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Essay Help – Proofreading and Editing

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Editing Services

Hey everyone, quick announcement!

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I am an English major working towards my masters degree in literary and cultural studies. I’ve written and edited more essays and stories than I can count. When you get your editing services though me you’ll always be getting a great final product and a great deal!

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Decompressing and Creating – Day 3

(3/100) I lost track of the time as last week came to an end.

The first week of the semester is always pretty hectic for me. I work to get all of my binders organized, my syllabi highlighted, and lecture one understood. This semester I had a new stressor to confront: an on campus course.

In high school, I dealt with illnesses that prevented me from going to school regularly. I spent a lot of time working on independent studies and online courses and had little social interaction (greatly due to my severe anxiety). After my graduation, I took some time off school to focus on my health. Spring of 2015 was when I decided to take my first semester of college courses – a huge step for me in my mental health journey. I decided that online courses were the best route for me; they allowed me to work relatively at my own pace and on my own schedule. This also allowed me to continue my education, something incredibly important to me, without going in to a busy, and incredibly overwhelming, campus setting. However, as I’ve mentioned here before, this is my last semester of GE courses and one of them (Public Speaking) is, for obvious reasons, not offered in an online format.

So yesterday, I faced going back into a classroom for the first time in over three years.

My anxiety had been through the roof all week and I could feel myself becoming panicky as I drove myself across town to the campus. However, something happened that I hadn’t expected. After I had been seated in the room for roughly 15 minutes I no longer felt frightened but rather I felt empowered.

Don’t get me wrong, it took all of my energy and willpower to walk through the door and stay seated for the entirety of the first day, I was anxious as hell. But the longer I sat there the more I realized that this was another win for me. I had conquered another fear and I was one step closer to where I hope to be in the coming year.

The high anxiety of yesterday left me pretty exhausted and worn out so today’s productivity is a bit different than usual. I’m spending my day crafting and lounging and creating some neat new pieces. Today’s productivity includes working on the things I love and being proud of myself and my small victories.

And for a small, yet shameless, self promotion all of the goodies I’m working on today will be listed in my shop by the end of this week. There’s already a bunch of neat stuff listed so feel to check it out and message me with any questions or special requests! Some of my personal favorites include: a lovely pink dream catcher adorned with turquoise elephant beads, some simple charm choker, a dreamy yin-yang painting, and the intricate triple layered dream catcher. All original, handmade pieces and all found on my etsy shop.

I hope everyone has a chance to relax this weekend and enjoy some well-deserved “me time”

And never forget to celebrate your personal victories, no matter how small.

m.m.t.

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100 Days of Productivity – Day 2

(2/100) Again, I know this post was supposed to happen yesterday, but today and tomorrow are my catch-up days so I’m doing my best here. Tuesday’s agenda included:

  • Work from 9am-1pm
  • Finish studying chapter one of elementary statistics
  • Begin chapter thirteen of history of Western Art
  • Adjust my budget and finance plan
  • Try not to cry as a I adjust my budget and finance plan

This week has been off to a pretty good start. I’m still really working to get myself completely organized so that’s always hectic. But I’d count day 2 as a success.

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100 Days of Productivity – Day 1

(1/100) Okay, I know this post was supposed to happen yesterday but the first day of the semester was just a tad bit too overwhelming. Day one’s (Monday’s) line up included:

  • Work from 9am-3pm
  • Set up my (color coded) course binders
  • Finish scheduling my week and organizing my planner
  • Begin chapter one of elementary statistics

Best of luck to everyone beginning their fall semesters. Work hard!

 

Studying

The Year Ahead

Never before have I been this anxious about starting a new semester.

Every time a new semester rolls around I frantically try to get my shit together from the chaos that was the previous finals week. This term, I’m not only stressed from trying to reorganize my life (yet again) but I’m actually really nervous for what this next semester will bring.

This is my last semester finishing up all of transfer requirements. I have FOUR courses left and then I have completed all of my CSU transfer and general education requirements. I am FOUR courses away from being able to transfer to my dream school.

And I am so extremely anxious about all of it.

I’m really excited to hit the ground running next week. I’m looking to finish out a really strong note.

And I’m actually submitting my Spring 2017 application as I type this. My plan is finish up this semester and then attend the CSU in my home town for the Spring 2017. After this, I’m hoping to move out to my dream school and pursue my masters degree beginning in the Fall of 2017.

This next year should be an interesting, and quite busy, one. Starting next Monday (my first official day of the semester) I will be attempting a 100 Days of Productivity Challenge!

Here’s to a great new school year.

m.m.t.

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Dealing with Downtime

Well finals week hit, and it hit hard.

Staying awake writing essays until 4 am every morning nearly killed. Mostly figuratively. But also maybe literally.

After finals ended I decided to sleep for about 2 weeks straight so I apologize for the slight hiatus from this blog.

Summer is now upon us and now I’m sitting at my desk everyday trying to figure out what in the world to do with my last couple weeks of break before my summer course begins. I don’t handle breaks well, I never have. I feel directionless and I’m never quite sure what to do with all my neurotic energy. I have so many half-completed projects that are taking up space in my room and in my head. I have this tendency of trying to take on everything all at once only to get so overloaded that I drop everything altogether. I’m also terrible at trying to micromanage my time. So when I’m on a break from school and no longer facing deadlines, I tend to try to micromanage my free time instead of just enjoying my projects.

I’m working on it, I swear.

For now I’ll work on my personal projects and dedicating more time to myself. I’ll work to post here more consistently and writing more for myself. I also have some big ideas in the works right now but I probably won’t be posting about it here until I’ve worked out a game plan for it. So for now: to be continued.

If any of you have ideas for some fun and/or productive summer projects feel free to drop some suggestions in the comments! Also, I hope everyone who faced exams or finals recently did well and is now looking forward to enjoying your break!

Happy summer everyone.

m.m.t.