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Hey guys, happy October! Hope you're all having a lovely fall thus far (or spring, if you're in the southern hemisphere).

I'm back at school now and busy with my courses, so I haven't been writing as much as I'd like (boo). But on the plus side, I've discovered that my journal is pretty handy for taking notes in class when I can't use my laptop or I need to draw diagrams. I've also been using it as an informal planner to keep track of my work. Hooray for all purpose journals!

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So to start, we're back in the month of July (before I fell off the writing every day bandwagon). The irony of this picture is that in the top of the entry, I'm promising myself to keep writing every day no matter what. The rest is just me waxing poetic about how much I love my new duvet and bedsheets (seriously, it's like sleeping in a cloud), and how awesome the cashew chicken stir-fry from Crabby Joe's is.

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Part two of the meta journal meme. I discuss where I keep my journals (on a bookshelf beside my bed or hidden in the closet if they're really painful), what materials I use, and if I ever re-read or let anyone else read my journals.

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My boyfriend passed his comprehensive exam for his PhD and was okayed to continue working on his thesis. He almost gave me a heart attack when he called and said "Babe, I'm not longer a PhD student...I'm a PhD candidate!" The rest of the entry is discussion about my own up-coming school year. I discovered my professor for altered states of consciousness was interviewed by one of my favorite authors (Mary Roach) in her book about supernatural science and seems like a bit of a crackpot. When I told my mom, she said "Try to keep an open mind...but don't let him do experiments on you." Haha.

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Only one entry for the month of August because I was going through a bit of a rough time, emotionally, and not taking very good care of myself. I wasn't taking my medication properly or sleeping/eating right, and was starting to feel a little out of control at this point. I didn't have the energy or motivation to write. Not one of my finer moments, for sure.

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Into September now. I started getting myself back in order and was taking steps to feel better (eating healthier, working out). I was still struggling with a lack of energy. Here I'm trying to justify not going to the gym that night because I'd ate super healthy that day and was below my target calorie intake. Plus, a quick list of things needed to do that week.

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My body was feeling really sore and tired on this day. The pants I wear for work were rubbing on my legs and chafed them up pretty bad, so I was daydreaming of going home and having a hot bath (and setting fire to said pants). Then I whine about having to stay at work for another 5 hours. My co-worker and I figured out why the super-time consuming drinks we'd made the night before had tasted awful and were returned by the customers; someone ignored the labels and put salt in the sugar container.

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Discussion about my first day of school. I was a mess. First, I got on the wrong bus at main campus (we have 4 affiliate campuses spread out over a large area so we have buses that shuttle students between them every hour) and had to sprint to get to the right stop to get to the campus I needed. Then, I was in the wrong building and had to run down the street to get to my class. All the while I was thinking 'Oh crap, I'm so late'...turns out my professor was stuck in traffic on his way into the city and decided to push class back by half an hour. So I ended up a big sweaty mess for a class I technically wasn't even late to. The top part of the entry is my reading list for that week.

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More boring discussion about school and saving/spending money. Also, my boss asked me if I wanted to start serving at work. I said yes, but that I need to be trained on how to cash out and create bills for big parties. My boyfriend and I went on a fun, low-key date at the Palasad.

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Getting excited for our big trip to Toronto to see the Ripley's Aquarium. We'd been planning to go all summer and finally found a weekend that worked for both of us. I was particularly excited about staying in the Westin again and wearing their really luxurious bathrobes because I'm nerdy like that.

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To the left, we have highlights from the trip because I was feeling too lazy to write a big entry. And to the right, some notes I took in my Abnormal Child Psychology class about the pros and cons to the DSM-5.


NOTE: Contains a bit of talk about depression and some swearing, if that's not your thing.

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sporky_luv
Oct. 4th, 2015 02:30 pm (UTC)
I think every time you post I comment and rave about how beautiful your journal is...and this time is the same :)

I also see a lot of my journaling habits reflected here. I went through a lot this summer emotionally, and I basically stopped writing except for a few sentences here and there because it was all too hard to handle. Then in September, like you, I started taking care of myself again and I've found that I'm writing more often. I'm not 100% back to myself yet, but I'm trying to get there.

Thank you so much for sharing! I always love to see your posts!
iynxx
Oct. 4th, 2015 09:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)

I told myself that I was going to push through it and keep writing, but I just couldn't do it. It's funny, at the times when I really should be writing how I feel and what's going on in my life, I just shut down and feel overwhelmed by it. It's like even the idea of writing is exhausting, you know?

I'm glad you're feeling better! I figure, even if we're not back to 100%, we're still closer than we were before :)
sporky_luv
Oct. 4th, 2015 11:04 pm (UTC)
I did the exact same thing.

I knew I was bothered by what was happening, and my brain seemed so jumbled, but every time I said to myself "okay, it's time to write about it" I would just...not. It seemed like too much to handle at the time.

I'm glad you're doing better too! It's nice to know you're not alone :)
idgafjkigaf
Oct. 6th, 2015 12:47 pm (UTC)
I love your journals :)
Your style is the closest to the one I use.
iynxx
Oct. 8th, 2015 03:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)

I'd love to see yours! Have you posted any pictures of your journal before?
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