This week was one of those weeks where nothing particularly exciting happened. There weren’t any stand-out days where something either really great happened, or something absolutely dismal happened that would put a damper on the entire week. I will say that the calmness of this past week was nice, and given the highs and lows of the past few months, the stagnancy of the week was a nice contrast from the usual chaos. Nonetheless, I’m here to find something to write about in an attempt to make this otherwise unmemorable week a memorable one.
First, I apologize for missing the past two days of Blogmas. As you can imagine, trying to blog every single day can get pretty taxing, especially if you’re already on a full-time work schedule and all you want to do at the end of every work day is nothing.
The other day, I was talking to a friend at work, and he asked me what my work schedule was now that school is out for winter break. When I told him I’m basically working 8 to 5 everyday, the normal full time work schedule, he was in disbelief, and followed his shock with “Wow, you’re such an adult.” To this, I shrunk into my chair and exclaimed, “I AM NOT,” even though I am well aware that at this point I’m pretty much well underway in my foray into adulthood. While I am assuming all of the normal adult responsibilities pretty well – things like paying bills, doing taxes, and working full time – there are still so many things that I am bad at as an adult, as I’m sure many other budding adults are bad at as well. Hopefully you all can relate to some of this stuff, because there’s no such thing as a perfect adult – at least that’s what I’m trying to tell myself to feel better. Anyway, here are a few things I’m bad at as an adult.
I usually compile a bigger list of some of the cool things that happened to me throughout the year on New Year’s Eve, but I figure choosing five of the best highlights of the year and going into a bit more detail of each one would be a better idea. Even though there’s still 19 days left of 2016, I decided to write this post now because of a few reasons: 1. I really just needed something to write about for today’s Blogmas post that would be easy yet somewhat thoughtful and 2. I don’t think anything too extravagant could possibly happen in the remaining two and a half weeks of the year. Please know that I am extremely thankful for everything that happened to me this year, and that I learned a lot about who I am as a person through some of the bigger events, but in the spirit of keeping things a bit more lighthearted, I decided to highlight other opportunities I took over the course of the year, and save the sappy post for later.
In the past, I’ve been the type of person to have every step of my life planned out, especially when I was just starting college. Over the past five years, there were several occasions where I had to learn the hard way that you can’t always plan your life out step by step, and because of those moments, I’ve learned to accept things as they come, and not be so caught up with reaching huge milestones, or pressuring myself to reach a certain accomplishment by a certain time. But occasionally I still catch myself making mental lists of things I want to do, or goals I want to accomplish at some point in my life. Although I’m not a huge believer in bucket lists, it’s still fun to fantasize about things I think would be cool to accomplish during my life, especially in my twenties. I’ve compiled my own “30 by 30” list, and while I am okay with not accomplishing a lot of these things, it’s still cool to have something tangible that I can look back on and either realize the amazing things I’ve done, or laugh at how ridiculously ambitious I was. In any case, here are 30 things I’d like to do before I turn 30.
If you frequent this blog every now and again, the fact that I am introverted is not new information (in fact, I’ve written a post detailing everything that goes on inside my head when I’m put in a social situation). I realized that I never wrote a post about things that I indulge in to feed my inner introvert, even though I’ve been meaning to for quite some time now. Hopefully some of these things resonate with my fellow introverts, or introvert-adjacent folk, out there.
How Wow Pow Chow is back! Again, I apologize for abandoning this when I took a break from blogging. This series was supposed to get me into the habit of posting regularly, but that obviously fell through the cracks really quickly as soon as school started. But here I am, back with this series (at least for now). Here is how this past week panned out for me.
For those who don’t know, which is probably most people reading this, I went to Catholic school for about ten years of my life – from Kindergarten all the way through 9th grade. Whenever I do happen to mention this to people, which isn’t really that often to be completely honest, I usually get a similar reaction to when I tell people I’m a math major – utter shock and subtle concern. This is probably because the mere mention of Catholic or private schools in general triggers a stream of preconceived notions that aren’t necessarily true. So I, as a product of the Catholic school system, am here to hopefully provide some insight into the world of Catholic education.
I wrote the first part of this post about a year ago, and in that post, I talked about shows that I happened to stumble upon that weren’t necessarily new or trending. This time, I figured I would write more about Netflix Originals since so many have been released in the past year. Other than Fuller House and the Gilmore Girls revival, both of which I’ve already written about in two separate posts, here are some shows on Netflix you should watch when you have some time off.
Sitting in a cafe across the street from campus, I went back and read previous “Fall Quarter In Review” posts with the intention of looking for a way to start this year’s fall retrospective post. But as I went through the previous posts, I ended up looking less at how to begin this post, and more at the growth I’ve experienced over the past two years. Looking back, there was a lot of hurt, but with that hurt came a lot of strength – strength founded on my faith – and it is that strength that has been getting me through the toughest of situations. This past Fall quarter wasn’t necessarily as stressful as it was hectic, but a lot of growing took place nonetheless.
It’s finally December, which means holiday parties are being thrown left and right, whether it’s a company party, a hang with friends after finals, or a get-together with extended family. This probably also means that for at least one of those parties, either a Secret Santa or White Elephant gift exchange is being organized. In my own experience, Secret Santa gifts are easier to shop for because 1. some sort of wish list was passed around, 2. I knew the person well enough to know what to get them, or 3. I just asked people for ideas. White Elephant gift exchanges tend to be a little more involved, and require some level of strategy – that is, if you want to do it right. The good thing about White Elephant is that although the spectrum of gifts is vast and wide, the spending limit tends to narrow down the variety of gifts you could buy. Here are a few ideas of what to get for your next White Elephant gift exchange with your friends, family, or colleagues.