Can it already have been three months since that the last ‘what I’ve learned’ post? It doesn’t feel possible, but here we are on the last day of November. I know technically winter doesn’t start till the 21st or something of December, but the end of November feels like the end of fall, just as much as the first of December feels like the beginning of winter. Anyway, I titled this post “What I’ve Learned This Fall” in keeping with my end of summer post. But a more accurate title might be “Things I’m Learning.” Some things I put on my summer list could go back on my fall list. Some things I think I’ve learned, but I’ll probably have to relearn them somewhere along the way. And so it goes.
A little washi tape goes a long way. I found myself not really referring to my bullet journal much, but a few weeks ago, I started adding a little washi tape to my weekly spreads. It’s not fancy, but it brighten things up.
It’s a good idea to blend up banana honey coconut oil hair masks. Unless you want to spend a ridiculous amount of time trying to pull little chunks of banana that are glued to your hair by the honey out in the shower. It’s especially bad if you’re taking a shower in your dorm building and hot water is very limited. And you end up having to choose between spending another quarter of an hour removing banana bits piece by piece while being doused in cold water or traversing the earth with a sticky mass instead of hair. (I chose cold water, by the way.)
Speaking of masks, I also like face masks. I hadn’t tried a face mask until this fall when one of my roomies gave me one. What kind it was, I’m not sure, but I do know it was pink.
I need an occasional mornings without an alarm set. Every morning, I set an alarm. Always. Even if I set it way past when I know I’ll wake up, I do it “just in case.” But this Thanksgiving break, I didn’t set an alarm at all. It felt surprisingly freeing.
Too much blue light bothers my eyes. At the beginning of the semester, I started getting headaches. My eyes felt like they were bugging out of my head, and I think a lot of it was because I have so much work I need to do that involves being on my laptop. I bought these glasses and I’ve been wearing them whenever I work on my laptop. And I really think they’ve been helping.
Wearing/buying jeans that fit well makes a huge difference. Finally, I bit the bullet and ordered a new pair of jeans. I held out for a long time and pretty much didn’t wear jeans at all last year. But the jeans I had just weren’t cutting it. They didn’t fit right and I couldn’t wait till classes were over and I could go sprinting back to my room to change into yoga pants. Now, I could live in my new pair.
I can still play the piano. Sophomore, junior, and beginning of senior year of high school, I practiced piano a lot. Then I got too busy and had to drop something and ended up not taking piano lessons (or practicing) for the rest of senior year. And I haven’t even really played since then. But I practiced a few days for a couple hours over break, and I’m happy to say I can still play. My fingers need some strengthening up again, but there will be time for that.
I’m learning the importance of being still. I won’t delve too deep into this one. I wrote a post not too long ago about it that you can read here. But suffice it to say, being in a new place with new people and a new routine has reinforced the importance of practicing stillness.
I do not curl my hair often enough to justify the curling wand I bought. After I cut my hair summer 2016, I curled it all the time. Now, haven’t curled it since I got to school. Maybe once or twice over the summer. I think about doing it often. But rarely actually do. Oh well. Maybe if I cut my hair again, I’ll start curling it more often.
And that’s small part of what I’ve learned this fall. I’d be curious to hear what you’ve learned this fall!
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