Would You Rather?

Hey y’all,

I wanted to do a fun post for y’all today, so I decided to do some would you rather questions. I simply googled some to find different ones.

Would you rather be gossiped about or never talked about? Easy. Never talked about.

Would you rather be hairy all over or bald? Hairy all over. You can fix that easily.

Would you rather be happy for 8 hours a day or poor, sad, and rich for 8 hours a day? I’d rather be happy.

Would you rather be invisible or able to read minds? Oh this is a tough one! I think I would prefer to be able to read minds.

Would you rather be ugly and rich or poor and beautiful? Poor and beautiful.

Would you rather be stranded on an island alone or with someone you hate? On an island alone.

Would you rather end hunger or hatred? I would rather end hatred because when people are kind to each other, hunger can be worked on together.

Would you rather find true love or 10 million dollars? True love.

Would you rather forget who you are or forget who everyone else is? Another tough one. I think I would rather forget who I am just because I could put that back together by things around me. My two best friends don’t live in Charlottesville, so I wouldn’t be able to piece them back as easily.

Would you rather get caught singing in the mirror or spying on your crush? Call me the hopeless romantic, but spying on my crush because what if they like me back?

Would you rather never use the internet again or never watch tv again? Never watch tv again (loophole-watch tv via the internet).

Would you rather never be able to use your email or phone ever again? Email. I can live without that. Sometimes I wish I didn’t have email at all.

Would you rather only be able to whisper or always shout? Whisper. Except for my dad would never be able to hear me.

Would you rather own a ski lodge or a surf camp? Ski lodge. I don’t surf or ski, but I feel like I can handle a ski lodge better than a surf camp.



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Weekly Catch Up 6.20.2020

Hi y’all,

Happy Saturday! I hope y’all have your Father’s Day gifts all picked out and ready to go. Unfortunately, my dad is most likely only getting part of his gift as the second half hasn’t arrived yet. However, I’ll spoil the real present tomorrow (it’s a good one).

Anyway, I wanted to drop in and share about my week. I’ve been working on my grad classes and we started a major assignment for one of them. We actually will be working on the project all semester which is a little crazy. Technically next week is modules 5 and 6 for this class, which means I’ll be halfway done with it on Friday!

I did some work on a major blog post about Charlottesville. I love my hometown and I just want everyone to see the good parts, too.

This week’s posts

If I had an extra $1000

My Relationship with God

101 in 1001 June Check In

Mid Year Goal Check In

Children’s Book Review

A Local’s Guide to Charlottesville

Music I’ve been Listening To

Chase Rice, Morgan Wallen, Jimmie Allen


Gretchen’s Happy Hour Podcast


Walking, indoor bike (not spin), and Beachbody Morning Meltdown.


I bought my mom and I Bodo’s when I was working on my Charlottesville pictures for the blog post.

Have a great day y’all!



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A Local’s Guide to Charlottesville

Hi y’all,

I’m so excited to be sharing this with y’all today! As you may know, I was born and raised in Charlottesville and I’m lucky enough to still call it home today. I also realize that people can have a negative opinion or think they know Charlottesville from what they’ve seen on the news. Charlottesville is definitely not what is being constantly portrayed in the media, and I want y’all to see the Charlottesville I know and love.

There are several different “neighborhoods” so to speak that make up Charlottesville and the surrounding county, Albemarle. I broke it up a little bit to share with you my favorite places and places that are a true Charlottesville tradition.

Pantops (this part of town is toward Keswick, going east toward Richmond).

-Chandler’s Ice Cream. Chandler’s is a family owned ice cream shop that is actually housed in the Tractor Supply parking lot. It’s absolutely delicious!

-Kohr Brothers. This is another custard/ice cream place and they actually have multiple locations across town.

-TipTop. This is near the Carmax and is Greek/Americana food. It’s typically always busy but always has good service and fantastic food.

Downtown (historic Downtown is near the courthouses, along Market Street and Main Street).

-The Nook. Delicious home cooking and it is definitely a Charlottesville tradition. The inside is still the same as it’s always been, but they do have outdoor seating during good weather.

-Chap’s Ice Cream. This place has every ice cream lovers dream when it comes to traditional ice cream. It’s a definite stop on a hot summer afternoon.

-Sal’s Italian Restaurant. Another delicious restaurant. This is traditional Italian food, with classic decor. Outside seating is also available.

-Citizen Burger. I’ve actually never eaten here (it open when I was in high school or college) but it is always packed and they have every kind of burger you can ask for.

-Splendora’s. This is a local coffee shop and has tons of speciality drinks all year long.

-Timberlake’s Drugstore. This is not your typical drugstore. In the back is an old fashion soda fountain. They have the absolute BEST milkshakes (handspun!). They serve breakfast and lunch, so if you want to stop by for delicious hand squeezed limeade, you should plan on stopping by earlier in the day.

-Tuel Jeweler’s. This is a family owned jewelry store and always has a wonderful selection.

-Rock Paper Scissors. A locally owned stationary store that has everything from cards and pens to planners. They also offer appointments to select stationary for special occasions like wedding invitations.

-Bittersweet. A locally owned clothing boutique. In the fall and winter they have the best selection of Frye boots. I would say the boutique airs on the side of a bohemian style.

-Caspari. Caspari is another stationary store, but they also have gifts and home goods. They have a generous dog section as well. They even have a children’s section filled with books and stuffed animals.

-New Dominion Bookstore. A true old fashioned bookstore that sells modern books. I love going in even just to visit because it reminds me of the shop in Beauty and the Beast. They often have books that large chains, like Barnes and Noble, doesn’t have.

-Miller’s. Miller’s is a bar that has a little bit of everything. It’s most well known for having Dave Matthews play acoustically on their stage back in the day.

UVA’s Corner

-Mincer’s. This is the hometown UVA apparel store. This store has better pricing then the bookstore and honestly has more selection. The original is on The Corner on Grounds, but there is a newer store in the Shops at Stonefield which has the same selection.

-Ragged Mountain Running and Walking Shop. The best customer service for athletic shoes, I’d go to say in the state if not the nation. When you walk into the store you have a sales person one on one with you watching your gait and helping you select the perfect athletic shoe for your needs. They recently added the “and walking” because so many of their customers were walking, not running! When I go in, I make sure they know about previous injuries (like to my right foot and my knee) to make sure they understand why I want a shoe with extra cushion.

-Purvello Cycle Studio. This is a little bit past the Corner, but still in the general location. I’ve never been here because I honestly can’t figure out parking, but I’ve heard good things.

-The White Spot. Traditional Charlottesville. I think of this as classic American food. It’s definitely in a hole in the wall but always has great food.

-Boylan Heights. This came when I was in middle or high school. It’s super delicious and has tons of different burgers to chose from. I know it recently switched ownership, and I haven’t been there since the change happened. One super unique think about Boylan is that you can create your own burger and the order sheet is like a scantron (again, this is what it was like before an ownership change, I’m not sure if the new owner kept the same process).

-Finch. A clothing store that definitely caters toward college students, but has some great universal pieces as well. It’s definitely worth stopping in to see what’s new.

-The College Inn. When I was growing up, this was owned by the absolute cutest old couple. They sold after the husband passed away and the women was in poor health, but the menu has mostly stayed the same. It’s definitely worth stopping in to see the cool memorabilia from different UVA athletes.

Barracks Road

-The Villa. This used to be closer to the Corner, but moved a year or so ago. It has different hours and a slightly more condensed menu but still has wonderful food and great service.

-Zoom Cycle + Train. I love this place. I go to spin here at least once a week. There has never been a bad playlist and I always leave having burned a ton of calories and feeling good-exhausted. Sometimes, in spin, I do feel like I’m the oldest in the room as there are a lot of students in the classes. However, I took a fight class and there were definitely some non students in the class.

-Bodo’s. Talk about classic Charlottesville. Bodo’s actually has three different locations (one on the Corner, one at Barracks, and one on Preston close to Downtown). I will say this one is probably the easiest one to get to. You never have to worry about quality because it’s always fantastic and the service is outstanding.

-Fink’s. I tell my mom all the time I want my engagement ring to come from either Tiffany’s or Fink’s. The perk of Fink’s is that you get the family feel all the time. Fink’s has a huge selection of fine jewelry to chose from and so many options. They will also help you design a ring or piece if what you want isn’t in their cases. This store is not necessarily a local Charlottesville store, but the service is always wonderful. There are a few stores in North Carolina and multiple in Virginia.

-Whimsie’s. This store used to be in Barrack’s Road but is now in the Shops at Stonefield, which is very close by, just go north on 29 and you’ll be there in less than 5 minutes. Whimsie’s is a children’s store that sells everything from clothes to toys to necessities like nightlights. They have a wide variety of brands and styles to chose from. Highly recommend taking a peak if you’re shopping for a little one!

-Natalie Dressed is behind Barrack’s Road in the Shops at Millmont. It’s a high end consignment shop that has a little bit of everything. I actually found my senior year formal dress here! They often have Lilly Pulitzer and J.Crew.

-Flydog Yoga. I’ve never personally been to Flydog yoga, but I’ve heard good things about their classes.

-The Elements. Hot yoga in the Shops at Stonefield. I’m not much of a hot yoga person but one of my good friends goes pretty much daily to hot yoga and loves it.

-Greenberry’s Coffee. If you like Starbucks, you’ll love Greenberry’s! It’s got everything a Starbucks has and more. So many options and they always have great recommendations.

Charlottesville is home to a ton of great locally owned businesses that you should definitely go check out if you stop in to town.



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Book, grad school, teaching

Book Chat: Children’s Books

Hi y’all,

You all seem to love my monthly book chats so I wanted to share with you some children’s books, too. As a Reading teacher, I absolutely love sharing new books with my class and I’m so glad y’all love to read as much as I do.

These books were all assigned or I picked them for my Children’s Literature course I’m taking for grad school at UVA. I have finished all but 3 for the class, but I still wanted to go ahead and share them so if you wanted to request them for your classroom you had time to.

Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearnace of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming. |This book is one that I haven’t read yet, but the synopsis on the back of the book says “What happened to Amelia Earhart? On May 21, 1937, the most famous female pilot of all time, Amelia Earhart, set out to do the impossible: circumnavigate the globe at its widest point, flying 27,000 miles in all. Just six weeks later, her plane disappeared over the Pacific Ocean. More than eighty years have passed since that fateful flight, and the plane has never been found. Discover the thrilling life and tragic end of America’s most famous trailblazing flier with this impeccably researched and masterfully crafted book from acclaimed author Candace Fleming.

Lemons by Melissa Savage. |5/5 stars |This is one book that I chose to read for a book trailer assignment. This is the story of Lemonade, or Lem as she’s better known. Lem is sent to live with her only living relative when her mom passes away. What did Lem want? To stay in the city and to definitely not live with her grandfather and his Big Foot obsession. She did not want to join the BigFoot Detectives Inc. and she definitely didn’t want to become friends with anyone.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo | This is another book I haven’t read yet. I picked this one because it’s written by the fabulous Kate DiCamillo and I’ve loved all the books I’ve read of hers. The synonpsis for the book reads, “once there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit couldn’t move or speak, but he could watch and list, and he was very pleased with himself and his owner and his house. And then, one day, he was lost”.

The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney | 2/5 stars | Honestly, my rating of this book is low because it’s written in poem form and I dislike books written in this style. It’s harder for me to follow along and I feel like I miss a lot of description. I do think the story is important to share (I would have just picked a different format). This is the story of Amira, a young lady living in Sudan. She wants to be like the girls that go to school and learn; however, it doesn’t appear to be in the cards for her. Instead, her family flees Sudan to head to a refugee camp. Danger lurks around every corner, and Amira can’t seem to find peace.

El Deafo by CeCe Bell |4.5/5 stars| Loved this book. This is an autobiographical graphic novel. The main character faces the huge struggle of being deaf in a hearing world. However, she learns to adapt and deal with all the trials and tribulations life throws at her. This book is absolutely wonderful for sharing to help students understand each others differences, no matter what they are. I love the fact this book is a graphic novel because it helps to make the text accessible to all students.

Chains by Lauren Halse Anderson | 5/5 stars | This book is absolutely wonderful. This is the historical fiction story of a slave girl named Isabel. Isabel believes she should be free; however, she is sold to a new family, a Loyalist family. She and her younger sister are shipped up to New England, months before the Declaration of Independence is to be signed. Will Isabel ever gain her freedom? There are more books in the series; however, I haven’t read them yet.

Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai | 3/5 stars (so far | Disclaimer on this one, I haven’t finished it yet, but I am having a difficult time finishing it. This is the story of Mai as she deals with spending her summer in Vietnam. This surfer girl from SoCal would rather be back in there, instead of in a foreign country where she doesn’t speak the language. Worse? She doesn’t really know when she’s going home because she’s helping her Bai (grandmother) find her long lost grandfather who was a POW during the Vietnam War. Mai is definitely a relatable character in this middle age book; however, I have found the plot hard to get into.

What books do you share with your classes?



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2020 Mid Year Goal Update

Hi y’all,

Back in January, I shared my goals for the new year with y’all.

Since we’re not about halfway through the year, I thought I’d share a little update with you.

1. Say ‘No” more. Um, yeah no so much. Still a work in progress. This is honestly the hardest goal for me because I always help out.

2. Save money. I’m so happy to say, I’m almost halfway to my house savings goal. I have not started saving yet for a new car, but I do need to start doing that just so I have enough for a downpayment in case something happens.

3. Increase my social media presence. Well, I’m storying more and I joined TikTok. I won’t say that I’m actually posting more, so I guess I still have some work to do on this.

Have you checked in with your 2020 goals?



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101 in 1001 June 2020 Update

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Hi y’all,

I’ve done a few 101 in 1001 posts, and while I’ve accomplished a lot of things on them, I’ve never finished one. My goal for this one is to finish one, or at least be 90% done. This would mean accomplishing at least 91 items.

I’m starting this list on May 15, 2020 and 1001 days is February 10, 2023.

If you haven’t heard of one of these lists before, McKenzie Horan from design darling created this a while back. Here’s her latest list.

I like to break mine up into different categories just to keep it a little more organized.

Career/Grad School

  1. Graduate with my M. Ed in Reading from UVA.
  2. Walk the Lawn at UVA.
  3. Take and pass the RVE for Reading Specialists.
  4. Maintain straight A’s in Grad School.
  5. Apply for recertification for my teaching license.
  6. Keep a recommendation list of books for my classroom.
  7. School email to inbox 0.
  8. Fill out the FAFSA for Grad School. (May 2020)
  9. Create writing plans for 2020-2021 school year.
  10. Organize my classroom.
  11. Implement a lesson I normally wouldn’t.


  1. Create a list of 101 things. (May 2020)
  2. Get a puppy.
  3. Have a puppy play date.
  4. Train my puppy to sit.
  5. Train my puppy to stay.
  6. Train my puppy to shake.
  7. Buy a house.
  8. Buy a queen size bed.
  9. Buy a sofa.
  10. Save a specific amount of money for my house.
  11. Save $30,000.
  12. Save $35,000.
  13. Save $40,000.
  14. Save $45,000.
  15. Save $50,000.
  16. Save $55,000.
  17. Save $60,000.
  18. Read 53 books in a year.
  19. Take a vacation.
  20. Travel somewhere I’ve never been before.
  21. Visit London.
  22. Visit Harry Potter Studios near London.
  23. Visit Scotland.
  24. Complete a Beachbody program.
  25. Organize tax paperwork monthly.
  26. Clean out my closet.
  27. Try paddle boarding.
  28. Get my tshirt quilt made/make it myself.
  29. Keep to my monthly budget for three months.
  30. Reach inbox 0 (personal email).
  31. Unplug from technology for 24 hours.
  32. Go to ADPi Grand Convention.
  33. Visit my friend in Florida.
  34. Visit my friend in North Carolina.
  35. Visit my friend in Northern Virginia.
  36. Go to Polo.
  37. Watch a full baseball game.
  38. Watch a full hockey game.
  39. Go to a UVA Field Hockey game.
  40. Go to a UVA Lacrosse game.
  41. Take a day for myself.
  42. Go apple picking.
  43. Go kayaking with a friend.
  44. Buy myself flowers.
  45. Visit the beach.
  46. Have a Harry Potter movie marathon weekend.
  47. Workout with a friend.
  48. Go a month without shopping.
  49. Review 53 books in a year.
  50. Clean my room.
  51. Help create a solid Alumnae Association for my sorority in my hometown. (May 2020)
  52. Serve on the board of my Alumnae Association. (President, May 2020)
  53. Buy a new car.
  54. Brunch with friends.
  55. Cook dinner.
  56. Drink 60 oz. of water every day for a week.
  57. Log my volunteer hours for my sorority as an alumnae.
  58. Donate unused items from bathroom cleanout to the Shelter for Help in Emergency. (June 2020)
  59. Cleanout my bathroom. (June 2020)
  60. Deep clean my car.
  61. Take spin class at least once a week for a month.
  62. Go for a hike.
  63. Read every day for a month.
  64. Buy a new phone.
  65. Unsubscribe from unwanted emails.
  66. Read a book club book.
  67. Cancel unnecessary subscriptions.


  1. Make money blogging.
  2. Grow my Instagram following to a certain number of followers.
  3. Post YouTube videos twice a month.
  4. Reach a specific number of views in a month on my blog.
  5. Learn how to do graphic design.
  6. Blog 5 days a week for a month.
  7. Consistently post on Instagram for 30 days.
  8. Create a new blog series. (May 2020-Weekly Catch Up)
  9. Take a marketing class on skillshare. (May 2020)
  10. Publish a post about Charlottesville from a local’s perspective of places for visitors to check out.
  11. Publish a YouTube video about grad school at UVA. (May 2020)
  12. Do a post about what I spend in a month. (May 2020)
  13. Earn 50 YouTube subscribers.
  14. Earn 100 YouTube subscribers.
  15. Create a Thankful List post.
  16. Create a Favorite Products post.
  17. Write a post about my religious beliefs.
  18. Do a post/video on my “teacher makeup”.
  19. Do a post on Greek Life from the alumnae perspective.
  20. See my blog grow analytically.
  21. Reach my blog view goals for 3 months.
  22. Reach my blog view goals for 6 months.
  23. Create a media kit.

Goals accomplish: 9/101 (8%)



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My Relationship with God & Religion

Hi y’all,

As I mentioned yesterday, since I’m blogging every day this month, I want to share some more personal posts. This post is very personal and definitely goes into more about me as a person.

Today’s post is about my relationship with God. This is not something that I normally talk about with other people, I hold this relationship very close to the heart. I am not here to tell you what you should believe in or not believe in. I’m here to share my experiences and story with you.

Yes, I grew up in a Christian household. I celebrate Easter, Christmas, and all the other traditional Christian holidays. We prayed before the big holiday meals at my grandparents’ houses and at a family reunions. We did not go to church. My great grandmother, Grana, was possibly the Godliest woman I’ve ever known, and will probably ever know. She was a saint and when I think about being a Christian, she is what I think about. I am well aware that I can never be her; however, she literally set the perfect example (if there is such a thing). One example of her belief was when Grana was in her later 90s she opened up her home to a missionary from Ethiopia, and she just said it was what God would want her to do. She was a saint, y’all.

Anyway, growing up in a drastically different household where we didn’t go to church…ever. This gave me the unique opportunity to find God and find what I believe on my own.

I did go to two different Christian preschools (one was Presbyterian and the other Baptist). I don’t really remember if they even taught us anything about religion.

Then, I went to public school, and any sort of religion wasn’t taught besides what different holidays were.

This continued on like this for years. The entire time I considered myself a Christian, but never fully practiced.

Then, my sophomore year of high school the unthinkable happened. My best friend committed suicide. We had an argument and her boyfriend at the time was the center of her world, so we weren’t super close at the time of her passing; however, it still rocked me. I found out the day it happened, and I will never forget that Labor Day Weekend. At the time, I definitely held on better than I think anyone expected me to, including myself. I’m grateful that I had supportive parents, and I could throw myself into school, field hockey, and horseback riding.

Later in high school, probably my junior year, I took Journalism and met a new friend. We had actually known each other from years ago, but this was the first time we had ever had a class together. She is the person who invited me to go to church with her, and then a youth retreat. I decided to go ahead and go to the youth retreat. I knew several of the other girls who would be there and thought it would be a good way to meet some new people. Plus, it would be a good time to center myself with God after everything that had been going on in my life.

I packed up my sleeping bag, clothes, and headed to the church to meet everyone for the weekend. The camp we were going to is in the south end of the county, near the James River and has so many cool things you can do in the summer time. Unfortunately, this was in the fall/winter (I didn’t have field hockey at this point of the year), and I remember wearing sweatshirts and long pants the entire time we were there. We all hung out, did dinner, fellowship, get to know you activities (there were multiple guests, not just me), etc. We headed off to bed. The next morning, we did worship, fellowship, and games all day. After dinner that night, we had a huge bonfire. This bonfire was definitely the turning point of the weekend and my path with God. The youth pastor at the time lead worship around the bonfire, we made smores, we sang songs, and then things got a little more serious. This is when I accepted God more formally.

When I went to CNU, I ended up joining InterVarsity (IV). I attended pretty much every Thursday (minus one semester when I had a late Thursday night class). I definitely made friends at IV and had more God centered conversations and relationships. Religion is also a point of my sorority, it was actually founded by 6 women, 5 of which were daughters of ministers. We always had a someone who we could talk to in regards to religion, and many sisters went to church together. My roommate in college was Catholic, and I did go to mass with her once or twice.

I’ll be honest, when I say I am a Christian, I mean that in the true sense of I do not belong to a denomination of Christianity. I do not foresee myself picking a denomination, either. I believe there is God, and Jesus, and Jesus died for us on the cross. I believe that our sins are forgiven. I pray more now and listen to worship music weekly. We still only pray out loud before large family meals during the holidays (family reunions have fallen by the wayside since Grana passed). I pray over my meals myself and have a nightly prayer. I consider my nightly prayer more of a conversation with God. I know all too often we call on God only when we need something (or think we need something). This is not something that I believe in. I believe in having constant communication so that we are always on the same page. Now, I definitely do not believe that we get everything we ask for. I do believe that God knows what is best and the best will come in time and we might not know what it is yet.

My story might be similar to others you’ve heard before; however, I feel like it is important that you know what I believe and why I believe it. If you want to chat, feel free to feel out the form on the contact me page.



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An Extra $1000

Hi y’all,

Since I’m blogging every day in June, I wanted some of my posts to be about me so you can get to know the girl behind the blog. Today’s post is one of those: What would I do with $1000 extra dollars?

I did this post a while ago about what I’ve spent during a month in quarantine. That was such a fun post because it really helped me realize what I was spending money on. I have also realized that I don’t always stay in my budget. I actually was well beneath it in May; however, because I paid for school I technically wasn’t. I don’t factor in school to my normal budget because I only pay for it 3 times a year. I do factor in my $800 a month that I put in a separate account to make sure that I have that money. I also cannot create a concrete goal for my education savings in Mint (the app that I use to help with budgeting) because I do pay for it 3 times a year. I am going to attempt to do it by semester just to see how that works out, but we will see. I wish there was a way to have micro savings goals in the app.

I also really started thinking about this same question with the stimulus check came out for COVID-19. Obviously, most people got $1200. I put mine straight toward my housing fund because at the moment I don’t have rent or another bill to put it toward.

Well, I thought I would actually have a super concrete answer to this question. However, I don’t. I’ve been super focused on budgeting and staying within my budget (which is a pretty big deal for me). I essentially have a little over $800 a month that I can budget out for things besides my house fund and school. This obviously doesn’t leave me with a lot of extra spending money. However, I also normally have a second job that helps buffer that $800.

When I think about how I would best use $1000, reasonably, my brain tells me to put it toward my school fund. That means that I don’t have to be as aggressive in my savings per month.

I could also put it toward my house fund and give me some buffer months. My goal was originally December 2022, however, at my current rate I’ll reach my goal in September 2022. That is, as long as my current financial situation stays the same. I always try to save a few extra hundred dollars each month in this fund to help me reach my goal faster. I also know that when I’m not paying for grad school anymore, I’ll be able to put even more money toward that fund.

I don’t think I would put it toward spending money, just because my education and house fund are that important to me.

What would you do with $1000 extra dollars?



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Weekly Catch Up 6.13

Happy Saturday y’all!

This week I’ve been doing a lot of reading for my classes to hopefully get ahead so I don’t feel as much pressure during the rest of the summer term.

However, I did spend a little bit of money this week. I haven’t shopped at Sephora in a while (like years) and I wanted to try out the Isle of Paradise tanning drops because I’m extra pale and nothing seems to be working as far as self-tanners go. So I put in an order….I just got the tanning drops, and tried them out tonight. No worries, I’ll keep you updated! I also got some Charlotte Tilbury lipglosses to try out. However, on Thursday night, I tried out the Clinique body exfoliator and oh my gosh am I in love! My legs have never felt softer in my entire life.

As far as working out goes, I have accomplished 11 days of Morning Meltdown from Beach Body! I normally don’t stick with a workout program this long, so I’m super proud of myself. I have already started noticing results! I am also making it a priority to walk or ride the stationary bike for more steady state workouts. I honestly don’t like our stationary bike-it’s a recumbent bike and I’m too short for it so it is uncomfortable for me, but I can’t get a regular spin bike yet.

I’ve been listening to lots of country music-specifically Morgan Wallen and Jimmie Allen.

Anyway, I’ve written a few posts this week and wanted to make sure you saw them all:

Doubts about Blogging

Tips to a Successful Summer Term

Classroom Prep Now (Instead of August)

Protect your Skin

Productivity Secrets

This upcoming week, I plan on more workouts and more reading. If you can’t tell this is kind of the story of my life right now!

What have you been up to?



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10 Secrets for Productivity

Hi y’all,

Happy Friday! How fitting is it that this post is on productivity, when I’m sure we’re all a little checked out at this point. My “summer” officially started on June 2nd; however, I have summer classes that have already started, and will end in late July/early August.

Since I don’t really get a break where I get to sit around and do nothing (before my classes started I spent a great deal of time reading ahead so that I wouldn’t have to do as much each week). I have to continuously be productive without a relaxing break. Plus, when you add in my extracurriculars (blogging, Junior League, alumnae association, working out) it can be very difficult to be productive when I’m not super interested or engaged in a task.

One reason I’ve been given why some people cannot work from home is because they won’t be productive. Well, I think we can all see that we can be productive when we work from home, as long as expectations are fair. As professions that have never dreamed of being remote moved suddenly to all virtual (including teaching) it is important to know that we had to be productive in a medium that we are not used to using 100% of the time. I won’t try and hide the fact it was difficult to do this switch. I suddenly couldn’t help students in real time, sit with them if they need an adult to help keep them focused, and have continual conversations with them. Yes, I was able to continue implementing things that I had been doing all year, like read aloud, and providing students with opportunities to choose their assignments but it wasn’t the same.

When quarantine started, I was asked to spend the majority of the day available to email, still have team planning, provide at least weekly class meetings, and contact families each week. I ended up doing meetings twice a week and used that time for read aloud. We read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The rest of the time was really my own and I had to figure out how to be accountable to my own productivity. This is how I did it:

  1. Create a daily to-do list. Each day, the first thing I did was create a daily to-do list. I made this specific to things I needed to accomplish for school. I then re-wrote the list in a priority order. I also made sure to include any meetings for the day so that I wouldn’t forget something important.
  2. Keep a consistent schedule. I kept a pretty consistent schedule. Each week, the meetings were the same (Read Aloud on Tuesday and Thursday, team planning on Mondays, etc.).
  3. Take a break. If you’re sitting there starring at your computer screen, you’re not being productive. Give your eyes and brain a break and take a step away from your computer for 10 minutes. I did some yoga to help get the blood flowing.
  4. Take lunch! Oh my goodness, this was definitely the best thing I did for myself! Every day I made sure to schedule in lunch time so that I knew I would have that break consistently and knew it was a time that no one could intrude.
  5. Drink plenty of water. Another general great health tip, but drink water! First, it helps keep you awake and hydrated. This helps keep you focused! I add lemon to my water to give it a bit of taste so I drink more. I also used filling up my Yeti as a natural break in my day.
  6. Get dressed. This one was definitely harder for me, but get dressed every day! A lot of the time, I switched from what I slept in to different lounge clothes. Since my meetings were via Zoom and Google Hangouts, I would switch my top if I needed to look a little more presentable.
  7. Plan something to do after your work time. Plan something fun to do after work time that you can only do if you finish all you work. This could be a quick little treat like online shopping, or self care like painting your nails. If you don’t finish everything on your to-do list, you don’t get the treat or whatever you planned.
  8. Workout every day. Take time every day to workout. This makes your brain more focused and allows for endorphins to flow through your body. I have to eat before I workout, so I always worked out during my lunch break or right after my day was finished.
  9. Use materials you like. Use your favorite pens, favorite planner, favorite anything and it will make you more productive! You’ll enjoy what you’re using which makes you more willing to do your work. I always used my favorite pens.
  10. Make sure you’re being reasonable with yourself. Set your expectations for the amount of work you’re going to get done to the point where they are reasonable. As a teacher, it wouldn’t make sense for me to sit down and go “I’m going to plan all of writing for the year” right now. It’s just not feasible. Instead, I can make a template and a plan for what I want my potential writing block to look like, but that doesn’t mean that I can plan specific SOLs that I will need to cover or what everything will look like.

How’s everything going for you? Are you being productive?



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