November 2016: This month I have mostly been…

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Feeling:ย More centred

An unintended step back from reading blogs and a lot of time on social media this past month perhaps combined with a little more focus on what I’m doing in life has meant I’ve felt less inadequate this month than I sometimes do. I don’t really ever intentionally compare myself with other people on the internet but sometimes I feel that the accumulation of things from all sides on the internet (dreamy holiday shots, fancy meals out, Pinterest-perfect interiors) sometimes unintentionally and subconsciously overwhelms me a bit and makes me lose sight of the things I have and am grateful for and what I’m doing with my life. It’s something I probably need to do a bit more often.

Reading: Marching Powder by Rusty Young

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After finishing Good Omens at the start of the month I moved onto a book I’ve had on my shelf for a little while, Marching Powder. Over summer I asked on Twitter for book recommendations for summer and Victoria of A Spoonful of Sugar recommended Marching Powder. What she didn’t know when recommending it was that Banged Up Abroad is a rather guilty pleasure of mine and so although I rarely read non-fiction, I couldn’t resist a book all about the story of a British drug smuggler imprisoned in San Pedro prison in Bolivia. It’s an interesting tale and one that sounds too unbelievable to be true – having to buy your own prison cell, wives and children living in prison with inmates, backpackers coming on tours. But apparently it’s all true!

Watching: Gilmore Girls: A year in the life (NO spoilers!)

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No spoilers because, of course, everyone should be able to enjoy a show without spoilers and also because I’ve only watched Winter and Spring so far. I thought Winter was pretty damn perfect actually, although I was less enamoured with Spring. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love Gilmore Girls but Spring had a slightly different feel to it. I’m looking forward to finding the time to sit down and watch Summer and Fall.

Planning: My masters dissertation

My MA project plan was due in on 1 December so that’s mostly what I’ve been planning this month. When I signed up for the MA I imagined I would just come up with my short proposal and title and that then, once on the course, I would be able to just crack on and do the research. In actual fact, I had to submit a 1500 word plan to my supervisor who will give me guidance on it before I start actually writing my dissertation. It’s actually much harder than you might imagine to write a plan of how 15,000 words are going to be structured when you haven’t actually delved into the detail of a subject. It’s also pretty hard to want to find the time to really think about it all when I get back from a long day at work (a problem I’m just going to have to learn to manage over the next year).

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  • Yes to *every* *single* *thing* in your first paragraph. I constantly feel inadequate and not-good-enough and enter into bad dips of self-loathing after spending too much time on social media and reading blogs … it’s bad and I know I need to take a step back. Maybe I need one week out of every month to do just that.

    I’m curious to know what you think of the rest of A Year in the Life … I watched all of it last week and have very mixed feelings!

  • Ooh good luck with the MA! I can’t imagine having to write a plan for a 15,000 word dissertation, in Psychology we just have to write a plan for our research which I think is much easier. I don’t tend to compare myself when I read blogs – I think it’s because you can’t see their stats (apart from comments but hey). Instagram is another kettle of fish though – and my Instagram game sucks!! I find I get much more down the more time I spend on there. Blogs are far more escapism for me ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy