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At Indiana University Bloomington

<<<< You see that building? That's the Teter Quad at Indiana University Bloominton, and that's where I've been these past 2 days and where I will be until August 7th. I'm in the Groups Program, meaning, for 6 weeks, I'll be at the college earlier than the Fall students. I start taking classes Thursday. I create my Fall schedule today.

I have to be pretty quick with this blog post. At 11:30, I meet with my personal business advisor to create my schedule and ask questions (which I have PLENTY of. lol). That meeting happens in the Teter Quad, but I'm at the Herman Wells library a couple of blocks down. It's about a 10-15 minute walk. Also, I forgot to bring my laptop's charger, like a doofus, so it's gonna die in about 33 minutes.

These have been some HELLA hectic two days, and I know for sure that this 3rd day will be no different. It already feels like I've been here forever. Yesterday, I got lost trying to get from the Kelley School of Business to Teter. I knew I had to go through Woodburn Hall and Ballantine, but I got lost after finding Woodburn Hall. It was pretty fun, though. I found nice people to help me out, learned new things about campus, saw some real college people discussing an assignment, and finally got some time to explore alone. It's not the safest of things, no, but I have been exploring separately from the other Groups people. I went to the gym, found the bus stops, and found outside stores. However, I'm always back well before the sun comes down, and I usually stay in buildings.

That first day was so overwhelming for me. Without the constant support of my boyfriend and best friend, I might have panicked. I didn't have a lot of things I needed to live in a dorm for 6 weeks (Hell, I still don't, but my room mate and some other friends are going shopping later today and I'm coming along), and I instantly got that inferior feeling I get when surrounded by lots of girls who I know are much better off than me. It's petty; it's insignificant, but I just can't help that feeling.

My boyfriend woke up earlier the second day to say good morning as soon as I woke up. Believe it or not, that really really helped. It gave me some amount of confidence for the 2 meetings and 1 test that would follow - 3 hours in all. So far, we've had an induction ceremony, created a song for our dorm floor, had a floor meeting and a house meeting, had an after dark campus tour, had an ice cream social, and had a Teter party (that I was WAY too sleepy to go to). Many more things are planned to keep us busy until Thursday, when classes start.

I keep being told that classes won't be easy, and some of us won't make it. Ohhhh boy.

So I like that they're keeping us busy, but I'm perfectly able to keep myself busy. I like that they're starting to loosen up a bit more on free time because I have a business plan to write out and organize, a college/scholarship portfolio I want to create for my boyfriend, and stories to write. I want to be able to get a cup of coffee and go to the library to do these things for at least an hour or so, and I don't mind waking up earlier for that.

Now, about this business...I'll go into more detail about it when I've created a legit business plan. However, it involves content editing and promotion and consistent money! That all excites me, but I know now is not the right time to launch such a thing. I want to be successful. I want to make money. But I don't want to die of exhaustion and burn out.

Now I'm gonna get on another computer to take notes on the components of a business plan. Until next time!

~Au Revoir. 

Step It Up...?

Once upon a time, I used to consistently update this blog every Thursday. What happened to that? Once upon a time, I used to update my business plan monthly. What happened to that? Once upon a time, I used to make rounds on all my promotional venues so that my business plans could actually work. What happened to that?

I swear, I'm a big ball of confusion. I want to take a break, but I also want to step it up. What I really need is some type of in-between.

In exactly 4 days, I'm going to college for 6 weeks courtesy of a scholarship. I'm sure they'll really put me to work, and I'm very certain I'll really put myself to work. You see, love has popped up for the first time. And, to be honest, it's very hard to miss someone wonderful with all my heart and work my absolute hardest UNLESS I work so hard that even thinking about anything but the work is impossible.

A pretty bad trade-off, but that's how I am.

Today's to-do list consists of writing, clearing, and figuring out. A new business plan is brewing in my mind. I need to understand what my priorities will be for the next 6 weeks because those priorities will be a little more hardcore than the priorities I have now. E-mails need to be cleared out - jeez, that's always such a job in and of itself.

 I packed and cleaned earlier. It's a sad and exciting thought, that soon I'll be on my own. God, I'm so afraid for the future. I have many expectations for myself, some very high. Can I pull them off?

I really hope I can.

Taking a Break

So, in order to not burn out, I've decided to take a one-two month break from everything freelance writing and focus on creative writing entirely. I'll do this after I finish Triple R's First Upcoming Book List, but I will follow-up on my word. With college so close, and a growing personal life (lolwut?), I can't really carry on the extremely busy lifestyle I've been carrying on since the beginning of this school year.

What do I plan to do during this two month break? Work on some short stories for the short story collection, as of now untitled, that my boyfriend and I plan on self-publishing. Finish my novel, Savior of the Damned, and at least give it to those in my editing circle.

I feel very certain that when I get back on top creatively and bask more in my love life, one that I feel very thankful for, I'll be much more prepared to take on my freelance life. ^_^