Weekend Coffee Share: Goodbye Socially-Awkward Hermit Amelia

If we were having coffee, we would be meeting at a local coffee shop because I need to get out of my house.  You’d enter the shop, order a drink of choice, and then would find me huddled over a table with my head in my arms. It’s been that kind of week.  A mug of English Breakfast tea would sit steaming in front of me, but I wouldn’t touch it until you sat down.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about work.  At any place of employment, there are all kinds of little behind-the-scenes things that need doing before and after hours. When you live at the place you work, it becomes your task to work extra and get those things done. I put in three ten-hour days in a row. On Friday night, if you drove by our orchard around seven-thirty, you probably would have seen me on a lawn mower cleaning everything up before the weekend crowds hit.

Since I basically work all the time, I keep forgetting to eat… which is something new for me. I’ll go for six hours at a time with only an apple to get me by. Lunches are a hurried dash of grabbing whatever is fastest (usually yogurt, salad, and an apple) and getting back to work. The other day, I went over to a friend’s house for a bonfire (after I finished mowing) and my first words to her were, “Do you have any meat?” She didn’t, so I settled for almonds instead.

Sundays are my only days off and I am determined (after cleaning the house and getting on top of my blog posts for the week) to lie on the couch reading fun books and watching movies. It’s going to be glorious.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I have written more in the last week than I have since college ended. I love it! Writing 101 has been challenging, but not in the ways I expected. The hardest part is finding time in the day to sit down and write. I I’ve been squeezing time in the morning for most of my posts, although occasionally they have to wait until later in the evening. All the assignments have been fantastic so far. Each one is simple, to the point, and offers a source of inspiration. Every day brings something different.

Since starting this course, the posts I’ve written have gotten at the heart of what I’ve always wanted Keep Your Feet to be about. It’s just taken a year and a half on this site, but I’m starting to find my voice here. Each post offers different pieces of myself as I transition into adulthood—working through why I write, making a list of things I love about living at my parent’s house, discussing the insecurities and perks of my nonexistent love life, random musings about Thoreau, and what it means to learn. I’m very proud of the work I’ve accomplished this week and, if you’ve take time to read it, I’m extremely thankful.  I’m eager to get started on this week’s assignments!

As part of Writing 101, I’ve also been working on engaging with other bloggers.  I’ve loved reading everyone’s assignments and finding new sites to follow!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about all the plans I’ve been making. Socially awkward hermit Amelia is a thing of the past (for now, at least). In the past week, I’ve had movie nights at two people’s houses and attended a bonfire. Tomorrow night, I’m meeting a friend for dinner. Next weekend, I’m going to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival with a friend one day and attending a concert at a club in Minneapolis the next. I’ve also stolen the Fall Arts Preview of the newspaper and hope to make a list of all the things I want to see and o in the upcoming months. I know all of this probably doesn’t mean much to you, but I’m really looking forward to spending quality time with friends and doing things that fill me up. Plays, concerts, art galleries… I want to soak in as much as I can.

During this time of business, I’m going to have to be extra careful about fitting in introvert time so I don’t become a raging monster and get crabby with everyone.

With all the things on my schedule these days, our coffee conversations are about to get more interesting.

I’ve done enough talking… it’s your turn!  What do you have to share over coffee?

This post is part of the Weekend Coffee Share link-up at Part Time Monster

6 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share: Goodbye Socially-Awkward Hermit Amelia

  1. Word Nerd September 13, 2015 / 4:19 pm

    I’m glad you’re doing all these fun activities! I’ve been busy with schoolwork and I’m barely just keeping up with Writing 101. I love these assignments better than the ones a few months ago. Have you considered working as a freelance writer or a journalist?

    • Amelia September 14, 2015 / 4:28 pm

      I’ve thought about journalism. I took a Visual Journalism class where we did photography and video editing, but didn’t enjoy any of it. I’ve never considered freelance writing and don’t know much about it. I’ll have to check it out!

      • Word Nerd September 14, 2015 / 5:52 pm

        I think you’ll be perfect for it.

  2. DitrieMarieBowie September 14, 2015 / 5:00 pm

    Introverts for the win! I really like your writing voice. If you explore freelance writing, be sure that you work with clients that won’t pay you peanuts for loads of work (a common problem). You also need to be proactive about putting yourself out there and searching for work. There always seems to be a ton of work for copywriters, technical writers, ghostwriters, and romance writers. This site might help you get started.

    http://www.freedomwithwriting.com/freedom/uncategorized/54-writing-platforms-that-pay-writers/

    I’m not affiliated with the site in any way, but they’ve done a thorough job of listing and reviewing all the platforms they have listed. Their reviews of the platforms I’ve used in the past are pretty spot on, so I have good faith in the information they provide.

    Best of luck!

    • Amelia September 14, 2015 / 9:39 pm

      Thank you SO MUCH for the tips and the site! I glanced through it and it looks really helpful. I’ll definitely be looking into this when life next quiets down.

      • DitrieMarieBowie September 14, 2015 / 10:02 pm

        You’re welcome! I keep a folder of bookmarks with writerly sites, so if you ever have questions, just ask.

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