Accepting Reality: Winter, Elections, Goals

Winter is coming and I am doing my favorite thing where I pretend it's not, and then I talk to people to see how they feel about that. So far, mostly unamused! But not any more!!! After some very tough love from strangers, my Uber driver, friends and my family, I finally stopped moping + crying + being a big baby about something that normal people accept will happen every year. In other words, I finally bought myself a parka. 

More reality checks: Two weeks ago, I saw Michelle Obama (!!!!) speak on Pitt's campus. I was in the first row of people because I got there seven hours before the event started. It was 100% unnecessary and maybe even a little embarrassing, but you know what they say: You can take the girl out of NYC, but good luck convincing her there won't be 100,000 people trying to do whatever she wants to do.

Terrifying reality check: A Trump presidency is still very, very possible. The election + my lack of a 9-to-5 has turned me into a Politico/CNN/Twitter addict.. I've been reading headlines all day long and it's scared me so much, I've started volunteering for the Hillary campaign. I hate talking to strangers about politics and I hate being the lady with the clipboard who accosts strangers, but I'd hate a Trump presidency even more, so here we are. #Imwithher because #imscaredofhim. 

Final reality check for the week: I'm in grad school to write (duh). So now I'm trying out a new goal of 500 words a day, seven days a week. That means 3,500 words a week, minimum. And of course, I'm short my very first week, but I just keep telling myself that it's like training for a half: You're supposed to work your way up, until it gets doable, and then you readjust your goal. So that's where I am!

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