Summer Reading List

Happy Monday Folks!

Now that summer has officially started, I thought it would be a great time to talk about summer reading. I find pleasure reading a lot easier in the summer because I’m not taking as many classes during this time. This summer is the first summer that I will have no classes since starting graduate school! I wanted to take advantage of the extra time by reading a few books. I currently have several books in rotation and thought I would share them with you.

The first book I’m reading is Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique W. Morris. I decided to add this book to my reading list because research regarding the school-to-prison pipeline usually focuses on Black boys and mass incarceration. Rarely does the discussion and conversation focus on little black girls. I wanted to educate myself on this topic; and so far, Monique Morris does not disappoint!

pushout

After finishing Pushout, I plan to move on to Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America by Charisse Jones and Dr. Kumea Shorter-Gooden. This book explores the many facets to Black women and their identity as they navigate racial and gender boundaries in the US. A topic I know all to well from my many experiences in mostly white settings.

shifting

Once I finish these two books, I plan to dedicate full reviews on them in an upcoming post. So stay tuned!


In addition to incorporating forensic psychology and mental health related books into my reading list, it is also imperative that I incorporate fiction stories. I love reading fiction because I like getting lost in the characters and it contributes greatly to my self-care. There’s nothing like sitting outside on a nice warm day and getting lost in a great story!

I added The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A Lisbeth Salander Novel by David Lagercrantz.

spiders web

This is the fourth novel in my absolute favorite series, The Millenium Series by Steig Larsson. I’ve read the three preceding books pictured below.

milennium series

I absolutely love the complexity of the characters in this series! And, all books have been turned into movies. I personally prefer the original Swedish version (it has subtitles). If you’re looking for a new series to get into, I fully recommend this one!!!

Finally, I’m reading two Gillian Flynn novels, Sharp Objects and Dark Places. I love the way Gillian Flynn writes her novels and I find them very easy to get lost in. I read her other book, Gone Girl, shortly before the movie came out and really liked it. So, I’m excited to see what happens in these next two stories.


 

I’m always looking for new book recommendations! If you have any, feel free to shoot me an email (lifeoflovejoy1@gmail.com) or leave a comment!

Photography and Travel

Hey There!

I decided to combine my travel and photography pages into one since they both go hand-in-hand for me. I’ve always been interested in photography and had the opportunity to take a beginner’s course last summer.

While I am definitely not a pro, I do love taking pictures of interesting things and perfecting my skills. The best part about photography is  capturing small moments of places, people and things that will forever be frozen in time.

I’ve been able to test my photography skills on recent trips that I’ve take abroad. I made a promise to myself that I would visit one new country every year.

The pictures below are from my two most recent trips to Bali, Indonesia and Santiago, Chile. Both are fantastic places with amazing culture, food, and people. I plan to go into detail about each adventure in a separate post. But for now, you can enjoy some teasers.

Chilean me

Being a tourist outside of the hotel in Santiago, Chile. This street/district was designed by a father and son duo. They designed this area to resemble both Paris and London. Many of the restaurants, hotels, and hostels in this area have English and French cuisine/themes. If you look closely, the building behind me is named Hotel Paris.

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A bank in the financial district of Santiago, Chile.

Pabloe Neruda Ocean

The ocean behind famous Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda’s house.

Mt. Batur

Mt. Batur in Bali, Indonesia. This is an active volcano! The restaurant overlooked this beauty.

New Years

Happy New Year from Bali!

Water Palace

Bali Water Palace Tirtagangga.Water Palace 2

Another picture from the water palace. Bali has many sites where locals and visitors can go  for religious ceremonies or personal healing. Tirtagangga is HUGE and has many influences from Balinese and Chinese culture.

WHY A BLOG?

Welcome!! – You found me!

My name is Tiffany and I am a fifth-year doctoral student studying Clinical Forensic Psychology. I started this blog for a number of different reasons.

First, I do not consider myself a creative person by any means, but, I did want to create a platform where I could showcase all of the things that I love and that make me who I am. This blog will feature my love of food, fitness, photography, and natural hair amongst other things.

Second (and a small dose of self disclosure), I spend a large portion of my time “in my own head.” I often find myself daydreaming, thinking, wondering, wishing, and pondering. This blog will serve as an outlet for me to put my ideas down on paper (or screen in this sense).

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I wanted to create a platform for emerging clinicians of color, undergraduate and graduate students of color in psychology, and other individuals of color considering a career in mental health.

As an African American woman I often find myself living and learning in mostly “white” spaces and my journey through graduate school was a reflection of this. Now, as I am nearing the end of my academic and clinical training, I will be entering a field (psychology) that is dominated by white women and a subfield (forensic psychology) that is dominated by older white men. It is very hard to see myself represented in certain places unless I actively seek out certain people, networks and connections.

When I first decided to go to graduate school and began my search for different programs, I sought out blogs and youtube channels in hopes that there were Black women documenting their journeys. I was hoping to gain an understanding of graduate school in hopes that I would be better prepared for the journey. However, I didn’t find any. I started toying around with the idea of starting my own blog a few years ago, but convinced myself that no one would read it (more on not carrying what people think at a later date), and thus, I never started one.

Until now.

This blog will serve to discuss current events regarding psychology and mental health, the field of forensic psychology in general, my journey through graduate school, and the pros and cons of being a Black woman in a white space.

Follow me through this thing called life.