What the hell happened that six months passed without a peep from me?
Well, the first and easiest excuse is that I've been working relentlessly on finishing my MA thesis. It had to be written entirely in Japanese, which was a process. Lots of rewrites and corrections to make.
Second, I was writing and submitting PhD applications. Because of the caliber of schools to which I applied, I was under immense pressure to perfect each application to the best of my ability. I didn't have much help on those either, so it was like groping around in the dark, hoping to resonate with the admissions officers.
On top of that, my general environment is stressful -- what with living in a socially, er, problematic country, and I've always put a lot of pressure on myself. A bad combination. It led to a serious deterioration of my physical health in the autumn, and I was out of commission for a week. My mental health didn't prove much better, but I've come out of things alright in the end.
Anyway! I'm hoping to get off my butt and really be consistent this year, as much as I can be. I've got a few weekly/monthly goals lined up, though, which should keep me on track.
- 1st of every month: What's in My Bag? This is meant to give you a special look at what I carry around with me every day, especially relating to what esoteric stuff I stash in the deep recesses of my satchel.
- 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month: Tarot Spread Tuesday. It's back! I decided on a schedule and creative method that really works for me, so I can maintain the pace and practice on a more realistic level.
- Every Friday: Blog Post. I don't know what they'll be about exactly, but I'm going to try to expound on each subject in a way that, I hope, will shed more light on the human condition, how we interact with the world around us, and (of course) how the tarot can guide us through those aspects and processes.
By the way, the two Tarot Spread Tuesday spreads for January can be found on my Instagram page, @cardsandcups
I hope to see you all around more often!