Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away. THANKSGIVING. IS LESS THAN. TWO WEEKS. AWAY. I don’t know about y’all, but I can’t believe it. Time moves so quickly. This is part of why I try to blog regularly. I think time has moved too quickly for anything significant to have happened, but stuff — significant stuff worth mentioning– has happened in a short amount of time. But, first, allow me to mention some recent happenings.
I watched Metamorphoses at the Lookingglass and it was brilliant. It’s been years since I’ve watched live theatre and I’m lucky to have gotten the chance to see this show. I wanted to see it when it was originally at the Lookingglass. The whole night, especially the company I spent it with, was brilliant. I experienced the ever popular “will I get there on time despite Friday evening rush hour traffic” adrenaline rush, walked around the city in absolutely perfect weather, tried out a vegan restaurant, and had a damn good time with a new-old friend. Thanks for a fun night, Chris! More importantly, thanks for being a damn good person.
In terms of work, I started a new job. It’s not that different from my old job. Same company, same department, same boss, different role. It’s a promotion (yay!) and it will be challenging (boooo!) but I’m going to be so much smarter and better because of it (yay!).
I’m trying to do NaNoWriMo this year. My story is largely inspired by my own life over the past year, the city of Chicago, and the stray cat in my parents’ neighborhood. I swear that cat is stalking me.
The significant stuff that I mentioned at the beginning of this post are largely the result of something that occurred around the time that I wrote this post and this post. Long story short, I took a risk. Things didn’t exactly turn out the way I hoped they would turn out, but they still exceeded my expectations.
- I made a new friend who filled a friendship void that I didn’t realize I had. The whole situation drives me crazy sometimes, but putting myself out there was definitely worth the risk. It taught me that being open and gracious and genuine is key in building healthy relationships. I’ve definitely grown from this experience and learned a lot about myself.
- I’ve also learned a lot about the great friends that I already had. Who’s supportive, who’s brutally honest, who wants me to shut up, who is eternally optimistic, who thinks I’m nuts. I love you all!
- I’ve started to network. I never thought I would be a networking person. I try to get to know people and I seek out advice from people whom I know I can learn from. It’s important! Confidence is key and there is no weakness at all in asking questions. After all, how can anyone learn if they don’t mingle with the experts? How will you know what you don’t know if you don’t hang out with people who are smarter than you are?
- I’m in a bowling league. Ridiculous! I mean, I have my own friggin’ bowling shoes. It’s weird. It’s also pretty fun and I know I’m getting better at it.
- I’m reading more, trying to keep things fresh in terms of the TV and music that I consume, and am unplugging from the Internet.
I feel the need to reflect on these things because I feel another shift coming. I’m preparing myself to take another risk. I don’t want to speculate because things never turn out the way I imagine they could (is anyone ever really able to correctly guess what’s going to happen in the future?), but I’m expecting that it will be an educational experience. Wish me luck!