Hello 2018!

Welcome to March. Welcome to the new website! I’m so, so pleased that I finally got a design done for the site. I’ve been using a premade theme since I launched the blog at the start of 2016. Now, after all this time, my hand-coded theme is up. It also came with some rebranding to make my social media presence (on Twitter and Facebook) more “me” and cohesive with the website.

As of right now, I do not have the mobile site ready, so if you are a mobile reader, I apologise! Over the next little while, I’ll code the responsive design and (hopefully) seamlessly integrate it. I also don’t have my portfolio up, but that will be coming over the next month.

Let me know how you like the new design! It feels very “on brand” for me and who I feel I am as a person. If you encounter any glitches with it, please let me know here or on Twitter or any of my listed social media!

Anyway, where have I been since December? Let’s review, ok ok.

Month In Review: January 2018

I’ll be honest, January feels so far away to me. I remember I did driving lessons and that it was very cold most of the month. I’ve decided to be fairly private with my goals, at least for the first while of the year, but I’ll share one. I aim to submit to one literary magazine or journal each month of this year.

A celebration: I submitted some of my writing to a literary magazine!

A change: I spent less time on social media.

A conflict: My mental health was not the greatest this month.

A relief: I am decently medicated. That’s really the only relief I feel.

A regret: My driving test was cancelled and rescheduled to February.

A random memory: I had a guy on a dating app interrogate me about my mental illness, which I’m open about on these types of things, and then (after a few messages all on one day) had him decide that I was not mentally ill. He also sent me a ridiculously long poem AND a ridiculously long message about him being a “wanderer”; I thought it was all incredibly pathetic.

Month In Review: February 2018

It feels like spring came very early by the end of February, and I’m not complaining about it. The unfortunate cause is global climate change, but I can go outside without it being an immediate danger to myself, so I’m okay.

A celebration: I wrote another piece for submission!

A change: The website and my online brand got a refresh, which I love. I technically finished it at the start of March, but the design was finalised in February and the last few days were small-change-city.

A conflict: I feel insecure financially and it makes me very nervous for the future.

A relief: I passed my G2 driving test and can now drive alone.

A regret: I didn’t edit as much as I wanted to. I completed 2 chapters, but then the editing went to the backburner as I got into the thick of redesigning.

A random memory: My family spontaneously got together for a meal out at a restaurant. It was lovely, and we scheduled for another one in March. I think my dad wants to make it a habit to catch up with his kids, and I’m all for it.


I’m back now, so prepare yourselves for more blogging! I’ve brainstormed so many posts and ideas. I feel confident that my content is going to improve over the next few months. I’ve had time to work on the purpose for this blog, and now that I’m completely out of school, I can devote more time to it.

My freelancing business will be the main focus for my online presence, including the website. The last year has been incredible, working with writers and reading their stories. I’m so proud of each of them and what they’ve done with their writing. I’m excited to work with more people and do more creative projects with new writers!

Month In Review: January 2017

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The first month of 2017 is done already? I’ll be honest: this month was a blur. I don’t have much to write on January… It’s been a strange, hazy thirty-one days. I’ll make my Months In Review quick this year, with a few lines to sum up highlights and woes of each month—and maybe a few sentences to add some flavour.

A celebration: I reached my word goal of 70,000 for The Pilgrimage!

A change: I moved to new accounts for a fresher start to a new tome of my life.

A conflict: My PTSD and dissociation were incredibly prevalent this month, which might be why I was in a haze most of the month.

A relief: My application to graduate from university was accepted!

A regret: I didn’t make as much art this month as I planned or hoped to do.

A random memory: At the convenience store, I happened to look up as a girl left and her earbuds fell out of her pocket. It took me about 2 seconds to put down my things, tell my boyfriend I’d be right back, and pick up the earbuds to go return them to her. She was just walking out of the parking lot and looked incredibly relieved when I handed them back to her.

Onward to February!

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.