So, I’m not back from my hiatus yet (at the rate things are going, it’s going to be at least a couple of weeks), but I did want to pop in and do an August recap, both for journaling/remembering purposes, and to update you all, especially if my hiatus lasts a lot longer. 🙂
The first and biggest occurrence of the month was starting school on August 2nd. I’m on track to graduate in May, which is really exciting. I can’t wait to be done with it. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t hate school, but I have to admit that I don’t always enjoy it, either. The methods we use aren’t really tailored to my learning skills. As I’ve grown older, my attention span has shortened, and my stress levels have risen a lot, which severely impacts most areas of my life.
After starting school, as expected, my mental state took a turn for the worse, albeit gradually. (Hence the hiatus.) I’m really grateful that this is my last year. Though it also makes me feel really old. XD
Not a lot of small events happened in August. As I think I’ve mentioned before, I’m not doing any theatre this semester (so far). It’s really weird having so much free time because I don’t have lines to memorize or rehearsals to attend. Theatre has been such a big part of my life for the past six years. I’ve had a show every semester since I was eleven, and my life feels so weird without it. I can’t wait for next semester to start up so I can back into theatre.
One event this month was my little sister’s 15th birthday! This year I actually managed to find her a present on time. XD She’s really, really hard to shop for because she’s a person who doesn’t put much stock in materialistic things. (And then there’s me. I love things. It figures. My love language is gifts.)
To be honest, no other smaller events occurred in August. However, two really big events did occur, and I’m excited to share them with you.
The first one (and biggest one) is that I joined an American Heritage Girls troop! I was part of AHG when I was really little, and I still have so many fun and vivid memories of it. I was so happy to find out a new troop was opening up somewhat near us, and so of course I joined. I’ve been to two meetings so far, one to make sure I liked the troop, and one parent meeting. Both were so fun, and I can’t wait to go to even more meetings and to earn badges. I’m sure you’ll hear a lot more about that later. I’m really excited. 😀
Second, I did a whole lot of job searching. It’s been agonizing, but I’m happy to say that I have my first ever job interview on Thursday! I have absolutely no clue how it’s going to go, but I must have done something right in order to even get the interview, so I’m trying to be confident about it. I’m doing a ton of research on job interviews, and thankfully I went through a volunteering program at my local library for four years that taught me just about everything about having a job, applying for jobs, and job interviews.
(Well, maybe not everything, but enough that I’m not in the deep end right now.)
If any of you have some job interview tips, I would appreciate hearing them! 😀
Of course, now that I have a job interview, I’m stressing about how I’m going to manage to do school and other activities if I do get the job. *sighs* I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of anxiety and stress in my life. (which is not a positive thought. However, I can’t think of an optimistic thought on the subject).
I didn’t do a whole lot of writing during August. Probably because school started, and probably also because I wrote so much during July that I’m pretty burnt out with Starless. However, I’m going to be taking a break from Starless for at least a week, probably longer, so hopefully come November I’ll be able to churn out many words for NaNoWriMo, if I’m able to do it.
One thing I picked up in August was kind of a silly one, but I’ll talk about it anyway. I randomly opened up an old game on the old phone I use, and it turns out that it can really help me destress. I definitely don’t make playing online games a habit, but every once in a while if I’m really stressed out, I’ll open up Hay Day and play for 5 to 10 minutes. Hay Day is a game I used to play with my dad when I was really little, and so I guess it just brings back good memories. Plus, it’s a very simple, pointless sort of game, which is nice when my mind is just going crazy with too many senseless worries.
I only read a few books in August, but they were still more than I’ve read in a while. Here are the books I read:
~ The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Van Glasser
~ The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden by Karina Van Glasser
~ The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue by Karina Van Glasser
~ The Vanderbeekers Lost and Found by Karina Van Glasser
~ Better Angels by Sadie Keller
~ The Year of the Buttered Cat by Lexi and Susan Haas (actually a September read but whatever, we’ll put it here in case I forgot to put it in my September post)
~ Letters from Cuba by Ruth Behar (same as above)
As for music, I’ve just been listening to the same old songs as usual. This month’s most listened were as follows:
~ The Phantom of the Opera from The Phantom of the Opera
~ She Used to Be Mine from Waitress
~ Requiem from Dear Evan Hansen
~ Rain by Ben Platt
~ Burn The Ships by For King and Country
I didn’t really watch any movies in August. I think I watched Tangled and The Red Badge of Courage, but that’s it, so far as I can remember. I did watch tons of I Love Lucy! (My sister and I usually watch two episodes every evening. No, we are not tired of it yet. And yes, this has been going on for a couple of years.)
I’ve got a few goals for September, which I shall list here so I’m more motivated to do them.
~ Earn two or three AHG badges
~ Write more fanfic and/or poetry
~ Do some extra math lessons to catch up
~ Start a regular exercise regime
~ Read eight books
~ Do some extra biology lessons for fun
~ Succeed in my job interview
~ Discover some new music
~ Resume blogging by the end of the month?
That’s it for today. 🙂