When you hear people say “I’m learning a new language” what do you automatically assume? Often times you think they’ll say Spanish, an Asian language, or maybe even Russian. For some reason, our minds don’t think of American Sign Language. Why is this? It is so important to learn, especially if you work in a hospital setting because you never know when someone will be in your care you is deaf.
Sign language has always interested me, ever since I was a kid. I remember I was in about 3rd grade when there were kids on the playground signing and I watched in awe. I learned most of the alphabet that year but that’s about it. It wasn’t until I was making my 30 before 30 list that I decided to really focus on learning some sign language.
Well, I signed up for two ASL classes and I am so excited. I can not wait to learn sign language. I know there is something that has attracted me to sign language, even if I don’t know exactly what it is right now. I just wish I had known how to communicate when I was on my mission because we knocked into a family who were all deaf and it would have been really cool to meet with them.
Why is it important to know ASL, though? I found a nice article title “5 Important Reasons For Learning Sign Language” and, though they aren’t all important reasons, they are good reasons.
- It’s all around us. Seriously, though. If you pay attention, you’ll see it in your every day life.
- It’s easy to learn. It really is, I’m enjoying how much I am learning from apps and other sites.
- It allows silence. This is a big one. Our lives are so full of noise, from music, to the neighbor’s lawn mower. Sign language gives our ears a break.
- It becomes exceedingly useful. Like I said at the beginning, if you work in the medical field, ASL is vital. What if someone comes in for an emergency and they are trying to sign to you and you have no idea what they are saying. You have to scramble to find someone who does know ASL and by the time you find someone, it could be too late.
- It is beautiful. Ok, this is not important but it’s true. Have you ever seen someone sign before? We always talk about how the romance languages are beautiful but to see what people speaking ASL can do with their hands to communicate is amazing. There are a few videos below showing people speaking in ASL.
I am looking forward to crossing off another thing on my 30 before 30 list. Of course, I will be keeping you all updated on my ASL journey. I may even decide to post some pictures on my YouTube channel, I haven’t decided yet. Let me know if you all would like to see that. For now, here are a few other article for you to check out:
- College Students Share The Importance of ASL and Deaf Culture in Today’s Hearing World
- The Benefits of American Sign Language
- American Sign Language
As always, thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you keep checking back each week for new posts. Comment below with your thought and feelings on ASL. Do you know ASL? What resources do you use? My resources are below. I use an android for my apps so check with the iTunes app store to see if they are available to you, as well.
- American Sign Language Phrases
- Signing Savvy
- The ASL App
- Spread the Sign App
- ASL American Sign Language App
Here is another throwback video post. I grew up watching some of these and I loved them. It was also saught after so, here you are! What was your favorite?
I hope that this brought back as many memories for you as it did for me. As always, thank you for visiting and I hope you have a great day!
Breakfast smoothie #1
1 8 oz. carton of Almond milk (vanilla)
1 bottle of Yankult probiotic
1 mango, peeled and cut up
1 banana broken into thirds
1 peach, pitted
1 Tbs of chia seeds
1 packet coconut oil
Add milk and probiotic to blender first. Next, add your fruit and chia seeds. Blend well. Lastly, add the packet of coconut oil. Pour in 1 big cup or 2 small cups. Enjoy!
This recipe is inspired by The Domestic Geek. Check out the video below for the smoothie I made, it’s the first one.
After much consideration, I decided to make a 26 before 26 list. With help from my friend Jewel and my husband, I put together a list of 26 things I want to get done in the next year. If you read my post about 25 before 25 post, then you saw that I was unable to complete it and you might be wondering why I would do another one. Well, one thing is for sure; I am definitely giving myself more than just a couple months this time so there is a better chance of me completing all 26 items. I’m determined to do it this time! I even added pictures to represent them to my vision board, to learn more about that, click here. Here is my 26 before 26 list:
- Finish a 5K
- Run a 5K (because it’s different than just finishing one)
- Finish Harry Potter 1-7 (I’m still on book 5)
- Finish the first draft of my Work in Progress
- Host a themed dinner party
- Throw myself a fabulous birthday party
- Get my food handlers card
- Go whale watching
- Blog at least weekly
- Read 26 books
- Make friends in L.A.
- Go on a girls-only trip
- Take a cooking class
- Start a YouTube channel with Jewel
- Get a job I enjoy
- Go white water rafting
- Make a music video
- Lose 20 pounds
- Learn to do winged eyeliner
- Get a calling in the church
- Visit 3 temples I’ve never been to (Los Angeles, Newport Beach, and San Diego are my goals)
- Buy and decorate a house
- Reach level 10 life
- Do something that scares me
- Be positive for a week
- Reach 200 members in Bullet Journaling California
I am very optimistic about this list and I know that I can do it. And to help you know that you can do it too, go watch this video on YouTube from the Steve Harvey Show. Please share with us what you are hoping to accomplish before your next birthday. As always, thank you for reading. If you want to enjoy more content from me, follow my blog.
More and more people are reading self help books and there are millions to choose from. As most of my readers know I am into Bullet Journaling, see my post here. When I was brand new to the journey back in July 2016, I joined many Bullet Journal groups on Facebook to help me get inspiration for this new journey I was embarking on. Through these groups, I kept seeing pages they called Level 10 Life. I thought it was interesting and I finally decided last week that I wanted to know what it was and why everyone was doing it. I found out where it came from. A self help book, I wasn’t too thrilled. I didn’t want to read it, there’s nothing any book could tell me that I didn’t already here from other people in my life. I brushed it off. Well, curiosity got the best of me and I finally caved and checked the book out from my local library and I am so glad I did. You’re probably thinking “is she ever going to share what the book is called?” I know, I know, I just went on a little tangent and never told you what the book is called. Well, it’s called The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life Before 8AM by Hal Elrod. I started reading it a few days ago and I love it. I thought it was going to be like everything I’ve always heard but it’s not. The Miracle Morning is really life changing but I don’t want you to take it from me. There are thousands of videos from people who have improved their life by incorporating Hal’s morning routine into their day. You can find many of them here.
If you have read the book, please comment with how it have changed your life. I have only done it for a couple of days and exercise alone has made me feel like a better person. I, personally, get up at 4:30am, which is when my husband gets up to get ready for work, and I begin my day. I pray, exercise, and read. I’m trying to get each of Hal’s Life S.A.V.E.R.S. to work and I’m adding a little at a time, as to not overwhelm myself. From there I do homework and house cleaning. Since I have started this routine, I have been getting to sleep earlier, which was an issue for me. I am so glad I started this and I am grateful for all the people in all of the Bullet Journal groups who shared their experiences because if they hadn’t, I may not have ever had the pleasure of reading The Miracle Morning.