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”

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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 

Book Review: When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger

IMG_3600.JPGI am a book worm.

I have always loved to read and I have always loved a new book. Unfortunately I have lost myself in the world of social media and lost my love for literature. I decided to create a goal to read at least 12 books this year, one every month. I am hoping that this will be an easy task to obtain, but I have learned to set my goals low and work to aim higher.

So the first book in my book review section is When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger.  

I received this book for Christmas from my mother, but I may or may have no picked it out because of the aesthetically pleasing book cover. The “packaging” (lol) is super cute and definitely caught my eye. Well down Lauren!

I am not a big fiction reader, so picking this up was outside of my comfort zone for sure. I used to love fiction books, but once I got into self help and non-fiction books I never looked back. Except of course for Harry Potter, but that is obvious.

Lauren Weisberger is also the author of The Devil Wears Prada, so I was immediately attracted to this book, and I am GLAD I picked it up.

This book is about 3 friends who connect in an extremely interesting way. Emily, is a L.A. working girl whose main job is to diffuse celebrity “uh-ohs” and steer the mistake away from the public eye. She has a loving husband Miles who is a typical L.A. hottie who is obsessed with Emily and wants nothing more than for her to have a baby, but that is NOT in Emily’s plan. Emily was by far my favorite character with her attitude and humor and her love for wine.

Emily is friends with Miriam. Miriam is a down to earth, quiet, completely opposite of Emily suburban housewife. She used to live in the city with her husband Paul, but moved to Greenwich, Connecticut so that her kids could grow up with a backyard. (How sweet). Miriam has been long time friends with Miriam and has tried to convince her to move to the suburbs multiple times. Miriam focuses on her sex life, or lack thereof, her “mommy belly”, and her outfits almost the entire book. She is the friend that always thinks she is fat, when she is not. Paul and Miriam’s relationship goes through a lot of ups and downs and my opinion of Paul changed wildly throughout the book. Miriam has a long time best friend named Karolina.

Karolina is a beautiful, ex Victoria’s Secret model and current wife of Senator Graham. Senator Graham who is in fact running to be President. This book focuses on Karolina’s run in with the law that turns out to be an elaborate set up to bring her down. I don’t want to go into too much detail because it will give away a lot, but the entire situation has so many twists and turns that I literally found myself getting so mad at all of the characters and their involvement.

This book gave me so many feelings of hurt, anger, empowerment, and that is everything I look for in a book. I felt like I was watching an episode of Desperate Housewives and It was everything I loved in a soap opera.

This book in total was 340 pages and I finished it in two days. I was sick when I opened this book and boy am I glad, because I don’t know If I could have put it down. This was definitely such a good book to get me back on my fiction kick! I would totally recommend this book to anyone who likes funny, housewife drama.

If you guys have any books you want me to review, comment below!

xx,

G

4.5/5 Rating

Welcome to Greenwich, CT, where the lawns and the women are perfectly manicured, the Tito’s and sodas are extra strong, and everyone has something to say about the infamous new neighbor.

Room Tour 2018

Lately, I’ve been experiencing more anxiety than usual, so keeping my room clean and organized has been a major benefactor for me. This is the first year living on my own and paying my own rent with my 5 other roommates and so far, it has been an extreme change. Living on my own has given me the opportunity to be more independent as well as change up my style as I like. I went with a more simplistic style for my room, and I couldn’t be any happier. I’ll link or mention where I got most items. I expect to continue to switch up my room and decor as the seasons change!

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when you first walk into my room, my yoga mat greets you. My carpet has multiple stains that were accumulated over the years by the previous owners, so i decided to add my own little simple flare.

Yoga Mat

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Next to my door is my desk. I have my MacBook, statue, candle, salt lamp, and my five minute journal. I try to write in my five minute journal every morning to set my intentions and gratitude for the day.

Buddha Statue (similar)|Eucalyptus Mint Candle|Salt Lamp|The Five Minute Journal

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Next to my desk I have this poster to remind me to share my happiness with others. I got this poster from a poster sale at school.

Poster

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Next to my bed I have these 3 floating shelves from Walmart decorated with crystals and quotes.

Air Freshener|Face Planter|Floating Shelves

I got my “only god can turn a mess into a message” block from Tjmaxx and I couldn’t find it on their website but you can get a similar one, here. I got the mountains block art from a local art show as well as the crystals. Their store website is : https://www.hersanctuarybuffalo.com/

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Moon mirror is from five below, Urban has one for $40 more!
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Next to my bed is a little side table and is one of my favorite places to decorate.

Pineapple Diffuser|Lavender Vanilla Candle|Lavender Essential Oil|Rise and Shine Bitches! |Golden Flower Vase is from TjMaxx

My diffuser and oils are a key for me in order to fall asleep. My diffuser also changes colors and lasts my entire night’s sleep. I got the ‘Rise and Shine Bitches’ sign at a local art show as well and think it is a funny and entertaining way to get myself up in the morning by looking over next to my bed.

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my bedside table filled with all my books and keepsakes

Stress Relief Spray|Rose Water and Ivy Candle|Bedside table-in my family for years

If you guys have any questions about the books here please leave a comment below!

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My bed is my favorite part of my room and my favorite place to wind down at the end of the day. The black and white theme calms me and gives me all the zen I need.

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This bed set is the comfiest and only costs like $20 from target. Urban outfitters has this exact same tapestry for $40 more.

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JFK Smoking Poster|Kissing on VJ Day Poster|Beloved Poster: A new artist I discovered through Redbubble, Frank Moth, is amazing.|White Clock-Walmart

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My mirror came with the room but similar ones are available at Walmart! My Marilyn Monroe drawing was purchased at an art show and I cannot find a link to the shop. And on my bed there, is nigel the sloth.

Most of my items are from Tjmaxx or local art shows. i encourage everyone to shop local and support the community and artists around you. I’m really pleased with how my room turned out and it didn’t cost as much as i thought it would! shopping at places like tj maxx, five below, and even the dollar store offers great decor for cheap prices. most of the items i used to decorate my room were $20 or less. your room should be your safe place and a place to free your anxieties. organizing and expressing myself through designing my own space really helped me through my anxious times. as for the salt lamp, essential oils, and crystals, i truly believe they have helped me mentally and physically. the positive ions given off by the salt lamp, whether it be true or not, give me a feeling of happiness and clarity. meditating with my crystals brings me clarity as well.

Get creative and do it affordably!

As always, any questions or comments can be left below.

xx,

G