Friday, November 23, 2018

THINGS I LOVE ABOUT FINLAND || REASONS WHY I LOVE LIVING IN FINLAND

When I traveled from Germany to Finland to participate in my nursing entrance examination, I didn’t know what to expect from the new country I’d call home if I finally get admitted.



Fast forward to three years later, to say that I’m impressed would be an understatement! There are so many things I love about Finland and I’d love to share them with you.

Before that, I’d love to say that as a foreigner, I’ve faced some unexpected challenges in Finland while studying and working BUT for this post, I want to focus on the positives.

Here are some reasons I love living in Finland:

1.Functional Finnish System: When I got adjusted as a new student in Finland, I was so impressed by how organized the Finnish system is. Taxes paid by residence are used for the development of the country. Ministries ensure the smooth running of the country. Workers go to work with the mindset of serving the people.

2. Easy movement in Finland: The transportation system in Finland is very convenient, timely and customer-oriented. There are various options of commuting from point A to point B. As a foreigner, I’d advise you to always go to your bus station few minutes before the departure time because buses and metros in Helsinki are ALWAYS timely and you may miss your bus if you arrive by the departure time.


3. Clean Environment: When I moved to Finland newly, I couldn’t help but notice how clean public spaces are always kept. Perhaps, that’s one of the reasons foreigners tend to have cleaning jobs as students😊 (by the way, I did that too while studying). One way they prevent littering is by providing trash cans at strategic places. They also judiciously clear up the snow in winter, mow the grasses in summer and pick up the fallen leaves in autumn.

4.The privacy you enjoy: The way houses are built in Finland, one cannot visit without informing you. Personally, I love the privacy living in block of flats brings. There’s a central security lock that is available to tenants alone. This way, unwanted guests and thieves cannot get into your apartment easily.

5.The love for nature. Finns have a great and enviable relationship with trees, flowers and forests. Virtually everywhere I’ve lived in Finland, I’ve been surrounded by beautiful flowers and trees.  They also pay attention to aesthetic decorations and furnishings. This is seen indoor and outdoor spaces.
6. Freedom to roam the forest: There is the word in finnish “jokamiehen oikeus” and it means “every man’s right” in English. By that, everyone has the right to pick berries, apples and mushrooms in the forest freely without restrictions. I love it because I look forward to summer when I can go for berry picking with my friends.


7. The Safety in Finland: I think this about the most striking thing I love about Finland- the safety. I’ve had so many situations where I left my valuables and still got it back. When I was pregnant with my child, I worked late into the night and going back home in a lonely path was not an unthinkable thing to do because I knew that no one would dare harm me. The police and other security agencies have been be able to maintain peace and order and have successfully made citizens know that their rights of safety are respected and valued.

8.The comprehensive health care for all: I really didn’t know how affordable and comprehensive the health care system in Finland was until I got married and became pregnant. I received the best care a pregnant woman could wish for. As a registered nurse, I knew what to expect from a skilled professional and I got just that even without disclosing my profession to the health staff.
Knowing that my health is treasured and my baby’s health is a priority to the government is applaudable!

Well, let me take a break here and give you the chance to share your thoughts about things you love about Finland (if you live in Finland) or the things you love about where you live. PLEASE LEAVE YOUR COMMENT SECTION.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

BEING A WOMAN :THE TRUE DEFINITION OF A WOMAN


We live in a world that teaches girls to place more value on their physical appearance than their intellectual abilities and talents.
We’ve been defined by our sexuality, attractiveness and beauty.


Where being ambitious, intelligent and assertive as a lady is not only seen as arrogance but also as a threat to having a happy home or finding true love.

We have been told to fit into the limiting societal expectation as if being a woman is a crime.
We are being applauded for letting our dreams fade in front of our eyes while we so passionately fan the desires of the other sex.

We’ve been told to put up with inhumane acts and abuses of various kinds because we want to have a false sense of being patient and virtuous.

We have allowed our bodies to be an object of sexual satisfaction for males.


But the truth is that we cannot be put in a box. We were conceived in the mind of God and endowed with so much beauty and richness beyond our widest imaginations. In us lies the spirit and power to transform the world for the better. 

By embracing our uniqueness, we rekindle the liberating will to awaken the slumbering giant in us and give ourselves the permission to live life fully, deeply, and to the truest expression of ourselves.

Our true identity, value and worth lies in unleashing the power in us with our personalities, emotions, smiles, gentle touch, heart of gold, soothing voice. As women, we owe the world the responsibility to allow our flowers blossom, our lights shine and our beauties used the right way. 

Give yourself the permission to be the girl who loves to use her voice to change life, to savour the moments she’s in the kitchen doing what she loves, in a formal gathering presiding over a meeting. Do what you love. Live life to the fullest. Don’t be afraid to dream big. Don’t settle for less.  Raise your standards.

History chronicles the inspiring examples of women like Sojourner Truth, Margeret Fuller, Mother Theresa, Rosa Parks , Maya Angelou who took powerful steps of raising their standards. The same power is available to you freely if you have the courage to claim it.
Changing the limiting societal beliefs and expectation of you as a woman begins with the simple step of changing yourself.

Don’t fit into the limiting socially constructed beliefs. Be intentional about being unique, being you, being assertive, a cause for positive change, own your voice and walk with your head held high.

BE YOUR OWN KIND OF WOMAN DEVOID OF SOCIETAL INFLUENCE.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

NURSING JOB IN FINLAND: WORKING AS A NURSE IN FINLAND VLOG


After a long period of maternity leave (eleven months), I have returned to taking care of others as a way of profession. Nursing in Finland is full of exciting and challenging days, yet rewarding!
The search for a nursing job after a long period of leave was quite challenging and was made worsened by unfriendly potential employers who do not want to have a foreigner in their workplace. Thankfully, there are tons of companies that are more than willing to have a foreigner and give them the opportunity to grow professionally.
I documented the search for a job from the start until when I started working. Click on the link below to watchπŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡


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Monday, October 29, 2018

THE MEANING OF BODY SHAMING: THE UNTOLD STORIES OF BODY SHAMING IN AFRICA

"She’s too tiny!” said the mother of six to my mom “do you think she has HIV?” my mom didn’t react to it. She ignored it but as a girl in my teens being referred to as one with this fatal illness just because I was skinny and allowing my genes to determine my weight and height, I felt not just terribly sad but also self-conscious. I made it a deal to avoid situations where food, body weight and heights were discussed.


Sometime ago, a friend from my childhood posted on her timeline on Facebook, complaining about how someone said she was too fat and that she was not going to find a man for herself with that kind of body fat.
It is a sad reality we all face and a negative menace that has been ingrained in our cultures especially in my country Nigeria. It is not unusual to be called Orobo and fatty bombom (if you are a bit chubby) and Lekpa (if you are slim). It has been a part of our everyday lives and people say those rash words without considering the other person’s feelings and the presence of others.
In this digital age we live in, commercials have been used to target our body sizes, shapes and other areas of our lives. Advertisers in a bid to persuade us to see the need of a particular product or service they are offering, they use terms that body shame people and affects self-worth and confidence.

The effects of body shaming have been tremendously negative. Eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia nervosa have been developed. Unfortunately, due to the stigma attached to minor psychiatric disorders in Nigeria, people hide it from the face of the public. Psychological problems too are not left out. Low self-esteem, low self-confidence and being too self-consciousness are some of the noticeable problems associated with fat shaming.
 Since this has been part of our lives, we have to create a platform and use our voice to end this body shaming / fat shaming. I would like to share with you four tips on how to deal with this body shaming:
DON’T TAKE THINGS TOO PERSONALLY: This was what my mom knew and acted out when that lady said something terrible and untrue about her child. She knew that people filled with love, happiness and fully satisfied with their lives would never say negative things to others. People tend to project their fears, disappointments, and doubts towards you. DON’T TAKE IT PERSONALLY.
SPEAK UP: It is very important that we speak up against this trend that has such a profound negative impact. We owe ourselves the responsibility to love ourselves enough to say no to ill-treatment from others. While speaking up for yourself, don’t forget to lend your voice to others who do not have all it takes to speak up.

BE HONEST TO YOURSELF: If you think you really have to lose or add weight, do it for yourself. Be honest enough to yourself to know what you are lacking and act towards correcting it. If you need to start exercising to lose weight and eat health diets, do it because you want to invest in your future health.
CHOOSE PEOPLE WISELY: Surround yourself with people that build you up and love you for who you are.

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

ADVICE FOR TEENAGERS: THINGS I WISH I KNEW AS A TEENAGER



As a girl in my teens, I had tons of information and I was very curious about life and how to be a teenager. I sought advice from older people around me and also read books I could lay my hands on.
Some of my questions were answered intelligently and they acted as compass that navigated my teenage years with ease. Others were left to be understood as I aged. I have learned with experience, how to be a teenager and I’d love to share them with you in ten bullet points.


YOU HAVE ALL THE TIME: As a teenager, I noticed that apart from attending classes and running errands for my mom, I had all the time to myself. I was lucky to have loved books at an early age so I immersed myself in them. I’d advice you do the same as a teenager. Make books your friend, and savor every moment you have with your family because with time, you will not always have your loved ones with you at the same place all the time.

LEARN TO BE ASSERTIVE: This is what I was privileged to learn from my strong mom at an early age. As a girl, it was very easy to say “no” to unpleasant requests without giving explanation for my decision. It came off to my friends as being arrogant but in Nigeria where I was raised, being assertive as a girl was a life saver.

CHOOSE YOUR FRIENDS WISELY: This is a very important advice every teenager should learn and incorporate in their dealings with others. Do you think I learned that early enough? Well, I missed it! I had a fair share of making frenemies and the consequences that came with it. I’d advice you to be intentional about who you call your friends. Friends have a great impact on our attitude. If you don’t like your friend’s attitude to life and others, then quit the relationship because we become who we constantly surround ourselves with.

IT IS OKAY NOT TO BE IN A GROUP: I know we are all humans and want to be loved, appreciated and be in company but it is still okay not to be in a group especially if being in that setting causes more harm than good to you. Sometimes, not being in a group may be to your advantage. Unnecessary drama, fighting and gossiping can be avoided.

LOVE YOURSELF: This is very important because no one can love you more than you do to yourself, with the exception of God and some sweet parents. Take care of your physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual health.


NO ONE HAS IT ALL: Have you ever looked at someone with so much admiration and think he or she has it all? I have been there! With maturity and time that has sweetly flown by and rubbed on me wisdom, I’ve realized that we are all flawed and that nobody’s life is perfect. We’ve just learned to embrace our uniqueness, beauty and learned to unlearn bad attitudes, incorporate virtues in our lives and looked onto life with optimism.

YOU WILL OUTGROW THE SHY STAGE OF LIFE: I know it’s hilarious but if I can overcome the stage when I was very self-conscious, shy and embarrassed at every little perceived or real flaw of mine, then there’s good news for everyone. How did I do it? Well, I just learned to focus on my strengths, loved myself enough not to be too hard on me and avoided gossiping and people that only see the negatives and can’t wait to tell me how badly I performed even if I had a stellar performance in the eyes of others.
HAVE BOUNDARIES AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE: This is an essential tool every teenager needs to survive the countless requests and situations that would push them to their limits. As a girl in Nigeria, I learned to say “no” and shout it at the top of my voice to those uncles who tried to show romantic interests in me behind my mom’s back. Having boundaries also helped me act like a teenager and aligned my focus in the right direction.

With hindsight now, I’d advice my teenage self to focus on loving myself, having a good identity, showing integrity in all I do, building good habits that will act as foundations for me and most importantly, loving God deeply, closely and passionately and asking for his strength and guidance daily.
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Saturday, October 13, 2018

HOW TO TIE HEAD WRAPS IN A NUMBER OF WAYS


Some people say head wraps are cultural while others say they are just a covering when one does not have time to take care of her hair. Well, those opinions may not be far from the truth BUT if you ask me, I would say that they are just trendy ways that never go out of fashion to adorn your hair and look exquisite. I love how versatile head wrappings are and how beautifully different one can look depending on the style you choose to tie your head wrap or turban.  


I will be showing in the pictures below, some of the ways you can beautifully style your African head wraps and turbans to make you look gorgeous.





Tell me which style you love the most or would love to try. Wondering how to achieve these looks? I have made a video for you. Just click on the link below to watch.πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

NURSING STUDY ABROAD FOR FREE: NURSING IN FINLAND AND NIGERIA


I am very passionate about sharing my nursing experience with others. Having studied and practiced as a nurse in two continents, different cultural settings and nursed people in all levels of social class, age, and gender, I think a have a little wealth of knowledge to share with you.


My main aim of writing of this blog is to provide some insights about the approach and mode of nursing in Finland and Nigeria. Nursing in both countries are a lot similar in that they have and follow the core values of nursing in practice. The nursing values like human dignity, integrity, autonomy, altruism and social justice are held high.

Nevertheless, the University of applied science JyvΓ€skylΓ€, in Finland and the Rivers state school of nursing, Nigeria have some differences in terms of how culture has influenced nursing, the expression of autonomy, the institutions where nursing can be studied, the use of technology and criteria for graduation.

For a nursing student to be ready for graduation in Nigeria, he/she must have written and passed the nursing council licensing examination whereas in Finland, if the student has completed his/her thesis and have the expected number of credits (which is usually 210 ECTS) the student is ready to nurse patients.
Culture has influenced the way nursing students are trained. Finland has an equal right system for both male and female and all ages and nursing is not left out in this. Nursing students have equal rights with their lecturers and the use of first name with no title is not only ideal but also expected. This is unheard of in Nigeria. Nursing students are expected to show respect to their lecturers in school and senior colleagues after graduation. This can be in form of using titles, standing up to greet and the use extremely polite words in conversations.
In addition, nursing students are identified in the society by their sparkling white gowns and starched white caps attached to their heads in Nigeria. In comparison to Nigeria, In Finland you cannot distinguish a nursing student from a student studying accounting except in the hospital as they dress as smartly as every other person in the society.

More so, Finland is advanced technologically. Simulation labs for clinical practice are fully equipped with advanced innovations and health facility. A good amount of school work, assignments, registration, and study progress are done using the internet. In Nigeria, it is common for nurses to document their care using pen and paper. The use of paper and pen are essential tools in class, checking study progress and in clinical practice.
Interestingly, a Nigerian trained nurse is fully equipped to nurse globally because of the high attention to detail, high expectation from the curricula and the teaching approach that is globally inclined. In Finland, upon graduation, a nursing student can confidently work within and around Finland.
I have done a video about nursing in Europe (Finland) and Africa (Nigeria) where I shared more differences between these countries. Click on the link below to watch.πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡

Can you relate to what I have said? Do you have a different experience? I’d love to hear from you! As always, your comment is treasure to me.




THINGS I LOVE ABOUT FINLAND || REASONS WHY I LOVE LIVING IN FINLAND

When I traveled  from Germany to Finland to participate in my nursing entrance examination, I didn’t know what to expect from the new count...