10 Good Things Happening Today

I’ve been thinking it’s Thursday since about Tuesday afternoon. You could say it’s been a long week. I’m tired. It’s raining.

Still feeling kinda crappy since I wrote my last post, I decided to make a list of 10 things happening today (or in the very near future or in the past few days) that are upbeat and positive. I’ve been really focusing on a lot of “should dos” and “must haves” in my life without really paying attention to what is already here.

  1. I start my new part-time job at Barnes and Noble today! Talk about a high-school dream finally coming true. 😁
  2. I’m probably going to get a quesadilla this weekend from my favorite Mexican restaurant.
  3. I went to THE BEST Halloween themed yoga class Tuesday night. It was incredible. We listened to classic rock and Halloween music (think Ghostbusters theme and Thriller) and did some fun poses.
  4. I’ve been challenging my creativity into sewing projects and pottery projects, two mediums I generally don’t work with but still love.
  5. I found a really cool pattern to make a floor cushion out of fabric scraps and I’m mentally planning it out.
  6. It’s pizza day at school today which means I’ll probably get leftover pizza.
  7. I’m going to try to go to bed early tonight.
  8. I beat my old high score in Color Switch this morning.
  9. I’m seeing my college friend this weekend! It’s been about two months since I’ve seen here, but two months too long!
  10. I made a new Instagram account about a month ago focusing solely on books and reading in the hopes to get me to read more. I’ve been really enjoying taking pictures and engaging with others. Usually my projects kind of burn out after a while but I hope this one stays around for a while.

Honestly, this was a lot tougher than I thought. I got stuck around 6 and really had to think through my day to see what I was excited for. It was hard to keep out “although” and “however” and other condescending words.

What would your list of ten good things look like?

Here’s a photo of the quesadilla I’m really craving πŸ˜‹

Excelencia Mexicana

What My Yoga Class Taught Me About Motivation

Monday was a rough day.

Usually Mondays are not too bad for me. I know there’s the usual “case of the Mondays” that gets set around online, but honestly I believe that derives from this constant perspective that Mondays suck. I don’t buy into that; Mondays for me are a source of motivation. It’s a fresh week, a fresh start.

This past Monday I was not feeling it. I didn’t want to go to work. It was chilly and kind of drizzly; not even to say it was raining, but unpleasant enough to want to stay outside for long. I had cleaned the entire house for the past week and there was still more to clean (mess just doesn’t go away. Like ever). I had so much stuff I wanted/needed to do, but all I did was sit on my bed and play some stupid game on my phone.

I was miserable. I wasn’t feeling motivated enough to get anything done, but then just sitting there being lazy made me feel terrible. It was this vicious cycle where I didn’t want to do anything, and then I would feel bad about myself for not doing anything.

Then of course, I fell into the wormhole of “oh my god what am I doing with my life???” and that made itΒ wayΒ worse.

I convinced myself to go to yoga and almost cried the whole car ride to the studio. I was distracted and unenergized; I fretted being on my mat would just make me feel worse.

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My Fear of Writing Emails: Millennial Musings Journal Entry 03

My Fear of Writing Emails

Does anyone else get irrationally anxious about writing and sending emails?

I don’t know what it is about emails but IΒ hate them. Literally every part about sending an email.

How do I address the person I’m emailing? How formal should I sound? How do I sign of my name? Do I introduce myself? What if the attachment I sent doesn’t open? Will it get sent to spam? What will they think when I read it?

Then eventually, if the person responds, I completely ignore it in anticipation of reading what they said. Then life gets in the way and I totally forget about the email, and don’t respond until days later. Then a new string of worries snakes it way into my head.

What if I responded too late? How much time is too much time in between emails? They sounded so casual but my email was so professional; do they think I’m over the top? Should I sound casual back? How many exclamation marks are too many exclamation marks?

I don’t know what it is about emails that drives me so crazy. Texting is fine; in fact I prefer it. I would much rather talk over the phone or even talk to someone in person than send an email.

I understand the convince of an email; you can send it on your own time and the receiver can respond on their own time. But emails are still fickle.

Please pass alongΒ any tips you have for writing emails. I feel like this is a skill I need to have but for some reason I put off emailing important people forΒ ages.

NaNoWriMo Goals & Initial Thoughts

NaNoWriMo Initial Thoughts

So I originally intended for this post to be about final touches to add to my NaNoWriMo prep planning in the upcoming week before November, but let’s be real: I haven’t planned anything.

Here’s a list of things I know about my story:

  1. It’s probably more towards the YA genre on the spectrum.
  2. My main character’s name is Hannah. She’s an angsty teenager and hates life.
  3. It takes place in Cape Cod in the summer.
  4. ……

That’s about it. I’m a top-notch procrastinator so I’m not really surprised.

Last year I attempted NaNoWriMo and massively crashed and burned at a whopping 26 pages. (Fortunately, I just re-read what I wrote for the first time a few days ago and it hasΒ a lot of potential. I’m excited to revisit it in the future, so I’m not writing it off as a total fail.)

I had made a long list of goalsΒ last year that never came true off the screen. This year, I’m going to be little bit more realistic about my goals.Read More »

The Thing About Finding a Niche No One Talks About

I can’t really tell you when I started blogging.

In high school I had a tumblr before it was really popular (anyone remember the days of tumblarity?) and went on to make DOZENS of tumblrs. Seriously dozens. Every time I got bored I would start over. It was pretty therapeutic actually to start fresh.

I made a WordPress account a while ago under the name The Late Aubade. It was the name of my second main tumblr account and I loved it so much that I wanted to move it over to WordPress and use it just as my writing. Guess what? That never happened. It doesn’t even have one post.

With The Seal Spot, I was determined to make blogging into a process, with a schedule and set deadlines. I don’t have this blog to profit from; my motives are mostly to get me writing regularly and to eventually develop some sort of portfolio I’m proud of.

Sometimes, I don’t feel like it’s really doing it from me.

If you look back at some of my first posts, I’m all over the place. I talk about writing, about photography, about travel, about books, literally anything. I like it. I’m writing a journal, just for me.

Then I started reading up on blogging, and one of the main things people talk about is finding your niche. Taking one topic, one audience, and really fine tuning your blog to suit that audience.

Ok, well here’s the thing: finding that niche is really freaking hard.

Finding Your Niche

Remember in middle school when you sat with your friends at lunch and all of a sudden maybe a year later you realized that each table had a label? Each friend group had a theme, a common thread holding them together as friends?

Personally, I never really felt like I had a distinct label growing up. It hasn’t changed much as I got older. My personality and my interests span across, through, between, around, in and out of labels. I don’t think it’s fair to label myself.

I read blogs about writing and think “I should write that.” I read blogs about baking and think “I should make that.” I read blogs about travel and think “I should do that.” Where do my boundaries stop?

Recently, I tried to dedicate each day of the week to a different part of my life. This was helpful in the beginning because I felt like I allowed myself to reach deeper and not get so stuck in a niche. I could talk about what was going on in my life, what was affecting me, what I was interested in that very moment.

And then I started running out of ideas.

I drafted lists of blog posts ideas, I googled blog post ideas, I went back in old notebooks and highlighted old ideas. And kept moving.

And then I noticed two things:

  1. Either all of my topics were essentially the same (i.e.: how I was struggling to make friends out of college)
  2. Or I wasn’t excited to write about them. At all.

By boxing myself into categories, I realized that I was constricting myself toΒ have to write about that one topic and I didn’t have any wiggle room.

So where is my niche? What is my blog about? Where am I going?

I’m not really sure.

I know I’m gearing up for NaNoWriMo now so my blog is probably going to focus on writing a lot more this month. Will it stay that way? Part of me hopes so because my writing life is one of the biggest parts of my life, but I’m not going to promise anything.

This wasn’t a planned blog post. I was supposed to write a review on the Dirty 30 movie today. But every time I sat down to write it, I couldn’t. I was stuck. This post needed to come out, needed to leak out of my fingertips and onto the screen. That’s the type of feeling I want to have when I sit down to write something. The feeling that it needs to be here, it needs to be written.

5 Quick Tips to Nail Your Interview

Nail Your Interview

Last week I had an interview for a part-time job (I think it went really well!). I think part of the reason it went well was because I wasn’t as nervous as I usually am, or as nervous as I would be applying for maybe a more permanent, full-time job. Being less nervous made the interview run smoother, feel better, and ultimately made me more confident during and afterwards.

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“Quiet” Book Review

Quiet Book Review

I picked up “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain a couple of years ago on a whim in the Strand Bookstore. I generally don’t read non-fiction but there was something about this book that drew me to buy it; it was like the Universe knew I needed to read it.

As most books I buy, it casually sat on my bookshelf for months before I set out to read it. What prompted me was watching Susan Cain’s TED Talk on introversion. Within the first few minutes of the video, I had chills crawling up my arm. She was describing me. She starts off the talk thinking back to an experience she had at a summer camp as a little girl. I thought back to my own camp experiences, both as a camper and as staff and every single word she spoke illustrated my own struggle with staying quiet. Read More »

It’s Finally Fall 2016 Playlist

My fall playlists always consist of some kind of acoustic music to ease me out my summer country urges. However I’ve been into a lot of really upbeat, pop-y/techno-y music lately. (I think it has something to do with the fact my CD player broke in my car forcing me to listen to the radio.)

A lot of the songs I listed have a very homebound, lovesick kind of theme going on, which I didn’t really realize but I like it 😊 The playlist starts upbeat and peppy, then gets into a more dancing friendly tempo, before slowing down into some mood music.

Fall 2016 Playlist

  1. We Will All Be Changed, Seryn
  2. Yellow Lines, Brendan James
  3. Good Together, The Runaway Club
  4. Just Like Me, Betty Who
  5. Say You Want Me, Lostboycrow
  6. Eighteen, Dive In
  7. Stonewallin’, Jane Decker
  8. Diamonds, Johnnyswim
  9. Another State, Tigers in the Sky
  10. June, After Dark, Elliot Root
  11. A Little Out of Tune, Joshua Fletcher ft. Madi Diaz
  12. Lovesick, Banks

 

Productive Ways to Relieve Stress

I’ve reached a point in my life where I can claim to be a professional procrastinator. I have big goals and dreams and ideas but very little motivation.

I write it off as anxiety, nerves, and stress. Sometimes my ideas are just too big for me to accomplish, but sometimes I’m just too stressed out to even make a dent.

When I’m feeling stress or anxious, the first thing I want to do is climb into bed and scroll through the same three apps in my phone all night. This however, makes me feel worse, not better. I’m even further behind in whatever it is I was supposed to be doing, and I have nothing to show for all the time I just wasted.

Instead, I’m working on more productive ways to reduce stress or nerves or anxiety. Here’s what I came up with.

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The Definition of a Post-Grad: Millennial Musings Journal Entry 02

When does one graduate from considering themselves a “post-grad” person?

I’m in this struggle right now. It’s been over a year since I graduated college, and yet I often still call myself a “post-grad.” Is there a definite timestamp where this becomes unacceptable? Or is it more of a state of mind? At what point do we move out of the phase where we’re transitioning for a traditional college life to an adult life?

Definition of a post-grad

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