina

Animals & Us.

Growing apart…

There are so many friendships and relationships that just completely disappear. You see the person you used to be best friends with and you greet each other like you would greet just another acquaintance. Sometimes it’s hard. Sometimes we don’t even think about it. The disappearance of a friendship might be the best or worst thing that’s ever happened. Especially when the friendship meant a lot to you.

I have had my fair share of friendships as I’m 22 years old and when you are little you gain new friendships every day. There are some that I can’t even really remember but there are some that I sometimes look back on. I’m not going to name any names but the people reading this will know if it’s about them. I’ve only got good things to say about you so don’t worry haha!

My first proper friendship started in kindergarten. We were in the same group and we were inseparable. We ended up going to the same school TWICE in a row (1-4th grade in one school and 5-12th in another). I think we drifted apart when we got accepted to the new school where we spent our 5th-12th grade. It didn’t happen suddenly, I think it just happened over time. We made new friends and then we really never spoke again or visited each other again. I still remember her room and the garden where we used to hang out and it’s only good memories. It was nice to have someone to walk through life with, to apply to schools with and to just have fun with. I hope you know that you were one of the most important friends in my life.

Another best friend I had was as in love with Romeo & Juliet as I was. We cut out tops from bedsheets to make Romeo & Juliet fandom shirts. They were pretty horrible, but we loved them and I’m pretty sure I still have them stored somewhere. We would stay over at each other’s and stay up all night dancing and singing and just being ridiculous. That was one of the most fun friendships of my life and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Sometimes it’s not just friendships that grow apart, it can be family members that you just don’t talk to anymore that often. Me & my brother used to be quite close. Although we argued (like brothers and sisters do), I knew he was my rock and I could always count on him. I remember one time that I got driven over by a motorcycle (I think it was attempting a backflip off my back or something ridiculous) and the first person I called to pick me up was my brother. Now he has his own family because he’s quite a bit older than me but I hope he knows that I love and miss him a lot, although we don’t speak that often anymore (look at us silly billies on the picture below, we are totally ridiculous but also very happy haha).

There are other friendships that I’m also sad that ended but if I talked about all of them, I would have to stay here typing all day and you’d basically be reading a book!

Growing apart doesn’t mean not caring. These people are still very important in my life. And I have the most amazing friends in my life now that I will make sure I will annoy for the rest of my life.

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– Helina x

Growing apart…

Explore. Improve. Create.

Hello, guys! I hope you’re having an amazing time whatever you are doing (unlike me who is ill in bed and has to take antibiotics). Today’s blog post is a little bit different. I hope to inspire people to either create something new, improve what they’ve already got or to go explore the world.

I have recently been getting messages suggesting that my YouTube channel and blogging career have inspired others to do the same. This is very surreal to me as I once was scared to start doing all of this in the first place. The very first YouTube videos I created were silly fandom videos (clips of celebrities edited to fit a song). I just liked the whole community of it and wanted to be more involved without people judging me. Very few people knew about this as I was very insecure about having a channel although I shouldn’t have been.

Years went past and I finally made my own personal YouTube channel about my life. More specifically, my travels. I’ve always loved exploring so I thought I’d share that passion with the world. I wanted to show people all the amazing places I’ve been to and all the experiences I’ve had. The feedback to this was lovely as I started sharing them on my personal social media accounts. More and more people started subscribing and keeping up to date with what I was doing, both on my channel and my blog. However, people wanted more, they wanted to see the person behind the camera and what she’s like.

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Then I took all the courage I had and started recording videos. Of myself. In my room. Actually speaking and looking at the camera. Something I never thought I’d have the courage to do. At first, of course I felt like the whole world was going to judge me. To my surprise, that did not happen. Everybody was so incredibly supportive, which made me keep going. I ended up vlogging my whole month of December and I still make videos every week to this day. I love this vlogger/blogger community and I have had some amazing opportunities offered to me, which were never possible before.

I guess the point of this story is for you to never give up (I know how cheesy that sounds). You might not want to become the next big YouTuber but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pursue what YOU want to do. Forget about other people and the possibility of judgement because at the end of the day, what matters is your happiness. Do what you love. Improve what you’re working on or start something new. Or go explore the world of options. It is all there for you. Turn your dreams into reality – it is all up to you.

– Helina x

Explore. Improve. Create.