The New Normal

I’ve been extraordinarily busy the past couple of weeks, as I continue to go through a transitional period of being and adulting. As I mentioned before, I’ve been sort of carousel-ing through different jobs since graduating with my Bachelor’s degree, but I think things are finally starting to settle down and feel more concrete. I am still working part time as a receptionist at a business I love, but I swapped out my restaurant job for a Mental Health Associate job in a psychiatric hospital, which pays a lot better and is much more aligned with what I want to do with the rest of my life.

Last week, I started my orientation training for the hospital job, which has felt very all-consuming, considering everything I’m learning is critical to the well-being and safety of real people. It has been really fulfilling and even enjoyable for me to carry all this weight, but it is definitely intense. I have forced myself to make a point of not even thinking about work the minute I step out of those doors and onto the bus home, so that I do not totally crash and burn under the emotional weight of carrying so many people’s trauma. Luckily, I have plenty of grad school homework to take my mind off things. And spooky season is finally here, which means I will be dedicating almost all of my free time to watching Twin Peaks and drinking pumpkin spice lattes.

I absolutely love grad school so far, especially since my grades rely so much on my critical thinking and not so much on taking tests or reading extremely dense textbooks. At the current moment, I am sitting in a café close to my house, catching up on my homework as the rain drizzles on outside. Afterwards, I’m hoping to finish a figure painting I’ve been working on for a week or so, and then I will be happily scouring Netflix for something new and scary to watch.

So things are really good. I am trying to utilize my time in a way that is both healthy for me and allows me to have a break from things besides work and school, so that I do not risk becoming burnt out too quickly. I don’t have an active writing schedule, but I will be happy to post and update here and there when I have the urge to do so.

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