Hey guys! How's everyone been doing? I know I haven't blogged since the holidays and the reason why is because I lot of stuff has been going on since Thanksgiving. Good and not so good things have happened to me before and after Christmas, and it made me forget about Pink No.5 and you guys. I know my blogging has been inconsistent, but I plan to change that by making blogging more of priority than it was before, but I wanted to give you guys a little life update before publishing more blog posts.
Let's start off with the good stuff. I got a job as a copy editor at Oakland University's student newspaper, The Oakland Post. Before my sophomore year ended, I saw a job opening as a copy editor for the Post and decided to apply for the job. Even though I plan to go into PR and marketing after graduation, I never lost interest in working at a newspaper, so I went with my gut and applied. A few weeks after I had my interview, I was happy to open my email one morning and saw that I got the job! I've been at the Post for about seven months now, and I can honestly say that this is the first job I am actually excited to go every Monday and Tuesday, and I would like to thank my bosses and the staff for making those two days my favorite days of the week.
After Thanksgiving, I turned 21 a few weeks after, and I'm not kidding that my 21st was probably one of the best birthdays of my life. My actual birthday was on a Tuesday so my big sister decided to took me out for a drink that night, and then on Saturday we all went out to Royal Oak. It was definitely a birthday that i'll never forget.
Then after the holidays I found out that I lost 23 pounds. Back in October, I decided to go on a diet and buy meal plans from a trainer to not only lose weight but to live a healthier lifestyle. My old eating habits weren't terrible, but they certainly didn't do my body or self-esteem any favors and that's why I made the decision to change my lifestyle. When I started my first meal plan, I was 153 ponds. After finishing my last meal plan, I now weigh 130 pounds. I can't even explain to you guys the amount of confidence I built for myself these past few months. When I look in the mirror, I think less about my insecurities and more about what I've accomplished. Weight has been something that I have been struggling since I was little. I have been made fun of for the way that I looked after months of working out and eating right, I can proudly say that I have a both a healthy body, but my "revenge" body. I couldn't of done this if I weren't for my trainer, and the amount of support I've been getting from friends and family.
Now on to the stuff that wasn't so great. Before the semester ended at school, I failed my first exam in one of classes. I knew I wasn't going to fail the course and still receive full credit, but I thought I was going to get a grade below an 80%, and that stressed me out throughout the entire semester. But after I took my final exam, I saw that I didn't get anything below an 80% but above it, and I was so happy that I passed the class with a decent grade (when I saw my final grade I literally leaped out of bed to tell my mom).
After the holidays, I didn't take a turn for the worst but not for the good either. During the month of January, I went through anxiety. I am not going to go into exact details but for the majority of the month I felt scared, nervous, I didn't want to get of my bed and I wasn't as happy as I was in the Fall semester. I knew what I was feeling wasn't real, and never will be but my fears consumed my mind and body, and I knew that I didn't want to feel that way anymore. After a month, my fears went away and I overcame my anxiety. This is not the first phase of anxiety I went through and it probably won't be the last, but during the past month I did whatever I could do to get over it and if any of you guys are going through the same thing right now, I highly recommend these tips: Drink mint tea (when your'e nervous you'll have an upset stomach), read Enjoy Life by Dr. Lynn D. Johnson (recommended by my counselor with a lot great tips on how to overcome depression and anxiety), listen to relaxing music (The Beatles is my personal favorite), exercise, and constantly remind yourself that this feeling WILL NOT last forever and that you will overcome it.
This post is not a way to brag about my new job and my weight loss, or to get sympathy for what I've went through the past couple of months, but to give you guys an insight of why I haven't been blogging, and to let you guys know that I'm back. I missed Pink No.5 so much and I'm happy that everything with school and life is going much more smoothly. For those who have forgotten about this blog, thank you and I hope you will visit the blog again very, very soon! :)