June Five

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After a really hectic few months at school, I was really looking forward to having the time to get back into blogging as the summer months rolled in- and then I just didn’t blog. The truth is, I’ve had the *time* to do it, but I haven’t had the motivation or the interest. This year still remains my least documented year EVER, and that makes me so sad. I wish I knew why I lost the enthusiasm I used to have towards blogging, but I think the truth is that I’m still just really busy and I let blogging fall behind until it seems almost impossible to catch up.

Despite not really feeling like a blogger anymore, I still do miss it terribly, and I’d like to find the time to get back into it a couple times a week. I was walking home from work late last week, thinking over the plans I have over the next few weeks/months, and how I really haven’t had any time to just sit down and reflect over any of it. I’ve always been one to sort through my thoughts and feelings through writing, so it makes sense that my brain has felt significantly more all over the place than usual.

So I guess there’s no easy way to write a catch-up post except to just dive right in there, so here are a five things I’ve been up to lately:

1. Working, a LOT. I had kind of given up on my one single paid job over the year because I was just so busy, and it was the strangest thing to not spend much time there. I work in a bookstore- so lovely- and have been there for close to 6 years now. I’ve grown up so much there, and since finishing the year of crazy, it’s been really nice to be back there, falling back in love with reading, and settling back into a routine that makes my life feel less upside down overall. Also, the money part has been helpful!

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2. Spending time with family. I’ve always made time for my family- spending time with them has always made me feel sane- but I’ve been making an exceptionally conscious effort, especially on weekends, to see my niece & nephew, and enjoy quality time with the whole fam jam. Whenever I go a week without seeing them I am very sad and miss them tons, so family BBQ’s and hanging out with my favorite little kiddos has been the absolute best. I spent  two full days at my brother’s house with my sister-in-law and the kids a week and a half ago, and it was really really nice. Granted I was pretty behind on work after, but I literally just played with my nephew nonstop, ate my sister-in-law’s amazing food, and cuddling my baby niece. I’m very excited to find time to do it again!

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3. Reading. Not as much as I’d like to, but I’m working back up to the reader that I used to be. Which means I’ve also started buying books again, and that’s not the best, but I did miss that too. I read a really great contemporary-ish YA novel called Noggin by John Corey Whaley which I LOVED, and I picked up Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo today as well- the third book in her fantasy series ‘The Grisha’. So good. I’m also really looking forward to the Hilary Clinton biography, as crazy as that sounds, I’m so excited about it! I’ve been trying to spend some time outside reading, which has been all sorts of lovely.

4. Seeing friends. This seems like a silly point, but I was just so BUSY during the year that a lot of my good friendships took a back burner because I didn’t have the time or energy to go out and see them. If I had any spare time, I would try and squeeze in an evening with family. Anyway point being, I missed friends a lot and I finally get enough sleep in my life to actually enjoy spending time out with them. Dinners, terrace drinks,  random coffee dates, it’s been all around very lovely seeing friends more regularly!

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5. Writing. Okay so I haven’t been around my blog much, but I have been super busy between Confront Magazine and MTL Blog- where I started working again in June. It’s been really nice getting back into the swing of writing, and doing some interviews for Confront. I interviewed this great Montreal girl band called Motel Raphael two weeks ago, and the very talented Canadian pop singer Victoria Duffield last week. Still one of my favorite parts of the job! Oh, and I was also featured as a travel guest blogger right here a few days ago! I am actually really happy with how that post turned out, even if it made me miss traveling a LOT.

So that’s where I’ve been this last month or so! I never imagined that picking my life back up would feel like such a process, but I’ve really enjoyed getting back into the swing of things that I love doing most!

How has June been treating you?

Comments

  1. Well hello stranger! Thanks for catching us up on your life! I think that blogging is like a lot of other things in life in that when you stop doing it, it can be hard to start again. Kind of like exercising. When you have an exercise routine and are consistent, it is more easy to maintain it but when you stop completely and restart? Ufda. That is tough! I hope you find a way to fit blogging back into schedule as I miss your posts and hearing about what is going on in your life! June has been busy but awesome for me. I’ve focused on setting in and trying to see as many friends as I can now that I am back home!

    • Melissa says:

      Well hello! You’re so right though, it is easier to maintain if you have a routine. I’m definitely working on it. So nice to see you back to your exercise schedule, speaking of! Yay!

  2. Happy to see you blogging again! It can be so hard to get back into a habit once we’ve fallen away from it. I think that’s why I am a stickler for my 3 posts a week schedule – otherwise, I’d rarely write on my blog! Ha. I’m glad to see life is treating you well. <3

    • Melissa says:

      Happy to see you here commenting! I do miss it so I’m making a bit of a point to slowly get back into it. Not sure how much it will stick, but I’m doing my best! I think the more I try and write, the more it’ll come back to me. You’ve always been great at blogging though. I need a few new blogs to read too, I’ve always enjoyed the inspiration from other bloggers!

  3. I gasped when I saw your post in my Bloglovin’ feed! Thank you for sharing about where you’ve been. Keep writing – it DOES clear the mind.

    • Melissa says:

      Well thanks for still coming by, all these months later! It’s nice to see a few readers sticking around after my oh-so-long hiatus! I’m making an effort to get back into it though, really. At least once, if not twice a week. It really has helped clear my mind in little bits and pieces :)

  4. Seems like your plate is full of great things!! Glad to see you pop up in my reader and see what you’ve been up to.

  5. I can so relate to getting behind on blogging and then not quite knowing how to pick it back up. Happy summer to you! (I’m really enjoying the Clinton bio!)

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