I had the opportunity to speak to a self improvement blogger, Anni Poikolainen, who runs her blog Solutions To All Your Problems.
Anni helps introverts and highly sensitive people with self-improvement advice. She writes articles on anxiety, depression, confidence, self-discovery, and relationships.
Anni is a highly sensitive introvert herself and shares solutions that worked for her on the blog.
Maxim: Tell us about your blog. What made you start writing about Self Improvement?
The main mission of my blog is to help introverts and Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) align their lifestyles with their personalities in order to minimize stress and maximize happiness. My articles are focused on getting calm, getting on the right path in life, and getting along with people who have clashing personalities.
I draw from my own experience as someone who struggled for years trying to fake it as an outgoing person and totally exhausting myself in the process.
Maxim: Tell us about your personal journey in self improvement. Give us some examples of how you improve yourself regularly.
I started out adult life trying to achieve the mainstream definition of success. I got a graduate degree, a “good” job with a nice salary, and a big house. I got married and had three kids. By all external measures, I was successful.
And yet, I was feeling really miserable, struggling with depression, anxiety, and physical health problems. Eventually, it got so bad that I had no choice but to do something about it. So I went on this investigative journey, trying to figure out why I was feeling so bad. I read hundreds of self-help and personal development books. I took courses and listened to podcasts. And slowly, I figured out how to make life feel better.
I discovered who I really was as a person and understood how my lifestyle – my work, my activity level, and my relationships – were not a good match for my personality. And I started to slowly make changes and nudge my life in a different direction.
Today, I’m excited to be alive and looking forward to the future, but it’s not like I have arrived at a final destination and there’s nothing left to do. There’s always more learning and more growth to achieve. So in addition to just maintaining my health with a kick-ass self-care routine, my regular self-improvement activities include lots of reading and listening to audiobooks.
Maxim: Among all the articles you have written, which one is your favorite? Why?
My favorite article has to be How to Change Your Whole Life When You’re Sick of It. I wrote it two years ago and it has been my most popular article ever since. I think people like it because it provides a simple step-by-step action plan for when things are looking pretty bleak and overwhelming.
Maxim: Self improvement has various aspects. However, if you had to give only one single piece of advice to your readers, what would it be?
Giant leaps are just a bunch of baby steps strung together! 🙂
Maxim: What advice would you give to a young person just starting his/her journey of self improvement?
Start with self discovery. Take your time to find out who you are and what you want. Then design a life that’s a good match for your authentic self.
Maxim: If you had a time machine that sent you 10 years back in time, what self improvement advice would you give yourself?
Fill your own bucket first. It’s a lot easier to give to others from abundance than from lack.
Maxim: How has your blogging and writing influenced and transformed you? Do you think you have changed as a person since you started blogging?
I started my blog three years ago in early 2017. And it has given me SO much! First of all, writing regularly has helped me organize my thoughts and process some pivotal life events. Second, having a large audience and making myself vulnerable by sometimes discussing difficult topics has challenged me to overcome my fears and self doubts. I’m a much more confident person today than I was three years ago.
Maxim: What makes you happiest as a blogger?
I cry happy tears whenever I hear from readers who found help and support via my website. 🙂
Maxim: Who are the other self improvement bloggers that you’re a fan of?
I kind of jump from topic to topic when it comes to both blogs and books rather than sticking with specific authors. Depending on what I’m drawn to or wanting to learn about, I go really in-depth reading everything I possibly can – both blogs and books – in that topic area.
And then when I feel like I’ve learned all that there is to learn, I move to a different set of blogs and books in another area of self improvement. I’ve done this with self discovery, mental health, nutrition, productivity, business, etc.
Maxim: Where can the readers contact you?
Anni: People can reach me on my email at email@example.com
Maxim: Thanks a lot Anni. It was wonderful knowing your thoughts. All the best on your future as a blogger and a coach.