Looking forward to summer

It’s that time of year when it’s impossible to tell the time just by looking out the window. The sun shines pretty bright even in the middle of the night, so one has to be thankful for thick curtains – otherwise sleeping would be impossible.

There have barely been any signs of spring and summer lately. The snow has melted weeks ago, however, until a few days ago the nature has looked pretty dead. I’ve been jealous to friends and family living in the south of Finland – they’ve been sending pictures of green leaves and flowers for weeks. However, the temperatures for the past few days have +20 on the Celcius scale and the birch trees outside my window are finally beginning to show some green.

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What I’ve learned after a year of bulletjournaling

On the last day of September I was very pleased to find a new order of brush pens and washitape in my mailbox. They came just in time for me to prep my bujo pages for October. While mostly my bujo prepping might take hours, I’ve lately been able to do it in way less than that, savin’g myself a lot of anxiety. I’ve been using a bujo for over a year now, and here’s some of my experiences and thoughts on it.

Bulletjournaling is a continuous process. I’ve already made it to my third bulletjournal, and looking back it’s so great to see how I’ve evolved and how my bujo’s have chenged.

A bit of color here, a bit of tape there

In the beginning I started with the most basic dotted notebook and pen kit from my local book store. I’d done a little basic research on spreads and had figured out which trackers and collections I wanted. I drew my spreads with just a black felt-tip pen, with about one color to accentuate. Needless to say, they looked a little plain, even grimm. I was frustrated, and I easily critique my own work. I don’t think I’m too much of an artist, and I kept hoping that I’d get better.

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May 2019 bullet journal

My May bujo theme was inspired by Star Wars, of course. Only a little more than seven months until the premiere of The Rise of Skywalker.

May the Force be with you!

Decluttering home and mind

Hands up if you’ve seen Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix, and been pulled in into the recent decluttering fever that has taken over the whole world? Yeah, me too.

Now, I have never read Marie Kondo’s books, nor have I tried the KonMari -method. And I actually started my first full-apartment declutter way before watching even one episode of Tidying Up. Had I heard of KonMari when I started? Yes. Did I believe in it? No. I did not do my decluttering the KonMari way. And I still don’t think it’s totally for me. But going on this declutter journey has taught me much, and after having learned a little more of the KonMari method I do believe the method has a lot to teach every one of us. Even if you don’t fully agree with it.

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Achieving my goals: Event photography training

You might remember from my post Setting goals for 2019, that one of my goals for this year was to learn photography. Up till now, I’ve just been taking pictures mainly for my own joy, pointing the camera at something and really just hoping for the best. So now I really want to actually know and understand something about what I’m doing. Which is why, when the opportunity came, that I signed up for a short event photography course organized by the Finnish scouting organization.

The training itself was organized over one weekend at a scouting event in Tornio, right by the Finland-Sweden border. The location was great for me, only an hour by train, plus a 20-minute bus ride to get there. And the event itself provided us with a chance to practice in action. Learning by doing is the scouting way.

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Work experience

I had the immense pleasure to be working as a language teacher last week. It was a great change to my regular student life, although it did add to my already ginormous workload. However, I got so much out of it, I am glad I did end up going for it.

Same place, different role

So I was working as a language teacher at an exchange student camp. The exchange students arrive to the camp for a week, before continuing to their host-families. The idea is to get them accustomed to the time-difference, new culture, and new language.

Now, I’d been at the camp many times before, but as a tutor. My role then was to aid the language teacher during the lessons, as well as follow the exchange students to their other activities and excursions, leading them in outdoor activities and overall acting as their older sibling and guide for the week.

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Setting goals for 2019

The change of the year passed, but you forgot to make your resolutions or set your goals for the new year? You’ll be glad to hear that it’s still not too late to do. Although making resolutions or setting goals is easier when something begins, such as at the start of a new year, every new day is the first day of the rest of your life, and so, any day is perfect for setting goals.

In the past years I’ve tried making resolutions and setting goals. I never kept to them. In my naivety I was sure that if I set a goal, that decision would be enough to make it happen. Wrong. To actually achieve a goal, you need not only set it, but make sure you work towards it regularly. And so, when I started setting my goals for 2019, my main thought was that I need to make my goals achievable. Something I can realistically make happen. And if needed, I can achieve for something more in those areas after I’ve first met my current goals. Another thought I had was, to make my goals look like me. Meaning, my goals need to reflect me and my dreams and needs, not anyone else’s. That way I am more likely to achieve them – goals for me motivate me.

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New friends

You know those weird coincidences that life throws at you sometimes? The people you end up meeting because of, well, coincidence? And how in the end it totally makes sense?

I met someone today at a cafe. We had never met before and were pretty much set up to meet by our parents. No, it wasn’t a blind date. Just two girls meeting up because our parents had met a few weeks back and thought we’d get along well. I don’t know what I was expecting, not really. I just thought I’d go there and see what would happen. I did expect for us to talk for a while, but I didn’t know we’d end up talking for three hours straight! Continue reading “New friends”

Introductions

Hello there. Nice to meet you. Who am I, you may ask?

I am a 24-year-old teacher student from Oulu, Finland. Well, I wasn’t born here, but as I have lived in so many different places, I really don’t always know myself where I’m from. I identify myself as a Finn, and, for now, I do live and study in Oulu.

So I am a teacher student. I am taking part in the Intercultural Teacher Education (ITE) program at the University of Oulu. Unlike other teacher education programs in Finland, ITE is taught mainly in English and it concentrates on challenges teachers face in a multicultural classroom. The program is a combined bachelor’s and master’s program, taking approximately five years. So far I have really enjoyed the program, and the people who I’ve met and study with are amazing.

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New year, new adventures

January. The start of a new year.

For me, the year changed while I was travelling home. It was on an airplane on my way from Vancouver to Paris, midnight GMT +1. Not too much fuss, no fireworks, just airplane attendants in party hats and a plane full of passengers. A little different from what I’m used to. But most significantly, I began my year travelling.

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