My name is Amanda Matti. I live in a small town above the Arctic Circle in Swedish Lapland, with my husband-to-be, our 2 year old son and our two dogs. We spend most of our time outdoors. I hike, bike, walk, surf, ski, snowboard or just sit outside making coffee over open fire. Why? Because out in nature is where I can hear my own thoughts.
Explore a Little More is where I write about my outdoor adventures, everyday life in Swedish Lapland, the travels that we go on, my business strategies, the success or failures I experience with my own business, my thoughts and insights about life and how I believe that slowing down and being present is the answer to finding your own inner peace and living a happier and healthier life.
Talking, taking pictures, teaching and writing is my thing and making the world a better, more friendly place, is my vision. I hope to inspire more people to do what they really want in life, to slow down and appreciate the world that we live in and the life that we have.
How this blog came to be
Having a blog have always been on my list of things I want to do “one day”. I was always afraid of what people might actually think.. I spent most part of my life doing what I thought I was supposed to, in a way I thought I had to. Always feeling a little misplaced, no matter where I’ve been or whom I been with.
And then I decided I had enough. I realized I didn’t want to grow old, not knowing what it would be like to chase after my dreams. And not the dreams people told me to have – my real dreams. My own business – my own blog.
Life is supposed to be lived, every single day, and unique is more important than perfect.
We are supposed to be happy, not successful. And happiness really comes from within, from being present, not from material things or fancy titles.
Happiness comes from doing what you love and loving what you do.
I no longer give a damn what people think. Because underneath all of those titles and things, I am a human being. A human being who spills her coffee often, who laughs more than she cries, someone that cleans the house less often than she should, who rather drinks coffee made over open fire than in a fancy espresso machine, who brakes out in dance spontaneously and someone who believes that people deserve a second chance, and sometimes even a third.
Right here – close to the mountains, the deep forests, vast marshes, rolling rivers and animal life – I am home. Welcome to tag along on my journey – exploring the world as we go on.
Welcome to my life!
Playing outside is what we like the best. Photo: Anna Olsson / Virrpannaproduktion.com
“Je veux vivre ma vie pendant que je suis vivant”
Check out some of my other platforms and projects
“The Work Out Party” – A fitness event that me and my team arrange in Gällivare in September 2017. A day full of fitness classes, healthy snacks, inspiration, great instructors and party! Check out Träningsfesten for more information. (all in Swedish!)