Hi guys! I’ve decided to write this post
to prove that I actually have a life, ha to share with everyone what’s going on in my life and why my updates have been so infrequent as of 2012. I really do want to write and blog and what not, but unfortunately I’ve been suffering from a severe lack of time. Trust me – whenever I have an idea to blog about, I write it on an electronic sticky note which I proceed to post on my desktop… right now, the sticky notes are starting to overlap each other. I literally cannot see my desktop background.
Evidence #1. Lack of reading time.
So how do I put this eloquently… Oh. I got it. I WANT TO READ BUT I HAVE NO TIME. Seriously though, I have a long, long list of books waiting to be read and yet I haven’t even touched a single new book since the New Year. I haven’t even read on my Kindle yet. I feel like I’m going to lose my status as an avid reader at this rate, I mean, who struggles to finish one book a week (I’m kidding, I understand people have jobs, school, etc.)?
Speaking of books per week, my reading challenge has been set ridiculously low this year. 75 books? In 2010 I finished 146, in 2011, 86 – it’s too bad my goal in 2010 was 150 books while my goal in 2011 was 100. And even though my goal is on the small side this year I still might not be able to do it with all the other things going on in my life. This is why I feel
like a pathetic loser a sense of sadness when I see how a lot of my Goodreads friends have goals of 100+ books…
What are your reading goals for this year? Do you struggle to find time to read, and if so, how do you resolve that issue? Will you please make me feel less like an illiterate baboon? Next…
Evidence #2. The SATs.
So for those of you who are unaware I took the SAT as a sophomore in May of 2011 and scored decently, except for in the math portion, which I received an abhorrent 590 on. My plan is to take the SAT in March this year, and now I’m going to focus on the math section as I’ve already scored above 700 on the reading and the writing portions.
This plan will take a lot of time though, as I’ve decided to do 1-2 practice tests every weekend and study what I did wrong during every week leading up to the exam. Each exam itself takes a little more than over an hour of time, and to go over all of my mistakes will require a myriad of time as well. Math is like my kryptonite, but I gotta do what I gotta do.
To all of you sophomores and juniors reading this blog who live in the US, how are you preparing for the SAT? Are you not preparing? If you give me advice on the math portion, I might love you forever. Just kidding, that would be creepy.
Evidence #3. Life. Science fair, tennis, starting a book club, battling demons… okay, maybe not the last one.
I admit that this may be the busiest time of my life so far. I’m currently working on a Science Fair Project with my best friend (I need to stop pretending that I have friends, really) that’s due in a couple of weeks, tennis season is starting again around late February, and I’m in the process of creating a book club at my school with one of my other friends (don’t question it).
To be honest, I am feeling a little overwhelmed. The Science Fair project, while not going unwell, is causing me stress because of the sheer amount of work involved and how much that needs to be done in such a short amount of time. Once tennis starts I’ll have practice three or four hours every day, which gives me even less time to work on homework and do other things. And the book club, well, I’m actually looking forward to it – it’s going to be structured like some of the book clubs on Goodreads – but it will also consume an abundance of my time.
And yet, I know that I have an amazing life and that I should be thankful for it. The opportunity to play tennis and obtain that amount of exercise, the chance to create an actual book club at my school, and the ability to even attain books to read – I should not take for granted any of these things. Which is why I will not allow myself to succumb to stress, because I am aware of the big picture and that it won’t help to moan and groan. Rather, I should focus on getting stuff done. I need to do.
How do you deal with stress in your life? How do you manage to… well, manage everything without going crazy? I’m sure friends would help, but you know, I
kind of don’t have any can’t always rely on them to help me with my work.
So, that was my astonishingly long explanation of what’s been happening lately and why I haven’t been posting. I promise I won’t become like Natalie Tran – whose videos I love, despite their rareness – I will post at least once a week, but beyond that, I cannot say. If you’ve stuck around this far, I appreciate it, and you probably have a high tolerance for dear diary type of things, which is neat. Hope you guys have a wonderful rest of the weekend and the week if I can’t get around to writing something else!