15 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me

This post is a little different from my usual renovation&decor/beauty/lifestyle posts you’re used to seeing over here. I’ve been blogging for a few years and have kept it quite strictly on the topics above. A few years ago people on Instagram were sharing interesting things about them so I thought to share 15 things you may not have already known about me.

I’ve been posting regularly on instagram for years now, but it took me longer to start sharing anything personal. I’ve always been quite private and more of an introvert, and  wanted to keep my personal life personal (even if I share little moments of it to a quite a few people on Instagram and Tiktok!). But after realising how much I loved connecting with people through Instagram stories, I decided I wanted start sharing more. So today, I’m sharing 15 things you probably didn’t know about me!


  • I am dying to get a dog. I keep chatting to dog owners on our walks and daydreaming what kind of dog I would have but it does feel like a big commitment so we don’t want to rush into it. We also used to travel often, and for longer periods pre-covid so that complicates things a bit too.
  • I was born and raised in Finland. Most of my family still lives in Finland and I love visiting as often as possible. I’ve also lived in Brussels and NYC before moving to London.
  • I grew up on an old farm with my family, and went to a tiny village school. There was 3 people in my class, me and two boys.
  • I met my husband, Mr Nordic, on a beach in one of the Caribbean islands. We had a very brief holiday romance as I was there only for 3 days. Somehow we kept things going despite living in different countries for nearly two years before I moved to the UK.
  • We had a small wedding of less than 20 people and I loved that it was so relaxed and non-formal.
  • I used to do a lot of competitive cross country skiing when I was in primary school. I also won a fair few trophies despite always being very lazy at practising.
  • And whilst being on the hobbies, I also took 6 years of piano lessons and was completely hopeless at it. Also didn’t ever practise.
  • I have a masters degree in neurobiology and I worked in academic research before swapping that to a job in a pharmaceutical company. I carried working as part-timer after having kids, before setting up my own photography & content creation business. It felt absolutely terrifying at the time and I was so out of my comfort zone, but I loved the chance to do something new & creative (and still do love it, 6 years later!)
  • My first science related job was a research assistant in a group that did genetic studies on drosophila melanogaster, aka fruit fly. They were kept in plastic containers, and there were hundreds of them. My duties included making special malt porridge for the flies, and transferring the flies to new containers when they had eaten the porridge in the old ones.
  • I love to learn new things and challenges and after running my business in a similar format for 5 years I’m thinking 2022 could be year to introduce something new aspects and projects, what those will be I’m not 100% yet, but I will keep you posted.
  • I have lived&worked in the UK for over a decade, which means I can apply for dual citizenship. This is one of my goals to make that happen (this decade)!
  • If you are familiar with Meyers-Briggs, my personality type is INFJ.
  • I really dislike having to call to people I don’t know as I have a fear of introducing myself and explaining why I’m calling. Not sure why, but makes me feel so awkward and whenever possible, I get my husband to call places. But if someone calls me first, I’m happy to call back as I feel like the introduction part is already done. So my fear only applies to cold calling 🙂 And I have no problem of introducing myself when meeting people in real life, just on the phone. Go figure.
  • I have a massive sweet tooth and my favourite treats are salty liquorice, salted caramel ice cream and any chewy sweets like Haribos. Cinnamon buns & carrot cake are also my favourites, but I’m really not fussed about biscuits!
  • I was drinking coffee way before I hit double digits. I still remember when I stopped using sugar in my coffee, at ripe age of 9! Caffeine was clearly not considered that bad where I grew up.

So, these were my 15 things – any surprises? If you want to read a few more random facts about me, click here!

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  1. 5.8.20
    Alison Orchard said:

    I knew some of those things Susanna but lots of things I didn’t 😊 I work with MBTI types in my job so the INFJ feels very authentic. The biggest surprise is that you still make porridge for your breakfast!! Xx

    • 5.8.20
      SHnordic said:

      Haha Alison, that porridge comment made me laugh – it really is a surprise it didnt put me off from porridge! My husbband works with MB types too, and is the only reason I’ve heard about it 🙂

  2. 5.8.20
    Kim said:

    What was the aim of the study of the porridge and fruit flies? I can only imagine they prefer it thicker unlike me, I prefer it to be thin 😂

    • 5.8.20
      SHnordic said:

      Haha, well the porridge had nothing to do with the studies, it’s just what the fruit flies ate. And yes, it was pretty solid!! 🙂

  3. 5.17.20
    Miriam said:

    Loved reading this Susanna , you’ve lead a really interesting and varied life and I love that you met Mr Nordic on holiday ❤️

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