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About Saana

I realized I could find happiness in moments even without sports which I earlier thought was an absolutely ridiculous idea

My Story

2020…Umm. The year when plans are canceled.

Not exactly a new thing for me, and now I at least have two feet to stand on.

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In my big dreamy vision, people know better who they are and how to thrive while being authentically themselves. 

See, my road to professional athlete was not a dreamy path at all. Let’s jump back in time, somewhere in 2008. I drove 2.5h multiple times a week to practices after school. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration this way while playing in the highest league in Finland. 

Yeah that was a hustle. 

2011: Exchange period in George Mason University. The unhappiest period of my life. Returned home.

2012: I got a chance to work as an Executive Director at Hurrikaani-Loimaa which is a men’s club in the top league in Finland. At the age of 23. Still played competitively at the same time. And was finishing my bachelor’s thesis. 

Started getting symptoms of burn-out. Over-hustle.

Decided that this is too much, 

I wanted to study again rather than work and play. 

2013: Applied to International Master’s Degree program, surprised myself and got in among 11 others from all around the world. Didn’t believe that I could get in.

The craziness continued, traveling to practices and studying all the time. 

2014: I got an offer to go play pro in Germany. There is no way I would say no to my wildest dream that I had never said out loud or thought could happen!

So, I left and finished my studies from abroad. Tough. Also, 2014 is the year I marked in my books when I started doing yoga and learning more about mindset training. 

2008-2016 Summarized: 8 Years of Hustle.

2016-2019: Professional volleyball life in Germany, Finland and France, national team life, trying to prove myself, injuries, doubting myself, surgeries, bouncing back, mental struggles, mental healing, testing myself, mindset training.

Learned so much about myself, collected awesome memories, experienced that we can do amazing things if we find the right headspace and now, I cannot keep my mouth shut about that.

Side note, because there is almost nothing as good as jokes that you need to explain ( 😉 ): So freaking happy and grateful for the inner work I had done during those years before the career-ending injury hit me. The work that I knew who I was also without sports saved me.

 2019 – now ponders: 

All this crazy speed for so many years. Grind.

Yep, I am an action-taker (are you too?), I move forward, I say YES, when I see an opportunity. But it didn’t mean that I dared to dream big. Weird, huh?

Stupid, is what it was.

We spend so much time working on our bodies and worrying about what the future is like, doubting ourselves. Worrying how we look, how we perform, how we are perceived, what if we fail… 

We seriously need to balance that scale. 

How much time are you using to do some inner work? Train your mind? Dreaming? Visualizing your dream life? Digging deeper to know yourself better? Setting goals based on your strengths and dreams? Compared to the work you do outside of yourself?

You can balance that scale.

Where are you now? Want to take action and start balancing your scale?

Not just read about it or thinking about it but taking that first little step for yourself today.

Here’s your chance. 

Empowering picture Saana

I want to find out more about my personality so I can start rocking what I do and enhance interaction within myself and with others!

I know a bit who I am, but I feel that I don’t believe in myself that much.

I want to take more action and show up with confidence day in and day out!

(Sports Capacity Assessment)

I knew who I was when I was an athlete.

Now I struggle to find that similar passion and I want to feel fired up about my life again!

(Former athlete course)

I am so tuned with my authentic self.

I want to start cultivating this in others!

(Email to me with some semi-ready response) 

I Work With You to Create Real Results

Lastly, my previous passion, volleyball, taught me tremendously on and off the court.

All the international experiences have strengthened my natural abilities to get along with people, understand them and their differences in order to better support them to maximize their potential as well as mine.

That is what I want and aim to do in the future as well.

authenticity in sports

“You are the most powerfully positioned to serve the person you once were

-RORY VADEN