Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Six and Seven Months In

I kind of forgot about my status post last month, so I'm bundling two together here. That means I've forgotten a bit of stuff, but I'm going to try and bring it up to date and keep myself accountable.

In June, I read 8 books, putting me at 51 books towards my goal of 100.

I only wrote 4 Lifehack articles in June, and had 6 articles published. I was also contacted by the editors to accept a bigger assignment.

My first MLIS class started on the 5th, and I've been living the wannabe-librarian life since then. I'm really excited about my fall classes and the career possibilities this degree is opening up for me.

In July, I read 2 books. Yes. Two. So now I'm at 53 towards my goal of 100. I need to play catch up.

I requested a hiatus from Lifehack, because I became totally consumed with my baby. I know this sounds counter-intuitive, since I've been worrying about not working, but I figured I might as well go all out! The editors were really understanding and encouraged me to come back when I was ready, so I feel good about the decision. It makes me sound like a bum, but I've really loved just being with my family. I haven't even been reading much for fun. I do my schoolwork and try to read as much as possible, but I usually prefer to stare at the babe.

I was, however, contacted by an editor at The Huffington Post, and am now a contributor for that site! I've had one article published so far, and my new goal is to write two articles a month for them. I feel really great about this because it's definitely a step in the right direction, and is helping me fulfill my goal of taking a year to write and get my name out there. I'm also starting to brainstorm and outline a book... yeah. I'm excited. It feels so good to be motivated again.

[See One Month In // Two Months In // Three Months In // Four Months In // Five Months In]

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

No Poo Update

As I mentioned before, I decided to go no poo again. The last time I used shampoo on my hair was March 21st, so it was four months yesterday. My hair feels awesome! It's so soft, and I rarely ever wake up with bedhead. I think since I'm not using any chemicals on my hair, it's soft enough that bedhead doesn't stick - I just shake my head or brush my hair and it looks ok again. Or...semi-ok - I am growing it out from an extremely short cut. It's kind of in the mullet stage now, but I'm trying to make the best of it. I'd go get it styled, but I don't want a hair dresser to talk me into a cut when I just want to let it grow.

The best part is, my boy has also gone no poo! He used to have dandruff and wanted to see if not using any chemicals would help eliminate that. So far it seems ok. His hair looks fine, and he's not scratching or anything. He's been no poo for about three months, and has never even used baking soda and vinegar like I sometimes do.

Since we're not putting anything on our hair, we can go longer without washing it. This is really nice since the last couple of months have been a bit hectic, what with having a baby and all. I'm not ashamed to say I sometimes only "wash" my hair with water once a week. I hope I'll be able to keep this up once my hair gets longer, but when I went no poo before, I had to wash with baking soda and vinegar every couple days. I won't be surprised if I have to go back to that, but I'm hoping starting with water only with my hair so short will kind of condition it.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

First Class

The first class towards my Master of Library Science degree started at the beginning of June. The day before my baby was due, actually, so him being over a week late was a blessing in disguise. The entire degree is online (through an ALA-accredited institution), so being responsible for my work and setting my own work pace is really beneficial. I thought I worked better attending a class and hearing lectures, but I spaced out a lot in my college and grad school courses, so I think it's best for me to have access to the material and study when I can concentrate.

So far, we've addressed some really interesting topics. A lot of things I never thought about as librarian problems. I won't lie - I pictured librarians just... working in libraries. I know they're smart and I know there's a lot to study and know to help patrons, but even just this introductory class has really opened my eyes to the career.

I've visited new libraries, read professional journals for librarians, and brainstormed current issues. We have to write an issue paper this semester, and I've decided to study the equality of access for people with disabilities. I didn't even know that was an issue until I stumbled across a book about it. Since then, I've loved thinking about it because of my passion and last job of working with people with disabilities. I don't know if I can specialize in something so specific, but my concentration is young adults, so I can always include young adults with disabilities in my scope.

Since the babe and I aren't yet on a schedule, I do schoolwork in bursts. I'm trying to set up my own schedule of getting work done on the weekends (lessons are posted every Thursday) to have more weekday time with the family, but that's easier said than done. I just keep staring at him and talking to him and trying to make him laugh... I knew it would be difficult to juggle a baby and graduate classes, but it's a fun challenge.