First of all, happy September 1st! For those of you in the know, I’ll have seen you at Kings Cross Station and we’re all happily on our way to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. That’s right, fellow Potterheads, it’s the first day of Hogwarts and we’re finally nineteen years later in the epilogue of Harry Potter! It feels weird to think that a book series can be such a huge part of our (namely my) life, but I’m not looking back.
While on my way to magical school, I may… have gotten into my second bicycle accident of the year. I’m all bandaged up, and despite my best efforts: I was sent home from work yesterday. As I’m doing some light stretching currently, I will also be the first to admit that I am maybe quite sore from my fall and perhaps do require some R&R. Luckily instead of giving into nonsense like self-care, I have booked tickets to see Harry Potter in Concert tonight by the Rotterdam Philharmonic! (Which in all seriousness is just another form of self-care)
I want to be honest. In the last couple weeks, I have maybe done some slightly insane things. To preface, I have trouble sitting still. Hence whenever I seem to have more than a little bit of free time – I sort of freak out. This last time resulted in me applying to a gazillion jobs, attempting to sign up for volunteer copywriting and blogging for literacy foundations and signing up to finish my Certificate of Journalism courses at UMass Amherst. Oops. What can I say? I’m a rebel with a to-do list a mile long.
Seriously though, I’m starting to realize just how much I like to put on my plate. There’s Bad Yogi, Sub-Stances, People Save People (I’ll give you more details when that’s finalized), my journalism courses, the World Literacy Foundation, and preparing to present my academic paper in Oslo next weekend. There’s also trying not to die while biking on daily basis – but see above to find out how that went.
It’s been a teensy bit stressful lately. Not that I don’t love the stress, I do.
What’s helped is talking with Jim more, reaching out to friends, trying to make more space for myself to meditate, practice gentle yoga and reading some more on the side. I can’t say I’m completely stress free – but who says that with a happy face? I’m the happiest when busy and fall is by far my favorite season. It brings school, changes in the weather, and best of all: Pumpkin Spice Latte season. Yes. I said it and I’m not ashamed.
So yes, I will be the first to admit this blog is not the top of my priority list. I love writing. It makes me happier each time, so hopefully it won’t become yet another casualty of a busy lifestyle.