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Posted on October 9, 2017

2017 – A Year of Rediscovering My Love of Reading

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I am a reader. I love books — their feel, their smell, the way they’re able to take you somewhere completely different in a matter of moments. I am also typically quite content to be on a constant re-read of the Harry Potter series with a few other books tossed in occasionally. This year, however, I decided that I wanted to read more widely, get out of my Potter-lovin’ comfort zone, and jump into other worlds for a while.

Towards the end of last year, I started to see 2017 reading challenges floating around on various websites. I looked at many of them but I wasn’t immediately drawn to all of the categories in one singular challenge or all of the specific slants the creators took. Instead, my partner and I compiled our own mish-mash of categories to create our own challenges for the year.

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Posted on October 5, 2017

Joyful Journey: October Update

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It’s been a couple of months since I began this “joyful journey” of mine, so I thought it was about time to reflect on how things have been going. Overall? Fantastic. This is not to say that there haven’t been bumps along the way, but looking purely from a selfish standpoint, this journey is off on the right foot.

Blogging

I really had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started blogging. At first, I thought it would just be a great way to document the things I love and what I enjoy doing, show others that it’s truly possible to get out of the day-to-day routine to make/find/spark/encourage joy, etc. These things are both true. What I hadn’t prepared myself for initially was how much I would love this process! I have so many ideas and so much energy surrounding this project. It’s been a (good) challenge trying to find time to do it all! I’m excited about new possibilities — learning InDesign so I can make printables, downloads, etc; developing online courses; possibly venturing into offering webinars. There really aren’t limits here!

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Posted on September 19, 2017

Bullet Journaling: Tales of a First Time Journal Maker

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In July, I went to a national conference for interpreters and roomed with a friend from grad school. At some point over the 5-day conference, she mentioned she used a bullet journal. She showed me her book and it was one of the coolest things I had seen! I was in love. She had creative spaces to organize her projects, tasks, plan the meals she would cook for her family that week, etc. I was inspired.

I had heard of bullet journaling before but had never looked into it. It seemed like too much time or just another thing I would get into and then not keep up with. While the jury is still out as to whether or not I will keep up with it, the journey has definitely been fun so far! I’ve seen so many fantastic bullet journal spreads on Pinterest and Google that the amount of human creativity just amazes me. Sometimes it’s a little intimidating. Will my journal be “that good”? Read more..

Posted on August 28, 2017

Finding Joy: Why I’m Starting a Blog

Living

Starting Out

I chose my career path at the age of seventeen. At the time, I was a senior in high school taking an evening American Sign Language class at a local college. I loved everything about it — interacting with the community, having new experiences, learning the language. It was exciting. During that year, I went to an event sponsored by a community college in town that involved camping for a weekend using only visual communication (no talking whatsoever). It wasn’t my first time going to this particular event, but this time I had invited my cousin to come along. She is the only deaf person in my family and I thought she would enjoy the experience.

That was truly the first time I had ever communicated with my cousin in a way that was truly accessible to her. After that weekend, I knew that my initial plans to go to the Ohio State University and major in women’s studies just wasn’t what was meant for me. Instead, I enrolled at the local community college and started ASL classes the week after graduating from high school. After earning an Associate’s degree in ASL Interpreting, I then went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in the same field. Over the past decade, I have loved my profession, the people I get to work with on a regular basis, and the experiences I have been privileged to have as an interpreter. Read more..

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