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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Bulletjournaling – November 2018 pages

I started bulletjournaling at the end of the summer. I got lost on Youtube and Pinterest, watching endless videos and looking at so many different pictures. The next day I raced to the bookstore for a dotted notebook and some new pens and couldn’t wait to get started. Setting up the main spreads and the first month took me more or less a full day, but I was so excited I didn’t mind.

The best advice I got before starting, was first to keep it simple and just learn the bullet journal method. Like many others, I was hesitant to start a bujo as it looks like so much work, and something that seems only great for Continue reading “Bulletjournaling – November 2018 pages”

Year three has begun

As I probably have stated before, I am a teacher student. I am now about a month into year three. and it’s come time to think about my bachelor’s thesis. To become a teacher in Finland, you need to study up to a master’s degree, so I still have a long way to go. But it is great to have come this far.

What I am particularly excited about this year is my minor. I decided to minor in music (why, I have no idea) but somehow I am really enthusiastic about it. Along with many other stuff, we get to have instrument lessons, much like when I studied at a music college some years back. Now I get to learn piano and guitar, as well as get to have some singing lessons as well. It’s really great and keeps me going with the rest of the stuff, that mostly has something to do with learning about different types of research, and actually doing research.

What I am really grateful for, are my friends at the university. Though my class barely has any lectures all together anymore, there is still a certain sense of togetherness and we have a lot of support for each other whenever anyone needs it.

Getting ready for a new semester

End of summer has been busy. Last summer events have piled up and there’s a lot to do to prep for a new semester. This is going to be a busy one as we’re each concentrating on our own bachelor’s thesis’. I’ll be back in my university town soon – hopefully things will settle down by then.

Piles of stone

While I was staying in Sweden, my friend told me, that if one wanted to play tourist, all there is to be done is to choose from different piles of stones. Though she was essentially joking, I did get to see my share of stones and rocks around the area. One of the closest ones was Stenbyborgen in Eskilstuna.

Stenbyborgen is one of the over 1000 hillforts found in Sweden. The area looks like a random pile of rocks on top of a hill. It’s filled with wild pansies and trees and doesn’t look like much, but some 1500 years ago it used to be a defensive fort, strategically situated along an important waterway at the time. The fort would have had high stone walls with wooden structures on top. If needed, the people living nearby could be taken in for protection.

Some of the other interesting stones are some of the runestones I saw in the area. They’re not much, but what other word is there to is there to explain the feeling when you’re standing beside them, other than ‘cool!’

A closer look

The last two weeks have flown by fairly fast, with life taking over. I’ve fallen to a pretty steady routine, the days going by being busy at prac. Come evening, I’m usually too exhausted to do much. Over the past week or so, we’ve also been able to enjoy some very nice and warm weather, though it does add to the exhaustion.

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One of the things I’ve been most stressed about is the language barrier. Even though in Finland we learn Swedish at school, it’s not the same thing. The dialects and way’s of pronunciation are so different, it has taken some time to grow used to listening to the way locals speak. Furthermore, my language skills in Swedish were never good, and I’m missing a lot of vocabulary. Continue reading “A closer look”

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”

Violence is never the answer

One of the recent incidents in USA has not only greatly affected those involved, but is raising questions and discussions all over the world. I am, of course, talking about the mass school shooting in Florida on February 14th.

What I find alarming that this year alone, there have already been 17 or 18 gun incidents at schools in the US. That’s about two incidents per week. According to CNN, eight of these incidents resulted in victims dead or injured (not including the shooter). The discussions mainly revolve around firearm legislation.

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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.

Outside of my studies I am Continue reading “Introductions”

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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