Saturday, May 20, 2017

So I've been M.I.A.... Reading and Life Update

    
 So I've been M.I.A... Reading and Life Update

     *awkward lil' wave* Hey you guys. So it's been some time since I've written a post. Like I'm not even going to go look up when the last time I wrote a post was because I'm sure I won't like what I find. I've been hiatus as I kind of warned you guys, but it definitely lasted a lot longer than I intended. However, I'm not going to apologize or make up execuses. I needed it.


     This last semester of college was very taxing on my mental health. My anxiety and depression was probably the most intense it has ever been. And it was all due to one class. One stupid class. Amazing how everything else in your life can be amazing but one thing throws you a curveball and skews your entire perspective. That's what happened to me. Other things kind of added to this feeling, but it was definitely my organic chemistry class that was the cherry on the top.


      I didn't have the will to wake up and go to class or hang out with my friends, much less read or write on this blog. Exams have come and gone and those consumed me. They didn't go as I had planned, so that had me down in the dirt for a little while, so I decided to take a mental health break. I've been limiting my time on the Internet, especially social media, and I'm so glad I did. I needed that break.

Anyone watch the season 3 premiere of Rick and Morty? I love that show and can't wait for the rest of the season.

     Now I'm back and my mental health is improved. Still not great, but definitely a lot better. I realized that I shouldn't let one class make me feel like shit and I also remembered that as important as school is, it should not define you. Grades are not who you are, especially just one grade.


    I haven't fully gotten back into the swing of reading, but I'm making baby steps. I've read "A Court of Wings and Ruin", which I will have a spoiler-free review up soon. I loved it, but I will be the first to admit that it was not excellent, it was problematic, and definitely was not my favorite in the series.


     This past week I started my summer research internship. It's just a continuation of the research I've been doing this past year, but the job is full-time, so I'm working 40 hours a week. The great thing about my research is a lot of it is waiting around because there are certain experiments and processes that take time, so I've had plenty of time to read. During this time, I've really gotten into graphic novels. The two series I've been reading this past week are "Giant Days" and "Lumberjanes". I started "Giant Days" months ago and it is one of my favorite graphic novel series. "Lumberjanes" is new to me, but I already love it.


      I'm going to try to make more blog posts and read more this summer, but I make no promises. This summer is all about my mental health, and I refuse to force myself to do things that I know I will not enjoy or that do not benefit me. So as much as I love to read and write, I will be the first to admit there are times when I just can't pick up a book or write a blog post because I don't want to.


     If you're still reading this, thank you. I sincerely hope things are going better for you than they have been for me.


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