Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival

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This weekend I decided to embrace my hobby more and take some pictures at a local festival.

In this blog post I figured I would show you guys some of the pictures I took and a little bit about them. I haven’t posted in a while, and there is a reason. Recently, everything in life social media wise has felt rather forced. I don’t like the idea that things are fabricated or look unauthentic. I have taken some steps to reduce this by leaving engagement groups and only following content that makes me happy. (This included unfollowing girls that made me feel insecure with no offense to them! Keep rocking it ladies, it’s just a hard time for me) I have learned to make my instagram and my social scene a happy place, not a place that causes me insecurity or stress. I constantly felt myself comparing and judging myself based on numbers and looks. I encourage all of you to do a “cleanse” in the next few weeks, and to make social media more genuine for you.

So furthermore, here are some of my pictures from my weekend.

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I have been trying to focus most of my photography on portraits, because I love people. I think a photo can capture so many different things and emotions. My favorite thing is shooting people who are uncomfortable with having pictures taken of themselves. I love to make them laugh to create a genuine image.

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Nature is another thing I love to photograph. I love to capture the natural colors and light that the world gives us.

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This clock was one of my favorite things at the festival. It was in the museum of history that I didn’t even know we had!

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This clock was insanely cool. It was over 100 years old and parades every 30 minutes. When the hour hits, the twelve disciples come out from the back and bow their heads to the Jesus figurine in the front. All the disciples, that is, but Paul. Paul turns his back to Jesus, a foreshadowing of his future sin.

For all of you who know anything about me, the clock also features a moon dial and a sun dial. The length of daylight is told in the sun dial and the type of moon is told in the moon dial.

I wish I could have this in my house I swear.

https://buffalohistorymuseum.com/2016/11/05/the-apostolic-clock-and-its-many-mysteries/ 

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If you are interested in more about this clock you can read it here.

Of course it wouldn’t be Buffalo, if I didn’t mention the architecture and the Buffalo Bills.

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Photography has always been a passion of mine and I never gave myself the time of day to pursue it. My mom gifted me the camera I’ve always wanted for my 21st birthday and I can’t wait to learn more about it.

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I hope that this post gives you a little more personal insight to my life and what I love to do. I encourage all of you to follow your passions if you possess one, don’t let it intimidate you.

As always, keep your faith and keep your smile.

xx,

G

“Why else are we here if not to live with unreasonable passion for things” – butterflies rising

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the tea: on thrifting

so, it is time for the tea.

thrifting; do you do it?

well you should and in this blog post i am going to be dishing out the tips and tricks i use when going thrifting as well as showing you my recent finds.

so, my #1 tip for thrifting is to go unplanned. don’t go into thrifting looking for a certain piece or outfit because you will tear your hair out trying to find it.

today, i went thrifting completely randomly and found more items than i really ever have. i didn’t go looking for a certain piece or even color really, i just went in looking!

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so to start off the shopping trip, i found my go-to fashion item; t-shirts.

i tend to go to the tshirt section to look for oversized shirts to wear or shirts i can cut into crops. my style is generally more laid back and i wear a lot of crops and oversized shirts in the spring time.

all of these shirts were around $2-3 each and i was very happy with what i found.

next, the jackets.

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although winter came to a close, i still wanted to check the jacket section for my next favorite fashion item – windbreakers.

i found these two for $6 each and i am suppppper exctied about them. i actually bought the wilson tennis jacket for my friend who plays tennis. i was sad to see it go, but i have a million jackets, i could spare this one.

the red jacket caught my eye and took me out of my comfort zone. red is NOT my color, but this jacket was super cute and comfy on.

so tip #2 is to go out of your comfort zone! try different styles, colors, and sizes, and SECTIONS. most of the clothes i thrift come from the men’s section. dont be afraid to try things out.

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the black shirt was hard to capture in a picture but it has a tie in the front and is cropped and is super stylish and cute. the yellow shirt is my favorite color and perfect for spring time.

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these next two i caught last minute. the white top is so feminine and petite i was super happy to come across it. paired with a white bralette and a skirt is a perfect sheek spring outfit. the striped top was more my style and the buttons were such a cute add on.

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the pants section!!!

i got 3 pairs of insanely cute pants. the first pair on the left is from j.crew and were a stretchy denim fit with a tie that scrunch at the bottom. the middle pair reminded me a lot of a pair i had from forever 21 and were super cute and retro. the black pants were stretchy black jeans that somehow i had none of?

total: $8.

tip #3 would be to try the clothes on if you can. this day, i didnt have the proper clothing on to try on my items, and honestly i was not in the mood so i just opted out of my own tip. but to confirm your purchase, try it on!

my last place i check in the thrift store is the book section.

and boy, did i hit a jackpot.

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so not only was the deal buy 4 books get one free, i found all of the books that were on my Amazon wishlist for more than 50 percent off.

these books were THREE DOLLARS EACH PEOPLE. and i got one free.

incredible.

(if you want a book review on any of these, please lmk)

so ladies and gentleman, those are my 3 thrifting tips.

thrifting is so cheap and beneficial to the environment as well as helping out people and charities in need.

go in with an open mind, and getcho thrift on.

I shall go into the thrift store just to look, sure... thats what they all say. Next thing ya know your buying a ton of stuff XD

x,

g

Reflection on the First Quarter: Jan, Feb, March

 

Photo on 3-7-19 at 4.17 PM #3So, it is March, and I haven’t blogged since January.

Yikes.

These few couples months of the year have been actually amazing. It blows my mind how much change I have gone through since this time last year and seeing myself progress is so exciting. I am growing into the woman I want to be and this makes me want to scream with joy.

I have found so much love these past few months, within myself, my passions and within pursuing God.

I decided to take this time to reflect on the first “quarter” of this year and fill ya’ll in with where I have been.

January was pretty busy, full of schedule changes and goals that I never pursued. I went to the gym pretty regularly and was getting excited with my progress, but as I usually do, I gave up. I am quite disappointed in my lack of motivation to stay healthy and workout, but I plan on working on that. I got denied my dream job, I lost connections with a lot of people, but I made even more.

February was my favorite month, because it is my birthday month. I turned the big 21! I had a lot of fun with my friends and made even more genuine connections. I focused on enjoying life and minimizing the drama that always seems to follow me. I focused more on my schooling this quarter and got grades that began to prove it. I got my dream camera and started shooting and focusing on my long lost hobby. February was a month of growth and new beginnings.

And here we are with march. It is the 7th day of March and it already feels like it is going so fast. I have finished my midterms and I am now on spring break. I finished with good grade midway through the semester, but aware that I could have done better. I feel an overwhelming excitement and connection with God and I feel a new understanding of giving love and loving myself. I surround myself with the type of people that lift me up and I encourage all of you to do the same.

As for the rest of the year I’m working towards the best grades I have had, a job that I love, relationships that are genuine and thriving and to live every day with the love that God gave me. Live your life with the intention that every day could be your last. Seriously, from working in a hospital it has made me realize how life really is.

As always I hope everyone has an amazing week and day and night and all the things.

xx,

G

direction is so much more important than speed. some are going no where, fast

How I Set Up My Planner

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So I wasn’t really planning on writing this post, but I ventured into Target.

I ventured into the planner section and picked out The Parent Planner.

The Parent Planner was about $20 and looked like everything I wanted in my planner for the year. It was spiral bound, had pockets, budgeting pages, meal planning and quotes. So generally, I picked it up. Along with the planner I picked up some colorful pens to label my planner with.

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Today’s blog post will consist of me doing my best to explain the mess that is my planning.

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First things first; make a key.

I use a color coded key, that in this picture I messed up significantly. I am currently taking 4 classes, one clinical, and of course had to include my blog. I used different colors for my different classes to be more aesthetically pleasing.

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So this is the finished product after a day of school.

I start off by blocking off my classes (only 2) for the day with their designated color and if I am assigned homework during that class I write it in the class section. If I have any notes that I want to jot down or events during class I write those in the designated class sections as well, for example: check out medical ethics online.

Below is the “Family To-Do” section. Since I am obviously lacking a family, this is a “Gabby To-Do” section. I list all of my To-Dos for the rest of my day because I only have class until 3:30, leaving much room for activities.

In between my Pediatric class and my Ethic’s class I have about a 2 hour time span spent where I usually write blog posts or catch up on homework. As you can see I originally wrote “post Instagram picture” but for those of you who follow me, I did not post a sloth picture. This is due to the fact that I realized I had homework due in an hour and figured that ranked over my Instagram.

Yes, I literally have to remind myself to eat lunch and dinner, and my nasal spray (post-op fun).

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So, on Wednesdays I am lucky enough to not have class. I still do plan my day however.

So, on days I don’t have class, I sit down and make a To-Do list by priority. My ethic’s homework in this case was ranking priority, then my pediatric’s homework, dinner, and then my blog post about my palm reading. (You can read this here). Of course nobody is perfect and I didn’t get a chance to edit or finish my Youtube video, instead I took a nap.

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After I plan out my day of to-dos I like to plan out my next day. I put the time I am going to wake up in writing, so that If I don’t wake up at that time, I feel bad about myself. I like to write my class time blocks again with the assignments that are due at that time.

I even plan out my morning and try to include meditating, lemon water, and stretching to get my mind flowing before the day starts. Usually, I snooze my alarm for 40 minutes and don’t do any of this, so I have to chug an espresso.

I am a big checkbox person and I love making lists. Making lists even though nothing gets done, still makes me feel like I accomplished something!

So, this is my not-so-perfect approach to planning my day in my planner. I am sure there is a more aesthetically pleasing way, but this is what works for me.

If you guys want to see more school related posts, let me know in the comments!

xx,

G

“If Plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters”

Book Review: Tina Fey, Bossypants

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Oh do I have a good one for you.

For my non-fiction book of the month, I chose Tina Fey’s autobiography, Bossypants. 

If you guys are not familiar with Tina Fey she is, as Wikipedia claims her to be:

“Elizabeth Stamatina “Tina” Fey is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and playwright. She is best known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live and for creating the acclaimed comedy series 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tina_Fey).

Not only did I not know her real name was Elizabeth (did I read the book thoroughly?) , I did not know that I admired her as much as I do now. As a child, it was always my dream to be on SNL. It still is, but further out of reach unfortunately on the basis that I am not funny.

Tina Fey’s writing style this entire book is so funny and witty that I literally read the thing in 2 days.

Tina starts off talking about her childhood growing up looking like a boy and not having any sexual experience except with the boy who would pick her up at night and makeout with her while he talked about other girls. She mentions her father, Don Fey, who according to her looked like Clint Eastwood. Don Fey was the polar opposite of Tina and was a pretty strict and stern man. She talks about a story where Don Fey buys a carpet shampooer to figure out that it is indeed broken and needed to be returned. Long story short he ends up leaving Tina at the store because he will not cough up $3.

Tina picks up a job at the Young Men’s Christian Association in another chapter, where she works the desk. Tina works with her co-worker Donna who works the phones. Donna was one to complain, but you could NEVER complain to Donna. Tina writes about how the certain rich members felt entitled to pass the line and go in front of people waiting to sign in.

Rich entitled male trying to skip the line: “Don’t you know who I am?”

Tina: “Don’t you know who I AM? Then how could I know who YOU are? We don’t know each other!”

Long story short Tina ends up stealing the new office position from Donna on the phones because she wouldn’t settle for being the underdog of any situation.

My favorite portion of the book was her focus on women in the workplace. She goes on to say how Amy Poehler would make a joke and the men on set would say how women aren’t funny. In which they would respond “We don’t fucking care”.

“It is an impressively arrogant move to conclude that just because you don’t like something, it is empirically not good…”

She talks about Chinese food and how just because she doesn’t like Chinese food doesn’t mean she is going to sit down and write articles about how she doesn’t like Chinese food.

“Don’t waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions. Go “Over! Under! Through!” and opinions will change organically when you’re the boss…”

She talks about sexism in the media and how men commonly wont like a show because they don’t want to “f*ck the cast”. Women are seen as objects in media, television, and the workplace!

My favorite quote and takeaway from the entire book is this right here:

“So my unsolicited advice to women in the workplace is this. When faced with sexism or ageism or lookism or even really aggressive Buddhism, ask yourself the following question: “Is this person in between me and what I want to do?” If the answer is no, ignore it and move on. Your energy is better used doing your work and outpacing people hat way. Then, when you’re in charge, don’t hire the people who were jerky to you.”

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30 Rock was a show I never watched, and apparently not a lot of people did either. Tina talks about how 30 Rock only took off because of Alec Baldwin and the cast and crew and producers were ready for it to end at any minute.

In the words of Tina Fey:

“We were not a hit”.

This show did not take off, and honestly what I had heard about it when it came out, I never even wanted to watch it. After reading this book I will 100% be watching this show because I believe it will apply to my humor now that I am older. How she talks about her own show, her own idea, and her own cast and crew is absolutely hilarious to me and I respect her honesty like no other. This show was basically nothing, it was waiting to be canceled after the pilot. But then!!!!!! It received the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series in September.

Nobody saw that coming.

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The show proceeded to win 7 more Emmys and is really Tina’s showboat for the American Dream.

I also did not know Donald Glover was a writer for 30 Rock, fun fact.

And here it is, Saturday Night Live. My dream, my passion, my extremely out of reach goal that I will probably never reach considering I am pursuing a career in nursing.

Tina talks about how she was never really asked to be in sketches because all of her co-workers had faces that could create other characters while she just looked like herself in a wig, or her brother.

Except when she looked like Sarah Palin.

She literally was casted for this part because she had brown hair, glasses, and slightly resembled the politician. She wasn’t even working for SNL when she got offered this. So what did she have to lose really?

One of my favorite sketches she did as Sarah Palin was with Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton. If you are not familiar with that sketch, PLEASE proceed to watch the video below before continuing on.

Now that you have experienced the pure humor and brilliance these two share in this sketch. The subtle feminism focus is what I loved about this as well. They really focus on sexism in that campaign and how these women experienced different sides of the “sexism coin”. Hillary wasn’t liked and called a ballbuster, while Palin wasn’t liked and called Caribou Barbie. They were marginalized based on their gender. She talks about how this was a big feminism ploy but you couldn’t even tell because of all the jokes.

I never really thought I would ever want to read this book nor would I go out of my way to buy it. I picked it up at a thrift store for $.50 (Sorry Tina). I am SO glad that I did.

This was one of the most enjoyable autobiographies I have ever read and I truly did not want to put it down. I have already recommended this book to like 3 of my friends (my only friends) and will recommend it to all of you.

I never realized how big of a Fey fan I was until I read this book and it is making me go watch 30 Rock because I feel bad.

What a girl BOSS.

If you are interested in the book you can purchase it here.

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If anyone knows Tina Fey and has some gross connection please send her this blog post in hopes of completing my dream of being on SNL or even meeting someone who has been on SNL (I guess she is pretty cool for other things too).

If you guys have book recommendations please comment them below!

xx,

G

Rating: 5/5

Confidence is 10% hard work and 90% delusion. – Tina Fey