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  • Birthday 07/21/1985

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  1. I like my tombow brush lettering pens a lot and my white signo gel pen is fun for adding a little highlight in the final stages of projects.
  2. I watch the odd online tutorial video and look around for inspiration. But honestly my favorite thing is to either have my daughter choose a word for me to play around with (less pressure when someone else chooses it!) or to just start experimenting with letterforms and strokes until I find something I really like. Then I'll build letters off that and maybe eventually come up with a word. If all else fails I find writing swear words repeatedly in fancy looking scripts to be highly amusing and relaxing.
  3. Hope you're finding some time (or making it) for that self care!
  4. Aaaaand I'm back. I got super overwhelmed that first week of the challenge and entered survival mode. I didn't abandon my goals for the challenge, but they have been modified heavily. I'm actually really proud of myself for taking progress over perfection. Long and short, the stress of starting up school and the new job and then adding in a bunch of goals, even ones I thought were realistic, broke my brain. Enough about that though. Let's get to the good stuff! I joined a climbing gym! It's in no way fancy, but having an activity vs. just a workout makes a world of diff
  5. Ugh, so many annoying feelings the past couple of days! A perfect storm of hormones and snow days (the bane of my existence as a single parent attempting the work/school balance) has made the kickoff to this challenge rocky. Still, progress (however imperfect it may be) is being made. Budget and debt consolidation is in progress. Food log is started. I ordered some markers and pens to start working on my hand lettering in the evenings. Those are supposed to arrive today! Keeping school work relegated to the daytime hours has been challenging/impossible with my daughte
  6. Thanks! I'm fairly new to YNAB, but I like their philosophy a lot!
  7. Just took a look at GMB, and wow does that look like fun! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it.
  8. Sure one could slay dragons, but that seems so laden with tropes of farm boys with swords. I don't even own a pair of overalls, and the only sharp blades I keep are in my kitchen. Personally I'd rather make friends with a dragon or two. Then I have awesome dragon friends. Maybe one lets me ride on its back. Maybe we just make s'mores and talk about life. Anyway...let's meet the dragons I'll be befriending over the next 4 weeks. Budget the Mighty The most intimidating of all my dragons. This dragon can only be befriended through brutal honesty, a
  9. Things are a little calmer or at least I'm beginning to adjust to the new normal. I'm really happy with how this challenge went! My main goal was just to get back into the swing of challenges and making an effort as time allowed to be social on the boards. I don't have many goal oriented people in my day to day life, so finding community is important. And with that my first challenge back is completed! On to brainstorming the next one
  10. I relate so much to this. I hope you'll give yourself permission to feel whatever it is you're experiencing at the moment.
  11. Wednesday ended up being a good combination of productive and restorative. I made it a point to stop working after 5 and lose myself in a night of music and homemade pasta. The big life adjustments have me feeling a little anxious, but I'm trying to trust that within a week or two I'll have a better sense of how my time should be allotted. There are some identities and properties I need to brush up on for my math class. I wish I had thought to spend a bit of January reviewing, but I think browsing the text and some flashcards will give me more confidence. At least my Matlab c
  12. I'm sorry it didn't work out this time, but I think that's really fantastic that you and your friend support each other that way. Hope your week is improving!
  13. You're right. I try so hard to stay positive that it can turn on me when I'm truly struggling and feel anything but positive. Thanks for the reminder to be kind to myself
  14. Day 14 First day of classes? Pick up school books Morning routine Matlab Class 2 pomodoros Python 1 pomodoro I am so incredibly ready for a "normal" day. The run of teacher work days, holidays, and partial snow days is killing my productivity. It doesn't help that my daughter is quite literally bouncing off the walls with energy. Meanwhile I'm trying to make it more than two days without a migraine, get my first semester back to school off to a decent start, and prep for this new job that starts in a couple days. Someone please call the wham-bulance.
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