…which, you know, is coming up here in a few days AND WHERE THE HELL HAS THE TIME GONE.
Being a few weeks in to this current round of school, I’m realizing just how much I’m going to have to hunker down and focus, which hasn’t been a real strong suit lately. (Por ejemplo, I’m sitting here in Minneapolis ON VACATION and just now submitted a paper due this morning, when I had plenty of time to work on it this past week, ahem.) So, in keeping with the theme, S is also for:
Studying. This stuff is actually so interesting to me – between learning about genetics and effortful control and environmental influence, as well as digging into the welfare system and studying on the American Dream (TM), such as it is – studying won’t be a hardship. At all. I just need to re-prioritize something fierce.
Sobriety. I’m taking the month off from drinking, because even though I don’t do it a lot, I’m finding that even one glass of wine puts me straight to sleep and kills any motivation I might have to study or write.
Self-care. Eating well, exercising, getting enough Sleep (there’s another one), going to Noelle and the chiropractor and my favorite masseuse… these are all necessary things for balance.
Seeking. I never really ever stop doing this one, whether it’s a new apartment or a new way of thinking/seeing something, always and forever seeking. But also,
Sitting. Learning how to sit with things, even sadness, discomfort, loneliness… I’m getting a whole lot better at this, but there’s always room for better.
Single. I can’t say I have any interest (at ALL) in braving the dating pool again anyway, but I do know that when I should be studying, I have a tendency to dig around on dating websites instead. Also, cleaning toilets, but I’m not going to refrain from that this month. No more so than usual, anyway.
Social media respite. This is a big one – I’m signing out of Facebook for the month. I’ll still cross-post from Instagram, etc., but I waste entirely too much time on there, and it adds to the noise and static in my brain, rendering me effectively useless when it comes time to focus. Too much noise, not enough viable content, and way too many opportunities for butt-hurt. This falls under the self-care section, too. Big time.
SNAP challenge. I’m excited about this! One of my school assignments is to live on $29/week for food, which is the statewide average for SNAP (food stamp) assistance. Since that’s about what I spend at the butcher on any given week, it’s going to be real interesting to do this successfully. Yet another good reason to lay off the wine. :)
And, finally, S is for “See you in October!” I’ll still write here – a lot, I’m sure – but this feels like the very best time to take a little break and go live life for a while. Novel concept, that.