August Recap: New things, an anniversary & thoughts about life

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August has been kind to me. And it has also been a little hectic.

I thought I would bring back my monthly recaps. I did them for awhile – I think I called them the Non-Bookish Updates – but I stopped because, er, BLOG IDENTITY CRISES (and I realized I was a boring person). So now, I’ll be writing about my month of books, life, and anything worth mentioning. So, without further ado! 

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Books read in August (and my thoughts in three words)

1. In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park – harrowing but humanizing

2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – awesome; ships everywhere

3. Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima – enjoyable, missing something

4. The Rose and Dagger by Renee Ahdieh – first was better

5. Black, White, Other: In Search of Nina Armstrong by Joan Steinau Lester – earnest; important narrative

6. Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar – feminist but disjointed

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Reviews and blog posts in August

1. REVIEW: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith – The awesome team at Hachette NZ provided me with a review copy, and this book blew me away. I loved its introspective narrative and subtle discourse on relationships, love, and what it means to leave.

2. REVIEW: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – Pretentious, long, and dull, unfortunately I was not a fan. But my many friends have encouraged me to read the second one, so… the things I do for you guys. ;)

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3. REVIEW: Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – Fluffy and adorable, Simon Vs. is a sweet romance about a not-so-closeted gay boy as he tries to navigate friendships, high school, and the strange thing called love.

4. DISCUSSION: My Problem with the Word ‘Diverse’ – I received so many positive responses for this post, and I want to thank you for all of your support! I appreciated every single comment – all were so thoughtful and contributed to the dialogue around diversity and language. All of you prove why the bookish community is the absolute best.

5. BOOK RECS: You’re Portraying It Right – Mental Illnesses in YA – I recommended some books that portray mental illness in an accurate, sensitive, non-sensationalist manner, and where the mental illness is not solved by romance.

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6. REVIEW: The Selection by Kiera Cass – It is downright silly and is socio-politically obtuse, but… hell, it was a lot of fun to read. Come for the false promise of a ‘dystopia’, stay for the fluff.

7. REVIEW: The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski – Finally, a series finale that didn’t let me down. The Winner’s Kiss is satisfying ending to one of my favourite YA series ever.

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Blog Updates

Joint Discussions now has a new name: Discusstopia!

As you probably noticed, I have changed my blog feature, Joint Discussions, to Discusstopia. First, because Joint Discussions is a boring (albeit practical) name that doesn’t inspire any sort of excitement. I chose Discusstopia, because there is something very utopian about meaningful and honest discussions, especially when those in the discussion are genuinely aspiring to share ideas, learn from each other, understand each other, and come to an agreement. (The name was somewhat inspired by Habermas and his discussions about the public sphere.)

On that note, I am currently writing six joint discussion posts with six other very lovely bloggers! They may not be posted for awhile since we are writing at our own pace, but expect some awesome discussions in the future!

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Snapshots of my life

1. An anniversary – and a pleasant surprise

In the middle of August, it was my two year work anniversary. Time has really flown. And I think about this, and thought, is this how fly flies right by you? Is this what it feels like? 

It was an ordinary work day and I told my employer about it. I said, did you know, two years ago, I started my first day of work? She and I started reminiscing about it, and she said she remembered interviewing me. It was kinda nice that I could do this with her – sometimes I complain about my job but I am grateful that my employers genuinely care about my wellbeing and little things like this.

My manager then left during lunchtime, and returned with a cake to celebrate my work anniversary! It was a chocolate raspberry and cranberry cake – and it was delicious. Of course, I shared the cake with everyone in the office (food is best shared!), and it was just a very pleasant day.

2. If it was an ultimatum: relationship or career?

I have talked about this ad nauseam with my friends already, but something happened recently that really made me think: if I was presented with an ultimatum and I had to choose between my relationship or career, which would I choose?

If you had asked me three years ago when I was in university, I would have picked career – easily. I thought back to why I would’ve picked that all those years ago. A part of me recognizes that it was a youthful ambition, but another part of me thought it would’ve been the ‘feminist’ thing to do – and the idea of choosing a career over a boy seemed terribly romantic at the time.

In saying this though, I wouldn’t ever fault someone for choosing either. People have their reasons, their goals, their dreams, their desires and they should do what is best for them. But now that I’m in my almost-mid-20’s, I would choose my relationship. I understand who I am and what I want in my life better than I did three years ago. (But who knows – I will inevitably change and grow more in the future.) We’re all fluid and changing, even as adults, and realizing this has been important in my ‘growing up’. (Anyway, ultimatums are fun to contemplate but they are nothing more than silly thought experiments; life is sometimes more complex than it seems.)

3. New things!

I’ve also started reading non-fiction. I don’t typically read non-fiction (not since my university days anyway), so I am trying to get back into reading sociological books or bibliographies. This August, I completed In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park, and am making my way through books on Critical Theory and Marcuse! I guess we will see how far this reading goes?

More so, I have been trying to engage in mindfulness with everything I do. I had this moment in early August where I felt like my mind was incoherent and fractured because I was trying to multitask and I wasn’t being ‘present’ in the moment. I was always occupied by plans or my worries for the future. I hated feeling that way – feeling like I couldn’t focus and scattered. I had read about mindfulness, so I try and have moments where I gather myself, focus, and be present in the moment. Suffice it to say, I’ve been feeling much more together lately – and it’s awesome.

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Around the Blogosphere!

I’m going to do my best to keep up with everyone’s blogs. I usually finish my ‘usual day’ at around 10pm, so I only have two hours of free time during a weekday! (Thank goodness we have weekends.) But, as of today, I shall share with you some of my favourite reviews and posts of each month, as well as new bloggers and blogs I discover or have the pleasure of becoming acquainted with.

(One thing: I did a terrible job at keeping track of the great posts I’ve read this month – in September’s recap, I hope to feature more blogs and posts!)

NEW BLOGS, NEW PEOPLE: 

  • Bookkeepinh – Linh reached out to me in one of my blog hops and I felt like I clicked with her instantly. Her blog, Bookkeepinh, is spectacular, and her reviews are intelligent, thoughtful, and in-depth. Linh and her blog are my new faves, and you should visit her blog! (I especially love her review on Flowers for Algernon.)
  • Feminists Read Love – First of all, Daisy is a fellow Kiwi, which makes her instantly awesome (and I feel like she’s my long lost soul sister). Daisy’s blog is still new, but it shows so much promise. I love her discussion on why audiobooks are awesome – and as a fellow audiobook listener, I have to agree and recommend!
  • Paige’s Pages – Paige’s blog is my favourite new find. I feel like I really connect to Paige, and she is always so insightful and lovely when I talk to her. She recently recommended me The Pause by John Larkin, so of course I read her review for it – and it’s stunning.
  • Words Off the Page – I didn’t discover Alexa in August per se, but I just want to share her blog with everyone. Not only is she a super awesome person, her blog and discussions are amazing too. I particularly love her post on why problematic characters are great characters and why Eleanor and Park was problematic.

AWESOME BOOKISH POSTS

  • Am I Being Unfair In My Reviews? is a stunning discussion post by Lila at The Bookkeeper’s Secrets that discusses the difference between reviewing a book for its literary technique or for how it made you feel. This is something I have often think about, and I found Lila’s post very thought-provoking.
  • Let’s Talk About Trigger Warnings in Books is an incredible, incredible discussion post by Aimal at Bookshelves and Paperbacks. The discussions surrounding trigger warnings flew over my head (because I was at work), but Aimal eloquently (and flawlessly!) outlines why trigger warnings are important. I have no words that could adequately describe how fantastic this post is – go read it.
  • The Truth About Taking a Blogging Hiatus is something I can relate to. I was on a hiatus for three months, and my dear friend Marie at Drizzle and Hurricane captured how I felt during those three months. Her post is honest, profound, and I loved every bit of it.
  • Something Needs to Change: A Feminist Rant is written by my gorgeous friend Denise at The Bibliolater. It is amazingly written and passionate, and I love how Denise’s voice shines through in the writing. She has so many important things to say – so I hope all of you will read it!

WONDERFUL REVIEWS

  • Sara’s review for More Happy Than Not – My memory is terrible and I don’t remember how I discovered Sara’s blog, Freadom Library, but I am a fan. She publishes so much content (and her effort and tenacity is incredible in itself) and I love her reviews. After posting my August book recs on mental illness, she shared with me her review for More Happy Than Not – and I adore it! It is wonderfully written and so thoughtful – a must-read.
  • Tanaz’s review of A Thousand Nights – I’m so happy that Tanaz is back from her hiatus! Her blog is wonderful and her reviews are fantastic too. I recently read her delightful review of A Thousand Nights and she has pretty much convinced me to read it. Her review is lovely and thorough, and I really enjoyed reading it.
  • Reg’s review of When Michael Met Mina – Reg’s reviews are always on point, but I especially loved her review for When Michael Met Mina. I meant it when I said it – this book is going straight to my urgent to-be-read list. Her review is excellently written and I just. I just love reading her reviews.

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Do you know what I’m really grateful for? ALL OF YOU. (Let me be mushy for a second.) Thank you everyone for visiting my blog, for sharing your thoughtful and lovely comments, ideas and thoughts with me, for reaching out to me and talking to me, and for your kindness. All of you are amazingThank you.

So friends, share with me:

  • Did you get up to anything in August? Did you learn anything – about life or about something trivial or fun?
  • What was your favourite August read?
  • Did you post a review or discussion post that you were super proud of? If yes, SHARE WITH ME!
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34 thoughts on “August Recap: New things, an anniversary & thoughts about life

  1. Thanks so much for including me CW <3 Reading your blog for the first time encouraged me to be be more authentic, and actually write the reviews I want to write! I love putting aside time to delve into your deep posts and allow them to challenge me. You're such a brave and beautiful role model. Also, this recap has connected me with some awesome new blogs. Thanks for the recs :D

  2. Ahh, thank you so much for including me. <3 You're too kind, and I'm really glad you enjoyed my discussion post. Those are always the toughest for me to write, because I feel like it's so tricky to be fair with things I'm passionate about. It honestly means the world to me when someone likes what I have to say. So thank you for making my day. :)
    I'm glad you enjoyed the Winner's Kiss! I didn't think it was quite as good as the first two, but those are hard to live up to anyways. The Winner's Crime, especially, had me weeping. Linh is the bomb.com. (She goes to uni with me) :D I'm so happy she decided to create her blog!
    Congrats on your work anniversary. Two years is huge. <3 I'm so happy for you!

    • It was my pleasure! Your post was AMAZING – so eloquent and well-written. I had to share. Thank you for writing something that you are passionate about – it’s an important topic and a necessary read! You are doing the good work. <3

      I agree, it was hard to live up to the first two. My favourite is still The Winner's Crime. To me, The Winner's Kiss was 'safe', but seeing how I don't typically like finales — I'm okay with that. :D

      AH, yes, Linh is AWESOME!! Thank you for being that –connection? bridge? – between us? You are awesome. <3

  3. Oh CW I enjoyed your recap very much! Time really does fly and I was exactly the same during university, but it just so happened that I met my BF there and have never looked back! I don’t think it’s a sacrifice of either or though. It sounds like you had a great birthday and an awesome August, I’m so happy you read Summer Skin, one of my favourite books this year.

    • Thank you so much Jeann! AW, that’s wonderful! I think amazing things happen all the time, but in hindsight it mushes all together, haha.
      I agree – I don’t think it’s a sacrifice, more like a choice. :)
      I read Summer Skin because I saw your review! Thank you for (sort of) recommending it to me! <3 It was a good read.

  4. Ahhh I’m so glad you did this post! Monthly recaps are always useful and I really hope that the blog identity crisis is now solved… or at least getting better. :P

    And now for my thoughts (this is super long, apologies):

    – 100% with your thoughts on The Rose and the Dagger and Simon vs.

    – That was so sweet what your boss did! Even if work is hard or unpleasant, I definitely think it’s the colleagues that make or break the job, and it really does seem like your employers care about you and want to show it.

    – I used to be the same way re: relationship vs career. And then I realised it doesn’t make me UNfeminist if I were to choose my boyfriend, which I almost undoubtedly will do right now (if I ever had to make that choice). There are plenty of jobs out there and plenty of ways to have a ‘career’, but there’s only one of him. Life IS definitely more complex than these choices, though — I don’t think it’ll ever be JUST your relationship vs. JUST your career; there’ll be a host of other things involved as well in that decision. :P

    – I want to practice mindfulness too and have tried but I’ve always felt like I’m wasting time! I don’t do well with ‘staying still’ and ‘focusing on your breath’ and the like — I always feel like if I’m not actively doing something (or multiple things, even) I’m wasting my time… but I’m super glad to hear that it’s been helping you and I hope it continues to help you.

    – Thank you for featuring my review! I’m glad it solidified your want to read When Michael Met Mina, because it’s such a good book. Can’t wait to see what you think of it.

    – And finally, so grateful to get to know you and have you on my blog/Twitter feed! It’s been a blast. <3

    • HI REG. Thank you! I’m glad I wrote it too. I think I have found a comfortable balance between personal and book/blogging, so I am happy. c:

      – I agree!! Colleagues either support you, raise you up, and make you feel like a part of something good, or nah. The job may be good, but if you’re miserable because your colleagues suck – well, meh.
      – My thoughts exactly. I thought about this deeply – and I am the sort of person who, before I die, I will think of the people I love and not my job. People come by once, jobs can come by any time. Haha yes, of course! I just engage in these black or white ultimatums every once in awhile, just to reflect on who I have become, if that makes sense.
      – For me, mindfulness isn’t only the meditation part, but it’s also reeling myself back into the present. Sometimes, while I’m doing something and should be enjoying myself, I am constantly thinking about the future and these ought to’s and have to’s, but mindfulness of my current feelings and surroundings has helped me be ‘present’ — and more appreciative of things around me too.
      – You’re welcome! It was my pleasure. I loved your review, so I had to share it.
      – I am grateful too, Reg! I hope we can stick together for as long as possible. It’s been a pleasure to know you better. To many more months of blogging! <3

      • – Yep! The worst combination though if the job is OK and the colleagues are meh, or you just don’t connect with them. This was my previous job and OMG going was agony. I just felt like life was sucked out of me every hour I was there. 😂

        – I do this too! I really like discussing what-if scenarios because I feel like they show me where I am with life and what my ~real values~ are, and sometimes they give me insight on what would be the right decision for my life too.

        Of course, what I’ll do in the actual situation might be different, but it’s good to think about what I want to do/what I think I will do. There’s that saying about how no one wishes they’ve spent more time at work when they’re on their deathbed; they generally wish they’ve spent more time with their loved ones, and I think that’s so true.

        – Ah, that’s helpful to know! I definitely have to learn to be more present and appreciative as well. I worry so much that I’m constantly stressed and it makes me miss the good things that are actually happening because I fear what might happen.

        – YAAAS. Cheers to that! 🍻

        • (I like this bullet point thing we have going on, IT’S MAGNIFICENT.)

          – Yeah, I can imagine! The work is incredibly mundane in my job, and half of my coworkers are great, the other … not so good. So, it has its good moments and its bad.
          – Hahah you said it all, girl! And I think that saying is true… and yet.
          – Same! I think that’s a habit we develop when we study – deadlines, exams, assessments, deadlines that just follow you around even when you go home. It’s hard to go back to being present because everything we have done in schooling was always about the *future*. And now that the future is here, old habits die hard, I guess. :(

  5. Hi CW! Awww I am so glad you liked the review😄 And congrats on your work anniversary🎉 Your employer sounds super nice. Reading your month review made me take a trip down memory lane. This month was hectic for me to. I think the biggest thing (other than the attack I told you about) to happen to me was realizing that I was starting to obsess over my boyfriend. *cringe* He is an amazing guy, someone worthy of obsessing over, but there is a line between healthy and unhealthy obsession and I was falling into the unhealthy territory. I am trying to focus more on myself because I am as important as he is, and it’s an inner struggle but I am trying. Today was a particularly good day, and it feels nice to show myself some love.

    I have yet to finish any of the books I started in August besides To Kill A Mockingbird and Fangirl. I LOVED TKAM. That book was so heartwarming and emotional and the writing was so brilliant that I feel ashamed not having read it sooner!

    Congrats for all that you achieved this month. Hope September brings even better days for you!

    • I LOVED your review, Tanaz! Thank you so much for writing it!

      WHAT. Girl, I’m DMing you about this!! But bringing it back – yes, look after you too! You ARE important. (But seriously, I am DMing you!) <3

      I'm glad you had a good day. AND YES. Always show yourself some love, you deserve it!

      Ooh I think I read TKAM until… 15% but gave up shortly after. I think I should revisit it though?! It's always on those top 100 books lists – so I need to get it together and read it sometime. X'D

      Thank you Tanaz! Congrats to you too – and I hope September will be kind and wonderful to you!

  6. Thanks so much for including me, CW! It really means a lot to me, not only because you mentioned me but because it’s a review of mine. I put so much effort and love into my reviews and it’s always disheartening when they don’t get much views or comments, so to know that you enjoyed it enough to share it with your readers really makes me feel appreciated. Thank you!
    Congratulations on your work anniversary! I had that in my last job and while I didn’t get a cake, we did have a mini celebration for my one year. It was really nice, even if I ended up leaving a few months later.
    Your mention of mindfulness was so necessary for me right now. I’m so overwhelmed with blogging and work and life and what I hope to accomplish in my future and it’s terrifying to think that I won’t be able to fulfill my dreams and my goals. I get anxious and scared but that’s so counterproductive to what I want to accomplish. I need to work on my mindfulness as well and focus on the moment and doing my best to make things happen when they need to happen.
    I can’t wait to see what Discusstopia looks like and what kinds of things you have in store next. I’m so happy that you had a great month and I hope September is just as great!

    • It was my pleasure to share your review, Sara! It’s so clear that you put so much thought and effort into your reviews, and I wanted to share that. I understand the feeling of not getting enough love for your posts, but it’ll get better!! In any case, I will always read your blog and support you.

      Aw, that’s so nice! It’s nice that your work can recognize these small things – it goes a long way and makes you feel happier to be in the job.

      I know how you feel! I’ve been feeling so overwhelmed too, so I am trying to ground myself again and not let my mind race off when I should be enjoying the present. I hope mindfulness works for you, like it has for me. <3

      Thanks Sara! I'm so excited to share my Discusstopia discussions with everyone. ^_^

      Thank you, again! I hope September will be fabulous for you too!

    • Hi Melanie!!
      I’d definitely be interested! I could never say no to such an opportunity!

      It probably won’t be now though – I’ve found that six is quite a lot to juggle! I’ll DM you on Twitter though! :D And we can go from there!

  7. Thank you so much for including my blog post <3 You are so sweet, and I LOVED this recap so much. Thank you for sharing all the wonderful posts, I'll definitely check them out! i am so impatient to see the joint discussions, and still hoping to find a great subject for us two to talk about, it would be FANTASTIC <3

    • You’re welcome, Marie! It was a pleasure featuring your blog post – it really resonated with me and I really connected with it. So I had to share!

      Hehe, I’m very excited to see the discussions finished! I’m writing with some very fantastic people, so they won’t disappoint! <3

  8. CW!! You’re the sweetest. T_T Thank you so much for mentioning me. You were one of the people who made me feel very included, and your humility, humbleness and kindness inspire me a lot. I hope we can continue our friendship in the future.

    I definitely think that as you understand more about yourself, your choice, be it relationship or career, is significant and important to you, and no one can tell you anything otherwise. For me, I think a significant relationship with someone who can support me through thick and thin and who I can (hopefully) depend on for many years in the future is more important than a job that I will probably change every two or three years in the beginning of my working life. So kudos!

    I’m also glad to hear that you’re enjoying mindfulness. I’ve been doing that in therapy sessions, and it just makes me feel more present and grounded, and be able to enjoy what goes on in the moment.

    Congratulations on what you’ve achieved this month. I hope the best for your future ventures!

    • I had to include you, Linh!! AND I meant every word that I said! Aw, I am glad that I could do that for you. <3 I hope we can continue our friendship too! IN FACT, I shall make certain of it. :3

      I agree with you there, and I think that took time for me to realize. It was quite humbling too, particularly since I thought that choosing a man over my career was a terrible, unfeminist thing to do – but it isn't at all. It's my choice, and it'd be the choice that'd make me happiest.

      Yes, I agree! I'm glad mindfulness is working for you too. And that was why I started doing that – I found myself not being 'present', and it unsettled me. So I am doing my best to turn that around.

      Thank you Linh!! And congrats to you too. <3 To many more months together!!

      • Sometimes I think feminism get a bit too wrapped up in trying to go against the “societal norm” that sometimes it forgets that people just like certain things. And even when females may like things that are stereotypically feminine — so what, yanno? I’m glad that you know what works the best for you.

  9. I would like to think that I can have both a relationship and a career but I wouldn’t know yet since I have never been in a relationship. I think my problem now is that since I’m in my 20’s that I feel a little left behind not being in a relationship. It can get a little lonely thinking of all my peers are or have been in a relationship. But anyways, I’m glad to hear that mindfulness is working for you. I often struggle with finding that balance of not worrying too much and being in the present. It’s hard when you’re in your 20’s I think because you’re always looking towards your future..be it career or whatever at least it is for me. Great post CW! =)

    • You can definitely have both! Sometimes I just get into these moods where I weigh choices and think about ultimatums. And it’s interesting hearing what people think – I’ve asked many people and so many people had different answers and different reasons why too.

      Don’t feel left behind! I felt that way too, for a long time, but you can enjoy life a completely different way if you’re single! Plus, you may spend more than half of your life being with someone – so enjoy doing your own thing. :D

      I agree – being in your 20’s feels so uncertain, and life can go any sort of way?? I understand what you mean though. And I think that’s why I am trying to engage in mindfulness; I found myself thinking about something else when I was engaging with people in the present – and I wasn’t being ‘present’. It unsettled me a lot. So, I hope it works out well in the future.

      Thanks Carolyn! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. <3

  10. Thank you for the mention CW! ❤️ I can’t believe how much we have in common, and are almost actual neighbours haha. I love all your blog graphics so much, and I really enjoyed your post on diversity being “othering” last month! I can’t wait to read more discussions! 😊

    • Of course I mentioned you! I had to. <3 I can't wait to see where you go with your blog!

      I know right?! It's so uncanny but so awesome too. CAN'T WAIT FOR ICE CREAM!!

      Aw thank you! I have some planned but… writing them is an entirely different matter. X'D To many more months blogging together. <3

  11. First off, this is kind of my first time here so I know nothing about your blog identity crisis. But I’m definitely sticking around to read all your posts! You make them really relatable (well in my case this one). Like I had the exact same thought about that ultimatum! I remember my mom lecturing me a couple years ago about always striving towards a career, and have your spouse/partner follow you around rather than you following them. Like you said, it depends on the person, context, what is going on in life. Just because you choose either or doesn’t make you any less of a person/feminist! :)

    I can’t wait to read your other discussion posts (nice name by the way!). I tried to have joint discussions in the past, but they are hard coordinate haha.

    • Hello Valerie! Thank you so much for your kind words. Haha, my identity crises was mostly centred on my blog’s art style and my review structure. But I think I have found ‘my style’ now, so it’s all good!
      Thank you for sharing with me your thoughts on the ultimatum thing. I’ve been told that too from young, and though I do not think there is anything wrong with pursuing a career and putting it above all else – it’s just not for me. And yes, absolutely! We all have our own choices.

      Thank you! Yes, they are a bit tricky but I am having fun. It’s so interesting to see what people come up with.

      Thank you for stopping by Valerie! <3

  12. Wonderful post, Chooi! Happy 2 years at your job; that’s fantastic and that was so sweet of your manager. Cake is always a great way to celebrate. ;)

    I’m glad you mentioned the divide between a relationship and a career. I’ve never been in a relationship before but I’m more eager of the idea of it since lately it seems like all my friends are dating. Their positive energy is so contagious and it makes me feel a tad lonely? I’m not sure if I’m ready for a boyfriend but I wouldn’t mind having a friend that could support me in ways my girlfriends couldn’t, if that makes sense. Anyway, I’m so happy to hear that you’ve found someone that makes you feel content and safe enough that you’d choose that decision (if you had to) though. :) But you’re so right, we’re forever-changing beings, which isn’t a bad thing at all.

    Anyway, it sounds like you had a pretty awesome month. It’s been a while since we’ve last chatted; I really miss you, Chooi! T_T Hope you are well. ^.^

    • Oh gosh, I’m so sorry Summer! I thought I replied to this. :'(
      Thank you so much! Yes, it was very kind, haha. I don’t think she had ever done that before for anyone – but then again, I think I’m the only person that has ever mentioned it. ^_^;

      That definitely makes sense! As someone who is in a relationship – just enjoy being single! It’s an opportunity to do whatever you want without having to think about someone else. I can understand feeling lonely though – but I can definitely say that having a significant other does not dispel loneliness. So just do you, and let things come naturally. <3

      I really miss you too! But I'm glad that we are still friends despite not talking. *hugs* I am rooting for you, Summer! And I'm always here, if you need me. <3

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