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18 December 2005 @ 06:40 pm

YOU. SHALL NOT. PAAAASSSSS! Just kidding. ;) I love new friends! That being said, this journal is only semi-public. If you'd like to read my friends-only posts, please comment to this entry to be added. I am currently open to adding new friends (albeit selectively, especially when it comes to folks I see every day IRL).

If you'd like to check me out on my public social media pages, I can be found on:

💦 Instagram: clicky clicky
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Also feel free to comment with any questions/concerns you might have about friending me, should you feel the need. <3
02 March 2018 @ 09:00 am
Day 30: Your hopes for your blog.

I want to start doing themed posts again, maybe switch them up every month or every three months or summat. Continue cross-posting to social media but step it up - either cross-posting to Facebook and/or having a secondary blog. I've been considering bringing back voice posts too. Actually, I'm even contemplating starting video posts.

Flist-wise, I hope to have gotten my LJ groove back and that checking my friends list is routine (as opposed to now, where it always seems impossible to find the time). I also hope to have gotten some new blood UP. IN. HERE. I haven't seriously attempted any friending memes (aside from those at hogwartsishome) in eons, namely because I feel guilty adding a lot of new people knowing how much I'm struggling just to maintain this journal. I remember a time when I had over 200 LJ friends - all journals I kept up to date with. I want that back! Damn adulting.

01 March 2018 @ 09:00 am
Day 29: Where will you be in 5 years?

I've actually given this a little thought recently, although admittedly not entirely by choice. Everyone and their mother seems to think I need advice regarding work & schooling. Most folks are well-intentioned, don't get me wrong, but the number of times I hear "you need to go back to school!" in a single day is borderline absurd. I appreciate the concern, buuuuuut I don't need to incessantly be reminded of all the things I just MUST do in order to not be found lacking and/or do to improve my ~clearly~ floundering self. *eyeroll*

Anyhoo, in 5 years. I will almost definitely have left my current company. A) It's not remotely what I went to school for, nor do I particularly enjoy cubicle life. Corporate America = high school all over again, and I am soooo not into the constant drama. B) I have no desire to be a Program Manager, which would be the next logical step in regards to career trajectory, for this type of work. C) When I left BAM and came to ISN, it was because I wanted to add office experience to my resume. All I really had going for me before that point was retail & customer service, and even though I did reach management while in retail, that regrettably still doesn't speak to the same level of professionalism as a stint working in a plain 'ole office.

When I got hired, I was honest about just being in it for the experience. The weight of "worked at X for 12 months" ten years ago, is more like "worked at X for 3 years" in today's world. At least, that seems to be the commonly held consensus and that's what I was told by multiple supervisors when I was being trained on interviewing/hiring skills. I only ever intended to be at ISN for three years, and then I would begin looking for writing and/or publishing opportunities. My three year anniversary is this coming November, so when that hits, I'll start looking for new employment. I've mentally given myself a little leeway here, as I also have self-induced feelings of accountability when it comes to seeing out the contract I'm currently working on. It will be up for rebid in September 2019, so I may wait until that point to start seriously job-searching.

That being said, I hope that in five years I am writing professionally in some capacity. If that isn't paying the bills, which realistically it won't be, I'll be working somewhere where work doesn't feel like a chore and/or back in school (ironic, I know, after how I started off this post).

If I'm not in a relationship, that's okay, but I do hope that I'll have at least gotten out there a bit in five years' time and dated more. I've reverted hardcore to my introverted & unsociable ways since moving out & into this apartment. I don't see anything wrong with being a homebody, but I take it a bit to an extreme sometimes and I start losing relationships. :|

I'll almost definitely still be living in the DMV, and probably still roomie'd with Paul, who plans to buy a house in the next few years. I commit pray want to believe 🤞 that in five years I'll be leading at least a marginally healthier lifestyle and that I'll have started tackling some of my physical & mental health issues.
28 February 2018 @ 09:00 am
Day 28: What makes you happy?

❤ color-coding
❤ pumpkin spice chai tea lattes
How to Train Your Dragon
❤ videos/GIFs of baby animals bein' adorable (especially kittens & puppies)
❤ Taco Bell's breakfast sausage crunchwrap
❤ being in my bed
❤ good sushi buffets (food & drink in general, tbqh)
❤ cartoons from my childhood - especially My Little Pony & Care Bears
❤ summer rainstorms
❤ head scratches (yes, I'm lowkey a cat)
❤ shiny rocks (examples: goldstone, amethyst, labradorite, quartz)
❤ getting my room extra tidy and having everything hyper-organized (a very rare occurrence)
❤ neck nuzzling
❤ finishing a self-imposed project
❤ swimming
❤ painfully relatable poetry (especially spoken)
❤ re-watching moments from TV shows, anime, and movies that give me feeeeels

27 February 2018 @ 09:00 am
Day 27: A hidden talent.

Hm. I have a knack for stumbling across things that people I know will really like. Leggings a bestie absolutely MUST HAVE (and promptly buys once I show them said leggings). Recommending a new TV show for the gusband and having it end up being his new all-time fav. Sharing a music video with an online friend and having them immediately become obsessed with the entire album. That kinda thing.

Tl;dr/practical application: I'm really good at gift-giving. If I know a fair amount about someone, especially at least a few things they like & dislike, I tend to flood them with links and/or presents because whatever it is ~sooooo fits their tastes.

26 February 2018 @ 09:00 am
Day 26: Best trip of your life.

I haven't taken very many trips... and none of them spring to mind as awesome enough to be declared "the best trip of my life."

I loved visiting Chicago, but it was a short visit, for school, and still had a lot of low points for me (yay teenage angst & depression). Same thing with Montréal.

I think the best I can do is pick a favorite trip destination, which so far, would be Folly Beach (South Carolina, USA). Paul's family has a house on the beach, and my best vacations definitely have been there. I LOOOOVE it. It's also quite close to Charleston, which is another city close to my heart. ♥

What about you? What has been the best trip of your life?
25 February 2018 @ 09:00 am
Day 25: Why do you blog?

I blog for a lot of different reasons. When I first started LJ, blogging was my primary means of connecting to others. This was when I was in my pre-teens, and at that time, I really struggled to relate to others and connect with my peers. I had a few close friends, but cementing new relationships was practically impossible, so like most kids my age in the early 2000's, I turned to the good 'ole interwebz.

After a time, I had several different LJs. One for my everyday posts, one for writing, and a "darker" journal. My primary journal continued to function as a means of socializing. My writing journal allowed me to finally make some of my own writing public, while being able to control the audience, and without feeling like I was spamming the flist on my primary account. The "darker" journal, which a few of you have somewhat embarrassingly been around long enough to remember, was essentially my safe place. Where all the bad thoughts and word vomit could go without judgement, as I was extremely selective about who I added to the account (and it was locked for friends only).

Currently, blogging still functions in most of the same ways for me as it always has. Word vomit, connecting, sharing my writing, and really just writing in general. If it wasn't for LJ and blogging, I don't think I'd be journaling my life very adequately - or writing as much at all, to be frank.

I plan to continue doing 30 day blogging challenges on & off, as well as working on themed posts again. So I suppose, right now, I primary blog because it helps me keep writing. I actually write a fair amount of content that never get's posted, but even if it doesn't reach an audience, at least I'm still writing it. If I'm not writing, I'm ignoring my primary creative outlet. I need the catharsis, if nothing else.

24 February 2018 @ 09:00 am
Day 24: Where have you traveled?

✈ Montréal, Québec, CA
✈ Chicago, Illinois, US
✈ Folly, South Carolina, US
✈ Charleston, South Carolina, US
✈ North Carolina, US (all over)
✈ Delaware, US (I honestly don’t remember which city)
✈ Omaha, Nebraska, US
✈ Orlando, Florida, US
✈ West Chester, Pennsylvania
✈ Aaaallll over the DMV (Virginia, DC, Maryland)
Day 23: What do you look forward to?

In general? Getting to a point in my life where I consistently feel happy and satisfied. Being able to live comfortably and get my sh*t together. Settling down in a forever home and decorating it LIKE WHOA. Part of me still looks forward to finding my forever partner to go with that forever home, but that part of me is at war with the other part... the one that is pretty convinced I’m never going to find long term love. :/

22 February 2018 @ 09:00 am
Day 22: What is your favorite recipe?

I don’t cook! I’m trying to be better about this but seriously, I can’t cook to save my soul. I could probably count the number of actual recipes I’ve cooked with on one hand… maaaaybe two.

I’d love some easy recipes recommendations if y’all have them, especially for meal prep! BUT PLEASE REMEMBER I AM USELESS IN THE KITCHEN AND HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I’M DOING.