Well, hey there, friend! It’s been a while. How have you been?
It’s been a pretty crazy month for me, I have to say. A lot has happened. (Do these many things always happen in a month?!)
If we were having tea, I’d tell you that this month, I joined Elite Blog Academy and I am SO freaking excited!
I mentioned this in my post about how my second month self-hosting went, but if you missed that, EBA is a self-paced online course by Ruth Soukup at Living Well Spending Less, and it is the only legit course I have found in all my research. It was expensive, but in my opinion well worth it, because it has info on literally EVERYTHING there is to know about blogging. I’ve seen $500 courses only on how to grow your email list or only how to grow your Pinterest following.
I’m going really slowly so that I can make sure I’ve done every tiny step properly, and am almost done Unit 1. I’m already noticing a difference in growth and my productivity. Yay!
If we were having tea, I’d tell you that Matrix is officially on adult cat food!
Our vet told us that by eight months we could start switching him over, so once we ran out of food — he’s now nine months — we did just that. And man, he LOVES his new dry food. He’s a picky eater; when we first adopted him he wouldn’t eat any of the food we gave him until we found one that had fish oil. A true cat!
As promised, you can scroll through the gallery below and catch up with Matrix too!
If we were having tea, I’d also tell you that Matrix has also officially been allowed into the bedroom.
A few times. I had to take antihistamines a couple times, and he did try to attack us while we were sleeping once, which resulted in his… ejection from the room… but yay! I didn’t die from suffocation! He’s actually ADORABLE when he settles down. Sometimes he sneaks under the covers and curls up right in the crook of my knee, or tries to wake us up by nuzzling one of our hands. He knows how to make us pet him, that’s for sure!
If we were having tea, I’d tell you that I’ve successfully found more time to read… finally.
I realize now that the only reason I was spending so much time blogging was because I didn’t just put the laptop away. I used all of my free time to work on the blog because I love it so much, but it was taking over my life a tad too much.
So now I’m sticking to a better schedule of only a couple hours a day, and not only am I way more productive in those four half-hour time slots, but I have lots more time to read, hang out with G, play with Matrix, and just relax. It’s been really nice! Right now I’m reading Jane Eyre, which C gave to me for my birthday. (I’ve been wanting to read it for ages, and iso Gone Girl is on the backburner.)
Plus, I’ve resolved to read more books about feminism, so that I can not only learn more for myself but also so I have more to share with you. Maybe I’ll be able to recommend you some books! I think it’ll help us all become better feminists if we read more about it. What do you think?
If we were having tea, I’d tell you that I am officially a board game nerd.
As a kid, I always liked board games, mostly the classics — Uno, Monopoly, that sort of thing — but as I’ve gotten to know G over the last few years, I’ve been suckered into all his games! G loves board games and video games and has even designed a couple himself that he’s tested with me and his friends, so it’s not really a big surprise that we have a whole bookshelf’s worth of games.
But last weekend, he and I met up with a couple new friends at a new board game cafe nearby, and I realized just how many games I actually know now. My friend would describe a game and I’d know exactly what she was talking about. I led her to where it was as if I worked there.
I also never really played video games growing up. Not even Pokemon. (Wait! Before you get mad, just understand my parents were VERY protective and sheltered my sister and I a lot. Apparently Pokemon was “very violent.) So of course, last Christmas, G got me a 3DS and the newest Pokemon game at the time and I went crazy. I also got myself Mass Effect and went crazy there. (Still working on that, but come on, I’m new at this.)
Guys, it’s happening. I am becoming an actual geek.
If we were having tea, I’d tell you that I had a mini panic attack a couple weeks ago because I almost got another temporary teaching job.
I’ve been working at the same junior high a lot lately, and it’s actually one of my favourite schools to go to. One day I subbed for an English teacher who also teaches a lot of special ed classes, and the assistant principal asked me if I’d be interested in doing long-term work for her.
I said yes (because that’s what I do all the FREAKING time) and then stressed myself out at home about whether or not I could do it. In the end, after a long panicked talk with G, I decided that if it was for a couple months I would do it, but if it was until the end of the year I might decline.
Nothing ended up happening at all.
But now I’m worried — am I completely crazy to want to decline work in my field in order to try and pursue a different, seemingly impossible-to-achieve dream of blogging full-time?
In my mind, nothing is impossible if you break it down and make it achievable. I’ve always been one to work really freaking hard at something I want and I’ve always been able to get there, even if I face some hardships along the way. And I feel that if I don’t try, I’ll never know… in fact, I may regret not trying sooner.
So that’s my justification. I’m not crazy, right? Work hard and follow your dreams, right?
If we were having tea, I’d stop rambling and ask you how your month has been.
I mean, it’s been ages since we’ve had tea. I can’t believe how much can happen in one month! I’m sure there’s lots you have to share too. So start talking!
What’s new with you recently? Have you had any crazy ideas or dreams you want to follow through with?