October has been a difficult month (I feel like I say this every month these days… maybe it’s been a difficult year ?) but it was also full of interesting things, events, and a lot of good days of reading !
Here’s a short overview of what happened :
I totally aced my October goals !
- I filled out and sent my student loans application, and sent confirmation to the student loans organization that I was, in fact, still a student, so I don’t have to start paying back my student loans right away.
- I got involved in my program’s student group, and made a few friends there – there’s a lot of really nice people and I’m super happy to have met them !
- This one is only partially done, but hey. That still counts. I found a therapist for 3 free sessions in the month – it’s only three, because it’s paid by the university and they only offer 3 sessions a year, but that’s still pretty useful !
- I cleared out my wardrobe, Marie Kondo style, and got slightly better at fashion. Great changes won’t happen overnight, but I’m happier with the way I look, and that counts as a win for me !
- The local fresh produce marked turned out to be close to my house, open every day of the week, full of amazing food and totally affordable ! Having the right ingredients motivated me to cook more and eat better.
- I finally got a library card ! Two, actually. So I promptly borrowed and downloaded as many books as I was allowed to.
- I applied to a lot of jobs, still waiting to see how that’ll turn out.
- Sports still aren’t my thing, but I’m now doing a kickboxing class once a week, and trying to exercise on two days a week total – it’s not the best thing ever, but I’m getting better at it. Slowly.
- My phone usage wasn’t lowered much this month, but I tried to use it more responsibly – most of my time spent on that screen was spent reading e-ARCs instead of playing videogames that make me lose my time, so I’m feeling good about this one.
- See point “IRL classes and finals”
I totally didn’t read my whole October TBR – but that doesn’t mean I didn’t read books at all ! In fact, I managed to fit more than 10 books in my already busy schedule :
- Out with the ex, in with the new, by Sophie Ranald
- Everything isn’t terrible, by Kathleen Smith
- Only mostly devastated, by Sophie Gonzales (I’ll review this one later this month and add the link here !)
- Eff this ! Meditation, by Lisa Kindred – see my review on Goodreads here
- Mooncakes, by Suzanne Walker – See my review here
- Digital minimalism, by Cal Newport
- Irresistible, by Adam Alter (I’m not entirely done with this one !)
- The year of less, by Cait Flanders – See my review here
- Ask a manager, by Alison Green
- The bride test, by Helen Hoang
- Spark joy, by Marie Kondo – See my review here
I’ll try to post medium length to full length reviews of the ones I haven’t reviewed yet here, but I can’t promise anything : I’m still pretty busy and writing full reviews takes so much time !
I planned to try and do Blogtober as much as I could, and I think it went pretty well : for a person who usually posts up to 4 blog posts a month, I published 10 of those in October ! I’m really happy about this, because setting myself this goal helped a lot in writing more regularly and getting my life a bit more in hand.
Which means : now that I know I can do it, I’m going to try to keep posting this regularly, and we’ll see how this goes !
IRL classes and finals
I studied pretty hard for all my classes – my midterms were at the end of the month and I absolutely need A+ in everything to be able to get the diploma I want to have, so I ended up super stressed out about everything and anything I could think about.
Fortunately, blogging and reading helped me relax a bit and focus more efficiently on the things I wanted to do well, and so far, I got A+ on 3 out of my 5 classes. I’m still waiting on 2 results, and I know at least one of those is going to be really bad, but I’m already working on how to fix this and how to get better in this specific class.