About Raili



Hi, I’m Raili.  Welcome to my place. There’s lots of ‘rooms’ here for you to explore. From the funny to the very serious. I post on this, my main blog pretty much every day.

Regular features on my blog –

Saturday Smiles – is joke time

Sunday Serenity  – is meditation time

Other days – are a surprise!

Dad always introduced me as his baby. That felt weird when I was grown up. Of course for him it was true as I am the youngest of three. We moved to Australia from Finland when I was a little girl. Strangely enough, I married a Finn. Of all places we met in the desert heat of Mt Isa in North Queensland. By then I ‘d already lived in Hobart and Brisbane. We married young. I now live in Adelaide, South Australia with my human family and fur baby. Tess, the little terrier cross maltese demands a disproportionate amount of time and space for her size.

I think of myself as an Aussie-Finn. My family is a mini melting pot of nations – Finnish, Indian and Filipino born first generation Australians. You might have guessed by now that our kids are adopted. Our extended family too is a riotous mix of races, cultures, traditions and beliefs.

Right from the start I wanted to be a nurse. After a few detours I got there. Mental health was the first to offer me post-graduate specialist training. I loved it so much I stayed there for the rest of my career. The privilege of working with some of the most disenfranchised people in our community was humbling, enriching, challenging. I learnt so much about life, the universe, and everything.

I’ve now resigned from my day job to follow my passions.

I appreciate your presence here. Please leave a footprint. I love to hear what you have to say.


166 thoughts on “About Raili

  1. Lovely to meet you Raili, and we have a little in comment, Although I am not a qualified nurse.. I have worked within Mental Health.. As I became a Support Worker in 2002 .. And worked for 7 yrs with adults with learning difficulties, Autism, Downs Syndrome and others such as Asperger syndrome etc .. For the last three years I concentrated on supporting Schizophrenia to one individual.
    So I know how demanding a job it is, but also how rewarding too. I look forward to following you blog Raili, but cannot promise to comment on each daily posting.. 🙂 Especially when Spring and the growing season kicks off, I will be out and in the allotments growing food, weeding and just plane enjoying nature.. 🙂

    But I hope to catch most of them..
    🙂 Thank you for your own follow, and I look forward to reading your posts.. 🙂 and looking around your blog xx

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    1. So more in common than I realised. As you head into spring we enter autumn. I love both those seasons with all the glorious changes in nature to nurture the senses. Enjoy digging in the dirt and harvesting your crops 🙂
      I look forward to reading your posts too. My hope is that all those who visit mine take a little something away with them – and leave a ‘footprint’ or a note if they so wish to let me know they’ve been.

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      1. Thank you for your kind comments. Happy to read your post – but my very first comment would be to be positive, stay away from words like ‘lack’ and seek constructive feedback 🙂

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  3. As someone being treating in mental health (eating disorder), I appreciate your contribution. It took me 10 years to REALLY get the help I needed and I was told that I was brave for doing so. I don’t regret it. I also want to comment on you resigning to follow your dreams. I was on a pretty direct career path when I got burnt out and realized “THIS IS NOT FOR ME” “I don’t know why I’m doing this anymore (grad school for PT)… through my eating disorder treatment, I have found creative outlets that I never knew existed or that I even enjoyed. I started my blog to express my thoughts and some pain through my process of recovery. I see now that it can be so much more. I love to hear when people decide to follow their passions (it makes me less scared to do so). Thank you.

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    1. Thank you for sharing a little about your journey. Recovery can be a long, winding hard road. You have named your blog well. I’m so glad you have discovered passions you didn’t realise you had! When I started blogging I knew I had stories and so much more I wanted to share, but never realised all the detours and delights along the way. They keep on coming – like this one from you 🙂 You’re on my list of new followers to visit which I promise I will get to soon. In the meantime, thank you so much for the follow and welcome to my blogging community. Safe travels 🙂

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  4. Thanks for stopping by my recovery blog and so “Happy” to meet you Raili… I appreciated your kind comments too. I am unique kind of gal as my other passion other than helping others recover, I love writing, reading good books, and book promoting for fine authors. So if you didn’t see it? Come by my other WP BLOG: https://anauthorandwriterinprogress.wordpress.com

    I am loving your blog and a new fan XO. CAT

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      1. I knew about the knee surgery, but it seems such a long time ago. I must be losing track. It’s like all the different parts of my life are running at separate speeds…
        Thanks. I’ll stop worrying now xxx

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