The Anxious Introvert Series

Weekly Update: January 1, 2020 – January 7, 2020

And just like that, the first week of the year is done! Boy have I been up to a lot!

This week has seen a lot of those New Year/School Starting changes one hopes to see at the beginning of a new season, and I’m doing great this week!

I started off by chopping off most of my hair and donating it to Wigs for Kids, a charity organization which makes wigs for children who lost their hair due to some form of illness, disease, or tragedy. The best part about this organization is that they don’t charge the recipient for their wig – which made it the obvious choice for me.

The funny thing is that I wasn’t even planning on getting a haircut while I was on break. I wanted to wait until partway through the semester (when I knew I was going to have a slump and need my confidence back) and chop it all off then, but on Friday I had an impulsive moment and decided to do it now (there’s not time like the present, right?). The best part about this whole event is that I called and scheduled the appointment with my hairdresser myself – without parental supervision – and didn’t, believe it or not, dissolve into a puddle and anxiety and angst. Since I’d rather have a car dropped on my big toe than talk to a stranger on the phone, I think I did pretty well.

On a similar note, I also called my local pharmacy for the first time and called in my own prescription refill, which is something I usually beg my mom to do since “it’s too complicated” (my words, not hers). Believe it or not, the two-minute conversation with the pharmacist didn’t kill me. How we have grown.

My best friend and I spent some time together since both of us were on break, which was nice, because since we go to different schools, it can be hard to keep up. We went to go see Cats (you can read my personal review here) and then, craving cake, we make an entire cake and whipped-cream frosting which might have been the best frosting I’ve ever had. Then we played cards in front of the fireplace for a few hours, and though I didn’t win a single round, I had a really great time.

I also learned how to play multi-player games this week. I know I’m a bit late to the party, but hey, at least I tried it. I’ve never been tempted to play co-op games until I realized that Gauntlet Legends comes on PC and that was the end of my self control.

The hardest part about this week was going back to school. Although I like my university and like where I live, I was at home just long enough to feel as though I was back from break but not long enough to feel satisfied. My cat, Scout, felt the same way and was herself a little clingy right before I had to leave.

Scout refusing to let go of my arm when I told her it was time for me to leave

While my guinea pigs go with me back to my apartment, Scout (technically my mom’s cat) stays at home. Apparently she cries and goes looking for me when I’m not there. My heart is broken.

When I made it back to my apartment, I was met there by my sister who’d just returned from her trip to Rochester over the weekend. She’d brought me a box of fancy chocolates all the way from New York – my ultimate weakness.

As you can see, the chocolates didn’t even last long enough for me to take a picture!

This week I made good on my resolutions. I made progress in my goals by focusing on simple checkpoints along the way, which helped me to be more and more productive as the week went on. I tried new things and challenged myself to do things that scared me. Overall, I think that the first week of the New Year has been a good one. Now onto the next…

How are your goals going? I’d love to hear from you!

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