"The greatest gift is the passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination" Elizabeth Hardwick
I have been writing 90s Born Reader for a while now (read that, years!), and it is time for a change. It’s time to get a grown up name, and not something I made up when I was a teenager one summer. It’s time to make this into something that I truly love and want to build and not just use as a hobby, or when I feel like writing. So, I introduce to you www.lifeisapageturner.com !! I still love books, and you will still see me posting about books whenever I have time to read them, but I wanted to expand. I wanted to add some things about being a student and a creative spirit (which can be found on Etsy). I did not want to be limited any more. I wanted the name of my new website to capture that essence, and honestly I do believe that life is a page turner. There are so many chapters to our lives and there is always the desire to keep turning that page to find out what happens next! I hope you subscribe to my blog and follow me on social media, which will be linked below. Thank you for being apart of this crazy thing we call life. Until next time,
You’ve been taking all of your classes needed to go to medical school. You’ve taken biology, chemistry, physics, and plenty more science classes. You’ve decided on either doing research or clinical experience or maybe even both, but now it’s time to focus on the next most important test of your carer. The MCAT. If you made the decision to go to med school then you know how important this exam is, but maybe you don’t know where to start.
Do I take a class? Do I study on my own? Do I only do practice exams? Do I solely rely on my test taking abilities from school? For this you have to truly decide what is best for you. How did you do well in school? Did you do better when you had homework or practice problems, or did you do better when all you had to do was read and memorize? For me I was, and am a person who does better with practice problems and things that make me have to review the work. I’ve never really done well with trying to do things on my own or online classes. I can make too many excuses to not do work.
For those reasons I chose to do my MCAT class in person. That means I have to be somewhere twice a week with a teacher and do the work of the class. It is going to force me to do the work, and it gives me someone to ask questions to when I want to know what the exam is like. Yes the class is SUPER expensive, but I’m hoping that it is worth it, and they do have a better score guarantee. I’ll get more into the actual class later. Until next time,
So, you’ve decided to make a trip to China! You’re so excited to go see some place new, but old all at the same time. There are some things that you need to be aware of before you go.
I’m hoping because you’ve decided to travel internationally that you have looked into getting a passport. If you haven’t please start the process of obtaining one here. It can take weeks to months to get a new passport, and to renew a passport. If you have a passport make sure that it doesn’t expire within 6 months of you trying to go to China. Finally, make sure you have multiple pages remaining in your passport for the Chinese Visa.
Check your local area for a consulate. If you don’t have a Chinese consulate then do another search for places that provide Chinese Visa services. Most places don’t have a Chinese consulate, but they do have satellite places that are able to do the visa for you. For example, here in Georgia we do not have an consulate. Houston has the nearest consulate, but the Houston consulate excepts visa from: AL, AK, FL, GA, LA, MS, OK, and TX.
China has internet restrictions and many of your favorite social media accounts will not be accessible while you’re there. Also many websites will be blocked, even if you can get on them when you get there it is possible they will be blocked during trip. There are many subscriptions on VPNs ranging from a month to a year. It allows you to privately browse the web, so that nothing will be blocked. Do some research BEFORE you go. You CANNOT do this while you’re there.
Voltage Converter and Plug Adaptor
Lastly don’t forget to get an voltage converter and plug adaptor. North America mostly uses 110V while China uses 220V. Also the plugs are different in China than they are in North America, so your normal plugs won’t work. In my opinion it is easiest to get an all in one voltage converter and plug adaptor that way you only need on tool. You can then get a multi-plug to be able to plug in the rest of your electronics without needing a converter for every plug.
These are the top four things that I believe that you need before you go to China!! Does anyone have any other tips and ideas that you need to consider before you go to China?! Until next time,
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes found its way into my reading list at the exact right moment. In this wonderful book Rhimes talks about what it is like to have an unbelievable career, a family, and still not feel completely happy about it all. She tells us what it is like to find your happiness, and to take chances on things you might never have considered. Each chapter focuses on a different part of her life that she was working on saying”yes” to. Shonda Rhimes shows you how to bring the “badassery” (a newly invented Shonda Rhimes word that I will now use reguarly) back into your life.
I read this at the most perfect time in my life. I needed the advice, the encouragement, and the literary support that Rhimes provided me while reading her book. I have post its and tabs all over this book, marking passages I thought were important to me. Almost like I read it for school. It made me realize how many things were self inflicted, and what mentality I need to be in. She helped me realize that I do need to say yes to things, but that it’s okay to say no as well. Grey’s Anatomy has been my favorite TV show since season 1. Each time Meredith and Christina danced it out, I felt like I was dancing with them. Sometimes that’s what you need, to dance it out and let your mind be free. If you have enjoyed any of Shonda Rhimes’s shows you will enjoy the writing in her book. It’s New Year’s Day! It’s time to start saying “Yes!” to things and remember what it is like to be you! Until next time,
It’s officially New Year’s Eve!! The time of the year where we reflect on the year behind us and look forward to the year before us. When I look back on 2016 I don’t like everything that I see. I lost myself in 2016 and in 2017 I would like to find myself again. During the year I found myself getting discouraged about school, trying to take care of everyone else, and not taking care of my health. I let my grades drop and allowed my weight to rise. I had more anxiety this year than I ever have had. I lost the love of my life, my dog, Justin.
Of course there were good things I went on vacation with the most unique extended family ever. I went with my boyfriend for his first ever vacation! I got a new car and got a new dog, Barrett. I attempted to make more meaningful friendships, but found myself stressing about pleasing everyone. I tried many new things and found new things that I would like to try.
In 2017 I would like to get back to knowing me and loving me. Yes that does include wanting to lose weight, and continue the mantra “new year, new me”, but I do truly feel like I lost myself 2016. I want to read more, explore new things, and find out who I am again. Basically, I’m going to be selfish. I still plan on loving my family, my dog, and my boyfriend, and will try to give them what they need at a reasonable expense to myself. In 2017 I would like to be unequivocally happy in everything that I do. What are some of your resolutions for the new year? Until next time,
Now that all the presents have been opened and the the gift wrap has been cleaned up it’s time to sit down and enjoy a nice cup of hot chocolate. Christmas is always a joyful occasoin in my family, filled with traditions and holiday cheer. We make the time to go to my mom’s house to spend the night and wait on Santa and his reindeer to come. This year my boyfriend joined us and it was Barrett’s (the dog’s) first Christmas as well! We always enjoy a huge country breakfast and we go see a movie as well. What do you and your family do?! Until next time,
Here is Barrett’s picture with Santa!!
We all have so much to be thankful for. I know that I do. I’m thankful for my family, my boyfriend, my friends, my dog. I’m thankful for my health, my job, and waking up in the morning. I’m also thankful for books and being able to read. These are only a few things that I am thankful for in a long list of things to be thankful for. It’s very easy to get tied up in the things that we don’t have, and not remember the good that we do have. I know I often times dwell on that one insignificant thing that made me mad, sad, or annoyed and missed out on the rest of the good around me. Take this time to share something new with your friends or family and to remember everything that you are thankful for. In my Etsy Shop, I will be having a 20% off sale with the code THANKFUL please feel free to look around. Have a fantastic holiday and until next time,
Our next stop on our Italian adventure was visiting Pisa! I’m not going to lie, seeing the Leaning Tower of Pisa has been on my bucket list for sometime. Seeing it in person was very different than what I ever could have imagined. Believing that hey, maybe the ground is on a slant, or maybe the foundation gave way. There was every intention of the building being straight, but somewhere the building became tilted. The Leaning Tower is actually a Bell Tower in the Piazza dei Miracoli that goes with the Duomo di Pisa in the plaza and two other buildings.
We had a fun time exploring the Plaza of Miracles, and of course we had to get pizza in Pisa. Check out our pictures below!
A view of the plaza!
We tried so many times to get the iconic picture of “pushing” the tower back straight. Let’s just say someone didn’t understand the concept….
mmmmmm Pisa Pizza!! Yes we’re both taking pictures of our food. That’s what everyone really wants to see right?! Hahaha
Is Pisa a place that is on your bucket list? Until next time,
The feelings of fall are truly starting to reach Georgia these days and so my boyfriend and I went to our local pumpkin patch hosted by the Boy Scouts of America!
We had a blast picking out our pumpkins and of course with our busy schedules I was wearing my Busy Band as well, which can be found here!
Here are some of the pictures from that day!
Of course I had to get some magnificent fall shots of my Busy Bands. More pictures can be found on my Instagram page at @90sbornreader or on my Etsy Shop.
(He’s very good at holding things for me :D)
My trusted B-Hobo Kelly Moore bag of course came with us. I’ve traveled everywhere with this bag. It always holds everything I need from camera gear to water bottles to maps. You can see my original post on my blog here!
We had a fantastic time spending the afternoon going through all the pumpkins to find the perfect two because of course we can’t share one hahahahahahaha. Until next time,