Friday, June 12, 2015

Summer of Self

I had BIG plans for this summer. A road trip, visiting old friends, romance. But reality is a nasty thing and adulting is pure evil. As such I had to take a serious full time day job and squeeze in my internship on the side which means no road trip, no visiting friends, and ...well there was no romance anyway.

I've been pretty bitch-tastic about the situation for the last few weeks. Yes, I am a privileged brat who needs to get over herself, I know. And that really hit home recently, especially as I started work today. So I have to work this summer LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. Get over yourself, Lavender!

Instead of moping and whining, I've decided to still make this summer about me and self improvement and my own version of adventure. I don't have to be impersonating Jack Kerouac to be having a great summer.

Firstly, I'm getting back to ballet class. Although dance has still been a huge part of my last year with choreographing musicals, etc. I have not been working on my own technique for a while. That is changing now. I went to three consecutive days of ballet class followed a relaxing day of yoga. I am sore but feeling amazing.

I'm also revamping my eating habits. Stress had me eating Doritos and drinking Cherry 7Up for the last six months but sanity returning has let me see the error of my ways. I'm cutting out soda and quenching my carbonation thirst with seltzer water. I'm replacing Doritos with hummus and pita chips. A week in, I already feel better.

Secondly, I'm focusing on seeing local friends and staying in touch with far away ones. Just because I can't go jetting off to Minnesota doesn't mean I can't send a text message or an email or - heaven forbid - make phone call. I've already gotten ice cream with a local friend and gchatted with a far away one. Also, snail mail.

Thirdly, I'm putting me first. I'm working on me FOR ME. I am taking stock of my life in a lot of different ways. I'm setting goals, making plan, and all around having deep thoughts. I am also looking for little adventures near home. Hitting up the Habor for the free concert series or checking out the various town festivals in the area. Hopefully I will do these things with friends but I'll go alone if I have to.

Lastly, I'm reading a ton for pleasure and writing for the same purpose. I don't care if it's good or publishable or if anyone likes it. I started writing because I love it and that's why I going to keep doing it!

What are you summer plans?

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