About me

Thought I’d do a proper introduction. I am a mother of four from Finland who decided to apply to be a part of our company’s Kilimanjaro challenge to raise money for Unicef in February 2020. Luckily I was chosen and now it seems like it will be reality as time flies and it’s already summer 2019.

We will have a “test” climb in UK this October where we climb three peaks in the Lake District. More about those later and everything else related to the climb on my blog. You can support my endeavor and children in need through Unicef here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/katikaarila

Now back to the about me section… So I have four children eldest is already taller than me (a lot) and youngest is going to pre-school here in Finland. The youngest was born in Australia, QLD meaning I have also lived there for 5 years. Been back in Finland for a while now, but I will miss Australia always. I keep dreaming about it on a regular basis and hope to one day be able to visit my other home country again.

I am also a “serious amateur” singer. I have always loved singing, even when I was younger I kept singing all the time, everywhere. Now my eldest daughter does the same and we have agreed that there is no singing after 8:30 pm (little one needs her sleep). She is having hard time trying to stick to that, but I totally understand her!

Currently I sing in this amazing choir called Gospel Helsinki which has so many talented people, enthusiastic conductor and a smashing band. We do quite a lot of gigs and always make a good show so please check our website for more info where. I have also done many years of more classical choir singing and solo singing, mostly jazz standards. Jazz, Bossanova/Nujazz are closest to my heart and of course my all time favorite Stevie Wonder. Have been lucky enough to see him live in concert three times; once in Australia and twice in Finland.

I am always interested in new opportunities and challenges so do contact me if you need a high soprano or just a jazzy classy singer even on short notice. I am able read sheet music and am a quick learner and did I mention I love to sing… anything, anytime, anywhere!

I do play the piano also and desperately try to practice accompanying myself when I sing, but time is tight so have had to prioritize. Hence I never take my guitar out either. But maybe one day… just like my grandfathers violin is waiting for me to learn to play the violin again which I will do… one day!

One more thing about me as I might publish some petty stuff related to this. I have always loved clothes, dressing up, color play and fashion. When I was younger I used to do some modelling and now after children I decided to try again and took a modelling course recently and hoping to get a new hobby out of it. Due to my height (179 cm) fashion shows are a specialty and have experience in videos, movies, but naturally will do any other modelling gigs. Portfolio photos and booking through https://www.fashionmodel.fi/adults/kati-k.

As for work, I work at Autovista Oy Finland, part of Autovista Group and we aim to raise money for Unicef. Which is the reason why I started this blog. To share my thoughts on the training and getting ready for the Kilimanjaro challenge. I am excited to see this chapter of my life and happy that you are here reading my story and joining in!

Feel free to join into discussions and comment what you read. The more experienced people there are around, the more you can help me out when I navigate through this journey both physically and mentally.

Disclaimer; English is not my mother tongue although I have lived overseas, but if you don’t use it you tend to loose it as we all know and sometimes I am lost with words even in Finnish. Apologies for any weird phrases and/or grammar mistakes πŸ˜€