School: School is going SO WELL. So so well. I’m actually amazed. If I had known how well I would do in online classes I would have saved myself so much time and angst. Right now I am a 3rd of the way done with my semester and I’m riding on a 4.0. A 4.0. I don’t think I’ve had such good grades since elementary school. I’m ridiculously happy about it.
Work: Yep. I’m still looking for a job. Grr. I fill out applications as much as I can. And nothing. I am trying very hard to remain positive and to tell myself I’ll find something soon. I just wish someone would throw SOMETHING at me. Soon.
Volunteering: As part of my global citizenship class I have to participate in service learning. I found TeenCentral.Net through VolunteerMatch (which my bloggy friend Sara suggested using). Basically, teens write in to this website about their problems. Then I, as a counselor, go in to fix any grammar or spelling mistakes with their story. I then give them some things to consider and some ways for them to help themselves or find the help they need. At first I was a little scared. I grew up pretty sheltered and my biggest problems as a teen was that a boy didn’t like me back. Some of these teens are dealing with drugs and anorexia and suicidal thoughts. But so far it’s going really well and I feel so good about it.
Writing: I’ve also been writing A LOT. I’m working on a young adult novel and I’m kind of in love with a few of my characters. I try to write every single day, even if I’m not feeling it, and pushing myself is working so far. I want to be published one day and although I have a fear of rejection I know that my dream will never have a chance to come true if I don’t push myself and put myself out there.
Family: I haven’t mentioned this because it’s been hard. But back in March when we did our family vacation to Mexico my brother and I got into a pretty bad fight. It happened right at the end of the vacation and until a few days ago we weren’t speaking. Both my brother and I are on hard times (me not working… I won’t mention his) and I felt even worse because I really believe in the support of family. I finally emailed him a few days ago and got a really good email back from him. I really hope we can take steps towards repairing our relationship. Up until a few years ago we weren’t close and I’ve loved how much better our relationship has been. I definitely don’t like it being strained now.
Moving: Nope, nothing new on that front. Basically, we’re stuck until I can find a job and we can get some money saved up. But we have our sights set on Tampa, FL! I am hoping we can make the move this fall but if not we plan on doing it the minute we get the money we need. AND my parents just dropped this huge bomb on me that they’re planning on eventually moving to Sarasota, FL, which is about an hour from Tampa. We used to vacation there when I was little and Sarasota holds a lot of good memories. It would be nice to move and still have family relatively close.
Anyway… that’s what’s up lately. Hopefully May will bring good things for me. Keep your fingers crossed!