Let the Noise Go

with Veera Bianca

Introduce yourself! Who are you?
I’m a 30-year-old Finnish travel blogger and solopreneur in the fields of social media marketing and photography. I live half of my time at home in Helsinki and half on the road exploring the unknown. 
 
What is one thing no one really knows about you?
I guess not so many know I used to dream of a career in the music industry before and even worked as a singing teacher before I got into tourism. Tourism was never my passion to start with, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
To face anything that scares you, takes nothing but 7 seconds of insane courage – if you have that, there’s nothing you cannot achieve.
 
What would you say to 16 year old you?
I’d tell her to embrace the hardship as that’s what will make her wise.
 
What is your greatest fear?
Honestly? Worms! I’m terrified of worms, haha! But on a bigger scale, I’ve always been afraid of the ordinary, of living a life that doesn’t drive me, a life that’s just OK – that will never be for me.  
 
Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
Oh my yes, some of my closest people even. It’s hard and honestly, I’ve even let go of dreams because of that. But I’ve learned to let the noise go and focus on what I want instead. Those who doubt never believed in the beauty of their dreams.
 
What is it like to be a businesswoman?
The best feeling I know, honestly! I find myself so lucky to be a businesswoman in Finland, as I’ve never had to feel like I’m anything less because of my gender – businesswoman or businessmen, Finland is an extremely equal country compared to many others.
 
What is your favourite thing about where you live?
I live in Helsinki and in the last years I’ve learned to love it. Sure it’s a cold city up here in the north. But I think in the last years Helsinki has come to life – there are so many amazing restaurants, cafes and hotels around the city. It’s a big enough city to be a city, but most places are walking distance from where I live. I just moved to the trendy neighbourhood of Kallio, which feels more like Berlin to me.
 
What do you love most about yourself?
I love how compassionate and caring I am towards all life. I love that I’m driven and passionate towards what I do. And I love that I don’t let fear stop me from living life to the fullest.
 
Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
Just recently. I’ve gone through a rough patch in my personal life and accepting what happened and learning to let go has been extremely difficult, but oh so rewarding.
 
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned along the way?
I’ve learned the art of letting go and finding a way to value a memory.
 
What motivates you most?
My fear of mundane. I’m scared to live an ordinary life, and that’s what drives me the most.
How do you manage your work-life balance?
Can I be honest? I don’t, haha. Actually when you love your work enough, you might not even need a balance as work and life are no longer separate things. 
 
What is your favorite meal?
Myanmarese tea leaf salad. The best thing in the world.
 
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
I try to work on becoming the best version of me. I try to get up a bit earlier. Try to work hard on being a little more organised with my work. And try to find some joy in sports. And for personal and business growth, I enjoy listening to podcasts and starting some days with guided meditation.
 
Do you have a mentor? If so, what did they teach you?
No I do not! But sometimes I think I could definitely use one!
 
Why did you start your company?
I’ve had my blog for 10 years and it started as a hobby. As the audience grew and my passion towards sharing a story and photographing and marketing grew, it was the most natural step to take.
 
Were you scared to start your business?
Absolutely terrified. I had no plans. No savings. Nothing to fall on if things would fail. 
 
What is the best thing about being a founder of a company?
The freedom it comes with. I love being my own boss and making my own rules. I work really hard most days, but I love that I can jump on a plane to new adventures any given day if I want to.
 
If you weren’t doing the job you have now, what would you be doing?
I used to work in customer service at the airport and I actually loved that job. I could see myself working in aviation again if I had to give up running my own business.
 
What is something on your bucket list?
I really want to ride a horse a round Monument Valley! 
 
Who is your biggest role model? Why?
Anthony Bourdain <3 I remember enjoying dinner at a hotel restaurant in Hong Kong when my friend texted me to tell he had passed away. I bursted out crying and ran to the rooftop. That’s when I realised Tony was someone I looked up to in the way I look at travel. I took the following day to follow in his footsteps around his favourite restaurants in Hong Kong.
 
Where do you find inspiration?
Inspiration is everywhere. Online. In the people you meet. The places you see. 
 
What are your biggest passions?
Photographing travel and the people it comes with. But also trying to do something to change at least a little part of this world, to inspire someone to live a better life for themselves.

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Veera Bianca is a 30-year-old Finnish travel blogger, marketer and photographer with a passion for wandering the world. Wild at heart, she spends half her time living home in Helsinki and running her business and half the time travelling.

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