Sunday News #33

Sunday Post and Sunday Salon are blog news memes hosted at Caffeinated Reviewer and Reader Buzz, respectively. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, and showcase books and other things.
Feeling

I’m still feeling a bit overwhelmed as I try to get in the swing of things with school. This week has been such a whirlwind of things happening, I’m still trying to make heads or tails of it all.

I accidentally slept through my alarm on Tuesday and missed my classes altogether. This put me on edge emotionally and I t started me down the path of wondering about what I actually want in life. I also spent some time thinking through what I want out of school.

It’s been more and more of a struggle to keep going to school due, in part, to my Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), PTSD, anxiety, and depression and, in part, to wondering if I’m going to school for ME or for other people. When I first quit my job in May 2018 to go to school, I decided after only one semester that I was going to school for my parents and stopped going.

I started going to school again last year because Doug, my therapist, said people with BPD do better with the skills they learn in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) if they’re working or going to school because it gives us a reason to get up and participate in life. I fully agree with him in this matter because when I don’t have something to live for, per se, I become severely depressed and in trouble of hurting myself. So, I decided I preferred going to school over working in a job I hated.

On Tuesday, however, when I asked myself if I’m going to school for me or others, I realized I really don’t want to be a math teacher. I adore math and I’m happy with my current knowledge of it. I don’t think learning more advanced math is going to help me achieve a life worth living. I decided what I want to do is actually hindered by school because I don’t have the time to devote to accomplishing those goals and, consequently, almost dropped back out. However, I realized I want to become fluent in Spanish and Japanese and school can help me accomplish those goals.

Let me explain why I want to become fluent in both Spanish and Japanese. I was in a Spanish immersion program for four years while I was in elementary school. I used to be pretty advanced in my Spanish speaking abilities, but I’ve lost a lot of it due to not using it. I also studied Japanese for two years while I got my Associate’s Degree.

I switched my major to Spanish. I would’ve declared Japanese as my minor, but my school doesn’t have one. They do have a proficiency certificate, though, which I’ll pursue along with my degree in Spanish.

Blogging

This week on the blog:

Reading

As I predicted last week, I didn’t get much reading done this week because of starting school on Monday. I did, however, spend some time reading before I went to bed last night. I started THE GOOD SISTER by Sally Hepworth. I’m really excited about this book!

Listening

I’ve been listening to my Faves playlist on the way to school each day. The song that stuck out to me the most this week is one of my very favorites. It’s the Glee version of “Somebody that I Used to Know” by Gotye.

I love this version as much as I do because one of the singers is Matt Bomer, one of my celebrity crushes. In this version of the song, Matt Bomer is Darren Criss’ (first singer) older brother.

Watching

I haven’t watched a lot of TV or movies this week. However, Corey and I had the chance to see ROGUE ONE on the IMAX on Friday night. It was awesome, except for the audio. It was, “just too darn loud.” (A little BACK TO THE FUTURE humor for you. ) When we got home from the movie, we immediately watched A NEW HOPE.

Loving

I love all three of my teachers. They’re all native speakers of their respective languages. My Japanese teacher’s from Nagoya, Japan. One of my Spanish teachers is from Spain and speaks with a very thick Spanish accent, which I adore. My other Spanish teacher is from Guatemala.

I love learning languages from native speakers because I get to hear authentic pronunciation and intonation. Also, they’ve all had to learn a second language so they understand what it’s like to be nervous speaking in front of others.

Wanting

I want to show you my cool new backpack. I love Vera Bradley and couldn’t resist this backpack when I saw it. (I took these pictures on Monday so my “I’m a Math Major” pin is still on the backpack.)

I also want to comment on other blogs today. I haven’t done any of that this week because I’ve been so busy. Thank you to those of you who still commented on mine even though I haven’t returned the favor!

Needing

I need to get a new license plate for my car. If I get one with my school’s mascot on it, I can park slightly closer to the school. Because those kinds of license plates can only have five digits, I want to customize it so it says OLLIE, which is the name of my car. If OLLIE’s already taken, I’ll substitute a zero for the O and a 1 for the I so it says 0LL1E.

How was your week? Anything exciting happen?

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56 replies
  1. Roberta R.
    Roberta R. says:

    I’m glad you have your studies figured out. Since you don’t need something that will open a career path for you, at least you can concentrate on something you enjoy, and better benefit from the school environment for the reasons you stated. Cute backpack BTW!

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Roberta! 😀 Yeah, I’ve never really wanted a career. I wouldn’t mind enjoying where I’m working. I know that’s the dream. Fortunately, I don’t have to worry about that right now.

      Reply
  2. Mareli Thalwitzer
    Mareli Thalwitzer says:

    Glee is on my permanent playlist as well. Just love love love love it.

    Hmmmm… As a teacher myself, I can tell you – every year is different and life does have a way of carving it’s own path. You should just keep on moving and believe in the power that is within you….

    Good luck for your week ahead.

    Elza Reads

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  3. BonnieReadsAndWrites
    BonnieReadsAndWrites says:

    Congrats on working out what you want to do. A degree in Spanish will open up a lot of employment doors as well as make the international travel experience even more wonderful. The Japanese proficiency certificate will do the same.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Bonnie! 😀 Yes, I knowing a second and third language is not only helpful in communicating with others, it’s also helpful in employment opportunities.

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  4. Wendy
    Wendy says:

    I used to think that figuring out what I wanted to do with my life was so difficult, and I never really did figure it out. I lived in Japan for 3 years, but never really learned the language, and I wish I had. I had 2 toddlers at the time and I was just so busy. I’m glad you’re figuring out your life. I loved that Glee song, I used to really enjoy that show.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I understand, Wendy. 😀 Even though I want to pursue a degree in Spanish and Japanese, I’m still trying to decide what to do after school. I have some ideas of what I want to do, and I’m not sure how to accomplish them.

      I think it’s awesome that you got to live in Japan for three years, even if you didn’t learn the language. My sister did the same thing. Her husband was there for a job and she had two little girls to take care of so she didn’t get to learn the language as much as she would’ve liked.

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  5. A Voracious Reader
    A Voracious Reader says:

    Going back to school is hard and figuring out what you really want to do is harder. So great job!! I finally started college when I was in my 30s and since I love to read I figured an English degree would be my thing. But as I was working on my Associates degree I fell in love with Criminal Justice (took Intro to it as an elective), so I earned an AA and an AAS in Criminal Justice in 2008, but have done absolutely nothing since. Life just kinda got in the way of going further. Maybe some day. Who knows?

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks! 😀 That’s really neat that you discovered a love for Criminal Justice. Part of me was hoping college would open up something like that in all my elective classes, but it didn’t. I hope you get to go back someday and finish what you started. 😀

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  6. Margaret
    Margaret says:

    I love the backpack! Although there is a terrific need for math teachers, my district is also looking for three Spanish teachers. So if you ever wanted to teach it, it’s an extremely useful skill. (will also help you get any other job you want!)

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Margaret! 😀 I’m not sure exactly what I want to do with my degree once I finish it. I’ve thought of being a translator, but I’m not sure yet.

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  7. Cindy Davis
    Cindy Davis says:

    I’m glad you figured out what you wanted and why for your schooling! That is so important and hopefully, you will be happier with your studies 🙂 I didn’t get much reading done this week either, but hopefully next will be better for both of us. Enjoy your weekend!

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Cindy! I’m hoping this will make a difference in going to school as well. I have loved all my classes this week once I moved into Spanish and Japanese. 😀

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  8. Jennifer | Book Den
    Jennifer | Book Den says:

    That’s amazing! I’ve been learning Spanish on my own for years and studying language learning in general. I’m happy for you that you are pursuing something you are interested in! I’m fascinated by languages and translation. Keep us posted on how it’s going.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Oh, that’s really neat that you’ve been studying Spanish on your own. I’ve thought about doing that as well. I just don’t have enough motivation to do it on my own. That’s why I’ve decided to keep going to school 😀

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  9. Greg
    Greg says:

    Sorry to hear it was a tough week! I can totally relate to wondering if you’re doing something for the right reasons- or for a reason at all. lol But seriously I’m glad you switched t osomething you feel passionate about. I like Japanese culture and a lot of the things I learn about that country just from casual osmosis I guess you’d say, so if your passion is Spanish and Japanese I say good for you!

    Good luck with your plate. 🙂

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Greg! 😀 I love the Japanese culture as well. Spanish and Japanese have been something I’ve been interested in since I was young. Spanish because of my immersion program and Japanese because my brother lived there for a couple of years when I was only three years old. When he came home, he brought a lot back from living there including speaking the language, which I loved listening to.

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  10. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Anne - Books of My Heart says:

    I hope you enjoy your new path forward in school, although think a little about what you will do afterward. My daughter likes languages as I did but couldn’t come up with a career fit. My sister-in-law is from Brazil and speaks fluent Spanish, Portuguese and English and couldn’t find one either. She’s worked mostly in finance.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Anne! 😀 My husband’s job is lucrative enough that I don’t have to worry about a career. I’m going to school to finish my Bachelor’s and give me something to do. Having something to do helps me stave off my depression more easily.

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  11. Jodie
    Jodie says:

    I feel the angst of your soul-searching to discover what you truly want. Take your time in finding what is right for you. It certainly sounds like you have a keen interest in learning languages – do what you feel passionate about. We spend so much of our lives working that it’s important to enjoy what you do. Take care and have a wonderful week ahead.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Jodie! 😀 I love what you have to say about doing something I feel passionate about. I think that’s so important. I don’t want to be miserable because I’m doing something I don’t like. 💜

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  12. Ann
    Ann says:

    I like the design on the backpack.
    Figuring out what to do seems hard at first but, once you find out what you like it all comes together.
    Have a great week.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Ann! 😀 Agreed! There are so many things I’d love to do that just aren’t feasible. Hopefully, my decision has helped me find something I’ll enjoy and feel passionate about.

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  13. Lover of Romance
    Lover of Romance says:

    I am glad to hear that you have been able to figure out something that you love and working through it. Hope you figure out what works out best for you in the long run. I hope you enjoy that Hepburn novel.

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  14. Katherine
    Katherine says:

    Going back to school and figuring out what you want to do is tough but I’m glad you were able to pivot. I love the backpack and now you need an I’m a Spanish Major pin!

    I saw your question on my blog about pain meds for leukemia kids and it’s kind of complicated. They can’t have any meds that might hide a fever so that rules out tylenol, advil, and aspirin. He’s not old enough for hydrocodone and that kind of pain medicine. Morphine is what’s typically used but he is allergic to it so that rules that out. There are some things he can take but we have to be careful with them. Probably way more information than you wanted to know!

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thank you so much for answering my question, Katherine. 😀 I don’t know much about how having leukemia as a child affects what you can and can’t do. My husband was diagnosed with Chondrosarcoma about 14 years ago. He’s okay now, and he still can’t do or take some specific things due to his cancer. I’m so sorry Will can’t take anything to help ease the pain. I’m also allergic to Morphine, but I can take other meds. I hope the pain Will’s feeling won’t last too long. 💜

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  15. Tessa
    Tessa says:

    Love the Vera Bradley bag and I especially love Stitch. I have so many Vera Bradley handbags and one backpack. They are all so cute! The school change you made sounds very positive. It’s very important to self reflect and make changes as needed. Have a great week!

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Deb! 😀 I don’t want to keep wasting my money on getting a degree I don’t really want. Spanish is such a great language and there’s so much use for it in the US. I think it’ll be a good move!

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  16. Sophie
    Sophie says:

    Thank you for Glee! I love that series and that excerpt was perfect! I love speaking other languages! I am fluent in three languages and can understand three more so I totally get it! Good luck with your new major!

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Sophie! 😀 That’s so cool that you can speak and understand so many languages. I took French for four years in high school, Russian for one year, and German for a semester. Unfortunately, the only language I can speak if I’m put in a situation where I have to speak it is Spanish. I’m not fluent, but I do understand it quite well. I can speak a little Japanese, but I have a hard time understanding native speakers. Hopefully, my new path will help me improve both Spanish and Japanese. 😀

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  17. Louise Hallett
    Louise Hallett says:

    It’s great to hear you’ve found a better for you path to take at school. It’s so easy to end up doing things because of pressure from family and friends, so I’m pleased that you’ve found something to study that makes you feel good.

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  18. Karen
    Karen says:

    I’m glad you allowed yourself to reassess what you want/need from school. There’s nothing wrong with changing things if it’s not working for you anymore. I hope it is less stressful for you now that You are taking what you enjoy.

    We’re finishing up The Orville tonight.

    That backpack is just too cute!

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Karen! 😀 I think this will definitely be a much better path for me. That’s awesome that you’re finishing up The Orville! It’s one of my favorite shows and I think season 3 is the best so far.

      Reply

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