Bravery

I feel like I say this every time, but hi – it’s been a while! There are several reasons why I haven’t been posting regularly, including lack of time, motivation, and inspiration, but I’ve been meaning to write again for a while now. With the New Year just barely behind us, (Happy New Year!) and several life updates to share, I figured now is as good a time as any.

If you’ve paid any attention to my posting schedule (or lack thereof) you’d notice that the last time I wrote anything here was August 2022. Predictably, after that point, life got a little crazy. What with school and work and trying to have some semblance of a social life, I hardly had time for anything else, let alone energy.

That said, I’m thoroughly enjoying University so far. I’ve had wonderful professors, and interesting classes, and while I didn’t get to take French after all, I switched it out for German, and enjoyed that as well. Witchcraft was amazing, Greek Mythology was extremely fun, Philosophy was interesting, and English was thought-provoking (plus I got some great readings out of it.)

I’ve been playing Dungeons and Dragons semi-regularly, which has been an excellent way to get in some social time (and I highly recommend it for anyone who hasn’t tried it yet.) I’ve also been continuing to save for top surgery. Obviously, I didn’t get the surgery over the winter break when I had originally hoped to, but that’s ok. I’m holding out hope that it’ll happen this year (and if you’re able to donate to my GoFundMe I’d super appreciate it!) Link here: https://gofund.me/d93e804f

I’m still trying to get my editing business off the ground but have done a little editing and beta-reading this year, despite the chaos of everything. And I’m super excited because I’ll be taking a grammar class this next semester (I’m a nerd, I know) among others. I’d also really like to start working out again this semester, since I’ve been missing it so much. I just feel so much better when I’m active, both mentally and physically.

Not gonna lie, mental health has been a bit of a struggle the past year. Depression and anxiety have been rearing their ugly heads, as well as some residual and unresolved trauma. It’s not been easy but writing helps. And my wonderful partner helps.

Love is such a funny thing. It’s maddening, how you can’t really understand the clichés until you’ve lived them. And at the same time, it’s not like I’d never experienced love before. Some things don’t change. Love is hilarious and heartrending and comforting and terrifying all at once. It’s a lot of ups and downs and having patience and being brave.

I’d like to work on the brave part especially. I want to be the kind of person who’s adventurous and spontaneous. I want to be the kind of person who’s fun. I want to be brave and take risks, even when it scares me. On that note, another thing on my list of “things I’m saving up for” is a tattoo! Actually, probably more than one, but one in particular that I’ve had in mind for a while. 

Another goal I have is to get some serious writing done. I want to start finishing projects that I started years ago (at this point,) and I want to start new projects and actually see them through. I want writing to become a much bigger part of my life. I want to make it more of a priority.

On a more positive note, I got to take a trip down to Toronto to visit my best friend! It was so much fun. We visited the art gallery, went thrifting, went to the aquarium, the beach, a bookstore, and a restaurant where we had delicious crêpes. It was a fantastic trip! 

I could probably keep writing for pages and pages, and still have more to share, but I’ll wrap it up here for now. Glad I was finally able to write this post, and hoping I’ll be able to write another in fewer than five months. If you’re reading this, I hope you’re doing well and that 2023 brings with it many dreams-come-true.

Love,

Jules ❤

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