The Memorial Day Cheat Sheet…Did You Know?

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Since I am a history nerd (random fact- I minored in history in college), I thought there would be no better way to celebrate Memorial Day than to give you my “cheat sheet” of this holiday.

Below are some tidbits I found interesting about Memorial Day. Feel free to share your Memorial Day facts in the comments below :-).

And if you are not familiar with Memorial Day, it is a day where we as a nation (U.S.) reflect on those in the armed forces/military who have lost their lives during war.

1. This day used to be called Decoration Day—A general during the Civil War commanded soldiers to decorate the graves of their fellow fallen comrades with flowers. This practice was supposed to be kept up, year-to-year, as long as one war veteran was alive.

2. Memorial Day became the official name in 1967.

3. On this holiday, it is expected that flags remain at half-staff until noon. They should be raised to the top of the staff after sunset.

4. The American Civil War was the deadliest war in American history with 620,000 causalities. About 644,000 U.S. military personnel have died in all other combined American wars.

5. Waterloo, N.Y. is the birthplace of Memorial Day

Bonus:

On this unofficial kick start to summer, more than 800 hot dogs per second will be eaten.

Thank you to all those who serve our country. Without you, the U.S. would look a whole lot different. To all of our armed forces, you’re the real MVP’s.

Happy Memorial Day,

Chelsea

What Are You Doing This Weekend?

great dayHappy Saturday folks!

I know what you’re all thinking, a blog post from Rookie Notes, back to back???? …Okay, maybe I’m the only one with this thought, but it’s okay :-).

Anyways, it’s the weekend and I’m pumped! It’s a gorgeous day that offers so much promise. Today I want to

1. Straighten up my room

2. Make a kale smoothie

3.Spend time with God

4. Workout

5. Practice Spanish/Chinese

6. Some blogging for next week? 

Will I do it all? I don’t know, maybe. But, more importantly, tell me what you guys are doing this today/this weekend? I would love to know :-). And for all those reading in the U.S., how are you spending the holiday?

Check back in next week, I am hopping on a plane for another adventure ;-).

Until next time,

Chelsea

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Hunger Games: Parking Edition

Man, if you live in the Baltimore area, you know the morning commute on our beltways is horrendous.

Every morning, I find myself bumper to bumper with others on 695 praying that I get to work on time.

What should be a 20 minute drive, can easily turn into a 45-minute one, hands down.

But today…today was different. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping and yes, the beltway was clear. When that song, “It’s Friday night…just got paid, feeling right…” came on the radio, I turned the volume all the way up and cruised on into work. No stop-and-go traffic in sight.

I surely thought I was going to be super early for work.

Haha. The joke was on me.

I forgot one minor detail: today was graduation day. (I work at a college).

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Translation: You will drive 30 minutes around campus until you find a parking spot in some distant part of campus you’ve never seen before.

Yes, I knew graduation occurred today. But, I didn’t plan for the time it takes to find a parking spot. I felt like I was in the Hunger Games of driving and had to fight parents, students, and the key-note speaker to find a spot.

Yes, I did survive. Barely. I trekked to my office and was exactly “on time,” not a minute earlier, or later.

Moral of the story, if it’s graduation day, or any event for that matter, calculate the time that it takes to find a parking spot into your estimated time of arrival.

Until next time,

Chelsea

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In Life You Need To…

In life you need to…Wait, before I write this post, let me put on music.

*My phone goes off. Someone texted me*

Hey Chelsea! Do you want to get lunch tomorrow?

I look at my phone…I think about it…I am ready to reply, but I don’t know if I can definitely go. I put my phone back down and return to my computer.

I hear a beep. I have a Facebook notification. Someone commented on a video I commented on two days ago. I re watch the video and laugh.

I re-open the internet window and try to get back on task.

In life you need to[space. Nothing but a blinking cursor staring back at me]

I try to remember what I wanted to write before I stopped to turn on the music I forgot to turn on.

My thoughts drift to redesigning my website.

I leave the unfinished blog post and begin looking at other people’s blogs for inspiration.

Two hours later.

In life you need to

Until next time,

Chelsea

How To Teach English Abroad

Are you looking to teach English abroad, but don’t know where to begin? Eslcafe.com is a great place to start.

On the “International Jobs” section of Esl Cafe, hundreds of teaching English abroad jobs are listed. Teaching jobs listed are all over the world—qualifications, compensation, visa assistance, accommodations, and work hours vary with each position.

ESL Cafe

In the video below, I give a brief tutorial of the site.

Keep in mind that with most things on the internet there can be a scam. Many of the post on ESL Café are probably alright. However, there may be a bad apple or two. With that being said, when looking through job posts it’s important to keep these points in mind:

Payment If the job posting is asking you for payment up front, it is probably a scam. You should never have to wire money in order to secure a position of teaching internationally.

Too good to be true If a school is pulling out all the stops to get you to teach at their school, beware. For example, if a position is offering an absorbent salary, research why they are offering that amount along with the average earnings of the position in the country you want to live in.

Grammatical Errors If the job you’re interested in is ran by a company or school that has a ton of misspellings and grammar mistakes on their website, this can be a red flag. Reputable companies/schools will do their best to market to prospective, qualified candidates.

You should talk to expats who are in country about applying for a teaching position. They can give you the best pointers and advice and have a comprehensive scope on salary and other benefits associated with being a teacher in said country. Look on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, and on international teaching forums online to find expats in the country you are interested in living.

Until next time,

Chelsea

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My Weekly Goals

week of may 15

Happy Monday Y’all!

I hope you all had a great weekend and happy belated Mother’s day to all the moms out there. Last week I made a list of goals that I wanted to accomplish. I wanted to:

  1. Drink more water— Considering the amount of water I was drinking before last week, I definitely improved. I drank around 3 bottles a day. I know it’s not a lot but we all have to start somewhere. I know if I don’t change my habits now, it could mean long term health problems.
  2. Organize my room—I cleaned off my desk, picked up the books off the floor and cleaned off my dresser. My room feels like it has so much more space…
  3. Practice with my Spanish-language partner—I only spoke with him once last week. However, to end on a positive note, I did a lot of listening in Spanish. I listened to Podcasts and Pandora.
  4. Not miss my appointments with God—After I posted this last Wednesday, I missed my appointments with God on Thursday and Friday. But, I met with Him on Saturday and Sunday for multiple hours. After reading my Bible and talking/journaling to Him, I felt at peace. He showed me things through the Word. And I went to church on Sunday. I love going to church.

Goals for this week:

  1. Not miss my appointments—This bullet will say on my list until I have developed a set schedule with God. In order to hear the voice of God and the direction He has for your life, it’s crucial to check in with him regularly. I find that if I haven’t been spending time with God, it’s hard to hear his voice, especially when I need to make big life decisions.
  2. Languages—I would like to write a paragraph in Spanish and practice at least once with my language partner. For Chinese, I would like to write 5 sentences (using the correct pinyin and characters) and learn 2 new words.
  3. Water—Keep drinking water. I want to get to 3.5 bottles each day this week.
  4. Blogging—Put up a new blog post/video this week.
  5. Running—I haven’t mentioned it on this blog, but I’ve started running again. Like prayer, running eases my anxiety and stress. Also it forces me to drink more water. I want to run at least twice this week.

So there you have it, here’s my goals for this week. What’s yours? Share in the comments below.

Until next time,

Chelsea

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