Hey y’all! I wanted to do another “Currently” post so this blog just won’t be filled with Goals recaps. I just to fill you guys in on what’s going on with me! Check out my last one here.
Feeling: The end of February and the beginning of March have been so busy for me. My boyfriend had a death in the family, and there’s not (and shouldn’t be) a very convenient way to be there for someone you care about, everything else kind of becomes secondary. Needless to say, a lot of other things got pushed to the back burner as I navigated being a shoulder to lean on and traveling to see his family. Of course we traveled for a somber reason, but as always there was a silver lining, as I got to meet some of his extended family and visit a city I’ve never been to before. Now, I’ve just been trying to play catch up. Getting back into the groove of things is exhausting, but worth it.
Reading: I’ve been reading some really good books lately. I read All-American Boys, which is a YA novel that talks about police brutality in a way that is conversational. I was scared to read this, because police brutality and racism are two subjects that really leave me feeling helpless. But because of the way this story was told and the charisma of the main characters, this book became a favorite of mine that I gave 5 stars. I reviewed it here.
I also read Everything, Everything, which reminds me of an optimistic (and better) version of The Fault in Our Stars. The main character, Madeline, has never been outside of her house because she’s allergic to literally everything. Nicola Yoon was actually one of the authors I interviewed for Teen Vogue, so I was excited to read this book. It was amazing, and really makes you think about how important leaps of faith are!
I read The Raven Boys to gear up for Madcap Retreats, and I am just so excited to learn from Maggie Stiefvater. Her story telling is unmatched! I love how she sets the tone up for this eerie novel and I love the backstory of all of The Raven Boys. I highly recommend.
Now, after a major reading slump, I’m rereading the Harry Potter series. I was spoiled for Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (major bummer) and exchanged it for The Martian but I’m not really in the mood for that yet. I bought the Collectors Editon of the HP series and I am so excited, especially since I haven’t read any of them since I was 15. I can’t wait to see if any of my opinions change about any of the characters. You can follow me along on this journey here.
Getting Ready For: Madcap Retreats! I’m so excited to be in a space with authors and other aspiring authors to just learn, bond, and write! I’ve never been to Nashville before, and I’m so excited to take this time to slow down and really focus on my craft. I hope to come back to SC as a better writer!
Okay, here’s how I did on my February Goals:
Finish 1st Round of Manuscript Edits: I did this! Now, the 2nd draft is off with my beta readers and I can’t wait for their feedback. Buy Tickets to Beyonce’ Concert: Done, after an hour of refreshing ticketmaster.com! Have a Great Valentine’s Day: My Valentine’s Day was good, but it kind of got thrown off at the last minute because of an abrupt change of plans. Planning a trip to make up for it! Secure Travel Arrangements for Nashville Trip: I did this, even if I procrastinated way too long on doing it. My travel plans are set! Pay More on Student Loan Debt: Ugh, I have to do better with this one. I did pay off a credit card, though, if that’s any consolation. Continue Exercising and Eating Better: I also need to do better at this. I’m still making better choices, but recently I’ve been slowly diving back into fast food. Namely fries.
My goals for March are kind of boring an “adult-y”, but I still need to get these things done!
Continue to work on Manuscript Edits, Polish 3rd Draft.
Have a great time/learn from Madcap Retreats!
Order an Ancestry DNA Kit– I’ve been trying to do this for years. I want to know exactly what part of Africa (and anywhere else) my ancestors are from!
Revise Student Loan Plan
Make Eye Doctor/Dentist/Physical Appointments