Where I’ve Been & Life Update

Hello everyone!

If you’ve been reading this blog for a little bit, you would know that I’ve posted daily for the past few months pretty consistently. I know it’s been less than a week since my last post, but that’s still a significant amount of time offline considering my usual daily posting schedule. I wanted to address what’s been going on in my life and what’s taken me away from posting this past week.

First of all, I usually write all of my posts on weekends and schedule them to go up throughout the week. Last weekend, I was busy from the moment I got out of school to the moment I got into bed on Monday night. After school I had to cheer at the varsity football playoff game (all levels of cheer had to) and then I was out of town for my first official Youth and Government conference in Fresno. It was an amazing experience, I met so many inspiring kids, and I’m absolutely in love with the program, but the long days at the conference tired me out.

I thought I could squeeze some writing time in, but it just didn’t happen- I had to do homework and such as well. I planned to write some posts during the week as I went since I didn’t think I would be too busy, but I was very run-down and exhausted each day that I would plan to get things done. On Thursday after school, I felt so overexhausted and ache-y that my mom took me to the doctor; I had a fever and some sort of virus (not the flu or anything serious). I took a bunch of naps and stayed home from school on Friday.

I’ve been trying to make a speedy recovery since this upcoming week is the last week before Thanksgiving break and my trip to Seattle. I hate missing school because there’s always so much work to be made up, so I’ve tried to do as much of my makeup work from Friday while I’ve been resting. Also, the Post Malone concert that I had been waiting to go to since my birthday (my parents’ birthday present to me was tickets) was yesterday (Saturday). I didn’t have a fever anymore/I was feeling better and we didn’t want to waste the tickets, so my mom agreed we could still go. We ended up leaving early since I got really tired and was having trouble breathing in the smokey arena, but I’m still really grateful to have gotten to see him perform a few of my favorite songs.

This sudden sickness coming on is a sign that I really need to slow down. There’s a lot of things that I can’t change about my busy schedule so I’m not sure how I can make it a little bit easier on myself, but I’m in desperate need of a break. I’m hoping to be 100% healthy for my Seattle trip and I think that will be a nice change of pace, but I’m trying to figure out what lifestyle changes I can make to reduce the stress of my daily life. I think the reason I got so sick was just because of being overtired and stressed; then, not wanting to miss school because of missing work made me more stressed and more sick in turn.

I also just want to add that I have a fairly poor immune system in general. I get sick almost every month, even though I get plenty of sleep, eat decently healthy (not really healthy, but nothing horrible), and exercise. I think my constant stress is what makes it so easy for me to get sick so often, which is why I need to combat my stress first and foremost. Getting sick all the time just makes it harder on me anyways, since I either have to miss school and deal with the stress of makeup work, or go to school and risk becoming sicker.

For these reasons and more, I’m going to be changing up my posting schedule on here. I’m not sure what it’s going to look like, but don’t be surprised if I’m slightly less present on this blog for the time being. I definitely want to get back to daily posting, but I have to figure out how to work that into my schedule without it turning into a source of stress. Hope you all are healthy and relaxed, ready for the holidays!

-Brooke

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