Friday, July 8, 2016

Can't Stop Won't Stop

I tried to donate blood on Tuesday.  It didn't work.  As per usual I was turned away for not having iron levels high enough.  Whenever I get turned away that's the reason...and it's always too low by just a point.  Guess I'll go back to taking iron supplements so that I can try to donate again.

When I got the mail one day this week I had a letter from the school that I interviewed with back on June 21.  Right away I knew it was a rejection letter.  I wasn't sad because a)I have basically decided there is a 99% chance I'm not going to teach full time this fall & b)the interview was 2 weeks ago... I had assumed over a week ago when I hadn't heard that I hadn't gotten it.  So my reaction was more "Are you kidding me? A snail mail rejection 2 weeks after the fact?  Thanks I guess?"

For awhile now I've felt like I was in a funk. I wanted to do something to try to help get myself out of it.  The idea of doing one new thing every day has intrigued me before so I did some research on it.  What I found was that a lot of people had started that exact task to get themselves out of a rut & they came out on the other side a different person.  So I decided I was going to do it.  I wanted a fun way to keep track of  it but I didn't want to blog about each task every day on here, & I didn't want to start a third blog just to keep track.  (I will do recaps on here every so often though.)  I first thought about doing a bullet journal when I saw Rachael talk about it but I wasn't quite sure what I'd put in it so I forgot about it.  Then the morning I decided that I wanted to do the 365 firsts I saw a friend on Instagram had started a bullet journal.  

I wanted to start one but my oh my, everything about my OCD tried to stop me because it wasn't Jan 1, it wasn't the first of any month, it wasn't even a Sunday/Monday.  Finally I told my OCD to shut up, bought the supplies, & resigned to the fact that I'd be starting a year long challenge, & a journal in the middle of the week, part way into a month, halfway through the year.  I stayed up until 12:30 in the morning trying to set it up.  I had 7-8 pages set up & went to bed.  I woke up the next morning & new I hated it.  I tore those pages out & started over.  My original plan had me doing monthly plans, monthly goals, monthly budget, weekly to dos, daily gratitude, daily firsts, daily completed tasks, daily brain dumps, daily blog posts.  It was too much & it didn't set up nicely.  Plus, I already have a planner that keeps track of my blog posts, plans, & bills.  I also already have a journal that has my 28 by 28 & 101 in 1001 lists.  So my new one will start with seasonal goals every 3 months, go into the daily (firsts, gratitude, what I did that day) followed by goal check ins at the end of every month.  I will have left over pages which at first drove me nuts, but it gives me a place to actually budget when I move back to TX, keep track of meal plans/whole 30, & lists such as things to do that don't already have a place in my 101 in 1001/28 by 28 (ex. things to do in DFW/Texas)

I won't be talking about my 365 firsts every day on the blog but I will do random check ins.  I am going to photograph it every day & put it on Instagram though.  As far as the bullet journal goes, I'll maybe do random check ins on the blog & insta or I might not.

I tagged along with my friend Kristie while she ran some errands & afterwards we grabbed lunch & talked bachelorette party, wedding, boys, & adult life. 



  1. I'm sorry to hear that you feel like you're in a funk/rut, but I'm excited about all the new things you'll be trying out! xo, biana BlovedBoston

  2. I keep seeing the journals too, I want to try it but I don't think I could be dedicated enough to stick with it. Excited to see how you do though!