Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Plans for the Rest of 2017

There's less than 50 days left in 2017! It's crazy to think this year is almost over and a new one is about to begin. I have accomplished some of the goals I set for myself for 2017, some I've partially completed, and some I haven't had much luck with. These aren't necessarily related to the goals I set at the beginning of the year, but they are some things I want to do before the year ends.

Plans for the Rest of 2017


Finish the semester strong

I'll be finishing up the fall semester with my students, and I want to finish it with the same enthusiasm as I started with. Luckily I have everything planned out already and I have some fun things to keep it interesting for them and me!

Focus on health

I love carbs and tend to be a bit more on the sedentary side. I am trying to focus a bit more on my health though and make a few small steps towards being healthier. I am trying to drink more water. I am attempting to work out regularly. I am trying to eat more fruits and veggies.

Get Organized

I want to organize the closets, cupboards, and drawers that tend to get ignored. I want to go through those areas, get rid of the things I never use, and create an organized place for the things I do use. 


Set Up My Happy Planner

I'm using a Happy Planner for 2018 and I'm making a bullet journal section in it to help me keep all of my planning in one spot. I've already started working on it, but I have lots of pages I want to make and add.


What do you want to do before 2017 ends? Let me know in the comments!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Day 19 | How to Make Waking Up Easier

I am not a morning person. Getting out of bed in the morning is a struggle. Getting up and going is yet another struggle since I move at glacier speed when I'm tired. I have to get past these morning struggles quickly though because I have to be out the door shortly after 7 am. These are a few tricks I've learned to help make waking up a bit easier.

4 ways to make waking up easier


Turn on a light

Waking up is hard enough, let alone in autumn and winter when you're waking up when it's still dark out. Turning on a light, even just a small lamp, helps convince your brain that it is indeed morning and time to wake up. Last year I even had my lamp on a timer so it would turn on 15 minutes before my alarm went off to help me wake up a bit more naturally.

Play music

In the morning I like to play an upbeat playlist, especially one like my Throwback playlist. It's hard to stay in bed when your favorite song is playing and making you want to dance. It also makes getting ready so much more fun.

Use alarms

I have 4 alarms go off every morning. Excessive, but they're for different reasons, not just to get up! The first alarm is my "If I wake up now I can check my phone for a few minutes (or I can sleep)" alarm. My next alarm goes off 15 minutes later and that alarm means I have to get up and going. I have a third alarm that goes off and when that one goes off I should be halfway ready. If I'm not it's time to speed it up! My last alarm is to push me out the door. The alarms help me since I'm not usually looking at the clock while I'm getting ready and since I live alone I don't have anyone to tell me I'm running late and need to get going.

Think of something to look forward to that day

This is a tip a mentor gave me once, and its one of the best pieces of advice I've ever gotten. Having at least one thing to look forward to each day, even if its something little like a new episode of your favorite show or what you're having for lunch, helps you be a bit more positive and excited about your day. And if you're excited about your day, you want to get up and going!


Are you a morning person? How do you make waking up easier? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Blogtober 18 | 5 Apps You Need To Have

Like any other 20-something, I rely too much on my phone for just about everything. When there's an app for everything, how could you not? I'm always trying new apps, so today I'm sharing some of my favorites here. Best of all, they're all free!


5 Apps You Need to Have On Your Phone


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

6 Free Things To Do When You Have No Money

I grew up being taught to be aware of how much money you have, spend less than what you make, and other good money management techniques. Now that I'm a "real adult" (kind of), I'm trying to actually use those techniques and I'll admit, it's more difficult than I thought! I have had to let go of some extras and find more free things to do, especially on a new teacher's budget! If you're in the same spot as me, I have a few ideas of free things you can do when you have no money to spend on extras.


6 Free Things To Do When You Have No Money

Monday, October 16, 2017

Blogtober 16 - Weekend Wrap Up

This weekend was a bit special since it was my dad's birthday, my siblings in college were home, and my youngest brother who's a senior in high school had one of his last band competitions. 


Weekend Wrap Up for October 13-15

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Blogtober 15 | 15 Happy Things

Today I'm sharing 15 happy things from the first half of this month. I always like reading these types of posts because they remind me to take time to think about all the happy things in my life, too. 

15 Happy Things


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Blogtober 12 - My Current Favorite Songs

Listening to music in the morning is the only way to get me out of bed some days. I've been listening to these songs in the morning as I get up and drive to work. I've been listening to my 2017 and throwback playlists a lot lately, so a few songs on this playlist are throwbacks.


20+ songs I'm loving at the moment

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Blogober 11 - How I Use a Bullet Journal and Planner to Stay Organized

I am all about my planners. Yep, planners. I use a bullet journal and a planner to stay organized. Earlier this year I was just using a bullet journal to stay organized and it was working pretty well, but couldn't find a good way to plan ahead that wasn't too time consuming. So since July I've been using a planner for most of my organizing, but I still use a bullet journal for making lists and keeping track of all the projects and things I'm working on. I like that in my bullet journal I can make my lists as long as I want without running out of room and if a page looks too messy, I can just make a new page for that list or that day. A traditional planner works really well though for basic daily to-do lists and keeping track of all the different events and appointments that are scheduled far in advance. Here's a look at how I use both my planner and bullet journal to stay organized.


A Peek at My Planner and Bullet Journal

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Blogtober 10 - 2018 Happy Planner

First: I'm writing this post using the app on my phone for the first time, so apologies if it is a bit wonky when published.

Today's post is all about my new planner! This weekend I went to Michael's and picked up a new Happy Planner for 2018. It is so cute and I am so excited to tell ypu all about it! (This isn't sponsored in any way, I just genuinely love planners and this is my favorite brand of planners)

2018 Happy Planner

Monday, October 9, 2017

Blogtober 9 - Weekend Wrap Up

Well, I made it 5 days before I skipped a few days of Blogtober - oops! I didn't take any photos this weekend (other than of my cat), but hopefully you'll still be up to hearing about my weekend and what I did instead of keeping up with Blogtober.




Thursday, October 5, 2017

Blogtober 5 - My Favorite Documentaries on Netflix

I love watching documentaries and Netflix is a great source for good, interesting documentaries. After watching many, many documentaries I have compiled this list of 5 of my favorite documentaries on Netflix.




Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Blogtober 4 - 15 Pictures to take this Fall

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love all the sweaters, leaves changing, cooler weather, start of school, and pumpkins everywhere. Because it's my favorite, I love taking as many photos of this time of year as I can so I can carry a little bit of fall with me all year round. Here's a list of 15 pictures you have to take this fall.


15 Pictures To Take This Fall


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

5 Ways to Make Your Home Cozier for Colder Months

It seems like most people are super excited for the colder months to get here. With new fashions, new drinks at Starbucks, and of course the holidays coming right around the corner there is a lot to be excited for! I get most excited about the darker colors, wearing all of my sweaters and cardigans,  visiting the pumpkin patches, and making my home super cozy for the colder months. I thought I would share a few of the ways I'm making my home cozier this month, so let's get to it!


5 ways to make your home cozier for fall and winter


Monday, October 2, 2017

Blogtober 2 - 20+ Things That Change When You Become a Cat Owner

I adopted Maya, the love of my life, on July 3 of this year. Since that day my life has changed exponentially for the better. She is the most beautiful, intelligent, ferocious, cuddly kitten and I love her dearly. As my first pet that doesn't live in an aquarium, she holds a very special place for me and has changed my life a lot. Today I'm sharing a few of the ways she has changed my life.


20 things that happen when you become a cat owner

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Blogtober 1 - Am I Really Doing This?

I've always wanted to do Blogtober or Blogmas, but I'm never confident that I can fully commit to posting everyday or that the content will be good enough. Well, this year I'm doing it! I'm still not confident that I really will be able to post everyday or that the content will be good enough, but I'm doing it and I'll figure out the rest later. Because that's how you do things, right?


Blogtober Day 1 - Am I Really Doing This? An Introduction


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Plans for October

I love reading posts like this of what everyone is looking forward to each month and what they want to accomplish. I used to do posts like this every month, but stopped. I miss writing them and figured if I love reading them, maybe you do, too!

October is my favorite month of the year. Fall is in full swing - all the leaves are different colors, my closet is nothing but sweaters, pumpkins are everywhere, and Halloween is just around the corner so I can watch The Addams Family and Tim Burton movies as much as I want. It's such a glorious time of year!


3 plans for October 2017


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Blogging Consistently with a Full Time Job

Blogging consistently can be a struggle. I've found it to be much more difficult to blog consistently with a full time job than I found it to be in college. I didn't publish any new posts last month and over the past year I've found a few weeks where I'm consistent, then I'll be gone for a few weeks, then come back to blogging.

It's so frustrating because when you blog inconsistently it makes it a LOT more difficult to feel connected to other bloggers and the blogging community, to grow your own blog, and to feel like your blog is improving.

In an attempt to myself, and hopefully a few other bloggers out there, here are some ways to blog more consistently.


Tips for Blogging Consistently with a Full Time Job


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

How To Be Productive When Working From Home

Working from home is the dream for many people. But it doesn't come without it's challenges! I have a full time job for most of the year, but I'm taking the summer off to work at home on creating a curriculum for my middle school Spanish program (yay!) and updating this blog and hopefully making it better. I thought I'd share a few tips I've learned to help you be more productive when working from home.


Tips for being productive from home


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

August Favorites No. 2

This past year of blogging has been so on-again, off-again. I'll start blogging and feel great about it, then stop when life gets too crazy and then wonder if I should keep up with this. But I really enjoy writing and sharing it here! So I keep coming back to this place once things seem to calm down again and I feel a bit inspired.

I haven't blogged in over a month, when I started getting ready for school. I procrastinated getting ready for school until the very end of July. And from there it was meetings and the first few weeks of school. Starting school up felt good and I'm very happy with where I'm at. Hopefully it stays that way!


A few favorites from August 2017


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

8 Ways to be Happier

Being happier is a goal most of us are striving for. I think this is great thing to strive for, no matter how elusive it may be. It pushes us to become better versions of ourselves and evaluate what we're doing and why.

When I think of living a happy life, I don't think it means being happy 100% of the time, or even 90%. I think living a happy life means that you choose a positive outlook and attitude, you incorporate activities and routines into your life that make you enjoy, and in the end the happy moments outweigh the bad ones. Today I'm sharing a few ways you can add more happy moments to your life.


8 Ways to be Happier


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Top Advice for Bloggers

Let me start this by saying, I decided to research "how to start a blog" after writing my first draft of this post and it was so scary. Looking at all the things different blogs tell you you have to do to have a successful blog made me want to quit. It's so overwhelming.

I realize I might just be adding to that feeling, but my hope is that this post, based on my own experiences with blogging, will help new and seasoned bloggers alike. These are some of the best pieces of advice I've come across and lessons I've learned over nearly 3 years of blogging.

As you read through this list and any others you may come across, remember there is no magic formula for creating a blog and there is also no guarantee that you will become a full-time blogger making tons of money. More than likely, blogging will be a hobby for a long time that brings in only a little bit of extra money. That's okay!

Alright, enough with this intro and let's get on to my top pieces of advice for bloggers!


Top Advice for New & Seasoned Bloggers



Tuesday, July 4, 2017

June Favorites No. 2

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Hello! (I never start my posts off like that, but I just felt like it for whatever reason and I'm going with it) I didn't post a monthly favorites last month because it was a super busy month for me. In May I went on a weekend trip with my best friend to Las Vegas, finished up my first semester as a teacher (what!?), packed up my classroom so I could move from the Jr./Sr. High to the Middle School in August, and moved apartments so I would be closer to my school. Busy!

This month has been MUCH more relaxed. I didn't get a summer job so I have been able to relax, focus on my blog, and figure out how to set up a middle school Spanish curriculum. I've been enjoying this month and having so much freedom.


A few of my favorites from June 2017


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

5 Things To Do In Vegas

In May my friend and I went on a trip that we she had been planning tirelessly for months. She's been to Vegas several times which was a plus as she already knew a lot. I was able to rely on her to plan an awesome weekend trip. I thought I would pass on this knowledge and possibly help you plan a trip there as well. Keep reading for my top 5 things to do while you're in Las Vegas!



5 things to do in Vegas (besides gambling)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Top College Organization Posts

It's been awhile since I've posted about college, but I thought I would shine a light on all those college posts I've written over the past 2 1/2 years. Today I'm sharing a round up of my best college organization posts.




Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Life After College & Blogging Frustrations

I have 30 blog post ideas on my phone, but I just don't feel inspired to write any of them. A few weeks ago I was so excited for summer and hoping to write and publish more blog posts here, but now I am just feeling so disconnected from blogging and the blogging world. 

This is a bit depressing as I have so enjoyed blogging over the past 2 1/2 years. I feel part of the problem is that I started as a college lifestyle blogger. Now that I'm done with undergrad I'm not as interested in blogging about college, but don't really know where to go with my content.



thoughts on life after college and the blogging community


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

My Thoughts on Instagram

Ever since Instagram switched their feed from chronological to whatever this algorithm is, it seems like Instagram has gone from everyone's favorite social media to least favorite. While I'm not a fan of the changes, I still enjoy using Instagram and thought I'd share why.


4 reasons why I still like Instagram, despite the recent changes


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sunken Gardens | Photo Diary

I love spring and all the flowers it brings. The best place to enjoy all the flowers and beauty of spring is at Sunken Gardens. I went there one day last month with my brother and have finally gotten all of the photos together to share with you! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

photos of spring flowers at sunken gardens

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Ways to Be More Creative

Being creative is something that always makes me feel happy and fulfilled. I've been trying to do something creative everyday. It doesn't have to be painting a canvas or drawing a portrait to be creative. There are so many little ways to be more creative everyday. If you're looking to be more creative, look through this list for a few ways to add some creativity to your everyday life.


ways to be more creative everyday



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Personal Projects I Want to Do

I've always thought it's important to have personal projects to do outside of school or work. Sadly, last semester I felt so overwhelmed by everything from finishing college to getting certified that I did not give myself any time to work on personal projects. Now that I've got my job and have settled in to it, I've been giving myself more time to work on personal projects and it feels so good. For me,  these personal projects are a part of my self-care as they are things I'm doing for me and things that I enjoy doing. If you're in need of some inspiration for your own personal projects or just like being a bit nosy, here are the personal projects I am working or want to start working on.


Sharing a few personal projects I'm currently working on


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April Favorites No. 2

April is the first full month of spring and it has been so great to see all the signs of spring popping up everywhere - flowers blooming, little green leaves on the trees, and spotting bunnies and butterflies all over.


My favorites from April



Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Maintaining Long Distance Friendships

After going to college out of state and then returning back to my home state, I have found that many of my friends live far away from me. Luckily, it doesn't have to mean that our friendships are over. Here are a few ways to keep long distant friendships alive.


5 Ways to Keep Long Distance Friendships Alive


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

25 Things To Do For Your Blog

It always seems like there's a ton of things to do for your blog. From writing posts to social media, there are so many things that go into keeping your blog up and running. Here's a list of 25 things to do for your blog.


Things to do for your blog | blogging to do list


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

20 Things To Do This Weekend

I always end up doing the same things on the weekend - sleep in, netflix, clean a bit, visit my parents. Sometimes it's good to switch things up, so I made a list of 20 things to do this weekend. I hope this helps if you're looking to do something a bit different this weekend than your usual weekend routine.


20 things to do to switch up your weekend routine



Tuesday, March 28, 2017

March Favorites No. 2

I have felt so creative and inspired this month. I know looking at my blog you might be questioning this, but that's because I've put a lot of my creative energy towards my job. I love reading about different people's ideas for teaching and creating my own materials and plans. I've had so many different ideas, been putting them together, and sharing them with my students. It's been turning out great and I have kids interested in Spanish. It's great!

I've also been trying to get back into blogging after an unintentional break. I was putting a lot of my creative energy into school, which is fine. I know I won't always feel inspired, so when I am I think I should go for it and create what I can so that way when I'm not feeling creative and inspired I can just relax. But I also don't want my job to turn into the only thing I have, so I know I need to continue to put energy into this space - especially since I like it. I'm sure other people understand though how when you have two or more creative outlets, sometimes it seems like all your creative energy goes into one area and the the others get ignored a bit. Anyways, I've been reading more blog posts lately and adding more blog post ideas to the list I keep on my phone, so hopefully I'll be publishing more content here. Then I just need to start promoting posts, spending time on social media, and all those other fun admin parts of blogging :)


monthly favorites


Here's what I've been loving this month:


Music

Ed Sheeran's new album ➗ is so good! I love it! "Castle on the Hill," "Perfect," and "Galway Girl" are my top three songs from the album, but I love them all.

I've also been waiting for Lorde to put out new music for years. Pure Heroin is one of my favorite albums. I was so excited when her new song "Green Light" came out. I love it and will definitely be needing to get her new album when it comes out.


Movie

I went to my first movie of 2017, Beauty and the Beast. I was a little unsure if it would live up to the magic of the animated movie, but all that uncertainty was immediately put to rest. They did a wonderful job recreating the movie. They stayed true to the original while still making it their own. If you have not seen this yet, YOU HAVE TO!

Memories

- Finishing my first quarter class. I had a great time with my first group of 8th grade students, even if they did drive me a little nuts sometimes.
- Watching how well my new quarter class picks up what we're learning.
- Reading Disney stories with my Spanish II kids. I love being a language teacher.
- Seeing how excited my Spanish II kids were about reading a story about Lemony Snickets.
- Showing my mom my classroom when she came to see my school's musical (The Little Mermaid!)
- Spending time with my siblings who were home from college on Spring Break
- Talking on the phone with my best friend every day
- Seeing Beauty & the Beast
- The first few signs of Spring


What have you been loving this month? Any of the same things? Let me know in the comments!


Saturday, March 25, 2017

7 Things To Do to Get Ahead for the Next Week

I am all about being organized. Of course, it can be really hard to stay organized all week. I usually start off pretty organized and throughout the week I just get so busy that I let it slide. Luckily, the weekends are a great time to reset and get organized for the week ahead! I love using my weekends to recuperate, rest, and then get organized for the next week. Here are a few things I (try to) do during the weekends to start Monday on the right track.


How I Use My Weekends to Get Ahead


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Life Update No. 2

It's been a while - 2 weeks! I'm sorry for the silence. I love this space of the internet and being a part of the blogging community, so I've really felt guilty over this unintentional 2 week break. Guilty because I feel like I'm letting down people who read my posts (I hope there's a few of you) and for ignoring my favorite hobby. It is the worst when you just don't have any ideas for your blog and it seems like you've written about everything already. I think all bloggers feel like that from time to time, so I'm sure you can relate if you have a blog of your own.


Blogging Breaks and Feeling Inspired at Work


Saturday, March 4, 2017

February Favorites No. 2

February has been very good to me. I got to enjoy good weather in February - I had the windows open, went for a few walks, and even played outside with my little cousin. I started making some friends at work and met up with some college friends who I haven't seen in months. It's so crazy when you go from college where you see your friends every day or at least once a week to post-grad life where you're good to see each other every few months.

I also got some great news this month - I will be staying at the school I'm currently working for next year! I was hired at the very end of December for this semester, to finish out the school year, so I did not exactly have a guarantee that I would be there next year. I was so excited when they offered me a job to teach full time at the middle school next year.


February 2017 Favorites



Netflix

I love watching Law & Order SVU, Criminal Minds, and true crime shows. This month I watched Killer in the Family - a short series about the psychology of people who kill their whole family. If you like true crime shows and/or Criminal Minds you would definitely like this as a (female) criminal psychologist who profiles the people who kill their families for Scotland Yard narrates the show/investigates the killers.


DVD/TV Series

I am still obsessed with Downton Abbey. I just finished season 4 of it so I'm halfway through the series. Can I just say season 3 and 4 shocked me! I was on a roller coaster of emotions.


Music

The Chainsmokers make great music. "Closer" was my song for the last part of 2016 and now I'm loving their new single "Paris." These guys have such a great sound and I always like their lyrics.

And like every other sane human, I can't get enough of Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You." Of course I love the song all on it's own because Ed is a musical genius, but then I watched the video and fell even more in love. Everything you could ask for - a guy being attracted to a strong (like physically strong) woman, diverse actors, and of course humor - in one music video. You have to check it out!





Food

I decided to try something new and made a buffalo chicken dip. It. Is. Amazing. I love it! I can just come home, pull out my container of buffalo chicken dip and some chips and have a super easy supper after work. It's so yummy! I went super simple and just combined some buffalo sauce with cream cheese and cut up chicken (or in my case, vegetarian chicken).


Memories

- Going for a walk with my younger brother.
- Watching Downton Abbey with my mom.
- Playing outside with my little cousin.
- Getting a job for next school year!


What are your favorites from this month? Let me know in the comments!


Saturday, February 25, 2017

3 Little Ways to Live a (Slightly) Minimalist Lifestyle

Minimalism is very attractive to me. Living a life with less stuff to take care of and clean and more time and money to go out and do things sounds amazing. While my mom and grandma complain that I don't have enough decorations and stuff in my apartment, I would love to live a much more minimalist lifestyle, because really I hoard stationary and have a bunch of "memory boxes" filled with random things I should just get rid of. But that's why we need to just start small! So here are a few tips (for you and me) to be a bit more minimalist.


3 little tips to help you live happily with less stuff


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Must Have Bullet Journal Lists

I love making lists and I write the majority of my lists in my bullet journal. I always love hearing what people keep track of in their bullet journals, so I thought I'd share what I keep track of in my bullet journal, and maybe even give you some ideas of how to use your bullet journal.


5 lists I have to have in my bullet journal

Saturday, February 18, 2017

My Top Tips for Writing Blog Posts

With running a blog one of your main jobs is to write blog posts. Contrary to what some people may think, blog posts do not just write themselves and most bloggers put a lot of time and effort into writing their posts. From coming up with post ideas, thinking of ways to make the post you're writing unique to other posts on your blog and on the internet, actually writing the post, and editing - here are a few of my top tips for writing blog posts.


7 tips to help you write your best blog post ever



Tuesday, February 14, 2017

40 Things To Do When You're Stuck Inside

It seems like we're always stuck inside in winter and on all those rainy days that come with spring. Since I'm super busy with work at the moment, I don't get too bored, but I still end up finding myself doing the same things. So I thought I'd make a list of 40 things to do when stuck inside.


Bored? Here's 40 Things You Can Do Inside

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Albuquerque Photo Diary

When my family went to the Grand Canyon in December, we drove all the way there! We made a stop in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We visited Albuquerque Old Town which has a lot of buildings from the original Spanish settlers who moved there. It is a really cool area with lots of shops. Of course I had to take a billion pictures so I thought I'd share a few of them here!


Photo diary of Old Town Albuquerque in Albuquerque, New Mexico


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Day in my Life

I know we all love being nosy, so I thought I'd share a day in my life. I didn't edit the photos, so don't be surprised by the less than Pinterest-worthy photos - buy hey, that's real life!


Take a look at a day in my life and get a glimpse at what it's like to be a teacher!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

January Favorites No. 2

The first month of 2017 has come and gone! I can't believe it's already February. 

This month has been pretty crazy, but a good kind of crazy! I graduated from college in December and this month I started my first post-grad job! It was crazy how fast it all happened and I had only a week to get familiar with what I would be teaching and start planning for my first semester as a teacher. Luckily it's been a pretty easy transition and I'm loving it. Hopefully this job works out and I'll be able to stay on next year - fingers crossed! 

I've also been thinking a lot about how much better I feel mentally. If you've been reading for a while you might have noticed that I was feeling overwhelmed all fall and my depression was getting the best of me. It was not a good time for me. In December I finally went to the doctor to talk about my medication and I'm not sure if it's the change in medication, finally being done with classwork, or feeling like I have my life together now that I have a job but I am feeling a thousand times better! It's probably a combination of all those things and I'm so happy that I finally went to the doctor after months of putting it off and that the rest was able to happen. 


A few of my favorite things from January


Netflix

I have been all about the historical dramas this month. I watched two - Versailles and The Last Kingdom. I started The Last Kingdom since I really like History channel's Vikings series and this show was also about Vikings. This show is quite different though since (spoiler alert) it's about an English boy who is taken captive by Vikings and lives with them until his adoptive family is murdered. He then goes on a journey to achieve power with the English, using his knowledge of Vikings to his advantage. Pretty interesting! 

Versailles is how I filled my life with French court after I finished Reign (can't wait for the new season to start soon!). I was interested in the show anyway since it's about one of the most famous kings of France (Louis XIV) and it didn't hurt that George Blagden - who was one of my favorite characters on Vikings - plays him in this series. I really liked the series and thought the characters were really good. 


DVD/TV Series

In addition to those historical dramas on Netflix, I got hooked on another - Downton Abbey! My mom got into the series earlier this month and I ended up watching a few episodes with her. I was quickly addicted to the show! I had heard a lot about Downton Abbey (who hasn't?) but never watched it since I didn't get the channel it was on. Now I know what I was missing! Luckily my mom bought the whole series on DVD so I'm working my way through the series. I'm on season 2 now and have to restrict myself to only watching it on the weekends since I cannot stop myself from watching the next episode!


Food

No bake cookies. My great aunt used to make these so my family has a really good recipe for these. Even better - my mom has been making them and then giving me a container of them each time she makes them (twice in January - I'm so spoiled) so I can enjoy them, too. They're so good and chocolaty!


Memories

- Starting my first post-grad job. Last month I was thinking I would probably take a job as a para or substituting which I wasn't all that excited about. I cannot tell you how happy I am that it worked out for me to get a job teaching what I love in my own classroom each day.
- Getting a new phone. Since I now have a full time job I could finally afford to buy a new phone. I upgraded from an iPhone 4 (yes, I still had one) to a Galaxy S7. I LOVE my new phone! I have so much storage and the photos I take on it are amazing.


This month's favorites are a bit short, but I'm wanting to get back into this series. We'll have to see what favorites come in February!


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Bullet Journaling When You're Short on Time

The reason I hear people give for not wanting to start a bullet journal is often that they don't have time to make it pretty. I get it. You go on Instagram check out the #bulletjournal tag and get overwhelmed by all of these incredibly organized and artistic looking bullet journals. 

Bullet Journaling When You're Short on Time



Saturday, January 28, 2017

How to Stay Positive

Your attitude and mindset play a huge role in how your day (and life) goes. This is something you hear a lot, but with good reason. You can look at things as a catastrophe or an adventure, a failure or a chance to start again. To be honest with you, it's easier for me to focus on the negative so being positive is something I have to work at. Today I thought I'd share a few ways that I (try to) stay positive.



Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Wupatki Photo Diary

On our vacation in Arizona we visited several national parks including Wupatki National Monument. Wupatki was definitely one of the highlights of the trip for me. I absolutely loved seeing the ruins, reading about the people who lived in the pueblo, and how the creation of the park impacted the people who lived in the area.


Wupatki National Monument Photo Diary


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Tips for Your First Week at a New Job

I got my first job post college! I'm in my first month of the job and I know that it can be a lot to just jump in and try to figure everything out at a new job. So I came up with 5 tips to help you out for your first week!


5 tips for your first week at a new job



Take a deep breath.

Walking in those first few days and at different moments you'll be a mix of excited and nervous. Take a deep breath and remember that you got this! Shoulders back, chin up, and remain confident. You'll do great!


Go with the flow.

Chances are there will be weird things that pop up that you didn't cover in orientation or other unexpected things. Just go with the flow. When things go wrong or you don't know how to do something take a deep breath, do some problem solving, or ask someone for help. I know there were a bunch of things that popped up my first week that I didn't know about, but going with the flow made it so much easier to handle.


Make it a point to meet your new coworkers.

While it might be difficult to remember everyone's names when you first get hired, make it a point to meet as many people as you can and get to know a few people who work close to you. These people will be great to ask for help and support you in your first few weeks. Plus, you probably want to make some new friends at your job!


Ask questions.

People know you're new and that you'll have questions. Whenever you have a question, ask for help or tips from one of your new coworkers or managers. People usually like being sought out for their advice and are willing to help you do well your first week. Even the most experienced person there was new once and had to ask a ton of questions when they first got hired.


Celebrate!

You got the job! And you've made it through week 1! That's definitely reason to celebrate. Whether it's a night out, dinner out, or a movie night with friends take some time to celebrate your new job!


What are your tips for starting a new job?  Let me know in the comments!



Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Books I Want to Read in 2017

Last year I started reading again and I want to continue to read this year. In my 2017 Life Update and Goals I said one of my goals for this year is to read 8 books. I'm always looking for book recommendations or ideas of what to read next, so here's some ideas if you're looking for some new books to read, too. 


Books on my list to read in 2017

Bold Spirit by Linda Lawrence Hunt

I like history and I also like (true) stories about women who broke the rules and did thing people thought women couldn't do. Bold Spirit captured my interest for both those reasons. It's about a woman, Helga, who immigrated to the United States, moved to the west coast when it was just being settled, and then walked across the United States in 1896 from Washington to New York with her daughter to win $10,000 to help her family. If that doesn't sound interesting, I don't know what does. I started reading this book and it's really interesting how the author found Helga's story and the obstacles Helga overcame in her life.

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

I read Mindy Kaling first book Why is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and LOVED it. If you have seen her on The Office or The Mindy Project you already know she's hilarious. That book was the same. Since I loved it so much I know I need to read her newest book, Why Not Me. I can't wait to start reading it!


Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler is another funny woman I love. I've had Yes Please sitting on my shelf for a while, I just haven't gotten to it yet. But it sounds like it will be a great read when I finally do get around to reading it.


Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coehlo

A bit of a morbid title, but that's also what made it sound interesting. I've never read a book by Paulo Coehlo before, but I have heard all about how great of a writer he is. So I've decided to start with Veronika Decides to Die. This book is about Veronika who seems to have everything, but is deeply unhappy and decides to commit suicide. However she wakes up at a mental hospital where she discovers all sorts of things about herself and life.


Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

There's been a lot of hype about Big Magic in the blogging world, and I think that's because we're all creative in one way or another. Creativity is something that always makes me happier and makes a huge difference in my mental health (when I'm creative, my mental health is better). This book sounds super interesting and like it will help me be more creative and find more inspiration.


Americanah by Ngozi Adichie

Like many people, I first heard about Ngozi Adicie from Beyonce's song "Flawless" which has an audio clip from Ngozi's TED Talk on feminism. Since then I have heard so much about Ngozi Adichie's writing and I've really wanted to read something by her. Americanah is one of her books that I've heard lots of good things about. It's about love, race, and the challenges two people face as they leave Nigeria and eventually return home.  


In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero

Unlike the rest of the world, I have not watched Orange is the New Black or Jane the Virgin. Diane Guerrero is an actress in both, but since I haven't seen them, that's not what caught my attention about that book. Instead what caught my interest was that In the Country We Love is a story about a successful woman who was 14 when her parents and brother were deported while she was at school. 

You may or may not know that I'm a Spanish teacher and one of the topics that come up when teaching Spanish is immigration (legal and illegal). In my class we had talked about how kids can stay in the US since they're legal citizens, but their parents can be deported if they're illegal - so what happens to the kids? Here's one person's story! Perfect! So this is partially a work-related read, but it also seems like a highly interesting story.


Other books on my bookshelf that I want to read:

Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Catherine de Medici by Leonie Frieda
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (reread)
Gather Together in My Name by Maya Angelou


Hopefully I'm able to read 8 books plus a few extras this year! If you've read any of these before let me know if you liked them in the comments! Also let me know what books are on your to read list this year. I'm always curious what other people are reading!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Grand Canyon Photo Diary

I love travelling. My family usually goes on a trip every year and since planning usually falls on my mom, we tend to go to the same areas a lot. That's not bad, but I was read for something new, so all year I have been campaigning for a big trip to a place we've never been to before. My family kept putting off the vacation due to schedule issues but finally in December we were all able to go on a big trip to someplace totally different - the Grand Canyon!


Grand Canyon Photo Diary

I was so excited to go there and see this beautiful place in person. We had a little delay with a giant snow storm that came in (you'll see the snow in the pictures), but when we finally got there it was beautiful! Of course, I had to share some of the photos with you!


Grand Canyon Photo Diary
Grand Canyon Photo Diary

Looking at it, it can be hard to believe but many Native American tribes lived in and around the Grand Canyon. One of those tribes were the Hopi. Their origin story tells of coming into this world through a hole in the sky of the world below called the Sipapuni. They believe the Sipapuni is located deep within the Grand Canyon. I read that at one of the museums at the Grand Canyon (yes, they have a few museums along with all the nature) and thought it was such a great story.


Grand Canyon Photo Diary
Grand Canyon Photo Diary
Grand Canyon Photo Diary

It's really true that the canyon changes colors throughout the day. When we got there in the morning the canyon seemed more gray and brown, but by the end of the day it was read and rich brown tones. It's so beautiful to see how it changes throughout the day.


Grand Canyon Photo Diary
Grand Canyon Photo Diary
Grand Canyon Photo Diary
Grand Canyon Photo Diary

Can you believe how much snow there was? Honestly, I didn't think Arizona got snow before this trip. I was so wrong! I also didn't expect for there to be so many trees and plants around the Grand Canyon. My favorite plant was the yucca plant - I want one for my apartment!

Grand Canyon Photo Diary
Grand Canyon Photo Diary
Grand Canyon Photo Diary
Grand Canyon Photo Diary

That was my trip to the Grand Canyon! As beautiful as it looks in pictures, it is even more beautiful in person. It's such an expansive and unbelievable place to visit.

Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon? Is it on your bucket list to visit someday? Let me know in the comments!