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January 2019

January 2019: Another Year Older

 I am highly considering purchasing a MacBook Air within the next couple of months. The more I read into The Odin Project lessons on web development, the harder it is for me to use my HP, as most of their lessons are hands on and not compatible with Windows OS. A basic MacBook Air is still high in price for what I can spend right now, but I feel like it should suffice for my learning abilities at their current level, and a bit into future learning. 

 My birthday is in less than a week, and honestly despite turning 28 I’m still somewhat looking forward to it. I have started two new medications for my anxiety, and they do not allow for the consumption of alcohol, so I am keeping it small and to my bedroom for my birthday. I’ve picked an excellent video playlist, and my husband is going to cook me a delightful dinner. 

 I am six months from graduating with my bachelor of arts in history, and will be immediately returning to the books for a secondary degree in web development. My struggles with mathematics are at an all-time high, but I am confident with my new medication regimen, which helps ease my distractions, anxiety, and helped to focus that I may just be able to pass that horrid statistics class.

 Things with my husband are going much better, and we’ve both grown in ways that I cannot even fathom over the last few months. I have discovered a happiness within myself, and growing self-worth that has given such peace to my mind and soul. It took so long for me to decide I am worth something. I have potential. I can follow my dreams. I will get past all these challenges, and come out on top! It took me far too long to accept this. 

 I have been eating lean meats, no soda pop at all and a ton of water. My biggest issue thus far is the fact I still do not eat frequently enough. Often it’s simply I forget to go home and cook myself a lunch, and in the morning I often forget to even pack one. By that point, I just honestly forget to eat lunch. 

 I have also broadened my horizons with tea, and started really enjoying white tea and oolong tea. They’re subtle, and nowhere near as strong as earl gray or chai. This coupled with water, lean meats and no processed foods have helped me feel much better.

12 thoughts on “January 2019”

  1. Happy birthday!!! 😀 I also can’t drink alcohol (I never liked alcohol, but with chemo, my liver’s already getting damaged enough I can’t drink), so whenever I celebrate something, it’s with food… And I figure I’m saving more calories and space in my belly for delicious food! Haha.

    MacBook Air works great for stuff like browsing the web, but if you’re considering doing anything that’s CPU intensive, it might not be powerful enough. When I started working at my current company, they got me a souped up MacBook Air, but it was quickly apparent it couldn’t handle the computational load I was putting onto it (would get really slow, freeze, etc.). If it’s just coding and stuff, it’s probably ok, but if you’re gonna be compiling or running programs, might want to consider a MacBook Pro! I have one from 2 years ago and it still works great. 🙂

    Congrats on almost finishing your degree!!! Stat was always a blehhh area for me, but I am a firm believer now that it’s because of the way it was taught… Statistics in the “real world” is so much more interesting and exciting… I wish they used real-world contexts to teach stats… 🙁

    Seems like a lot is going on in the next few months for you!!

    1. I’ve also considered budgeting in for a macbook pro in a few months. And definitely yes on the drinking thing. I was a big social drinker a few years ago, but thankfully I’ve completely lost my desire and taste for anything alcoholic anyhow.

  2. Happy belated birthday! I am a big advocate for Apple products – they’re well made and worth the money. It’s exciting that you’ll be graduating shortly. Math is challenging but it’s great when you can conquer mathematical questions. Cutting out soda is good for your body. Hope things will continue to look up!

    1. Thank you Nancy. I’ve actually taken to unsweetened jasmine green tea if I just HAVE to have something other than water during the day. So far I’m getting to like it well enough. Soda was making me feel all gross anyhow.

  3. As much as I love my Windows computer for gaming and general use, I agree that Macs have been more useful with web development. I just wish they weren’t so pricey! I use a Macbook Pro at work, and fortunately, I was able to buy my old Macbook Pro from work at a cheap price to use as a personal laptop.

    Happy Birthday! That sounds like a fun and relaxing way to spend it 🙂 I’m also really happy for you that things are going well with your husband and that you’ve found your self-worth. You can totally follow your dreams! Keep at it!

    That’s great about your change in diet too, and tea is a good drink to get into. It has so many health benefits! I’m personally a big fan of black and green teas!

  4. Happy birthday!
    Congrats on almost graduating with a bachelor of arts in history,
    Apple products are great and a macbook air will be well worth the investment.
    I have recently come in terms that I can follow my dreams myself. I am still a bit lost but totally sympathize on how you feel and what your going through.
    Good for you for feeling this way!
    It’s hard to stop drinking soda pop. What will power you have.

  5. I need to get back into tea drinking and try to stay away from soda. Ug I have been bad at that… heck, I have been bad with any kind of diet once I stopped the gluten free one. I only took that one serious because it was for my health (allergy) but it didn’t change much so meh.
    Happy Belated Birthday!!! Hope you have a good one. That is great that you are doing will with your husband. ♥
    Mac book… I could only dream. I’m trying to save enough to just buy a new desktop to replace my ancient one at home… I don’t use my home computer like I use too but this one has been giving me a number of little issues… it is time.

  6. I don’t own a Mac, because I don’t trust myself with something so expensive. I’m always breaking laptops by picking them up by the lid, so I’m definitely not responsible enough for a Mac. I have one at work though and it’s really good!

    I’ve been drinking more tea too. I really like Earl Grey, or and ordinary tea with hazelnut soya. It’s so nice!

    Hope you had an amazing birthday!

  7. Happy belated birthday Shanae! 🙂

    I definitely recommend Apple products. I own a Macbook Air myself 🙂 But I think if you’re looking into using your computer for work-related stuff, maybe you can wait and save up for a Macbook Pro!

    I have a love-hate relationship with Statistics – I find it super challenging but being a finance/economics student meant that I was required to study it. Once I learned more about it, I was fascinated by how you can apply it to a lot of real-world, everyday situations, especially in this day and age when we’re always bombarded with data and figures. It’s definitely one of the most practical branches of mathematics out there, and one that I encourage people to learn. 🙂

    Glad you’re taking care of your health more, and it’s definitely a great decision to cut back on soda. I heard it could be quite hard for people who have grown used to drinking soda ever since, but it’s definitely one of the best things you can do for your body.

  8. I’m confused… I thought I already commented on this blog entry. Haha, I wonder if I read it awhile ago and then go distracted and never made my comment. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised. orz

    Happy Belated Birthday! I wish I could afford a Mac Book Pro… I really just want to save up enough to buy a new computer soon. Mine is on its last leg… it is very old.

    I need to start that again, no soda at all, just water and tea. I can do it. I did it for 9 months once. It would probably really help my weight issues.

    I’m glad things are going well for you and your husband now. ♥
    Wow 6 months from graduating, you got this! 🙂

  9. Happy Belated!
    MacBook’s are great investments. I’m an owner of a MacBook air, but after having a MacBook Pro before this, I felt that it was a downgrade. I only went with the air because of the lightweightness, but didn’t take into consideration that it wouldn’t have a top processor like the Pro did. I have the 2015 model, and it’s definitely slowing down, so I’m going to have to do an upgrade soon. I want the Pro with the Touch Bar, but it’s out of my budget right now.

  10. Happy belated birthday! I love my new Macbook Pro I just purchased it last month. It’s a 15-inch since i am a graphic designer this big screen definitely comes in handy. 🙂

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