When in Rome…

Hello from Italy! I’m studying biochemistry and Italian art abroad in Cortona, Florence, Siena, and Rome this May. So far so good – but I think I’ve managed to become pasta-ed out. If you know me, you’ll know I’m usually up for eating pasta for every meal so you can only imagine just how much delicious carbs I’ve been enjoying on my travels!

Here are a few sneak peaks of my time so far:

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Delta Gamma Formal

Last Friday was DG formal. Will and I had so much fun! I’m incredibly thankful to have someone that will tacky-dance with me to Mr. Brightside (even though he doesn’t know all the lyrics ūüėČ

April is…

April is National Poetry Month and National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Through my time as a performance poet in high school I developed a strong voice when it came to speaking out against sexual violence.

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So, in honor of the month of April, I’m going to share a lightening round slam poetry piece with you, titled We Asked for It. It’s much better when performed out loud, but sadly I was never recorded. Performing this piece meant a lot to me because of all the friends that had been sexually assaulted in high school. I think writing this poem helped me work through the anger and frustration I felt as the time. I’m hoping that reading it from the page conveys those feelings as well as my performance would.

We Asked for It by Bailey Marshall

We girls demand attention from the opposite sex.

We rim our eyes in black, make lashes long like spiders’ legs,

Paint our lips red like the hourglass on the backs of black widows,

With web-white smiles we snare men in our traps.

It’s not that we just enjoy wearing makeup, we do it to seduce the opposite sex.

Our mascara, lipstick, and teeth spell out Y-E-S.

Remember, you have to watch out for us girls.

We’re vindictive, cunning, masters of seduction.

Fathers have to tell their sons to be careful when they go out at night

So that some strange woman doesn’t sashay over and

Trap him in her well spun lies.

Young boys,

We hope you know our ‚ÄúYes to Consent‚ÄĚ law is only another trap door for you to fall in to

Another California king bed we can handcuff you to the frame of,

Call the police on what you promised us was love,

Because we will try and accuse you of so – many – things.

Like when our lips, drowned in alcohol, are begging for some man to overpower us

Take advantage of us

Leave us broken, naked, and alone

And scared of every bump in the night, every drink in our hand, every man at the bar,

We ask for rape by getting drunk

We ask for rape by drinking alone

We ask for rape by ordering more than one drink

We ask to be opened up and pinned like dead arachnids on specimen tables.

We ask for rape…by being female.

We are made for picking up our own broken pieces and being blamed for being victims.

So watch out.

Recently

I’ve had a lot of things going on in my life since 2018 started, and it feels good to stay so busy!

I went to the Rose Bowl!

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And then I went to Disneyland…

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Google Art has a super cool app out that lets you see which paintings you look most like. I’m not sure if I agree with this one

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Valentine’s Day was spent with close friends and Will, and it was so good. Will got me a Valentine’s azalea! How pretty is it?!

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Will and I went to Canada for President’s Day weekend.

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I’ve had a blast meeting all the graduate students touring UGA looking to work in Student Affairs – we’re looking for a new Homecoming GA!

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We’ve also been doing “socials” to get to know one another better. Here’s a pic from a recent trip to the Museum of High Art in Athens.

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I got accepted into Psi Chi, the International Psychology Honors Society. I love getting to do community service projects with my new friends!

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I’ve started re-watching Pretty Little Liars. It’s been a good mental break for the middle of the day.

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Here are links to all the recipes I’ve tried recently:

Zucchini fritters

Sheet pan recipes

Make at home egg McMuffin (except I make mine without any meat)

Garlic kale quiche

If you want to keep up with what I’m reading you can always follow my Goodreads account by clicking here.

What have you all been up to this year?

xo Bailey

 

 

Being a Leader in 2018

My Homecoming Committee and I attended the 2018 Collegiate Leadership Conference this past weekend. I learned more than I could have imagined I needed to know, but  I really want to share some notes from our keynote speakers Dr. Jan and VP Wilson.

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This was taken from the UGA Homecoming Instagram. Give us a follow @ugahomecoming !

The first keynote speaker was Dr. Jan. She spoke about what leaders are, and how we perceive them. For me, the big take away item was that a leader is anyone who inspires others and brings people together. Here’s a Youtube video recap of the story she talked about that I thought was most inspiring:¬†https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQlxLBqgFKc

Dr. Jan is an incredible speaker, as well as a mom, so she always has great advice. She reached out to me after what I thought was a failure during last year’s Homecoming and taught me how to grow from my slip-up. While she didn’t coin this phrase, she teaches to lead with “lollipop moments”. Here’s an awesome Ted Talk on that:¬†https://www.ted.com/talks/drew_dudley_everyday_leadership – Lollipop Moments

Leading with intentionality was another big take away from CLC. Jake Carnes (UGA alum, Arch Society alum, and former Homecoming King) gave a TedEx talk called How We Can Cultivate Intentional Compliments. Check it out:

VP Wilson was the final keynote speaker of the day. I hear a lot from him because of his close relationship to the Arch Society. I know it’s going to be good when he gets up on stage. He somehow says exactly what I need to hear every single time. In Saturday’s speech he¬†gave us 10 tips for being a better leader:

  1. Find ways to be happy
  2. Ask for help
  3. Start with a yes
  4. Listen more than you speak
  5. Pay attention to the world around you
  6. Work (“grow up and shut up”, if you signed up for a job follow it through)
  7. Integrity should be 24/7
  8. Plan ahead (What type of leader do I want to be in 10 years?)
  9. Work for the common good
  10. Let it be YOU – What can YOU do about solving a problem? (Don’t think that someone else will get to it, often times they won’t, so take charge)

A good question to ask yourself, VP said, is “What problem can I tackle in my¬†immediate¬†world?” Too often do we point out problems and expect that someone else will get around to them. Leaders take charge, no matter how small an issue seems.

A great speech that talks about tip number eight is Matthew McConaughey’s winning speech for Best Actor. Give it a watch here:¬†https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wD2cVhC-63I

What tips do you have when it comes to being a leader?

 

Your Best Bullet Journal

 

Your best bullet journal

I set up my very first bullet journal in December of 2015, over two years ago, and I haven’t used a store bought agenda since. Bullet journals are fully customizable agendas. They can have monthly calendars, daily and weekly spreads, habit trackers, lists, and more. It seems really daunting at first, but once you start it doesn’t take much time or creativity at all.

Most of the bullet journals on Pinterest, tumblr, and Instagram are highly artistic, meticulously organized, and very detailed. Your’s doesn’t have to be! I can’t stress that enough. So many people look at my bujo (shorthand for bullet journal) and think that I spend hours each week decorating and planning each page. It may take me half an hour if I want to make it look artsy, but if I’m simply putting down what I need to do each day it takes all of five minutes. It can be messy, black and white, perfect, colorful, or anything in between.

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I use a monthly agenda and weekly spreads. I set up all my months in December and then make each weekly spread on Sunday the week of.

For my monthly spreads, I start with a grid base. In a Leuchtturm 1917 A5 hardcover with a dot grid, each weekday of the month is eight grid spaces over and six down. Each weekend day is seven grid spaces over and six down. I do this part in pencil so I can count out how many days I need and make sure they’re in the right MTWTFSS spot.

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After I make the grid, I outline all the days I need in black pen. Then I decorate the black space. I try to do different designs for each month. I typically use stickers, washi tape, and doodles.

 

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes! I’ve found that a lot of my friends are tentative to even start a bullet journal because they’re afraid it’ll look¬† messy or that they’ll somehow screw it up. There’s always white out, or some way to improvise. Even then, most people that look at my bullet journal don’t pay attention to the mistakes (and there are plenty of them).

April bullet journal monthly spread

Looking through my new bujo, this is my favorite month so far, as far as the art goes. Below is another I did for March. I erase all the pencil guide lines after I finish decorating (the final step when creating my monthly spreads).

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My weekly spreads tend to look very different week to week. I typically write down the day and date and underneath it put down all the things I need to do, with an open circle for tasks/homework and an open square for events. When I begin the task I color the circle in half way, and once it’s complete I color it in fully.

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Recently I’ve been using Tracy from Shutterbean’s weekly layout.¬† It’s much simpler and usually leaves a big chunk of room for me to doodle on.

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Another reason I love to bullet journal is because it can be turned into a scrapbook. I tape movie tickets, flowers, and other little memories in on the weeks I do those things. So not only do I have a physical thing to remind me of a happy time or event, I have the time, date, and name written down.

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My sorority sister (and little) Rachel just started her bullet journal. Her tip for newbies is to experiment with different layouts and spreads to find what fits you best. She also highly recommends stickers and stencils for people that aren’t good at drawing. She got all of her’s off of Amazon!

Click on the links for these stickers, this washi tape, these markers/pens/brush pens, and this stencil set to view some of my favorites off Amazon. You can also get the¬†Leuchtturm journal I’m using by clicking here.

As far as inspiration goes, I search tumblr for the hashtags bujo and studyblr. Pinterest has some good ideas as well. My bullet journal Pinterest board is always evolving. Tracy from Shutterbean is also a big source of bujo inspiration for me.

If you’re interested in seeing how I organize my busy life, check out this post:¬†The Big Three: How to Stay on Your A-Game During Summer Break.