focusing on self-care in the most stressful times

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So I’m graduating college in less than a month. And yes, I am fully freaking out. Like, I don’t know what I’m doing afterward or what’s happening in the month between and I don’t want to leave my friends or my college town even, which I never thought I would say. It’s very scary and it feels like nothing is going right or making any sense, which I absolutely hate. I know things are going to work out, but right now things are really, seriously scary.

This leads me to why I’m writing this blog post. I’m really obsessed with self-care and the whole idea that focusing on yourself will help to ease some of the stress and pain. I don’t know how much it actually works, and maybe this will seem too much like my sad valentine’s day blog post, but I’m going to write about things that make me feel better when I’m especially stressed out. Like I’m pretty sure these next two weeks are going to be the worst of my life, so I will definitely be engaging in some self-care rituals. But!! I’m going to try and be hopeful about life and use my little self-care routines to really feel that calmness and happiness I’m looking for. And I’ll share it with the blog too.

books i want to read in 2019

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Well, we’ll see about this.

This is again, quite a late post to be talking about goals for 2019 since we are three months into it already. Yikes. And I don’t know how much of this is actually going to happen for me. But now there can then be an update on the blog at the end of this year to really determine how well I did on my goals.

These are just a few of the books I have been dying to read and for some reason, 2019, as I’ve decided, is going to be the year I read them. Here’s the list of them and hopefully by December I will have some great updates on this. Also, check out my Goodreads account to watch my progress on this, or lack thereof: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/44567691-morgan

five of my favorite books from 2018

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Probably should have posted this back in January, but oh well. Look it’s another book blog post! Back to the roots. Also, these aren’t like books published from 2018, but ones I read in 2018. They are definitely from a number of different time periods.  I should though read a bunch of books published in a particular year and then write about it. I’ll look into it.

Anyways, I had a fairly successful reading year last year, which is great because for a while now, I’ve felt like I was fading as a reader, which truly was one of the saddest things I think I could ever deal with. Because I love reading. It’s magical. It’s beautiful. And it makes me so so happy.

I read a lot for my classes as an English major obviously, but being assigned readings does not mean I didn’t enjoy them. I took a YA fiction class last semester and loved it, like seriously loved it and I read a bunch of YA that I had been meaning to read and just never had the time to.

Which also, I would like to be a true defender of YA lit because I think it’s just as important as any other kind of literature—I really, really, really hate to see when people bash on it, because that fiction really made me who I am today. It’s so important to know how they affect teenagers who are reading them because they need someone on their side. I literally am going to write a whole thing in defense of YA. Maybe next month that will be a post. I’d also like to write YA someday honestly, I just want to be that writer that’s there for teenagers like myself. I think that’s pretty special.

So I think I’ll do a top 5 of my favorite books I read last year (in no particular order because there is no way I would be able to decide on that) and a little blurb about them and why I loved them and stuff. Also, I will link my Goodreads account at the end of the post so you can follow along as I read through my list! (also, send me recommendations, I love getting book recs!!):

a (sad) single girl’s guide to valentine’s day

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It’s my favorite time of year!!

I’m kidding. I hate this time of year. And I don’t want this post to come off as some sad single girl who always happens to be single at Valentine’s Day and hates it simply because of her perpetual singleness. But, honestly, maybe that’s just what I am now. I’ve become more cynical and sad over the years I think. It really sucks.  February 14th can be a really painful reminder. I don’t want to just complain in this post, though. That is against everything I want this to stand for because romantic relationships should not be a defining feature of you as a person, though this world makes it feel like that is all that defines you. And I want this to be a fun positive post, that’s only shitting on Valentine’s Day a little, but also, you know, trying to find your own happiness without a love interest or whatever.

I hate this time of year. I really, really do. But this year, this year!!, I promise I’m not going to cry on this day. I’m not gonna do it. I’m definitely not even crying while I’m writing this post. Nope.

happy 2019!!

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happy 2019!!

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I’m really happy to be starting this new year. I think turning the page to a completely blank one (not the best metaphor in my opinion, but I’ll go with it) feels so refreshing and it’s good to get out of this old year and into the new one. It almost feels like slipping into a bed with freshly cleaned sheets. This is going to be a big year. A stressful year. But hopefully a year that will make me a better person and a happier one as well.

I want to be happy in 2019. That’s probably the main goal of this year. Oh, and to graduate. I guess that’s a good one too.

I mean, it’s definitely very important. Don’t worry, I’m going to graduate, I promise.