Before we get too far into the semester, I’d like to reflect on winter break. Since I’ve been back at school for one week already, today seems like a good time to do that!
Winter break left me feeling… satisfied? Yes, I think that’s the right word. Overall I felt happier during break than I did in the weeks leading up to it. I’m proud of what I accomplished over break, too.
By the end of last semester, I desperately needed a break. I felt burnt out because of schoolwork, as I usually do, but I also felt emotionally exhausted as a result of the election. It was hard to find a reason to get out of bed some days, which only made me feel even more stressed out because I had so much studying to do that I couldn’t afford to fall even one day behind!
Break, and all that I did during it, helped me to recharge. There was so much that I wanted to do in my time off, and I am happy to say that I accomplished most of it! I read and wrote and blogged a lot. (I prescheduled SO MANY POSTS, you guys. I’m excited.) I filled out scholarship applications. I hung out with my family. I went to the movies.
In comparison, last winter break was not nearly as successful. I spent most of that break either watching mindless YouTube videos or endlessly scrolling through social media. I stayed up too late and slept in for hours. I didn’t really do anything all break, but it didn’t feel relaxing either. It felt like I’d wasted my time.
I wasn’t productive 100% of the time this break, either, but I was productive more often than not. Some days I didn’t get much done, but it was because I needed a break – a break from everything I was trying to do during winter break! I didn’t check everything off my to-do list, but I did check most of it off. I felt satisfied knowing that after, for instance, generating several thousand words of writing, I could hang out with my cousins on Christmas Eve and not feel bad about how I spent my time that day. Because it had been time well spent. Productively spent.
Winter break was not without its setbacks. Some days I just could not focus on whatever it was I was trying to do. Some days I hit the lowest points I’ve had all year. I think I dealt with it all the best I could, though, which is really all that matters at the end of the day. Aaand I still managed to write a ridiculous amount of words. And read a ridiculous number of books.
All in all, much better than the excessive indulgence in social media and the endless late nights of last winter break. I hope your winter break was just as enjoyable! How did you spend the past few weeks?
Books I Read
- Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
- Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” by Miles Hyman
- Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola
- The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks
- Food Play by Saxton Freymann
- Soppy by Philippa Rice
- Poorly Drawn Lines by Reza Farazmand
- Bone, Vol. 3: Eyes of the Storm by Jeff Smith
- Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow by James Sturm
- The Oven by Sophie Goldstein
- Hinges, Book One: Clockwork City by Meredith McClaren
- The Library Gingerbread Man by Dotti Enderle
- Dubliners by James Joyce
- Cat Person by Seo Kim
- Alone Forever: The Singles Collection by Liz Prince
- Groot by Jeff Loveness
- A Contract With God by Will Eisner
- Maybelle the Cable Car by Virginia Lee Burton
- Girl in Dior by Annie Goetzinger
- New York: The Big City by Will Eisner
- Best Shot in the West: The Adventures of Nat Love by Patricia C. McKissack
- Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown
- Vader’s Little Princess by Jeffrey Brown
- Darth Vader and Friends by Jeffrey Brown
- Wodney Wat’s Wobot by Helen Lester
- Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Alan Grant
- Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
- Star Wars, Vol. 1: Skywalker Strikes by Jason Aaron
- Black Panther, Vol. 1: A Nation Under Our Feet by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
- Wonder Woman, Vol. 4: War by Brian Azzarello
- Goodnight Darth Vader by Jeffrey Brown
- The Black Book of Colors by Menena Cottin
Movies & TV I Watched
- Rogue One
- “The Return of Doctor Mysterio” (Doctor Who series ten Christmas special)
- Carmilla season three
- Hidden Figures
- A Monster Calls