Monthly Review

Ten Month Review

Life is full of countdowns right now, so even counting the total months I’ve been doing this project feels like a conclusion. 

How do you feel about the project? 

Ten months would feel like more of an accomplishment if I were on track with everything I originally set out to do. I don’t know why, but I can’t seem to just let it go!

What have you learned? 

Hmm. It’s funny how as the project has progressed, learning has gradually become more abstract.

I’ve been currently learning about how to live, and love, and give of myself, and end things well. People keep asking me what are the one or two things I really want to do before leaving Michigan. And really the only thing that comes to mind is finishing well–in work and in relationships. And, well, I wanted to go salsa dancing at least once more, but I’ve just gotten that one out of the way this past weekend. It was wonderful.

What do you like?

I like being unconventional and doing things that many other people only dream about. Not because I don’t want others to have great experiences and accomplish their dreams, but because it feels like confirmation that I’m living fully and chasing after opportunities and won’t regret it.

What do you not like?

Being unconventional is scary. Doing “an alternative graduate school experience” is all alternative and hipster and cool until it involves quitting your job, selling all your things, cutting ties, etc. Granted–those are mostly voluntary choices–but still. There are times I think I’ve completely lost my mind and will never be “successful” because of the choices I’m making right now. But then I just tell that voice to be quiet and go away because it’s not telling me the truth.

What are you looking forward to? 

I’m really looking forward to the experiences and learning I’ll have on the road, particularly in meeting new people. (I can’t believe I’m even saying that–I’m so not a people person.)

I’m investigating some volunteer opportunities for while I’m traveling, and I’m very hopeful that some of them will work out. It’s bizarre to think of not working, but I’m very excited about the thought of being able to give my time and energy to the things that are important. (Not that I don’t think my jobs are, as well.)

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Monthly Review

One Month Review

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One Month (and a half) Down! 

How do you feel about the project? 

In a word: overwhelmed! After about a week, I broke down the “requirements” into quarterly checkpoints, which is helpful. But I am feeling a bit bogged down even when trying to only focus on this quarter’s goals. I’m having to re-evaluate and realize this is a personal project, so I have to give myself the freedom to make it my own. There isn’t a right or wrong–any knowledge or experienced gained is an accomplishment. Period.

What have you learned? 

About myself, I’m totally an “achiever”! (See full explanation in this post.) I’ve also learned a ton of really helpful tips related to work and life in Todd Henry’s book The Accidental Creative, which I’m sure I can turn into a post all on their own. I’ve also learned why females love Jane Austen, that amazing honey wheat rolls can really be on your dinner table in 30 minutes, and other political tidbits from The Economist.

(Also, I’ve learned that those honey wheat rolls could benefit from a little more salt than the recipe calls for, if you decide to give them a try yourself!)

What do you like?

Even though I occasionally get stressed out about my reading requirements, I love that it gets me back into some good books. I forgot how great it feels to snuggle up under a blanket (or two… landlords: anytime you want to turn the heat on for our building, that would be wonderful!) with a great book and a cup of coffee. I also like that rather than just wondering about things I don’t know, I am starting to actually look up them up. I also like the idea of blogging, and when I find the time, I like the act of it, too!

What do you not like?

Feeling stressed out about an optional obligation.

What are you looking forward to? 

I’m looking forward to making good habits about managing my time and making independent learning a significant part of my life–for the rest of my life.

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