Where Have I Been? – Personal Update

As you may have noticed, I haven’t been as active on any of my social platforms recently and I feel really disappointed about that. To be honest, my mental health hasn’t been all that great these past few weeks, but I need to regain some structure in my days and writing on this blog gives me such joy. This is my official announcement that I will start posting more consistently from today forward (I’m planning on Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 2 p.m. EST).

Thank you for your patience.

Behind the Blog

Every year around August, I get this intense need for structure and organization. Last summer, it happened in July and thus, started my bullet journaling adventure. It only lasted for the summer, and was only brought back in time for finals when I desperately needed organization. This year, I started my bullet journal up again at the start of this month after having three weeks off from school.

I’ve come the conclusion that these bursts of productivity are directly related to having three months off from school. Personally, it’s too much time, and it’s part of the reason why I even started blogging. This blogs provides that structure and organization to my week.

Another reason is because I need an outlet to write consistently. Journaling, if I could bring myself to do it everyday, probably wouldn’t be sufficient because it’s personal and also lacks structure. It’s unchallenging for me as a writer. Plus, in my most recent journalism course, I was introduced to blog writing and fell in love with it. Not only has organization and structure been added to my daily routine, but also to my blog posts as well.

Finally, when I started this blog a month ago, I had no idea what I wanted my content to be. Hence, why my blog is titled after my name. I knew I wanted to mention books in some capacity, but I never thought about turning it into a book blog. (Technically, I still haven’t but I’m getting the hang of it.) At the heart of it all, books and organization are kind of my thing.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this getting to know me in this celebration post of the one month anniversary of my blog and because I fell behind in my reading this month. When and why did you start your own blog? How many times did I write organization and/or structure in this post? (Answer: too many).

Why I Hate The Word “Just”

I had this epiphany awhile ago so I can’t fully remember its context, but I assume it was in reference to me saying “I just go to community college.” That phrase is only fueling the bad reputation community college gets in comparison to its superior sister “university.” Like I had no idea what I wanted to do when I started, but I should garner all this student loan debt at a four-year institution only to find out that maybe this very-expensive-school might not be the best place for me? Yet, I’m the dumb one.

I thought about this topic again while writing my final exam for my media writing class (at the aforementioned community college). Personal anecdote aside, I normally hear “just” being used to simplify something or to belittle someone. It’s the latter that gives me the most trouble because you’re not just anything. You are whatever you want to be! You have the power to be anything you want to be! And whatever that is, it is completely valid! So, it’s not to say that I will never ever use the word just, but I’m more consciously aware of it now and I think about what I’m trying to say before I use it.

Before writing this, I did a quick google search of the title and found that I’m not the only one with this view. This one nails my thoughts right on the head. What are your thoughts on the word “just,” and are there any other words that you hate for similar reasons?

P.S. My first post!! AH!!!!