Remember when I was worried about not getting a job? Well here I am, November 2016, two months into employment that pays and everything! A job that gets me up in the morning and forces me to think about who I am, what my ambitions are, and how I want to direct my life. A job where my computer is angled far too precariously towards my boss I can’t, as the kids say, “dick around”…
Writing at work has become much harder than before. My post count is proof of that. In all fairness though, I guess it’s all about finding a balance and making use of that dang post queue, the ultimate masquerade of consistent productivity!
With a new job, a personal commitment to writing, a diet I’m pretending to be on, and a sudden onslaught of OSS (Online Shopping Syndrome), I decided it was time for a pre New Year’s resolution… in November. A Novembresolution if you will.
Until the end of 2016 and beyond, I’m tasking myself with four things:
- Post three times a week at least
- Start reading for fun again
- Start reading for school again
- Start painting again
New Year Another Turkey, New Me.
“Where is all this coming from?” you may be asking. Or perhaps, “Damn! How’d she come up with a cool idea like New Year’s resolutions in November?”
Though I can’t pretend to explain the genius of my own mind, I can explain why I’m making some clearly scheduled changes to my life:
I want to.
Really, I was thinking about how much of a wake up call post-college life is. It really slammed into me once I hit my senior year that things were changing, and I was thrown into this huge mental transition I wasn’t totally prepared for.
I finished my first for-pleasure book in two years last month, and I only had time to read it because my office was closed due to Hurricane Matthew. I have a folder on my computer of subjects I want to paint but I never give myself time to break out my supplies. I want to take a few extra credits to turn my minor into a major but I can’t find a local program that will let me.
It’s high time I rebuilt my artistic and academic lifestyle.
I miss being immersed in a mentally stimulating environment, and when I was in school I had every opportunity to take a class on history, or language, or biology. I could join a pottery club, and paint coolers for a tailgat. I don’t have that any more, or at least it’s not the same as it was.
Word to the wise, If you’re still in school, don’t just cherish the personal freedom, cherish the access and opportunity afforded to your mind. You are literally in a hub of learning, and even if some Psycholinguistic textbook costs $150, just know I spent about that much on five books that will certainly give me half the information in three times the page count (though that textbook was super heavy, it was my senior spring, and I had a three day weekend after dropping the class #PRIORITIES).
Expanding your world becomes harder once you leave a lifestyle that prioritizes it, what’s more is it becomes expensive. Like I said, my latest book haul was worth hundreds and was not paid for by the State. Not that I mind. I’ve decided to expand my education Solo Style. Amazon is my Millennium Falcon, my cat is Chewey, and my credit card is the hyperdrive.
Being tied to a career and all the responsibilities that surround “adulthood” doesn’t mean I shouldn’t still find time for things that are important to me. I want to make a career, but that doesn’t mean I can’t still write, paint, learn, and do the things I love. Pursuing the paths I felt would lead me to success doesn’t mean I have to put old ambitions aside while making room for new ones.
Success and Betterment: two things that you can choose to alienate, or expand together. Don’t be the person who makes excuses for not prioritizing what you want. Even still, you can want more than one thing and go after them together.
So go forth! Make yourself a Novembresolution. Eat that Thanksgiving turkey for you, then eat some more for your future!
And make your future whatever you want it to be.
Pumpkins on pumpkins on pumpkins! Fall fever is running wild in this one!
Stay cute, stay carefree, and stay caffeinated!