The End of September

We’ve come to the end of another month: how does it stack up against the expectations I set at the beginning?

I set three goals for my blog, and here’s how they worked out:

  1. Read 10 books…and review them all! (Read: 9; Reviewed: 9)
    1. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke – scheduled for Nov. 5
    2. Love Him or Leave Him, but Don’t Get Stuck With the Tab by Loni Love – scheduled for Nov. 19
    3. Biketopia: Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction Stories in Extreme Futures edited by Elly Blue – scheduled for Oct. 29
    4. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson – Scheduled for Nov. 28
    5. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray – scheduled for Nov. 12
    6. Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen – I thought it was okay.
    7. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen – much better than S&S
    8. Artemis by Andy Weir – it’s all right, but not as great as The Martian
    9. The Radium Girls – scheduled for Dec. 10
      • Books Unfinished:
      • Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen
      • The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith
      • The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
  2. Try 4 new recipes.
  3. Publish 4 posts a week.
    • I think I really got this one down! I ended up adding the Top 5 Tuesdays category and the Book Tags category, plus I stuck with my original goal of publishing Recipe Reviews on Wednesdays and Book Reviews on Sundays. That’s four posts a week right there, and I sometimes managed to publish a post every single day!
    • I ended up publishing 27 posts during the month of September. Yay me!
    • I only missed publishing posts on Sept. 2, 4, & 23 (which is a great record, I think!)

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I also set some personal goals for myself.

  1. Continuing therapy.
    • I’ve now had two sessions with my psychologist, and I think I’m making progress. It’s at least something, right?
    • She’s helped me understand that what happened with T & I wasn’t my fault, and that the things he said to me were excuses. So I guess that’s something towards getting better, right?
  2. Find more ways to occupy my time. 
    • Well, I got back into Skyrim, which is a huge draw for me. It’s easy to lose yourself in a video game.
    • My roommate and I started doing 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene together, because we’re masochists, apparently.
    • I applied to be the Social Media Director for my campus’s literary magazine, but did not get the position. I thought my sample graphics were pretty kick-butt, though.
  3. Sticking to a strict budget. 
    • This didn’t go quite as well as planned. I spent more on Amazon than I intended to, although the “withdrawing $100 every pay period” thing really did help cut down on my in-person spending!
    • Plus, I’ll now be getting paid every week (my Chick-fil-A and Graduate Teaching Fellowship paychecks are both biweekly, but they’re on opposite schedules from each other!), so I should have more money than I did over the summer. (Hopefully.)
  4. Procrastinating. 
    • Eh, I’m still kinda procrastinating. I did nothing but stay on my computer on Sundays, and when we had two entire days cancelled thanks to Tropical Storm Irma, I spent those on the computer, too.
  5. Clean. 
    • Depression is a funny thing. You have all of these goals and plans, and then nothing actually materializes.
    • I would do laundry and then just leave it sitting in baskets for several weeks, just taking stuff out of the baskets and wearing them instead of actually putting them away. I put them away at the beginning, but then they just kept stacking up.
    • I did buy a new toilet brush (adulting, am I right?), the kind that has disposable cleaning heads. I’m excited to get to use it, and I threw away the old brush I “inherited” from the girl who used to live here (it was way beyond disgusting).

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Other things that happened in September included:

  • Eowyn died
  • I met up with one of my best friends from high school (Hi, Jason!)
  • I bought all the parts to my Halloween costume!
  • I received a $1,000 scholarship for my English MA program, and the refund came through on the last week of September!
  • I completed my first month of my ENG 100 tutoring
  • I’m actually on my way to an Auburn football game (my little sister is in the band), so I’ll be writing a post about that on Friday!

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All in all, I’d say September was successful in terms of my blog, but not so successful in terms of accomplishing things in my personal life. But hey, sometimes you have to take the good with the bad. Small accomplishments are better than none.

What did you accomplish in September? Are you going to join me Monday for my October preview? Let me know in the comments!

And as always, keep reading.

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9 thoughts on “The End of September

  1. Wow congrats on the scholarship! Depression is the motivator of procrastination – we get all these big ideas of things we should be doing and WANT to do but when it comes time to do it we can’t or don’t want to. As long as you’re setting goals and trying then you’re moving in the right direction!!
    Congrats on 9 books this month! That’s amazing! 🙂

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    1. And that’s what everyone’s said to me. For me, if I set a goal and put it out somewhere where people can see it (i.e., on this blog), it helps motivate me to actually do it, because I know I’ll be held “accountable” at the end of the month! 😛

      When I was in high school, I would read like a book a day. So high school me would be looking at college me with scorn right now! But I’m also a lot busier than I was in high school, so I feel like I can get away with it.

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      1. I need to be held accountable for things to get done too. I’m a big list maker. If it’s on a list and I see it all the time it reminds me that I wanted to do something and then I feel guilt for not crossing it off the list.

        I used to read a lot more than I do now. Responsibilities and adulting gets in the way a lot?

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      2. I got myself a legit planner this year (although I’m nowhere near as talented as some of those people who get REALLY into using theirs) instead of just relying on the free one from my college. It’s really helped me to plan and figure things out and help keep myself responsible 🙂 I love lists, though. I used to make lists all the time.

        Responsibilities and adulting, absolutely. Also laziness. I’m ashamed to admit that if I have a spare moment I’m usually on the internet instead of reading nowadays *hangs head in shame* Also there’s the whole gaming thing I’m into. That takes up a lot of time. But I justify it because I play a lot of RPGs and those are kinda like interactive books, right? XD

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  2. Your September sounds like a win! I mean, other than Eowyn (which was really really sad btw).
    Arrggghh! I missed your reviews for Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice! Ugh. I want to know your thoughts on the book. Will head over to them as soon as I finish writing this. 😁

    Oh, AND CONGRATS ON THE SCHOLARSHIP!!! YOU ROCK!!! YAYYYY! PARTY 💃. 😁😁😉

    Have an AWESOME October, Lauren. ❤

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    1. It was 😢 Makes me wish my roomie wasn’t allergic to cats because I would’ve gotten a kitten to help me get over her.

      The next one up is Northanger Abbey! I’m loving it so far (the sass levels, man!), and I can’t wait to write my thoughts on that one. I will say that my review for P&P is a little lacking because that was the day I discovered Eowyn… I may go back and rewrite some of it later.

      Thank You! There are only like 7 grad students right now (that I know of) and only 2 scholarships were available. I have no idea where the other one went. But I turned in my app TWO DAYS after it was announced in a nice and pretty folder. I think the folder gave me an edge 😁

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