Holiday Budgeting for 2018

Hey Friends!

Holiday budgeting can be so stressful when you didn’t properly prepare for the holiday in question. Christmas is my absolute FAVORITE holiday of the year and every single year, I don’t adequately prepare financially and ALWAYS end up overspending.

I find that not only do I overspend but I am so unprepared for the Holiday Season with work and schedule I tend to not be able to fully enjoy the season. With that being said for 2018, I fully intend on saving, planning and executing all as planned.

My plan is to save a bit of money as per the Christmas saving schedule as you are seeing below which I found on Pinterest. The next plan will be to start shopping for gifts as early as September so that I can wrap and place under the tree as soon as my tree is purchased.

This year I, unfortunately, purchased my tree very late for many reasons which I think affected my entire emotional well being. This year though, another aim is to control my stress and emotions thereby preventing the many repercussions.

My aim for 2018 is fewer regrets. More preparation.

52-Weeks Money Challenge

The Holidays are very stressful only if you make it, so be prepared, show up and show out! Make checklists start planning early so that you can enjoy the season as much as possible. I sure do!

There will be further blog posts closer to the ending of 2018 where I’ll start detailing my plans and how but remember the first step is to start saving whatever you can to fit your budget so that removes the financial stress and it provides you with an actual budget where you can split however you choose.

If there is any advice anything you think you would want to read about on my blog page send me a message or DM on Instagram!

Wishing you nothing but a prosperous 2018!


Migrating to the USA

Hi, Ladies and Gents!

So migrating to the USA was not easy for me, it was a JOURNEY, packing up my life piece by piece. There were many factors that we had put into play as to whether or not this was the right choice for us. I believe that everyone should really think about it, as it is a huge decision, it is not easy and it takes an emotional toll on you at first. It’s a big place and coming from a small island it is very different. Visiting and moving to the USA are two totally different things. Traveling here occasionally prior to moving does give you an idea but if you have never been here and just came here to live, it can be very lonely and stressful especially if you’re on your own.

My husband and I made a plan and decided collectively that it was a good choice for right now and if we were unhappy we could go back to our little island after the dust died down. So we made preparations, and we didn’t “do away” with all of our ties but merely put them in holdings. We moved here together, my family support system has been great and so we have just taken our time to adjust to our new environment. After 6 months of being here, we have successfully bought our car and purchased our home. Nothing we have done is far out of reach for anyone and making and setting goals is how we achieved them.

Think about every aspect of your current situation, weigh your pros and cons, gather as much information as you can, and set goals.

NCLEX RN Tips & Tricks (part 2)

Hey Ladies and Gents!

This is my follow up from part one which will include my tips and tricks as well as my recommended study material!

Tips and Tricks!

1. Personally, don’t tell every and anyone when your nclex date is, only need to know persons. I find that when everyone doesn’t know your “date” it’s less pressure on you, you can give an estimated time but don’t say the exact date tell persons a few weeks post date that way you would have sat your exam and gotten your results already before they even know you say the exam. I find that relieves pressure.

2. Designate isolated study times, silent and remove cell phones and any other distracting devices from your study area.  If you have children i recommend studying at nights or whenever they are not home, it will be difficult and will require scheduling and sticking to it but if done correctly you’ll only ave to do it once!

3. Study in 2 hour undisturbed slots meaning you can study for 4 hours BUT study 2 hours straight at most and at any one time take 15 minute minimum to 30minutes maximum breaks, in this time drink water, have a snack, stretch your legs but do not and I repeat DO NOT check social media because once you pop you probably see something that distracts you and it will disrupt your entire flow.

4. Practice questions and review rationales thoroughly. Do what works for you, writing the rationales down helped the information to stick for me, mostly important points.

5. Review every single rationale for right or wrong questions, whether or not know the information review it. Ensure your rationale matches up with the questions’ rationale.

Study material I recommend:

NSCBN learning ext the question bank


Pharmacology made INSANELY easy

My NCLEX Study guide CS (that’s done by me)

These are what I highly recommend, I’m sorry I don’t recommend actual study books with head to toe information about disease processes but this is because what I have noticed is there are many disease processes and it’s impossible to know everything. I recommend the pharmacology book because it has acronyms and it groups drugs which makes it easier to remember and that is always helpful. But based on experience if you study the strategy and see the strategy in answering questions then that will help you to critically think and thereby answer questions to which you don’t even know the disease. It sounds foreign when I say it now but if you study as I recommend then you will get a better understanding.

So those are my tips and tricks I will further start to do study blogs and review classes etc depending on the response from you.

What’s coming….
Blogs on question dissecting
How to apply for CGFNS and the process to follow for international nurses to become licensed to practice in the USA.

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Preparing for NCLEX RN Intro (part 1)

Hey Ladies & Gents!

 I decided to do a blog post to supplement my video on my YouTube channel regarding the NCLEX RN Exam. The blog will be done in sections because the NCLEX is an important exam and I don’t want to overwhelm anyone with the plethora of information to come. I have tips and tricks that helped me and I;m sure will help others and so I decided to share this information. I sat the NCLEX RN Exam 3 times, it was emotionally draining and I was stressed out at the end of failing it the first time that I think I never gave myself a fair chance along with some other factors which contributed to me failing the second time.

I would not wish failing this exam on my worst enemy because the anxiety and stress that accompanies this exam … there are just no words to describe it.

It is imperative to learn the ins and outs of the exam and exactly how it works. This will help in understanding the exam which will boost your confidence. It is not just any exam, it is unlike any exam you have ever taken. There are no exams that contribute to understanding it.

I am an internationally trained nurse and so nurses similar to myself will understand that having experience puts you at a disadvantage rather than an advantage to new graduates.

This exam was made for new graduates and as such nurses with any experience with over think the questions and it will be more difficult for you to pass it because instead of reading and answering what is asked, we over analyze and read into situations we inadvertently make up in our head. NO NO NO this is where you go wrong so the best advice I can give to my nurses in that category which are my nurses who have any type of experience. Forget what you know or what you’ve seen, do not read into the questions, answer what is asked. This advice goes out to everyone as a matter of fact. ANSWER ONLY WHAT IS ASKED OF YOU. Do not read into the questions.

I will close this blog post with talking about the exam format, question wise and my next blog post will contain my personal tips and tricks to pass the exam.

The NCLEX RN Exam is set up in such a way that the minimum number of questions given are 75 and the maximum is 265. You can pass or fail at 75 any number in between up to 265.

So why do I need to know this?

You need to understand the exam to boost your confidence because you need all the confidence you can get for this anxiety ridden exam.

So with that being said you pass or fail at a minimum of 75 up to a maximum of 265. You are allowed 6hours to complete the total exam inclusive of your breaks. You have a first optional break prompt after 2hours and then thereafter you can take a break at any time if needed but it is counted in your exam time. You have 6hours to complete the exam however if the time expires before you are through, the system will calculate your pass or fail based on the last 60 questions you answered.

When I sat the exam the first and second time I failed at 265 questions. When I passed my exam on the 3rd attempt I passed with 75questions.

In my next blog post we will discuss tips, tricks and my recommended material…

Until then, learn as much as you can about the exam or check out my YouTube video on my channel