Month In Review: September 2016

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I started up my last semester of university this month, and I could not be more excited to be done with school. My boyfriend also moved in with me. September was so rainy and thankfully cooled down halfway through the month. I can wear sweaters again!

Here are some of my favourite posts from this month:
  • New Bullet Journal Setup (September 9) – I’ve been loving the new notebook and the setup definitely played a role in my enjoyment.
  • Thoughts On Fluid Sexuality (September 12) – This post was long-coming and I’m glad I got it out into the world. I’ll say it again: you can change your mind. You can keep figuring things out.
  • Writing Wednesday: Plane of a Face (September 21) – I’ve missed writing poetry and the language in this one was so fun to play with.
  • Bullet Journal Spreads: September 2016 (September 26) – I’ll be doing another roundup of all my bullet journal spreads for October. This was a great post for reviewing my bujo!
A single adjective for September was transitional

I had to get used to going to school once again. It feels like time has barely passed, though. I think that’s because I have two single-day classes per week, so it feels like I’m going to fewer classes (which is true). There was also a lot of change to get used to. I also didn’t do everything I wanted to, blog-wise, during September. Not even bothered by that.

In October, I look forward to:
  • My birthday on the 6th!
  • Finishing my WIP. I know that for last month I put this, too, but I was overshooting my goals then.
  • Preparing for NaNoWriMo.
  • A week off of classes.
  • Seeing my family again in the middle of the month.

I’m hoping October doesn’t go by too quickly, but I’m hoping it does—I’ll be even closer to getting out of school and facing the shit-storm of society. Let’s hope I also get a ton of writing done.

Month In Review: August 2016

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August was a hard month. It always is. I hate August. It and February are the two chunks of the year where I want to skip and go to the next level. I’ve always felt bitter about this month, since I’d rather be in school, I hate summer, and I am a very impatient person. And ever since my brother died in 2011, it’s been harder. From July 24 to August 26, I’m reminded of the quick transition between life and death—the anniversary of his death on the 24th, and his birthday on the 26th.

I’d rather sleep through August.

Here are some of my favourite posts from this month:

A single adjective for August was depressed

Because that’s how I felt for the bulk of this month. I think it was in part because I went off my hormonal birth control for 6 weeks, and also because… well, because I have depression. The birth control helps. I can’t wait to be back on it at the start of September.

In September, I look forward to

  • My boyfriend moving in with me.
  • The start of my final semester in university.
  • Finishing my WIP (I will 100% make this a priority, even if I’m in school).
  • Starting a new bullet journal—the notebook should arrive in the mail this week, and I’m so so excited to 1) review it; and 2) showcase my new set-up.

I’m planning on including some university living posts for my final semester. I’ve experienced enough post-secondary life to impart some wisdom, especially when it does not relate to “decorate your dorm” or other on-campus living. I didn’t go that route, and I’m so fucking glad I didn’t. There will also be more bullet journal posts, I promise. With my new set-up that I have planned, there will be spotlights on individual spreads.

Autumn, I await your easy company.

Month In Review August 2016

Month In Review: April 2016

The end of April means my summer has begun. Technically, the summer solstice isn’t until June 20, but once Canada hits May Two-Four, we’re all in summer mode. May Two-Four is actually Victoria Day weekend, but don’t ask me why we have a holiday honouring this queen. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Canadians usually take the long weekend to barbecue, drink beer, and enjoy milder weather—along with fireworks and other pyrotechnics. While I was in Windsor the majority of April, the weather felt like early summer. Despite the break from school, I do not look forward to the heat. Give me cool, breezy, and/or rainy, and I’m a happy squid.

April In Pictures

08 April

Classes finished on April 8, and Neko Atsume finally granted me a view of Peaches!

10 April

I changed my phone theme from a cartoony dinosaur one to a summery one.

11 April

26 April

Played games with room mates and my boyfriend.

16 April

18 April

Made and ate good food with my boyfriend.

15 April

Treated myself to a trip to the dollar store, where I picked up some decorative tape (not washi, but it serves the same purpose) and a vanilla candle. This Dollar Tree candle burned well!

19 April

Exposed my boyfriend to feminist literature by having him read from a feminist magazine. He said it was all very good stuff, and he’s normally not big on poetry or literary fiction.

25 April

Started a wardrobe makeover, beginning with some jeans and a dress.

30 April

Returned to my hometown (which is not Windsor) and the glorious nature it holds.

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(More photos of my day-to-day happenings can be found over on my Instagram account.)

A single adjective for April was rewarding.

I finished classes and took my exams this month. 4 of my 5 grades are processed, and I’m so pleased that I managed over an 80% in those classes! I think, this month, I really applied myself to what was important when it was important. Having my boyfriend visit me was also a huge treat. He and I hadn’t seen each other since January, so having so much free time together—especially since I didn’t have the pressure of school, whether it was attending classes or preparing for the next semester—delighted me.

In May, I look forward to
  • A wedding.
  • Some time in my quiet hometown with my dad and brother.
  • Making progress with my freelance editing and formatting.
  • Reading more. Currently reading THE TWO TOWERS and it’s been pleasant. I’m hoping to use Goodreads more this month.
  • Having time to write! This is the biggest one. I’m aiming to make some serious progress on my WIPs (namely the high fantasy one). I have made so many excuses recently for why I haven’t been writing, but that time is done. Now I can’t make excuses. Let the hustle begin.

Month In Review: March 2016

How has a month gone by already? It’s as if the middle of February were two weeks ago, but here we are, on April 1st, making sure rent is paid and checking when utility bills are due. #adulting

It’s as if the last chapter of life was one month, and we’ve turned the page and changed seasons. Bless the beauty of literary techniques, because time travelling in real life would be terrifying if it feels like this!

March In Pictures

I ate a lot of vegetarian food

01 March 2016
March 1; scrambled spicy tofu with black beans and rice
19 March (2) 2016
March 19; delicious and crispy pan-fried hoisin tofu!
22 March 2016
March 22; chickpea and potato curry

I had a couple bad days.

09 March 2016
March 9; wanted bunny snuggles all day
08 March 2016
March 8; clearly a terrible day if I’m craving pizza

I got really into bullet journalling.

15 March 2016
March 15; two spreads!

I rediscovered how frustrating and enjoyable working in InDesign can be.

14 March 2016
March 14; working on material for my employer

My boyfriend got Snapchat (and I am actually senpai, since I’m a year ahead of him in school).

18 March 2016
March 18; a few days after we had a really tense weekend.

I started drinking coffee.

19 March (1) 2016
March 19; I wish I could wake up earlier more often for mornings like this

Easter happened and my rabbit is the cutest.

27 March 2016
March 27; he was quite confused about being in a basket.

My hair reached a better length and I bought new hair products that make it so, so soft!

03 March 2016
March 3; this seems so much shorter than how it is now, and this is after I straightened it!
28 March 2016
March 28; two days after using the new products. This was a luscious hair day

Most of these you may have seen on my Instagram if you’re following me! Hence all the food and selfies.

A single adjective for March was educational.

I learned how to manage my emotions and feelings better. I learned a kickass way to prepare tofu. I started the process of learning to be kind to myself—my body, my emotions, and my mind. I also learned that I like coffee?? Four years ago, I couldn’t go into a cafe without the urge to cover my nose at the smell, so that’s certainly a new thing.

In April, I look forward to:
  • Classes finishing on the 8th.
  • My boyfriend visiting on the 11th.
  • My exams on the 11th, 20th, and 21st—since they mean I’ll be finally done with this semester.
  • Seeing my dad and brother later in the month.
  • Shifting my focus away from school and toward my own projects—my writing in particular.
  • Rainier and milder weather.

Month In Review: February 2016

Goodbye, February. You were an arbitrary selection of days, interspersed with different seasons. I mean, come on, going through a 50-degrees-Celsius range in one month, from -45 to 15… That’s a little ridiculous.

I didn’t have a good month, but that’s nothing to dwell on. Headcold. Emotional roller coaster. Discouragement. Onward to March.

This month in pictures:

For all my not-so-cute days, I have one or two days where I fell hella hellaaaa cute.

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“FEELINGS ABOUT SCHOOL” ink on paper, Coryl, 2016 #doodles #cartoon

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Grooming on his pink blanket. ??

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Hell yeah. #homemade #sushi carrots, cucumber, tuna, avocado, wasabi, and miso soup!

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This month, I achieved:
  • Some new writing thanks to WTH’s February Challenge. I wrote some poems, some reflective non-fiction, and the beginnings to some short stories! Not every day produced something good, of course, but I was writing. Hallelujah.
  • Confidence in my identity as A Writer. I feel less afraid than I did before.
This month, I was grateful for:
This month, I learned:

More about my triggers for my eating disorder and mental health. Seriously, figuring out what makes me want to do certain things feels so much better than being able to fight back. It’s like I have an advantage against myself.

This month, I got bored of:

University. But, hey, that’s standard for me. I’m bored easily when I don’t have reasonable challenges—and university right now, with my course selection, has no challenges at all. (Unless you consider “frustration” a challenge. I don’t.)

Next month, I’m looking forward to:
  • Getting closer to finishing this semester—and, by extension, my degree. I have 6 weeks of classes, then a few exams unfortunately spread out through the next month. I’m determined not to flake off.
  • Spending time with my rabbit. I’m trying not to be sad about his old age.
Next month, I’m going to make the positive change of:

Attending therapy weekly. I had to reschedule my appointment from last Friday (February 26) to this Friday (March 4), and thus only had one appointment in all of February. I think I’m starting to really feel some progress and learn more about myself, so I want to continue relying on my guide (AKA my counsellor).

Next month, I’m making the effort to:

Outline, plan, write, immerse myself, and make progress on THE PILGRIMAGE. Of all my novels, I feel this one has the most potential. I decided on a major change recently—removing a character entirely, in order to tighten up character arcs and thus plot—and have found excitement. Normally my writing has a small shadow of fear lingering, but this time? I’m less afraid. I have less expectations set upon myself. I’m enthusiastic.

If I had to write a book about this month, I would call it:

River Bottom Blues and Bubbles. I’ve been extremely emotional this month. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Format and some questions from “Achievement Unlocked: February 2016”

I hope you all had a decent short month. Also, can we all appreciate the Google Doodle for the leap day? Adorable. Bunnies are best.

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Month In Review: January 2016

Month In Review: January--A review of January and my hopes and goals for February.

What a quick month, but that’s how time is: it continues and flows no matter what you do.

Some of my goals for this month included making a therapy appointment (success); blogging regularly (success); and do yoga more each week (success). There were other goals, but even with how open I am here, I like to maintain a bit of mystery and privacy.

January Highlights
  • I started another semester at the University of Windsor.
  • Somehow, I managed to stay on top of everything and have readings and assignments completed before classes.
  • I started seeing a therapist for counselling .
  • I’ve made progress with my eating disorder by reducing frequency and intensity of binges and the Cycle of Guilt and Shame.
  • I did yoga almost daily!
  • I managed to read a few books.
  • I started blogging again, woot woot.
  • My blogging routine became super streamlined, with a schedule, post ideas, and a “stock” for me to use when I’m in a pinch.
  • I wrote haikus to ease myself back into writing creatively daily.
  • I watched Inside Out and it was basically life-changing.

This month was alright for the start of the year (which, if you’ve read my 2016 Goals, doesn’t matter to me). I’m trying to make progress and putting in as much effort as I can. It’s been hard. It’s been damn hard. I think each week has involved more crying and discomfort than good vibes. But that’s okay. I think January focused on adjustment more than anything, like progress or health or joy or whatever.

Next month, I want to focus on myself. Selfishness? Is that the focus? Or is it independence? It doesn’t really matter. If it’s selfishness, then so be it. I’ll be selfish. I’ll be the most selfish if it means I can be happier and stop hating my appearance, my hobbies, my skills, my choices, my schooling—basically everything, unfortunately. So, alright. Selfishness.

I want to be content with my choices.

I want to experience my emotions without the shadow of guilt.

I want to care for my health more than punish myself for lack of health.

I want to write and read. Simple enough. Reading and writing, and enjoying both of them.

February Goals
  • Write for 20 minutes each day, as Jenny Perinovic is doing.
  • Continue going to counselling for at least 2 more sessions.
  • Weight train 2 times each week.
  • Practise yoga 2 times each week.
  • Read 4 books.
  • Have a day of vegetarian meals once a week.

Month In Review: January--A review of January and my hopes and goals for February.