Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Preparing myself for a new job

If you've been reading my blog this month, you know I got a job. I'm not going to lie; I'm a bit nervous, because I know there'll be lots of challenges and moments when I'm going to feel helpless and unsure about my skills. 

I know, that every time you start a new job there's so much to learn and you might feel overwhelmed. But my new job will be VERY challenging. I constantly need to outperform myself. 

Because of all this, I've been preparing myself mentally and spiritually. 

Spiritual preparation

I believe that my Heavenly Father is with me always. He is with me when I feel extremely confident and when I'm overwhelmed and ready to quit. Philippians 4:13 has been on my mind lately. I'm going to rely on it when self-doubt fills my mind. 

I can do this, because He gives me strength.

Mental preparation

I don't have to worry about being perfect. The people who hired me, know this is new to me. They don't expect me to know EVERYTHING. What they do expect is that I'll to do my best. My best is enough. And my best will become better and better over time.

I don't have to try to survive on my own. I can ask questions and there are no stupid ones. There are people who have experience and they are willing to help and share their thoughts and ideas. 

I have to remember to relax. I need rest to reach my best.

How have you prepared yourself for a new job? 

Monday, August 24, 2015

A Weekend Full Of Drama

This weekend was full of (dog) drama. I visited my sister with my parents and my dog, Tilli. She lives in Savonlinna which is a beautiful small town in Eastern Finland. It's famous for its annual international opera festival. 

It was a lovely weekend, but my dog managed to add some drama into it. First she got really bad symptoms from her tick collar. She was bleeding and her neck was really soar. 

Then she ate a corn cob. Corn cobs can be very dangerous for dogs. Luckily she chewed it before swallowing. There haven't been any signs of obstruction so far. I really hope she'll be ok.

Her tick collar and corn cob are not the only things that caused drama. My Tilli loves to swim and, because Savonlinna is surrounded by the largest lake in Finland, she had lots of opportunities to do that. Now she has a painful swimmers' tail. Poor girl! 

So lots of dog drama. But Savonlinna region was stunning.

Did you have a fun weekend?

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Isn't it disturbing

Did you know that we, humans, have already used up 2015's supply of Earth's resources!? This is so disturbing! 

We are leaving a nice legacy to our children. 

My posts about being more eco-friendly:

I just donated 20 trees to Kenya. You can also do that HERE. 1 tree costs 1$, so it's ridiculously cheap!

If you buy my blog ad (Etsy etc. too!!) during 2015, I'll use the money to buy 4 trees!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

5 Great movies you haven't seen. Yet

I love movies. 

And I am constantly trying to find new (which might me old) ones to watch. I love small budget indie movies, big box office movies with huge stars and weird-ish artsy movies.

Here are some great movies that are often forgotten and not much talked about.

1. How I live now

This one is based on a novel by Meg Rosoff. I absolutely need to read that book, because it has received great reviews. Like this one on Amazon:

"It's been at least two months since I read How I Live Now, and I still think about it almost daily. I'm definitely an adult - in fact, I have a master's degree in English - and this is one of the most thought-provoking books I've ever read."

The movie is also very thought-provoking and there's something very unusual about it. 

2. Mrs. Winterbourne

This movie is silly but cute. And you just got to love those 90's clothes! If you love romantic comedies that are unrealistically silly, this one is for you.

3. Letters to Father Jacob

This movie gives me shivers in a good way. It's stunning and touches my heart deeply. Its slow pace will give you time to really dive into the beauty of the movie. 

4. A Woman in Berlin

I find it interesting to read or watch movies about WW2 from a new perspective. There are so many movies about soldiers, and that's great, but... War affects women too.

5. Evil (Ondskan) 

This movie has been on my mind since high school. The movie deals with serious themes and does it well.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Blog Makeover

Hey guys!

I decided it's time to do something new here on my blog. So, as you can see, I changed the design a bit. I'm still working on some things (sidebar, social icons, post titles...) but you can already see the big picture. 

I still wanted pink, but I also wanted something bit more modern. 

I just bought a domain name for my Finnish blog, and I'd love to get rid of the blogspot-part here too. 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

I got a job!

I have super amazing news! I had a job interview on Monday and I got the job. (Now, imagine me moonwalking) I'll start next October and will work until next July.

It will be amazing to put my degree to work and to be able to work with teenagers. The only negative thing is that my husband and I have to live in different cities about 6 hours apart. This means lot of driving and train trips. 

I guess, I'll be reading long distance relationship blog posts A LOT. Do you have any good ones on your mind?

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Countries I've visited

I saw this fun map app on Divine Direction Beautified and decided I want to try it here on my blog too. So here are the countries I've visited so far. I need to explore more, especially Africa and South-America.