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My Winter Break Morning Routine and a Productive Work Day πŸŒ…

Hello everyone, it’s extremely late, but I wanted to conclude a satisfying day with a blog post.

I started the morning in my favorite way, and in a way that I neglected to do since the pandemic started. I did morning prayers (essentially, you say thank you for having your physical health, etc) and then I learned from a Jewish text on self improvement. This was about 20 minutes of the morning, but I cannot convey how content I felt starting the day like this, with classical music in the background.

The peaceful view outside my room.

Next, I wrote out 5 reports. Some of them were ASRS (Autism Spectrum Rating Scales) assessments, which meant data entry. I did the data entry on my sister’s computer (mine can’t handle the program) so the cat got to watch. He was curled up on her pillow, the little rascal (haha). After that, I finished my cover letter for one of my practicum choices and submitted all of my materials for that site.

After checking the refrigerator, I realized it was grocery day. I figured I’d drive to Jons to get groceries for my whole family. I went at 3 pm, a time when I figured that no one would be off work. Boy, was I wrong. To say that the parking lot was packed would be to understate the severity of my predicament. I ended up parking between two cars (it was a tight fit). The grocery store aisles were so full that I became convinced that they alone are responsible for covid transmission. But, then, I realized the benefit of doing grocery shopping: you get to buy the things you like. For example, I love oat milk in my coffee, and when I passed the dressing aisle, I noticed a healthy type that I’ve always wanted to try.

Getting out of the parking lot was even worse for a fledgling driver like myself because I had to make a left turn while going against opposing traffic. I’ve seen people do this, but long story short, it took me 20 minutes to get home. I arrived home feeling exhausted but happy that I triumphed over my fear of driving for the day.

Next, I fit in a workout and wrote an updated “thank you” letter for the donors who gave me my scholarship. If you guys remember, during my gap year, I spent at least an hour several times a week searching for and applying to scholarships. I didn’t want to talk about it earlier in case it came across as bragging, but I am only mentioning this so you know that effort pays off!

Closer to the evening, I made zoom plans with one of my best friends since 4th grade. Her birthday is today! And that concludes my day. How was yours?


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