My Week #2

My Week 2

As my friend’s wedding get’s closer (next week!) things are getting a bit more hectic with dress fittings, hair appointments, and more! Also, I’m beginning to prepare for my first semester of graduate school starting in August: last-minute emails, newsletter articles, and course scheduling abound!

On Thursday, I received my first filofax! But, I’m not the biggest fan of the size (personal) or the color (Poppy, Saffiano).

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The pages on the Personal Sized organized are a lot smaller than I’m used to with my current planner. I’m worried that I wouldn’t have enough space to plan out my week.

But, I’m also worried that the A5 Organizer might be a bit too big. I’ve ordered another personal (in Raspberry color) and A5 (same color) for comparison. I’m hoping that later this week I’ll figure out which size is best for me!

Do you use a planner? What size works best for you?

Let me know in the comments!


Link Love


Found any great links this week? Post them in the comments!

My Summer Reading List


It’s finally summer (well, officially not for another two weeks). But the temps in Ohio are in the 80s and everyone’s heading to the pool, so it’s summer in my book!

For years, summer meant a list of required summer reading complimented by new Harry Potter books (and midnight book premieres!). So, even though I’ve been out of high school for a while, summer still doesn’t feel complete without a stack of books on my nightstand threatening to fall off. Since I’m leaving work in a month and leaving for grad school a month after that, I’ve got a lot of spare time on my hands and I plan to use every moment of that before free time becomes a thing of the past.

My summer reading’s got a nice mix of quick & long, fluffy & intense, fiction & nonfiction.

My goal is to get through all of these books, but realistically I might quit some books after a few chapters or decide to add new ones. I’m of Anne’s philosophy, over at the Art of Simple, that if you hate what you’re reading, put it down. That’s the joy of being a grown-up, we don’t have to finish book we’re not enjoying.

So, without further ado, my list:

The Light in the Ruins I loved the author’s other book, Sandcastle Girls, so I’ve picked this book solely on how much I loved that one. Hoping to not be let down.

Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck Honestly, the title really pulled me in on this one as I’d consider myself one of those people. We’ll see if the book is an interesting and catching as the title.

The Casual Vacancy So, I loved Harry Potter. And, when I say love, I mean obsessed. I’m sure I could win a jeopardy on random facts about the Harry Potter world. And, knowing the author of my favorite book series has another book… well, I’ve got to check it out for myself. Admittedly, I’ve heard a mix of reviews for this book, but I wanted to experience it for myself.

The Magicians (rec’d by My Life as a Teacup) This is on My Life As A Teacup’s summer reading list and when she said people have described this book as “Adult Harry Potter”, well, I had to check it out. Plus, it’s part of a series!

Partials A friend recommended this book since I’m a fan of The Hunger Games. A dystopian, sci-fi novel that’s pretty firmly science-oriented and an intriguing plot? I’m in. And, like the above, it’s part of a series!

Austenland Ok, I’ll admit. I’ve read Pride & Prejudice one too many times and I’m a decent fan of Austen’s novels, but I’ve never read this book or seen the movie. The same friend that recommended the above book thought I might like this. Plus, British men & countryside? Say no more!

The Interestings (rec’d by My Life as a Teacup) Paraphrased from Goodreads: Follows the lives of six characters from when they meet at a summer camp into middle age exploring the roles of class, art, money, and power and how all of it can shift over the course of a friendship.

The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street  The plot sounds intriguing: Set in 1913, young Russian girl emigrates to America, is taken in by tough-loving Italian ices peddler, falls in love, and builds an ice cream empire. I’m sold.

The Intern’s Handbook Assassins and mystery, I’m intrigued.

The Rosie Project (rec’d by My Life as a Teacup) Feel-good novel with awkward scientist narrating. I feel like this could either be a GREAT novel or a bit of a let down. I usually go more for female narrators (and how awesome would it have been if the narrator was an awkward, quirky female scientist?!). But, I’m giving this a try since My Life as a Teacup recommended this and she seems to have a pretty great taste in books 🙂

Romance is My Day Job (rec’d by My Life as a Teacup) Another recommendation by My Life as a Teacup. If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, you need to! Anywho, this is another fluffy book (which I’m definitely partial to in the summers). Plot Summary: Harlequin romance editor looking for love. A bit of a dull plot, but I’m really hoping they poke a bit of fun at the Harlequin Romance plots (even though I can be a total sucker for them). Here’s hoping that we get hilarious snippets of various Harlequin novels she’s editing.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Ok, I have tried to read this book like 6 different times. I even brought it with me as the only form of entertainment on one of my flights to Japan. That’s a 14-hour flight. I was sure I’d read it. I just can never get more than a quarter through. But, this time, I’ve decided to get the book on audio tape (since I have a 40 minute drive to work). So many people have told me that the book really picks up a little after a quarter in. So, giving it one last shot. Seventh time’s the charm?

All the Light We Cannot See My office has a monthly book club and this book was picked! It’s set in WWII and I’m a sucker for historical fiction. Plus, the coworker who picked this book usually picks really good historical fiction. So, I’ve already got some high expectations.

For more summer reading lists and ideas, check out these blogs:

So, what’s on your summer reading list?

My Week #1

So, PaperLoveStory hosts a ‘my week’ network where a variety of people showcase their weeks. I love the idea! It’s also why I’ve developed a mild obsession with Filofax and may be the reason why I recently purchased the Personal Poppy Saffiano Filofax (still waiting for it to arrive).

In the meantime, I’ve posted a picture of my week on my current planner (Greenroom, from Target — which I originally loved until the cover and pages started falling out between the wires).

My weeks are pretty light right now as I finish up my last few weeks of work. I think once I start grad school my planner will start to really fill up.

The 10 on the top right hand side tells me how many weeks I have left until my program starts — how crazy!




After taking a look at my planner I realize how bland it is! Definitely need to use different colors when writing out what I have going on in the week, even though it’s mostly just work right now.

Hope you enjoyed!

An Introduction


So, you’ve stumbled upon my blog. Congrats!

Maybe you’ve got a bad case of wanderlust or maybe you just really like stationery. Whatever brought you here, welcome!

The main topics of this blog will be higher education, international education, how to stay organized in school, study hacks, and travel. But, since it’s my blog, anything goes! (Though I will try my hardest to stay on topic)

So, let me introduce myself. I’ll be starting a Masters program in College Student Personnel this fall with a focus on international higher education. I’ve also got an assistantship with my university’s Education Abroad office where I hope to create a re-entry course, help students with their study abroad questions, and more!

I graduated from college in 2010 and since have worked as an English teacher in Japan, a legal assistant in an immigration law firm, and a patent paralegal.

Since I’ve been out of school for a few years, I’m definitely nervous to be starting a graduate program and part-time job at the same time. Therefore, I need to be at my most organized to pull this off. This is where stationery comes into play (planners, to-do lists, pens, and highlighters).

My goal is to post how I’m staying organized during grad school, great study hacks I’ve found, interesting articles on international education, and general posts on the state of the world. I hope some of those posts will be of use to future international educators or other grad students.

Of course, I’d love to hear about how other people stay organized during grad school, so please feel free to leave comments!

Lastly, I’ve also linked my Tumblr on the right-hand side bar. Feel free to follow me there as well!

Hope you enjoy!

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