Sit Down With Scarlett: 5.21.18

Since it is my first official day of summer break (WOO!) I figured I should catch you guys up on what's been going on in my life the past few months.

First off, how cute is this sign at a new acai bowl shop that just opened in Grand Rapids?! A friend and I got bowls together to celebrate being done with finals and they were so good! 

Anyways, I just wrapped up probably the most chill semester of college so far. Part of it was an easy class load of mostly core classes I had to finish, but also I think I just know what works for me now for school and do not get easily stressed over assignments or tests anymore. Though check back in when I am going crazy next year in grad school and I am sure it will be a different story ;)

I also finished my last semester of observing in the clinic which is crazy! Next fall I get my own 3 clients and while I am so excited I also feel like I cannot possibly know enough to have my own! Of course, that is why I have a supervisor who will be able to help me along the way.

I mentioned in this post that I have been trying to teach myself Italian using Duolingo. I am 35% fluent according to the app now so that's been fun! While I would not say I am able to understand that much yet, it was interesting that while I was reading Beautiful Ruins this month I was able to understand a few words from some of the Italian dialogue in it!

As you are reading this, I am heading on a girls trip to Nashville! I have never been, but one of my best friends studied there last fall and is planning on moving there once she graduates. Since she loves it so much and since I have only heard good things, we decided we needed to spend a few days there! The main problem was that I work every weekday and she works every weekend, so we had to squeeze it in this first week before I start nannying every day!

This summer I am nannying again, but for 3 different families! I love the variety of nannying for multiple families because then I don't have to spend all week with the same few kids, if that make sense? I am nannying for the same sweet twin 4 year old boys that I watched last summer for 2 days, another family with 9 year old twin girls for 2 days, and then a family that has 5 kids (that I have been babysitting for since I was 15!) for another afternoon and then one evening a week. So while it is going to be more than I originally anticipated, it is still very doable and I think it will be a great set up! Plus let's be honest, grad school is expensive and I probably won't have a job during the year next year so might as well work as much as possible this summer!

Since this is my last summer ever (so sad) I am determined to relax and just make it a great summer overall! I also am planning on tackling the "post a blog post every day for a month" goal off my 101 in 1001 list this July (or potentially August depending on how things shake out), so that will be a fun challenge! If you have any post requests, please leave them in the comments because it is surprisingly hard to come up with 30 posts for 1 month when I usually only post 4-5 per month!

xo, Scarlett


Summer Bullet Journal Page Ideas

With summer break comes many fun things, from travel to bucket lists. If you have a bullet journal, it can be a fun idea to add in some special pages in the summer to keep things organized and to keep you excited about upcoming activities or trips!

There are so many different travel pages you can do. My 3 favorite ideas are a packing list, your itinerary or plans for what to do, and then either a memories page or journaling a little every day you are there!

Here is a page I have put together for an upcoming trip to Nashville. I kept it simple by just adding the dates and ideas on what to eat, see, and do. I wrote down all of the potential ideas in pencil since we haven't narrowed down exactly what we will hit yet. But I want to have plenty of ideas when the time comes!

I have a separate journal I use when I travel to keep memories and mementos in, but if you want to keep it all in one place you could do a spread like this in your bullet journal! 

I will have a separate post soon sharing my own summer bucket list, but I wanted to share some ideas I pulled from Pinterest because there are so many cute ones!

If you are interested in seeing what I have had on my previous summer bucket lists, checkout these links! 20132014, 2015, 20162017

I am nannying for 3 different families every week this summer, so I know I'll be keeping a close eye on my schedule to keep it all straight. I prefer to use a planner outside of my bullet journal, but if you use your bullet journal as your planner it would be a great idea to add in your new summer schedule!

In addition to a bucket list, I usually have a list of things I just want to accomplish, such as reading certain books, organizing stuff, etc. Sometimes I just include it all in one list, but I think making a separate to-do list would be great too!

Low the layout and sections on this one

What pages will you be adding to your bullet journal this summer? Share in the comments below! 
xo, Scarlett


Recently Reading: April 2018

April has definitely been busy between all the papers and projects that need to be finished before the semester ends! But I have still been trying to read for at least 10 or 15 minutes before bed every night. I only finished 4 books this month, but I am still excited to share what I read and my thoughts on them today!

Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade

"In 1919, Rachel Rabinowitz is a vivacious four-year-old living with her family in a crowded tenement on New York City’s Lower Eastside. When tragedy strikes, Rachel is separated from her brother Sam and sent to a Jewish orphanage where Dr. Mildred Solomon is conducting medical research. Subjected to X-ray treatments that leave her disfigured, Rachel suffers years of cruel harassment from the other orphans. But when she turns fifteen, she runs away to Colorado hoping to find the brother she lost and discovers a family she never knew she had.

Though Rachel believes she’s shut out her painful childhood memories, years later she is confronted with her dark past when she becomes a nurse at Manhattan’s Old Hebrews Home and her patient is none other than the elderly, cancer-stricken Dr. Solomon. Rachel becomes obsessed with making Dr. Solomon acknowledge, and pay for, her wrongdoing. But each passing hour Rachel spends with the old doctor reveal to Rachel the complexities of her own nature. She realizes that a person’s fate—to be one who inflicts harm or one who heals—is not always set in stone."

The description of this book interested me, and I was hooked within the first 20 or 30 pages. Also, if you go to the author's website, you can read how some of this book was inspired by true events. This made it even more interesting to me! You can also clearly tell that the author put in a lot of research for this book, which made it seem more realistic and it was easy to imagine the settings. I also love how Rachel's character really developed throughout the story. 

Would I recommend? Yes

Look For Me by Lisa Gardner

"The home of a family of five is now a crime scene: four of them savagely murdered, one—a sixteen-year-old girl—missing. Was she lucky to have escaped? Or is her absence evidence of something sinister? Detective D. D. Warren is on the case—but so is survivor-turned-avenger Flora Dane. Seeking different types of justice, they must make sense of the clues left behind by a young woman who, whether as victim or suspect, is silently pleading, Look for me."

I didn't realize this was a part of a series when I started reading it, so it might make more sense if you read the others first. But I read this one and for the most part it is completely fine to read as a stand alone. There was just a minor reference to an event in one of the previous books, but it didn't affect the plot of this book. This book was really entertaining while still being a good mystery. But it was also more than that. It shows how families can be ripped apart and how the foster system fails so many children and the damage that that can cause. 

I can say that after reading this one, I will definitely read Find Her, which was the novel previous to this one, and maybe even more by Lisa Gardner in the future! 

Would I recommend? Yes!

"Dick Van Dyke, indisputably one of the greats of the golden age of television, is admired and beloved by audiences the world over for his beaming smile, his physical dexterity, his impeccable comic timing, his ridiculous stunts, and his unforgettable screen roles. 
His trailblazing television program, The Dick Van Dyke Show (produced by Carl Reiner, who has written the foreword to this memoir), was one of the most popular sitcoms of the 1960s and introduced another major television star, Mary Tyler Moore. But Dick Van Dyke was also an enormously engaging movie star whose films, including Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, have been discovered by a new generation of fans and are as beloved today as they were when they first appeared. Who doesn’t know the word supercalifragilisticexpialidociousA colorful, loving, richly detailed look at the decades of a multilayered life, My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business, will enthrall every generation of reader, from baby-boomers who recall when Rob Petrie became a household name, to all those still enchanted by Bert’s “Chim Chim Cher-ee.” This is a lively, heartwarming memoir of a performer who still thinks of himself as a “simple song-and-dance man,” but who is, in every sense of the word, a classic entertainer."

Clearly fiction is my jam when it comes to books, but I am trying to read more nonfiction too! This one had been on my list for a while since I watched The Dick Van Dyke Show when I was younger. This was a fairly quick read, but I found it really interesting since I didn't know much about Dick Van Dyke himself. He shares about hardships he had to overcome, but it was also interesting to see how much he valued only acting in shows that would be appropriate for kids as well. 

Would I recommend? Yes

To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin 

"In February 1887, Caitriona Wallace and Émile Nouguier meet in a hot air balloon, floating high above Paris, France—a moment of pure possibility. But back on firm ground, their vastly different social strata become clear. Cait is a widow who because of her precarious financial situation is forced to chaperone two wealthy Scottish charges. Émile is expected to take on the bourgeois stability of his family's business and choose a suitable wife. As the Eiffel Tower rises, a marvel of steel and air and light, the subject of extreme controversy and a symbol of the future, Cait and Émile must decide what their love is worth."

The fact that this book included a hot air balloon is what drew me in, plus it was set in Paris. I did find the parts that included the Eiffel Tower construction really interesting because it is actually amazing that every piece was hand fashioned and bolted into place. The new perspective from this time period was interesting, but I didn't love the actual storyline. If I was rating it out of 5 stars, I would give it 3 since it was good enough to finish but also I did put it down in the middle and read another book because I wasn't really attached to it. 

Would I recommend? Maybe

What have you been reading lately? Share in the comments!
xo, Scarlett


7 Things To Do By Yourself (Besides Watching Netflix)

This semester has been a pretty light semester for me as far as school goes. Almost all of my classes are really easy this semester, and I had a great schedule so all of them (except for my Monday night class) are in the morning. This has been great, except for all of my friends are in the midst of really busy semesters. Because of this, I have had a lot of free time to myself, and I have been able to do some things by myself, for myself.

I've been an off and on journaler pretty much since I could write. But after reading Carly's post about journaling back in January, I decided to pick it back up at the beginning of February. I loved what she said about journaling being totally private, since pretty much anything else I ever write is being judged (whether in school or on the blog). I'm proud to say I journaled every day until mid-March when I finished the journal I had been using for the past few years! I was so excited to crack open a brand new journal and keep journaling a few times a week to process and reflect.

Get creative-
This semester I tried watercolor painting for the first time, and I love it! It is so fun to sit down and paint something for 15 or 20 minutes, and I love that I am learning to do something new. You definitely do not have to do watercolor painting, but I highly recommend trying something new, whether it's a new kind of recipe, knitting, a sport, etc.

Learn a new language-
This might sound weird, but besides physics, none of my classes are really challenging me this semester. I felt like I needed to add something into my life that will challenge me and let me learn something new. So I turned back to my trusty app Duolingo, and I decided to try to learn Italian! Some of it is super similar to Spanish, so it hasn't been too difficult yet. But it still has helped me add something challenging into my day! I am only about 20% fluent right now according to the app, but I am looking forward to learning more. Of course, the ultimate goal is to learn enough so that when I go to Italy at some point (because it's pretty high on my list) I will be able to use my Italian knowledge there! At least know enough to order some gelato, right? ;)

I also have been using Duolingo to brush up on my Spanish. I took 4 years in high school, and went through all of the Spanish lessons on the app about 2 or 3 years ago. But I am going back through now and it has been really fun to see how much I actually do remember!

Clearly I love reading and I will always advocate picking up a good book to read during your free time. I just published a post about how to read more, so if you are looking for tips click here!

Devotions/ read your Bible-
I have also been using this time to spend more time on devotions and reading my Bible. It's on my 101 in 1001 list again to read the whole Bible, so it has been great to be able to be working towards that goal too!

This semester I have also gotten back into podcasts! I love listening to one while I get ready in the morning, while I am driving, while I am cleaning, or while I am working out! Pretty much any time while I am doing something and need a little entertainment. Recently I have been loving My Favorite Murder, but if you want more recommendations click here!

If you know me, you know I have never really been one to hit the gym on a regular basis. But this semester I have been going 3-4 times a week and it has really grown on me! I began going because it was the only time I was able to catch up with one of my friends, but I sometimes go by myself just so I can catch up on a podcast but still be doing something to justify it lol.

What do you enjoy doing when you have some spare time by yourself? Share in the comments!
xo, Scarlett


May 2018 Bullet Journal Spread

For this month's layout, I tried to add in lots of greenery since I am hoping the warm weather is finally here to stay and plants will start blooming soon! It was cold and snowy in Michigan for most of April, so I am really looking forward to it finally staying warm and I am so ready for summer!

For the cover page, I clearly drew inspiration from JT. My friends and I inevitably always send each other the meme multiple times as May is coming closer, so I just had to add it in somewhere to my layout. I actually saw something similar on Pinterest where I got the idea, but I loved adding my own border around it!

Then for my gratitude page I kept the vines theme going and added a little quote about gratitude. Really simple, but I like to leave plenty of space to write everything I am grateful for! By the end of the month my gratitude page is always almost full!

My next page is my habits and goals page. As usual, I don't have my goals written out yet since I usually wait until the first day of the month to do that. But I do have the habits I want to keep up written out, and I hope to keep them up even as I transition into summer break.

Finally I have my spending log! I just kept it simple by adding a few more vines to the top, but I really like the minimal look of it. 

Are you as excited for May and summer as I am?! Let me know in the comments! 
xo, Scarlett


5 Interesting TED Talks

This semester I have been working hard to cut out a lot of unimportant things and add in beneficial things instead. Recently I have been trying to listen to a few TED Talks every week either while I am getting ready or cleaning or something!

I love TED Talks because they are usually between 10-20 minutes, so I don't have time to become bored or disinterested. I also love the wide variety of topics. I can find something that I already know a bit about and expand that knowledge, or I can find something I know nothing about and learn a little about it!

An Aphasiologist Has A Stroke 
This was very interesting to me because I have learned about aphasia in many classes and I even have a client with aphasia this semester!

Does Money Make You Mean? 
This talk was so interesting because it shared how people act when they feel wealthy and research that has been done about this.

Do Schools Kill Creativity?
I've always thought that school has taken away a lot of my creativity. And even now when I am on breaks from school I usually feel more inspired to create! So this talk presented some great points and really interested me.

The Real Reason I Traveled to 196 Countries
I enjoy traveling and hearing stories from others who have traveled, so this was a really interesting talk to listen to! I also think that Cassie did a great job speaking and her thoughts were all presented clearly.

The Birth of a Word
Another great one for anyone studying language! Deb Roy taped every moment of his son developing language in his house, and it is so interesting to see how his barely intelligible words turned into a real word.

What is one TED talk that you would recommend? Share in the comments!
xo, Scarlett


7 Tips For How To Read More

I used to hate reading when I was younger. I thought it was the most boring thing ever and I could not understand why people wanted to read for fun. Now that I have taken classes about linguistics and child language development, I know that was just because I was still learning to read and not yet reading to learn. Once I was able to read to learn new things, I really began to enjoy reading by 4th grade. I can also remember being annoyed in 5th and 6th grade because we only went to the school library once a week and we could only checkout 5 books. Most people checked out 1 or 2, but I always checked out 5 and had those 5 finished by library time the next week.

In high school I stopped reading very often because I just didn't have time between school, volleyball, and blogging. But senior year I got back into it in the spring once I made my 101 in 1001 list! My goal for that list was to read 20 books, because I was probably only reading a few books per year at that point. But I ended up reading 124! So clearly, I found a way to fit reading into my schedule and love it again.

One thing I hear often in real life and from blog readers is "I wish I could read more, but I just don't have the time." I did a post about how to read more a few years back, but I wanted to refresh it and add some more tips since it could be helpful for many people!

Skip social media-
This can be hard to do, because it can be easy to open up an app and then mindlessly scroll for 20 or 30 minutes before you realize how much time you have wasted. One thing that has worked well for me this semester is setting aside 10-15 minutes at the end of the day to check social media. I will also check between classes or if I am waiting somewhere and have nothing to do. But I have tried to cut out mindless scrolling while I could be doing something else!

Be discerning about what books you pick up-
If it doesn't sound interesting when you read the description, then don't think that it will magically become a great book while you read it. Find what genres and authors are your favorite, and stick to those for the most part! If you really are into a book, you will finish it a lot faster.

Don't be afraid to put down a book halfway through-
I used to have the hardest time stopping in the middle of a book even if I hated it. But if I am not liking a book by about 1/3 of the way through, I will put it down and pick up a different book. Occasionally I will come back to the book in a week or two, but most of the time I just ditch it at that point if it wasn't keeping me engaged.

Get rid of Netflix-
Fun fact about me, I don't have a Netflix. Now I am not saying I never will because I am not against Netflix or anything. But right now I know that if I had one I would spend way too much time watching TV because it is just to easy to click next episode. For me, Netflix is more of a social thing, such as watching movies with friends since all of my friends have accounts. Instead of watching an episode or two of your favorite show every day, you could be reading during that time and finishing at least a book a week! Just something to think about...

Bonus tip: Get a cat to keep you company while you read ;)

Get a library card-
Thank goodness for libraries. I pretty much only read on my Kindle these days, but I get all my books on there from my library. Sometimes it is annoying because it can take a few weeks/months to get your hands on a popular book, but it saves so much money and it is so convenient! It also is great because sometimes I haven't read much for a week or two, but then I get a notification that a book I had requested can be borrowed and it makes me so excited to start that book!

Read every night before bed-
I am not always the best at this, but you'd be surprised at how quickly you can get through a book by just reading 10-20 minutes before bed! Usually if I am not reading then I am scrolling through social media or watching videos on my phone instead, so I am trying to add in reading every night instead!

Take advantage of travel time- 
I love airplanes and car rides because it is great uninterrupted reading time. Next time you will be in a car, train, or plane for any length of time, make sure to bring a book or two!

How do you fit reading time into your schedule? Let me know in the comments!
xo, Scarlett