I'll be the first to admit: time management isn't always my strongest skill. I always get the job done, and probably about 95% of the time, it happens on time. I can be relied on to complete tasks, and complete them well. But sometimes, there's a little bit of a delay.
Then there are the little things that take a backseat: like this blog. That I challenged myself to do. That is about me and my life. That should be the easiest thing ever to keep up with. But that I pushed to the wayside to make room for the work I needed to complete and the new places I wanted to experience.
You see, I've been very busy. It isn't just four weekends straight of travel (more about this later), an impending thesis proposal deadline that I've already stretched by two extra days for improvement (definitely necessary), keeping up with six classes that are starting to look toward the final stretch of the semester (classes end in February, but with five final papers to write + thesis + my contemporary history project I have to start in January, the finish line is rapidly approaching), and my internship with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs' Public Diplomacy Department (say that five times fast, or just call it EUR/PD for short) for which I've been finishing up a major project and will be leading online trainings in early 2018... the Christmas Market here in Leipzig officially opened a couple days ago, and I've been more in the mood for Glühwein and Christmas blockbusters than doing work.
(If you're reading this, anyone from the Scripps JSchool faculty, I have also been working on my thesis proposal/living in the archives and staining my fingers with newsprint. But you can't blame a girl for enjoying some cheesy Christmas movies and Glühwein... it's December in Germany.)
Taking a break is a good thing. Though travel is exhilarating and life-changing and fun, it is also exhausting (see this post for more evidence). Traveling is usually my break from life; these days, life seems to be my break from travel. I am buckling down to focus more on school and my internship (the reason why I live in Germany right now), welcome a few friends and family to Leipzig in the coming weeks, and re-starting the trend of weekly/bi-weekly blogging I was doing so well with until my crazy adventures started. I'm utterly exhausted from the last month (which culminated with me spending a week being sick as soon as I got back from Spain), but now that I'm feeling better and have had a few days to rest, I'm ready to hit the ground running again.
So, coming soon (in no particular order):