Friday, September 29, 2017

Life Lately | September















I returned home to Raleigh from a summer in DC at the tail end of August, ready to drive on less crowded roads and be amongst familiar faces but also very ready to return to DC in a more permanent fashion. I applied for several jobs in the DC area that, with my relevant experience and connections via my work experience, I had a good shot at getting, and I was planning to stay in Raleigh for a few weeks and then settle into the busy DC life mid-late September.

And yet - it is the end of September, the jobs went to other well qualified candidates, and nothing else has yet come up. So here I remain in Raleigh for the foreseeable future, continuing to apply for jobs both here and in DC and to take each day one at a time. I feel like I'm repeating this past spring; I'm doing the exact same things, only this time it's less exciting because I'm several months further past graduation and the sheen of a life unplanned ahead has worn off.

In the meantime though, I'm trying not to get too bogged down in my own head and the frustrations of still being on the job hunt by making new, short term goals and routines. I'm working my way through the Man Booker longlist. I'm making regular swimming + coffee dates with a childhood friend/sister-from-another-mister. I'm studying Old Testament typology. I'm - as pictured above - revisiting all of my favorite coffee shops and cafes in the Triangle. I'm re-integrating weekly coffee dates with two of my best friends from college. I attended Oktoberfest at a local brewery with more college friends. I'm preparing for family vacations to the beach and NOVA that I can now plan on attending since I'm currently unemployed (a silver lining to this whole situation). 

This month characterised much of this past year with lots of highs and lows, but here's to continuing to hope that one of these days (hopefully soon), everything will get worked out and I can finally build a life.


Watching // Glow
Viewing // The Big Sick
Listening // Sleep Well Beast by The National
Reading // The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
Planning // Trips to Ocean Isle and NOVA

Also published //
DC Summer Book Haul, Part II - the second half of the books I bought in DC over the summer
Ramblings, iii - a collection of journal entries from the last month
Hirshhorn + Newseum - two of my favorites museums in DC
Recent Reads | September - a roundup of what I read this month

Published elsewhere //
Into the Fold
TV Favourites Getting Representation Right | At a time when there's never been more entertainment options, it's almost vital to be picky about what you watch. I talk about five favorite shows with good diverse casting that you can easily binge.
Atlas Addict
Mini Guide | New Bern, NC | My republished guide to an old favorite coastal NC city
September | Don't It Always Seem To Go | My September column talking about adjusting to big city life


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